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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A Must-Read Article on Vice.com, Germanic Paganism, and What It Means to Be Folkish!

This is the best thing I've seen concerning Vice Media's recent article on racism within modern Germanic religion.  The writer describes Vice's biggest mistake  -  which is not what you might think!  This piece is nothing short of brilliant, and if you want to know what folkishness is really about, you can find it here.

http://heathenharvest.org/2015/05/12/contra-vitium-how-vice-mischaracterized-a-religious-movement/

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Monday, May 11, 2015

My Book is Now Available!

My first book -  Asatru: A Native European Spirituality  - is now available for preorder through Amazon!

This is it  -  the product of 45 years devotion to Asatru, in easy-to-understand words.  I will write other books, but never one like this!

Part of the jacket blurb:  "...describes the origins and development of Asatru, its kinship with other tribal and ethnic religions, and the cosmological and philosophical underpinnings of this dynamic and inspiring faith. He outlines the rituals, seasonal festivals, and code of ethics embraced by modern practitioners of Asatru. More importantly, McNallen explains his vision of what Asatru can and must become. Asatru is more than just another empty offering on the spiritual smorgasbord of post-religious America. For men and women of European descent, Asatru is the key to unlocking our vibrant spiritual heritage."

You can find it at http://tinyurl.com/pmvd8zp, or just put "mcnallen" and "asatru" in the Amazon search field.

If you order through the Amazon link on the Asatru Folk Assembly web site, the AFA will get a cut!

Please share this with your friends!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Welcome to the Asatru Folk Assembly Blog!

Yes, we've got a new name and a new look! 

Since we're working on a complete remake of the Asatru Folk Assembly web page, and a total re-do of the AFA store as well  -  it only made sense to update our blog.  So here it is!

If you like it, leave us a comment! 

And if you have a blog of your own, share this good news with a linkback on your blog!



Hail the Gods!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly!

Steve McNallen

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Author Richard Rudgley to Speak at AFA West Coast Midsummer!



Richard Rudgley, author of Pagan Resurrection, Barbarians (newly published by Arktos) and many other books, will be a guest speaker at the AFA's West Coast Midsummer, June 5-7! 

His latest work describes the debt Western Civilization owes to the Germanic and Celtic tribes of Europe, and dispels the false
notion that our ancestors were ignorant, crude or backward.  Richard will speak on this theme as well as on the modern revival of Germanic religion  -  a revival in which the Asatru Folk Assembly has played an essential role.

AFA members and vouched-for friends can find more information on the AFA's Midsummer on the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1585264505021527/, where they will also find a link to the registration form.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The AFA's Own David Wolfheart Has Authored the First Book on Asatru in Spain!

If you've been with us any time at all, you know David...or at least, you've seen his great photos and videos of his kindred members over the years.  We're proud to have David as our representative in Southern Europe.  And we are especially proud that he has written, and published, the first book in Spain dealing with the Asatru awakening!

Asatru: La llamada de los Dioses del Norte is passionately Folkish and proudly pro-AFA.  I had the honor of writing the Introduction.  And it has pages and pages of beautiful full-color photographs.  Even if you don't speak a word of Spanish, you ought to own this one for its historical value  -  there will never be another FIRST Spanish book on Asatru!

You can order from Amazon Spain Here: amazon.es

The book's Facebook page can be found here : Asatru: La llamada de los Dioses del Norte



Congratulations, David, and hail to Alfrothul Kindred!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly

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