Beltane and Walpurgisnacht

The fires crackles along with the beat of the drum.  The night is electric with energy as the people dance together. Gleaming bodies painted orange by the sacred flames as the spin and leap.

Beltane is celebrated May 1(Nov 1 in the S. Hemisphere). The Fae are more active in our reality during this time and offerings are left for them.

Sacred fires are lit on top of hills and livestock are driven between two bonfires made up of sacred herbs so they are hopefully protected and fertile.  People jump the flames for luck in the coming year. The nights food is cooked on these fires.

Homes are decorated with flowers. Yellow flowers are placed over the doors, in the windows. The flowers are fastened to cows and cow related equipment.

Outside of each house a May Bush is decorated. The “bush” is a small tree or branch , usually from a Hawthorne, Sycamore, or Rowan. Mine is  probably going to be a Maple branch. These are decorated with ribbons and flowers, among other things.  There are often communal May Bushes too.  These are decorated by the whole nighborhood. This occaisionally leading to compitition.

In some places the Maypole is erected.  This is a pole on wich ribbons are hung. People wound take the end of each and dance around the pole in a way that would cause the ribbons to braid around the pole.

This is a time when pilgrimages are made sacred wells.  While there, people pray for healing or health while circling from east to west.  Offerings of coins and clooties, strups of fabrics, are left. Other than wells, dew is important.  At dawn young women roll in the dewy grass, wash in it, or gather it. The idea is to increase sexual atractivness, cure skin ailments, or stay young.

It’s important to take the time on Beltane to appease the fea and other spirits of you land.  This, in the case of the fea at least ment a libation of milk poured is poured onto the steps of your front door and/or at sites they hang out.

Walpurgusnacht or Walpurgus Night.

A Catholic Saint’s Night celebrating St Walpurga, an Abess who lived in Germany.  Germanic pagans use her name or Hexenacht(Witch’s Night) The celibrations are simular to Beltane.  On this night Freyja rides with “witches”, kids may prank thier nieghbors, and people confess their love.  It’s kind of like a combo of Holloween and Valintine’s day.

 

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Imbolc

February 1st or August 1st in the Southern hemisphere, is Imbolc to those who practice Wicca and Celtic paganism.  On this day the beginning of spring is celebrated and the goddess Bridget is honored.

Bridget or Bride is a Gaelic goddess who’s father is the Dagda and one of the poets of the Tuatha de Dannan(Irish tribe of gods).  When the Tuatha arrived in Ireland, Bridget was married to the Formorian(a tribe already living is Ireland) Bres. With Bres she had her late Ruadan. She also has two oxes named Fe and Men, the King of Boars, Torch Traith, King of Sheep, Cirb.

Bridget’s responsibilities are poetry, medicine, smiths, Mourning songs, art, crafting, livestock, sacred wells, spring, and in Scotland, snakes, natural flames, fire, warfare, eloquence, highlands.

Over time Briget became a saint, St Bridget of Kildare.

The feast of Imbolc is celebrated with feasting, making of Bridget’s crosses, making offerings at sacred wells, cleaning, divination,


Sources

Lebor Gabála Érenn

Imbolc

 

12th day of Yule

Holy crap! I only messed up once!

Today I honor all those who influence my life, divine or otherwise.

I Thank them for making me stronger, wiser, more independent, and closer to those around me.

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Even if that was not their intention .

Even the traumatizing crap.

I hope this coming year I am able to use what I’ve learned to help myself and others.

May we all be blesses and willing to do the work to get that way.

10TH and 11th day of Yule

These two days I honor The steadfast and Loyal Sigyn, wife of Loki.

I honor her for her undying loyalty as she tried to ease her husband’s pain during his torture.  I hope I can persevere as she has in my life’s efforts.

I Honor Heimdallr who guards and protects the world of the gods.

Silent Vidar, who will avenge Odin.  Due to his loyalty an steadfastness the god’s call on him in times of difficulty.800px-Vidar_by_Hansen

9th day of yule

To day I honor Tyr and Vor.

Vor is the Norse goddess of truth.

I thank her for Her lesson.

This year I will be more honest with myself so I may change for the better.

I honor Tyr, god of law to whom oaths are sworn.  I thank you for your courage and sacrifices you made

I hope to have the courage to make changes for the better.

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8th day of Yule

cf075c086f4c9272f8f22da9d4f1190aToday I honor Odin.

Allfather, undefinable. giver of the breath of life and inspiration. Healer and Destroyer.

He gave us the gift of a soul,

I thank you for reminding me that knowledge is worth the pain I may have in receiving it. That cunning can be more important than brute force and that sometimes force is needed.  .I thank you for the inspiration you provide.

I hope that I may find courage and inspiration this coming year.

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7th day of yule

I honor my Fylgia, an entity that attaches itself to a person from birth. A spirit guide, they are usually inherited..Fylgia often take the form of the animal that matches the person’s personality,, or women who were also the Dis(guardian of the clan).  It is their characteristics Beserkrs and the like take in combat  Fylgia are most often seen during dreams or when their person is near death.

This year I will learn to listen to it better, I will allow it to guide my and teach me the knowledge of my ancestors. I will do what I can to take the opportunities it presents to me, I have spent to long ignoring those opportunities

I thank the Fylgia for accompanying me

I’m sorry for neglecting you.

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sixth night of Yule

To many the sixth day of Yule represents moderation

Today I honor  Frigga.

I Thank Frigga for her stabilizing influence.

I honor Frigga as Frou Holle and Perchta, the bright one who teaches that hard work is rewarded and greed, punished(eventually)

I pray that this year I will be well enough to work hard. I will learn moderation and resist being ton greedy.

I pray that I learn how to properly reward others and continue to give back to my community.

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Forth night of Yule

Modern Heathens celebrate generosity tonight.

Tonight I honor the Vanir.

Njord who represents the generosity of the ocean, calm seas, and plenty of fish. Freyr, who represents the generosity of the land, battle, death, kingship, sex, and peace.  Freyja, who represents fertility of the animals, magic, and sex.

Through the generosity of this family we thrive.  With out farms their would be no food and my area would have even less jobs.

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