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The Elder Way is a spiritual and life pathway derived from the ancestral and tribal traditions of the European peoples as applied to the 21st century. As ancestral and tribal tradition it does not pretend to be universally applicable and relevant to all peoples in all countries. It is the Way by which the Germanic peoples have traditionally related to the Divine and to the world around them.

From Iceland to Russia, from the frozen north of Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, the Indo-European and Teutonic peoples wandered and settled over a span of thousands of years. Today, their descendants are spread around the world. We may refer to ourselves as Australians or English, Americans, Germans or Canadians, but behind these labels lurks an older, more essential identity. Our forefathers were Angles and Saxons, Lombards and Heruli, Goths and Scandinavians, Germanic and Prussians and, as sons and daughters of these peoples, we are united by ties of ancestry and culture undimmed by the centuries.

The Elder Way, most commonly referred to as “Ásatrú” or “The Germanic Folkway” is our traditional Way. Just as there is Native American religion and native African religion, and Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime, so there is indigenous European religion, and indigenous European Dreamtime. The Elder Way/Ásatrú is one of its expressions. It gave our ancestors comfort in millennia past, and it can give us strength and inspiration today.

Since the ancient Scandinavian version of The Elder Way/Ásatrú is the best documented, it has given us much of the Folkway’s terminology and imagery. The essence of The Elder Way, however, is not confined to the Scandinavian model, but encapsulates the spirituality of all of the associated tribal peoples and reflects the deeper religiosity common to virtually all the nations of Europe.

In essence our common ancestral beliefs are reflected in the following:

The world is good. Prosperity is good. Life is good, and we should live it with joy and enthusiasm.

We are free to shape our lives to the extent allowed by our skill, courage, and might. There is no predestination, no fatalism, no limitations imposed by the will of any external deity.

We do not need salvation. All we need is the empowerment to face our destiny with courage and honor.

We are connected to all our ancestors. They are a part of us. We in turn will be a part of our descendants.

We are also linked to all our living kin - to our families and to every man and woman rooted in the tribes of Europe. They are our "greater family."

We are connected to Nature and subject to its laws. The Holy Powers often express themselves in Nature's beauty and might.

We believe that morality does not depend on commandments, but rather arises from the dignity and honor of the noble-minded man and woman.

We do not fear the Holy Powers, or consider ourselves their slaves. On the contrary, we share community and fellowship with the Divine. The Holy Powers encourage us to grow and advance to higher levels.

We honor the Holy Powers under the names given them by our ancestors.

We practice our Folkway by honoring the turning of the seasons…the ancestors…the Divine…and ourselves - in everyday life.

Our Folkway is about roots.

It's about connections.

It's about coming home.

The Elder Way/Ásatrú supports and encourages all peoples in their quest to discover and “own” their “dreamtime” and their ancestral tribal traditions.

The Elder Way and it’s associated groups focus on the Indo-European tribal traditions. Our attitude to our tribal traditions is virtually identical to that of other tribal peoples such as Judaism, Shinto, American Indian Spiritualities, and Australian Aboriginal spiritualities. This means that we see our spirituality as an essential component of our tribal and ancestral identity, no more and no less.

To those from other tribes who show an interest in our spirituality, we gently direct you on the path to seeking your own ancestral and tribal spirituality. We revel in the twin concepts of diversity and respect.

We believe that there is no universal spirituality applicable to all peoples, and hold each tribal and ethnic spirituality in the highest respect.

The Elder Way is a return to relevant spiritual and tribal values of Ancient pre- Christian Europe. We rejoice in the Gods and Goddesses of our folk and in the wisdom they have given us. We rejoice in both our tribe, sense of community and individuality.

Our Ethos gives us direction, our Gods and goddesses stand with us, our ways once more bloom in the spiritual desert, created by the desert cults of the Middle East in the Garden of Europe. We once more return to the ways of Loyalty, Honour, and Tribe, taught to us by the voices of our ancestors.

We stand silent and listen to that voice calling us to return to the village of our Folkway. We stand, and begin the arduous journey, leaving behind, piece by piece, the baggage piled upon us from centuries of spiritual oppression by a cult foreign to our people.

We meet with others and gradually begin the reclamation of our heritage, reclaiming our very essence and soul as a people, our Folkway!

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