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Earth Journeys - The Wheel of The Year - My Rites Offerings and Magical Workings.

Updated: Nov 18, 2022



My work and Consultations are often described by my clients as a Journey, a Journey from place to another… A journey that cascades into the depth, heart and core of self, and beyond time, layers fall away, what is often and always revealed is raw, real heartfelt truths. Deep healing is discovered.. Dropping into the blood and bones of life… We meet as strangers and part as kin. For we have undertook a journey of courage , grit, heart and grace.. I am totally honoured to do this work.. To sit with you, to take these journeys, soul journeys, to be met fully by our loved ones our ancestors, those that have come before us , those that have been taken to early, those that we have lost, yet with my hand on my heart they have never left us, they walk beside us, they love us with all their mite, and for a brief while we sit on a bridge between here and the otherworld, the rainbow bridge.. We travel and we are met fully with their love… This is what I do, this is what we do, we undertake journey’s…

If you have had a Session/ Consultation with me, how would you explain it? what comes from it?, what are your feelings and experiences of it? Please share your story below in the Comments.

Alongside my Consultations,

Come late Summer I intend to introduce My Earth Journeys .. Immersion into the fabric and wisdom of the land, and one of those pathways, when it is safe to do so, is to start to facilitate local Open Ceremonies and Rites beside an Ancient Oak Tree and Mere honouring the Wheel of The Year, Anchored in my recently discovered heritage.. Yet a path that I have walked the whole of my life.. Yet now is the time to Own it fully. Especially as I approach my 50th year… The rites will be heartfelt yet simple involving all that come, an offering, poetry, song drum, chant and magic, and importantly the talking stick…I intend to start this in and around Loaf Fest. Anchored in Community and Healing reclaiming the wisdom of our forebears, honouring the land and spirits and gods and goddesses that dwell their..



On a far-flung cluster of 18 of the most impossibly beautiful islands, Faroe Islands, Denmark: Tucked away at the bottom of a mountain-enclosed inlet, a grass-roofed village occupies a mystical, moody realm in Denmark’s Faroe Islands. This island, Streymoy, is just one of 18 that make up the windblown and remote archipelago that sits about 200 miles off the coast of Scotland.


For me since discovering my Nordic/Irish ancestry it brings a greater sense of meaning and purpose as I journey the wheel of the year. as my ancestors once did. Our celebrations humble us and brings us together with our Gods, Goddesses and our ancestors, honouring the ebb and flow of the land and its seasons. the Old Norse Germanic word for these rites were known as Blot is derived from the ancient Germanic word for "blessing"


Something that is very dear to me is this song for many reasons.. Its known as Lívstræðrir meaning Threads of Life preformed by Eivør & John Lunn its beautiful and haunting..


You don’t just hear this... you feel this... absolutely amazing in every way!! it's like I've connected with ancestors from over 1000 years ago.. this music is a bridge between that era and the present. So powerful. The music takes me to faraway lands and far-gone times it is the music of the the Faeroe people, and The Faeroe Islands, my people, 200 miles north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland. I am forever thankful for discovering the threads that flow through my life...




 

Rites, Blots, Offerings and Symbel


The main rites celebrated in Heathenry are called blōt and symbel (pronounced sumble). Heathen groups and individuals hold feasts and celebrations based around blōt and symbel at rites of passage (such as weddings or baby-namings), seasonal holidays, oath-takings, rites in honour of a particular God or Gods, and rites of need (in which Gods and/or ancestors are asked for help).


Historically A blōt was a offering to the Gods , alfs or ancestors. A feast followed afterwards at which the meat was shared amongst the participants. Blōts were held to honour the Gods or to gain their favour for specific purposes such as peace, victory, or good sailing weather.


A modern blōt centres around the offering of food or drink (often mead) or other items to the Gods and tends to be followed by a feast. It may be a simple rite or a more elaborate one depending on the purpose of the blōt and the number of participants. In an indoor blōt where food is offered, it is common to lay a place for the God, ancestor or alf at the table. During a blōt held outdoors offerings are often thrown onto a fire. Or butter laid on a scared stone outside the dwelling or home or mead poured at the base of a tree..


I have for many years instinctively offered a offering of Oats and Honey and Mead to the land and the old ones especially as the Wheel Turns and the Seasons shift...


Symbel is a ritual drinking ceremony in which one or more drinking horns or other vessels are filled with mead (or another appropriate drink) and used for toasting or boasting. It is common for modern Heathens to pass the horn(s) around all those participating after liquid is blessed. The first round of toasts may be to the Gods, the second round to wights or ancestors, and the third round may be to whatever else the assembled Heathens wish to toast.


