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Runic Era Calender
This Asatru Calendar has been prepared to aid members of the Asatru Faith properly schedule Feast Days and days of mandantory ritual observance. Some Feast Days may be observed on the nearest Saturday to the actual observance. However, The High Feast Days of Ostara, Midyear, Winter Finding, and Yule must be observed on the listed dates because of their solar significance .
RAGNAR LODBROK DAY
Lenting (Marc) 28th
Ragnar was one of the legends' most famous Vikings. On this day in RunicYear 1145, he raided Paris. It just happened to be Easter Sunday. Today toast Ragnar, and read from his Saga.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR JARL HAKON OF NORWAY
Ostara (April) 9th
As ruler of the western part of the realm, Hakon restored the worship of the Old Gods and cast out the alien Christ.In the process, the common folk regained political liberties which were erased under the Chrirtian 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 an how the actions of the individual can impact world events and the future of Odinn's Nation .
SUMARSDAG/SIGRBLOT SUMMER'S DAY
Ostara (April) 20th
Today we 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 .
Ostara (April) 22nd
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 , and will offer refuge to the Folk come Ragnarok . Trees are the lungs as well as the soul of Midard . Plant a tree today , nuture it , and protect it . In this act the Folk must abide . upon the earth in memory of our heroes.
Ostara (April) 30th
This is better know as Walpurgisnacht or May Eve. Walburg is a Goddess of our Folk combining some of the traits of her better know peers. Reflect this day on Freya's sinister side, on Hel, and an Frigga as the repository of the glorious dead, and you will have an idea of Walburg's nature. On this day, pour a horn of mead upon the earth in memory of our heroes.
Merrymoon (May) 1st
The first day of May is a time of great celebration all across Europe , as the fields get greener and flowers decorate the landscape with colorful confusion . Freya turns her kindly face to us after the night of Walburg . Celebrate the birth of spring and the gifts of Freya on this day .
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR GUTHROTH
Merrymoon (May) 9th
One of the upland minor kings . Guthroth had the audacity to make a speech opposing the policies of Olaf Tyggvason , who at the time was busy killing people woh did not want to become christians . For exercising his Gods given rights to worship his tribal Gods , Githroth was captured and his tongue was cut out . Ues 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 .
Merrymoon (May) 18th
Today we rejoice in the warmth and splendor of Spring. A traditional time for a Kindred campout, a blot to honor the AllMother and thank her for the health and vitality of the Family, Kindred and Tribe.
Midyear (June) 8th
On this day in the year 1043 Runic Era (793 CE), three Viking ships raided the isle of Lindisfarne and sacked a monastery there, officially opening the Viking Age. Toast those brave warriors who struck out against the enemies of Asatru.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR SIGURD THE VOLSUNG
Midyear (June) 9th
He is the consumate Germanic hero. 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 our Asatru heritage, that provide endless material For contemplation,and inspiration for action. A day for Sigurd the Volsung is very fitting.
ASATRU ALLIANCE FOUNDING DAY
Midyear (June) 19th
On this date 2238 R.E. seven Kindreds of the former Asatru Free Assembly joined together by ratifying a set of bylaws to preserve and continue to promote the cause of the AFA and Asatru in Vinland. On this day reflecton just what YOU can do far our cause.
Midyear ( June 21st )
This is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Now Suna begins its long decline, sliding into the darkness which will culminate six months from now at Yule. Identifying the sun with the brightness of Baldur, we celebrate in honor of both. Perform the Greeting to Suna early in the morning, bask in her rays later in the day. This was the traditional time for holding the Allthing in ancient times.
Haymoon ( July ) 4th
On this day we honor the unselfish personal sacrifice and unswerving dedication to our Folk exemplified by the founders of modern Asatru/Odinism : H. Rud Mills of Australia and Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson of Iceland. On this day reflect on just what YOU can do to promote the growth of our ancestral religion and protect our sacred heritage and traditions.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR UNN THE DEEP MINDED
Haymoon ( July ) the 9th
Unn was a powerful figure fron 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.
Haymoon (July) 29th
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 this repression . Today honor the Asatru martyrs who died rather than to submit to the slavery of the christ . Also honor the warriors that brought justice to the Lawbreaker.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR RADBOD
Harvest ( August ) 9th
On this arbitrarily chosen date , we honor Radbod a king of Frisia who was an early target for christian 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 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 canceled , the aliens expelled , and Frisia remained free of grey slavery . Drink a horn this day , in memory of Radbod.
Harvest ( August ) 28th
Freyfaxi marked the time of the harvest in Iceland . Dedicated to the God of the harvest , it was time for celebration with horse races , martial sports , and of course a Blot to Freyr and a feast.
DAY OF REMEMBERAMCE OF HERMAN OF CHERUSCI
Shedding ( September ) 9th
Few mortals have been privileged to serve our Folk as did Herman , a leader of the tribe called the Cherusci . When he defeated Varus' three Roman legions in the Teutoburg Woods in the year 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 inseperable 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 ) the 23rd
The Fall Equinox ; Summer and Winter balance for a moment and the cold , old man wins - for now . Brace yourself for longer nights and the onset , eventually , of the cold of Winter . Call on Odin for inspiration to get through your personal lean times , whenever they may strike . This is the traditional time for Fall Fest and the celebration of the harvest .
