pagan festivals

Feast of Ullr / Feast of the hunters, November 27th

Feast of Ullr / Feast of the hunters, November 27th

The name Ullr occurred in paganism. Ullr was a great warrior, hunter and he was known as the God of the bow or the great God of hunters. The Feast of Ullr (the Feast of the hunters) was celebrated on November 27th. The main aim of the ritual, which should take place before the feast, is to seek blessings for any weapons which are used for hunting. Then the weapons should be more successful during the winter hunting season. This kind of the ritual is also used to ask for succes and luck for your tribe and your personal lives. The celebration which should held then should reflect the wild hunt. On the celebratory table should be placed meal prepared from wild animals (duck, deer, pheasant, etc.) with other foods which you can find in forests (edible mushrooms, various edible berries). For drinking is suitable to prepare delicious wine, beer, mead or herb tea. There should be prepared a plate and a cup for Ullr on the table as well. This feast is an important act that honors the pagan deity.

The day of the goddess Frigga

The day of the goddess Frigga

May 27 is a day dedicated to the goddess Frigga, who was the wise wife of Odin. She is a patron of the home and married women, she helps to maintain social order and watches over women’s magic. She is linked to nature and the cycle of life and death.

Give thanks to one of the great Mother Goddesses for the health of family, children and the whole tribe. Enjoy and rejoice in the beautiful spring weather and warmth. Celebrate the wonders of spring, a time full of love, life and joy.

During the current celebrations in honor of Frigga, people sacrifice mead, wine or beer, instead of the ritual killing of an animal. This event is a ritual family celebration, which takes place outdoors and consists of three parts – the consecration of the sacrifice, the offering of the sacrifice to the goddess, and the libation. Mistletoe or linden tree branches with berries are used for decoration.

Relatives and acquaintances, who participate in this occasion, renew bonds of friendship and loyalty. During the feast people drink the best mead, beer or apple cider. They eat ox or boar from the spit, bread, grain products, apples and other products of the earth. It adheres to the rule that it is best to quit while you are ahead!

If you wish Frigga to bless your home, light the candle in her honour and it invokes her, or you can offer her some grainy bread and mead.

A few spring points of interest

A few spring points of interest

Astronomical spring begins on March 20th at 5:56:36 p.m. this year, when the Sun enters into the sign of Aries. The spring equinox occurs – this is the moment when the sun passes the equator and the day is as long as the night. If your horizon of view was at an altitude of 0 meters above the Mediterranean Sea, you could observe that the sun rises exactly in the east and sets in the west. The sun passes on the equator through the zenith at noon.

At the North Pole the sun rises and the polar day begins.

According to the Pagan calendar we can expect the High Feast of Ostara and the end of Wolf month on March 20th. The old Germanic pagan feast of spring equinox is named after the Norwegian goddess of fertility, whose name was Ostara (Eostre). The name for Easter was taken from this by some Germanic languages (Easter in English and in German Ostern). Today neo-pagans celebrate this holiday and apparently also Wiccans, who indicate it as their Witches Sabbat.

From Nisan 15th till 21st Jews celebrate Passover (in Hebrew Pesach) – The Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is the oldest feast in the Jewish tradition. Nisan is the first spring month in the Jewish calendar and it usually falls on the period from March to April. In Hebrew the spring is called “aviv”. This word is part of the name of the Israeli city of Tel-Aviv (literally translated “spring hill”).

Note the similarity of the name of the Jewish holiday of Pesach with names of Easter in different languages; “Pascha” in Latin, “påsk” in Swedish, “påske” in Norwegian and in Danish, “Pasen” in Dutch, “paskhal’nyy” in Russian, “Páscha” in Greek, “Pasko” in Esperanto, “Pascua” in Spanish, “Pascoe” in Portuguese, etc.

You can find this article in the new Illuminati Journal (03/2014): illuminati-journal.com

Imbolc 1st – 2nd February

Imbolc

Imbolc is a very important feast. The goddess Brigit comes back to people and gives them strength for the New Year. Let’s not forget that Celts, same as the Jews and other ancient cultures do not have a clearly defined beginning and end of the year. Such thinking was imposed to us by artificially created Christianity. Within old cultures, we could talk about several beginnings of important periods in the annual cycle of the planet.  The feast of Imbolc is one of those beginnings. With the advent of Brigit, nature awakens. Every living creature has a duty to honour the arrival of the goddess, whether it ´s the birds in the trees, deer in the woods or beasts in their lairs. Humans honoured her arrival by the ritual of “First tillage”. This tillage was performed by the “king” of the village. He harnessed white horses or oxen and plowed the first furrow into which people put in their various small items as gifts. At this time, druids also walked around the forests and checked the status of their wells. Everybody began with cleaning and preparation for the new season, when it was necessary to plant, nurture and harvest. Today we do not live as our ancestors did. Although the feast of Imbolc is equally important for us. It shows us the basic principles of the order of natural. The only moral principle of nature, where there are no false pretences and it cannot be doubted. The cycle of birth, work, fruits and death, after which in the entire universe the beginning of a new cycle follows. Let’s honour these principles on the feast of Imbolc, which are the highest and only God of every elementary particles of a matter, which indiscriminately constitute the entire universe.