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High Feast of Midsummer

June 21 @ 5:30 PM 8:00 PM

Midsummer is an Asatru celebration held at the summer solstice. This feast usually falls around June 20-21. Midsummer is considered the second greatest Asatru festival of the year, comparable only to the 12 days of Yule.

The Summer Solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the Sun in relation to the celestial equator. The Summer Solstice is the date with the longest day and hence with the shortest night. This date usually falls near June 21. At the time of this solstice, the Earth is in that point of its orbit at which the hemisphere in question is most tilted towards the sun, causing the sun to appear at its farthest above the celestial equator when viewed from earth.

Midsummer is when the Sun shines longest, but at the same time it is when the days will soon begin to shorten and the Earth is beginning its slow descent into winter again.

Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah invites you to celebrate Midsummer with a ritual to Balder. This will be an outdoor ritual. We invite you to bring an item for the Ancestral altar.

Balder is the god of innocence, beauty, joy, purity, and peace, and is Odin’s second son. His wife is called Nanna and his son was Brono.

Invocation to Balder

I HEARD a voice, that cried,
“Balder the Beautiful
Is dead, is dead!”
And through the misty air
Passed like the mournful cry
Of sunward sailing cranes.

I saw the pallid corpse
Of the dead sun
Borne through the Northern sky.
Blasts from Niffelheim
Lifted the sheeted mists
Around him as he passed.

And the voice forever cried,
“Balder the Beautiful
Is dead, is dead!”
And died away
Through the dreary night,
In accents of despair.

Balder the Beautiful,
God of the summer sun,
Fairest of all the Gods!
Light from his forehead beamed,
Runes were upon his tongue,
As on the warrior’s sword.

All things in earth and air
Bound were by magic spell
Never to do him harm;
Even the plants and stones;
All save the mistletoe,
The sacred mistletoe!

Hoeder, the blind old God,
Whose feet are shod with silence,
Pierced through that gentle breast
With his sharp spear, by fraud,
Made of the mistletoe!
The accursed mistletoe!

They laid him in his ship,
With horse and harness,
As on a funeral pyre.
Odin placed
A ring upon his finger,
And whispered in his ear.

They launched the burning ship!
It floated far away
Over the misty sea,
Till like the sun it seemed,
Sinking beneath the waves.
Balder returned no more!

So perish the old Gods!
But out of the sea of Time
Rises a new land of song,
Fairer than the old.
Over its meadows green
Walk the young bards and sing.

Build it again,
O ye bards,
Fairer than before;
Ye fathers of the new race,
Feed upon morning dew,
Sing the new Song of Love!

The law of force is dead!
The law of love prevails!
Thor, the thunderer,
Shall rule the earth no more,
No more, with threats,
Challenge the meek Christ.

Sing no more,
O ye bards of the North,
Of Vikings and of Jarls!
Of the days of Eld
Preserve the freedom only,
Not the deeds of blood!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Meat and mead are supplied by Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah, monetary or mead donations are always accepted and grateful!

Greeting: 5:30 PM -6:00 PM
Meal: 6:0 PM – 7:00 PM
Ritual: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Things to bring: a side dish to share, a camp chair or blanket to sit on, a cup or horn for drinking mead or apple juice.

Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah is a non-incorporated religious organization and relies on donations to help pay for mead and food for the events.

Attendees must be COVID vaccinated & pre-approved. Contact: info@asatruutah.org

Kelly Richan

(801) 695-6720

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Kindred Stead

2681 lincoln ave
OGDEN, UT 84401 United States
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