Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Living Asatru Day by Day, Century by Century

Every hammer worn proudly...every greeting to the rising sun...every hail to Mani in her fullness...

Every blot shared with the Gods...every horn poured to wights and ancestors...

Every act of hospitality...every deed of courage...every craft done in honor of the Gods and the Folk...

Every hof built...every baby born...every gathering of the Folk...every ancestor placed lovingly into the mound, a seed for souls.

Together they weave the warp and woof our ancestral religion.  They make us whole.  They heal us  -  individually, and as a body bound by blood and troth, and as members of our Greater Folk .  We do the work of the Holy Gods when we do these things; we make the world a better place, and ourselves better people.

Learn.  Teach your children.  Show your neighbors.  Live well.  Die well.

Our hearts are at peace.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assemby
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Deadline for the Next Issue of The Voice: Friday the 26th!

Attention all AFA members! Since June hath 30 days, we need inputs to The Voice no later than the 26th this month. Early is always fine! Per usual, text in an email, Word or text documents, and separate (downsized to max length 600 is good but not necessary) JPG pictures.

The Voice is YOUR newsletter for AFA members...Send reports on recent events, announcements of upcoming AFA meetups and gatherings, life passages, and anything else relevant to thevoice@runestone.org!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"Call Resounding" - A Message for Our Times!

I posted this last December, but believe me, it is worth seeing again. 

This is the time of our Awakening!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDj2rsySh90

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Steve McNallen's Latest Red Ice Radio Interview Posted to You Tube!

One of the many good things happening right now in the AFA is the posting of the first hour of my most recent Red Ice Radio interview on You Tube!

Henrik and I discussed many of the topics explored in Asatru: A Native European Spirituality  -  in other words, we covered the basics of Asatru rather thoroughly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2pHpUr9w7o

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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AFA West Coast Midsummer 2015 - Amazing!

We're back home from Midsummer, our post-event guests are winging their way across the country, and we're rested.  Now  -  to charge forward!

AFA West Coast Midsummer 2015 was one of the most significant gatherings ever...and I do mean EVER!...held by the Asatru Folk Assembly. 

You've seen posts online by those who were there, telling what a good time they had and how much they got from it.  So what was so special about THIS Midsummer?

Certainly, unveiling  my book Asatru: A Native European Spirituality was one of the high points.  I pulled the first book out of the first box and we put it up for auction, where it brought a very nice sum that was contributed to the Asatru Folk Assembly Family Services.  High demand had exhausted Amazon's stock of the volume by that night, which added to our elation (They're back in stock as I write). 

But above and beyond that, there was an attitude of dedication, of activism, of forward movement stronger than any I have ever seen.  Our members want to made a difference not just in their personal lives, but in the world around us, and I am absolutely determined to give them exactly that! 

In my main talk, I led all those present in a guided visualization in which the AFA was symbolically re-created  -  rebooted, if you will...free of any mental or spiritual obstacles, liberated from narrow thinking, open to the very highest levels of accomplishment and success. In the act of re-creation, I read the mission statement of the AFA  -  "to practice, promote, and further evolve the religion of Asatru, thus forging it into a powerful and effective tool for building a better world.”  I then read aloud the Declaration of Purpose, to which we rededicated ourselves and the organization.  We are unified, motivated, and joyous!

I will continue to post bits of good news  -  breakthroughs, really  -  in the days and weeks to come!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Afterlife - An Extract from "Asatru: A Native European Spirituality"

Here is a little excerpt from my book, which is now available for pre-order over on Amazon.  I can't give a lot of information in the space of a short post, but I think that the whole question of the afterlife has to be looked at in the context of the greater Indo-European family...and it pertains directly to our practice of our own Asatru faith. (The numbers in the paragraph refer to footnotes in the book.)

Indo-European thought reveals two roads in the hereafter.56 One is the “Way of the Fathers,” or in Old Indian, pitriyana. This was the way of the common man or woman, who went to a place like Hades or Hel and became one with the ancestors. In the Lore of the Nordic lands, this could be represented by the idea of passing into a mountain to join one's dead kin, or the concept of continued existence inside the burial mound. Rebirth of certain powers and faculties like the fetch and the hamingja was possible from this state, but the ego or individuality probably remained in the vegetative
state, if it continued to exist at all.

The “Way of the Gods” (Old Indian devayana), on the other hand, was the way of the hero and the magician. Through the fame of great deeds, or through the mage’s powers to transform and weld together the components of the soul, they strive for immortality, for the status of demigods. Rather than being deprived of consciousness, will, and individuality like the denizens of Hades or Hel, they seek to make these qualities strong and eternal.

The Way of the Gods is epitomized in the cult of Odin. For those who would become permanent and powerful spiritual beings, it is not enough just to worship the God - one must imitate him in transcending the mortal state. Saxo Grammaticus has the hero Biarki tell us that Odin “is seizing for doom no lowly, obscure race, no cheap rabble souls, but enmeshes the rulers and fills his river below with men of fame.”57  Valhalla is indeed for the few!


http://www.amazon.com/Asatru-European-Spirituality-Stephen-McNallen/dp/0972029257/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431963720&sr=8-1&keywords=mcnallen+asatru!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"Crooked Road Ceili Band" Booked forf AFA West Coast Midsummer!

As many of you know, we always have music at the AFA's major west coast events.  This year we've booked The Crooked Road Ceili Band out of the Santa Cruz area to play for us, and they promise to give us a rollicking good time with lively traditional music.  You can see for yourself at the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/CrookedRoadCeiliBand

Remember, AFA members and friends  -  registration deadline for Midsummer is May 25th!  You don't have to pay by that date, but we need to know you're coming.  Don't miss out on the Asatru Folk Assembly's 20th birthday party!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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