The Wheel of the year is basically a calendar of the 8 festivals called Sabbats celebrated by Wiccans and some other pagan paths. The wheel looks like a cartwheel with 8 spokes marking the sections of the year. The wheel is in 2 sections the first is the Quarters know as the lesser Sabbats or quarter days, these quarters mark the movement of the sun through the year with the vertical spokes marking the solstices and the horizontal spokes marking the equinoxes The second section represents the cross quarters “cross-quarter days,” “fire festivals,” or “Greater Sabbats”, these are a mix of Gaelic and Germanic festival but basically or from my understanding the cross quarters are the cycles of life and death. The truth be told the Wiccan Wheel of the Year as been made up and in fact at the very starting of Wicca only the Cross quarters where celebrated online pharmacy without prescription it was the Bricket Wood Coven that added the quarter days basically because the wanted more meeting They did this while Gerald Gardner was away although he did not object to the additions as this brought Wicca closer to Gardners Long time friend Ross Nicholss Neo druidism groups the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Although this Wheel has no historical value in terms of reclaiming the Craft it is a valued addition to Wicca and in other pagan paths. For me the wheel is a great source of meditation, understanding of life and death, a reminder of the cycles in
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Throughout pagan history there have been those historical pagans who battle to keep the old gods alive. These mortals held the old god higher and equal to any other god many so devoted they gave their lives becoming martyrs to the cause. One such hero is the great Queen Reina Sigrith widow of Rey Erik the victorious one of Sweden now there is no reason sited why today the 9th Nov is associates Queen Reina Sigrith of Sweden many conclude that it is her wedding day that was to be to Olaf the Lawbreaker. But there is no conclusive prove why it just is. The 9th Nov the day of Queen Reina Sigrith of Sweden is celebrated in many Norse Heathen traditions. The legend goes – When Olaf the Lawbreaker had been king of Norway for three years, he asked Queen Sigrith of Sweden to marry him. She agreed, but when he insisted that she give up her ancestral Gods Sigrith replied, I do not mean to abandon the faith I have led, and my kinsmen before me. Nor shall I object to your belief in the god you prefer. As usual Heathen tolerance was met with kristjan imprecations and a blow to the face (she struck it with a glove and she left). The wedding was off – depriving Olaf of political power that could have sped the christianisation of Scandinavia. As it were, history tells us that the Heathens held on for over 300 more years in the Northlands. Hail Sigrith, defender of
Another way of using Galdor is Galdor Taufe, the naming of an object (a poppet, amulets etc). The term Galdor Taufe means To baptise using voice / song. The object to be names should first be purified and cleansed in a simple rite of the elements.(this takes the form of whatever the individual feels appropriate). The object is then wrapped in dark cloth or placed in a pouch. This is then held at your solar plexus and the name is sung 3 times. Then it is held at the forehead and the name is again sung 3 times. It is then place at the genitals and the name is sung for the final 3 times. You now unwrap or remove from pouch symbolising the birth of the name object. You then hold it to the sky and announce the name to the gods and give a blessing. Anything empowered this way should be considered a living being and treated accordingly. Taufe means baptised and, as such, the object is born and named and blessed by your desires, Remain mindful of the energies you have contained. New Runes are each, individually; named using Galdor Taufe once they are made. Ritual objects e.g. Chalice / drinking horn, Athame etc are also named in this way. Some types of amulets / talismans can also be named, when these have served their purpose the MUST be destroyed. To do this you un-name the object by un-singing the name (singing it backwards) and performing the naming rite in reverse. This
An Example of the Hammer Rite Ritual as adapted by Grendel and unknown others Original bare bones by Edred Thorsson Terms Used VE: Ritual workspace or area. This can be a permanent room or a temporary space. GALDER: A magical invocation or mantra. STADHA: Bodily postures which imitate the shapes of runestaves used in GALDER. VITKI: A runic magician In important ritual work the vitki may wish to recite an invocatory GALDER into which the hammer rite may be incorporated. Such a GALDER would serve to invoke divine forces or simply act as a general invocation to the runic powers, or both. The knowledgeable vitki will compose his or her own rite and GALDER, for this would be a great deed of runecraft! Note how the hammer rite is interwoven into this example: 1. Standing in the middle of the VE, face north, in the STADHA and intone: Fare now forth mighty Fimbultyr “The Awesome God” from heavenly homes all eight Sleipnir be saddled, hither swiftly to ride: Galdrsfadhir, “The Father of Incantation” might to give and gain. Holy rune-might flow from the hoves of Hangatyr’s, “The God of the Hanged”, steed; in streams of steadfast strength – through staves of stalwart standing! 2. Go to the northern rim of the VE and with the wand trace the circle in the direction of the sun, from left to right. During this process sing: The rune-might is drawn ’round the holy-stead, unwanted wights wend away!
Freya, Freja, Freyia, Freya, Frųya, and Freia is the Norse Goddess of love, beauty, fertility, gold, seišr (Seid or seišr is an Old Norse term for a type of sorcery or witchcraft which was practiced by the pre-Christian Norse. Sometimes anglicised as “seidhr,” “seidh,” “seidr,” “seithr,” or “seith,” the term is also used to refer to modern Neopagan reconstructions or emulations of the practice.), war, and death. She was the daughter of Njord / Njorth (Norse god of winds, sea and fire) and Skadi (A giantess, called the ‘snow-shoe goddess’, and the embodiment of winter.) and the sister to Freyr / Frey (god of sun and rain, and the patron of bountiful harvest). Freya was married to the mysterious god Od (this may have been Odin) although some mythologies have her married to Frey. The Sacred Marriage of Frey and Freya are shown on the Brisingamen Disk, which dates from 500BCE discovered in Maltagarden, Denmark. Carved upon the sandstone lid of a cremation urn, Freyas ornate necklace Brisingamen may have symbolized the Sun, whose thawing of winter ice gave its solar disc feminine qualities in the Norse/Germanic traditions. Note the phallic god, and the goddess identified by her crescent moon. The fir tree fertility symbol that adjoins Freya has also been identified as an ear of grain. (see pic) It is said that when Od vanished Freya cried tears of gold as she mourned his lose. Freya is said to live in the palace Folkvang (“field of folk”), a place where love songs are always
It would be hard to get much argument on any of these values from anyone. They simply and briefly encapsulate the broad wisdom of our Gods and ancestors. Courage In virtually every statement of values applied to Asatru, Courage is listed first. As Stephen McNallen has said, courage and bravery are perhaps the values which the Vikings are best known for. However, despite our history, few of us face such turmoil as a literal battle for ones life. In fact, I believe it might be easier to manifest courage in such a situation than to do so in the many smaller day-to-day occurrences in which courage is called for. The most common of these occurrences for modern Pagans, is the courage to acknowledge and live ones beliefs. It is also, sadly, the one that we most often fail at. While we may often be full of the type of courage that would lead us to face a shield wall, many of us quake at the thought of the topic of religion coming up at the office or a friend asking what church we attend. We won’t offer easy answers, but we ask this: if you toast the courage of your ancestors to fight and die for what they believed in, can you trade away your religious identity for a higher salary or social acceptance? In an essay on values there is also the question of moral courage. The way of Tyr is difficultto lose ones hand for ones beliefsbut, Tyr thought the price worth paying.