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Keeping the holy feasts and blessings of the year, is one of the greatest duties of those faithful to the Germanic Gods & Goddesses. They embody our deep respect and love for nature, our ancestors and our deities.
Our celebrations hallow us and brings us together with our Gods, Goddesses and our ancestors in a mutual exchange of strengthening energy. And, as our holy days are primarily based on the chief points of the agricultural year we align our very beings with the ever changing seasons and the world around us. Thus every ritual represents a transformation of the Earth which is reflected in our souls.

Asatru has a general calendar of the chief blessings. This is not a re-creation of the feasts held at any given time by any one particular Germanic tribe, but rather a compilation of those which seem to have been most important through most of the Northern world. In the ancient times, some tribes may have keep certain feasts and not others, or hold them at different times or in different ways: what matters is not precise time or ritual, but that our Gods, Goddesses and ancestors are hailed together with the turning of the Earth and the worlds around us.

In Asatru, a religious ceremony is called a Blot (pronounced “bloat”). (It is important to understand that linguistically the Old Norse Germanic word Blot is derived from the ancient Germanic word for “blessing” which literally means “to besprinkle with Blood” as used as a way to consecrate, and is a direct reference to the Germanic concept of the sacredness of blood.) The verb blóta also meant to “strengthen” and the intention was to strengthen the powers of the Gods, Goddesses and Elves.
Eight major Blots are celebrated in the Asatru calendar each year. These are listed below with the modern English name of each given first, followed by its Old Norse name in parenthesis, and the date (although the usual practice is to hold the Blot on the nearest weekend). Odin’s Volk Asatru Kindred currently gathers to celebrate on the 4 main seasonal Blots: YULE, OSTRARA, MIDSUMER, HARVEST FALLFEST.

Some Asatru resources can be found here: http://www.runestone.org/ and http://www.irminsul.org/ and http://www.asatrulore.org/Keeping the holy feasts and blessings of the year, is one of the greatest duties of those faithful to the Germanic Gods & Goddesses. They embody our deep respect and love for nature, our ancestors and our deities.
Our celebrations hallow us and brings us together with our Gods, Goddesses and our ancestors in a mutual exchange of strengthening energy. And, as our holy days are primarily based on the chief points of the agricultural year we align our very beings with the ever changing seasons and the world around us. Thus every ritual represents a transformation of the Earth which is reflected in our souls.

Asatru has a general calendar of the chief blessings. This is not a re-creation of the feasts held at any given time by any one particular Germanic tribe, but rather a compilation of those which seem to have been most important through most of the Northern world. In the ancient times, some tribes may have keep certain feasts and not others, or hold them at different times or in different ways: what matters is not precise time or ritual, but that our Gods, Goddesses and ancestors are hailed together with the turning of the Earth and the worlds around us.

In Asatru, a religious ceremony is called a Blot (pronounced “bloat”). (It is important to understand that linguistically the Old Norse Germanic word Blot is derived from the ancient Germanic word for “blessing” which literally means “to besprinkle with Blood” as used as a way to consecrate, and is a direct reference to the Germanic concept of the sacredness of blood.) The verb blóta also meant to “strengthen” and the intention was to strengthen the powers of the Gods, Goddesses and Elves.
Eight major Blots are celebrated in the Asatru calendar each year. These are listed below with the modern English name of each given first, followed by its Old Norse name in parenthesis, and the date (although the usual practice is to hold the Blot on the nearest weekend). Odin’s Volk Asatru Kindred currently gathers to celebrate on the 4 main seasonal Blots: YULE, OSTRARA, MIDSUMER, HARVEST FALLFEST.

Some Asatru resources can be found here: http://www.runestone.org/ and http://www.irminsul.org/ and http://www.asatrulore.org/