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 drumbeats carried us from the light into the darkness as we honored our Ancestors, and then we gathered to venture out into the night once more, to hail the Shadowed one, Dweller-in-the-Rocks. We offered Elderberry Mead, Black Currant Sparkling Juice, as well as evergreen boughs and losses, changes and transformations we are undergoing to the goddess who knows loss, and the strength that comes from it.
Together, we sang and ate at the cabin — a plethora of green salads brought on, one would suspect, by the yearning for green in the cold, wintery world around us — and engaged in deep discussions about the worldview of Western Culture, the problem of wolves, and the value of community.
What a blessing to share ritual with you all! Hail, Skaði!
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 and Black Currant Sparkling Juice, and listened to the deep quiet of the darkened mountain. Our ritual was graced by the presence of the wind, the stars, and the bright-glowing eyes of the Wild Hunt in the shadows. Hail Firgen, Mother Mountain!
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 celebration were burned in Sunne’s light. The blue-grey smoke, and the white ash were blown from the ground by the wind. Like that smoke and that ash, may those energies spread outward from Yule, carrying us into a beautiful, bright new Year.