Seasonal Gods and Household Worship

One of the things that my tradition does of late is, at the start of each season, honoring a specific Goddess. That is not the only Deity that will be honored during this time – month to month, on holy tides, in personal devotions we honor many others, for instance, November belongs to Odin for me—but this is specifically for the seasonal shift. There is something in the power or what the Greeks would call the timai of the Goddesses that we’ve chosen that echoes the energy of the season.

At the start of the Autumn we honor Idunna. This is purely instinctive in our household – there’s something about the magic of Autumn that really calls Her to mind for us. And even though it’s a time when the earth is getting ready for its winter sleep, it’s that very sleep that brings about renewal in the spring. Usually in early September, we do a rite to honor Her for the quarter.

Winter was more difficult. In early December this year we did our rite to Frau Holle. This was a time when we were all focusing on internal household preparations for Winter and so, this seemed appropriate. I could also see honoring Skadhi at this time as well, particularly if one were outdoors a great deal. Our focus on this, however, is the preparation of the household throughout the seasons and attuning it appropriately so we went for this quarterly rite, with Frau Holle.

In early March, we honor Hrethe as a matter of course as a Goddess of March, but the Goddess that seems to dominate Spring as a whole for us is Ostara (or Eostre—same Deity, one name is Old Norse, the other Old English). It is to Her that our quarterly venerations go and we usually do that on the holy tide that bears Her name.

Then in Summer, in early June, we honor Sif and look to Her to govern the cyclical aspects of the season. Much of the household preparation we do throughout the season is dedicated to this Goddess, particularly things like maintaining a sustainable garden and pantry. This has made us overall, far, far more mindful of necessary household rhythms and of ways to connect the work we do in fulfillment of those rhythms to veneration of our Gods.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on March 10, 2019, in devotional work, Heathenry, Holy Tides, Lived Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Quick question regarding Ostara/Eostre: do you celebrate Her on the Vernal Equinox, or on the movable feast determined by that hegemonic monotheistic religion whose determination of the date has caused so much difficulty for its own members at different times in history? I can see good reasons for doing either one, but I wasn’t sure which was indicated by your remarks above, so just wondered for my own personal musings. 😉

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    • ganglerisgrove

      usually on the equinox proper and I also honor Mani and Sunna then too. this year, we’re doing it on march 17th bc the actual equinox falls on a day when I am working till 9pm.

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  2. Interesting. I also perform seasonal devotions to the Norse Goddesses, and they have fallen into much the same rhythm.

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  3. BTW, Thank you so much for posting recently in honor of Frigga. She is much beloved in our household. While Freya and Thor and Odin are hailed enthusiastically at every heathen event, I can go months without hearing another heathen mention Frigga. I wonder what it is that makes modern folks so hesitant to approach her or sing her praises.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      For me, Frigga took awhile to “get to know.” i always venerated Her but it’s only recently that I’ve felt really drawn to honor Her more assiduously.

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  4. As I wrote in my blog, different Gods have their own cycles. This is the time that I feel the Babylonian Gods the greatest. I celebrate Marduk and Tiamat at this time. The summer is for Apollo and the Gods of Water – Neptune and everyone else.

    It makes sense, actually, at least to me. I guess when you have the cultural paradigm be one God all the time, it is difficult to feel changes among the Gods in regards to seasons.

    Frigga is one of my Patrons. I have discussed this with others only to hear that She is a scary Lady who demands a clean house. I do keep a clean house but that isn’t why She is a Patron. She helps me with the running of the family and the household.

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