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Hreda & Eostre

We have very little info on the Anglo-Saxon goddesses (if they were goddesses) Hreda and Eostre. A while back this scholarly book came out that has some info-

Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World: Eostre, Hreda & the Cult of the Matrons by Philip Shaw

Review by Rhiannon (mostly talking about Eostre)

From same book- Notes & Quotes from Heathen Chinese about Hreda

Molly Khan’s posts on Hreda- about the info written about her in Bede and another about her own UPG and another about Eostre

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March 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm 1 comment

Anglo-Saxon Heathen Blogs & Websites

Sprigs on the Anglo-Saxon Branch of the Germanic Tree-

Fyrn Sidu– means Old Custom, equivalent to terms used in modern Scandinavian countries- Forn Sed (Swedish) Forn Sidr (Danish)

Theodism or Theodish Belief is a reconstructionist tribalist sect founded by Garman Lord and further developed by the brothers Swain & Eric Wodening.

Anglo-Saxon- inspired but Not Heathen or reconstructionist

Seax Wica– founded by Raymond Buckland, this was supposed to be a form of Wicca that drew more on Saxon roots

Lyblac is a more recently founded tradition of Anglo-Saxon witchcraft- seen by its founder as a progression of Seax Wica.

Alaric Albertsson has more about the history of specific organizations here.

Folks in ADF with Anglo-Saxon hearths- see ADF Blogs

Wyrd Druidry- or Heathen Druidry Folks in Order of Bards Ovates & Druids who draw on AS magic, herbcraft traditions, inspired by Brian Bates (the Way of Wyrd) author, who is  psychologist- not an expert in AS or medieval studies. Facebook group by this name.

Current Blogs

Grennung Hund Heorth– Hrafnblod Also Kemetic

Ironwood Hearth– located in northern Georgia

Of Axe & Plough– Anglo-Saxon, with some Continental Germanic influence as well as Roman polytheism, Location: Northeast U.S.

Rosie Writes– mostly general book & music reviews, but she also has some posts about Anglo-Saxon stuff- Location: United Kingdom

Weodmonath & LammasHaligmonath,

Conflating Ing with Frey?

Silver Well Hearth– Dorset, Wessex, U.K.

Sundorwic– Southern Ontario

Welsh Heathen– Anglo-Saxon & Roman, in Cardiff, Wales

Wind in the Worldtree

Blogs by non-heathen academics on Anglo-Saxon subjects

Dutch Anglo-Saxonist

Organizations

Frithstead– Anglo-Saxon Heathen Fellowship- in southern New Hampshire

Ealdrice Haedengyld– Theodish Heathen Fellowship in Richmond, Virginia

Earendel Hearth– Pennsylvania

September 2, 2015 at 11:46 pm 8 comments

Untangling Heathen Holidays: July/August, Northern Hemisphere

As I commented before, when looking up information about Heathen holidays, especially with American-based books and websites, it tends to be a big Pan-Germanic mix- some Icelandic, some Anglo-Saxon and some modern American inventions like Einherjar and Vali’s Day. Then there are holidays based on Christian-era folk traditions, which may or may not have pre-Christian roots, but as my readers know, I’m more of a fan of continuing comparatively recent folk traditions that we can share with non-Pagan/Heathen members of various cultures. In the end, I’ll likely end up blending things together from more than one tradition, but I want to know where things come from to begin with! My suggestion is celebrate whatever is being harvested- in my area, it tends to be cucumbers and tomatoes and in July the blackberries in my front yard ripen.

Observance- Cultural Origin- Customs

Lokabrenna- July as month to honor Loki- American Heathen + Global Online Lokean community, with inspiration from later Scandinavian folk beliefs If you are into astronomy (or astrology for that matter) the folk beliefs connect Loki to the rising of Sirius and the hot “dog days” of summer, check when Sirius is actually rising- this could fall in July or August.

1st or 2nd of August- Lammas, Loafmass, Hlaefmaesse– English, Anglo-Saxon revivalist

Based on English Christian customs of baking loaves of bread made from the first wheat harvested and offering them to the Church- a festival of first fruits. More info- Wyrt Wizard, Lammas Eve.  The English folk song “John Barleycorn” is a popular one to sing, and may be associated with Frey himself or his servant, Byggvir (meaning barley). Some Heathens, particular Vanatru see Lammas as the time when Frey sacrifices himself for the land and people, probably a Wiccan or Neo-Pagan influence.

“Come Hláftíd (Loaf-Tide) Béowa, the god of barley, and his bride, Béole “the little bee”, are given worship.  The “first fruits of the harvest”, bread and beer, brewed of barley and honey, are offered to them, that they might beward the speedsome harvest.”- Ealdrice Haedengyld 

1st or 2nd of August Freyfaxi– Icelandic name- American Heathen usage

It’s unclear to me whether this festival was celebrated in pre-Christian Scandinavia or Iceland. The name for this holiday seems to come from the Icelandic Hrafnknel’s saga and Vatnesdaela saga, both feature a man who was a Freysgodhi (priest of Frey) who named his horse Freyfaxi. There are also horse associations (horse racing in particular) with Lunasa, the Gaelic festival around the same time. So to me this one “clicks” with the intermixing of the Norse with the Scots and Irish.

Chapter on Loaf-fest/Freyfaxi in Our Troth

Many connect the harvest with the story of Loki cutting off Sif’s hair. A ritual drama can be acted out, or the story can be told, sung or recited in poetic form. Making corn dollies as part of a “first sheaf” rite is also an option- the Last sheaf tends to be observed in October/November.

Hoietfescht– Urglaawe- Festival of the Hay-time, Hoiet is the Deitsch name for July, and this festival falls either the last week of July or the first week of August. Other names include Sommermit or Corn Boils. At this time, the Wanes (Vanir) are honored for the gifts of the harvest- Frey, Freyja and Njord

General References:

The Holy Tides- Hlaefmaesse- Freyfaxi

Hoietfeshct by Rob Lusch  p. 10, Hollerbier Haven: A Journal of Traditional Deitsch Wisdom Vol. 3, Issue 2

July 8, 2015 at 9:21 pm Leave a comment


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