For our Yule celebration, and as ADF dedicants, we decided our sacred tree should be Yggdrasil. Originally, we were going to hang a small Odin/Wotan figure on the tree, but time constraints required a bit of flexibility. I bought a couple of thrift store Father Christmases and cannibalized them for parts. Here is my Odin/Wotan (sans eye patch, I need the right material for that):


The mess of crap on his hat looks better in person. Note the addition of the “ashen faggot” on his back. The gays and I are deeply amused by the name of that particular tradition.



  1. vlaughlin said,

    December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Just a note here–the Tree doesn’t have to actually look like the Tree of your hearth culture. Mine is a cactus! I have limited resources, so I just use what I already have. The thing to remember is that no matter what the Tree looks like outside of ritual, it BECOMES the Tree of your hearth culture within ritual. If you want to discuss more, send me an email at victoria.m.laughlin@gmail.com.

    • December 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      No, I am aware the tree doesn’t have to look a certain way. The tree for my regular shrine is a twig with a bird’s nest on it. This is for our Yule ritual, and since we are planning a formal dinner for about 15 people we want to do it with style. For me, I find the aesthetics are important to my headspace, particularly when I am conducting a ritual for a group. It helps everyone get on the same page. Besides, I enjoy creating “set pieces” for rituals, I consider it part of what I can offer the gods.

      • vlaughlin said,

        December 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

        Very nice! I didn’t think about it as an offering. 🙂 Thanks for the clarification.


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