Affarþeis

Information

Name Meaning: Reconstructed using the Gothic prefix af- (“off, away”) + the reconstructed Gothic word *farþs (“journey, travel”), which comes from the Proto-Germanic *fardiz of the same meaning. *Affarþs would be “departure” or “exit”; *affarþeis is the plural form.
Date: The full moon of Saudimenoþs.
Deities Honored: Laguhwaþo, the ancestors.
Activities: Reidarjos observe this solemn holiday as the moment Laguhwaþo retreats to Ganohawaggs, the underworld, escorted by Epona and the recently deceased. Celebrants veil icons of Laguhwaþo in black and bring Her to the bank of a body of water to symbolize Her passage from the realm of the living to the realm of the dead. Laguhwaþo and the ancestors all receive offerings during this festival.
Offerings: Standard offerings.
Associated myth: After the capture of Her daughter Sauil, Laguhwaþo falls into a deep melancholy and decides to retreat to Her home among the dead. On Her journey, She collects the recently deceased and brings them home with Her.

Prayers

Listed below are some example prayers. You can choose the one you like or write your own.

To Laguhwaþo

Simple Prayer

I welcome You, Laguhwaþo, Queen of Heaven, Lady of the Seas.
I witness Your return to Your throne in Ganohawaggs,
to the abundant meadow where the dead dwell.
O Gentle Mistress, may You bring my ancestors peace.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I welcome You, Laguhwaþo!
Lustrous goddess of the ocean’s swell,
and star-wreathed Queen of Heaven.
Great Mother of flame-kissed Sauil,
Liufs who turns the hearts of men,
and the shining Sons of Teiws.

I welcome You, Laguhwaþo!
From water You emerged
swan-cloaked and girdled with gems,
a daughter of Mighty Airþa.
To water You return,
to pass through wine-dark veil
and sit upon Your ancient throne.
The dead go with You;
they wait for You in the afterlife,
that peace-laden meadow
brimming with Your abundance.
Receive these gifts, O Laguhwaþo,
gentle mistress of the charnel house,
that I freely give to You.
May You bring our ancestors
into Your white-winged embrace,
ease their suffering,
and grant them peace.

To the ancestors of the past year

Simple Prayer

I welcome You, airizans, beloved ancestors in the West.
Shed your troubles and still the fighting spirit in your hearts.
The endless steppe awaits you, where grass grows green all winter.
O Elders, may You guide me with Your newfound wisdom.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I welcome you, airizans!
O holy foremothers,
blessed forefathers,
and all beloved persons
gone before us into the West.

I welcome you, airizans!
Shed your troubles
and still the fighting spirit in your hearts.
Star-crowned Laguhwaþo comes,
wrapped in funeral incense
and the shroud of death.
The endless steppe lies ahead of you,
that bountiful field, Ganohawaggs,
where grass grows green all winter.
We honor you as new ancestors
who see more, know more,
and understand more now.
Receive these gifts, O airizans,
wise elders watching over us,
which I freely give to you.
And remember:
You are loved.
You are loved.
You are loved.