I am back…kinda. I remade an account because I realized I was missing alot of great resources for witchcraft…and missing a lot of great bloggers! I will mostly be dark dashing, except for following a few blogs. It was nice to take a little break, and to actually get to the rethink about my…
It sounds like you’ve found a healthy balance. I’m glad you’re back!
I cannot for the life of me remember how I stumbled across this, but I figured I’d share in case anyone is interested.
Isn’t tomorrow super special to Odin? Can someone explain?
I’ve never heard anything pegging tomorrow as super special to Odin, but I don’t profess to know everything so I could be completely wrong.
It might be for some people because St. Nicholas/Santa and Odin have a lot of similarities and tomorrow is St. Nicholas’ Day.
(Yeah, we can have the Santa-vs-St Nick argument if anyone wants, but in general, you know what I mean.)
Can someone explain to me what and when Yule is?
Yes, though if you ask six different people, you’re going to get six different answers, as with most things in Asatru and Heathenry.
Yule is the beginning of the new year. It’s a 12+ day festival, to my understanding, and begins on the 21st (solstice) this year.
As for content, I found this page to be helpful while I was making plans, among others easily findable on Google. Yule oaths seems to be a consistent tradition (similar to New Year’s resolutions), as does honoring Frigga either on the first or twelfth night. Also, most people seem to do a little something for the landvaettir. And the Disir.
As with the originators of this faith, though, traditions vary from house to house, from kindred to kindred.
So basically, my answer is Google it, because that’s what I did, since it’s my first year celebrating. It wouldn’t hurt to join up with some Asatru/Heathenry-oriented forums and talk to people about it outside of Tumblr. Folks on Tumblr tend to give answers like, “do whatever you feel is appropriate because you’re a shining star,” but I get the impression that you’re looking for a more structured answer.
“do whatever you feel is appropriate because you’re a shining star”
This is exactly how I want to answer 100% of the asks I get.
I had asked Robert L. Schreiwer who runs the Urglaawe page on facebook if the practice had/used the Nine Sacred Herbs or had their own: I am sharing the answer since it’s interesting.We have Nine Sacred Herbs in Blanzeheilkunscht that differ from those listed in the Lacnunga
Three from wood: dogwood, elder, wintergreen
Three from fields: Fimffingergraut (cinquefoil), catnip, ground ivy
Three from the garden: horehound, sage, thyme
Collection on new or young plants is not to take place prior to May 15.
Asked by of-the-people
There’s a really good description of Yule here, that talks a little about the twelve days. Basically, Yule is the extended celebration of the most important time of the year. It wasn’t always twelve days depending on where you were in the world, and I’m sure not everyone celebrates twelve days now.
Sometimes it’s hard to pin down celebrations because, historically, we’re limited in our information and, in both modern and ancient times, different tribes or groups had different traditions.
This article has a decent explanation of what some Heathens do for the Twelve Days. (Scroll down to the “modern” section.) This might be especially useful if you follow the Nine Noble Virtues. (I don’t personally, but I know that many do.)
My Yule is simple. An event with the Kindred and a meal on Midwinter. I’m deciding about that whole “work/don’t work” during the twelve days thing.
I think it would be cool if you devoted the twelve days to twelve different people/Gods/what-have-you, but that’s in no way standard.
I’m not sure if this was any help, but I’m honestly still figuring out a bunch of this stuff myself.
I love how much of Urglaawe Yule revolves around food.
(p.s. Is everyone familiar with Urglaawe? Pennsylvania Deutsch Heathenry? I’m snapping up any information on it that I can find.)
The good news: I have researched Scandinavian, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon history and religious practices, and turned up well over thirty new papers to read today.
Bad news: I am completely out of binder space for these.
This is the kind of problem I want to have.