Ewww Last year I took a first stab at going through some of the lore regarding the feast of St. Thomas the Brewer, aka “Doubting Thomas.” This post is going to be something of a repost of that material, but with some added refinements based on my more recent researches. The original can be found… Continue reading St. Thomas the Brewer revisited
St. Lucy’s Day, better known in Scandinavian circles as St. Lucia’s Day, is a Christian feast day celebrated today on December 13. Before the conversion from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, however, it was associated with the winter solstice (as they knew it, the longest night of the year). St. Lucy was originally Sicilian,… Continue reading Lussinatta: Celebrating the Light
If I may be permitted a brief interlude in my series on Yule and pre-Yule subjects, I’ve noted that Asatru tends to have a lot fewer holidays than other Indo-European religions. And here I am talking about well-attested historical celebrations, not modern inventions that (for instance) honor heroes such as a Day of Remembrance for… Continue reading A paucity of celebrations
How… jolly The first Christian feast day associated with the Christmas/Yule season falls on December 6 (N.S.)*. This is well-known to many people nowadays, as it is the date of many krampus festivals in southern Germany and Austria. Nicholas himself was noted for secret gift-giving, and the tradition of leaving stockings by the fireplace stems… Continue reading Kicking off the Yuletide: St. Nicholas Day / Krampusnacht
Yes, I know, we’re not even at Thanksgiving yet (here in the U.S., anyway, that informally marks the beginning of the Christmas season, even if the large stores tend to start putting out their Christmas stuff even before Halloween), but now’s the time to start thinking and planning for the coming Yuletide. There are things… Continue reading Time to start thinking about Yule!
I’ve got to say, as someone who practices, and advocates for the rights of, an ethno-tribal religion, I am very jealous of the status of Amerindians when it comes to their group identity and religious practices. After all, they have the full weight of the United States federal government on their side. Take, for example,… Continue reading Must be nice…
Odin throws his spear over the Vanir A notable, but often unclear, event is described in Völuspá stanzas 21 – 23: Þat man hon fólkvíg fyrst í heimi,er Gullveig geirum studduok í höll Hárs hana brendu;þrysvar brendu þrysvar borna,opt, ósjaldan, þó hon enn lifir. Heiði hana hétu, hvars til húsa kom,völu velspá, vitti hon ganda,seið… Continue reading Gullveig, Heidi, and Freyja
So our house-wight (aka the Tomten or Nisse) was feeling a little rambunctious, or lonely, or something last night (Halloween, not coincidentally). My wireless mouse needed a new battery, so I dutifully removed the old one, went downstairs to get a new one, answered the door for some trick-or-treaters, and when I came back upstairs… Continue reading A Halloween visit from the Tomten