ADF Dedicant Path: Sixth High Day Recap (Eostre)
I celebrated Eostre with my grove on the Saturday before the equinox. It was our first outdoor ritual since Lunaghsadh. There was a snow storm the preceding day and the temperature was still chilly. The sun was out, but the shade of the tree where we held ritual was a bit too nippy for comfort. Because of this, the head druid kept the opening grounding meditation short.
We honored Frey and Freya as patrons of the rite for their association with fertility. In addition, I brought an offering for Hretha, the obscure goddess for whom the Anglo Saxon month corresponding to our March, Hrethmonath, is named. I feel that I have been called upon by this goddess to help remove her from obscurity. Making a public offering to her during her own month seemed like a good first step to this end.
I also had the honor of being one of the two ealu-bora (ale-bearers) of the rite. In our grove, we refer to the ealu-bora as Valkyries. In ancient Anglo-Saxon symbol rites, the ealu-bora were women of high status. The term Valkyrie is often used in modern rites due to the similar role held by Valkyries in Valhalla and to indicate the level of honor associated with this task.
The runes drawn for the omen were Perthro and Ingwaz. The head druid first drew Perthro (a rune of mystery, luck, and fate) and told us that it was best read in combination with others, so he drew again and got Ingwaz, which is associated with Frey (one of the patrons of the rite), fertility, peace and harmony. In conjunction with Ingwaz, this was taken to be a very good Omen.
We usually enjoy a potluck feast after ritual, but no one was in the mood to sit outside in the cold, so we all went to Denny’s instead. I was glad to be out of the cold, but also very happy to finally be holding rituals outdoors again.
Posted on March 27, 2016, in ADF Dedicant Path and tagged ADF, ADF High Day, Ár nDraíocht Féin, Eostre, Frey, Freya, Hretha, Hrethmonath, Ostara, pagan, paganism, spring equinox. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.