Calender of Events

Fogmoon (November) 27th
Feast of Ullr and Skadi (Ancestor Blot, Weyland Smith's Day)

Mesa, AZ.

Many Asatruar in the USA use the national Thanksgiving holiday to honor our Gods and Goddesses of the hunt (it is deer hunting season in many parts of the country). We thank them for a successful hunting season with a blot and also bless/honor those who hunt to support the family. Weapons are dedicated on this day to Ullr. Some also take advantage of the family-oriented secular holiday to honor their personal ancestors. At my home, we set an extra place at the table and leave it empty so that any ancestor who wishes may join us for the feast. This is a great time for telling tales handed down through the family. Still other Asatruar refer to this holiday as "Weyland Smith's Day" and uses it to honor that great Germanic craftsman as well as those artists and artisans around us.

Asatru Holiday Calender

Snowmoon (January) 3rd
Charming of the Plow

This is the date of an agricultural ritual performed in Northern Europe from ancient times. Grains and cakes were offered for the soil’s fertility, and the Sky Father and Earth Mother were invoked to that end. Meditate upon your dependence on the soil, and crumble upon the earth a piece of bread as you call upon Odin, Frigga and the Land Spirits to heal the Earth and keep it from harm.


Snowmoon (January) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Raud the Strong

Raud was a landowner in Norway who was put to death by (St.) Olaf Tryggvason for his loyalty to Asatru by having a snake forced down his throat. Rauds lands were then confiscated in the name of the king and his monks. Raise a horn in honor of Raud and all of his kinsmen who gave their lives, rather then submit to the enforced love of the kristjan empire.


Snowmoon (January) Full Moon (or Friday between 19th and 25th)
Thorrablot (Thor's Feast)

This holiday began the Old Norse month of Snorri. It is still observed in Iceland with parties and a mid-winter feast. It is, of course, sacred to Thor and the ancient Icelandic Winter spirit, Thorri. On this day a blot is dedicated to Thor; he who protects us from the Rime-Thurses. It is a time to get to know the other Gods as it is winter's coldest month and a time to be by a warm fire.


Horning (February) New Moon (or the 2nd)
Barri or Charming of the Plough (Idis-thing)

This is a festival of fertility and beginnings, of the planted seed and the plowed furrow. Many Asatruar celebrate the wooing by Freyr of the Maiden Gerdr; a symbolic marriage of the God of Fertility with the Mother Earth. In much of Northern Europe, grain cakes were offered for the soil's fertility and Father Sky and Mother Earth were invoked to that end. This holiday also generally honors all Goddesses and the Disir; the female ancestor spirits who bring blessings of fertility as well as important lessons. This is a good time to recall outstanding women in one's family line. For those of you who garden, this is the time to plant seed indoors to later be transplanted into the spring garden. One way to mark the day is to meditate upon your dependence on the soil.


Horning (February) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Eyvind kinnrifi

Olaf tortured him to death by placing a bowl of red-hot embers on his stomach until his body burst open. Eyvind’s crime was a steadfast loyalty to the Old Gods. A good day to reflect on kristjan kindness.


Horning (February) 14th
Feast of Vali

Many Heathens make blessing to the god Vali at this time and generally enjoy the day. Many use it to celebrate the death of Hodr by Vali, avenging Balder, the son of Odin. It is considered a late winter festival related to the triumph of the sun over the dark days of winter. Noting the familial tie bewteen Vali and Odin, it is held as a celebration of the family and Asatruar exchange cards and gifts with loved ones just like everybody else. It is also a time for the renewal of marriage vows and an occasion for marriages/handfastings.


Lenting (March) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Oliver the Martyr

... an adherent of Asatru who persisted in organizing underground sacrifices to the Gods despite decrees by Olaf the Lawbreaker forbidding such activities. Betrayed by an informer, he was killed by Olaf's men while preparing for the Spring sacrifice in the village of Maerin, Norway. Many other men whose names are lost to us were killed, mutilated, or exiled for taking part in these sacrifices.


Lenting (March) 21-23rd
High Feast of Ostara - Spring Equinox

Named for the early Goddess of Spring, Ostara the white-clad maiden, this festival marks the end of Winter and the beginning of the season of rebirth. Today many honor Frigga, Freya and Nerthus. Libations of mead are poured onto the Earth. Personally, I like to think of Idis-thing as the birth of a new green earth and Ostara as her coming of age. Conveniently enough for me, i can then see May Day as her wedding day.


Lenting (March) 28th
Day of Remembrance for Ragnar Lodbrok

... one of the legends' most famous Vikings. On this day in RunicYear 1145, he raided Paris. It just happened to be Easter Sunday. Today Asatruar toast Ragnar, and read from his Saga.


