Volmarr’s Heathen Charming the Plow Ritual Feb-2-2013
• drinking horn
• spring water in small bowl
• fresh pine twig
• offering bowl
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• Any symbols of Thor, a statue of him or picture or a Thor’s Hammer or any items related to him.
• Any items we use for creativity and that we use in our job if we have one. Any computers we own and use should be included along with smart phones. If any item of these sorts cannot be brought to the ritual area then just imagine if being there. If the item is too big to imagine occupying the space then see it there in a mini form.
• Some kind of little cakes on an unbreakable sturdy plate.
• A mini hand-held sledge hammer or (Ritual Thor’s Hammer) only used for ritual purposes.
• A separate very sturdy altar for the cake to be on.
WARNING!: Put the cake on a separate very sturdy altar. Do not put anything burning or fragile or breakable on the same altar as the cake is on. The reason for this is that even if you don’t think you will, this ritual if done correctly will make you end up bashing the cake hard. Things shall fall off the altar that the cake is on. If you put candles on the same altar the cake is on you may start a fire. This is why you must use two altars for this ritual, for safety reasons.
This ritual, as are all Heathen or northern rituals, is done while facing north, except where otherwise noted. The altar should be such that it is in front of you when you face north.
If you don’t know how to pronounce the runes see my webpage on how to pronounce them here.
Put spring water in small bowl. Trace 3 Laguz runes over it.:
“LAGUZ… LAGUZ… LAGUZ”
“From the Well of Wyrd does this water flow, and to the Well of Wyrd does it return”
Make Hammer Sign at item and then splash each ritual item with blessed water using the pine twig and for each item say:
“I bless this ______ with the waters of the Well of Wyrd”
Now trace Hammer Sign at person being blessed and/or self and splash them with water using twig.
“I bless ______ with the waters of the Well of Wyrd”
Use twig to splash ritual space with water.
“I bless this space with the waters of the Well of Wyrd”
Few silent deep breaths.
All stand in Elhaz position.
“Bi-Frost’s rainbow light shine down upon this space and myself so that I may form a portal between the worlds of Asgard and Midgard”
Few silent deep breaths.
All face north and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:
“Hammer in the north hallow and ward this stead”
All turn east and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:
“Hammer in the east hallow and ward this stead”
All turn south and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:
“Hammer in the south hallow and ward this stead”
All turn west trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:
“Hammer in the west hallow and ward this stead”
All return to north and look up and trace Hammer sign while chanting:
“Hammer above hallow and ward this stead”
All look below and trace Hammer sign while chanting:
“Hammer below hallow and ward this stead”
Return to facing north and all stand in the Elhaz position and chant:
“Around me and within me Asgard and Midgard”
and move into the Dagaz position in the end.
Few silent deep breaths.
(Highly recommended optional casting of the rune ring)
(face north and trace the rune shape in the air before you using your wand and loudly chant: “FEHU!”)
(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “URUZ”)
(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “THURISAZ”)
(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ANSUZ”)
(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “RAIDHO”)
(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “KENAZ”)
(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “GEBO”)
(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “WUNJO”)
(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “HAGALAZ”)
(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “NAUDHIZ”)
(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ISA”)
(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “JERA”)
(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EIHWAZ”)
(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “PERTHRO”)
(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ELHAZ”)
(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “SOWILO”)
(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “TIWAZ”)
(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “BERKANO”)
(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EHWAZ”)
(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “MANNAZ”)
(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “LAGUZ”)
(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “INGWAZ”)
(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “DAGAZ”)
(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “OTHALA”)
(Few silent deep breaths)
Hold up the bottle of mead:
“I now brew the holy mead of inspiration. Won by high Odin long ago!”
Chant into the bottle of mead:
“Odhroerir! Son! Bodhn!”
“Now I hallow this drink with staves of light!”
Chant and trace these runes over the bottle:
Few silent deep breaths.
“Hail Thor! Son of Odin and Jord. Father of Magni, Modi, and Thrud. Husband of Sif. Stepfather of Ullr. Ruler and owner of Mjollnir, the Girdle of Might, and Bilskirnir. Defender of Asgard and Midgard. Enemy and slayer of giants and troll-wives!”
Few silent deep breaths.
“This is the time of year when in times past the Norse would charm the plow so they may use it to break the frozen ground so as to ready the soil for planting for the season. Nowadays most of us are not farmers, but this process of planting seeds and enjoying the harvest still does apply on other levels.”
“Harvest means any positive things we enjoy in our lives. To enjoy harvest we must first start with the planting of seeds of some ideas or goals, and then from there take action based on our ideas.”
