Winternights begins at my house. The first night has a blót to the alfar, which is a private affair, traditionally celebrated by members of a household and concerned with the house spirits and ancestral spirits; hence, no need to involve the wider community. In these days, as virtually none of us have an ancestral homestead complete with ancestral burial mounds, virtually none of us can celebrate in the original context. Nonetheless, I took some time for private introspection and giving thanks, and gave as I was able with blackberry wine and a sincere toast, boast, and oath. I hope you all are having a great season, as we all prepare for the Wild Hunt to begin!
The third night has a more public blót, to the disir.
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