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  Freyfest may also be referred to by some as the Greater Sabbat of Lammas, or Hlafmas (loaf-mass), which is a pre-harvest festival marking a turning point of the Cyclic Wheel and signifies a regeneration in Mother Nerthus.
  The corn dolly is thought to originate within the period after Lammas but before the Autumn Equinox, as the last sheaf to be cut is shaped into the form of a human, dressed in clothes and adorned with ribbons to honour the Spirit of the Field.
  Carried in a procession for the adoration of the crowd, this vegitative figure plays an important part in the parades, songs, dances, and feasts which are to follow. Whereafter the corn dolly is then kept in a place of honour until the Charming of the Plow, when it is to be plowed under as a symbolic gesture of return.
  Along with the rites and customs directly related to the Harvest, visiting sacred wells, and divinational opportunities present themselves.
  The last herbs are to gathered at this time, as a libation is offered unto them ALL.

Festive candles of your choosing; wheat-type foods for baking, boiling, broiling, and brewing; acceptable music, fun and games; enough peoples for a pot-luck style feast; a rendition of John Barleycorn to be read, sung or acted out so as to better understand this cycle of the seasons; the rune Othala (which represents the ancestral stream of knowledge), seek within for other runes which you feel are appropriate for this Time, always remembering...

When you gain power, use it carefully and use it well.

{ The Rede of Honor }

((When ready, assemble the Folk before the meal
so you may all hallow the feast set before you))

Let us now join together and cleanse,
Heaven and Earth, Sun and Moon, Sea and Ocean,
Fruits of the Land and fruits of the Water.
We gather here to once again turn the Wheel
To give thanks at this, the first harvest,
During the necessary hot time of the year
As the nights will soon be as cold as the days.
In honor of all who dwell in AsagardR
We rejoice in the ever changing seasons
For you are ever with us in our ways.

((Here at this point the offerings and
libations are to be offered out and thus
sacrificed unto divinity with full dignity))

As it is within the foods and drinks,
For they are ever symbolic of life eternal,
So is it imprinted upon our own soul
As we seek after the Treasure of Life,
For nothing is beyond our resolve
For ourselves and for our families.
Therefore let us give joy and friendship
As we set alight our Harvest-Fire.

((It is at this point that the candles are lit,
and a joyous noise shall arise as each takes up
the flame, until all are alight within the area.
NOTE: The following is by Robert Louis Stevenson))

"In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The gray smoke towers.
Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!"

((After reciting the following, the meal
shall proceed. Afterwards is the time of
appropriate readings and dramatizations))

Let us now complete this day's feast
As we contemplate the symbolisms
Betwixt the grain and the continuity of life
Truly linking the past, present, and future,
Ever mindful of the significance it bears.
Hail to the Gods! Hail to the Goddesses!
Hail to the harvest's first fruits!

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