On October 5th, 2008 the members of Jotun's Bane Kindred held an Open Event at Mark's House, in celebration of Winternights. A feast was held, to which everyone had contributed food, there was a faining to Odin, and a Symbel was held afterwards. There were 28 people in attendance, including 8 children.
Gifts for Sleepnir were brought and placed on an alter table, along with our horns. The large central horn is "Theodish Gift."
T.J., Craig, Will (tending the fire), Max, and Danny.
Will, Max, Craig, and Alex.
Jason, Rod, T.J., and Gary.
Danny and his sister...
Skoll (the dog), Elizabeth, Zane, and Joshua (with is back to the camera).
Before the faining to Odin, Rod explained some of the details of the faining, and what participants should do and expect. Max, Gary, and Adam are in the foreground.
...and the soon-to-be-participants listen.
Tracy, Adam, and Craig (standing up). Our Kindred's bindrune banner is visible in the background.
Rod rarely wears garb, but for this special faining garb definitley appropriate.
Jennifer, Mark, Tracy (hamming it up), and Adam.
Forming the circle around the firepit.
Craig, Rod beginning the Faining, and Alex.
Craig, hallowing the area with fire.
This faining, is a very personal one...where the participants gift Odin in return for a gift of wisdom. Participants were asked to face outwards during most of the faining so they could focus on the task at hand.
Rod, Mike, Gary, Will, and T.J.
Rod and Alex.
Danny with the horn.
Rod offering Mark the horn...
Rod and T.J.
Max drinking from the horn.
Rod offering the horn to Sarah.
Rod, Craig, Adam, Jamie, Sarah, and Cheri.
Rod, Craig, and Sarah.
Rod, Craig, and Alex.
Rod and Craig.
The firepit was a new addition to Mark and Jennifer's backyard this summer.
Gifts were sacrificed for Sleipnir...
The remaining mead was libated at the foot of a newly planted oak tree.
Later that night, we held a Symbel. Rod, Jason, Max (blocked), Craig with the horn, and Alex.
Jamie drinks from the horn, "Theodish Gift." At this symbel she promised to read the Poetic Edda by Yule...just over 2 months away. She successfully fulfilled her promise by Yule.
Max, holding the horn high.
Jamie and Tracy...
Jamie and Sarah (both wearing stylish goggles on their heads).
Our fire burned late into the night.
Hail Jotun's Bane Kindred!