Feeding The Land Wights
We are well into winter nights. The days are getting shorter and food is becoming more scarce. Now is the time to help our outdoor neighbors by offering food and warm water to all the land wights living around your area.
Land wights come in many forms. The word “wight” is actually an old term for any being who has a soul. So all living creatures fall into the category of wight. Human, animals, insects, alfar, dwarves (svartalfar), Æsir, Vanir, and many other exotic forms of life. Yes that includes nature spirits and house spirits.
Housevættir & Landvættir
Most nature and house spirits can take care of themselves but it is wise to offer them food and treats as gifts. They do appreciate the gesture and will become more friendly to you and your family in the long run. Always offer food to the house spirits during Yule time. This is an ancient tradition which has help bond families with their homes an those spirits living within.
A simple bowl of oatmeal and perhaps a shot of strong alcohol does the trick. Place the food and drink in a central spot in your home. In the Viking days Scandinavians would place these offerings upon the hearth. Since most home no longer contain a hearth, the living room will do.
Leave the offerings out overnight then during the next day take the leftovers outside and place them in the yard. I always offer these words when placing the remains outside.
“Hail land spirits! I offer to you that which the house spirits have not consumed. Hail the land spirits! Hail the house spirits!”
During the winter months squirrels and birds are always on the lookout for high energy food to get them through the cold. I would recommend hanging a few tube feeders out with a standard bird seed mix as well as black sunflower seeds. If you want to help even further try dried corn and saffron seeds. This feast will keep the wildlife happy and keep them coming back for more.
Keep on giving.