Ostara (April) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Jarl Haakon Sigurdsson of Norway

As ruler of the western part of the realm, Hakon restored the worship of the Old Gods and cast out the alien religion. In the process, the common folk regained political liberties which were erased under the kristjan yoke, and the flame of our Troth burned brighter in an era of gathering gloom. It may be that Hakon’s defense of our ancestral ways helped encourage the survival of our traditions in Iceland, where they eventually became the seeds of modern day Asatru. On this day reflect on how the actions of the individual can impact world events and the future of Odinn’s Nation.


Ostara (April) Full Moon (or 15th)
Sigrblot/Sumarsdag (Summer's Day)

Today many celebrate the first day of Summer in the old Icelandic calendar. In Iceland it had strong agricultural overtones, but elsewhere throughout the Nordic world, mid-April was a time to sacrifice to Odin for victory, called the Sigrblot . The ships were leaving port to seek trade, new lands, and plunder (whether this is honorable or not is a matter of opinion). It is a time to consider new projects and life choices. Remember that your life is an adventure - it is what you make of it. Where do you wish to sail and how will you win victory?


Ostara (April) 22nd
Yggdrasil Day

A modern holiday that coincides with Arbor Day in the USA - the last Friday in April. On this day we realize the great significance that the World Tree plays in our culture, heritage and native spirituality. It is from the World Tree that we came. It shelters and nutures all of us and will offer refuge come Ragnarok. Trees are the lungs as well as the soul of Midard. Plant a tree today, nuture it, and protect it.


Ostara (April) 30th (May Eve)
Walburg or Walpurgisnacht

Walburg was an iconic wise woman and Seid worker (a witch, in the vernacular) who was later transmogrified somehow by the Christians into a saint. Nevertheless, even after this happened people remembered that this night was a holy night for wise women. Thus, Christians were taught to fear it, and them. In Heathenry, this night is one of mystical power as it comes on the eve of May Day, the greatest of the fertility holidays. It was (and still is) used as an occasion for future-casting and other mystical rites. Many choose to reflect on Freya's sinister side, on Hel, and on Frigga; those Goddesses who harbor the dead. It is rather the inverse of the bright fertility and exuberence to come on the morrow and a reminder that life is a cycle.


Merrymoon (May) 1st
May Day

A summer festival, the celebration of the mystical union with the land, honouring of Freyr and Freya. Dances around the May tree; bonfires on hills. The May Pole/Tree brought from the woods to the town symbolizes that the fertility of nature shall be brought to the town community. A very archaic aspect is ritual sex on the fields. This has later been moderated. ;-). The meaning behind the original act is to transfer the human fertility to the fields. Many of the traditions for spring festivals have a young man and woman in the center, exemplary for the human community.


Merrymoon (May) 9
Day of Remembrance for Guthroth of Gudbrandsdal

One of the upland minor kings. Guthroth had to the audacity to make a speech opposing the policies of Olaf Tryggvason, who at the time was busy killing people who did not want to become kristjans. For exercising his Gods given rights to worship his tribal Gods, Guthroth was captured and his tongue was cut out. Use your tongue for the Gods today! Sing their praises and recite some heroic poetry, tell someone of the Gods glory, and call a kinsman to keep in touch.


Midyear (June) 8th
Lindisfarne Day

On this day in the year 1043 Runic Era (793 CE) three Viking ships raided the Isle of Lindisfarne, officially opening what is the Viking Age. Toast these brave warriors who began the noble resistance of the alien invasion of the Northlands and sought rightful revenge for the slaughter of the Saxons by Charlamange.


Midyear (June) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Sigurd the Volsung

Though fictional, Sigurd is honored as the consumate Germanic hero. He is the product of a long heritage of Eddic archaetypes and thus represents many ideals and concerns of our ancestors. His wooing of the valkyrie Brynhild, the winning of the treasure of the Nibelungs, and the constant theme of Odinic initiation that weaves itself throughout his story are priceless parts of Asatru heritage.


Midyear (June) 20th
Midsummer

The summer solstice was second only to Yule in importance to the ancient Northmen. It is also a time for general merriment and, in the Scandinavian countries, many of what we know as the traditional May Day rituals, such as May Poles and Morris Dances, were celebrated at Midsummer rather than in May. This was the traditional time for holding the Allthing in ancient times, so the day is dedicated to Tyr, the God of Justice and Order. As we pass through the longest day and the shortest night of the year, it is also approriate to meditate on the good things of life. Asatruar remember "Balder the Beautiful" at this time and also honor the Sun (Suna) itself.


