Saturday, February 16, 2019

Urglaawe Observances

Below is a brief list of Urglaawe observances. Some of these are wider Deitsch culture celebrations (the berry festivals, for example), but I incorporate them into my personal practice. Remember that Urglaawe "days" begin at sunset on the preceding night. The dates listed below are the actual calendar dates.

January 1 after sunrise: Twelfth Day of Yule, Luulfescht, end of Yule

January 1 after sunset: Berchtoldsdaag

February 1 after sunset: Grundsaudaag, first night of Entschtanning. Entschtanning includes a whole bunch of observances. Entschtanning runs for twelve nights and twelve days. Last night we call Es Lichtfescht (Light-Fest).

Late February-March: Birch water festivals based on locality

March 19-21 (actual start time shifts based on the date of the Spring Equinox): Oschdre... starts as the sunset that most closely precedes the Equinox.

First new moon after Spring Equinox: Lunar calendar resets to Holzhaane.

March 31 after sunset: Begins the Flitzing (name may differ as this is the first year we are doing this as an official observance): Recognition of change; need for shadier, trickster-types of deities, Giants, etc.

March/April: Cherry Blossom festivals based on locality

April 30 after sunset: Wonnenacht (also known as Walpurgisnacht elsewhere), the first night of the twelve-night/twelve-day observance of Wonnezeit.

May 12-14 overnights: The Reifries (Frost Giants) attempt to undo the arrival of spring.

May 15: Official date that all tender plants may go outdoors.

June 4 after sundown): Observance of the Desecrated Shrines... Honoring the lesser-known deities and those whose lore was lost to us

Early to mid-June: Dingsege... tending to community business. Often combined with Midsummer

June 20-22: Midsummer (begins at the sunset that precedes the Summer Solstice

June: Strawberry festivals based on locality

Mid-July to Mid-August: Hoietfescht is observed something during the haymaking period. Some of us also do a s eparate ritual to Weisskeppichi during this time.

Late July: blueberry and huckleberry festivals based on locality

Early September: Elderberry harvest festivals based on locality.

September 20, +/-: Erntfescht begins with the sunset preceding the Fall Equinox. Often combined with Zisasege.

September 27 beginning at sunset: Zisasege

October 5 beginning at sunset: Deitschdaag, the observance of the first settlers

October 30 beginning at sunset: Allelieweziel - Butzemenner must be burned by October 31. Allelieweziel runs for twelve nights and twelve days.

November 10 sunset-November 11 sunset: Ewicher Yeeger, last night and day of Allelieweziel

November 12 sunset-November 15 sunrise: Reifries attack

November 16 - Date of Mountain Mary's death... typically observed on the closest Sunday.

December 5 until Yule: Belsnickeling time... Parade of Spirits in full force.

December 12 sunset: Lutzefraa (observing Heathen aspects that later were incorporated into St. Lucy's Day)

December 20 after sunset: First night of Yuul. Yuul runs for twelve nights and twelve days.

December 31 after sunset: Berchtaslaaf / Zwelfdi Nacht (Twelfth Night (of Yuul)). Required meal of herring, gruel, Zammede.

January 1 at 0:00, crack the whip, bang the pots and pans, or shoot (only if safe!).

Saturday, February 2, 2019


The twelve-night observance of Entschtanning has begun. It is now time to begin your spring cleaning.

And Saturday is Grundsaudaag. :)

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


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: 

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

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.