Reflections on Mōdraniht

Ceremony has its place, and so does praying over a hot stove. Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash Mōdraniht is an Old English holiday that comes to us from Bede, who recounts [1] that it was celebrated by the pre-Christian heathens on the night before Christmas. The name means Mothers’ Night, though there are (naturally) […]

Reflections on Mōdraniht

‘Twas the Night Before Yule

‘Twas the night before Yule, and all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;The children were tucked into bed with great care,They lay hoping that Woden soon would be there; Cookies and milk were left out for Father Yule,Because it is said that a gift for a gift is the rule.The […]

‘Twas the Night Before Yule

Swords & Plough-shares: reflections on the Wild Hunt

Deer, especially stags, are a key element of Wild Hunt imagery for me. Photo by Vincent M.A. Janssen from Pexels The Wild Hunt is one name for a folkloric/mythic motif that crops up in different guises across North & Western Europe: a phantom hunt that rides through the night sky, often seeking out evildoers and dangerous to behold. […]

Swords & Plough-shares: reflections on the Wild Hunt

Alliterative 101: The Basics

Hwæt! Wē Gārdena in ġēardagum þēodcyninga þrym ġefrūnon, hū ðā æþelingas ellen fremedon. Oft Sċyld Sċēfing sċeaþena þrēatum, monegum mǣġþum meodo-setla oftēah. Eġsode eorl, syððan ǣrest wearð fēasċeaft funden; hē þæs frōfre ġebād, wēox under wolcnum, weorð-myndum þāh, oð þæt him ǣġhwylċ þāra ymb-sittendra ofer hronrāde hȳran sċolde, gomban ġyldan; þæt wæs gōd cyning! These […]

Alliterative 101: The Basics

Hrēðe, Tīw, and encountering almost-forgotten Gods.

Sometimes this is how I feel in prayer and meditation, waiting for the Gods to place the next delicately-balanced stone. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash I have written here before about my calendar of monthly observances for seasonally appropriate Gods. In this scheme, March corresponds to Hrēþ-mōnaþ, the month of the mysterious Goddess Hrēðe, […]

Hrēðe, Tīw, and encountering almost-forgotten Gods.

Thoughts on devotional art and the Western canon

Icon art representing Frīg, by myself. Recently I have been creating more art than I have in years – a fair amount of it devotional or as iconography for Gods. I feel like I’ve finally cracked (or started to crack) digital art and stylisation in a way that I’m actually happy with what I create. […]

Thoughts on devotional art and the Western canon

My Reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Calendar for 2021

For details on how I reconstruct my calendar, see my page on the Anglo-Saxon Calendar. I will add a couple notes here, however. This year only has twelve new moons between the previous December solstice and this year’s December solstice. Therefore, it will not be a leap year, and only have twelve lunar months. If […]

My Reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Calendar for 2021