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What to Bring: a mug to drink from (optional)
Price/Donation: free; free-will offerings accepted
Acct. Id: 382531
Event Id: 85431
Finding Our Light in the Darkness
When: Dec. 30th. 2012
Where: Kearney, Nebraska
A Heathen (Norse) ritual
Event Details: The winter is cold and the nights are long... longest at Yule, the Winter Solstice. Though we are just past Yule, there's still a lot of winter ahead of us. We come together in this darkest time of the year, to gather in a mead-hall and share stories, reminisce about great accomplishments and make bold plans for the next year. Sharing warm drink and warmer laughter, we devote the night to joy, positivity, and peace, to brighten the long night and warm our hearts through the rest of the cold season.
This will be a Heathen ritual loosely in the style of the ancient Norse tradition of “sumbel”. Heathen rituals are different from the Wiccan-style rituals we've done with the RNWG group -- but they are not difficult to enjoy, understand, and participate in! The main focus of the ritual is the passing of the drinking horn. The first time the horn is passed, everyone has the opportunity to make an invocation.
Hailing the Great Ones: Tell us about a Deity that has helped you in the last year, or who is just really awesome and should be welcomed at our party. You can also call upon the ancestors, the land spirits, or upon a hero. When you have said your piece about the Great One, say “Hail [Name]!” raise the horn and your cup, drink from your cup, and pass the horn on. We'll all hail and drink as well.
Once the Gods and spirits have been welcomed and toasted, then we pass the horn for our community. At this time, you can do one of three things when the horn is passed to you: make a toast, a boast, or an oath.
Toasting: take a moment to sing the praises of someone present in the hall. Tell the folk assembled about this person's greatness – an accomplishment they made or a time they came to your aid.
Boasting: tell us your name, and take a moment to tell us about an accomplishment you made in the past year. Heathenry honors Pride as a virtue, not a sin – to know your worth and your honor is at the heart of the Heathen way. False humility has no place in the hall, so if there's something you are proud of, speak up and we will hail you!
Oathing: take a moment to commit, before the Gods and your peers, to something you will accomplish in the coming year. Oaths are taken seriously in Heathen ritual. Before you swear to do something, first be sure it is an honorable thing to do, then be sure it is something you can do, and most importantly something you will do. Measure your oath carefully before you make it, or don't make it at all.
RITUAL BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 4:00PM. You can get to the park as early as you like. We'll begin gathering sometime between 3:30 and 3:45.
If you like, you can bring your own cup to drink from when we do our rounds of toasts. (We will have spiced cider (wassail) , hot chocolate, and water. Mitzi's Pavilion will be serving as our mead-hall, but the park has a strict no-alcohol policy.) We will have disposable cups if you don't have one, but reusable cups are welcomed to reduce the amount of waste going into the trash bin!
We welcome people of all ages, including children. However, children will be held to the same standards as their parents and other members/adults in attendance. Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children. All those in attendance are expected to maintain polite behavior.
Count on this event to take and hour and a half.
Event Location: Yanney Heritage Park in Kearney
Event TIME Details: gather 3:45, ritual begins at 4pm
Directions: Ritual will be held in Mitzi's Pavilion, at the southwest corner of the park. There is ample parking to the south.
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