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Waelburga and the Rites of May


By: Winifred Hodge

Witches and Walpurgisnacht

"The Witches’ excursion takes place on the first night in May…they ride up Blocksberg on the first of May, and in 12 days must dance the snow away; then Spring begins… Here they appear as elflike, godlike maids." (Grimm v. IV, p. 1619)

"(There) is a mountain very high and bare, ..whereon it is given out that witches hold their dance on Walpurgis night, even as on Mt. Brocken in the Harz." (Grimm v. IV, p. 1620)

"We know that our forefathers very generally kept the beginning of May as a great festival, and it is still regarded as the trysting time of witches, i.e. once of wise-women and fays; who can doubt that heathen sacrifices blazed that day?" (Grimm v. II, p. 614)

"We know that all over Germany a grand annual excursion of witches is placed on the first night in May (Walpurgis), i.e. on the date of the sacrificial feast and the old May-gathering of the people. On the first of May, of all days, the periodical assizes (Things) continued for many centuries to be held; on that day came the merry May-ridings, and the kindling of the sacred fire: it was one of the highest days in all heathenism. …The witches invariably resort to places where formerly justice was administered, or sacrifices were offered. …Almost all the witch-mountains were once hills of sacrifice, boundary-hills, or salt-hills." (Grimm v. III, p. 1050-1)

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Freyfaxi/Harvest Blót

Mike Smith
[Editors’ Note: This ritual involves animal sacrifice, which requires specialised tools and skills. Before deciding to undertake this rite as scripted, readers are strongly encouraged to read the article “On Animal Sacrifice,” ]
Freyfaxi blót is sometimes referred to as Harvest blót. This modern hátíð is in honor of Freyr, a god of fertility, agriculture, and harvest. It occurs during the Autumn Equinox (around Sept. 23rd) and is named after a horse of the same name kept by a Freysgoði named Hrafnkell. This horse, Freyfaxi, was given to the god Frey. Hranfkell declared death upon any who tried to ride the horse. This is recounted in the Saga of Hrafnkell Freysgoði. During this time, it is said that there were horse fighting tournaments and festivals for the harvest time. In modern context, it is
a time to appreciate the harvest and the workers of the fields who bring the food we eat to our tables. Some customs include the mock sacrifice and eating of a bread horse, eating foods from a nearby farm, and the laying down of weapons outside in honor of Frey as a god of frith. At this hátíð, it is important to keep all weapons, or edged blades, out of the vé (roped off enclosure) unless this is a blót proper. Then, the only edged blade should be for the sacrifice itself
(I would suggest using possibly a very sharp sickle.). Otherwise, keep a small table outside the vé for persons to leave their weapons, etc. A suggestion I have is to try to have as much as the food eaten come from a local farm, or farmer’s market, as you can. (It is even better if folks attending made or grew it themselves.) Perhaps brewing beer (or mead) or making bread could also be a fun activity.

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Harvest Blót

Rod Landreth
Godhi Assistant
Ritual Items:
Hammer Blowing horn Two drinking horns
Asperging bowl Evergreen twig Something to sacrifice
Note: The two drinking horns are for beer and whole milk (for those who do not wish alcohol). The
offering for sacrifice can be a small flammable item that represents your sacrifice, or what you are

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Permalink · 9 · 1 year ago

Loaf-Fest (Freyfaxi)

This feast falls on the eve of August 1, at the beginning of harvest-time. The actual Heathen name of the festival is not certain. In England and Scotland, the “Loaf-Mass” (corrupted to “Lammas”) was held when folk brought the first fruits of their harvest to the church as an offering - a custom which might well, in turn, have sprung from Heathenism. Similar customs were followed in Germany: the beginning of harvest was always both an offering and a bidding for a good harvest to follow, safe from hail and other dangers. In Donnersberg, a woman bound three stalks of grain together beneath the ears in every field, saying, “That belongs to the three maidens”; where she could not go herself, she tied three stalks of grain together with white silk and sent a child under seven years old to lay them on the field (Jahn, Ulrich, Die Deutsche Opfergebräuche bei Ackerbau und Viehzucht, pp. 158-59). Many of the “First Sheaf” customs that Jahn cites, such as the making of a corn dolly or the setting out of the sheaf “for the mice” are similar to the “Last

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Permalink · 5 · 1 year ago

August First - Loaf Fest or Freyfaxi

[Editor’s Note: This ritual was written specifically to invite the attention of ancestral guardian
spirits for a group of people who felt extremely alienated from their families and ancestral lines.]