“The soil represents the field of our life. For all of us there are some areas of our life where things are stuck or blocked for us. Perhaps blockages in our creativity or productivity, or anything really that stands in the way of us accomplishing things we desire. These areas of blockage are the frozen hard ground that we have at this time of year. The plow is a tool that is used to break open the soil so that it may receive our new idea seeds. The plow on the spiritual level is all the tools we use to accomplish things in our life.”
“Thor’s Hammer is the ultimate spiritual plow, breaking through all that is stuck and all which blocks health and wholeness. The process of blessing something is a process of making that thing whole and healthy, and Thor’s Hammer does exactly this.”
“To charm the plow, first we should bless any objects we use as tools for our own creativity, and which we use for our occupation if we have one. Now is also a time of year to make sure these tools are in good working order and in proper repair. Next part of the process is to call upon the power of Thor and his Hammer to break through any blockages in our life that stand in our way.”
“Now think about all the items you have brought with you as tools to be blessed. Think of how grateful you are for the usefulness of these items. Think about how helpful they are to you.”
Now going one item at a time and naming each item trace the Hammer Sign over item with wand and say “Thor hallow and bless this _______, may it be a powerful tool of my creativity.”
Now look at the caked on the plate. “These caked represent the frozen hard soil.” Now think about all areas of blockage in your life. Think about all things that hold you back from accomplishing the things you wish to. Project all the energies of these blockages into those cakes. Spend time doing this, putting as much of that energy into the cakes as you can. Now take hold of the hammer with both hands and raise it up high.:
“By the power of Thor and Mjolnir I bust open this hard frozen soil and destroy all blockages in my life!!!”
Crash the hammer down hard against the cakes, totally crushing them completely (be careful not to knock over the altar or anything on it). Do not eat any of the cake.
“May the soil become loose and ready to take the seeds I plant into it!”
Now relax a few moments and consider all the projects you wish to work on in your life.
Fill the drinking horn with mead. Raise the horn up.
“Hail Thor! I thank you Thor for your blessings, and I thank you for breaking open the soil of my life for the planting of new seeds. I offer this in thanks!”
Drink some mead and pour rest into offering bowel.
Use the pine twig to splash a bit of the liquid in the offering bowl on yourself, on any others in the ritual with you, on your altar, on the ritual space, and in all general areas of your dwelling as well. Does not need to be much splashed around, just a little is fine. This helps to imbue more of the energies of the ritual on you, and others who may also in the ritual with you, and to your place.
“Now my rite has ended. May all gathered here fare well on their return to their home places. And may the bonds of frith between us grow, gods, wights, and humans alike. Until we meet again.”
Pour out the offerings from the offering bowl outside:
“A gift for a gift”
Trace gebo at spot offerings were given to.
Put the crushed cake outside. Don’t eat any of it.
Pour out remaining blessed water outside.
“I pour the sacred water back to the Earth so it may find it’s way back to the Well of Wyrd”
Now at this point it is very important to ground your energies. This should always be done after every ritual. Not doing so can lead to problems in the long-run. Grounding is like shifting gears in a car, except it is the process of shifting brain states. During rituals you create a trance like brain state, which is desired for during rituals or for during any spiritual practices. But trance states are not good for doing everyday mundane things. You need to return your mind back to the normal state of consciousness after the ritual is finished. That is what grounding is.
The most simple and common method to ground is to visualize yourself as a tree and see roots growing into the ground from the base of your spine and going down into the earth. Sometimes rituals require industrial strength grounding as they can really create some intense energy. In that case you can try the following triple grounding method.:
First visualize your chakras. You picture in your mind closing first the top one and then seeing a sort of lid closing over it, then proceed with the net lower chakra and so on. You want to leave the bottom most chakra, the root chakra fully open as this is your connection to grounding. Don’t be concerned about having the others closed, the normal proper function of them is that they open and close as needed. Problems with being ungrounded happen when one of more of them are stuck open. Only the bottom one is to be left open at all times.
Next step is to picture a ball of pure white light above your head. Now let this white light slowly descent downward into your body and slowly move lower. As it descends it takes with it any unneeded, old, and negative energies. It is sort of sweeping downward through your energies taking all you no longer need with it. Once it reaches your feet let it move lower till it passes down through the floor. If you are on an upper close let it pass all the way to the ground. Let the earth take this energy to recycle it.
Now final step is to do the traditional grounding. Picture yourself as a tree. Visualize roots coming out of the base of your spine and going down into the Earth. Feel the calmness of a tree, the rooted solidness.
If after these three things you still feel hyper or spaced out you can either eat some food, or put a small amount of salt on your tongue. Another thing you can do is prostrate down to the ground, placing your head on the ground and stay like this for a few moments.
Feel free to copy and use this ritual so long as you acknowledge the source.