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Freyr altar with offerings- Shirl Sazynski

Americans still haven't celebrated our secular harvest holiday yet (Thanksgiving)-- which  marks the unofficial change from autumn to winter, even if the official shift falls on the Solstice. So I think it's still appropriate to honor Freyr, especially at lower latitudes.

Some seasonal-appropriate offerings:  

  • alcohol (mead or honey wine, barley liquor, and golden wines work nicely)
  • honey or maple syrup (raw honey with pollen is more potent)
  • grain (barley, cracked wheat, oats, a prepared bowl of oatmeal or a sheaf of grain)
  • late harvest fruits (such as apples or persimmons)
  • bread or baked goods
  • incense (masculine and earthy, can be slightly sweet; cedar and piñon work well)
  • beeswax candles
  • yellow flowers (chrysanthemums, late roses or sunflowers)
  • a "corn dolly", wheat weaving or wreath (golden ribbons are excellent)

Offerings that you've grown or made yourself work best; if you can't grow flowers, potted ones that you can plant later are appreciated. To dedicate an offering, you can simply place it on an altar or private place outdoors and say, "I dedicate this offering of [x] to [x]."

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Baby Polytheist: the Heathen/Odinist sequel

A few days ago, my friend Lykeia posted a brief guide to setting up a Hellenic altar for the fledgeling polytheist, demonstrating how easy it can be to start practicing even for the brand new devotee on a budget. For the new heathen, whether devoted to Odin or another god in the pantheon, it's even easier: because of the simplicity of heathen ritual, we have even less essential paraphernalia for you to collect. (Which leaves more money for tattoos, valknut and Thor's hammer jewelry, and homebrewed mead!) Because people often ask me how they should start out with worshiping Odin, what offerings they should make, and what the structure of heathen ritual is, I thought it might be useful to post this beginner's guide.  This will consist of a series of three posts, the first one dealing with the basic assumptions and underpinnings of Heathen ritual. More advanced readers, please keep in mind that this is not intended to be a comprehensive treatment, but a very simple and accessible starting place for beginners.

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  • Beth Lynch
    Beth Lynch says #
    A few of the Norse gods like coffee, too! (Odin will definitely take coffee, but only if it is black; He prefers bitter flavors t
  • Beth Lynch
    Beth Lynch says #
    I am going to cover that in the next two posts, but fruit juice, or milk, or tea, depending on the deity, are all possible substit
  • Angela Kurkiewicz
    Angela Kurkiewicz says #
    Thank you so much! It's great to have a "how to" type article. I've been struggling a bit on where to start. What would one use to

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Questions from readers?

As you may have noticed, I have changed the name of this blog!  It is now “Threads: Musings from a godwife and heathen artisan,“  and the intro text is:  “A twisting (and sometimes twisted) exploration of godspousery, seership, hearth witchery, and the mysteries of traditional femininity.”

I made this change (with the kind approval of Anne Newkirk Niven) because I haven’t felt moved to write specifically about Frigga for quite some time now, so it has begun to feel misleading at best (and possibly disrespectful at worst) to have Her name up there in large text in the title line for the blog.  At the same time, I have become increasingly comfortable, during the past six months or so, writing more directly about my path, including some of its more personal aspects that I had previously felt very awkward and/or inhibited about discussing.  So all in all, this name change and refocusing will enable me to post more actively and less self-consciously here, since so much of what I end up posting has been about my path with Odin and/or being a godspouse, anyway.  Also, it will give you a better idea what you're in for when you start reading. 

Along similar lines, a while back when I mentioned over on my own blog that I would be taking a short break from writing new posts in order to prepare for my renewal of vows ritual (which took place this past Tuesday, on May Day Eve), I also mentioned that when I returned to active blogging I’d be opening myself up to questions from my readers, as many other bloggers have done.  I’ve been encouraging readers to Ask Me About Odin for several months now (and you are still welcome to send in your questions about Him specifically to me via wodandis@gmail.com), but now I would like to widen that a bit and invite you to send ask me anything you’d like to know about myself, my practice, etc.

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  • Jolene
    Jolene says #
    I love the new blog subtitle, it fits you a lot better. I know there's a decent amount of Frigga stuff in your practice, but I als
  • Beth Lynch
    Beth Lynch says #
    Thanks! *g* Unfortunately, a lot of my Frigga stuff does tend to be hard to translate into words; just like a lot of my fiber work

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