“To a good year and peace among kin!” would be one way to translate this ancient toast (sorry I don't have the type fonts to do it justice), which is just as appropriate today as it was a thousand years ago. Presumably, it was offered in the same spirit as modern men and women might wish each other a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” The underlying sentiment remains the same across the ages and even across faiths - a desire for weal and well-being, for amity and a sense of blessedness at this time of the turning Sun and the beginning of a new episode in our lives. We extend to your our hopes for continued wisdom, power, and prosperity in the year to come.
This has been an eventful year for the Asatru Folk Assembly, as the paragraphs below will amply illustrate. We have accomplished much. I am confident that the coming year will be even better. We’ve timed this issue of the AFA Update to help you - and us - wrap up the old year neatly and move energetically into the one that lies before us.
Hail the old year, hail the new year, and hail us all!