Monday, December 31, 2018

Coins on the Windowsill

A common Deitsch tradition tonight is to put a coin (or coins) outside on your windowsill overnight tonight. 

Some variations specify that the coin/s should be silver. Others specify three denominations (nickel, dime, quarter, etc.) of coin. Some Christian interpretations are that these are for the Magi on their way to Bethlehem (PA? lol), while other interpretations definitely have this related to magic that easily fits in with Berchta making the rounds as a beggar. 

If the coin/s are still there in the morning, bring them back in and "Was hawwich yetz wa ich ganzes Yaahr haawe." ("What I have now I will have all year.") 

If the coins are gone, then the need was greater elsewhere, and you will receive good luck for aiding another.

Halliches Nei-Yaahr!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Der Yuul

Die Sunnewend: 17:23 EST. Wilkum, Winder!


Friday, September 28, 2018

Zisasege

Hail Zisa! Lady of Augsburg! Undoer of Knots! On this feast day, may we all seek right action and just causes.

Zisa on an Urglaawe altar

Image believed to be of Zisa from the Goldener Saal in Augsburg

Monday, June 4, 2018

Observance of the Desecrated Shrines

Folks on Facebook may have seen a posted event for the Observance of the Desecrated Shrines. This observance focuses on the lost connection to many deities due to their shrines being destroyed in acts of zealotry.  The observance begins tonight at sundown (which begins June 5 on the Urglaawe calendar) and is set to coincide with the feast day of St. Boniface, who destroyed many shrines, temples, and images. Let us honor the lesser-known deities and speak their names again.

Original event posting: https://www.facebook.com/events/440646983040819/ 

Below is a link to a program that participants can use if so inclined:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10gc0FdKt8_B7HF-DP4xfJeBReOcoEj0d/view?usp=sharing

Not much is known about Reto, and some believe that he was invented to make Boniface look good. That is by no means certain, however. More research will take place on that topic.

"Viel" is also listed as "Biel" and is likely connected with forests.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sacred Space 2018

The Sacred Space Conference this year was absolutely amazing. In addition to the many fine speakers (including Byron Ballard, which allowed for more connection among Hoodoo and Braucherei practitioners), there was an Urglaawe track that featured three presentations and one ritual. 

The ritual was an Oschdresege, which celebrates the arrival of Spring. The ritual included the elevation of Victoria Young to Ziewern (Godswoman) and a reading of the Myth of the Oschdre

Victoria and Rebecca Meager made some beautiful eggs for the observance. Rebecca fashioned an Irminsul for the altar (our usual Irminsul was in my truck in a repair shop in Delaware, but that's another story). Athena Dugan created stunning statuary by hand for each of the three Oschdre goddesses.


Oschdresege altar showing the Irminsul of flowers
The first presentation was a new on on the Deitsches Muunraad, or Moonwheel. The Muunraad functions as a lunar calendar and "zodiac" of thirteen signs. It governs personality traits, planting patterns, and quite a few healing rites.

Goddess Oschdra
The second presentation was Braucherei in the Urglaawe Context 201, which is a continuation from a prior conference. This presentation featured our Cosmology and Worldview, the types of medicine utilized in Braucherei, diseases and their origins, the Zusaagpflicht, and "first-aid" Braucherei. 

Goddess Nacht
The third presentation was the most well attended. The topic was The Nine Sacred Herbs of Braucherei, which featured our nine and described some of their uses medicinally, spiritually, and culturally.

Goddess Helling
Distelfink Sippschaft is honored to have been able to share our lore, our insight, and our cultural experiences with the attendees of Sacred Space. We look forward to many more years of this cultural exchange.




Friday, March 9, 2018

Good Find!

Came across this in Hollerbeier Haven 6 (Fall 2008)... I had forgotten about it! It's great!

Original quote is from 1949...


Monday, March 5, 2018

Sacred Space Conference

Sacred Space will be held in Hunt Valley, Maryland, from Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18, 2018. 

This year, there are four Urglaawe-related items on the schedule:
  • Muunraad (Moonwheel): The Pennsylvania Dutch Lunar Calendar and “Zodiac”
  • Oschdresege: Ritual with Introductory Discussion
  • Braucherei in the Urglaawe Context 201
  • Nine Sacred Herbs of Braucherei and Urglaawe

It's not too late to register!