The Spring Rite of Handfasting

Handfasting is an ancient rite of marriage. The pre-Christian Nordic tribes had a marriage custom where the bride and groom held hands and pledged their troth to one another. This custom was called hand-festa and meant “to strike a bargain by joining hands”.  When we shake hands today to “seal a deal” we are performing handfesta.

When the Vikings moved into Ireland, Scotland, the Hebrides and England they brought hand-festa with them.  Loosely tying or binding the hands with a ribbon seem’s like a recent addition but ascribed to “the ancient Celts”. 

The Springtime has always been a traditional time for marriages. How many of you are planning a Handfesta this spring?  Below is a marriage rite coming from Montana, USA.

 

See also their page here … http://www.gowestferalwoman.com/2013/06/a-montana-wedding-unplugged-special.html

Man Crushed to Death by Giant Crucifix Dedicated to Pope

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The man, named as Marco Gusmini, was posing for a photograph with a group of friends in front of the 100ft-high cross when it suddenly collapsed Photo: NEWSFOTO

An Italian man was crushed to death on Thursday by a giant crucifix dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II, just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican.

Read more here.

(I find this amusing really)

Ēostre versus Easter

Ēostre is a celebration of the spring equinox.  It was celebrated millennium before Christianity.  Ēostre is pronounced “East – rah“.  Rabbits and eggs were considered sacred at this time of year as symbols of fertility. 

Ēostre is still celebrated … in fact … Heathens and Pagans celebrated Ēostre or Ostara last month on the 20th.

For 20 years I was a member of an independent Christian church. To avoid confusion between a Heathen Holy Day and Christian Holy Day some of their scholars began calling Easter by the phrase “Resurrection Sunday”.

I think every Christian would take that advice and maybe forget about the bunnies and eggs too.

Heathenism’s battle with white supremacists

Very nice piece here to read. I don’t agree with everything he says but it is well phrased.

CNN Belief Blog

Opinion by Joshua Rood, special to CNN

(CNN) — The word “heathen” is a very old one that once meant “heath dweller” or a person who lives out in the wild.

Eventually, when Christianity came into Northern Europe, it came to mean “one who still worships the old gods.” It still means that in some parts of the world, like Iceland, where it also goes by the name Ásatrú (“belief in the Aesir”).

Aesir is just a very old word for the traditional gods of Scandinavia. You’ve probably heard of some of these gods: Odin, Thor, Freyr and Freyja.

What you might not know is that many traditions, stories and celebrations have never gone away.

These can be as simple as the Scandinavian belief in vaettir (nature spirits) or as complex as the poems and songs about the Aesi that were written and are still sung and performed in…

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