Feasts

The Nordic Asa-community blotcalendar.

Here are the annual 5 blots that the Nordic Asa-community follows according to what is found in the sources.

What kind of calendar is NAS/NAC based on?
The Nordic Asa-community´s blot calendar follows the pre-Christian Nordic lunisolar calendar, which includes both the moon and the suns revolutions during the year, as opposed to the Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar, which are solar calendars.

The pre-Christian Nordic calendar contained 12 months with an extra month that was put in every three years, the extra month is during the summer.
The months lasted from the new moon to the full moon (referred to as new (swedish: ny) and below (swedish: nedan) in the sources), which meant that the pre-Christian months began and ended at other times than what our months today do. The full moon was an important time both for Nordic heathens but also for Germanic heathens, as were many other pre-Christian religions. It was at the full moon in a specific lunar month that the blots were performed and not at any time of year e.g. spring equinox.

The year was divided into two semesters, Summer months and Winter months, where each semi year was divided into 2 quarters in total, the year consisted of 4 quarters, the first quarter was from winter nights (October) to midwinter (January), the second quarter was from midwinter to the start of summer (April) , the third quarter was from the start of summer to midsummer (July) and the fourth quarter was from midsummer to winter nights (October).

To calculate when a blot was, the starting point was the only fixed time of the year, which was and still is the winter solstice (not to be confused with midwinter) and the first new moon after the winter solstice.
For example. Disting / Disablot occurs at the third full moon after the first new moon after the winter solstice.

Counting the number of full moons means that the blot´s do not have fixed dates, but differ from year to year.

The Blot´s.
In the Ynglinga Saga, chapter 8 (depending on which translation and version) Snorre Sturlusson writes that Odin makes a law on 3 blots in the country Svitjod (Sweden) which they must perform.
The first blot is at the beginning of winter which is for good year, Winter Nights. The second blot is at midwinter (not to be confused with the winter solstice) which is for good crop, Hókunótt / Midwinter / Yule. The third blot is at the beginning of summer, it is for victory and success, Segerblot (Victory Blot).
In addition to these three blots, there are 2 more mentioned blots in the sources, one is Disting / Disablot and the other is Alvablot.

What is a blot?
Blot means sacrifice and was a way for our ancestors to appease the Gods so that they would give people good harvests and a good life. Depending on what they wanted, they were exposed to different gods. To Thor, for good weather on boat trips. To Odin, to share his wisdom, etc.

Here you can download a description of how to perform a blot in modern times (It´s in Swedish).

Blot Calendar 2022.

WINTER NIGHTS

October 9-11 2022

In the Ynglinga Saga, Winter Nights is mentioned by Odin, as blot that is dedicated to a good coming year. Which can be interpreted as the beginning of the new year.

Winter Nights are the first day of winter and the starting point for the winter months, in our modern Gregorian calendar the first day of winter is October 14 but in the heathen lunisolar calendar this feast takes place at the 10th full moon after the first new moon after the winter solstice (if no extra month has postponed, then it is the 11th full moon).
Winter Nights last for three nights, starting on the evening of the full moon.

The Icelandic Sagas also mention Haustblót and Disablot in connection with Winter Nights.

ALFABLOT / ÁLFRBLOT

October 8 2022

The Alfablot is one of the two blots mentioned in the Icelandic sources, there are mainly two sources about Alfablot, Austrfararvisur and Olav the holy Saga, both sagas are based on each other. The Alfabot is a blot in true ancestral worship, where the blot is dedicated to our ancestors, family members, relatives and others who are not with us today. According to sources, this is a private blot for family and relatives.

The Alfablot is at the eleventh full moon after the first new moon after the winter solstice (if no extra shooting month has been postponed, then it is the 12th full moon)

HÓKUNÓTT / MIDWINTER / YULE

January 18-20 2022

This blot is the second blot that Odin makes a law on in the Ynglinga Saga, which is a blot at midwinter. According to pre-Christian times, the middle of winter (mid-winter) was exactly the middle of winter, which was in February (today, January 14, according to the Gregorian calendar). Midwinter first became synonymous with the winter solstice as late as the 18th century. The sources are called midwinter as Hókunótt and it was at Hókunótt that the heathen Yule was celebrated. The Midwinter Blot / Hókunótt / Yule is much disputed if and when this happened and what the origin was. But it is certain that Yule was not celebrated at the winter solstice, December 25 or at what is today Lucia.
In Håkon the Good Saga it says that he moved yule from Hókunótt (midwinter time) to the Christian holiday of the birth of Christ (which was then the 25th of December) but in the Nordics it ended up on the 24th of December. It also says that the heathen Yule (Hókunótt) was celebrated for three days.

The Midwinter Blot / Hókunótt / Yule takes place at the first full moon after the winter solstice and lasts for three nights.

DISTING / DISABLOT

March 18 2022

Disting / Disablot is one of the most famous blots, and like Hókunótt / Midwinter / Yule one of the most misunderstood blots. Disting / Disablotet did not take place in February, but in the third month called Göja / Göje (today between the end of February and the middle of March) It was when the Swedes became Christians that Disting / Disablotet was moved to the Christian holiday candle mass (today the 2nd of February) and even today the Disting market is organized. The reason for the move was because the Disting Market seemed to be too close to the Christian holiday.

Disting / Disablot is mentioned by Adam of Bremen, according to him this only happens in Old Uppsala in Göje month after the vernal equinox and all residents in Svitjod (Sweden) had to participate, they wanted to avoid participating where they had to pay fines.

The Disablot is dedicated to the Diser´s, the female deities and the goddesses.

In the Icelandic sources it is mentioned that they perform Disablot in connection with Winter Nights.
The blot occurs at the third full moon after the first new moon after the winter solstice.

The Disting / Disablot is one of the most famous blots, according to Adam of Bremen, the festival lasts for 8 days and 9 of each living creature are sacrificed.

SIGURBLOT / VICTORY BLOT

April 16 2022

The Segerblot (Victory blot) is the 3rd blot that Odin makes a law on in Svitjod, and takes place at the beginning of the summer. Even this blot is disputed about when it should have happened, some claim that it is at the spring equalization others at Walpurgis Night. But it is clear that the blot will take place at the beginning of the summer (today according to the Gregorian calendar April 14).
There is not much written down about the victory blot but it is a blot for success and victory.

The victory blot takes place at the fourth full moon after the first new moon after the winter solstice and is believed to last for three nights starting on the evening of the full moon.

Here are blot´s or other days that are noticed by NAS/NAC that are not historically covered in sources.

NAS/NAC SUMMER BLOT

July 16 2022

This blot is not something that is found in the sources, but it is the community’s own annual big blot that takes place around the 7th full moon, in July, (if no extra month has been postponed, then it is the 8th full moon). The summer blot is arranged at Rökstenen in Ödeshög, Sweden.

More information about the Summer Blot can be found here.

THE ASATRÚ DAY

September 9

NAS/NAC has developed this day to draw attention to Asatrú itself.
 
The 9/9 (September 9) each year is the sacred day. Nine days Odin was hanging, to himself, in Yggdrasil, Nine worlds exists in everything.

The Asatrú Day is a day of reflection and a day to honor with good food and drink with family and / or loved ones. A day we will give an extra thought to those we have around us in our everyday life and those who gave us all we have to rejoice. Young as old.

We also make a blot together and show the Gods that we honor them and show our appreciation. One blot where we do not request anything in return but a mere respect.