This post is for Week 2 of the Pagan Blog Project Hosted by One Witchy One.Alfar is the Icelandic/Nordic term for Elves, of which there are three races Ljosalfar, Dokkalfar, and Svartalfar, or, light elves, dark elves and black elves. The light elves live in Alfheim, one of the Nine Realms and where Freyr has his home. The black elves live in Svartalfheim another of the Nine Realms and the dark elves live underground.
There are a multitude of specific types of light elves that differed across geographical regions. An example is in Iceland there is a type of elves called Spae-wives who are female, live in cemeteries and have both healing powers and prophetic abilities.
Alfar are also amongst a group called Land Spirits or Wights. Not all Wights are alfar but all alfar are wights. Wights refers to any spiritual being in the Germanic world view. It’s quite broad. Another term for Wights which comes from Ireland is Fairies. There are many similarities.
The Alfar are governed by the god Freyr. They are known to be unpredictable and tricksters. Great effort is taken to make sure the Alfar are happy, even in modern Iceland actions are still done by municipalities with them in mind.
Enough about the background now onto modern practice.After a Blot (Heathen Ritual – we’ll get to that next week) it’s always wise to leave an offering for the Alfar/Wights. Remember that the primary goal is both to honor them for their ever watchful presence and to appease them so they don’t do something negative.
I’ve always had the personal view that the Wights are a bit like the natural energy within everything. They are the personification of that essence and for that reason we should respect and pay it homage on occasion.
One cute way and great to do with kids is to build a house for the Wights that sits somewhere in your house. Let it be pretty, and decorative so it blends in which your place. You want it to be a bit inconspicuous because Wights are shy. If you search online you’ll find loads of gorgeous and expensive ones. I am never one to advocate spending a large sum of money on things that don’t need to be. It doesn’t even have to be a house. It could just be a little nook you’ve set aside or a lean-to made from twigs.
After meals leave a small bit of food, a drop of honey or the occasional shiny trinket in the house.
The goal is hopefully the Wights will hang out there and not run a much in your house!
For even more information. Linda over at Linda's Realm wrote on the same topic and she did a bit more research then I did.
Come spring time we’ll do a craft here specifically for the land spirits.
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