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Volmarr’s Norse-Wicca Midsummer Solitary Ritual June-21-2019


Volmarr’s Norse-Wicca Midsummer Solitary Ritual June-21-2019
Freyja and Freyr Version

Need:
• Wine
• Water in the water bowl
• Salt in the salt bowl
• offering bowl
• Incense
• candles
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• a representation of the Goddesses of the North
• A representation of the Gods of the North
• Cakes or cookies
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• One yellow or gold candle
• One white candle
• Any symbols of Summer, solar symbols.

Cleansing Ritual Space

Hold athame. Move to the center of the ritual space. Caste an earth banishing pentacle to the center of the space.

“I exorcise this place, that nothing malignant be found herein. Let it be free of all evil and be cleansed and purified. In the names of Freyr and Freyja I cast forth all spirits both seen and unseen from this place.”

Put down athame in altar. Take up the broom.

“As I sweep ‘cross this ground
let no evil here be found.
As I walk the spiral path,
let all evil flee my wrath.
As this broom sweeps round this place,
let it now be sacred space.”

Use the broom to ritually sweep the energies clear of the ritual space. Once all the space is swept clear:

“Freyr and Freyja hear my plea,
that this place from all evil shall be free.
Make of it thy sacred home,
blessed in every leaf and stone.
In all thy names I call to thee,
As I will, so mote it be!”

Now set up the ritual space for the ritual. Be sure to make sure all needed items are preset. Be sure to get ready in any ways needed. Make sure any needed candles are there. Be sure any needed incense is there. Put the cauldron in the center of the circle space if that is needed for the ritual.

Do the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hammer, without the rune-ring.

Stand before the altar. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and center your thoughts on the upcoming ritual and the reason behind it. Ring the bell once and say:

“This ritual has begun.”

Lighting Of The Candles

Light the Presence Candle (a white taper candle).

“I light this Candle (lights Presence Lamp)
in the name of that ancient presence,
which is, was, and ever shall be
male, female, all-knowing, all-powerful
and present everywhere.

And in the names of the four Mighty Ones,
the rulers of the elements,
may power and blessing descend
in this hour upon this place
and those gathered here.”

Light the Goddess and God candles, the altar red fire candle, the incense charcoal (if being used), and the four quarter candles from the Presence Lamp.

Light all other candles, minus any spell candles.

Light all deity tea-lights or deity candles.

Blessing of the Water

Place water bowl on pentacle.

“I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water, that thou cast out from thee all the impurity and uncleanliness of the world of phantasm. In the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

Pick up water bowl with both hand and hold it in front of you while visualizing your energy extending to purify the water.

Blessing of the Salt

Place salt bowl on pentacle.

“Blessings be upon thee, O Creature of Salt; let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth from thee, and let all good enter within. Wherefore do I bless and consecrate thee, that thou mayest aid me. In the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

Pick up salt bowl with both hand and hold it in front of you while visualizing your energy extending to purify the salt.

Put water bowl on pentacle. Pour all salt into the water.

Put the water bowl to the side.

Casting the Circle

Hold athame and move to northern part of circle.

“I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou beest a boundary between the world of men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a meeting place of love and joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that I raise within thee. Wherefore do I bless thee, and consecrate thee, in the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

From northern edge of the ritual area, holding your dagger in your power hand. Visualize a blue-white flame issuing from the tip of the dagger. Point it at the floor in the East. Walk clockwise or deosil around the circle three times, drawing the circle mark in the air as you go. Be sure to overlap the ends in the North as you finish.

Take hold of the water bowl. Move to the north of the circle.

“Salt and water, by casting thee,
let no spell, or unknown purpose be,
except in true court with me,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Using the fingers of your power hand, lightly sprinkle the water around the edge of the circle, beginning and ending in the North.

Splash self with the water.

Replace the water bowl on the altar.

Light the incense using the Presence candle. Hold the incense. Move to the north of the circle.

“As this oily essence bear,
lends it’s great strength unto the air.
Attracting spirits of the light,
guardians, both day and night.
This charge is true in prophecy,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Carry the burning incense around the circle, beginning and ending in the North. Return the incense to the altar.

Smudge self with the incense.

Hold the fire candle. Move to the north of the circle.

“Creature of Fire, this charge I give,
no evil in our presence lives.
No spooks, or phantoms may stay,
Not around this place, not night, not day,
This charge is true in prophecy,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Carry the red altar fire candle around the circle, beginning and ending in the North. Return the candle to the altar.

Take hold of the water bowl. Sprinkle the salt water over the altar.

“Elementals, Spirits, Gods of Old,
this altar fresh you now behold.
You all agree that it’s bound to me.
In peace and true serenity,
this place is perfect harmony,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Calling the Watchtowers

Ring bell.

With athame trace three circles and the make an air invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, Lords of the Air, I summon and call you to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make a fire invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, Lords of Fire, I summon and call you up to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make a water invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, Lords of Water, Lords of Death and Initiation, I summon and call you up to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make an Earth invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, Lords of the Earth, guardian of the Northern Portals, powerful God and gentle Goddess, I summon and call you to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

Invoking the Ancient Ones

Face north. Make the Goddess position.

“Lovely Goddess all,
of the Aesir and the Vanir,
I call you into my Circle
to aid me in my rites tonight and
so I may caste magick to work my will.
Hail and welcome lovely Goddesses!”

Hail Goddesses!”

See all the Goddesses of the Aesir and Vanir present in the circle. Picture as many of them as you can in your mind’s eye. See in your mind what they each look like. They are clothed in regal fancy clothing today. See their beauty. Enjoy feeling the energies of their presence.

Take some deep breaths now and close your eyes and spend some time meditating on their forms and energy.

“Goddesses,
you charge that I seek frith and love at it’s height,
Please lend your magick to my rite,
and take root as a guiding presence in my days and nights,
so I may learn your ways and be filled with your light.
Hail lovely Goddess greatly enjoyed within my sight!”

Face north. Make the God position.

“Mighty Gods all,
of the Aesir and the Vanir,
I call you into my Circle

to aid me in my rites tonight and
so I may caste magick to work my will.
Hail and welcome mighty Gods!”

Hail Gods!”

See all the Gods of the Aesir and Vanir present in the circle. Picture as many of them as you can in your mind’s eye. See in your mind what they each look like. They are clothed in regal fancy clothing today. See their strength and might. Enjoy feeling the energies of their presence.

Take some deep breaths now and close your eyes and spend some time meditating on their forms and energy.

“Gods,
you charge that I live life with strength and power of might.
Please lend your energies to my rite,
and take root as a guiding presence in my days and nights,
so I may learn your ways and be filled with your light.
Hail powerful Gods of strength and might!”

Self-Blessing

Anoint yourself with ritual oil in the places indicated while saying the following:

“Blessed be my feet that walk in the ways of the Goddess.
Blessed be my sex, creative power of life.
Blessed be my breasts formed in strength.
Blessed be my heart that I feel compassion for all who are living.
Blessed be my mouth that speaks the sacred names.
Blessed be my eyes that behold the beauty of Nature.”

Finally anoint yourself in the center of your forehead:

Blessed be my inner sight that I may receive a message within my soul.

Bless me, my Lady Freyja, that I may see
You truly, so I may see all things

of the world of spirit
In love and trust, so mote it be.”

Charge of the Goddess

Best is to listen to a recording of the charge while meditating on the form of the Goddess that has been invoked in the ritual, and feel her energy.

“Listen to the words of the Great Mother who was of old also called among men, Freyja, Artemis, Astarte, Diana, Saga, Idunn, Aphrodite, Skadi, Laxmi, Frigga, Parvati, Gerd, Cerridwen, Lalita, Eir, Arianrod, Sif, Kali, Saraswati, Hel, and by many other names.

Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the Moon be full, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all Witcheries.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not yet won its deepest secrets: to these will I teach things that are yet unknown.

And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye are really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise.

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and mine also is joy on earth; for my Law is Love unto all Beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever toward it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.

For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth; and mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart. Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of All Living, and my love is poured out upon the earth.

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess, she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven; whose body encircleth the Universe; I, who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the heart’s desire, call unto thy soul. Arise and come unto me.

For I am the Soul of Nature, who giveth life to the universe; from me all things proceed, and unto me must all things return; and before my face, beloved of gods and mortals, thine inmost divine self shall be unfolded in the rapture of infinite joy.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without thee.

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”

Charge of the God

Get into God position and meditate on the Sun, feeling the energy of the Sun descending into you. Feel the energy of the God fill you.

“Listen to the words of the Great Father, who of old was called among men, Freyr, Osiris, Adonis, Zeus, Thor, Pan, Bragi, Cernunnos, Odin, Ganesh, Tyr, Shiva, Heimdall, Vishnu, Njord, Krishna, Baldr, Lugh, Mimir, Narayana, Ullr, Buddha, and by many other names.

I am the radiant King of the Heavens,
flooding the Earth with warmth and encouraging the hidden
seed of creation to burst forth into manifestation.

I lift my shining sword to light the lives of all beings
and daily pour forth my golden rays upon the Earth,
putting to flight the powers of darkness.

I am the spirit of all beasts wild and free.
I run with the stag and soar as a sacred falcon against
the shimmering sky.

The ancient woods and wild places emanate my powers,
the birds of the air sing of my sanctity.

I am the harvest, offering up grain and fruits beneath
the sickle of time so that all may be nourished.
For without planting there can be no harvest;
without winter there can be no spring.

I am the thousand named Son of creation.
Know that by all names I am the same.

The spirit of the horned stag in the wild, the endless harvest.
See in the yearly cycle of festivals my birth, death and
rebirth and know that such is the destiny of all creation..

I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun, the giver of peace and rest.
I send my rays of blessings to warm the hearts and strengthen the minds of all.”

Invoking Rune Ring to Raise Power

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!”

Uruz

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“THURISAZ!”

Thurisaz

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ANSUZ!”

Ansuz

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“RAIDHO!”

Raidho

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“KENAZ!”

Kenaz

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“GEBO!”

Gebo

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“WUNJO!”

Wunjo

Face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“HAGALAZ!”

Hagalaz

Face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“NAUDHIZ!”

Nauthiz

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ISA!”

Isa

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“JERA!”

Jera

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“EIHWAZ!”

Eihwaz

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“PERTHRO!”

Perthro

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ELHAZ!”

Elhaz

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“SOWILO!”

Sowilo

Face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“TIWAZ!”

Tiwaz

Face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“BERKANO!”

Berkano

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“EHWAZ!”

Ehwaz

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“MANNAZ!”

Mannaz

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“LAGUZ!”

Laguz

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“INGWAZ!”

Ingwaz

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“DAGAZ!”

Dagaz

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“OTHALA!”

othala

Great Rite

If doing as symbolic: Set the chalice of wine on the pentacle. Take the athame and hold over the wine/juice, but without it touching the liquid inside.

If doing it as masturbation be touching self during this.

“Now I must reveal a great Mystery.

Assist me to erect the Ancient Altar, at which in days past all worshipped, the Great Altar of all things. For in the old times a woman was the Altar. Thus was the altar made and placed…

… and the sacred place was the point within the centre of the circle, as we of old times have been taught, that the point within the centre is the origin of all things. Therefore should we adore it.”

Kiss Priestess on her yoni, or picture kissing the Goddess there if doing the rite as a solitary.

“Therefore, whom we adore, we also invoke, by the power of the lifted lance. O circle of stars [kiss], whereof our Father is but the younger brother [kiss], Marvel beyond imagination, soul of infinite space, before whom time is ashamed, the mind bewildered and understanding dark, not unto thee may we attain unless thine image be of love. [Kiss]

Therefore, by seed and root, and stem and bud and leaf and flower and fruit do we invoke thee,

O, Queen of space, O dew of light, O continuous one of the Heavens [kiss]. Let it be ever thus, that men speak not of Thee as one, but as none, and let them not speak of thee at all, since thou art continuous, for thou art the point within the circle [kiss], which we adore [kiss], the fount of life without which we would not be” [kiss].

And in this way truly are erected the Holy Twin Pillars Boaz and Joachim [kisses breasts]. In beauty and strength were they erected, to the wonder and glory of all men.

O Secrets of secrets that art hidden in the being of all lives. Not thee do we adore, for that which adoreth is also thou. Thou art that and That am I” [kiss].

I am the flame that burns in every man, and in the core of every star [kiss].
I am Life and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the Knowledge of Death
[kiss].
I am alone, the Lord within ourselves whose name is Mystery of Mysteries
[kiss].

Altar of mysteries manifold,
The sacred Circle’s secret point
Thus do I sign thee as of old,
With kisses of my lips anoint
[kiss lips].

Open for me the secret way,
The pathway of intelligence,
Beyond the gates of night and day,
Beyond the bounds of time and sense.
Behold the mystery aright
The five true points of fellowship….”

If doing as symbolic: Lower athame into juice. If doing actual form, penetrate yoni of Priestess with lingham.

“Here where Lance and Grail unite,
And feet, and knees, and breast, and lip.

Encourage our hearts, Let thy Light crystallize itself in our blood, fulfilling us of Resurrection, for there is no part of us that is not of the Gods.”

The Making of Odhroerir

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:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

Midsummer Ritual

“Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the Vanir! Hail to the gods and goddesses of the north! I call upon you all in frith at this time so I may honor the connection we have with one another.”

Light the white candle.

“Hail the Vanir! Hail the Aesir!”

“Hail Sunna! Daughter of Glen. Bright rider in the heavens by day. Driver of Alsvin and Arvak. Wearer of Svalin. Day-star. Ever-glow. All-bright. Wolf-chased. Fair-wheel. Grace-shine. Ensnarer of Trolls!”

Light the yellow candle.

“Hail Sunna!”

“Now is the time of Midsummer. This is a time for adventure and seeking conquest and victory within our life. Midsummer is also a time to honor the important alliances that you hold with others.”

