Yule (Ærre-Giuli, Hrutmanudhr , Jól, Jul, Yuletide, December) 30th

Eleventh night of Yule, Sacred to Goddesses and the Valkrie.

“Hail to the day,Hail, to the sons of day. Hail to the night, Hail, to the daughters of night. Look upon us with kind eyes, And grant us courage. Hail to the gods. Hail to the goddesses. Hail to the green earth That gives to us all. Show us good speech and wisdom, Grant us healing hands and joy, in this life. Hail.”- the Poetic Edda – Lay of Sigdrifa

On this day we remind ourselves of the virtue of Self Reliance. Industry brings us directly to the virtue of Self-Reliance, which is important both in practical and traditional terms. Going back to the general notion of this article, we are dealing with a form of morality that is largely self-imposed and thus requires self-reliance. We rely on ourselves to administer our own morality. Today we will keep in mind the month of Fogmoon (November) and the Feast of Ullr. We honor our Gods and Goddesses of the hunt (it is deer hunting season in many parts of the country). We thank them for a successful hunting season with a blot and also bless/honor those who hunt to support the family. At my home, we set an extra place at the table and leave it empty so that any ancestor who wishes may join us for the feast. This is a great time for telling tales handed down through the family. Still other Asatruar refer to this holiday as “Weyland Smith’s Day” and uses it to honor that great Germanic craftsman as well as those artists and artisans around us.

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