03 May 2012

Riding the Wild Hunt

Asgardsreien by Peter Nicolais Arbo (1872)
In the depths of Winter, all across Europe, an event is said to occur that sends shivers down the spines of men, women and children - that of the Wild Hunt.  Depending on location, the Hunt is led by Odin, Woden, Wild Edric, Herne, Gwynn ap Nupp and even the Devil himself.  Theodoric the Great and even the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag have all been attributed in leading these hunts.

Across the Winter skies they ride, gathering up the souls who have lost their way, or even that tardy traveller who has not been able to secure safe lodgings ... 

To see the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or at best the death of the one who witnessed it.  Mortals getting in the path of or following the Hunt could be kidnapped and brought to the land of the dead. A girl who saw Wild Erdic's Ride was warned by her father to put her apron over her head to avoid the sight.  Others believed that people's spirits could be pulled away during their sleep to join the cavalcade.

The Wild Hunt is also the theme of the Temple of the Dark Moon's annual Winter Solstice magickal retreat and which will be incorporated into our evening "progressive" ritual.  During our time in the forest, we will also be workshoping various leaders of the Wild Hunt, making a solar talisman, constructing a seasonal Yule log, as well as making mulled wine to accompany our evening two course feast.

Registrations are now being taken with forms being available on the Temple's web site.  There are limited positions available so including a deposit with your form will secure your place.  Registrations will close 5 June 2012.

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