December 19th, 2015 History “They began the year on the 8th kalends of January [25 December], when we celebrate the birth of the Lord. That very night, which we hold so sacred they used to call by the heathen word Modranecht, that is “mother's night,” because (we suspect) of the ceremonies they enacted all that … Continue reading Mother’s Night – The First Night of Yule
June 9th, 2015 Summer has come to Chase Hill, green leaves through the woods, blazing sun alternating with life-giving rain, and Ing Frey is decorated with flowers to welcome in the season of growth and fertility. What beauty! Thanks to those who were able to come for our Flower Ceremony this year!
May 26th, 2015 Our Gods Heathens honor dozens of gods whose lore and names have been preserved from Scandinavia, England and the Continent. Each Heathen community finds their focus drawn toward some gods who become the center of their ritual practice. The Ese (Aesir) First among the gods are the Ese, the great gods who … Continue reading Our Gods
March 8th, 2015 In Old English, the word "Lent" -- now referring solely to a Christian observance of fasting -- was the word for spring. It is related to our word s"lengthen" and "long," and evokes the growing light of day that we see at this time of year. So when I say that Chase … Continue reading As the light slowly lengthens…
February 7th, 2015 The snow sifts gently down over Chase Hill -- softly today, though it ebbs and flows with the winter. The trees stand stark against the grey sky, edged in white, and in the fading light of this evening, Chase Hill Folk gathered to honor Skaði, the goddess of winter. Torch light and … Continue reading Hail Skaði!
January 10th, 2015 Tonight, in the cold dark of the January night, Chase Hill Folk gathered to honor the goddess of the wild mountain -- Firgen. The harrow, dimly lit, was graced by our new Wild Hunt banner, and we sang to call upon the power of the mountain below us. We offered Vanilla-Cinnamon Mead … Continue reading Hail Firgen!
January 7th, 2015 Today, at midday, the Yule altar was taken down. The wreath was disassembled, and all the intentions and gratitudes that we collected during the Yule Feast were taken, along with the greens, out to the harrow. There, a sacred fire was lit from nine woods, and the last pieces of our Yule … Continue reading The Yule Wreath
December 25th, 2014 Presented by Will Rowan at Yule Symbel 2014 Hearken now, O Symbel Sitters and listen well a while A story of past years I sing to you, a yelp of deeds now done On Chase Hill's stead a sturdy few began to gather for Blot Not many at first, but more later … Continue reading Chase Hill’s Leoð