Welcome to T.A.C!
The Asatru Community is not like other Asatru organizations that you may be a part of, or have heard of. While I cannot, and would not dare claim that TAC is perfect, or better, but we do strive to be different than what the world currently offers.
Before we get any farther, I think it is important to define what Asatru is:
So what do we do? What are we for? Well, that all depends on why you are a part of TAC. We are not a “single use” organization, as a matter of fact, you may not even want to call us an organization. We are more of a network; connecting kindreds and individuals around the world so that they can provide each other, through TAC, knowledge, teachings, and aide when possible. Our goal at TAC is to try and unify as many heathens as possible to create a network of knowledge and wisdom that all members can tap into. We want to provide the tools needed to grow already existing kindreds, and help create new ones. We want to help those who wish to stay individuals with the resources that they need to learn and grow in the way that they want to.
TAC is not a church, and nor do we want it to be. TAC is not a physical organization, it is an idea. An idea that heathens of various belief systems can come together in a safe, free environment to share, spread, and gain knowledge from their fellows. An idea that events can be hosted around the world by various individuals and kindreds to help support their local communities. We understand that ideas will vary greatly, and we support, and hope that they do. There can be no free thought without varying ideas. This is how we learn, and experience the real world, how it was intended to be experienced.
So what makes The Asatru Community different? Well there are a few ways in which The Asatru Community differs from other organizations. Are we better? Well that is for you to decide, but we do try to be different. We do not have any membership fees. It is free to join, and you shall never be asked to pay in order to be part of TAC. A few other ways that we are different include:
- We strictly abide by our Codes of Conduct, which we have created and feel are fair. (You can find them in the tab titled “Codes of Conduct” at the top)
- While some groups cater to kindreds, or to individuals, we put both on the same level, and honor, and provide our services to both equally. An individual is just as important to us as a large kindred.
- TAC is not led by an individual, but The Council, and that council only manages affairs, that are strictly TAC related issues, not you, or your kindred.
- You do not have to compromise, or change your ideals to join TAC, or participate. There will be many varying ideas.
- You are still you, not something or someone else.
Those are just some of the differences between us and some of the other Asatru or Heathen organizations.
So what will TAC offer? Think of it this way, you, or your kindred is an individual village. You run things the way you want to, you are isolated, and do things the way you want. You have your own rules, you have your own ways to honor the holy powers, and you take care of your own the way that your own community needs to. But here and there you travel to the market place to trade, gather news, hear stories, partake in raids (we will not be doing this) and join in some greater community events outside of your own village’s. That is exactly what TAC is! TAC is the market place you go to! You come bringing your goods to trade, (knowledge, the want to host events, services that you can provide, members, ideas, wisdom, your own networks etc.) and you get those things back in return from others around the world who have come to that marketplace, that network to trade. Do the traders present tell you what to do, or how to do something? No! So where does The Council come in then if they do not tell you what to do? Why, they would be the market guards! They stand at the side and watch. They do not tell you what to do, however If there is a fight, or a thief in the market they kick them out of the marketplace in order to keep the peaceful trading going! It is the same! The marketplace has some basic rules, which the traders and villagers have to follow in order to keep the piece, but not to control them. Are you starting to see what TAC is?
TAC itself is not in the real world, but the people that it connects are. TAC is the tools and the network, but you are still the providers and the people that will make TAC grow, and become what we know it can be! Unlike other organizations, we are not all unified under one way of doing something or thinking. All of our members are free to do as they please (as long as they abide by our COC). Unlike other organizations and groups, we allow you to practice, and do things the way that you want to do them. We are a growing organization, both in the real world, and in the virtual one. But it all depends on you, and your needs.
So why should you join TAC? Well TAC is not for everyone. If you want a network, with anchors in real people and real communities, that is safe and free of racism, a place where you can have access to growing “libraries” of information, a place where you can reach out to others similar to you, a place where there is a true sense of community, then The Asatru Community is right for you. If you would like to learn more, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with an appropriate subject please. Thank you!