“Late Spring and early Summer are the Norse times to fight battles and go raiding. Most of us in the modern world won’t be going into literal combat situations or going literally raiding, as happened during the Viking age. But we modern people have our own just as difficult battles we have to fight in our day to day life. Common modern forms of battle are: battles against your own negative traits or bad habits, battles to effect greater spiritual growth and awareness, battles to improve our lives in any way, battles against people in our lives who abuse us or cause us harm, battles to stand up for some cause we believe in, battles to improve the lives and well-being of those close to us, battles to achieve success in our careers, fighting for a better world, etc. All these types of battles are equally as worthy as the battles and raids which the Vikings fought, and are just as filled with their own forms of danger and peril. All forms of worthy battle which we fight are a way in which the gods/goddesses test us to see our measure of spiritual strength and bravery. By fighting whatever worthy battles we must in our lives without backing down and doing the best we can in them, we increase our spiritual might and personal luck. Most forms of modern battles are more so what can be considered forms of psychic or spiritual battles. Being a spiritual warrior is just as impressive to the gods/goddesses as being a literal one. If your life has been filled with strife and challenge lately during the late spring and early summer know that this is part of being in tune with the seasonal cycles, and this time shall eventually pass. When fighting a lot of battles our energies can after awhile become drained and run down. Try to call upon the power of the sun, the goddess Sunna, as a source to recharge your psychic and emotional batteries after many long fought battles.”

Hold drinking how and fill it with drink.

“Hail to Sunna! Goddess of the sun! Goddess of the energies which charge all of life with vitality! Through your vital strength, we gain the power to achieve victory! Please oh bright shining goddess charge my energies with your might and power! Hail Sunna!”

Picture in your mind’s eye energy from the sun coming down to you and filling your aura, making it stronger and more powerful.

Chant and trace sowilo in the air three times.:

“SOWILO… SOWILO… SOWILO”

SowiloSowiloSowilo

Drink half, pour out rest to offering bowl or ground.

“Anger is a useful and important emotion since it is related to defending against attack, and is an emotion needed for self protection. Anger only gets bad when it is used in a personal way. Personalized anger is anger against a certain person, which is very negative. Anger used in a impersonal sense, as controlled anger where you use the anger feelings to empower your ability to defend your rights and to protect yourself and others, is the proper positive use of anger.”

“In modern day times there aren’t many outlets for anger. In older times of course there were plenty of outlets for it since men had to fight to protect. Since men are the protectors they do tend to more directly feel their anger emotions. Women often but not always tend to feel their anger in more indirect ways. Or more commonly, many women have trouble directly acknowledging when they are angry. The strongest emotion for men is anger. The strongest emotion for women is love. Men are the warriors so they need to have anger as a strong emotion for to strengthen this role for them. In Pagan societies such as the Vikings, the society was structured in a way to help keep anger more as the impersonal healthy kind, and such societies were even structured in ways to give men healthy outlets for anger.”

“One of the most positive ways to release anger and act upon the warrior spirit in modern society is through sports. Summer is the best time for doing sports. Sports help to create frith since they help people feel more positive and release tension and anger. Group sports can be a powerful tool of troth-making.”

“Another way to release or vent anger is through sex. Sex is a very powerful way to turn anger onto frith and love. It is very sacred to have sex at the Midsummer bonfire.”

“Women as the nurturers, and pleasure, and care givers, have love as their strongest emotion. Since the strongest emotion for women is love, women are the frith-makers and they hold a sacred duty in northern culture, as guardians of the frith. Frith is the glue, that holds together those who hold troth for each other. Without frith there can be no troth. Keeping troth with those you cannot have any frith with, is both dishonorable and dishonest. In order for there to be frith with someone, you must hold feelings of respect and trust. No social organization, whether it be one related to Wicca or anything at all, can survive if it does not strictly enforce members keeping frith between each other. The foundation of troth is frith. Troth is the very basis of Norse Paganism. Any Pagan that has not learned to be respectful of other people, is one that is not able to honor frith, and thus shall fail completely at holding troth with others. Since the basis of Norse-Paganism is troth, such a Pagan shall fail as a Norse-Pagan. The gods and goddesses only welcome those to their hall, that would be able to hold frith, with all those who reside in their hall. The whole point of being Norse-Pagan, is to hold troth for one or more of the northern gods or goddesses, and work towards being welcomed to their hall in the after-life. Thus learning how to respect others and honor frith is one of the greatest lessons any Norse-Pagan can learn.”

“Now at this time of the season, Midsummer, is the time to acknowledge all bonds of troth which we hold. Troth is the very point of Norse-Paganism. Norse-Paganism is simply put, the practice of holding troth for one or more of the northern gods/goddesses. In all things we do in our life, we must act in ways that honor this troth we hold. By taking troth, with any god or goddess, we are agreeing to hold their ways holy, and honor what they stand for. Take some moments now to ponder on all the gods and goddesses which you hold troth with, and all the things which are sacred to them.”

Place your hand on a ritual Thor’s Hammer, or the altar pentacle.

“I _______ (state your name) hold troth with the Vanir and Aesir. _______ (patron deity name) is my patron and thus I hold the greatest troth of all for him/her. I agree to hold sacred all the things which are holy to the Aesir and Vanir and most of all that which is sacred to my patron ________ (patron deity name).”

A Reading of the Values of Wicca

This time of year, Midsummer, is the time to reinstate and acknowledge any value systems which you follow. Read all the following values that are part and parcel of following the Wiccan path.:

☆The Wiccan Rede☆

Bide ye Wiccan laws ye must,
in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.
Form the circle thrice about, to keep all evil spirits out.
To bind ye spell every time, let ye spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of eye, light of touch, speak ye little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, singing out ye Witches’ Rune.
Widdershins go by the waning moon, chanting out ye Baneful Rune.
When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss your hand to her times two.
When the moon rides at her peak, then ye heart’s desire seek.
Heed the North wind’s mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the West, departed souls may have no rest.
When the wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in ye cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be.
When the wheel begins to turn, soon ye Beltaine fire’ll burn.
When the wheel hath turned to Yule, light the log the Horned One rules.
Heed ye flower, bush and tree, by the Lady blessed be.
Where the rippling waters flow, cast a stone and truth ye’ll know.
When ye have and hold a need, harken not to other’s greed.
With a fool no season spend, nor be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind ye threefold law ye should, three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is anow, wear the blue star upon thy brow.
True in love ye must ever be, lest thy love be false to thee.
In these eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill,
‘An ye harm none, do what ye will.

☆The Witches Rede of Chivalry☆

In so far as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind, it behoves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the craft, and to themselves. Therefore, be it noted that:

1. Chivalry is a high code of honour, which is of most ancient Pagan origin and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.
2. It must be kenned that thoughts and intent put forth on this Middle-Earth will wax strong in other worlds beyond, and return… bringing into creation, on this world, that which has been set forth. Thus one should exercise discipline, for “as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest.
3. It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead.
4. “This above all…to thine own self be true…”
5. A Witch’s word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.
6. Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.
7. Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large part, a thing of falsehood.
8. Be thou honest with others, and have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them.
9. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keeps one’s head is a virtue.
10. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.
11. Diverse covens may well have diverse views on love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.
12. Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humour are much to be admired.
13. As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore exercise discretion in the use thereof.
14. Courage and honour endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
15. Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others by the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.
16. Thou shalt not reveal the secrets of another Witch or another Coven. Others have laboured long and hard for them, and cherish them as treasures.
17. Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing, and must hear nothing.
18. Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.
19. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.
20. Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, “How canst thou honour another unless thou gives honour to thyself first?”
21. Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who lead the race of humankind to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars.

☆The Three-Fold Law☆

The Three-Fold Law is the belief and principle on which magick is used. This law relates to the use of power and energy, for when used, power is returned to the sender, three times the level it was sent out.

Used in relation with the ethos, “Do what thy wilt, though it harm none” (as stated in the Wiccan Rede), witches take great care when preparing and casting spells that no harm should come to others because of it.

The nature of this three-fold return can perhaps be better understood when considering the cause and effect principle of a spell. Let’s take an example – someone comes to you in distress with a problem, you help by sending out positive energy and the problem is successfully resolved. This automatically makes you feel good about yourself and influences your thoughts; thus your state of consciousness is altered. In turn your thoughts stir the emotions, which has a physical effect in the body by causing glandular secretions to enter into the blood stream. The resulting state of mind and body lifts your spirit, which is what makes you feel good. Thus with the act of a single good deed, you have been effected three times, in mind, body, and spirit. This then is your three-fold response to the return of positive energy. Now consider your response had you sent out negative energy or something went drastically wrong?

☆The Law of Power☆

1. The Power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or to control others. But if the need arises, the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others.
2. The Power is used only as need dictates.
3. The Power can be used for your own gain; as long as by doing so you harm none.
4. It is unwise to accept money for the use of the Power, for it quickly controls its taker. Be not as those of other religions.
5. Use not the Power for prideful gain, for such cheapens the mysteries of Wicca and Magick.
6. Ever remember that the Power is a sacred gift of the Goddess and the God, and should never be misused or abused.
7. And this is the Law of the Power.

☆The Four Powers of the Magus☆

The Four Powers of the Magus are the personal attributes traditionally necessary and required for the successful use and practice of magick. These are – To Know, To Dare, To Will, and To Be Silent. Without these four attributes combined, the individual will never be successful in magick.

The reasoning is quite simple; none of the attributes mentioned are enough in themselves, as all four attributes must be present to balance each other out. For instance:

To Know – Knowledge is no good, without the will and audacity to see magick done.

To Dare – Audacity is no good, without the knowledge and will to see magick done.

To Will – Will power is no good, without the knowledge and audacity to see magick done.

To Be Silent – What good are the above, without the discretion to remain silent until the magick is done? To reveal your magick before it is done, dissipates it’s power and effectiveness.

So, anyone aspiring to use magick, he/see needs a knowledge of what he/see is doing, the audacity to use it, the will power to control it, and the discretion to remain silent till the work is done.

☆The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief☆

1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called ‘supernatural’, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy used in magical practice and religious worship.
5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, the Inner Planes etc – and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
7. We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it – a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft – the Wiccan Way.
8. Calling oneself ‘Witch’ does not make a Witch – but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seek to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and without harm to others and in harmony with nature.
9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.
10.Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be ‘the only way’ and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.
11. As Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.
12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as ‘Satan’ or ‘the Devil’ as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

Most important of all is to value the ways of the Norse Lord and Lady, Freyr, and Freyja, who’s names literally means Lord and Lady. They are the true Lord and Lady, that all of Norse-Wicca follow most of all. As such we are to put paricular value in following the ways of the Vanir.

☆The Vanic Virtues☆

☆Beauty☆
The pursuit of beauty and elegance in thought, form and speech.

☆Courage/Passion☆
Zeal, vigor; the strength and courage that comes from a life worth living.

☆Land-rightness☆
The recognition of nature and the environment as worthy of respect, care and reverence.

☆Even-mood☆
Harmonious and balanced thought and action; tranquility, calm, serenity.

☆Openness☆
The quality of being receptive to the world around one, non-judgmental and open.

☆Wildness/Ecstasy☆
Music and dance; the nurturing of inner wildness and childlike being, being like the “fey”

☆Love☆
The all-encompassing force; love for family, for kin, for humanity, for all beings.

☆Frith☆
The peace and goodwill between people bound together; loyalty and the keeping of one’s word.

☆Faith/Piety☆
The trust that the Gods exist and are worthy of our worship, and Their ways worth following.

☆Giving☆
The binding of two parties into one common bond, generosity and hospitality.

☆Joy☆
Wonder and innocence, the recognition that life is worth living, and worth living well.

☆Brotherhood☆
The recognition that we – humans, animals, plants, spirits – are all part of the grander scheme of life, and we share a common heritage, as children of the Earth.

Hold drinking how and fill it with drink.

“Hail to the Vanir! Hail to the Aesir! Hail to _______ (patron deity name), I make this toast to you, in honor of the troth I hold for you all! Hail!”

Drink half, pour out rest to offering bowl or ground.

Raising Power

Hold wand.

Point wand to east air candle.

“Air to vitalize it.”

Point wand to south fire candle.

“Fire to purify it.”

Point wand to west water candle.

“Water to consecrate it.”

Point wand to north earth candle.

“Earth to ground it.”

Point wand up and move wand in a clockwise circle.

“Spirit to blend all Elements together into an unbreakable link with Freyja and the Freyr. So mote it be.”

All now dance in circle around the circle.

“Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Darksome Night and Shining Moon
Balance of the dark and light,
hearken ye our Witch’s Rune,
as we perform our sacred rite!
With earth and water, air and fire,
by blade and bowl and circle round,
we come to you with our desire:
let all that is hidden now be found!
With censor, candle, book and sword,
and ringing of the altar bell,
we tie a knot within our cord
to bind our magic in a spell.
Mother of the summer fields,
goddess of the silver moon,
join with us as power builds!
dance with us our witch’s rune!
Father of the Summer dew
Hunter of the winter snows
With open arms we welcome you!
Dance with us as power grows!
By all the light of moon and sun,
by all the might of land and sea,
chant the rune and it is done.
As we will, so mote it be!
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.”

Release the energies as a cone of power.

Cakes and Ale

If you didn’t do symbolic Great Rite: Put the chalice on the pentacle and hold athame over it and lower it into the chalice while saying:

“As this athame is the male, so this cup is the female, and joined they bring blessings.”

Raise the chalice high over the altar and say:

“To the Goddesses! To the Gods! To all divine beings, fairies, and spirits whom have assisted me in my ritual and magick. I make this offering in thanks!”

Pour some of the drink into the offering bowl, and drink the rest, passing it around with anyone else present.

(optional cakes offering)

Place plate of cakes on the pentacle. Take the athame and press the tip of it to the cakes. Say:

“Freyja bless this food. May it bestow health, strength, joy, and peace (or whatever else you wish), and that fulfillment of love which is perfect happiness.”

Raise the plate of cakes over the altar and say:

“To the Goddesses! To the Gods! To all divine beings, fairies, and spirits whom have assisted me in my ritual and magick. I make this offering in thanks!”

Put some of the cake into the offering bowl, and eat the rest, passing it around with anyone else present.

Closing the Circle

Face north.