Haymoon (July) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Unn the Deep-minded

Unn was a powerful figure from the Laxdaela Saga who emigrated to Scotland to avoid the hostility of King Harald Finehair. She established dynasties in the Orkney and Faroe Islands by carefully marrying off her grand daughters. As a settler in Iceland she continued to exhibit all those traits which were her hallmarks - a strong will, a determination to control, dignity, and a noble character. In the last days of her life, she established a mighty line by choosing one of her grandsons as her heir. She died during his wedding celebrations, presumably having accomplished her goals and worked out her orlog here in Midgard. She received a typical Nordic ship burial, surrounded by her treasure and her reputation for great deeds. It is appropriate on this day to salute one's strong-willed female kin and friends.


Haymoon (July) 29th
Stikklestad Day

Olaf the Lawbreaker (“St. Olaf”) was killed at the battle of Stikklestad on this date in the year 1280 R.E. Olaf acquired a reputation for killing, maiming, and exiling his fellow Norwegians who would not convert to Christianity, and for carrying an army with him in violation of the law to help him accomplish his oppression. Today honor the Asatru martyrs who died rather then submit to gray slavery. Also honor the warriors who brought justice to the Lawbreaker.


Harvest (August) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Radbod

On this date we honor Radbod a king of Frisia what was an early target kristjan missionaries. Just before his baptism ceremony, he asked the clergy what fate his befallen ancestors who died loyal to Asatru. The missionaries replied that Radbod’s Heathen ancestors were burning in Hell-to which the king replied: “Then I will rather live there with my ancestors than go to heaven with a parcel of beggars.” The baptism was cancelled, the aliens expelled, and Frisia remained free. Drink a horn this day in memory of Radbod.


Harvest (August) 16th - 19th
Loaf Feast (Freyfaxi)

Freyfaxi marked the beginning of the harvest in Iceland. Dedicated to the God of the harvest, it was a time for celebration with horse races, martial sports, and of course a Blot to Freyr and a feast. Thor, as hallower and defender of the fields, is also honred as is his fair wife Sif whose golden hair reminds us of the corn. Traditionally, three stalks of the first grain are bound together into a sheaf and kept as an amulet of fortune. Oftentimes, this sheaf, bound by a wise woman, was left in the field as magical protection for the crop. The penultimate sheaf is kept for the Yule feast. The last sheaf is left on the field for Odin's horse Sleipnir.


Shedding (September) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Herman of Cherusci

Few mortals have privileged to serve our Folk as did Herman, a leader of the tribe called the Cherusci. We he defeated Varus’ three Roman Legions in 9 C.E. he blocked our amalgamation into the Mediterranean morass. Herman was very aware of his duties not only as a member of his tribe but also as an Asaman - indeed the two were probably inseparable with him. Shedding is the ideal time to give him praise, because the crucial battle for which he is remembered was fought during this month.


Shedding (September) 23rd
Winterfinding - Autumn Equinox

Winterfinding is often celebrated as the harvest festival of the year (or the second one if the kindred likes to celebrate Freyfaxi in August). Fertility Gods (Vanir) are usually invoked for their blessing upon the fields and the on-going harvest. Many honor Frey & Freya as well as Nerthus & Njord. As it is a harvest festival, a large feast of local fall crops is appropriate. It is a good time to reflect upon the labors of the past year and brace oneself for the coming of Winter. Count your blessings and harness your strength and confidence for the lean times ahead.


Hunting (October) 8th
Day of Remembrance for Erik the Red

Praise the stalwart founder of Greenland, and father of Leif, the founder of Vinland. Erik remained loyal to Thor even when his wife left the Gods and refused to sleep with her Heathen husband. Pause in memory of Erik today; drink a toast to his honor. No doubt he gets enough warmth in Har’s Hall to make up for his wife’s coldness.


Hunting (October) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Leif Erikson

this is a day that even the U.S. Government admits who should dedicate to the man who beat Columbus to the shores of Vinland by over 500 years. Don’t let it slide quietly - write your local newspapers and share the word of the Norse colonies with neighbors and friends.


Hunting (October) 12th
Winternights (Vetrarblot, Alfarblot)

In the old Icelandic Calendar , Winter begins on the Satyr's day between October (Hunting) 11th and 17th . However, this holiday may move about in the calendar so as to occur when the seasons are noticably changing. Winter Nights also celebrates the bounty of the now completed harvest, but more importantly, honors the Alfs, Disir and Huldfolk. It also honors Odin and/or Perchta as leaders of The Wild Hunt (or Furious Host) which is thought to be beginning around now. The mood of Winternights is one of conserving resources against the scarcities of the coming cold season. This is the time of year when the animals which could not be fed through the coming winter were killed and the meat preserved. Usually at least one such animal was the subject of sacrifice with the kin eating the holy meat during feast. Libations of ale, milk, or mead are traditionally poured onto the earth as an offering. Apples may be offered to the Alfar. Hay may be given to Sleipnir, Odin's mighty steed thus marking the kindred's home as one that welcomes and respects the Furious Host.


