Jotun Wheel of the Year

I wound up getting the information for the holy days of the Wheel of the Year (Jotun-style) before getting some of the other information that I’m going to be sharing in this writing project. This means that some of those explanations reference these days, so I wanted to provide a summary. I also wanted to provide some context for why I may suddenly talk about a holy day that hasn’t been talked about before (details posts will be scheduled on / slightly before the dates given).

  • Autumnal Equinox – the Bones of Prey.

The Bones of Prey honors all Prey species and those who give their life so that others may live with some sort of sacrifice by the priest of each Tribe / Family.

  • Nov 3rd – the Howls of Winter.

The Howls of Winter marks the beginning of winter and honors those who have died in the past year (from the start of the last year’s winter until now with the increased winds of the season being ‘the howls of the ancestors’).

  • Winter Solstice – Gnawed Bones.

Gnawed Bones is a Yule celebration, though it doesn’t last 12 days as some other Yule celebrations may. It celebrates the survival of winter so far and seeks to ensure survival until spring.

  • Spring Equinox – the Howls of Spring.

The Howls of Spring celebrates a tapering off of winter and the beginning of spring (the winds of spring blow in hard and strong, howling). It’s often very festive to celebrate surviving the winter.

  • May 3rd – Rising of Our Stars.

The Rising of Our Stars celebrates the beginning of summer and family. (It’s like a family reunion on steroids.)

  • Summer Solstice – the Cleaning of Fishbones.

The Cleaning of Fishbones celebrates the many types of harvesting that sustains the Jotun Tribes throughout the year. It depends on the Tribe as to which harvest is the priority, so Tribe specific observances frequently happen throughout the summer and autumn based on when the Tribe needs to perform rites.

  • Aug 1st – the Cleaning of Antlers.

The Cleaning of Antlers signals the end of summer and beginning of autumn, though not all of the Realms (Jotunheim, Niflheim, and Muspelheim) experience signs of autumn this early.

  • Aug 31st – the Fire Howling.

The Fire Howling is a day of cleansing and the equivalent of New Year’s Day; the 30th is the equivalent of New Year’s Eve.

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6 thoughts on “Jotun Wheel of the Year

  1. Tom says:

    These seem rather wolf tribe oriented. Then again, I associate more with Serpent Jotnar, so maybe it’s a tribal difference instead? Or we just keep to ourselves too much. XD

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    • The whole YMMV, you do you, humans can get contradictory upg, etc. thing certainly applies.

      I think the fact that I’m Wolf related plays a part, but I also think there’s some other stuff going on. When the Tribes were trying to consolidate the individual Tribal calendars, I think there were more Wolf Jotuns to give support to Their holy days, and some Tribes didn’t feel comfortable sharing all of Their holy days with other Tribes or outsiders (since ambassadors from other Realms can sit on in these).

      I’ve also gotten the impression that most (if not all) of the Tribes want Tribe specific holy days to remain within the Tribe, so it would take marrying into the Tribe, significant alliances and relationships with a member / members of the Tribe, or finding out about being related to have clearance to know that information.

      This calendar was made to have days that are okay for anyone / everyone to know, though I do think there was similar overlap with how many Tribes celebrated something like these days that it would really take getting to know a Tribe to find out the very specific ways They celebrate even these common days. Elements of certain Tribal celebrations were included and some of these days are more of a mix of what several Tribes may do.

      Like the Howls of Winter. The name and inclusion of howling in the rite obviously comes from the Wolf Tribe. The emphasis on jerky and food that can be prepared and stored for winter comes from the Bear Tribe. Including a bonfire comes from the Fire Tribe. While jerky is considered a traditional food, each Tribe and the families within said Tribe very likely has very specific traditional food / dishes for this day (a specific mead for the Ocean Tribe, a specific soup for the Scales Tribe (related to clam chowder here), etc.).

      While this calendar could help someone else (even to ask about holy days in their Tribe), I’m sort of expecting this to be classified as upg that others don’t really interact with a lot. So, I’m not overly surprised if it’s a bit Wolf heavy simply because I’m most likely to interact with these days.

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      • Tom says:

        I just never really got the impression that my people ever really /cared/ that much about holydays nor that we had a centralized government or organization, but wolves as an animal are far more social than serpents of course. 😉 Though I do get the general idea that there is some sort of following of the seasons, mostly to make sure we have enough stores to last us through winter.

        I don’t spent much time in Jotunheim myself because of reasons of needing to spend time in other places as my patron wishes, so. -shrugs-

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  2. Ooh! Where did you find this? Tellme, tellme, tellme! 😀

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    • With trying to get posts scheduled and doing irl stuff, I’m a bit worried I’ve somehow not made the upg bit clear. /awkward/

      I personally have not encountered anyone with a list of Jotun centered holy days before, and I only have them because more than one Someone has been conveying the info. As with other upg, I really only consider this applicable to my path, and I think other people could get very different info if they ask about it.

      It was like “Why does So-and-so want me to do something on this Vanic holy day?”, unsurprising silence, “What if the Vanir aren’t the only Ones with holy days?”, and then a whole lot of divination.

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