“Goddesses! I thank you for your presence,
and your gift of magick.
Depart to thy realms if you must, stay if you will.
Depart with my blessings and love
and my promise to seek frith and love,
as you have charged.”

“Blessed be!”

“I bid you hail and farewell.”

“Gods! I thank you for your presence,
and the gift of your energies.
Depart to thy realms if you must, stay if you will.
Depart with my blessings and love
and my promise to seek strength and power of might,
as you have charged.”

“Blessed Be!”

“I bid you hail and farewell.”

Bring the the athame with.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, Lords of the Air, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, Lords of Fire, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, Lords of Water, Lords of Death and Initiation, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, Lords of Earth, guardians of the Northern portals, powerful God and gentle Goddess, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

Use the candle snuffer to put out the God, Goddess, and all quarter candles. Then put out the fire candle. Last put out the Presence Candle.

Cut the athame across the invisible circle and then move counterclockwise, sucking the circle energy back into the athame.

Place hands upon the rituals tools and the altar and push any extra energy into the the tools and altar.

Say:

“The circle is cut, but the blessings long remain. Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again. Blessed be!”

Volmarr’s Norse-Wicca Solitary Beltane Ritual May-1-2019


Volmarr’s Norse-Wicca Solitary Beltane Ritual May-1-2019

Need:
• Wine
• Water in the water bowl
• Salt in the salt bowl
• offering bowl
• Incense
• candles
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• a representation of Freyja
• A representation of Freyr
• Cakes or cookies
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• red candle
• white candle
• any symbols of spring
• any symbols of witches and magick
• a representation of Freyja
• a representation of Freyr
• small or medium size May-pole
• cauldron big enough to have a pillar candle in it
• small pillar candle along with a glass holder for it

Cleansing Ritual Space

Hold athame. Move to the center of the ritual space. Caste an earth banishing pentacle to the center of the space.

“I exorcise this place, that nothing malignant be found herein. Let it be free of all evil and be cleansed and purified. In the names of Freyr and Freyja I cast forth all spirits both seen and unseen from this place.”

Put down athame in altar. Take up the broom.

“As I sweep ‘cross this ground
let no evil here be found.
As I walk the spiral path,
let all evil flee my wrath.
As this broom sweeps round this place,
let it now be sacred space.”

Use the broom to ritually sweep the energies clear of the ritual space. Once all the space is swept clear:

“Freyr and Freyja hear my plea,
that this place from all evil shall be free.
Make of it thy sacred home,
blessed in every leaf and stone.
In all thy names I call to thee,
As I will, so mote it be!”

Now set up the ritual space for the ritual. Be sure to make sure all needed items are preset. Be sure to get ready in any ways needed. Make sure any needed candles are there. Be sure any needed incense is there. Put the cauldron in the center of the circle space if that is needed for the ritual.

Do the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hammer, without the rune-ring.

Stand before the altar. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and center your thoughts on the upcoming ritual and the reason behind it. Ring the bell once and say:

“This ritual has begun.”

Lighting Of The Candles

Light the Presence Candle (a white taper candle).

“I light this Candle (lights Presence Lamp)
in the name of that ancient presence,
which is, was, and ever shall be
male, female, all-knowing, all-powerful
and present everywhere.

And in the names of the four Mighty Ones,
the rulers of the elements,
may power and blessing descend
in this hour upon this place
and those gathered here.”

Light the Goddess and God candles, the altar red fire candle, the incense charcoal (if being used), and the four quarter candles from the Presence Lamp.

Light all other candles, minus any spell candles.

Light all deity tea-lights or deity candles.

Blessing of the Water

Place water bowl on pentacle.

“I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water, that thou cast out from thee all the impurity and uncleanliness of the world of phantasm. In the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

Pick up water bowl with both hand and hold it in front of you while visualizing your energy extending to purify the water.

Blessing of the Salt

Place salt bowl on pentacle.

“Blessings be upon thee, O Creature of Salt; let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth from thee, and let all good enter within. Wherefore do I bless and consecrate thee, that thou mayest aid me. In the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

Pick up salt bowl with both hand and hold it in front of you while visualizing your energy extending to purify the salt.

Put water bowl on pentacle. Pour all salt into the water.

Put the water bowl to the side.

Casting the Circle

Hold athame and move to northern part of circle.

“I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou beest a boundary between the world of men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a meeting place of love and joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that I raise within thee. Wherefore do I bless thee, and consecrate thee, in the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

From northern edge of the ritual area, holding your dagger in your power hand. Visualize a blue-white flame issuing from the tip of the dagger. Point it at the floor in the East. Walk clockwise or deosil around the circle three times, drawing the circle mark in the air as you go. Be sure to overlap the ends in the North as you finish.

Take hold of the water bowl. Move to the north of the circle.

“Salt and water, by casting thee,
let no spell, or unknown purpose be,
except in true court with me,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Using the fingers of your power hand, lightly sprinkle the water around the edge of the circle, beginning and ending in the North.

Splash self with the water.

Replace the water bowl on the altar.

Light the incense using the Presence candle. Hold the incense. Move to the north of the circle.

“As this oily essence bear,
lends it’s great strength unto the air.
Attracting spirits of the light,
guardians, both day and night.
This charge is true in prophecy,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Carry the burning incense around the circle, beginning and ending in the North. Return the incense to the altar.

Smudge self with the incense.

Hold the fire candle. Move to the north of the circle.

“Creature of Fire, this charge I give,
no evil in our presence lives.
No spooks, or phantoms may stay,
Not around this place, not night, not day,
This charge is true in prophecy,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Carry the red altar fire candle around the circle, beginning and ending in the North. Return the candle to the altar.

Take hold of the water bowl. Sprinkle the salt water over the altar.

“Elementals, Spirits, Gods of Old,
this altar fresh you now behold.
You all agree that it’s bound to me.
In peace and true serenity,
this place is perfect harmony,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Calling the Watchtowers

Ring bell.

With athame trace three circles and the make an air invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, Lords of the Air, I summon and call you to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make a fire invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, Lords of Fire, I summon and call you up to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make a water invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, Lords of Water, Lords of Death and Initiation, I summon and call you up to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make an Earth invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, Lords of the Earth, guardian of the Northern Portals, powerful God and gentle Goddess, I summon and call you to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

Invoking the Ancient Ones

Face north. Make the Goddess position.

“Lovely Freyja, I call you into my Circle
to aid me in my rites tonight and
so I may caste magick to work my will.
Hail and welcome lovely Freyja!”

“Hail Freyja! Daughter of Njord. Sister of Freyr. Descendant of the Vanir. Possessor of Brisingamen. Od’s wife. Vanir-bride. Teacher of seidh. Love goddess. Gold-thirsty one. Queen of witches!

Hail Freyja!”

See Freyja standing before me naked, save only a short cloak of magickal hawk feathers and a jeweled necklace that radiates power. Her hair long and wild and golden red. Her pale blue eyes that are like the oceans. Her body most pleasing feminine shape. Her pale skin glows with life. She breath with longing. Her body moves with the grace of a cat. See her full round breasts and dark pink erect nipples. Gauze your eyes upon her sensuous curves. Her legs long and strong. See her feet, her toes curling into the soft earth. Enjoy the view of her perfectly round and toned bottom. Look between her thighs and see the dew glistening from her sex and feel the intense fires which burn there. Look upon her. Feast your eyes upon her beauty. Feel the excitement she invoke in me. Hear her sultry voice whisper to you to discover her innermost mysteries.

Take some deep breaths now and close your eyes and spend some time meditating on her form and energy.

“Freyja,

you charge that I seek pleasure and beauty bright,
Please lend your energies to my rite,
and take root as a guiding presence in my days and nights,
so I may learn your ways and be filled with your light.
Hail Freyja, lovely Goddess greatly desired within my sight!”

Face north. Make the God position.

“Mighty Freyr, I call you into my Circle
to aid me in my rites tonight and
so I may caste magick to work my will.
Hail and welcome mighty Freyr!”

“Hail Freyr! Son of Njord. Brother of Freyja. Husband of Gerd. Trusted friend of Skirnir. Descendant of the Vanir. Harvest god and wealth-giver. King of Alfheim. Blot-god of the Swedes. Possessor of Skidbladnir, and the boar known as Gullinbursti. Beli’s slayer. Enemy of Surtr. Wielder of the stag-horn. Fruitful one. Sure giver. Father of the Yngling line. Lord of the Volsi!

Hail Freyr!”

See Freyr standing before you. He is completely naked, and has a raging hardon. He is very handsome, and seems Earthy, but regal. He is a young man that seems filled with life and vitality. He glows with the power of prosperity and well-being. He seems very friendly and welcoming. He carries a stag horn. In his other hand he has a tiny model Viking ship, but there is some strange magick coming from the model, it feels like it could somehow become the size of a massive life size ship. He has medium long sandy blond hair, and a beard.

He smiles to his sister Freyja and embraces her, and then gives her a very sensual kiss on the lips. You can sense a strong sexual charge between them both. They both smile at one another and then smile back at me. Freyja winks at me. Freyr pats me on the shoulder in a friendly way, and then gives me a warm friendly hug. Freyja then leans in and embraces me and her lips meet mine in a very sexual intense kiss. Both of them now stand in the circle, ready to help with my ritual.

Take some deep breaths now and close your eyes and spend some time meditating on his form and energy.

“Freyr,
you charge that I live life with joy and energy bright.
Please lend your energies to my rite,
and take root as a guiding presence in my days and nights,
so I may learn your ways and be filled with your light.
Hail Freyr, powerful God of vitality and might!”

Self-Blessing

Anoint yourself with ritual oil in the places indicated while saying the following:

“Blessed be my feet that walk in the ways of the Goddess.
Blessed be my sex, creative power of life.
Blessed be my breasts formed in strength.
Blessed be my heart that I feel compassion for all who are living.
Blessed be my mouth that speaks the sacred names.
Blessed be my eyes that behold the beauty of Nature.”

Finally anoint yourself in the center of your forehead:

Blessed be my inner sight that I may receive a message within my soul.

Bless me, my Lady Freyja, that I may see
You truly, so I may see all things

of the world of spirit
In love and trust, so mote it be.”

Charge of the Goddess

Best is to listen to a recording of the charge while meditating on the form of the Goddess that has been invoked in the ritual, and feel her energy.

“Listen to the words of the Great Mother who was of old also called among men, Freyja, Artemis, Astarte, Diana, Saga, Idunn, Aphrodite, Skadi, Laxmi, Frigga, Parvati, Gerd, Cerridwen, Lalita, Eir, Arianrod, Sif, Kali, Saraswati, Hel, and by many other names.

Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the Moon be full, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all Witcheries.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not yet won its deepest secrets: to these will I teach things that are yet unknown.

And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye are really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise.

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and mine also is joy on earth; for my Law is Love unto all Beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever toward it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.

For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth; and mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart. Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of All Living, and my love is poured out upon the earth.

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess, she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven; whose body encircleth the Universe; I, who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the heart’s desire, call unto thy soul. Arise and come unto me.

For I am the Soul of Nature, who giveth life to the universe; from me all things proceed, and unto me must all things return; and before my face, beloved of gods and mortals, thine inmost divine self shall be unfolded in the rapture of infinite joy.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without thee.

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”

Charge of the God

Get into God position and meditate on the Sun, feeling the energy of the Sun descending into you. Feel the energy of the God fill you.

“Listen to the words of the Great Father, who of old was called among men, Freyr, Osiris, Adonis, Zeus, Thor, Pan, Bragi, Cernunnos, Odin, Ganesh, Tyr, Shiva, Heimdall, Vishnu, Njord, Krishna, Baldr, Lugh, Mimir, Narayana, Ullr, Buddha, and by many other names.

I am the radiant King of the Heavens,
flooding the Earth with warmth and encouraging the hidden
seed of creation to burst forth into manifestation.

I lift my shining sword to light the lives of all beings
and daily pour forth my golden rays upon the Earth,
putting to flight the powers of darkness.

I am the spirit of all beasts wild and free.
I run with the stag and soar as a sacred falcon against
the shimmering sky.

The ancient woods and wild places emanate my powers,
the birds of the air sing of my sanctity.

I am the harvest, offering up grain and fruits beneath
the sickle of time so that all may be nourished.
For without planting there can be no harvest;
without winter there can be no spring.

I am the thousand named Son of creation.
Know that by all names I am the same.

The spirit of the horned stag in the wild, the endless harvest.
See in the yearly cycle of festivals my birth, death and
rebirth and know that such is the destiny of all creation..

I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun, the giver of peace and rest.
I send my rays of blessings to warm the hearts and strengthen the minds of all.”

Invoking Rune Ring to Raise Power

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!”

Uruz

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“THURISAZ!”

Thurisaz

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ANSUZ!”

Ansuz

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“RAIDHO!”

Raidho

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“KENAZ!”

Kenaz

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“GEBO!”

Gebo

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“WUNJO!”

Wunjo

Face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“HAGALAZ!”

Hagalaz

Face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“NAUDHIZ!”

Nauthiz

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ISA!”

Isa

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“JERA!”

Jera

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“EIHWAZ!”

Eihwaz

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“PERTHRO!”

Perthro

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ELHAZ!”

Elhaz

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“SOWILO!”

Sowilo

Face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“TIWAZ!”

Tiwaz

Face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“BERKANO!”

Berkano

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“EHWAZ!”

Ehwaz

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“MANNAZ!”

Mannaz

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“LAGUZ!”

Laguz

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“INGWAZ!”

Ingwaz

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“DAGAZ!”

Dagaz

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“OTHALA!”

othala

Great Rite

If doing as symbolic: Set the chalice of wine on the pentacle. Take the athame and hold over the wine/juice, but without it touching the liquid inside.

If doing it as masturbation be touching self during this.

“Now I must reveal a great Mystery.

Assist me to erect the Ancient Altar, at which in days past all worshipped, the Great Altar of all things. For in the old times a woman was the Altar. Thus was the altar made and placed…

… and the sacred place was the point within the centre of the circle, as we of old times have been taught, that the point within the centre is the origin of all things. Therefore should we adore it.”

