I write a little blog called The Spinner’s Cottage and I am researching a story on St. Distaff’s Day. It seems spinners have been celebrating something that they don’t even know the origins of. I knew it had to be something more than what spinners think it is and I am convinced that I am on the right track with Frigga. I have done pretty much all of my research but when I was at your site (great by the way), I saw that you celebrated Frigga on the 12th. Spinners are under the impression it has to be the 7th, but I personally think it can be done on what ever day you return to your spinning in January. So, what I am wondering is why you celebrated on the 12th? If you wouldn’t mind sharing.
Thank you for any help you can give me.
I pick the 12th mainly due to convenience. Yule and New Years is crazy and keep me busy. Imbolg is a big event in my house, often I wind up hosting more than one ritual, plus my personal stuff, plus putting away the decorations from Yule. So basically, I have a lot of planning to do. Brighid takes precedence over Frigga in my practice, to be honest. So I push celebrating Frigga’s Day/Distaff Day to the later date of the 12th. The middle of the month works for me. One nice thing about holidays with ambiguous dates is the option to choose which one works best for you.
Something important to keep in mind when choosing dates to celebrate holidays (read: holy days) is that back in the old days, most people did not have calendars hanging on their walls. Heck, most people didn’t even know exactly what day they were born, they just knew it was around the first week of May (for example). So while people knew what day was Sunday, for church going purposes, they didn’t always concern themselves with whether today was the 7th or the 8th. “Minor” holidays like Distaff Day would have been celebrated around the same time each year, but on different days in different homes. A housewife in olden times wasn’t going to panic if she couldn’t pick up her spinning again for a couple of days after the usual date. She might not have even known if she was a day or two off.