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TSP's 2019 Spring Equinox Norse Playlist

by Denise, HPS of North Wyldewood Coven

As I review and rewrite my notes for the last section of the Temple’s Hearthfire classes, I’ve been listening to LOTS of Pagan/Heathen themed music.

 

Heathen music tends to be very strong (like Metal: goth, death, speed, etc.) and perhaps not as usually ethereal as the Celtic music most Americans are used to hearing. No harps and flutes here! Instead, there are the eerie sounds of the hardangar fiddle or nyckelharpa, all calling to mind the northern landscape, the Land of Ice and Snow.

 

A beautiful example of a Norwegian hardangar fiddle - a traditional instrument with 8 strings.

 

So grab a beer or a horn of mead and enjoy, even though the music is often sung in another language. Click HERE to listen to and view this newsletter’s playlist we move into the beginnings of Spring.

 

Hail the Aesir!

Hail the Vanir!

Hail the wealful wights!

Hail the ancestors whose memory we carry on!

Hail close friends and tribe!

 

 

TSP's 2019 Imbolc Moon Playlist

by Denise, HPS of North Wyldewood Coven

 

 

“Whenever ye have need of any thing, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of She, who is Queen of all witches.”

excerpt from "The Charge of the Goddess" by Doreen Valiente 

 

 

The moon, whether dark or full or in between, has drawn our attention for centuries. It’s attractive in its mystery. The moon glow of the moon hides as much as it illuminates. 

 

It’s a monthly reminder of the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. The moon goes through astrological phases (dark moon in Scorpio for example) and gives us guidance on what our focus could be, should we wish to follow it. Head over to Brittany’s Rebel Astrology website for much deeper knowledge and wisdom of astrology. 

 

The moon is romantic as well as freeing because moonlight is very flattering. It produces a glamour so everyone looks beautiful! 

 

It is dangerous for things hide in the shadows and the dark. If you confront and work to embrace these “shadows” of your soul, then you can potentially gain great power and a sense of inner peace.

 

Sometimes the moon brings out our inner animal, our “wildness”, and free us to celebrate it as we “dance, feast, make music and love...”

 

Click HERE to listen to and view this newsletter’s playlist to honor our spirit as we traverse the dark, the winter months. Allow you to see yourself in truth. Small, bite-sized pieces of that truth will free you to sing and dance in the moonlight

 

 


 

TSP's 2018 Winter Solstice Playlist

by Denise, HPS of North Wyldewood Coven

 

The Yuletide has come ‘round once again! Many of our known secular Christmas activities are heavily pagan influenced. So you will see a mix of pagan and traditional Christmas songs on this list.

 

 

Return of the Light

At the Winter Solstice (21st) it is the longest night of the year. Just as at the the summer solstice the Sun is at its highest point (and in very northern lands barely sets at all), at the Winter Solstice the Sun is at its lowest point. It’s dark and cold “...and full of terrors” (a nod to Game Of Thrones). The wind howls. The cold bites. The hearth-fire gives light, warmth, and protection through the long nights. This is when Odin leads the Wild Hunt across the skies. 

 

But this is also the turning point where the sun’s hours will grow until June 21st, and the cycle continues. So though it is dark, the light is “returning”

 

Swedish Julbock - Yule Goat - traditionally associated with Thor

 

Fires, Food, and Festivities

So now we gather around Hearth fires — centers of your home, sing songs; tell family stories of past holidays; and/or, watch classic movies about tales of love and hope; we gather with family and friends to feast merrily, a different gathering than at Thanksgiving. 

 

This type feasting often includes drinking and toasts. It’s possible that our ancient Scandinavian and Germanic ancestors passed this onto us. Drinking a toast to something or someone is similar to the three rounds at a Heathen sumbel (a ritual involving drinking and feasting).

 

There is much more that I could say, but that is more than the focus of my song list for this year. Next time! Enjoy this short list of new and familiar songs.

 

 

The Music

To listen to the Playlist, click HERE!

 

We in the Temple raise a cup of mead to you and yours, and wish you a happy and healthy new year!

God Jul!

Wes thu hael!

-- Denise

 

 

Further information:

Want mead? Buy a bottle or so from my friend Jon Talkington at: http://brimminghornmeadery.com/ 

 

Curious about Heathen (Asatru) rituals and beliefs? Check out my friend Patty’s book: 

A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru 

 


 

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