The term “wight” actually refers to all of the different entities in Heathen mythology and worldview, including the gods and humans. When modern Heathens normally speak of wights, however, they are usually referring to elves, dwarves, land spirits, and house spirits. Beliefs and practices regarding these wights usually vary by individual Heathen. Some Heathens are sensitive to the presence of wights, while other Heathens can barely sense them. Regardless, all Heathens are encouraged to honor the existence of house and land wights, which are the spirits that reside in the dwellings and properties we claim as our homes.

Using the customs and habits of the ancient Germanic peoples as a guideline, modern Heathens should pursue a positive relationship with their house/land wight(s) through the acts of ritual and offering. Not only will this help with frith-keeping among the entire household, but it follows that, by treating the house/land wight(s) with respect, the house/land wight(s) will continue to allow you to take up residence in your home without much trouble or interference. The degree of attention to which a house/land wight is paid will also vary by individual Heathens — some may form close bonds with their house/land wight(s), while others may choose to or only be able to give the minimally viable amount of effort in order to maintain the peace.

Honoring a house/land wight can be as simple as leaving a small liquid or food offering out on a regular basis, set on a windowsill or shelf, or, perhaps more effectively (if one is able), poured or buried into the property’s actual land. Some Heathens set aside part of whatever meal they make at a certain time of day; others leave the same offering every time, like a bowl of milk. Either way, establishing a gifting cycle with the wight(s) is recommended. Wights can also be honored during ritual, such as called upon or sacrificed to during a blót.