There may be many more rounds, or the symbel may stop after a designated number. A separate libation (drink offering) may be given to the Gods, landwights or housewights, or some of the contents of the horn may be poured out as an offering to them.

As well as major offerings to the Gods or alfs, Heathens like to leave gifts for their domestic hidden folk: the wights who live in their garden and house. For this purpose, many Heathens keep a special bowl to leave offerings in the house of cakes and ale, or may leave food or drink on or near a small garden altar. Or again on a sacred Stone...


This makes me smile as I have often sensed Odin as a story teller gathered around the fire sharing tales with a horn full of mead...


Many Heathens will give offerings to their housewight whenever baking or brewing, as these things can easily go wrong, and so it is important to have the wights favour. It is also important when dealing with wights to be respectful of their space. In the case of a housewight this can be done by keeping the house clean and tidy.


 

This is a list of festivals celebrated by me that deeply resonate and aligned to a lifetime of feeling the fabric off the land and deeply anchored to my heritage and roots and on historical festivals and festivals from British folklore.

The celebration of festivals varies greatly between groups and individuals who will only celebrate the festivals they consider the most relevant to their path. Typically a festival year will include three, eight or nine and twelve of the following festivals and can be fused into the tides of the Moom.

 

Thorrablot 'January offering'


"Charming of the Plough/Plow" after the Anglo-Saxon spell and ceremony. Recorded as a regular feast only in Sweden, this blessing takes place January 31st. The name means "Thing (assembly) of the Goddesses." In Sweden, it was the first public moot/fair and market of the year; in Denmark, this is the time when the first furrows were ploughed in the field. This is a feast of new beginnings, at which the work in the fields for the growing season to come is blessed. For Charming of the Plough/Plow, the equipment would be “charmed,” as well as the field and seed, so the crops would be in abundance. The Landvættir/land wights would be honored and thanked for their help in the planting, growing, and eventual harvest.


This festival is based on the Icelandic feast called Thorrablot (which translates as 'January offering'). In modern times it has become associated with Thor due to the similarity of the names. Thorsblot thanks the god of thunder for his protection over the winter. Special foods are prepared in his honour which might included goat's cheese, goat meat stew, herring.. And a offering of Mead Oats and Honey giving thanks for traveling thorough the darkest part of the year, a simple yet heartfelt rite and ritual.


 

Disting / Frigga's Blot - 2nd February


Disting is a goddess festival and is typically dedicated to Frigga, Freya or Nerthus. It is also a time for honouring the Disir, the female ancestors, place a space at the table to honour them. Mothers and Grandmothers. “Nerthus’ themes are spring, cycles, health, energy, peace and prosperity. Her symbols are fire, chariots and soil. This Germanic earth Goddess welcomes the season with Her presence. She was so important in Danish regions that no weapons or iron tools could be left out during Her festivals. Brighten up your living space with flowers and decorations that speak of earth (Nerthus) and spring’s beauty. Again a Blot, offering of milk and honey for her and the landwrights can be given .


 

Lovers Blot - 14th February


Lover's Blot is a heathen adoption of the ancient European festival custom of Valentines Day which originated from pagan Roman times. Lover's blot is an opportunity for couples to ask the blessing of the gods and goddesses on their relationship. It is also a good time for those that are single to be guided by the Goddess to meet a future partner.


Often the couple will call on their own patron deities or alternatively one of the deities of love and sexual relationships, Siofn, Lofn, Frey and Freya. The goddess Lofn is particularly invoked where there is friction in the relationship caused by outside influences.


A Blot and Offering of Mead and Flowers is a beautiful way to honour this time, to bless your rings with mead and to re exchange them in a rite of love, and honouring your bonds.. To write and exchange vows, words, and poems. A wonderful simple rite is to fill a bowl of mead and flowers to place your rings, stir the mead and flowers clockwise, light candles for the years or months you have been together, or to dedicate one and to dress it with oil and herbs and to once again exchange rings. Or to exchange rings for the first time.


 

Ostara - 21st March


There is very little information on the Goddess Ostara but a lot of her traditions live on in the modern day Easter. As a holiday, Easter actually predates Christianity, it was originally the name for the Spring Equinox. One of Ostara’s name variations, Esotara, slowly evolved into the modern name for this holiday, Easter. The name "Eostre" (Old Germanic "Ostara"), is related to that of Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn, her name can then be translated as East, Dawn or Morning Light. Ostara’s name is also the root of the word oestrogen.


