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Light the Beacons 2024

As May Day approaches, and the days before & after, we call on all Heathens worldwide

who stand for inclusive, anti-fascist practice to light beacons in solidarity with all who stand

for these values. Whether you are lighting a candle in your home with your loved ones, or

are hosting a bonfire party open to the public, we ask you to help us shine a light on all the

good work, good practice, and good people in Heathenry across Midgard.

This practice has deep roots. In ancient and medieval times different groups and societies

across Europe had chains of bonfire beacons they would light as a warning of impending

attack and to rally people to the defense of their homes. This practice has extended into our

modern lives; on May 8th, 2015, communities across the UK lit bonfires to celebrate the 70th

anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. Heathen Unites Against Racism organized people

around the world to light beacons in solidarity with inclusion and anti-fascism in 2016, 2017,

and 2019. The Way of Fire and Ice last held this event in 2022, which was a grand success.

This year, as a way to make this event even more accessible, Fellowship member Liagis has

designed a bindrune to represent beacon lighting. If you are unable to light a flame, sharing

this bindrune or using it in your personal practice is another powerful way to participate in

this celebration.

We call on you to participate and celebrate in the spirit of inclusivity and our fight against

fascism. Please take a picture of your beacon, whether it is a roaring bonfire or a candle,

and send it to contact@onblackwings, send it to our social media pages, or post it publically

in our Discord Server and Facebook Group. If you wish to post on your own social media,

please use the hashtag #FOFILightTheBeacons! If applicable, please also share the

location of your event, the approximate number of participants, and where (in terms of the

nearest major city or region) it took place. If you want to organize a public bonfire event,

please send us any information and we will promote it.

Together we will ignite a fire in our hearts and homes that will push back the shadows of fear & ignorance and shine light on what gives us hope!

Please visit the Facebook event or our Discord server for further details, sharing pictures, and more!

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