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Winternights
10-29-2017, 07:25 PM (This post was last modified: 10-29-2017 07:26 PM by Satyros.)
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Winternights
October 21st (through November 2) is - for Northern Hemisphere Heathens - Winternights, also known as Winterfyllith (Winter full-moon).

Winternights is a time when the chill of Winter is setting in as the world around us dies. With such an event the spirits of the dead have a stronger presence, and so we take this time to honor our ancestors and the land spirits. Food is offered to them - welcoming them and making peace - and their stories are told around the fires and feasts. Not all is revelry, as we also ward against Winter and the destructive forces that come with it.

With the coming of Winter, the Wild Hunt rides. Odin leads a divine procession, chasing down baleful spirits and returning them to Niflhel; a process that lasts until Summer returns. Another prominent figure is Frau Holle - often take to be Frigga - who brings the snow.

A common offering during this time was that of the Last Sheaf. With the harvest, land wights that would harm the crops are chased further inward (similar to crickets if you mow your lawn in a circle inward). They are left with no choice but to reside in the last sheaf of wheat, which is then bound and offered to Odin's horse - Sleipnir.

Pumpkins are also carved in Modern Heathen practice, with the intent to scare away ghosts and wights who would otherwise pester our homes. Destroying a pumpkin before Winternights' end is seen as incredibly unlucky as it removes that wards from your home, and incredibly foolish as it might offend spirits of the holiday. After the holiday, however, they may be burned as an offering to the gods, or left out to the hand of time.

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10-29-2017, 07:50 PM
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10-30-2017, 02:08 AM
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RE: Winternights
(10-29-2017 07:25 PM)Satyros Wrote:  October 21st (through November 2) is - for Northern Hemisphere Heathens - Winternights, also known as Winterfyllith (Winter full-moon). Winternights is a time when the chill of Winter is setting in as the world around us dies...Another prominent figure is Frau Holle - often take to be Frigga - who brings the snow.

Oh no! Chill! Snow! Please don’t remind me. In Utah, we’ve made it to October 30 without a hard freeze—when our average frost date is the 11th. Such luck can’t last. We’re due for a dip to 31° Tuesday morning; then, colder weather will begin filtering down from the North late next Sunday with what could be our first snowfall on the valley floors, after we’ve passed full moon November 3. The world is indeed dying around us, leaves off some of the trees already, with the sun fleeing toward the Tropic of Capricorn, getting lower each noon and yielding a shorter daytime. But fascinating post. Thanks.
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