Yule Day 7 – Kári and his kin

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Tonight is in honor of Kári: a giant of the wind who is the brother of Ægir the sea god and Logi, the wildfire. Some modern Heathens regard Kári as the personification of the North Wind specifically, as his children and descendants all seem to be wintery in nature. Kári is the father of a son named Frosti (“frost”) in Orkneyinga saga, and a son named Jökul (“glacier”) in Hversu Noregr byggdist. This son is, in turn, the father of Snær (“snow”), who is the father of Þorri (Þorri being the name of a “father winter” type figure for which the Icelandic winter holiday Þorrablót is named), and three daughters named Mjöl (“powdered snow”), Drífa (“snowfall”), and Fön (“snowdrift”).

Prayer:

Hail Kári, brother of sea and fire, mighty keeper of the North wind. Honor to you and your descendants, who fill the world with their frozen beauty. Your people were feared and admired by the ancestors, back when they lived in a life and death dance with winter. Tonight I honor you and pray for peace and balance between our people. May I never forget the respect that ice and snow deserve.

Celebration:

Tonight, make a feast of lamb stew and laufabrauð (leaf bread). Making leaf bread is an Icelandic Christmas tradition, and its snowflake-like designs make it an appropriate offering to Kári and the spirits of winter. Making and designing the bread is a fun family activity, and best done in a group.

Here is a recipe you can follow.

Before having your dinner, leave some of the stew and leaf bread outside as an offering to Kári and his family, maybe adding a little chilled vodka or peppermint schnapps.

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