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New Year’s Eve Asatru Festival of 12th Night (12/31)

Hogmany (also as known as Hogmany, Hogmanay, Hogmannay, Hogmarmay, Hogmena, Hagmena, Hagmenai, or Hogg-night) is the Scottish New Year’s Eve Festival that commemorates the solar divinity Hogmagog.  Hogmagog, sometimes called Gogmagog, the God of the Sun, is really two divinities, Gog and Magog.  Gogmagog is the chalk figure carved into the earth at the Wandlebury near Cambridge.  This deity was divided into two giants, Gog and Magog.  Gog, the male fertility aspect, is the male consort of Magog and the spiritual guardian of London.  Magog, the female fertility aspect, is far more important.  Britain’s Megg’s Hills are named for her and several hillside chalk effigies portray her as a four-breasted woman astride a horse.  Her name means “mother deity” and as the Mother Earth Goddess, she is in charge of fertility.  In time, she was demoted to England’s Saint Margaret.

Hagmenai means “Moon of the Hag”, honoring the Goddess of Winter who mourned her lost mate.   Some of today’s New Year’s Eve festivities come from the old Hogmany customs.  Festival participants dress in hides and horns of animals (guising), burn smoke sticks (Hogmanays) to ward off evil sprites, and eat special cakes.  Doors are opened and utensils are rattled to drive off the last psychic vestiges of the Old Year and welcome in the new.  Traditional foods are bannocks, oarsmen, shortbread, black buns and ankersocks (gingerbread).

The Spell:

This spell is designed to be simple using everyday items you either have around the house or can easily obtain.  It is also a good excuse for you to “make some noise” and have some fun.  But, you will also be completing some work, ridding your home of unwanted negative energies and opening yourself up for positive changes for the New Year.

Gather some incense (as replacement smoke sticks, one stick for the whole house or one stick per room that you wish to cleanse), some kitchen utensils (spoons, forks, butter knives, etc), pen and paper and a package of gingerbread cookies (as replacement ankersocks).  Optionally, you can also use modern New Year’s Eve items like noisemakers (as replacement utensils) and pointy hats (symbolic of the dressing in hides and horns).

Light the incense and say:

“On this night of Hogmany,

I honor the gods of fertility;

May the next year be fruitful for me,

Full of health and prosperity.”

Eat a gingerbread cookie making sure to set aside some for an offering to the outdoor spirits.  Write down all the things that you wish to change for the better for the next year and then say:

“On this night of the Hag’s Moon,

I ask for a special boon;

My voice cries out just like the Loon,

As I rattle knife, fork and spoon.”

Rattle your kitchen utensils to drive out all negative energy form your home.  If it’s not too cold, open your doors and windows and “sweep” the energy out with the incense.  Unless you fear the neighbors calling the authorities for excessive noise, make as much of a racket as possible, yelling “good riddance” before shutting the windows and doors after dispelling the negative energy.  To seal your windows and doors to keep the negative energy out, make the sign of the moon with our power hand, “locking” the windows and doors shut.

Once you’ve gone through the entire house, make sure to place some of the cookies outside for the Faeries and nature spirits.

Tomorrow look at your list again and then formulate a plan for each item on your list as to how you will help make these things manifest.  Its fine-and-dandy to ask for the help of the Universe, but you have to do your part as well, so get to work and Happy New Year!