Midsummer is a common folk celebration throughout Germanic countries to this day. It is a time to mark the pleasantries of summer and the recreational activities it affords us. While there are no surviving attestations of the ancient Germanic peoples celebrating Midsummer, the Freehold has chosen to include it as a modern celebration, due to […]
Hail! Friends and Members of the Freehold it is my great pleasure to announce that our Editor Kristy Williams has released the newest edition of the Freeholder (a few weeks ago, it’s my fault for the delay). It covers a wide variety of Heathen topics. I hope you enjoy reading the articles and art submitted […]
Hail members and friends of the Freehold! As many of you are no doubt aware Novel Coronavirus is currently spreading among the population, and everyone is now being required to take every possible step to limit infection vectors. It is for this reason that we will not be hosting a physical Althing this year. We […]
Dísablót originates as a Scandinavian festival honouring the Dísir. Depending on where you were within the Norse world the timing of the Dísablót varied, either at the beginning or towards the end of Winter. The Freehold has opted to place our Dísablót on the Family Day weekend. The comparable festival amongst the Anglo-Saxons was a […]
Reeling from the iceSnarling from the blowsGrinning through the coldTired from the workTo hearth and home I faredThe ice and the nightThe cold and the stormI slammed behind stout doorsFor fire and warmth Yet my way I lostIn dreamsInto the sea I fellFrom wind whipped rock Spear straight I knifedThrough black wavesCold that bit the […]
Glad Yule! The British Columbia Heathen Freehold celebrates a twelve day Yuletide, running from sunset on the 20th of December each year until sunset on the 1st of January.
Winternights marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of Winter for the British Columbia Heathen Freehold. It is timed to coincide with Canadian Thanksgiving as it also originates as a celebration of the year’s harvest bounty. Historically, Winternights or Winterfinding was celebrated in October or November depending on local climate, an important part of Heathenry is the localisation of the calendar and practices.
This last Labour Day long weekend when the Freehold was gathered at the Althing, we continued an important tradition of the Freehold. By consensus of the community we made awards to recognise those who deserved them. There were four recipients of three awards that the Freehold has created.