To our ancestors, instead of going to the supermarket for their protein to keep the kindred heathy and well fed, it had to be hunted down in the wild, which wasn’t always a successful outcome, plus it required a lot of time and energy to hunt.
Fast forward a few thousand years and our predecessors learned the art of keeping animals domesticated; enabling the meat, cheese and eggs we require to be as easily accessible as going into the back meadow, pastures, or coop, to bring home the daily bacon, beef, or chicken!
Animal husbandry is defined as: the management and care of farm animals by humans, in which genetic qualities and behavior, considered to be advantageous to humans, are further developed. The term can refer to the practice of selectively breeding and raising livestock to promote desirable traits in animals for utility, sport, pleasure, or research. Animal Husbandry has advanced in some ways, but it is still done much in the same ways as it was a thousand years ago.
Finally, raising your own animals with quality care, attention, and love, gives both the animals and the owner a heathy, holistic, symbiotic relationship. The Farmer who is proficient in his Animal husbandry skills, sees that his animals are living out their life in a well tended too, happy, peaceful, way; and when the day comes for the animals life to be sacrificed, it is done in an honorable, merciful and revered way. This gives all involved a sacred role as they take their places the necessary and ongoing wheel of life.
There are so many reasons as to why a person may decide to pickup the task of hobby beekeeping. There are likely as many reasons as there are beekeepers. Either way, beekeeping as a hobby is a scarcity in today’s modern world, and generally only benefits are gained when one peruses such a task.
The Joy of Honey! Often the number one reason people pickup beekeeping as a hobby is because of the potential to produce honey. Honey was one of the earliest, and remains one of the sweetest, commodities available to man. Because of the recent desire for a re-claiming many of our ancestral pastimes and self sufficiency attitude, many people have decided to make a step towards producing such a sweet reward within their own backyard.
Mead or honey wine is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man. It is made from honey and water via fermentation with yeast. It may be still, carbonated, or sparkling; it may be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. Unlike beers and cider, meads (being wines) are drunk in small quantities, and were highly revered by our Norse ancestors. The drink had such a high status among the Northern tribes, that it was equated with the wisdom of Odin and was a metaphor for divine inspiration. what better reasons do you need to brew and partake of this nectar of the Gods!?
We need wildness. Countless generations have lived in the Bush, hunting or fishing, hiking and camping; swapping stories over the campfire and staring up at the starry night sky. Yet frequent stays or visits into the Wilderness by many modern-day Folk is becoming as alien to people today as it is to go to the moon. Why?? Because playful, natural childhoods and direct experiences in the wild are declining as our population becomes increasingly urbanized and wired to find recreation in technology and man made surroundings.
Re-Wilding for humans is a emerging practice where woodland fearful Folk are being introduced back to the natural organic creatures we are designed to be. By teaching various wilderness skill sets, a urbanized person can gain the confidence that comes with being taught skillsets that are conducive to connectivity and pleasure found by being one with the place we are supposed to call home: The OUTDOORS. So, do your self and future generations a huge favor; Re-Wild yourself!
In the Norse Tradition, the Spinning and weaving of natural fibers into threads is such a pivotal part of the human experience, the Mistress’s of Time and Wyrd (whom even the Gods answer to) are the master teachers of this Skill-Craft.
There are many ways to turn fiber into thread and even more ways to turn those threads into useful textiles, with many of the techniques not always requiring a huge, expensive, Weaving loom. To be able to fashion your own clothing as well as create the threads they are comprised of is a very useful and honored talent.
We use soap every day to get things clean: our bodies, our cloths, and our homes. We also still use candles, whether to set the stage for an important ceremony -or to shed light in our environment when the power fails. Our ancestors made these things with love and the carefully gathered ingredients found on the homestead or in the woods beyond. These are timeless skills we should strive to learn, even in todays LED world!
Kulning Is Swedish/Norwegian/Nordic Cattle Calling! Okay, it might sound like a strange thing to want to learn, but trust me…it sounds soothing as well as uplifting to anyone who hears it. Chilling, piercing, and utterly ancient. It’s a really haunting sound. In many ways, it captures the heart of the Swedish and Norwegian soul. I would love nothing more to learn this utterly feminine art form, as I am sure many of you feel the same way!
Everything needed for the good of mankind is found all around us; we just need to search, and there it is. Many forms of help and healing are to be found in plants. For thousands of years people have been collecting, drying and preparing common wayside plants to heal and soothe pain. The Saxons held nine herbs as the most sacred. They even had a poem or charm — called Lacnunga (Remedies) — written about them, which dates from the 10-century. The herbs of the Lacnunga manuscript were highly valued, and used as treatment against poison and infection. These same nine herbs are still highly regarded, widely used today, but let’s not forget the many other common plants that are available for daily use right outside your back door! How wonderful would it be, to learn about the many other Herbal ‘allies’ we can grow, harvest, and use to enrich all aspects of our daily lives!