Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Eight Great Festivals Of Asatru

The Eight Great Festivals Of Asatru Cover Yuletide (December 20-31) - This is a time for honoring the clan, both living and dead, and for celebrating the rebirth of the Sun in the depth of winter. It is marked by feasting, gift giving, visiting friends and kin, and remembering those family members who have died. Yule marks the death of one year and the birth of another, as a turning of the endless cycle.

Charming of the Plow/Disting (around February 14) - Disting is sacred to the female ancestors, to Freya, and to Vali, God of vengeance and rebirth. The earth was traditionally prepared for planting at this time, and local assemblies, or "Things," met to discuss legal matters and to give the people a chance to get together and socialize.

Easter (around March 21) - Easter, or Ostara, is named in honor of the Goddess of the Dawn. Her tokens are eggs, rabbits, and all things concerned with the coming of life with the coming of warmer weather in the springtime.

Walburga/May Day (April 30-May 1) - Walburga is a Goddess Connected With the dead who sleep in the burial mounds awaiting rebirth. Her mood is somber and foreboding, in contrast with the next day, May Day, when the theme shifts to rebirth, life, and fertility.

Midsummer (June 21) - The Sun stands at her highest stead on this, the longest day - ready to begin her gradual withdrawal towards the cold and darkness of Yule. We send her our praise and loving support at this, the moment of her highest glory. Major assemblies of the Folk, such as Iceland's Althing, were held at this time.

Freyfaxi/Thing's Tide (around August 23) - The powers of fertility are honored toward the end of August, as the beginning of the harvest season draws nearer. Frey, God of fertility, is give honor at this festival.

Harvest (around September 23) - At the autumn equinox, we give praise and thanks to the group of Germanic deities known as the Vanir, whose specialties are fertility, plenty, and pleasure. The best known Vanir are the twins Frey and Freya, but there are others among their ranks as well.

Winter Nights (October 13-15) - We exchange Blessings with the essence of the female ancestors, considered collectively as the Disir. They give us their blessings as the season of cold closes in on the world and life retreats into hiding. We honor the Disir, knowing they look on from beyond the grave with loving concern for their living human kin.

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