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Permalink · 4 · 1 year ago

Midsummer Blót

Mike Smith
[Editors’ Note: This ritual involves animal sacrifice, which requires specialised tools and skills.  Before deciding to undertake this rite as scripted, readers are strongly encouraged to read the article “On Animal Sacrifice,”]
Midsummer Blót is a traditional, Greater Hátíð, the honoring of summer and all of the gods and goddesses collectively. The reason for all of the gods and goddesses to be worshipped together is due to a myth given to us by Saxo Grammaticus’ Saxonis Gesta Danorun. Great bonfires, feasts,and games were held all over Northern Europe. We know of this hátíð through the collections of folklorists, edicts by church officials disallowing its observances, and writings of Christian writers
describing the events. The Acts of St. Vincent written in the fourth century describes how pagans

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Permalink · 14 · 1 year ago

Hrafnar’s Midsummer Rite and Sunna Blót

Diana Paxson
This is the Sunna blót as Hrafnar has celebrated it for a number of years at our meeting. It’s
a good way to open the picnic season. The “daymarks” are the eight Old Norse divisions of the
day, which were calculated by noting the position of the sun in relation to local landmarks.

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Permalink · 6 · 1 year ago


Midsummer is the celebration of the summer solstice. It was called “St. John’s Night” by the christians. As the shortest night of the year, it was (and is) particularly a time of rejoicing for the Northern peoples. Being a solstice feast, its date is slightly variable, ranging from the twentieth to the twenty-third; however, it is usually Midsummer’s Eve on which the celebrations are held, and it is this night which is the night of the greatest magic.

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Midsummer’s Eve Aelf Rite

Freyjavin Grafeldr and Hrafnkel Anders
This rite was inspired by the Midsummer’s Eve lore of the Elves and Faery folk. As Frey is Lord
of Aelfheim is seemed a fitting time for a rite dedicated to him. This rite is beautiful done at dusk,
outside, and lit by soft candlelight.

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Permalink · 3 · 1 year ago

Walburga’s Night/May Day

Mike Smith
Walburga’s Night- A night of magic and mystery.
As said before, some Ásatrú have associated Walburga with the goddess Freyja in modern aspects, so they honor her and Óðinn with elements of runic magic and seiðr. This hátíð is observed on April 30th at night. Then, in the morning, May Day folk customs are observed, like the Maypole’s fertility dance, with merriment and fun. This example ritual’s structure is a bit different than the usual. But, of course, one may utilize the former structures or create one.

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Permalink · 4 · 1 year ago

Waluburg’s Night - Ways of Asatru

The May Eve festival is one held by all the Germanic peoples. It is generally known as “Walpurgisnacht”, after the christian St. Walpurga or Walburga; the native Teutonic name for the festival has not survived. The Oxford Dictionary of Saintstells us that “(Walburga’s) feast of 1 May inappropriately coincided with a pagan feast for the beginning of summer and the revels of witches, whence the customs of Walpurgisnacht, which have no intrinsic connection with the saint. It is, however, not impossible that the protection of crops ascribed to her and represented by the three ears of corn in her images may have been transferred to her from Mother Earth” (p. 395). However, many folk choose to give the name “Walpurga” a Heathen reading, though it is incorrect to associate the first element with Wal- as “Slain” and thus to connect it either with the cult of Wodan or with the Frowe as the chooser of her share from the battlefield. The name’s original form was “Wald-Burga” (Wood-Protection). However, a similar name, “Waluburg”, is recorded for a Germanic seeress in the second century C.E.; this probably derives from *walus (stave or staff), just as the word “Völva” does (Simek, Dictionary, pp. 370-71), and thus is wholly fitting to this night of magic.

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Permalink · 30 · 2 years ago

Ostara (Eostre) - Ways of Asatru

The first mention of the goddess Ostara (Old High German), or Eostre (Anglo-Saxon) comes in Bede’s De Temporum Rationale, in which the christian cleric tells us only that she is a Heathen goddess after whom a month (April, roughly) was named and that during this month a holiday was celebrated in her name. The Frankish Ostarmanoth (recorded in Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne) and the surviving Modern German name for the festival, Ostern, support the belief that she was known among the continental Germans as well. Not only was she known, but she must have been well-known and firmly rooted, since her name had to be kept even for the christian feast. The name Ostara does not seem to have been known in Scandinavia at all; though we have no evidence for it, it is quite tempting to suggest that Iðunn may have stood in her stead.

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Eir Blessing- Ways of Asatru

(Note:  Heathen Temple is submitting various rites and ways of Asatru.  Some may be ‘fluffy’ others not so much.  The goal is to  increase your knowledge and give you a framework of practice seeing there is really no step by step given in Lore. this includes all information on the page in general as well unless Historical context is provided)

~Kveldulfr Gundarsson

Since a blessing to Eir is likely to be done when someone needs healing, the form of this blessingdiffers slightly from the others given here.

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Permalink · 18 · 2 years ago

Sample Dísablót - Ways of Asatru

Mike Smith
Dísablót is an old, traditional hátíð which is in honor of the Dísir. They were often worshipped in the autumn or late winter. Most Ásatrú celebrate it in mid-February. This is when the female ancestral, or tutelary, spirits are worshipped.

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Permalink · 21 · 2 years ago

On Animal Sacrifice - Ways of Asatru

~Mike Smith
from chapter 6, Ways of the Ásatrú
Blót literally means “blood”, and survives in the modern Icelandic word blóð and the modern German blüt. Another related modern word is “blessing” (Anglo-Saxon blétsung) which originally meant “to sprinkle with blood”.

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Permalink · 8 · 2 years ago