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ERIK THE RED
Hunting ( October ) 8th
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 in his honor . No doubt he gets enough warmth in Har's Hall to make up for his wife's coldness.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR LEIF ERIKSON
Hunting ( October ) the 9th
This is a day that even the U. S. Government admits we should dedicate to the man who beat Columbus to the shores of Vinland by 500 years . Don't let it slide by quietly - write your local newspapers and share the word with your neighbors .
WINTER NIGHTS / VETRARBLOT
Hunting ( October ) 12th
In the old Icelandic Calendar , Winter begins on the Satyr's day between Hunting 11th and 17th . Winter Nights celebrates the bounty of the harvest and honors Freya and the fertility spirits called Disir , that she leads ( sometimes these beings are thought of as ones female ancestors ) . So you don't plow the fields ? Someone does , or you wouldn't eat ! Give glory to Freya and pour a libation of ale , milk , or mead into the soil as an offering to the Disir and the Earth itself.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR QUEEN SIGRITH OF SWEDEN
Fogmoon ( November ) the 9th
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 the 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 christian imprecations and a blow to the face . The wedding was off - depriving Olaf of political power that could have sped the christianization of Scandanavia . Hail Sigirth , defender of Asatru , and women of stubborn virtue !
FEAST OF THE EINHERJAR
Fogmoon ( November ) 11th
The chosen heroes who sit in Odin's Hall are the Einherjar . Today we honor those dead kin who gave their lives for Family and Folk . If you have friends of relatives who died in battle , visit their graves today . If that is not possible , drink a libation in their memory .
THE FEAST OF ULLR
Fogmoon ( November ) the 28th
The Feast of Ullr was to celebrate the Hunt and to gain the personal luck needed for success . Weapons are dedicated on this day to Ullr . If your arms were blessed by the luck of the God of the Hunt , your family and tribe shared the bounty with a Blot and Feast to Ullr .
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR EGIL SKALLAGRIMSSON
Yule ( December ) 9th
Odin was his God , and the blood of berserks and shape-shifters ran in his family . His lust for gold and for fame was insatiable . Yet the same man was passionately moved by the love of his friends and generously open-handed to those who found his favor . The same brain that seethed with war-fury also composed skadic poetry capable of calming angry kings . Can it be by accident that Egil followed Odin , the great resolver 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) 21st
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. This is a time to honor Thor and Frey, celebrate by drinking a toast to them. Have a Yule party with family and kindred. Decorate a tree with sunwheel and light a Yule Log.
Yule (December) 31st
This culminates the traditional twelve days of Yule. Each day of which is a month of the preceding year in miniature Reflect on the past year. Take stock and lay a course for the future. Make New Year's resolutions in the old way by swearing your oath on Frey's boar or on your Hammer.
CHARMING OF THE PLOW
Snowmoon (January) 3rd
This is the date of an agricultural ritual performed in Northern Europe, when grain crates were offered for the soil's fertility, and Father Sky and Mother Earth were invoked to that end. Meditate upon your dependence on the soil, and crumble upon the soil a piece of bread (natural or homemade of course) as you call upon Odin, Frigga and the Land Spirits to heal the Earth and to keep it safe From harm.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR RAUD THE STRONG
Snowmoon (January) 9th
Raud was a land owner in Norway who was put to death by Olaf Tryggvason (Olaf the Slime) far his loyalty to Asatru by having a snake forced down his throat. His lands were of course confiscated in the name of the king and his monks. Raise a horn in honor of Raud and all of our kinsmen who gave their lives rather than submit to the enforced "love" of the empire of the Christians.
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 we should perform a blot to Thor and invite the mighty Asaman to the Feast.
Horning (February) 2nd
This is the day we celebrate the wooing by Frey of the Maiden Gerd, a symbolic marriage of the God of Fertility with the Mother Earth. It is a festival of fertility, of the planted seed and the flowed furrow. For those of you who garden, this is the time to plant seed indoors to later be transplanted into the Summer Garden.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR EYVIND KINNRIFI
Horning (Febuary) 9th
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 steadfast loyalty to the Old Gods.
FEAST OF VALI
Horning (February) 14nd
This feast was originally celebrated the death of Hodr by Vali. This late Winter festival relates to the triumph of the return of the light of the sun over the dark days of winter. Today in the traditional celebration of the family. A time for the customary exchange of cards and gifts with loved ones.It is also a time for the renewal of marriage vows and an occasion for marriages/handfastings.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR OLIVER THE MARTYR
Lenting (March) 9th
He was 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.
HIGH FEAST OF OSTARA
Lenting (March) 20th
This is the Spring Equinox. The end of Winter and the beginning of the season of rebirth. Today we honor Frigga, Freya and Nerthus. Pour a libatian of mead onto the Earth, celebrate the rebirth of nature, Asatru, and the new hopes of the Folk.