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Above is the new Urglaawe logo, which was designed by Kate Cullifer with input from the…Continue

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Started Jan 17, 2016

Der Butzemann un der Kannsege
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Kannsege - Ceremony of the CornThrough Braucherei we know that plants have spirits that are different from those of humans, but they are still spirits engaged in the birth, life, death, decay,…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Jan 30, 2013.

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There is a good Urglaawe resource list on Distelfink Sippschaft's site:http://site.distelfink.org/Resources.htmlWe've been actively increasing…Continue

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Heel zu eich!I am pleased to report that we're finally nearing the publication of the book of Urglaawe terminology. After that is completed, we will turn our eye towards updating and re-publishing "A…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Apr 24, 2012.

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Oschdre 2009

Oschdre is the Pennsylvania German word for Easter, but its origins are in the name of a Germanic spring goddess. In fact, the word Easter has its roots in the Anglo-Saxon name of the same goddess.

According to Jacob Grimm (Teutonic Mythology, volume I, p. 291), the Old High German adverb of ôstar expresses movement towards the rising sun. Grimm postulates that worship of the goddess must have been so firmly ensconced that the Christians tolerated the use of Her name, even applying it to their highest holiday.

To Urglaawer, Oschdre is indeed one of the highest holidays. It is the vernal equinox, the representation of light over dark, warm over cold, spring over winter, etc. The goddess Oschdre is associated with fertility, hence the appearance of eggs and hares in the secular American celebration of Easter. In fact, much like Yuletide, most of the Eastertide secular observances have their roots in Germanic traditions that were passed through to the wider American culture via the Pennsylvania Germans. Folks who are interested in learning more may want to read Eastertide in Pennsylvania: A Folk-Cultural Study, by Alfred L. Shoemaker, though there are plenty of other resources that will be even more candid about the Heathen roots of many traditions that most people consider Christian today.

Distelfink Sippschaft's Oschdre Sege (ceremony) fell on Friday, March 20, this year, as that was the date of the vernal equinox. With an altar full of flowers, dyed eggs (some dyed naturally, others, admittedly, used modern techniques), holy mead and apple cider, and other offerings, we hailed the arrival of Oschdre and thanked the goddesses and gods for the blessings of this bountiful land.

From here we begin the spiritual time of indoor planting and preparation for Walpurgisnacht, which falls on April 30 and signifies the return of Haerrin Holle to the soil. Pennsylvania German tradition holds that three Frost Giants (or frost spirits) pass through in May (13th, 14th, 15th), after which it is safe to plant anything outdoors.

Hail Oschdre!

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Tonight (Monday, April 30) at sundown starts the twelve-night observance of Wonnezeit. On this night, specifically (Wonnenacht or Walpurgisnacht), we are to open our windows and doors (within reason and with safety in mind, of course) and to keep them open through sundown on May 1 (again, within reason) to welcome the return of the Wild Hunt with Holle at the helm.

The Parade of Spirits is said to pass through homes, and Holle inspects them for orderliness (hence my rush to get…


Posted on April 30, 2018 at 6:00pm


Today I was driving up to the Urglaawe cemetery on back roads. It was a nice day to drive after several days of heavy rain. I noticed that the Hollenbach (the Deitsch name for Jordan Creek in Lehigh County, PA) was flowing particularly strongly (and it normally is pretty fast to begin with), so I pulled onto a side road, got out of my truck, and walked onto a bridge that looks over the creek.…

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 1:00pm

Press Release: Urglaawe at the Parliament of the World's Religions


BRISTOL, PA: In an historic moment for Heathens across the globe, the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT, will include two presentations by Heathen leaders. The Parliament runs from October 15 through October 19, 2015.

Robert L. Schreiwer is the President of Distelfink Sippschaft, which is an Urglaawe religious organization based in Bucks County, PA. Schreiwer is also Assistant…

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 8:12pm

Urglaawe Resources

The best list of Urglaawe resources (books, videos, related links, etc.) is on Distelfink Sippschaft's site:


The "Hollerbeer Haven" journals, which started in the Braucherei guild and later became the journal of Urglaawe, Braucherei, Hexerei, and Deitsch Wisdom, are all available as free .PDF downloads there on the site.

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Posted on November 27, 2014 at 11:46am

An Urglaawe Thanksgiving Musing

I saw the post below (at the bottom of this commentary) on the Facebook status update of a friend.

There are many truths inside this status. There are quite a few folks, many of whom I know personally, who are one missing paycheck away from losing their homes or cars, etc. These kinds of difficulties have many origins, including the current economy. Many aspects of these problems are beyond our immediate or even long-term control, and there are many people who need a hand up (not so…


Posted on November 28, 2013 at 1:30pm

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At 9:52pm on September 30, 2009, Pete B.Schlegel said…
Gude Bilder! Yetz brauche mir die Bilder vum Zisasege!
At 10:47am on November 19, 2009, Deborah Wheeler said…
Isn't she beautiful!!! I love my Kitties!
At 9:10pm on November 19, 2009, Jennifer Culver said…
Thanks, Rob! I'm so glad to be here :)
At 10:45am on March 25, 2011, Kurt said…
Thanks, Rob!
At 3:47pm on March 28, 2011, Guenter Thomas Renneis said…
Frohe Oschdre funn de Paltz!!Nobody say´s Ostern overe here...everybody is saying Oschdre...except the "immigrants" from the "Hochdeitsche Land´s"^^

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