Yule (Ærre-Giuli, Hrutmanudhr , Jól, Jul, Yuletide, December) 24th
Fifth night of Yule, Sacred to Community
“Within the gates ere a man shall go, Full long let him look about him; For little he knows where a foe may lurk, And sit in the seats within. Hail to the giver! a guest has come; Where shall the stranger sit. Swift shall he be who with swords shall try The proof of his might to make. Fire he needs who with frozen knees Has come from the cold without; Food and clothes must the farer have, The man from the mountains come. Water and towels and welcoming speech Should he find who comes to the feast; If renown he would get, and again be greeted, Wisely and well must he act. Wits must he have who wanders wide, But all is easy at home; At the witless man the wise shall wink When among such men he sits.”– Havamal, Transcribed and Edited by Ari Odhinnsen

Today remember to be a good geast as well as a good host, no mater where you happen to be. On this day we remind ourselves of the virtue of Hospitality. Hospitality is simply one of the strongest core values at the heart of virtually every ancient human civilization. In a community/folk religion such as our own, it is the virtue that upholds our social fabric. In ancient times it was essential that when a traveler went into the world he could find some sort of shelter and welcome for the night. In modern times it is just as essential that a traveler find friendship and safety. Today we will keep in mind the month of Merrymoon (May) and the summer festival of May Day. 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.

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