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Charming of the Plough

February 2nd is the traditional day for the Anglo-Saxon Charming of the Plough. While the date is traditonal the day in which the Charming of the Plough could be later due to winter like conditions in the immeidate area. As often is the case even in the time of our ancestors. While it may be spring like conditions in England and southern Germany, in Norway, Sweden and Icealand winter is still going strong

Typically this would have resulted in a delay in different regions. Just as there is a difference today, the individual / group needs to observe the local conditions and plan accordingly

Here in the mountains of NC, it is hard to say right now if it will be spring like come February 2; so far this winter it has been above average warm with today being cool with a high of -2 C. However despite this it will not last, and as such either some planting or preperation of planting

While there has been a removal of many people from the land and the loss of their connection to the land, we try to maintain a sizeable garden and other food producing plants; in part while this keeps a connection between us and the land, it also provides a great deal of food.

Typically we will make an offering to Freyr, Freyja and to Thor. A seperate offering is given to the landvaettr to share the bounty of the land with them

Noil

Posted in Forn Seðr.


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  1. Marion says

    It’s also known as Eowemeolc, because it’s timed to when the ewes give birth, which as sheep farmers can tell you, is really early in the year, often in the snow. Also the ground rarely freezes in England, so it’s possible to cut a first furrow, which is what the plough-charming is about (if memory serves, the Xian first furrow celebration is even earlier, in mid-January). It kicks off a month of celebration of Erce/Jörð, if you accept the reasonable idea that Solmonað is actually Sulmonað, plough month, and Bede talks of them leaving cakes in the fields. So to me it’s focused on Earth and on (agricultural) beginnings. The February 2 fixed date of course comes from Celtic via Xian; I regard it as one of the few things the Celts remembered right. But yes, in a Northern climate it’s bloody early/cold. I wonder whether the Icelandic sheep wait a while, but they prove that sheep can handle really cold winters.

    Frith,
    M



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