This past Saturday was our monthly Kindred Gathering and ritual. There were some new faces and a blot dedicated to Frey. We spoke of the concept of Ár, as described in the works of Ann Groa Sheffield's Frey God of the World. Ár is the tenth rune in the Younger Futhark, where you may be most familiar with the name. But more than that the word means "a good year" - a year of special abundance and fertility in farming and economy (concepts intertwined with our agrarian ancestors
The end of hunting season is just around the corner. Soon lambs, kids, and chicks will be all over this farm. The chickens are laying regularly again with the growing daylight. The geese are sitting on a nest where the firewood pile used to be. Freyr's blessings swirl around this farmstead, reminding me how old this story is. Our ancestors knew the work of lambing, of shearing, of turning animal to energy and being grateful for it.
The Kindred here is slowly growing, word i
As we head towards spring, and the first lambs of the season are being born here on the farm - I am reminded of the Gifting Cycle and how important it is to us Heathens. Some folks try to explain The Gifting Cycle as a sort of Viking Karma, two words that don't imply at all. Viking the verb means to go raiding (to take) and Karma is a Sanskrit word explaining how actions in one lifetime affect the next. Neither work as we understand TGC, but I understand the essence of that s
It is lambing season already at the farm! Lamb and sheepskins help pay the bills at the land where the Tribe meets. It is a wonderful thing to have the farm's cycles of birth and death associated with our practice. To be part of a place where the pigs watching you raise the horn in May will be on the fire spit in fall is something our ancestors knew well. While no farm animal's life is taken lightly, it is a special bit of connection with our past we get to take part in. Fert