Kiss Priestess on her yoni, or picture kissing the Goddess there if doing the rite as a solitary.

“Therefore, whom we adore, we also invoke, by the power of the lifted lance. O circle of stars [kiss], whereof our Father is but the younger brother [kiss], Marvel beyond imagination, soul of infinite space, before whom time is ashamed, the mind bewildered and understanding dark, not unto thee may we attain unless thine image be of love. [Kiss]

Therefore, by seed and root, and stem and bud and leaf and flower and fruit do we invoke thee,

O, Queen of space, O dew of light, O continuous one of the Heavens [kiss]. Let it be ever thus, that men speak not of Thee as one, but as none, and let them not speak of thee at all, since thou art continuous, for thou art the point within the circle [kiss], which we adore [kiss], the fount of life without which we would not be” [kiss].

And in this way truly are erected the Holy Twin Pillars Boaz and Joachim [kisses breasts]. In beauty and strength were they erected, to the wonder and glory of all men.

O Secrets of secrets that art hidden in the being of all lives. Not thee do we adore, for that which adoreth is also thou. Thou art that and That am I” [kiss].

I am the flame that burns in every man, and in the core of every star [kiss].
I am Life and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the Knowledge of Death
[kiss].
I am alone, the Lord within ourselves whose name is Mystery of Mysteries
[kiss].

Altar of mysteries manifold,
The sacred Circle’s secret point
Thus do I sign thee as of old,
With kisses of my lips anoint
[kiss lips].

Open for me the secret way,
The pathway of intelligence,
Beyond the gates of night and day,
Beyond the bounds of time and sense.
Behold the mystery aright
The five true points of fellowship….”

If doing as symbolic: Lower athame into juice. If doing actual form, penetrate yoni of Priestess with lingham.

“Here where Lance and Grail unite,
And feet, and knees, and breast, and lip.

Encourage our hearts, Let thy Light crystallize itself in our blood, fulfilling us of Resurrection, for there is no part of us that is not of the Gods.”

The Making of Odhroerir

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:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

“Hail Freyja! Daughter of Njord. Sister of Freyr. Descendant of the Vanir. Possessor of Brisingamen. Od’s wife. Vanir-bride. Teacher of seidh. Love goddess. Gold-thirsty one. Queen of witches!”

“Hail also the unnamed disir of the Vanir, goddesses ancient and powerful. Please be here at this ritual of spring-time transformation.”

“The Norse divide the seasons into two, winter and summer. Now is a shifting of energies, the unstable energies of change. It isn’t winter anymore now, but it isn’t yet summer. This is a border state time, a time between a time.”

“This time of year is traditionally associated with witches since witches, and wizards too, are people that live with a focus on those border states, as their focus is effecting change and transformation.”

“Seidh is a form of magick related to Norse witchcraft. Seidh and many forms of magick are done by going into a trance state. Trance means altered state of conscious. People are often in trance state when in any border state, time between sleep and waking, meditation, magick rituals, intense pain states, near death state, etc.”

“Battle trance is a state in which one struggles with life or death through physical combat. During battle is a powerful time to do spells due to this. Fight or flight is an altered state of consciousness. Spiritual rituals too are a border event. Also physical workouts too can be border states.”

“Sex is a border state. Sex is one possible tool to use to do seidh and other forms of magick. Being sexually aroused is a border state. Freyja is always sexually aroused, thus she is a goddess always in the border state.”

“Border state is fire. This is why Freyja is associated with fire. Fire is the energy of change. Conventional consciousness state for mortal humans is ice. Ice is the energy that keeps things as they are. Life force energy is fire though, because living beings can and do constantly change their environment.”

“Gods and goddesses have more life force than mortal humans, thus they have more magick. Deities can cause more, bigger amounts of change. By becoming attuned and one with the natural cycle of the seasons we increase our own life-force and fire and become more powerful. When we do devotional rituals to gods and goddesses we slowly move our own energies closer to the divine and become progressively more than just human. This is how we add divinity to our soul. By becoming more divine like this we increase our abilities to effect magick and create positive change for ourselves and others.”

“The more we become divine the higher our personal consciousness frequency is and the more we are able to access a greater amount of knowledge, wisdom, awareness, and the stronger access we have to life force. This also causes our spiritual luck to improve. Rising one’s consciousness frequency is the key to making spiritual progress. By rising our consciousness frequency then we can become closer to the gods and goddesses as we are then like one of them.”

“Negativity, limited thinking, negative energy, bad energies, unhealthy food, unhealthy habits such as smoking, being around negative people and lack of faith in the gods/goddesses, all serve to drag down our energies and pull us away from the spiritual. Drinking in a way in which we don’t have any self control over is very destructive and pulls down our energies. Drinking alcohol is not bad, it actually is a strong part of the Heathen path, what is bad is drinking to an extreme and not being a responsible drinker. These things suck the spiritual life force out of us and reduce our fire. It is very important on the spiritual path to learn how to shield your energies against negativity and limit any interactions with negative people.”

“The greatest tool for keeping energies consistently at a more positive spiritual level is regular daily spiritual practices. Enlightenment is not something that happens once and then you are cured for the rest of your life, it is an ongoing quest, even after achieving some measure of spiritual success all that has been gained can be lost if efforts are not kept up to keep things going. Magick is a tool to use to transform the self so that you can stay more often in a higher enlightened consciousness state that is closer to the level of the gods and goddesses. By maintaining a higher state of consciousness and a greater level of awareness and personal power we attract the interest of the gods and goddesses. By building a devotional practice towards a patron deity, matched by working on yourself using magick for self transformation directed towards a greater and greater spiritual self awareness, we move ourselves closer to achieving final rest from incarnation in the physical world, and moving on to reside in the hall of our patron deity at the time of our death. Working on the self to the point that we are ready to join our patron after we cross over from this world of the living to the next world is the main point for any more advanced level Heathen.”

“Now is the time during these changing energies to look for opportunities to bring positive changes in our lives, a powerful time to effect improvements in our lives. Now with the increase in physical activity in the rhythm of nature, is a excellent time to focus on getting into better physical shape by doing a regular fitness routine, if we don’t already do so. It is a good time to look at ways we can work on improving our health, both mentally and physically. This time of year is a good time to consider getting books about helpful methods of self improvement. It is a good time to brush up on any spiritual or occult knowledge areas we may already possess and perhaps looking too at ways we can expand such areas of knowledge. All these things which involve self improvement are connected with transformation and is oriented towards the type of energies of witches and wizards and of this general time of year. We are moving away from the inward focused energies of winter to the outward flowing energies of summer. The energies are shifting outward now towards vitality and renewal.”

“At this time of year the sexual energies of nature are at their strongest point. Now is the time to enjoy any opportunities that are presented to express those sexual currents with others. Sex is a good way of celebrating the current natural cycle. It is a way to make offerings of joy and pleasure to the spirits of nature. Sexual expression is a way to honor all goddesses associated with this time of year, both hidden and known.”

“The Vanir are the Norse deities associated with the border time energies of the seasons, both with the spring when nature’s vitality increases, and in the fall when that which has grown is harvested. Vanic deities are strongly connected with the sexual currents of nature. Spring is the season for the goddesses and fall the season to enjoy the blessings of the Vanic gods. Spring is female, and fall male. Spring and fall are not seasons proper for the Norse, but times of transition between winter and summer. Freyja as goddess of sexuality and witchcraft is a goddess of the spring whose energies reflect this time of year. There are also hidden goddesses of the Vanir who help to bring forth the energies of this time of year of the cycle and we must honor them too.”

If there is any magick spells you wish to do for the purpose to better yourself in some way, now is a powerful time to do them. You may either do them at this point in the ritual or in a later ritual.

Light red candle.

Fill drinking horn with mead and hold filled horn up.

“Freyja please present to me opportunities to take part in the increased sexual energies of this current time of year. Also please oh lovely goddess show me any ways that I may improve myself, and help me with opportunities to do so. Please oh pretty goddess help me to flow with the changing energies of this time of year. You who are a helpful seidh-witch, and lover to all, help me to bend the life currents to my advantage. Thank you radiant Freyja.”

Drink some of the mead and pour out rest to offering bowl for Freyja.

Light white candle.

Fill drinking horn with mead and hold it up.

“Hidden spring-time goddesses of the Vanir may your energies be strong so that this season may be a wonderful one filled with positive vitality for all lifeforms. I thank you oh lovely hidden goddesses for all you do for us who take part in the seasons. Hail all hidden life-force goddesses of the Vanir!”

Drink some of the mead and pour out the rest into offering bowl for the hidden spring-time goddesses of the Vanir.

Be sure the pillar candle in the glass holder is in the cauldron.

“I now light the bonfire of the lust-fires of the union of the hidden Vanic God of Spring, and the hidden Vanic Goddess of Spring. I light this fire within the cauldron of the Goddess’s vagina to send these energies to the Goddess so she may use them to revitalize the energies of nature.”

Light the candle in the cauldron.

“May the flames of passion and sexual union between the God and Goddess be strong and bright. May the energies of nature be revitalized! This fire burns away the last remaining vestiges of the winter half of the year. The summer half of the year is upon us now!”

Jump over the candle in the cauldron.

“By jumping over this lust-fire, I revitalize my own energies, and step into the summer half of the year!”

Be sure the May-pole is set up in the middle of the ritual space.

“Now is a time to celebrate the newly arrived energies of summer, and to get in touch with all the joy that is to come during this brighter, warmer, half of the year.”

Play some festive Pagan May-day music, and dance around the May-pole to the music. Take some time to really enjoy the music. Do this for as long as you want. This is a time to party and enjoy the vital sexual life-force that is strong at this time.

Raising Power

Hold wand.

Point wand to east air candle.

“Air to vitalize it.”

Point wand to south fire candle.

“Fire to purify it.”

Point wand to west water candle.

“Water to consecrate it.”

Point wand to north earth candle.

“Earth to ground it.”

Point wand up and move wand in a clockwise circle.

“Spirit to blend all Elements together into an unbreakable link with Freyja and the Freyr. So mote it be.”

All now dance in circle around the circle.

“Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Darksome Night and Shining Moon
Balance of the dark and light,
hearken ye our Witch’s Rune,
as we perform our sacred rite!
With earth and water, air and fire,
by blade and bowl and circle round,
we come to you with our desire:
let all that is hidden now be found!
With censor, candle, book and sword,
and ringing of the altar bell,
we tie a knot within our cord
to bind our magic in a spell.
Mother of the summer fields,
goddess of the silver moon,
join with us as power builds!
dance with us our witch’s rune!
Father of the Summer dew
Hunter of the winter snows
With open arms we welcome you!
Dance with us as power grows!
By all the light of moon and sun,
by all the might of land and sea,
chant the rune and it is done.
As we will, so mote it be!
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.”

Release the energies as a cone of power.

Cakes and Ale

If you didn’t do symbolic Great Rite: Put the chalice on the pentacle and hold athame over it and lower it into the chalice while saying:

“As this athame is the male, so this cup is the female, and joined they bring blessings.”

Raise the chalice high over the altar and say:

“To Freyja! To Freyr! To all divine beings, fairies, and spirits whom have assisted me in my ritual and magick. I make this offering in thanks!”

Pour some of the drink into the offering bowl, and drink the rest, passing it around with anyone else present.

(optional cakes offering)

Place plate of cakes on the pentacle. Take the athame and press the tip of it to the cakes. Say:

“Freyja bless this food. May it bestow health, strength, joy, and peace (or whatever else you wish), and that fulfillment of love which is perfect happiness.”

Raise the plate of cakes over the altar and say:

“To Freyja! To Freyr! To all divine beings, fairies, and spirits whom have assisted me in my ritual and magick. I make this offering in thanks!”

Put some of the cake into the offering bowl, and eat the rest, passing it around with anyone else present.

Closing the Circle

Face north.

“Freyja! I thank you for your presence and your gift of magick.
Depart to thy realms if you must, stay if you will.
Depart with my blessings and love
and my promise to seek pleasure and beauty,
as you have charged.”

“Blessed be!”

“I bid you hail and farewell.”

“Freyr! I thank you for your presence,
and your gift of abundance and vitality.
Depart to thy realms if you must, stay if you will.
Depart with my blessings and love
and my promise to live life with joy and energy,
as you have charged.”

“Blessed Be!”

“I bid you hail and farewell.”

Bring the the athame with.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, Lords of the Air, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, Lords of Fire, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, Lords of Water, Lords of Death and Initiation, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, Lords of Earth, guardians of the Northern portals, powerful God and gentle Goddess, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

Use the candle snuffer to put out the God, Goddess, and all quarter candles. Then put out the fire candle. Last put out the Presence Candle.

Cut the athame across the invisible circle and then move counterclockwise, sucking the circle energy back into the athame.

Place hands upon the rituals tools and the altar and push any extra energy into the the tools and altar.

Say:

“The circle is cut, but the blessings long remain. Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again. Blessed be!”

Volmarr’s Norse-Wicca Solitary Ritual Outline May-5-2019 Freyja and Freyr Version


Volmarr’s Norse-Wicca Solitary Ritual Outline May-5-2019
Freyja and Freyr Version

Need:
• Wine
• Water in the water bowl
• Salt in the salt bowl
• offering bowl
• Incense
• candles
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• a representation of Freyja
• A representation of Freyr
• Cakes or cookies

Cleansing Ritual Space

Hold athame. Move to the center of the ritual space. Caste an earth banishing pentacle to the center of the space.

“I exorcise this place, that nothing malignant be found herein. Let it be free of all evil and be cleansed and purified. In the names of Freyr and Freyja I cast forth all spirits both seen and unseen from this place.”

Put down athame in altar. Take up the broom.

“As I sweep ‘cross this ground
let no evil here be found.
As I walk the spiral path,
let all evil flee my wrath.
As this broom sweeps round this place,
let it now be sacred space.”

Use the broom to ritually sweep the energies clear of the ritual space. Once all the space is swept clear:

“Freyr and Freyja hear my plea,
that this place from all evil shall be free.
Make of it thy sacred home,
blessed in every leaf and stone.
In all thy names I call to thee,
As I will, so mote it be!”

