Yule – holiday of the winter solstice. It was
celebrated by Scandinavians and all the old European people alike. Even today
the Scandinavians call Christmas Yule (jul); in the English language Christmas
is often called Yuletide.
Wayland – the Anglo-Saxon blacksmith God. In
Scandinavia he’s know as Volund. The Swedish king Ninud cut of his left leg and
moved him, together with his forge to a remote island. As revenge, Wayland
raped his daughter and murdered his sons, making their skulls his chalices.
Walpurgis – holiday dedicated to the Goddess of the
same name, celebrated on May the 1st. In Christian times it was
celebrated by witches. On that day, the witches would gather in the mountains
like Brocken in Germany and Blåkulla in Sweden; according to the Christians,
orgies were performed and the Devil was summoned on these mountains.
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Wolf – another sacred animal of the old Nordic
peoples. Most of all it’s associated with Odin, who was always depicted in the
company of his two wolves, Geri and Freki. The best known wolf from Nordic
mythology is Fenriz, who will bring Odin his demise during Ragnarok. Fenriz is
the principle of destruction; this is way Ragnarok will be called “age of the
Wotan – Odin was celebrated under this name throughout
modern Germany. Another version of this name is Wodan (Wodanaz) which means fury.