but in my opinion it's nice to have a day dedicated to it specifically

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Look at me, being productive and writing instead of watching Miraculous Ladybug (yes, I’ve fallen into that trashcan). So here’s something that has been in my drafts for quite long. It’s for the lovely @purpleheartstudent, to make your last days before freedom more bearable and because there was a lack of this man on the blog, hope ya’ll like it!

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anonymous asked:

I'm having a lot of trouble finding any info on Heathen holidays. I've found some vague things about certain holidays being incorporated into the wheel of the year, but I can't find anything about them that isn't presented in a Wiccan context.

Although I’m Heathen, I personally don’t celebrate holidays, so my knowledge on them specifically is limited, however here is a list of holidays broken down. Here’s another set of Heathen holidays

I’ll summarize what I can:

April 30th - Walpurgistnacht is “Witches’ Night” and it’s actually German celebrating a Saint. Lighting and jumping through bonfires is a typical tradition.

Ostara is a well-argued holiday often conflated with Easter. While Easter borrows a handful of traditions from Ostara, they are in fact separate holidays. Ostara is typically on the Spring Equinox and celebrates awakening, nature, and rebirth. 

Lammas, sometimes called Freyfaxi, typically August 1st, is a holiday typically dedicated to Freyr, as one may bake bread in his figure and eat it. Lammas and Freyfaxi are technically separate holidays, but share traditions. Same with Beltane/May Day and Yule/Christmas. Similar (if not same) dates, similar reasons for their inception, but they’re separate holidays with different purposes.

Yule typically starts on the Winter Solstice and lasts 12 days. A good majority of Christmas traditions were either borrowed, inspired by, or just fused with Yule traditions such as the whole big feast thing, the gift-giving, and decorating. 

Somewhere at the end of January, you have your Blót to Thor ( Þorrablót ). There doesn’t seem to be any specific date, but I’ve read that it is around the end of January to the beginning of February. Typically contains a really big dinner with speeches, poems, and rites, but can include festivities of generally whatever you feel would be associated with Thor or would do in honor of him.

There are also Days of Remembrance such as Ragnar Lodbrok Day (March 28) or Sigurd’s Day (June 9)

Some days, such as Vali’s Day/Vali’s Feast (which lands on Valentine’s Day) are Christian influenced but still interesting. 

Dísablót held somewhere around end of February, is to honor female spirits and deities (Dísir and Valkyries). Also Disting is an annual fair held in celebration of said spirits and deities.

Wikipedia has a nice chart of holidays to help you get a nice kickstart as to where you want to do. 

If you want to, I also suggest a blót. Essentially, the deities that have special holidays had Blóts   performed, but some deities don’t. You can celebrate a day on your own, put something on the calendar. 

Creating your own holidays, in a similar manner to creating a Blot is also something you can do. You can also use pre-existing holidays of either your own culture or secular holidays in general to draw from. For example, as a Latine and a Heathen, while I don’t celebrate most holidays in general, I do celebrate Dia de los Muertos, and dedicate it to both my family and ancestors as well as Hel and spirits and all that jazz. 

I hope that helps!

Post Note: I had no idea the links provided were initially problematic and created under Folkish pretenses. I’ve struck them out, but the links are still there - hopefully referenced as to avoid those spaces, rather than using them in their entirety. I apologize for the misunderstanding.

My general point stands, however: Creating your own Blót is a great way to celebrate your gods, as they stem from your personal interpretations and relationship with them, as well as keeping in mind that, although some holidays have specific traditions and origins in regards to Solstices and Equinoxes and other parts of the year, you can utilize these times of the year to create your own traditions.

~ Rose 

Just FYI, both of those links go to the same sketchy Folkish website, and the Wikipedia link goes to a calendar that was copied from the Wiccan Wheel of the Year (and was developed by a notorious racist, to boot). The Troth’s calendar at the same Wikipedia page at least sort of cites their sources for some of their holidays, but it’s quite jumbled, in my opinion. The Troth is also a problematic organization, as the previous link discusses.

It’s important to keep in mind that there was, either historically or in living folk tradition, no single unified calendar across Scandinavia, let alone all regions speaking Germanic languages. I agree with Rose that it may be a very good idea to start from your own relationships to the Gods, or to specific traditions of folklore from specific regions, and to develop your calendar organically.

Of course, there are certain holidays, such as Yule, that, while certainly not standardized to the same date, were and are celebrated widely in regions where Germanic languages are spoken.

The Sagas do provide some evidence for Norwegian and Swedish festivals:

  1. Yule, in addition to its obvious importance in folk tradition, is attested to in Part 15 of the Saga of Hakon the Good. Hakon, a Christian King of Norway, “made a law that the festival of Yule should begin at the same time as Christian people held it […] Before him, the beginning of Yule, or the slaughter night, was the night of mid-winter (Dec. 14) [sic], and Yule was kept for three days thereafter.
  2. Part 8 of the Ynglinga Saga states that Odin established three annual sacrifices in Sweden: “On winter day there should be blood-sacrifice for a good year, and in the middle of winter for a good crop; and the third sacrifice should be on summer day, for victory in battle.”
  3. King Adils of Sweden is said in Part 33 of the Ynglinga Saga to have died “during a Disa sacrifice,” though no time of year is given. However, Part 76 of the Saga of Olaf Haraldson states that “the chief sacrifice took place in Goe [February] month at Upsala. Then sacrifice was offered for peace, and victory to the king; and thither came people from all parts of Svithjod [Sweden]. All the Things of the Swedes, also, were held there, and markets.“ The “Things” [assemblies] and “markets” have been linked to the street market called Disting, which still occurs in Uppsala in February.

Some of the holidays included in the calendars circulating on the Internet are actually highly specific in origin:

  1. Thorrablot is actually a modern (secular) Icelandic festival “which begins on the first Friday after January 19th.” It was “resurrected in the 19th century” from a single line in the Orkneyinga Saga, which referenced a “sacrifice every year at midwinter; that they called Thorri’s sacrifice.”
  2. The deity/festival name *Ostara [the asterisk denotes a hypothetical linguistic form] was theorized by Jacob Grimm in 1882, but significant doubt has been cast upon Grimm’s theories, for example in Philip Shaw’s Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World: Eostre, Hreda and the Cult of the Matrons. Associations with the dawn and the spring equinox, as Shaw demonstrates, are problematic.

    The Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre was likely honored in the month of April, however, and the English word “Easter” does derive from Her name. Unless one actually worships Eostre, though (and as someone who does, I hope that more people do!), what exactly is the basis for Heathens (especially Norse-oriented Heathens) celebrating her feast month?

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anonymous asked:

Hai tou! I wonder what kind of fountain pen should i start with? Under 10$ if possible too? Thank you ^7^

Hello!!! ^O^ All of the pens I’ve mentioned in this blog before are over 15$ and up! Its usually hard to find good pens under 15$ haha _(:3」 ∠)_ I only know of little that are under 10$;; I’ll go over a couple of good starter pens for you! 

Sorry that this post is gonna be long, but I have a lot to talk abt fountain pens : 3 cc;;; These are all opinions and they might be biased along with taste and preference haha o)-<

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anonymous asked:

I finished sailor moon (the original animation) this past summer and i was thinking about aquiring some merch in the future got any recomendations? I would appreciate if the merch is ascociated with the original anime and not crystal!

Could you maybe list all of usagis weapons (preferably in the order she gets them) and the attacks associated with them? Bonus is you also list her different transformations! I would really apreciate it and thank u in advanced if u do do this! 

I don’t know if the same person sent both of these messages, but they were very close together & they’re kinda similar, so I’m going to group them together. If you guys were different anons, sorry ‘bout that!

First off, I almost can’t believe I got this message now, because I JUST found/finished watching @xosailormars​‘s YT video on this exact topic. I agree with everything she says so give it a watch:

But my 2 cents: figure out what kind of collector you are. Do you like to put your merch on display and keep it in good condition? Or do you like to use/play with your merch and don’t care much about resale value? Then, find out what it is you like about Sailor Moon. This might be multiple things! A specific character/relationship dynamic? A certain arc/season? The art style and animation? The fashion? The designs and cuteness? The action and humour? Find some merch that reminds you of everything you love about Sailor Moon every time you see it.

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