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Autumn Offerings to Freyr: Heathen Harvest Lord
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]."
When it's time to remove the offerings, I recommend putting them into your garden, at the base of plants (particularly ones that could use a little help), or scattering them somewhere unobtrusive outdoors, such as a field, under a bush, or base of a tree.
And please don't ever leave a burning candle unattended.
The photo comes from a previous year's autumn altar to the Vanir, Thor and Sif, with an icon, sheaf and braided wheat crown I made.
For more information on Freyr, I recommend reading the work of Hilda Ellis Davidson.
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