The full moon after the first new moon after Gregorian Winter Solstice marks the movable feast of the final Julblót. Blót is a formal sacrificial ceremony. Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks calls it sonarblót. At this feast we are told that a boar is sacrificed connecting to the Norse gods Freya and Freyr. Helgakviða Hjörvarðssonar lets us know that Var fram leiddr sónargöltr - Var (Sacred Oath Goddess) is called on while hands are laid on the pig called sónargöltr. Heitstrenging, oaths and solemn vows were sworn the bristles of the boar at sonargöltr. In Ynglinga saga the sonarblót is associated with divination. And all speak of it in terms of Julaften or the evening of Jul...but not Christmas...rather, Julblót, the final full moon ceremony of the second Jul moon.
The Primstav urges January 13 as the last day to feast for Jul. But this year, Gregorian 2021, the Julblot moon falls on January 28th, after St. Paul's Day on the 25th and before Candlemas on February 2nd.
The pig symbolizes luck. In Norwegian we say you are a heldig gris, lucky pig (rather than duck as in English). Pig symbolizes prosperity.
I like to bless my boar bristle brush at this time of year and direct its use towards transformation through the coming moons. What vow will I say over it this year? What oath?
Join me (with or without boar bristles) for story telling and ritual around julblot 2021. I will serve a ritual meal to place on the god-plate. Bring a mulled drink of juice, spices, and dried fruits for toasting!
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