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Freya's Blot

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:03 am
Author: TheWiseHedgewitch
By Freyawyche (Freyawyche) on Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 08:49 pm:

Freya's Blot is December 1st..wear gold and amber, light a fire, have sex (Yes!) , drink some grog, and say "Heilsa" to all!

Re: Freya's Blot

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:04 am
Author: TheWiseHedgewitch
By Helen (Helen) on Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 09:17 pm:

What does "Blot" mean my dear? Pardon my ignorance :)
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Helen

Re: Freya's Blot

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:04 am
Author: TheWiseHedgewitch
By Robin (Robin) on Monday, November 27, 2006 - 10:01 am:

From what I can understand a Blot is a day of celebration in Scandinavia/ norsk. Freya's Blot or day is 1st December.
"Heilsa" Freyawyche, may Freya bless you throughout the coming year and always.
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Robin

Re: Freya's Blot

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:04 am
Author: TheWiseHedgewitch
By Hearthfire (Hearthfire) on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - 01:50 pm:

Wishing everyone a happy 'Freya's Blot' for Friday!

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Re: Freya's Blot

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:05 am
Author: TheWiseHedgewitch
By Freyawyche (Freyawyche) on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - 02:12 pm:

3. Blot: links man to Aesir & Vanir
Blots are mentioned frequently in the sagas, though few give details of how the sacrifices were done. An exception is Eyrbyggja Saga, which describes a blot in some detail. Though the authenticity and antiquity of the passage are debated, it's the best source we've got, and the form of modern blots derives from it (though local variations are common). The purpose of the blot:

Devotional or votive; no "powers".
Toast the Aesir & Vanir and share the drink with them.
"A gift demands a gift."
Renews contract and kin bonds with the gods.
Note : the Aesir and Vanir were the two main kindred branches of the Northern Peoples at the time the myths were written They were at war. Freya and Her brother Frey were chosen to be gifts from one tribe to the other to bring peace. It is told that after that Freya went village to village teaching the women the craft in her own trad which was Seidth- a shamanic visionary working,prophecy and healing. She was also traveling to find her long lost husband. It is said when she cried for him if her tears fell on the Sea they turned to amber, and if on the land they turned to gold, and so those became her most noted correspondences. I've included this little bit of info as at one time the Norse religion (Asatru) and the pagans down in Britain, etc blended somewhat, so there is a bit of crossover.

For instance, devotion to Frey and Freya are mentioned extensively in one book by Janet and Stuart Farrar, who state that She is their main Goddess.While Asatru is more shamanic and is not strictly Witchcraft with a capital W, I think it is good to know about.