Ostara is said to originate from Northern Europe where it was said that she brought with her rebirth, renewal, and fertility to the land during the beginning of Spring. She was responsible for reawakening the earth and supporting the growth of new life. It was Ostara that warmed the winds, helped the trees to bud, and the snow to melt. Spring was seen as a time of hope after the harsh winters of ancient Europe. Ostara, and Spring, was a sign that no matter what harshness or coldness covers the Earth, it will be reborn again.


 

May Eve / Day - WALUBURGIS NIGHT April 31st - May 1st - Merrymoon


May is a joyous fertility festival marking the start of the summer. A lovely tradition is to build a may pole for this event decorated with garlands of greenery. Or a May Tree with sprigs or even a May Wreath all represents the world tree Yggdrasil, in Norse cosmology, is an immense and central sacred tree. Around it exists all else, including the Nine Worlds., May is a joyous fertility festival marking the start of the summer.

This ceremony is marked by outdoor activities such as dancing, parades, boundary blessing, and the seeking of permission from the Landwights the Landvættir for future rites and workings. For all these reasons, we consider Freya to be at the core of this festival, as she is mistress of both witchcraft and love. Freya and Nerthus are honoured at this time of year.


This festival marks the beginning of summer in Scandinavia. In all the Germanic countries, it is seen as a time when Seers and witches are particularly active, and often gather to celebrate spring , a gathering of skills and crafts, knowledge and wisdom A witch and seer -moot..


Young men would gather flowers and herbs and dress their beloved windows, and for the younger people to collect greens and branches from the woods at twilight, which were used to adorn the houses of the village.


Fires were kindled on grave mounds or other high places on this night; it is traditional for lovers to leap through the flames, to take a oath and bond of marriage , The Month of May was traditionally a month where many Weddings took place.. One of the main traditions is to light large bonfires, feast, and toast bonds and agreements made, share skills , wisdom, knowledge and trade goods..


It is at this time we also honour the Germanic seeress 'Waluburg it is said she was from the tribe of the Semnones. At some point in her life she got abducted by the roman army and brought to Egypt where she most likely served a roman general. A shard in which her name was inscribed was later found in the Nile.


 

Litha / Summer Solstice - 21st June / Midyear


Celebration of the Summer Solstice, when the power of the Sun is at its height. It was at this time that most foreign trade was conducted, as well as shipping, fishing expeditions, and raiding. Thus, Midsummer was the festival of power and activity. It was not without its dark side as well. Midsummer was recognized as the longest day of the year; thus, the year began to age after this time and the days grow progressively shorter.


It is also the time of the union of Frey and Freya who combine their energies to make the flowers turn to fruit. Heimdall and his rainbow bridge can be honoured at high summer, as can Aegir, Ran, and the Nine Sisters – all ocean deities. Logi may be honoured as patron of the Midsummer bonfires as well. Baldur is sometimes honoured on Midsummer as a sacrificed god of Light, and sometimes in November when things are withering and dying.

​Midsummer is the religious celebration held at the summer solstice. This feast usually falls around June 20-21. Midsummer-related holidays, traditions and celebrations are found in all the Germanic countries of Northern Europe. Midsummer’s eve is considered the second greatest festival of the Germanic holy year, comparable only to the 12 days of Yule. Certain celebrations take place on the evening of the summer solstice. Great roaring Bonfires, speeches, songs and dancing are most traditional. Folk traditions include the making of wreaths, the kindling of fires, the burning of corn dollies, and the adornment of fields, barns, and houses with greenery. Midsummer as particularly a time to make blessings to Baldur. Model Viking ships are also sometimes made out of thin wood, filled with small flammable offerings, and burned at this time. Midsummer is the high point of the year, the time when deeds are brightest and the heart is most daring. This is the time when our Viking forebears, having their crops safely planted, sailed off to do battle in other lands. It is a time for action and risk, for reaching fearlessly outward.


It is for us the day we harvest our Garlic, after it be planted on Winternights October 29 November 2nd.


 

Lithasblot (Freyfest/Freysblot)July 31st - August 1st/ Harvest


The harvest festival; giving thanks to Urda (Ertha) for her bounty. Often alms are given to the unfortunate at this time, or loaves in the shape of the fylfot (the Sun-wheel, which fell into regrettable disrepute during the dark times of the second World War when the symbol was perverted as a symbol of chaos and darkness). Interestingly, Lithasblot 1941 was allegedly the time when the magical lodges of England performed rituals to keep the Nazi forces from invading their country; which may have worked, since Hitler eventually abandoned plans to invade Great Britain. Lithasblot has long been associated with ceremonial magic and magical workings. Lammas is the holiday of the first cutting of the grain, when John Barleycorn dies to feed us all. Every culture has a version of John Barleycorn, and in our cosm