A quick post about this now so I don’t forget to do so later.
I was blessed to spend a lovely, low-key night after Beltane with a good friend and fellow priestess, Ms. River Devora. We ended up, as many nights do when two or more priestesses are gathered together, shopping with the Gods (this evening, Njord and Freya in particular). My “version” of Freya loves Her raspberries (strawberries are too sweet), dark chocolate, and strong, sweet coffee. We also grabbed a large bottle of organic, small-batch apricot ale (not the usual Pyramid apricot ale, which is also very yummy) which Njord strongly insisted on having (he tends to like new and interesting alcohols, as well as most beers and gins) and we picked up some Dogfish pale ale for the hell of it. As it turns out, we drank all of the ale, which almost never happens (a very rare occurrence among Heathens, I know :p ).
How did two relatively non-drinkers go through so much beer? By hailing, of course! This is how we did it:
1. Make thick, sweet coffee for Freya and assorted household deities
2. Set it out for Her, with raspberries and dark chocolate for all.
3. Pop open a couple of beers, with no particular goal in mind.
4. Decide that it’s been way too long since we had an official pass-the horn-until–all-the-alcohol-is-gone blot, and get started.
5. Hail as many deities as we could remember, starting with the household’s deities, and moving on to: all of the Vanir; the Aesir; svartalfs; light alfs; personal spirits and wights; ancestors (both dead and living–so bad, I know!). Tangent into Muppet songs; tangent back to the Norse and Germanic Gods; name all of Frigga’s 12 handmaidens (we got 10 out of twelve, not bad for two people who don’t work much with Her); and finally bust out both Eddas and secondary source material to fill in anybody we missed (eight books in total). Tell and explain some myths and explanations of various Gods to the relative newbie in the room (who was working on some herbal magic stuff), and wax philosophical about Heathenry and old Norse culture as a whole. Rinse and repeat.
All in all, a quiet but very satisfying belated Beltane well celebrated, as only Heathens would do it 🙂