Now set up the ritual space for the ritual. Be sure to make sure all needed items are preset. Be sure to get ready in any ways needed. Make sure any needed candles are there. Be sure any needed incense is there. Put the cauldron in the center of the circle space if that is needed for the ritual.

Do the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hammer, without the rune-ring.

Stand before the altar. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and center your thoughts on the upcoming ritual and the reason behind it. Ring the bell once and say:

“This ritual has begun.”

Lighting Of The Candles

Light the Presence Candle (a white taper candle).

“I light this Candle (lights Presence Lamp)
in the name of that ancient presence,
which is, was, and ever shall be
male, female, all-knowing, all-powerful
and present everywhere.

And in the names of the four Mighty Ones,
the rulers of the elements,
may power and blessing descend
in this hour upon this place
and those gathered here.”

Light the Goddess and God candles, the altar red fire candle, the incense charcoal (if being used), and the four quarter candles from the Presence Lamp.

Light all other candles, minus any spell candles.

Light all deity tea-lights or deity candles.

Blessing of the Water

Place water bowl on pentacle.

“I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water, that thou cast out from thee all the impurity and uncleanliness of the world of phantasm. In the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

Pick up water bowl with both hand and hold it in front of you while visualizing your energy extending to purify the water.

Blessing of the Salt

Place salt bowl on pentacle.

“Blessings be upon thee, O Creature of Salt; let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth from thee, and let all good enter within. Wherefore do I bless and consecrate thee, that thou mayest aid me. In the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

Pick up salt bowl with both hand and hold it in front of you while visualizing your energy extending to purify the salt.

Put water bowl on pentacle. Pour all salt into the water.

Put the water bowl to the side.

Casting the Circle

Hold athame and move to northern part of circle.

“I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou beest a boundary between the world of men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a meeting place of love and joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that I raise within thee. Wherefore do I bless thee, and consecrate thee, in the names of Freyr and Freyja.”

From northern edge of the ritual area, holding your dagger in your power hand. Visualize a blue-white flame issuing from the tip of the dagger. Point it at the floor in the East. Walk clockwise or deosil around the circle three times, drawing the circle mark in the air as you go. Be sure to overlap the ends in the North as you finish.

Take hold of the water bowl. Move to the north of the circle.

“Salt and water, by casting thee,
let no spell, or unknown purpose be,
except in true court with me,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Using the fingers of your power hand, lightly sprinkle the water around the edge of the circle, beginning and ending in the North.

Splash self with the water.

Replace the water bowl on the altar.

Light the incense using the Presence candle. Hold the incense. Move to the north of the circle.

“As this oily essence bear,
lends it’s great strength unto the air.
Attracting spirits of the light,
guardians, both day and night.
This charge is true in prophecy,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Carry the burning incense around the circle, beginning and ending in the North. Return the incense to the altar.

Smudge self with the incense.

Hold the fire candle. Move to the north of the circle.

“Creature of Fire, this charge I give,
no evil in our presence lives.
No spooks, or phantoms may stay,
Not around this place, not night, not day,
This charge is true in prophecy,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Carry the red altar fire candle around the circle, beginning and ending in the North. Return the candle to the altar.

Take hold of the water bowl. Sprinkle the salt water over the altar.

“Elementals, Spirits, Gods of Old,
this altar fresh you now behold.
You all agree that it’s bound to me.
In peace and true serenity,
this place is perfect harmony,
and as I will, so mote it be.”

Calling the Watchtowers

Ring bell.

With athame trace three circles and the make an air invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, Lords of the Air, I summon and call you to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make a fire invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, Lords of Fire, I summon and call you up to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make a water invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, Lords of Water, Lords of Death and Initiation, I summon and call you up to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

With athame trace three circles and the make an Earth invoking pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, Lords of the Earth, guardian of the Northern Portals, powerful God and gentle Goddess, I summon and call you to witness my rites and to guard this sacred Circle.”

Poke center of pentacle to activate the Watchtower gate. See in mind’s eye the pentacle light up.

Invoking the Ancient Ones

Face north. Make the Goddess position.

“Lovely Freyja, I call you into my Circle
to aid me in my rites tonight and
so I may caste magick to work my will.
Hail and welcome lovely Freyja!”

“Hail Freyja! Daughter of Njord. Sister of Freyr. Descendant of the Vanir. Possessor of Brisingamen. Od’s wife. Vanir-bride. Teacher of seidh. Love goddess. Gold-thirsty one. Queen of witches!

Hail Freyja!”

See Freyja standing before me naked, save only a short cloak of magickal hawk feathers and a jeweled necklace that radiates power. Her hair long and wild and golden red. Her pale blue eyes that are like the oceans. Her body most pleasing feminine shape. Her pale skin glows with life. She breath with longing. Her body moves with the grace of a cat. See her full round breasts and dark pink erect nipples. Gauze your eyes upon her sensuous curves. Her legs long and strong. See her feet, her toes curling into the soft earth. Enjoy the view of her perfectly round and toned bottom. Look between her thighs and see the dew glistening from her sex and feel the intense fires which burn there. Look upon her. Feast your eyes upon her beauty. Feel the excitement she invoke in me. Hear her sultry voice whisper to you to discover her innermost mysteries.

Take some deep breaths now and close your eyes and spend some time meditating on her form and energy.

“Freyja,

you charge that I seek pleasure and beauty bright,
Please lend your energies to my rite,
and take root as a guiding presence in my days and nights,
so I may learn your ways and be filled with your light.
Hail Freyja, lovely Goddess greatly desired within my sight!”

Face north. Make the God position.

“Mighty Freyr, I call you into my Circle
to aid me in my rites tonight and
so I may caste magick to work my will.
Hail and welcome mighty Freyr!”

“Hail Freyr! Son of Njord. Brother of Freyja. Husband of Gerd. Trusted friend of Skirnir. Descendant of the Vanir. Harvest god and wealth-giver. King of Alfheim. Blot-god of the Swedes. Possessor of Skidbladnir, and the boar known as Gullinbursti. Beli’s slayer. Enemy of Surtr. Wielder of the stag-horn. Fruitful one. Sure giver. Father of the Yngling line. Lord of the Volsi!

Hail Freyr!”

See Freyr standing before you. He is completely naked, and has a raging hardon. He is very handsome, and seems Earthy, but regal. He is a young man that seems filled with life and vitality. He glows with the power of prosperity and well-being. He seems very friendly and welcoming. He carries a stag horn. In his other hand he has a tiny model Viking ship, but there is some strange magick coming from the model, it feels like it could somehow become the size of a massive life size ship. He has medium long sandy blond hair, and a beard.

He smiles to his sister Freyja and embraces her, and then gives her a very sensual kiss on the lips. You can sense a strong sexual charge between them both. They both smile at one another and then smile back at me. Freyja winks at me. Freyr pats me on the shoulder in a friendly way, and then gives me a warm friendly hug. Freyja then leans in and embraces me and her lips meet mine in a very sexual intense kiss. Both of them now stand in the circle, ready to help with my ritual.

Take some deep breaths now and close your eyes and spend some time meditating on his form and energy.

“Freyr,
you charge that I live life with joy and energy bright.
Please lend your energies to my rite,
and take root as a guiding presence in my days and nights,
so I may learn your ways and be filled with your light.
Hail Freyr, powerful God of vitality and might!”

Self-Blessing

Anoint yourself with ritual oil in the places indicated while saying the following:

“Blessed be my feet that walk in the ways of the Goddess.
Blessed be my sex, creative power of life.
Blessed be my breasts formed in strength.
Blessed be my heart that I feel compassion for all who are living.
Blessed be my mouth that speaks the sacred names.
Blessed be my eyes that behold the beauty of Nature.”

Finally anoint yourself in the center of your forehead:

Blessed be my inner sight that I may receive a message within my soul.

Bless me, my Lady Freyja, that I may see
You truly, so I may see all things

of the world of spirit
In love and trust, so mote it be.”

Charge of the Goddess

Best is to listen to a recording of the charge while meditating on the form of the Goddess that has been invoked in the ritual, and feel her energy.

“Listen to the words of the Great Mother who was of old also called among men, Freyja, Artemis, Astarte, Diana, Saga, Idunn, Aphrodite, Skadi, Laxmi, Frigga, Parvati, Gerd, Cerridwen, Lalita, Eir, Arianrod, Sif, Kali, Saraswati, Hel, and by many other names.

Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the Moon be full, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all Witcheries.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not yet won its deepest secrets: to these will I teach things that are yet unknown.

And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye are really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise.

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and mine also is joy on earth; for my Law is Love unto all Beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever toward it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.

For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth; and mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart. Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of All Living, and my love is poured out upon the earth.

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess, she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven; whose body encircleth the Universe; I, who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the heart’s desire, call unto thy soul. Arise and come unto me.

For I am the Soul of Nature, who giveth life to the universe; from me all things proceed, and unto me must all things return; and before my face, beloved of gods and mortals, thine inmost divine self shall be unfolded in the rapture of infinite joy.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without thee.

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”

Charge of the God

Get into God position and meditate on the Sun, feeling the energy of the Sun descending into you. Feel the energy of the God fill you.

“Listen to the words of the Great Father, who of old was called among men, Freyr, Osiris, Adonis, Zeus, Thor, Pan, Bragi, Cernunnos, Odin, Ganesh, Tyr, Shiva, Heimdall, Vishnu, Njord, Krishna, Baldr, Lugh, Mimir, Narayana, Ullr, Buddha, and by many other names.

I am the radiant King of the Heavens,
flooding the Earth with warmth and encouraging the hidden
seed of creation to burst forth into manifestation.

I lift my shining sword to light the lives of all beings
and daily pour forth my golden rays upon the Earth,
putting to flight the powers of darkness.

I am the spirit of all beasts wild and free.
I run with the stag and soar as a sacred falcon against
the shimmering sky.

The ancient woods and wild places emanate my powers,
the birds of the air sing of my sanctity.

I am the harvest, offering up grain and fruits beneath
the sickle of time so that all may be nourished.
For without planting there can be no harvest;
without winter there can be no spring.

I am the thousand named Son of creation.
Know that by all names I am the same.

The spirit of the horned stag in the wild, the endless harvest.
See in the yearly cycle of festivals my birth, death and
rebirth and know that such is the destiny of all creation..

I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun, the giver of peace and rest.
I send my rays of blessings to warm the hearts and strengthen the minds of all.”

Invoking Rune Ring to Raise Power

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!”

Uruz

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“THURISAZ!”

Thurisaz

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ANSUZ!”

Ansuz

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“RAIDHO!”

Raidho

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“KENAZ!”

Kenaz

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“GEBO!”

Gebo

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“WUNJO!”

Wunjo

Face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“HAGALAZ!”

Hagalaz

Face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“NAUDHIZ!”

Nauthiz

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ISA!”

Isa

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“JERA!”

Jera

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“EIHWAZ!”

Eihwaz

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“PERTHRO!”

Perthro

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“ELHAZ!”

Elhaz

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“SOWILO!”

Sowilo

Face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“TIWAZ!”

Tiwaz

Face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“BERKANO!”

Berkano

Face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“EHWAZ!”

Ehwaz

Face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“MANNAZ!”

Mannaz

Face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“LAGUZ!”

Laguz

Face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“INGWAZ!”

Ingwaz

Face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“DAGAZ!”

Dagaz

Face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant.:

“OTHALA!”

othala

Great Rite

If doing as symbolic: Set the chalice of wine on the pentacle. Take the athame and hold over the wine/juice, but without it touching the liquid inside.

If doing it as masturbation be touching self during this.

“Now I must reveal a great Mystery.

Assist me to erect the Ancient Altar, at which in days past all worshipped, the Great Altar of all things. For in the old times a woman was the Altar. Thus was the altar made and placed…

… and the sacred place was the point within the centre of the circle, as we of old times have been taught, that the point within the centre is the origin of all things. Therefore should we adore it.”

Kiss Priestess on her yoni, or picture kissing the Goddess there if doing the rite as a solitary.

“Therefore, whom we adore, we also invoke, by the power of the lifted lance. O circle of stars [kiss], whereof our Father is but the younger brother [kiss], Marvel beyond imagination, soul of infinite space, before whom time is ashamed, the mind bewildered and understanding dark, not unto thee may we attain unless thine image be of love. [Kiss]

Therefore, by seed and root, and stem and bud and leaf and flower and fruit do we invoke thee,

O, Queen of space, O dew of light, O continuous one of the Heavens [kiss]. Let it be ever thus, that men speak not of Thee as one, but as none, and let them not speak of thee at all, since thou art continuous, for thou art the point within the circle [kiss], which we adore [kiss], the fount of life without which we would not be” [kiss].

And in this way truly are erected the Holy Twin Pillars Boaz and Joachim [kisses breasts]. In beauty and strength were they erected, to the wonder and glory of all men.

O Secrets of secrets that art hidden in the being of all lives. Not thee do we adore, for that which adoreth is also thou. Thou art that and That am I” [kiss].

I am the flame that burns in every man, and in the core of every star [kiss].
I am Life and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the Knowledge of Death
[kiss].
I am alone, the Lord within ourselves whose name is Mystery of Mysteries
[kiss].

Altar of mysteries manifold,
The sacred Circle’s secret point
Thus do I sign thee as of old,
With kisses of my lips anoint
[kiss lips].

Open for me the secret way,
The pathway of intelligence,
Beyond the gates of night and day,
Beyond the bounds of time and sense.
Behold the mystery aright
The five true points of fellowship….”

If doing as symbolic: Lower athame into juice. If doing actual form, penetrate yoni of Priestess with lingham.

“Here where Lance and Grail unite,
And feet, and knees, and breast, and lip.

Encourage our hearts, Let thy Light crystallize itself in our blood, fulfilling us of Resurrection, for there is no part of us that is not of the Gods.”

Ritual

(Ritual and spells here.)

Raising Power

Hold wand.

Point wand to east air candle.

