Sommarsblót – Victory Festival – 14th Of April

Sommarsblót

The sun, stands out among the various concepts in the art carved into the rock in Scandinavia, during the Bronze Age, playing a central role in the cold and shady countries of northern Europe.
Not being exactly a deity, the sun causes serious consideration whenever it appears so impressive and victorious at the eve of spring, being worshiped in smaller solar cults. This is a time when the celebrations of the healing of the earth starts, the healing from the cold harsh winter and the snow that burns the soil, when everything becomes green and fresh, the earth is good to cultivate, and the vegetation and livestock are secure.
It’s the end of the chaos, the rebirth of life, light, happiness and prosperity. The sommarsblót is a salutation of the rising of the sun over the darkness, in a ceremony that marks the beginning of the second half of the year. The Scandinavians used to sent messengers to the mountains to observe the position of the sun to predict his rising on the horizon. As soon as the sun lit up the valleys, it began the preparations of the great festival of beer and mead. In Iceland today it is praised the Sumardagurinn fyrsti, in other words, the first month of summer (from April 14 to March 13), on the third Thursday of April.
The Ynglinga Saga declares that it is one of the biggest festivals of the year, designating him as Sigrblót (ritual of victory – Sig.). The Sigrblót is dedicated to Odin, the giver of victory (Sigtyr) and ensures the happiness and bounty of a king – so it is not related to fertility rites. The motivations of Sigrblót involve the appreciation of the warrior spirit and the preservation of sovereignty.
At this time, people beg to Odin, for luck and good fortune and esteem in return for his aid in defense of attacks and the conquest of enemy territory. As i have told before, this kind of thought we can bring for our daily lifes, we all have enemys and problems that we must face everyday, and in order to succeed and obtain victory we must have courage and that is why it is also important to have the Sigtyr as our ally, and it is good to succeed, to win, to face the problems and obtain victory, it is a good feeling that makes us happy and stronger.

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