Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Fenced and the Free: A Critique of Modern Society

I work with troubled youth at a correctional center.  Yesterday, something happened that touched me with the mythic. 

I was at outdoor recreation with my youths, securely enclosed with high fencing and razor wired (Most of my kids are confined for very good reasons).  Suddenly, a movement caught my eye and the eyes of my charges  -  a large coyote, completely untroubled by our gaze, strolled gracefully down into the gulch next to our facility.

The fenced and the free...the asphalt and carefully mown recreation yard...the world of concrete and closure...versus the freedom of the coyote, the freedom of the natural state.

We are all "prisoners here, of our own device" as the Eagles say in "Hotel California."  Imprisoned by our separation from Nature and from our heritage, imprisoned by both intrusive government and by mega-corporations, by the politically-correct distortions of modernism and cultural Marxism.  I envied the coyote.

Tear down the walls!  Be the coyote. Reject the mind-managers.  Become self-reliant. Immerse yourself in Nature.  Drink again from the well of your ancestral wisdom, the ways of your people...HOWL!





THE ASATRU FOLK ASSEMBLY...TEARING DOWN THE WALLS!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Interview for Steve: Sound of the Gjallarhorn

Yes, hot on the tail of the Red Ice interview  -  Mark of "Sound of the Gjallarhorn" interviewed me on the nature of the Gods.  I don't have a date for its airing but I will keep you informed.  Meanwhile, you can check out their other recent programs!

http://tinyurl.com/lj6zpr8

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Statement on the Kansas City Area Murders

The recent murder of three innocent and unarmed people by Glenn Miller, AKA Frasier Glenn Cross, was a cowardly, despicable and profoundly hurtful act.  As a man who has followed the Asatru faith and specifically the path of Odin for forty-some years, I condemn this deed and the hatred that gave birth to it.   I extend my sincere sympathy for all who have suffered loss from Mr. Miller's actions.  The Asatru Folk Assembly, and my wife and I personally, have contributed to the fund set up for the victims at http://tinyurl.com/qzbcp4s.

Hail the Gods!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly!

Steve McNallen

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Famiies, Clans, Tribes, Nations

Looking at how much the United States has changed since my youth, I find it hard to have much faith in the nation-state.  I am much more interested in families uniting into clans, clans grouping into tribes, and tribes converging into nations  -  as in the Sioux nation, for example.  Organic nations could presumably form confederations with other nations, as well as alliances of all kinds.

I like the freedom implied by this nested hierarchy of social organization.  Our ancient tribes had a typical structure consisting of the chieftain, the witan/"leading men", and the free folk of the assembly, which roughly matches the executive, judicial and legislative divisions enumerated in the United States Constitution   -  but as the history of the latter shows, no system is above corruption over time.

One downside of the organic model seems to be the inability to undertake really vast projects. Could a tribe, or even a confederation of tribes, undertake something like a space program?  (Despite it all, I believe our destiny is to colonize the Galaxy.)

Your thoughts?

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Hermann Lons' Ideal

At our Ostara event last week I recited Hermann Lons' poem, "The Easter Fire."  Lons was the poet laureate for the northern German area known as the Luneburg Heath, and his writing often deals with the pre-Christian faith and traditions.  You can find "The Easter Fire" in Tyr: Myth-Culture-Religion, Volume 1.

Lons died in the early days of the First World War.  In his last years he was writing a novel he called The Antichrist, with a protagonist he thought was a sort of ideal  -  one whose "heart is warm and gentle, his mind cold and hard, and who does not stop at anything to help his blood brothers, his people...one who laughs when the enemy's bullet tears through him and who shakes the latter's hand and says: 'Thank you for saving me from a straw death...'"

One of the great tragedies of World War I was the loss of writers and thinkers of such caliber.  We can honor them by reading their poetry and other works, and by striving to be an example of our own highest ideal.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Ashes of Our Fathers...

The Victorian-era poem "Horatius", by Lord Macaulay, contains two lines that have stayed with me all these years even though the rest of the poem has long-since evaporated from my mind:

"And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his Gods."



It's about an ancient Roman, but the theme is perfectly at home in Germania.  The Gods and the ancestors:  the two things that really matter.  Indeed, the boundary between the two is a somewhat hazy one.  The ancestors and the Holy Powers are, and should be, the motivation behind our noblest deeds.  One could of course add our descendants to the list, but they still are part of the ongoing line from those who came before us.

Hopefully none of us will have to literally die fighting for the ashes of our forefathers and foremothers, or for our Gods and Goddesses  -  but we need to hold them in high enough esteem that such a sacrifice, were it needed, would strike us as perfectly normal.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Friday, April 4, 2014

CORRECTION to date of Midsummer!

CORRECTION:  The AFA's Midsummer is JUNE 6-8, as in the title of the post made earlier today, NOT JULY 6-8 as stated in the body of those posts.  (Although I have gone back and corrected the body of those posts.)  User error...

Steve