“Air to vitalize it.”

Point wand to south fire candle.

“Fire to purify it.”

Point wand to west water candle.

“Water to consecrate it.”

Point wand to north earth candle.

“Earth to ground it.”

Point wand up and move wand in a clockwise circle.

“Spirit to blend all Elements together into an unbreakable link with Freyja and the Freyr. So mote it be.”

All now dance in circle around the circle.

“Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Darksome Night and Shining Moon
Balance of the dark and light,
hearken ye our Witch’s Rune,
as we perform our sacred rite!
With earth and water, air and fire,
by blade and bowl and circle round,
we come to you with our desire:
let all that is hidden now be found!
With censor, candle, book and sword,
and ringing of the altar bell,
we tie a knot within our cord
to bind our magic in a spell.
Mother of the summer fields,
goddess of the silver moon,
join with us as power builds!
dance with us our witch’s rune!
Father of the Summer dew
Hunter of the winter snows
With open arms we welcome you!
Dance with us as power grows!
By all the light of moon and sun,
by all the might of land and sea,
chant the rune and it is done.
As we will, so mote it be!
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.
Ecko, Ecko Azerak,
Ecko, Ecko Zomelak,
Ecko, Ecko Freyr,
Ecko, Ecko Freyja.”

Release the energies as a cone of power.

Cakes and Ale

If you didn’t do symbolic Great Rite: Put the chalice on the pentacle and hold athame over it and lower it into the chalice while saying:

“As this athame is the male, so this cup is the female, and joined they bring blessings.”

Raise the chalice high over the altar and say:

“To Freyja! To Freyr! To all divine beings, fairies, and spirits whom have assisted me in my ritual and magick. I make this offering in thanks!”

Pour some of the drink into the offering bowl, and drink the rest, passing it around with anyone else present.

(optional cakes offering)

Place plate of cakes on the pentacle. Take the athame and press the tip of it to the cakes. Say:

“Freyja bless this food. May it bestow health, strength, joy, and peace (or whatever else you wish), and that fulfillment of love which is perfect happiness.”

Raise the plate of cakes over the altar and say:

“To Freyja! To Freyr! To all divine beings, fairies, and spirits whom have assisted me in my ritual and magick. I make this offering in thanks!”

Put some of the cake into the offering bowl, and eat the rest, passing it around with anyone else present.

Closing the Circle

Face north.

“Freyja! I thank you for your presence and your gift of magick.
Depart to thy realms if you must, stay if you will.
Depart with my blessings and love
and my promise to seek pleasure and beauty,
as you have charged.”

“Blessed be!”

“I bid you hail and farewell.”

“Freyr! I thank you for your presence,
and your gift of abundance and vitality.
Depart to thy realms if you must, stay if you will.
Depart with my blessings and love
and my promise to live life with joy and energy,
as you have charged.”

“Blessed Be!”

“I bid you hail and farewell.”

Bring the the athame with.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, Lords of the Air, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, Lords of Fire, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, Lords of Water, Lords of Death and Initiation, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

“Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, Lords of Earth, guardians of the Northern portals, powerful God and gentle Goddess, I thank you for attending my rites and protecting my Circle. As you depart to your pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell.”

Poke center of pentagram.

Use the candle snuffer to put out the God, Goddess, and all quarter candles. Then put out the fire candle. Last put out the Presence Candle.

Cut the athame across the invisible circle and then move counterclockwise, sucking the circle energy back into the athame.

Place hands upon the rituals tools and the altar and push any extra energy into the the tools and altar.

Say:

“The circle is cut, but the blessings long remain. Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again. Blessed be!”

Volmarr’s Heathen Haustblot Harvest Ritual September-21-2011

Need:
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• Fruit
• spring water in small bowl
• fresh pine twig
• offering bowl
• candles
• Black candle
• Harvest decorations
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)

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… 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.

Elhaz Position 1

“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”

Dagaz Position 1

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!”)

Fehu

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “URUZ”)

Uruz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “THURISAZ”)

Thurisaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ANSUZ”)

Ansuz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “RAIDHO”)

Raidho

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “KENAZ”)

Kenaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “GEBO”)

Gebo

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “WUNJO”)

Wunjo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “HAGALAZ”)

Hagalaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “NAUDHIZ”)

Nauthiz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ISA”)

Isa

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “JERA”)

Jera

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EIHWAZ”)

Eihwaz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “PERTHRO”)

Perthro

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ELHAZ”)

Elhaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “SOWILO”)

Sowilo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “TIWAZ”)

Tiwaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “BERKANO”)

Berkano

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EHWAZ”)

Ehwaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “MANNAZ”)

Mannaz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “LAGUZ”)

Laguz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “INGWAZ”)

Ingwaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “DAGAZ”)

Dagaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “OTHALA”)

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:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

Few silent deep breaths.

“Hail Freyr! Son of Njord. Brother of Freyja. Husband of Gerd. Trusted friend of Skirnir. Descendant of the Vanir. Harvest god and wealth-giver. King of Alfheim. Blot-god of the Swedes. Possessor of Skidbladnir, and the boar known as Gullinbursti. Beli’s slayer. Enemy of Surtr. Wielder of the stag-horn. Fruitful one. Sure giver. Father of the Yngling line. Lord of the Volsi!”

“Hail Freyr!”

“Hail Gerd! Daughter of Gymir. Shining-armed bride of Freyr. Bearer of the icy mead-goblet!”

“Hail Gerd!”

“Freyr has given up his sword to Gerd, to gain her love, and now the vitality of nature shall decline for the season, as the Earth enters a time of rest. Light and dark are in balance at this time, but from this point forward light is in decline.”

“All things must work in cycles. Grieve not for the decline of the lifeforce, for it shall increase again in the Spring. This is the way of things; ever unfolding cycles of birth and death of the seasons. Nothing may stay the same; all must go through these cycles.”

“Instead be thankful, for all which has been gained in this last season. Now is the time to count the blessings which Freyr has given. I give thanks for Freyr’s fruitfulness and bounty. I enjoy that which I have now, and look forward to more in the future seasons.”

(Fill drinking horn with mead and hold it up)

“Hail Freyr! I toast to you in thanks for the harvest which you have given me! Hail to Freyr!”

(Drink half the mead and pour out the rest as an offering to Freyr.)

“The summer passes away now towards the Winter. Soon the Earth shall be covered in darkness and cold, and it will be a time of rest. I have enjoyed the Sun and warmth of the Summer. Soon it is time to take joy in the calm inward turning energies of Winter, and the beauty of snow. Each season offers it’s unique pleasures.”

“Be aware of the energy which it takes to create anything of greatness. Be aware that nothing can last. Enjoy that which you have while you have it, for it shall not remain forever. Grieve not when it is gone, as new things shall be gained in the future, which shall give equal or greater joy. I am thankful to Freyr for all which I have. I honor his gifts by making the fullest use of them, while they remain.”

“Hail to Freyr! Please teach me to enjoy your gifts to the fullest, and to appreciate all things which I have in my life, and then to be able to let go of things, with gratitude, when it is time to them to go. Allow me to know that there will be future things that equally bring me joy and happiness.”

“I eat now this fruit as a reminder to enjoy the fruits of all things which I have in my life to the fullest. Hail Freyr!”

(Eat some fruit, saving at least half as an offering to give outside after the ritual to Freyr.)

“I ponder now on what things no longer serve me. The energies of that which no longer serves me, once those things are sacrificed, can go to creating better things in the future. Now is the time to let go of that which is no longer useful to me; traits which hold me back. Think now on what things to sacrifice.”

(Light the black candle.)

“I burn away now in sacrifice, all which no longer serves me. May the energies go towards the start of the next season of growth next Spring, to bring better things for me at a later time.”

(Watch the candle burn for a time while thinking of that which you let go of which is not positive or useful for you anymore.)

(Now picture in your mind, the raw energy which has been freed in this process, and picture this energy as a seed which is planted for better things in the future.)

(Chant and trace at the candle the Ingwaz rune three times.)

Ingwaz

Ingwaz

Ingwaz

(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.

“GEBO!”

Gebo

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.

Important Values/Things in Viking Culture

Important values/things in Viking culture

Hospitality
Frith (community peace/harmony/justice)
Troth (loyal connections to others)
Loyalty
Gods
Goddesses
Ancestors
Land-spirits
Runes
Family
Friends
Clan/community
Honesty
Keeping of ones word
Oaths
Gift-giving
Generosity
Strength of will/character
Even-mood
Embracing/enjoying life
Accepting death
Intelligence
Strength
Bravery
Battle
Marauding
Farming
Fishing
Ships
Travel
Trade
Watchfulness
Being prepared
Hard-work
Mead
Gaming (tafl, dice, etc)
Sports (running, swimming, skiing, wrestling, etc)
Story-telling
Oral poetry
Making a name for oneself
Heroic deeds
Women focusing on domestic matters
Men focusing on all matters outside the house
Women keeping the community peace
Men defending the community
Women making clothes/food/household items
Men making tools/weapons/buildings/structures
Men hunting
Women gathering
Men laying down laws and being leaders
Women caring for/nurturing/healing
Men providing logic/reason/knowledge/structure
Women providing emotional wisdom & prophecy

The Prevalence of Christian-tru in Heathenism

The Prevalence of Christian-tru in Heathenism

Many people who take more of a rigid and highly dogmatic approach to Asatru and Heathenism, are not actually practicing Asatru at all, they are practicing Christian-tru; the dogmatic dualistic mindset (I am right, you are wrong thinking) of Christianity, with Norse Heathen trappings thrown on top of it. Sadly these Christian-tru types are the louder more preachy sorts (just as is typical of Christians) and thus their ideas tend to get more distributed into the Heathen/Asatru community because of this. To truly practice Heathenism, we need to get back to the mindset of the ancient Heathens. Just simply imitating the ritual practices of the ancient Heathens, hardly makes us Heathen. It is the thinking patterns of a group of people that is the heart of who they are.

The outer practices of all Heathens were never universal, since Heathens were a variety of people scattered around a large area, mostly living in small groups isolated from one another, without the modern level of global communications, so most traditions and practices would have been more local based. Every clan probably had their own family traditions that had been passed down for generations. People did not use books to learn things, all knowledge was passed down orally. It is the Christians that brought book based culture to Europe, and book based culture introduces standardization of ways of thinking.

The whole only one God is valid concept creates a whole different way of thinking, since if only one God is valid then only one way to be is valid, according to this monotheistic approach to spirituality. The whole concept of “religion” only exists within monotheistic religions. It was the spread of the monotheistic religions that created the idea of religions.

Pagan/Heathen religions are polytheistic, thus many Gods/Goddesses, which translates to there being many valid approaches to things in terms of thinking.

This is why the monotheistic religions were able to convert most polytheistic religions, since Pagans/Heathens didn’t see the God of the monotheistic religion as being the one only God, just another God. Thus at first when converting Pagans/Heathens the monotheistic preacher would use this difference to get people to start to worship their God and over time work on making them understand the monotheistic way of thinking. This did not happen overnight. For a long period of time people would just continue to be polytheistic but add the new God from the monotheistic faith into the list of deities they were worshiping.

Most people who take more of a Christian-tru approach to being Asatru or Heathen, came directly from a monotheistic Christian background, and didn’t yet learn to actually think like a polytheist. It can take time for a person to learn a totally different way of thinking. The other side of this is people that came to Asatru or Heathenism from the background of having first been either Wiccan or Neo-Pagan. They tend to have an easier time understanding polytheistic thinking. But often times the Christian-tru person is jealous of people who were Wiccan or Neo-Pagan before coming to Asatru or Heathenism, thus why the common insult of calling people Wicca-tru within the community. I can almost guarantee the vast majority of those acting this way are Christian-tru, people who came from a monotheistic Christian background, and didn’t learn to stop thinking like a judgemental dogmatic monotheistic Christian yet.

To better understand the difference between the Heathen and Christian mindset in regards to the idea of spirituality and “religion” here is a good video that explains more about this.:

The historical way to establish sacred space for a ritual

In terms of establishing sacred space for a ritual, if you wish something more historical (not that there is anything wrong with modern innovations since any religion must change and grow to remain relevant) you can use the Germanic concept of land taking. To do this you take burning fire around the boundary of the space you are claiming. Historically this was done outside so it was a torch, but for modern purposes a candle can be used. You can ask Thor to make the space you are claiming to be hallowed (made holy).

This need not be limited to a circle, square sacred spaces are probably more common in the historical context. Also if it is an outside space regularly used for rituals, historically they put a series of posts around the space and hung ropes between each post, as a way to mark what is the ritual area. Also in regular outside spaces they piled up some rocks and any liquid items from the offerings got poured over these stones (blood, mead, ale, drink of any sort).

In the historical context any ritual sacred space is considered a frithstead. No acts of violence may be done within a frithstead, and all beings within the frithstead have to leave any conflict outside. Properly done ritual offering of an animal (animal sacrifice) is not considered an act of violence since when they historically did this correctly they did it in a way that the animal did not realize it was being killed, and in a painless way. Later the animal was used as food. Since most us modern people don’t raise our own animals and don’t know the proper ways to kill them for food, animal sacrifice is generally no longer done in modern Heathenism. Offering drink and already prepared foods is perfectly acceptable as an alternative.

Os is OM

Os (Ansuz), the Heathen rune of connecting to God (Odin) as word is the same as Om (AUM), the eastern spiritual (Hindu/Buddhuist/etc) idea of God as sound!

Why Ancestor Worship is Important in Heathenism

“Hail to my ancestors, both known and unknown. Those of my line going all the way back to the beginning, on up to most recent of times. Both men and women, alfar and disir, whom previously had a human form. Those whom I know, as well as those I do not. Those also whom are the ancestors of all humans living now. All humans that have made the journey of life before my time, and now reside in the realm beyond the living. Hail to the ancestors of all! Hail also to the ancestors of my family line! Hail to the ones that guide me. Hail also to the ones that protect me.”

