The Troth
 

Lesson Three: Wights

Readings:

"The Elder Troth: An Introductory Course of Study" Lesson Three.
"Teutonic Religion" pages 106-118
"Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend", Reimund Kvideland and Henning K. Sehmsdorf.
Idunna #36 (available via lulu.com)
"Our Troth: Volume One" Chapters 21, 22, and 23.

Exercises:

Complete all exercises in "The Elder Troth," Lesson Three, and/or the following:

  1. Write down as complete a geneaology of your family line as possible, including the living and the dead. If possible, include not just dates of death and birth but also locations, countries, and professions. Consider your own life, and how the lives of your family impacted you. Do you come from a line of teachers, or craftsmen? How does what you do now reflect what your family has always done?
  2. If possible, start collecting small mementos, photographs, or other treasures owned by or reflecting your family. If you are in a committed partnership, do this for both families as a way of bringing together both of your families under one roof. Create an altar, shrine, or other sacred part of your home for your ancestors to "live in" now. Use this as a focal point when you make offerings to your ancestors and ask them for their guidance.
  3. Consider researching a body of water (lake or river) near you. Using topographical maps, follow the line of a river upstream until you can discover its source - for a lake this might be a river that spills into the body, or it might come up directly from the gound. Prepare yourself and those who wish to join you for a hike, and go find the spring or headwaters from which the water flows. Once there, meditate on the importance of the local wight who lives in the spring and, when you can sense its presence, leave offerings of grain, milk, mead, or other gifts.
  4. Go outside near your home or on your property. Sit still and listen to the wights around you. Try to remember which birds called when, what insect noises there were, any animals calling or crossing the land, the sound of the wind through branches or across the grasses, etc. Recognize that we are surrounded by our fellow wights! Do this at the same time of day for several days. Then change the time of day (ie from morning to early evening) and do it again. Notice the differences, and the similarities, in the wights all around you. Write down your thoughts, responses, and any changes you notice over time.