By now, hopefully, you have taken stock of the year past and thought about what you want to accomplish in the one to come and that brings up the question of oaths, or at least resolutions, for the new year. I list the two separately because they are very different things.
In ancient times, our people swore oaths on the Yule boar as he was led around the hall. Today, we may use only a loaf of bread baked in the shape of a boar, but the oath is no less binding than if a live, snorting, squealing boar had been brought into your dining room! And oaths, as you know, must be taken very seriously. I have noted that in modern times, many swear oaths when they would gain better
reputation by staying silent.
Resolutions are the common fare in American culture, and they are much less binding than oaths. This does NOT mean that they are to be taken casually or halfheartedly, but there is relatively little loss of spiritual might if one fails to attain them. They can be a useful tool for developing the will and making progress toward the high level of attainment that should be the long-term goal of all of us.
When you make your choice, you don't want to be lacking in wisdom!
Light a candle for Wisdom as you wrap up this Yule season, and turn your face toward the new year!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The Twelfth Day of Yuletide
From the Asatru Folk Assembly: