Though most members would not begin their personal Yule celebrations for another few days, on December 18, 2011 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate the opening of the Yule season and hold its last official holiday observance of the year. As with previous years, we celebrated indoors, and in 2011 Debbie and I hosted the event at our home. Continue reading →
One of the handouts available at the talk I gave during this year’s Pagan Pride Day in Albuquerque:
Glossary for The Basics of Asatru (and other forms of Heathenry and Paganism inspired by pre-Conversion Germanic religion)
Æsir: One of the families of gods. Some of the better-known include Odin, Frigg, and Thor.
Alfar: Elves. Often called alfar to avoid people confusing them with fantasy, Lord of the Rings style elves. Believed by some Heathens to be deceased male ancestors.
Asatru: Literally, “faith in the Æsir,” though it isn’t strictly limited just to worship of the Æsir; all wights allied with the Æsir and humanity may be worshipped. It is the reconstruction and revival of the pre-Conversion religion(s) of the Germanic peoples.
For its last official blót of the year, Keeper of Seasons Hall met on December 21, 2008 to celebrate the opening of the Yule season. Though the Hall normally holds its blóts outdoors, Yule is usually an exception; as in previous years, we met at the home of one of the Hall members. For 2008, I had the honor of acting as host for the Hall. Continue reading →
At 5:30PM this February 12th the members of Keeper of Seasons Hall, joined by a great little heathen visitor in the form of Grundair’s son, once again sought out a spot on the bank of the Rio Grande river. The setting sun shone gold on the flowing water and the air was sweet with the smell of the river. The weather was unseasonably warm, bu it made the Blot all the more comfortable. After finding a spot, perhaps a bit too close to the main path, we began the blot for Disting. Continue reading →