Today on the Gnostic Warrior Radio Show and Podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing author and founder of the Astaru Folk Assembly, Stephen McNallen. Stephen is an influential Germanic Neopagan leader and writer, and was one of the earliest advocates of reconstructing Germanic Paganism in modern times. He is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Forever Elephants that he started in June, 2013 to fight ivory poaching in Africa.
The word “Asatru” comes to us from Old Norse, the tongue of ancient Scandinavia, where it means “those loyal to the Gods.” Asatru is an expression of the native, pre-Christian spirituality of Europe. More specifically, it is the Way by which the Germanic peoples have traditionally related to the Divine and to the world around them.
Asatru is about roots…
It’s about connections…
It’s about coming Home.
This interview was conducted by Moe on August 27, 2014 from San Diego County, California, with Stephen in Nevada City, California.
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In December of 2012, McNallen created the Facebook page Green Asatru dedicated to the environmental implications of Asatru and the idea that “Asatru serves Life!”. McNallen started the non-profit organization Forever Elephants in June, 2013 to fight ivory poaching in Africa, and created a Facebook page of the same name.
McNallen founded a proto-Asatru group called the Viking Brotherhood in 1972 and began publishing a small periodical called the Runestone. The Viking Brotherhood later evolved into the Asatru Free Assembly.
Although McNallen turned to Germanic paganism in 1968 or 1969, he has stated that it was not a result of being influenced by 1960s counterculture. McNallen has said:
This pagan epiphany did not spring from the leftist/hippy/Age-of-Aquarius counterculture of the 1960s. Quite the opposite! I was attracted to the Vikings by their warlike nature, their will to power, and their assertion of self. My own views bore no resemblance to “peace, love, and good vibes”; I was a cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and aspired to a career in the US Army’s Special Forces.
After some years of inactivity and restructuring, McNallen currently leads the Asatru Folk Assembly or AFA. He has recently contributed an article entitled Three Decades of the Ásatrú Revival in America to Tyr, a periodical espousing Radical Traditionalism.
McNallen has been active in the Tibet freedom movement as a member and supporter of the Tibetan Youth Congress as early as the late 1980’s. He traveled twice to northern India to meet with leaders of the Tibetan resistance and to write about their plight.
In 1991 he went to eastern Burma/Myanmar to aid the Karen ethnic group in their struggle for independence, and to recover the personal belongings of an American journalist who had been killed by a mortar round during the fighting there.
McNallen has spoken out in praise of executed Nigerian democracy advocate Ken Saro-Wiwa, and in favor of Fourth World movements in general.(SOURCE: Wikipedia)