Ana - posted on 02/15/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
I was going to wait and ask this later when we had more moms in the group, but I agreed to give a "Heathen Home" workshop so I'd be interested in hearing answers sooner rather than later (and I will post my workshop notes for everyone).
What do you have or do at home to make your home Heathen instead of a secular place where Heathens just happen to eat and sleep? I am interested in getting ideas for my own family as well as for the workshop, because we don't do as much as I would like. Every time we make a pot of coffee we set a small mug of coffee on the mantle for our house wights, but that's about it for rituals or consciously acknowledging our faith in our home. We have some Heathen stuff around: hammer and statues on the mantle along with a nice rock for wights to live in, and I keep a small Frigga altar on the kitchen window but don't regularly do anything with it or offer anything there.
Carolyn mentioned a "tea party" with the house wights on Thursday nights..why Thursday, if I may ask? What about outdoor wights? Does anyone else keep livestock or have a vegetable garden? I'm sure there are traditions associated with these since our ancestors were pretty agricultural, but I don't know what they are.
I hope that my kids can grow up doing enough Heathen things in their everyday lives at home that they know we are Heathen all the time, not just once a month when we go to a blot.