Rune of the Month January: Perthro

This is the first installment in a new series on the runes. During the twelve days of Yule I drew twelve runes, one for each month of the upcoming year. Each month I will write about the rune selected for that month.

Perthro

Pronunciation: PER-throw Perthro rune

Keywords: Lot, Cup, Game Piece, Chance, Fate, Birth, Creativity

At first glance the various keywords for Perthro seem to be confusing. What do dice cups and gambling have to do with birth and creativity? Continue reading

The Magic in the Land

The kids and I have been leaving offerings for our farm’s tomten for years and we’ve also been careful not to step on any of the fairy roads. Now we’re working on developing some additional relationships.

Jamie and Katie offering Easter eggs to the Fairy Tree

Jamie and Katie offering Easter eggs to the Fairy Tree

The kids have named this tree “The Fairy Tree”. It’s actually several different trunks that have woven together, like Celtic knotwork. We have started leaving offerings here and Jamie says if you touch it and make a wish you will have good luck. I’m planning on moving a stone here as an offering spot and the kids also want to decorate birdhouses to hang in the branches for the fairies to live in. We’re also planning on having a Fairy party on Midsummer.

Stone circle on bank above the pond

Stone circle on bank above the pond

 

To the south of the Fairy Tree is a small pond with a tiny island that appears and disappears depending on the water level. There is archaeological evidence of both Celtic and Germanic peoples placing offerings into water, and this feels like an appropriate place for us to make our offerings. The circle of stones is already present on the bank above the pond, and just below it is this large boulder partially submerged in the water.

Boulder in the pond
Boulder in the pond

 

┬áRight now there’s no good way to get down to the boulder but I’m hoping to eventually carve a couple of steps into the bank. Two of the deities I honor (Frau Holle and Nerthus) have strong associations with pools and islands in pools, so I think this will be an important long-term project for me.

 

 

 

There are a couple of others around the pond that are also becoming important but since I don’t have photos I’ll save them for a future post.

Spring is Here!

March just totally flew past me this year! I spent 10 days in Florida while my mom had surgery, then a few days after I returned both Katie and I came down with stomach flu, then next thing I knew it was April. Now we start into the busy time of the year and thankfully the weather has been beautiful. Here’s what we’ve been up to so far. Continue reading

Two Good Things

Two good things happened at the farm this weekend. On Saturday we had a beautiful day, sunny with temps in the high 40s. I was able to get out and start clearing some of the fenceline along the driveway.

I took this:Overgrown fenceline

And converted it to this:

cleared fenceline

There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I thought it would be March before I could get to work so I’m happy to have a little jumpstart on this project. Continue reading

Snowy Days

Here are some pictures from around the farm, taken during the big snowstorm we had over Yule. Hopefully this will help you to visualize some of the plans I mentioned in my last video.

View from the front porch looking toward the herb garden

View from the front porch looking toward the herb garden

Looking from the house down to the barn and chicken coop

Looking from the house down to the barn and chicken coop

Looking from the barn toward the herb gardens

Looking from the barn toward the herb gardens

The gate leading to the herb gardens

The gate leading to the herb gardens

Our house as seen from the road

Our house as seen from the road

The winds blew my greenhouse upside-down onto the back deck!

The winds blew my greenhouse upside-down onto the back deck!

Tracks in the driveway. I think they're rabbits

Tracks in the driveway. I think they’re rabbits