Heathenry Belongs to All of Us

The best response, and worthy of a separate post on the subject.

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Freehold and Troth Banners

Hail,

I have long said that it is not the Troth’s place to tell the AFA how to run their house.  We go our own way and have our own understanding of Heathenry, what it meant to our ancestors, and what it means to us today.  I have said that, and I meant it.  I don’t run their house, nor would I be welcome in it.

They don’t own Heathenry, neither does the Troth.  However, Heathenry is my community, its peoples, all of them, are my peoples, and they are now under attack, and it is mine to defend them.  The Troth does not own Heathenry, but we are sons and daughters of the Heathen community, we are listening to the AFA tell our brothers and sisters they are not welcome , that they have no right to be here, to follow our gods, or to raise the horn with…

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Recent AFA statement

I really don’t feel a need to explain why I am posting this. It is problematic for both racial and LGBT reasons.   It came across Facebook and I do not have a link to a different source:

“Today we are bombarded with confusion and messages contrary to the values of our ancestors and our folk. The AFA would like to make it clear that we believe gender is not a social construct, it is a beautiful gift from the holy powers and from our ancestors. The AFA celebrates our feminine ladies, our masculine gentlemen and, above all, our beautiful white children. The children of the folk are our shining future and the legacy of all those men and women of our people back to the beginning. Hail the AFA families, now and always!

Matt Flavel
Alsherjargothi, AFA”

 

(AFA = Asatru Folk Assembly)

PERTINENT FOLLOW UPS AS I FIND THEM:

The AFA: It’s that time again.

http://www.heathenhof.com/new-leadership-takes-a-f-a-in-more-racist-direction/

Paganism Has Some Dead Ends

https://embervoices.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/not-in-our-paganism-were-not-off-the-hook/#like-1897

 

A song/poem to Freya I liked

http://www.odins-gift.com/poth/F/freyasragnarok.htm

Freya’s Ragnarok                 

For I have seen the old man cry
as thunder floods his darkened eye
For he has watched his bright son die
The heir to Asgard’s legacy betrayed

And I have seen the future bleed
That sacred self-renewing seed
What mortal wound from simple weed
The fate a thousand vows could not evade

For I have seen a mother’s pain
Who knew her brightest must be slain
For man to grace the land again
After the gods and giants tear it down

And I have heard the queen confess
To lie-smith in his haggard dress
The oversight with such finesse
That he, but for his lover’s faith, would drown

For I have seen my brother-lord
In love give up his flaming sword
To be the god the World adored
For “Now” must be the only time he knows

And I will see that weapon’s might
As flame and Fire’s hand unite
To kill my sister-heart’s delight
Yet Fire in turn is smothered as he goes

For I once knew my lover lost
For wisdom mad the line he crossed
Who knew the price and paid the cost
To see beyond the walls of will and wyrd

And I must find my love once more
Among the fallen dead before
The Shifter starts the final war
Or I will face alone the fate I feared

This World you raise for sacrifice
A gamble on your faithless dice
That you may best the fire and ice
To make a better world from ash and bone

This World that glows with sacred life
My people’s kings would take to wife
This World you bend beneath your strife
This World you break is not a World you own

But I my people’s peace would lead
To fickle fate our rights concede
That we would slow Her deathly bleed
Forstalling the inevitable end

For though we balance life and land
For gods and men and nature’s hand
Their will to war we had not planned
And so our will to theirs we’re forced to blend

So now I hold back blinding tears
Of gold and amber through the years
And all I’ve lost has fed my fears
That all we gained will only feed the flame

And now I fight to keep the Green
From shadows only barely seen
Our last and unrelenting Queen
The Vanadis all Midgard to reclaim!

Possible Racist Event

I am unfamiliar with the source personally, although it was shared elsewhere by people I trust.  I knew of the Soldiers of Odin but had not looked into American Vikings Clothing.

Indiana: White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis, and “Patriots” Collaborate for Event

Deconstructing Brisingamen

Deconstructing the Brisingamen Myth

I thought I had posted this but a friend sent it to me and I could not find that I had.  I fair article on Freya.

Hail Freya!

Heathenry, Deeds and Justice

Column: What Do Your Deeds Make You?

I had read of Lorne Ahrens and seen several of the “articles” referred to and even passed them to a contact or two.  I do think that perceptions of us as racists are problematic and that our beliefs should inform our actions.

Jefferson credited Common Law with Heathen origins and NOT Christian ones:

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/heathen-influence-on-american-common-law-thomas-jefferson/

You may not agree entirely with the writer, but it is food for thought.

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