Thursday, January 5, 2012

Nortia's Board

Nortia's Board is an original tradition I will be starting next year on New Year's Eve.

At the New Year, followers of Nortia (Etruscan Goddess of Time, Fate & Destiny) would drive a nail into the wall of her temple to mark the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new. This is similar, but instead of a temple wall, it's a board that you can bring with you if you move to a new home.

*1 wooden board (this will be your Nortia's Board)
*1 nail (per year)

If you'd like to decorate your board, you can paint it bronze or gold. If you'd like, you can paint patterns around the edges, clocks or hour glasses in the background, etc. If not, you can leave it blank.

On New Year's Eve, just after the stroke of midnight, take this year's nail and drive it into the board while saying this spell:

"Nortia of Destiny & Time,
I mark the year, to hold in rhyme,
I honor thee, as the old year's passed,
I pray to thee, may the new year last,
So Mote It Be!"

Just like a calendar, hammer the nails into the board in rows from left to right. For the rest of the year round, hang the board somewhere in your home in honor of Nortia, adding a new nail every New Year's Eve.

© AESC 2012



  1. This is a really cool idea! I don't think my parents would let me do it now unless I bought my own supplies though, and I don't have a job yet, so that's not really feasible. Hopefully next year I'll have some more money available and can start one!

  2. Thanks! I thought it seemed like a nice tradition to start. I'm not sure when/where I'm going to buy my board though. But I think I'm going to decorate it by painting clocks & pocket watches in the background, and the name "Nortia" in the center. Then on the back, thinly painting a description of what is it. Then coating the whole thing in acrylic sealant so that it won't chip :)