Next week, the first total solar eclipse in forty years will pass over the Earth. Eclipses have happened since long before recorded history, and because of that, they have always had a place in human mythology. Norse mythology is no different. The word 'eclipse' comes from the Greek word for, 'abandonment.' For ancient people all
We all know it's true - moms are total badasses. Bringing you into the world kicking and screaming was just the beginning. Doesn't she deserve to know what a kickass lady you think she is? Well, how bout you show her with the biggest, baddest Viking horn we make! Or - If you were
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that the early Christians took a lot of their influences from the pagans of the lands they spread out to. The same is true of Easter. Obviously, Easter in the Christian tradition is the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead
Norse Valentine's Day? If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it kind of is. Vali The truth is, the Norse didn't really have what you and I might consider a Valentine's Day. They had a patron goddess of love, but she's also the patron goddess of war. So, take that with
Since the holiday season is now officially upon us, we decided to take a look into the legend of Krampus, Santa’s best little helper. What? Didn’t know that the goat demon so popular with horror fiction and media today is BFFs with the red-nosed, red-labeled soda-swilling fat man who brought you your first electric guitar?
If our previous article on the origins of Halloween got you jonesing for the weirdness of death, perhaps you were wondering what the old Norse did to celebrate their dead and keep spirits at bay. Well, fear not! The Norse had their own beliefs about the season where the harvest comes to fruition and the
Unlike the other common holidays we celebrate these days, who owe their popularity to Hallmark and consumerism, Halloween is ancient. It's a celebration of the spookier, unknowable side of life: death. Not only is death unknowable, but attempting to understand it is something that's uniquely human. You could say that Halloween is the only true,
The first Mead Day was celebrated in 2002 as a way for homebrewers to spread the mead love. It was first organized by the American Homebrewers Association, who still selects the Official Mead Day recipe that homebrewers across the country make on the first Saturday in August each year. The original intent of mead day was
"Swedish Midsummer is a holiday devoted to eating, drinking, dancing, and assorted Pagan rituals," says the hilarious "Swedish Midsummer for Dummies" video found on Sweden's YouTube channel. Where do we sign up? While this holiday is the biggest one of the year in Sweden, it hasn't made much of an impact in North America (yet),
The longest day of the year has been a celebration all over the world for longer than we can possibly know, which makes this a special time to connect with the earth and our collective human heritage. This year, the summer solstice coincided with a full moon, a rare occurrence that hasn't happened since 1967.