Heathenism is a religion that venerates the ancestors. But what most people don’t seem to consider regarding this is that:

“When we speak of ancestors most people automatically think of their blood ancestors. But an ancestor can be any predecessor or forerunner. Here we are using the word to mean any person whose existence or actions were responsible for bringing you to where you are today. At one time those people would almost always have been blood ancestors, but this is not necessarily true in our contemporary, mobile society. Hence there is many kinds of ancestors, many whom are not genetically related to you (at least not in any measurable way). In the greater scheme of things, since we all affect each other indirectly to some extent or another, “ancestors” can be said to include the entirety of the human race.” – Travels Through the Middle Earth the Path of the Saxon Pagan by Alaric Albertsson

Also an ancestor can be considered all life from the past since humans had to evolve from many forms of more simple life to get to the point we are at presently. Without all the ancestors, including the ones we are related to, as well as the ones we are not related to, and both the human and non-human ancestors, we would not exist or be where we are now. Ancestor worship means to give thanks to all of life that has allowed us to be here now, to know what we currently know, and to have the language, culture, and technology that we currently do. All this is thanks to the ancestors.

Heathenism is the Spiritual Heritage of All Germanic Based Languages Speakers

I have been interested in all aspects of Heathenism, metaphysics, and spiritual growth for a long time. Always trying to learn more and grow. Was always interested in Vikings since childhood too. Sadly much knowledge is lost about ancient Heathenism, what at that time was known only as the old ways (Forn Sed). But we can learn what traditional knowledge is known, and then also study many traditions since they provide keys to the puzzle too, and then through personal insight realize many more things. All of the Germanic Heathen traditions are part of the cultural spiritual heritage of anyone that speaks a Germanic language, namely English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and others. Culture is always transmitted by the ideas that get encoded into the language itself. So the spiritual heritage of anyone born into a culture that speaks one of those languages is Germanic Heathenism. Sadly we lost our spiritual heritage when the foreign religion known today as Christainity forced the people of Europe to convert or die. So now we are tasked with the challenging task of relearning our true spiritual cultural heritage. This is a process of learning the knowledge which did survive, and then learning through the process of practicing this knowledge, how to really make it work for us as a living breathing and relevant spiritual path, that is meaningful for us in the modern times, and provides us with the needed spiritual tools to find meaning and purpose in life. To find inner spiritual freedom and growth in awareness.

Norse God and Goddess Mantras

Norse God and Goddess Mantras


Freyr

Lord Freyr king of ancestors I hail you

Freyja

Divine fire of Freyja I hail you

Odin

Divine Odin seeker and wanderer I hail you

Frigga

Divine compassion and motherly love of Frigga I hail you

Thor

Divine thunder of Thor I hail you

Sif

Divine flaxen waves of Sif I hail you

Eir

Divine healing touch of Eir I hail you

Njord

Divine boats and nets of Njord I hail you

Norns

Mysterious web of the Wyrd sisters I hail you

Idunn

Divine apples of Idunn I hail you

Saga

Divine quill and scroll of Saga I hail you

Bragi

Divine silver tongue of Bragi I hail you

Balder

Divine fallen one of Asgard I hail you

Nanna

Divine beloved of the fallen one of Asgard I hail you

Tyr

Divine justice and honor of Tyr I hail you

Heimdall

Divine rooster and horn of Heimdall I hail you

Loki

Divine primal chaos of Loki I hail you

Heathen Ancestor Worship

Only a very small amount of human DNA is human, meaning all animals and all living creatures on the Earth are also our ancestors. Even the space bacteria that started life on earth are our ancestors. All the animals that came before humans are our ancestors. Ancestors are also the humans of all ancient cultures who figured out how to survive as humans on the earth and then later on overcame that level, of being hunter-gatherers surviving to the level of developing complex human cultures once humans started to settle as farmers. All ancient humans are our ancestors as well as all ancient life. All of anyone’s line are the strongest lifeforms that overcome the struggle to survive long enough to reproduce. They represent the strength of uruz. They are the ones smart enough to have developed all human knowledge and culture we now have. All this is what it means to worship the ancestors, honoring that which they have given to us going back to the beginning of time from the space bacteria that formed life here to our direct family line to all that lays in between this. This heritage that the ancestors give us going all the way back to those space bacteria to what we have now, this is othala. Primal consciousness (fire) is fehu. The order of the runes represent the development and evolution of all life from the simplest to the most advanced. Life develops as a ladder taking steps higher and higher each laid down by those we came before.

Hail to the ancestors, the givers of prosperity, knowledge, culture, and the spiritual protectors of their offspring. Hail the Alfar and Disir!

Volmarr’s Heathen Winter Nights (Anytime from Oct-15 to Nov-1) Ritual Version 2 Outline 2013

With additions by Amarina

Need:
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• spring water in small bowl
• fresh pine twig
• offering bowl
• candles (purple)
• incense (any mystical scent is ideal)
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• Any representation of Odin
• Any representation of ancestors
• Any representation of any one is now dead that you admire, in particular those you admire for their wisdom.
• Halloween type decorations and anything related to death and the dead
• Any symbols for wisdom or knowledge
• Any symbols for the after-life

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… 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.

Elhaz Position 1

“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”

Dagaz Position 1

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!”)

Fehu

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “URUZ”)

Uruz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “THURISAZ”)

Thurisaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ANSUZ”)

Ansuz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “RAIDHO”)

Raidho

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “KENAZ”)

Kenaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “GEBO”)

Gebo

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “WUNJO”)

Wunjo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “HAGALAZ”)

Hagalaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “NAUDHIZ”)

Nauthiz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ISA”)

Isa

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “JERA”)

Jera

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EIHWAZ”)

Eihwaz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “PERTHRO”)

Perthro

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ELHAZ”)

Elhaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “SOWILO”)

Sowilo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “TIWAZ”)

Tiwaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “BERKANO”)

Berkano

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EHWAZ”)

Ehwaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “MANNAZ”)

Mannaz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “LAGUZ”)

Laguz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “INGWAZ”)

Ingwaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “DAGAZ”)

Dagaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “OTHALA”)

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:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

Few silent deep breaths.

Few silent deep breaths.

Light the purple candle. From this candle, light the incense.

“This is the time of year that the veil between worlds is at it’s thinnest. In this time, we can travel more easily between the worlds of the living and the dead. This candle represents the world of the living, the incense’s smoke the veil, and the darkness beyond the world of the dead. It is in this state that our rite must take place, where Odin himself has traveled many times to seek knowledge and wisdom of those who have passed on.”

Circle the ritual space with the incense three times creating a “veil” with the smoke. Take a few silent deep breaths.

“Hail Odin! Husband of Frigg. All-father. Father of battle. One-eyed god. Many-shaped. Wanderer. Hanged god. Raven god. Spear-thruster. Wish-bringer. Galdr-father. Graybeard. Deep hood. Thief of Odhroerir. Kinsman of Mimir. Lord of the Wild Hunt. Yule rider. Finder of the Runes. God of the Gautar. Ruler of Valhalla!”

“Hail Hel! Keeper of the dead. Hostess of Baldr and Hodr. Half-living one. Garm’s mistress. Dweller in Eljudnir!”

“Hail to my ancestors, both known and unknown. Those of my line going all the way back to the beginning, on up to most recent of times. Both men and women, alfar and disir, whom previously had a human form. Those whom I know, as well as those I do not. Those also whom are the ancestors of all humans living now. All humans that have made the journey of life before my time, and now reside in the realm beyond the living. Hail to the ancestors of all! Hail also to the ancestors of my family line! Hail to the ones that guide me. Hail also to the ones that protect me.”

Few silent deep breaths.

“Now is a time in which the rhythms of life turn inward, towards contemplation and trying to understand the deeper mysteries of life and towards the gathering of and seeking out of knowledge. It is through the ancestors and those humans that have come before us that we have all the knowledge which we have in human society. Those who have gone before us are the ones that have created the traditions and knowledge which we as humans rely upon to meet all of our needs, such as how to grow and create food, how to build protective shelters for living in, how to make clothing so that our human bodies are protected from the elements, how to survive the seasonal cycles in all different areas of the planet, what dangers to avoid and how to avoid them, and how to keep our human society functioning and going. We humans are the only animal that can not survive without knowledge. Our very lives depends on knowledge of how to do so many things. Over hundreds of thousands of years humans have increased their knowledge to the point that we live with the current advantages which we have now.”

“It is due to the experience and wisdom of our ancestors, both those within our own family line, and the ancestors of all human beings, that we can live as well as we do in the modern times. Those that have gone before us have recorded their wisdom for us in language, in stories, in poetry, in tools, in fashion, in objects of art, in oral knowledge, in traditions, in music and song, in mathematics, in schools of learning, in books, in the recording of historical events, in objects from the past, in plays, in movies, in TV shows, in videos, in blue-prints, in engineering plans, in computer programs, and even in the bones of the dead. All these things are the sum total of human heritage and the source of our knowledge that allows us to survive and thrive as a species. By turning to the past and studying the wisdom of our ancestors we tap into that knowledge. We must honor the dead and those who have gone before us for all that they have given to us. As well it is important that knowledge is passed to others freely, for otherwise the work of so many becomes lost. It has taken us so long to get to the point we are at now as a species, it is important we not be greedy with our knowledge or hoard it away from others, for this impedes human survival and progress.”

“Odin as god of wisdom is often traveling to the the realm of the dead to seek out the wisdom of the dead. We too must be like Odin and seek out the knowledge of our ancestors, the wisdom of the dead. At this time the focus of the seasons turns more towards this task of looking inward and to the past. Now is the time to look at all which you have done this season and look at what has worked for you and what has not. It is a time to ponder all lessons that are to be gained from what has been done this year, so that you may know better for next season how to increase the abundance of your life harvest. It may be a good time to record some notes regarding this, safely putting them away some place where they shall not be lost. Also this is a time when the veils between the realm of the living and the dead are at their thinnest, and thus a time in which the knowledge of the dead is more accessible. It is a good time to seek out the wise counsel of the ancestors and those that are now passed beyond the realm of the living. This is a good time to spend time reading books, and studying new things, and pursuing the gaining of knowledge in any form.”

“At this time ponder on what you have learned this year.”

Few silent deep breaths while pondering on this.
“Now consider what things you would like to do differently the next cycle”

Few silent deep breaths while pondering on this.

“Now think about those who have have passed into the after life. Now is the time to think about anyone you may know who has died”

Few silent deep breaths while you think about those who have passed on.

“Now think about any wisdom or knowledge they may have for you.”

Few silent deep breaths while you think about this.

“Now is the time to give thanks for all that our ancestors have given to us and to honor the wisdom of the dead.”

(Fill drinking horn with mead and hold it up)

“Hail to all humans that have come before me. Hail to those of my family line, as well as all people of the past of all human family lines. I make this offering to you in thanks for the wisdom you have given us by the lives you have lived in the past. May your knowledge continue and enhance the life of both myself and all other humans alive now and all humans to come for all of eternity! Hail to the ancestors of all people!”

(Drink half the mead and pour out the rest as an offering to the ancestors of all humans.)

“Now is the time to honor Odin, the god of knowledge. Odin tirelessly seeks out the knowledge which all humans have worked to create for all of time. He is the god that seeks to gain and preserve knowledge and give it to others for the benefit of human society and human progress. He is the god who labors tirelessly to establish things in such a way that humans can continue and survive even after the end of this current cycle when Ragnarok comes and all begins again anew. He is the god that has discovered the runes through a difficult process of spiritual initiation so that they may be of benefit for gods and humans alike. He is the god that has made so many sacrifices for the sake of gaining of knowledge. We owe him much for all these things!”

(Fill drinking horn and hold it up)

“Hail Odin, god of the runes. God of knowledge and wisdom. You Odin are the one that frequently travels the worlds seeking to know more. Please guide me Odin in learning more and in applying knowledge in ways that are helpful to me. Please Odin help me to gain a deeper level of connection with all people of the past so that my knowledge my increase. Hail Odin!”

(Drink half the mead and pour out the rest to Odin.)

“Also this is the time that we should remember the one that has been tasked with keeping the souls of the dead. The goddess that is both living and dead. Though she isn’t truly goddess, she has become in being tasked with the lands of the dead by Odin.”

(Fill drinking horn and hold it up)

“Hail Hel, daughter of Loki. She who holds the halls in Helheim and shares what she has with those who have passed on to her lands. Hel is mistress of the lands of the dead and keeps those that have died of old age or illness. Thus her lands are where most of our ancestors will reside. We honor her today as well in hopes that she allows those we love to rest in peace well beyond Ragnarok. She who is most beautiful and frightful in one visage being both dead and alive. We owe her much gratitude and respect in her tireless and thankless duty in tending those cold halls. Thank you, Hel for taking the task given and caring for the souls you’ve been tasked in keeping. May we all share in a feast again one day. Hail Hel!”

(Drink half the mead and pour out the rest to Hel.)

(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.

“GEBO!”

Gebo

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.

Download this as a OpenOffice Doc – Volmarrs-heathen-winter-nights-2-oct-ritual-oct-2013

Volmarr’s Heathen Freysblot Harvest Ritual August-2-2013

Need:
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• spring water in small bowl
• fresh pine twig
• offering bowl
• candles
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• Green candle
• Any symbol for Freyr. Phallic symbols. Horse symbols.
• Baked goods, nuts, berries, and sweet fruit such as strawberries, grapes, cherries, blueberries. Freyr does prefer organic and natural foods if your budget allows.
• A list of all the spiritual seed tasks you had planted at Ostara (as many of them as you can remember). You can add items to the list that were not seed goals at Ostara but are goals anyways which you have been working on or have a shot of accomplishing within the next few months.

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… 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.

Elhaz Position 1

“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”

Dagaz Position 1

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!”)