Fogmoon (November) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Queen Sigrith of Sweden

When Olaf the Lawbreaker had been king of Norway for three years, he asked Queen Sigrith of Sweden to marry him. She agreed, but when he insisted that she give up her ancestral Gods Sigrith replied, “I do not mean to abandon the faith I have led, and my kinsmen before me. Nor shall I object to your belief in the god you prefer.” As usual Heathen tolerance was met with kristjan imprecations and a blow to the face. The wedding was off - depriving Olaf of political power that could have sped the christianization of Scandinavia. As it were, history tells us that the Heathens held on for over 300 more years in the Northlands. Hail Sigrith, defender of Asatru, and women of stubborn virtue!


Fogmoon (November) 11th
Einherjar's Feast

The chosen heroes who sit in Odin's Hall are the Einherjar. This Day is set aside for honoring those heros and kin who gave their lives for Family and Folk . Lift a horn to heroes of our faith, of your own blood, and your personal heros. If you have friends of relatives who died in battle , visit their graves today . Some Asatruar in the USA use Nov. 11 (Armistice Day) for this DoR while others prefer May 30th (Memorial Day).


Fogmoon (November) 27th
Feast of Ullr and Skadi (Ancestor Blot, Weyland Smith's Day)

Many Asatruar in the USA use the national Thanksgiving holiday to honor our Gods and Goddesses of the hunt (it is deer hunting season in many parts of the country). We thank them for a successful hunting season with a blot and also bless/honor those who hunt to support the family. Weapons are dedicated on this day to Ullr. Some also take advantage of the family-oriented secular holiday to honor their personal ancestors. At my home, we set an extra place at the table and leave it empty so that any ancestor who wishes may join us for the feast. This is a great time for telling tales handed down through the family. Still other Asatruar refer to this holiday as "Weyland Smith's Day" and uses it to honor that great Germanic craftsman as well as those artists and artisans around us.


Yule

Yuletide is perhaps the greatest of all Heathen holidays. It is a time of celebration and close family contact and lasts twelve days and nights; each of which is a month of the preceding year in miniature. Many of the customs asociated with Christmas actually began with Heathen Yule rites and customs. Many Gods and Goddesses are honored during Yuletide and Asatruar believe that they, as well as the spirits of the earth and our ancestors, all join us for the celebrations. All are our kith and kin, after all.

Odin, in his aspect as the God of Death and Transition, is honored at this time. "The Wild Hunt" rages over the whole world seeking out evil and corruption, sweeping up the dead and ushering out the dead old year itself. It's also common to honor Freyr in his aspect as the just born (or just conceived) new year of growth and promise.

The Wild Hunt of Yuletide


Yule (December) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Egil Skallagrimsson

Odin was his God, and the blood of berserks and shape-shifters ran in his family. His lust for gold and for fames was insatiable. Yet the same man was passionately moved by the love of his friends and generously opened handed to those who found his favor. The same brain that seethed with war-fury also composed skaldic poetry capable of calming angry kings. Can it be by accident that Egil worshipped Odin, the great solver of paradoxes and riddles? Indeed all Asafolk - but especially those who follow the one-eyed God of battle and magic - can learn much from the life of this amazing man.


Yule (December) 20th
Mother Night (Beginning of Yule Tide)

As the night before the Winter Solstice, this is the time when the New Year is born. We honor the beginning of the Sun's return and the breaking of Winter's spell. Traditionally, this night belongs to Frigg, the mother Goddess and mistress of home and hearth. Celebrations center around the wife or mother of the family as she symbolically cleans the house in preparation of Yule festivities, invites both the living and the dead to join the party, and bestows blessings and gifts on her family and friends. Mother Night Parties follow a special blot and ceremony where the house is lit with candle light. Sometimes, this includes a Yule Wreath of four candles, the decorating of an evergreen tree with sunwheels, and the lighting of the Yule Log. I am especially fond of Mother Night as it was the the first Heathen holiday I ever celebrated.


Yule (December) 22nd
High Feast of Yule

Beginning of Runic Year - Sacred to Thorr and Freyr


Yule (December) 31st
Twelfth Night (End of Yule Tide)

This culminates the traditional twelve days of Yule. Traditionally, it is the night of the greatest feasting. This will usually include some form of pork; pigs were a common winter meat source and were sacrificed at this time, also the boar is a sacred animal of Frey. Golden apples are another treat and symbolize the youth and vitality of the new year. A vigil is held from dusk until dawn so that all kin may acknowledge the passing of the Wild Hunt and honor the rising sun of the new year. The vigil is a festive one and includes a long sumbel, story-telling, song, etc. Oaths sworn on this night, usually on Frey's boar or the hammer of Thor, are particularly holy. Words during sumbel are said to bear great weight and power. It is a time to count blessings, take stock and lay a course for the future.