The Twelfth Night of Yule
Posted by: "Vikingjack" jarl@...
Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:55 am (PST)
Yule (December) 31st
Twelfth night of Yule
Sacred to all of the Gods and Goddesses as well as the Asir and Dsir.
Frey took the kingdom after Njord, and was called drot by the Swedes, and
they paid taxes to him. He was, like his father, fortunate in friends and in
good seasons. Frey built a great temple at Upsal, made it his chief seat,
and gave it all his taxes, his land, and goods. Then began the Upsal
domains, which have remained ever since. Then began in his days the Frode-
peace; and then there were good seasons, in all the land, which the Swedes
ascribed to Frey, so that he was more worshipped than the other gods, as the
people became much richer in his days by reason of the peace and good
seasons. His wife was called Gerd, daughter of Gymis, and their son was
called Fjolne. Frey was called by another name, Yngve; and this name Yngve
was considered long after in his race as a name of honour, so that his
descendants have since been called Ynglinger. Frey fell into a sickness; and
as his illness took the upper hand, his men took the plan of letting few
approach him. In the meantime they raised a great mound, in which they
placed a door with three holes in it. Now when Frey died they bore him
secretly into the mound, but told the Swedes he was alive; and they kept
watch over him for three years. They brought all the taxes into the mound,
and through the one hole they put in the gold, through the other the silver,
and through the third the copper money that was paid. Peace and good seasons
Yingling Saga, Heimskringla.
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.
On this day we remind ourselves of the idea of Wisdom. Learn from your
experiences. Grow in the understanding of the world, and of the human heart.
Comprehend as much of the universe as you can in the years available to you.
I wish Prosperity, Wealth and good will for all of you.
Glad Yuletide to Everyone. Hail,
Chieftain, the Wanderer Kindred
Chieftain, the Asatru Alliance
My blood is not my own,
but a gift borrowed from my ancestors,
to generations yet unborn.