Tomorrow is one of the most important occasions of the germanic tradition, and as I will therefore be gone all day, I thought i’d take a moment to write up what i can about the event.
I speak of course about Álfablót. The sacrifice to the Elves, our ancestors who reside in barrows, and the Landvættir, spiritual beings of nature, the hearth and home.
Very little can be reliably said about Álfablót due to the extreme secrecy and insular nature of the rituals, including even its original date of celebration. The Austrfararvísur relates an account from the Christian Skald to the King of Norway, Sigvatr Þórðarson, where he is shown away from any house he happens upon due to the event:
“he met a lady who told him to go away and said “Don’t go further inside unlucky man! We are afraid of Odin’s wrath; we are pagans!” Then, she chased him away as if he were a wolf and said that they were having the elven sacrifice at the homestead.”
I personally make a sacred practice of not allowing those that are not my kin into this ritual or of giving light to my own practices. However i am sympathetic to many pagan who did not grow up with such practices and therefore have no where to look for information. I would make note of two facts in public record.
The first being that the master of the home during the ceremonies was referred to as Olvir, which is also a name of Odin. It Refers to Beer as a drink.
The second being that of the the elf sacrifice recorded in Kormaks Saga:
“A hill there is,” answered she, “not far away from here, where elves have their haunt. Now get you the bull that Cormac killed, and redden the outer side of the hill with its blood, and make a feast for the elves with its flesh. Then thou wilt be healed.””
Seeing as how the Germanic faith is most fundamentally a Ancestral religion primarily concerned with the worship and veneration of our Higher Kin, the importance of a sacrifice dedicated to them and unopen to any outsiders cannot be overstated.