Prior to the purchase of the land which is now known as Erikheim (November 2012), grave-dirt from an ancestors burial place was scattered upon the land. This was done to bend the flow of things in such a way that said transaction (purchase of the land) would be successful. I also made a vow that if I was to be granted the purchase, I would make sacrifice to the gods before the fall of the year. As such, the purchase went through and the land came into my ownership… and I was obliged to follow through.
Next a number of offerings were made to the wights (les fées) of the alder hedge at the back end of the land. This is where the property turns to a boggy consistency and where the creek tends to flood in the spring. Through these offerings and the subsequent placing of a “greenman” idol in the hedge meant that I as owner could enter into negotiations with these wights. It was important to establish such a relationship with these beings as they are of the wilds and as such not creatures I could openly enter into a gifiting cycle with. The goal being appeasement of their “lord” having been named “the Alder-King”.
This was followed by erecting corner stones at each corner of the land, each representing the cardinal points and the respective dwarves. I then purchased red pine poles from the gothi at Raven’s Knoll, where there is a vé present which was made holy the previous year (and a central part of the on-goings of Hail and Horn Gathering). In August I carved a pole each for Ing, Donar and Frîa. There were a number of omens at the time which confirmed the rightness of the act.
In early September (2013), I took an axe which was inherited from a grandfather and used it to “establish” the hörg site for the future vé. This was done in the Frankish custom as described in the Liber Historiae Francorum when Clovis established the land for the Church of the Blessed Apostles. The act was to take the axe and cast it and where it landed, the hörg would be. After that the four corner stones were pulled in from the edges of the land and used to fashion the hörg. A large flat stone was set atop of the others to receive hlaut. This was followed by nine smaller stakes being erected and a rope to bind them, setting the bounds of the vé. Then a hen was selected and slaughtered, the meat being saved for a boil and the blood for hlaut.
On the weekend prior to the equinox, the folk of Rúnatýr gathered. The poles were processed in a certain fashion into the vé. It had been remarked that the post holes which were dug the night before each had one or two dead voles within them. When the holes were dug, they cut through a vole run and the creatures were not able to get to the other side and so died in the holes. This was seen as a good omen.
The poles were “livened” by a particular manner, one set by the custom of Raven’s Knoll, and they were set into place. This was followed by a god-nail being hammered into each, with the backside of the axe, the nails having been ancestral and used for shoeing horses. Then the hlaut was poured onto the hörg and the vé posts were besprinkled as well as the folk.
In the spring of 2014, a number of trees were selected from my father’s land (having been in the family for generations) and they were planted at the base of the vé posts (bonds). These in time will form a hedge, once they are more matured they will be pleached. Also a number of herbs were planted in this soon to be hedge, namely mugwort and plantain.