February (Solmonath - Gói - Horning) 14th
Feast of Vali
Many of the people that read these listing that I post look for the historical reference to the holidays. I would like to point out that todays listing is a modern Asatru holiday and although there can be found minor historical references to an event at this time of the year there is no true reference to any specific deity that was worshiped or extensive details about community activities that may have occurred. The Feast of Vali is a modern Asatru Holiday brought about to to celibate one of the younger gods of our ancestors and his contributions to new community of Asatru.
Many Heathens make blessing to the god Vali at this time and generally enjoy the day. Many use it to celebrate the death of Hodr by Vali, avenging Balder, the son of Odin, and beginning the cycle that starts the new world. It is considered a late winter festival related to the triumph of the sun over the dark days of winter. Noting the familial tie between Vali and Odin, it is held as a celebration of the family and Asatruar exchange cards and gifts with loved ones just like everybody else. It is also a time for the renewal of marriage vows and an occasion for marriages/handfastings.
Some modern Asatru contemplate, if Edred Thorsson is right and the "heart" shape really represents the buttocks and mons veneris, and is really an old symbol of Freya, that it might be more appropriate to honor her on this day? Some see it more in keeping with the spirit and overall feelings of the holiday as well. I personally see this as a day to Freyja and her brother Frey. I see today as day to honor my wife and the love that we share with each other. I like to use the day to let my wife know just how important she is to me and her true value in my life. Ether way you look at it today is a day to celebrate Love in our lives in all of its facets.
On this day I will Raise a horn to Vali and remember both his and my family ties. I will share gifts with my children and my Wife. My wife and I will enjoy a great dinner together and I will thank Freyja and Frey for the love that my wife has blessed me with in my life.
Hail to our Ancestors and the Gods