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SOVEREIGN MERCIA

PAGANISM

EARTH-ENERGY

Paganism is the natural religion of the earth, and Pagans see divinity as immanent in all living things – in every tree, plant, animal and object, man and woman. Pagans live their lives attuned to the cycles of nature and the seasons, of life, death and rebirth. Our three primary sources for the beliefs and practices of the Pagan Mercians are the Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson’s famous collection of Scandinavian myths; the Oera Linda Book, describing, in Frisian, a matriarchal civilisaton in Bronze Age Europe, of which the Angles were a part; and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a detailed, year by year account of early English history, biography and genealogy.
Telluric energy – the life-giving energy of nature, or the earth – is closely related to magnetism, and is the source of magic. It can be harnessed to bring peace and fertility to the land and its inhabitants. Our Bronze Age ancestors knew this, and created a vast network of alignments, or ley-lines, to channel the energy through an ancient power grid. The Oera Linda Book tells us how it was done – priestesses raised and directed the energy by continuous daily worship at sacred sanctuaries, such as stone circles and other megalithic sites, before a perpetually burning flame. Sovereign Mercia aims to recreate and restore this system to full use.
Frya, daughter of Mother Earth, is the eponymous ancestress of the Frisian peoples, including the Mercians, and lived among them until the Great Flood of 2194 BC – from which date the Oera Linda Book counts its years. Frya is called upon for a safe birth, by burning a white candle through the night of the winter solstice – Mothers’ Night, or Yule (21–22 December), and her holy day is Friday. She and her two sisters, Lyda and Finda, are the three mothers of mankind.

The Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire – one of the most famous stone circles in Mercia, the main part of which dates to around 2500 BC – shall once again become a place of Pagan ritual. Led by the priestesses, sacred sites across Mercia, connected by their ancient system of alignments, shall again host public ceremonies and celebrations. The old gods and goddesses shall be restored to the land, re-energising it and making it fertile enough to feed and sustain all its many inhabitants.

The Divine Lady Frya ▲
Yule Wheel ►
▲ Rollright Stones, Oxon.
Belinus Line
The six-spoked Yule (jol) wheel represents the turning of the year and its six seasonal festivals, or feasts. Mercia shall reintroduce the Pagan Anglo-Saxon calendar for all official purposes, in the form standardised by the renowned Mercian scholar and author J.R.R. Tolkien as the Shire Reckoning – comprising 12 months of 30 days each, plus a number of days outside the months.
The Belinus Line is the longest ley-line in the British Isles, passing through some of the most important sanctuaries in Mercia. These include the Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire; Meon Hill, Warwickshire; Moseley Bog, Birmingham; Barr Beacon, Staffordshire; and Alderley Edge, Cheshire. Looking north towards the horizon, it is aligned with the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan.
 

SHIRE RECKONING

ANNUAL FESTIVALS

Yule 21–22 December
1–2 Yule (2 days): Festival of the Wheel of the Year (rebirth).

Rethe 20–21 February
30 Solmath–1 Rethe (2 days): Festival of the Hearth (home).

Thrimidge 21–22 April (leap years 20–21 April)
30 Astron–1 Thrimidge (2 days): Festival of the Three Milkings (fertility).

Lithe 21–23 June (leap years 20–23 June)
1–2 Lithe (3 or 4 days): Festival of the Lissome Year (abundance).

Halimath 22–23 August
30 Wedmath–1 Halimath (2 days): Festival of the Holy Month (harvest).

Blotmath 21–22 October
30 Winterfilth–1 Blotmath (2 days): Festival of the Blood Month (sacrifice).