On the eve before Winter Solstice, we celebrate our Mothers, the female aspect of our family, clan, and tribe. These are not are birth mothers or even our grandmothers; they are our ancestral Mothers, those spirits that have guided and nurtured our family lines for millennia.
On the continent and in England they are known as the Matrons and in Scandinavia, the Desir. These female deities were considered "local," or closer to the common man in his heart and experience than the Aesir and Vanir. And throughout northern Europe, there are over 1,000 votive stones attesting to this devotion (over half of these stones host Germanic names for the matron goddesses, many others are Celtic, while others appear to be Celto-Germanic).
Modraniht is sacred to the Matrons, the Desir, Frau Holle, Frau Perchta, Freya, and Frigga. These wonderful female goddesses were responsible for the health and welfare of their human charges as well as the fertility of family, field, and livestock. Let them be so again; just ask. After all, it stands to reason that we should be good to our Mothers.
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