Raven Kindred South

Raven Kindred South is one of the most active Asatru groups in the country. It is loosely based around the metropolitan Washington DC area, with meetings held in northern Montgomery County, and members throughout suburban Maryland and northern Virginia.

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Raven Kindred South can be contacted through e-mail to Pcordiner@gmail.com.


Background

Raven Kindred South was formed in the summer of 1993, and has been meeting on a monthly basis ever since to honor the Norse Gods and Goddesses. We are a small, but sincere group of people that hold in high regard our ties to the Gods and to each other.

The Metro Washington region is a busy place, but we do find the time to do some special activities outside of regular blots. We have visited the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial for Einherjar, seen an exhibition of art inspired by Icelandic folklore and scenery, and attended Neo-Pagan and Asatru festivals and events.

A couple of years ago, some folks made it up to L'Anse aux Meadows, where Vikings settled for a short time, five centuries before Christopher Columbus.

More recently, two of our members broke the dreaded Raven Kindred South Noxious Homebrew Curse. (Let's just say we've brewed some real bad stuff. Ask us about the soy sauce beer some time.)

This happy occasion came about when Rob and Patricia entered their beers into the Montgomery County Fair Homebrew Competition. Rob's Death Beer, shown as Odin's Eye Stout came in first for the Imperial Stout Category, and Patricia came in second for a Murphy's Irish Stout Clone. Hail Rob and Patricia! Visit here to see results.

We are inspired by the past, but we live in the twenty-first century, and our goal is to bring Asatru into the future. This means intelligently looking at where we are, and thinking carefully about where we want to go. We strive to do this as individuals and as a Kindred.

What are we not interested in? Well, we're not interested in playing Viking, becoming Asatru gurus, using Asatru as a way of making up for an unfulfilling personal life, bashing other religions or supporting fascist politics.

Perhaps most radically, we're not interested in pretending problems within the community don't exist. By no means are we perfect, but we try to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

In short, we're interested in a vision of Asatru that goes past the teenage rebellion or drunken Viking stage, and tries to address the relationships between ourselves, the Gods, and others with maturity, integrity, and awareness.


Meeting Information

Monthly Meetings
Raven Kindred South meets monthly on the first Saturday of each month and at regularly scheduled times for the four major holidays (solstices and equinoxes). People begin to gather at around 3:00-3:30pm, we try to have a discussion on the topic of the ritual at 4:00pm, and then hold the blot. After the blot, there is always a feast, and socializing.

Newcomers are welcome at the vast majority of Raven Kindred South events. We are more than willing to answer any questions you might have about our group or Asatru. Newcomers don't need to bring anything special, and as our representation of Asatru hospitality, newcomers are not allowed to contribute money towards the feast (although the kindred has never turned down food or drink).

It's also important to note that you don't need to be Professed Asatru in order to attend. We regularly have visitors from local Wiccan, Celtic, and other Norse groups.

If you wish to learn a bit more about our blots, and why we do what we do, read more at this link.


Membership Policies

Membership is not required for attendance at regular monthly meetings of the kindred. We take membership and Profession to Asatru very seriously and don't wish to push anyone towards making commitments that they aren't comfortable with.

The first step in becoming a member is to attend regularly and let everyone get to know you and make sure you are comfortable with the group and our views on Asatru. We view membership in the kindred as an active commitment, we're not really interested in mail-order members. Generally, we expect folks to have been attending rituals for nine to twelve months before we seriously consider membership. However, all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Second, in order to become a full member you must become Asatru. In order to do this, you Profess your faith in the form of an open oath to the Gods taken during a ritual. A chapter on this ritual is available in Ravenbok. Please note that Profession makes one Asatru, but does not make one a member of Raven Kindred. We frequently accept Profession from out of town visitors who don't have a kindred of their own. Finally, when you decide to join, the kindred votes on whether to accept you or not. This is generally only a formality. After this you are welcomed into the kindred through our one and only private (members only) ritual, a sumbel at which the 9 virtues are toasted to the new member in the hopes that she or he will live up to them. After this, you take the oath ring with the rest of us and are welcomed as a kinsman.

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