Upcoming rituals for the remainder of the year.
Due to the earlier hours of darkness we will be moving our times forward for the
rituals. In Spring and Summer it is good to meet later in the day to let the
coolness of the night prevail, but during Fall and Winter the cold can be
deadly, we will start with a gathering between 1-2, Feast at 2-3, ritual from
3-end, hoping to finish the ritual at around 5pm, which leaves plenty of
daylight to get home safely.
Upcoming rituals for the rest of the year.
September 26-Winter Finding: The Fall Equinox; Summer and Winter balance for a
moment and the cold, old man wins - for now. Brace yourself for longer nights
and the onset, eventually, of the cold and darkness of Winter. Do blot to Odin
for inspiration to get through your personal lean times, whenever they may
strike. This is the traditional time for Fall Fest and the Second Harvest Feast.
This is the second of the harvest feasts, apples are abundant at this time of
year. Ironicly the 26th of September is also the day that Johnny "Appleseed"
Chapman was born. Common foods at this harvest festival are, squash of all
kinds, breads of all types of grains, apples and other types of fruit, grapes
and other berries. The average temperature for this time of year is between
53%-39% F with no snow, dress accordingly. Gothar for this ritual-Mama Ursea.
October 17-Winter Nights/Vetrablot: In the Old Icelandic Calendar, winter begins
between the 11th and 17th of October. Winter Nights celebrates the bounty of the
harvest and honors Freya and the fertility and protective spirits called Disir,
that She leads (often the Disir are seen as our female ancestors). Give glory to
Freya and pour a libation of ale, milk, or mead into the soil an offering to the
Disir and the Earth itself. This is also the last of the Harvest rituals, by
now the fields are bare, the animals have been slaughter and there is plentiful
food. Bring a food your ancestor was fond of, or made often to this ritual.
The average temperature for this time of year is between 50%-31% F with little
to no snow, dress accordingly. Bring your items for the ancestral altar in
rememberance of your beloved ancestors, this is a night to talk about and boast
about your ancestor's deeds. Gothar for this ritual is Talia.
November 14-Feast of the Einherjar: The chosen heroes who sit in Odin's Hall are
the Einherjar. Today we honor those dead kin who gave their lives for Family and
Folk. If you have friends or family who died in battle, visit their graves
today, if that is not possible, drink a libation in their memory. Novemeber 10
is the aniversary for the US Marine Corps, also November 11 is traditionally
Vetran's day. Winter is fast approaching, food must be rationed now so that it
will last all winter, bring a food that uses little but feeds many, be prepared
to share the recipe. We will place everyone's name in a bowl and everyone can
pull a name for next month's gift giving. The average temperature for this time
of year is between 34%-28% F with little or no snow, dress accordingly. Gothar
for this ritual is Kelly Richan.
December 19-High Feast of Yule/Winter Solstice -Traditionally this is the time
when the New Year is born. We honor the beginning of Sunnas return and the
breaking of Winter's spell. This is a time to honor Thor and Freyr, celebrate by
Blot, Sumbel, and High Feast. Burn a Yule Log and jump the flames for luck and
purification. We are deep in the winter at this time, it is a time for
introspection, working on crafts that were put aside for the planting and
harvesting months. Bring a gift for the name you pulled last month, it is extra
special when you have made it yourself. The food for this feast will be
supplied by the Senior Gythia and family. The average temperature for this time
of year is between 12%-28% F with little or no snow, dress accordingly. Gothar
for this ritual is Mama Ursea.
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