Fehu

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “URUZ”)

Uruz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “THURISAZ”)

Thurisaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ANSUZ”)

Ansuz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “RAIDHO”)

Raidho

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “KENAZ”)

Kenaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “GEBO”)

Gebo

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “WUNJO”)

Wunjo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “HAGALAZ”)

Hagalaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “NAUDHIZ”)

Nauthiz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ISA”)

Isa

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “JERA”)

Jera

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EIHWAZ”)

Eihwaz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “PERTHRO”)

Perthro

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ELHAZ”)

Elhaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “SOWILO”)

Sowilo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “TIWAZ”)

Tiwaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “BERKANO”)

Berkano

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EHWAZ”)

Ehwaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “MANNAZ”)

Mannaz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “LAGUZ”)

Laguz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “INGWAZ”)

Ingwaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “DAGAZ”)

Dagaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “OTHALA”)

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:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

Few silent deep breaths.

“Hail Freyr! Son of Njord. Brother of Freyja. Husband of Gerd. Trusted friend of Skirnir. Descendant of the Vanir. Harvest god and wealth-giver. King of Alfheim. Blot-god of the Swedes. Possessor of Skidbladnir, and the boar known as Gullinbursti. Beli’s slayer. Enemy of Surtr. Wielder of the stag-horn. Fruitful one. Sure giver. Father of the Yngling line. Lord of the Volsi!”

“Hail Freyr!”

“Now is the start of the harvest season. This is a time to work hard to bring forth all those things which you have been lending energies towards all this season. This is a time to honor Freyr, god of wealth and the harvest, so that your personal life harvest can be the fruitful one. Since most of us in the modern world are not farmers, harvest means for us the task of working on manifesting wishes and desires. Compared to other holidays this one is very straightforward. At this time we work on the tangible outward aspect of energies, working on manifesting and bringing into being that which started as inner energies in the spring.”

“Look at the list of all the wishes which you planted as seeds at Ostara. Now is the time to make those things happen, at least for those things in your life which have not already happened by now. You are to keep this list of tasks, at this time, some place where you will see it often in your day, so that you remain aware and focused towards the things you are working on manifesting.”

“At this time of the harvest I am working on:” (read your list of tasks)

“You have from now till the middle of October to work on your wishes for this season. Any of those wishes that have not manifested by then should be mulched as spiritual weeds. You can then try again for next season for any things that have not manifested by then. After that it is time to make things more simple in your life to focus on the inward turning energies of winter.”

“Freyr please help keep me focused on working on the things which I am trying to manifest in my life this season. Please Freyr lend me your potent energies for this purpose so that my life harvest this season may be a fruitful one.”

“Also please Freyr help to me keep away any distracting energies which may interfere with me accomplishing my harvest goals. Please help me to know what things may need to be extracted from my situation if there is anything which is acting to divert my harvest focus.”

“Hail Freyr!”

“Freyr now is the time to year to have a feast in your honor to give thanks for your fruitful energies.”

“This feast is for you Freyr! Hail Freyr!”

(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.

“GEBO!”

Gebo

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.

Volmarr’s Heathen Midsummer Ritual June-21-2013 Vanatru Version

Need:
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• spring water in small bowl
• fresh pine twig
• offering bowl
• candles
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• One yellow or gold candle
• One white candle
• Any symbols of Summer, solar symbols.

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… 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.

Elhaz Position 1

“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”

Dagaz Position 1

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!”)

Fehu

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “URUZ”)

Uruz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “THURISAZ”)

Thurisaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ANSUZ”)

Ansuz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “RAIDHO”)

Raidho

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “KENAZ”)

Kenaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “GEBO”)

Gebo

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “WUNJO”)

Wunjo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “HAGALAZ”)

Hagalaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “NAUDHIZ”)

Nauthiz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ISA”)

Isa

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “JERA”)

Jera

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EIHWAZ”)

Eihwaz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “PERTHRO”)

Perthro

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ELHAZ”)

Elhaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “SOWILO”)

Sowilo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “TIWAZ”)

Tiwaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “BERKANO”)

Berkano

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EHWAZ”)

Ehwaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “MANNAZ”)

Mannaz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “LAGUZ”)

Laguz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “INGWAZ”)

Ingwaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “DAGAZ”)

Dagaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “OTHALA”)

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:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

Few silent deep breaths.

“Hail to the Vanir! Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the gods and goddesses of the north! I call upon you all in frith at this time so I may honor the connection we have with one another.”

(Light the white candle.)

“Hail the Vanir! Hail the Aesir!”

“Hail Sunna! Daughter of Glen. Bright rider in the heavens by day. Driver of Alsvin and Arvak. Wearer of Svalin. Day-star. Ever-glow. All-bright. Wolf-chased. Fair-wheel. Grace-shine. Ensnarer of Trolls!”

(Light the yellow candle.)

“Hail Sunna!”

“Now is the time of Midsummer. This is a time for adventure and seeking conquest and victory within our life. Midsummer is also a time to honor the important alliances that you hold with others.”

“Late Spring and early Summer are the Norse times to fight battles and go raiding. Most of us in the modern world won’t be going into literal combat situations or going literally raiding, as happened during the Viking age. But we modern people have our own just as difficult battles we have to fight in our day to day life. Common modern forms of battle are: battles against your own negative traits or bad habits, battles to effect greater spiritual growth and awareness, battles to improve our lives in any way, battles against people in our lives who abuse us or cause us harm, battles to stand up for some cause we believe in, battles to improve the lives and well-being of those close to us, battles to achieve success in our careers, fighting for a better world, etc. All these types of battles are equally as worthy as the battles and raids which the Vikings fought, and are just as filled with their own forms of danger and peril. All forms of worthy battle which we fight are a way in which the gods/goddesses test us to see our measure of spiritual strength and bravery. By fighting whatever worthy battles we must in our lives without backing down and doing the best we can in them, we increase our spiritual might and personal luck. Most forms of modern battles are more so what can be considered forms of psychic or spiritual battles. Being a spiritual warrior is just as impressive to the gods/goddesses as being a literal one. If your life has been filled with strife and challenge lately during the late spring and early summer know that this is part of being in tune with the seasonal cycles and this time shall eventually pass. When fighting a lot of battles our energies can after awhile become drained and run down. Try to call upon the power of the sun, the goddess Sunna, as a source to recharge your psychic and emotional batteries after many long fought battles.”

(Hold drinking how and fill it with drink)

“Hail to Sunna! Goddess of the sun! Goddess of the energies which charge all of life with vitality! Through your vital strength, we gain the power to achieve victory! Please oh bright shinning goddess charge my energies with your might and power! Hail Sunna!”

(Picture in your mind’s eye energy from the sun coming down to you and filling your aura, making it stronger and more powerful.)

(Chant and trace sowilo in the air three times:)

“SOWILO… SOWILO… SOWILO”

SowiloSowiloSowilo

(Drink half, pour out rest to offering bowl or ground)

“Anger is a useful and important emotion since it is related to defending against attack, and is an emotion needed for self protection. Anger only gets bad when it is used in a personal way. Personalized anger is anger against a certain person, which is very negative. Anger used in a impersonal sense, as controlled anger where you use the anger feelings to empower your ability to defend your rights and to protect yourself and others, is the proper positive use of anger. ”

“In modern day times there aren’t many outlets for anger. In older times of course there were plenty of outlets for it since men had to fight to protect. Since men are the protectors they do tend to more directly feel their anger emotions. Women often but not always tend to feel their anger in more indirect ways. Or more commonly, many women have trouble directly acknowledging when they are angry. The strongest emotion for men is anger. The strongest emotion for women is love. Men are the warriors so they need to have anger as a strong emotion for to strengthen this role for them. In Pagan societies such as the Vikings, the society was structured in a way to help keep anger more as the impersonal healthy kind and such societies were even structured in ways to give men healthy outlets for anger.”

“One of the most positive ways to release anger and act upon the warrior spirit in modern society is through sports. Summer is the best time for doing sports. Sports help to create frith since they help people feel more positive and release tension and anger. Group sports can be a powerful tool of troth-making.”

“Another way to release or vent anger is through sex. Sex is a very powerful way to turn anger onto frith and love. It is very sacred to have sex at the Midsummer bonfire.”

“Women as the nurturers and pleasure and care givers have love as their strongest emotion. Since the strongest emotion for women is love, women are the frith-makers and they hold a sacred duty in northern culture as guardians of the frith. Frith is the glue that holds together those who hold troth for each other. Without frith there can be no troth. Keeping troth with those you cannot have any frith with is both dishonorable and dishonest. In order for there to be frith with someone you must hold feelings of respect and trust. No social organization, whether it be one related to Heathenism or anything at all, can survive if it does not strictly enforce members keeping frith between each other. The foundation of troth is frith. Troth is the very basis of Heathenism. Any Heathen that has not learned to be respectful of other people is one that is not able to honor frith and thus shall fail completely at holding troth with others. Since the basis of Heathenism is troth, such a Heathen shall fail as a Heathen. The gods and goddesses only welcome those to their hall that would be able to hold frith with all those who reside in their hall. The whole point of being Heathen is to hold troth for one or more of the northern gods or goddesses and work towards being welcomed to their hall in the after-life, thus learning how to respect others and honor frith is one of the greatest lessons any Heathen can learn.”

“Now at this time of the season, Midsummer, is the time to acknowledge all bonds of troth which we hold. Troth is the very point of Heathenism. Heathenism is simply put the practice of holding troth for one or more of the northern gods/goddesses. In all things we do in our life we must act in ways that honor this troth we hold. By taking troth with any god or goddess we are agreeing to hold their ways holy and honor what they stand for. Take some moments now to ponder on all the gods and goddesses which you hold troth with and all the things which are sacred to them.”

(Feel free to change this next part as needed)

“I _______ (state your name) hold troth with the Vanir and Aesir, with the ways of the Vanir coming first for me. _______ (patron deity name) is my patron and thus I hold the greatest troth of all for him/her. I agree to hold sacred all the things which are holy to the Vanir and Aesir and most of all that which is sacred to my patron ________ (patron deity name).”

(This next section is optional. If you prefer you can change this to whatever other values you happen to follow. In no way are the Vanic Virtues, or the Nine Noble Virtues, or any other codified system of values, a requirement to be followed to be Heathen. It is up to the individual Heathen to determine what values system they shall follow, so long as they uphold the basics such as honesty, troth, and always keeping oaths to the best of their ability. But once an individual has chosen a value system to follow they must follow it faithfully to the best of their ability. What matters most is to never agree to follow any value system you don’t deeply feel in your heart is right for you. Part of troth is being true to yourself and your true will.)

“To honor the troth I hold, these are the values I have agreed to uphold in my life to the best of my ability.:”

“The Vanic Virtues ”

“Beauty ”
“The pursuit of beauty and elegance in thought, form and speech. ”

“Courage/Passion ”
“Zeal, vigor; the strength and courage that comes from a life worth living. ”

“Land-rightness ”
“The recognition of nature and the environment as worthy of respect, care and reverence. ”

“Even-mood ”
“Harmonious and balanced thought and action; tranquility, calm, serenity.”

“Openness ”
“The quality of being receptive to the world around one, non-judgmental and open. ”

“Wildness/Ecstasy ”
“Music and dance; the nurturing of inner wildness and childlike being, being like the “fey” ”

“Love”
“The all-encompassing force; love for family, for kin, for humanity, for all beings.”

“Frith ”
“The peace and goodwill between people bound together; loyalty and the keeping of one’s word. ”

“Faith/Piety ”
“The trust that the Gods exist and are worthy of our worship, and Their ways worth following. ”

“Giving ”
“The binding of two parties into one common bond, generosity and hospitality. ”

“Joy ”
“Wonder and innocence, the recognition that life is worth living, and worth living well. ”

“Brotherhood ”
“The recognition that we – humans, animals, plants, spirits – are all part of the grander scheme of life, and we share a common heritage, as children of the Earth.”

(This part is not optional)

(Hold drinking how and fill it with drink)

“Hail to the Vanir! Hail to the Aesir! Hail to _______ (patron deity name), I make this toast to you in honor of the troth I hold for you all! Hail!”

(Drink half, pour out rest to offering bowl or ground)

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.

“GEBO!”

Gebo

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.

Volmarr’s Heathen Midsummer Ritual June-21-2013 Asatru Version

Need:
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• spring water in small bowl
• fresh pine twig
• offering bowl
• candles
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• One yellow or gold candle
• One white candle
• Any symbols of Summer, solar symbols.

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… 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.

Elhaz Position 1

“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”

Dagaz Position 1

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!”)

Fehu

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “URUZ”)

Uruz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “THURISAZ”)

Thurisaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ANSUZ”)

Ansuz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “RAIDHO”)

Raidho

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “KENAZ”)

Kenaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “GEBO”)

Gebo

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “WUNJO”)

Wunjo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “HAGALAZ”)

Hagalaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “NAUDHIZ”)

Nauthiz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ISA”)

Isa

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “JERA”)

Jera

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EIHWAZ”)

Eihwaz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “PERTHRO”)

Perthro

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ELHAZ”)

Elhaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “SOWILO”)

Sowilo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “TIWAZ”)

Tiwaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “BERKANO”)

Berkano

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EHWAZ”)

Ehwaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “MANNAZ”)

Mannaz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “LAGUZ”)

Laguz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “INGWAZ”)

Ingwaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “DAGAZ”)

Dagaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “OTHALA”)

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:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

Few silent deep breaths.

“Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the Vanir! Hail to the gods and goddesses of the north! I call upon you all in frith at this time so I may honor the connection we have with one another.”

(Light the white candle.)

“Hail the Aesir! Hail the Vanir!”

“Hail Sunna! Daughter of Glen. Bright rider in the heavens by day. Driver of Alsvin and Arvak. Wearer of Svalin. Day-star. Ever-glow. All-bright. Wolf-chased. Fair-wheel. Grace-shine. Ensnarer of Trolls!”

(Light the yellow candle.)

“Hail Sunna!”

“Now is the time of Midsummer. This is a time for adventure and seeking conquest and victory within our life. Midsummer is also a time to honor the important alliances that you hold with others.”

“Late Spring and early Summer are the Norse times to fight battles and go raiding. Most of us in the modern world won’t be going into literal combat situations or going literally raiding, as happened during the Viking age. But we modern people have our own just as difficult battles we have to fight in our day to day life. Common modern forms of battle are: battles against your own negative traits or bad habits, battles to effect greater spiritual growth and awareness, battles to improve our lives in any way, battles against people in our lives who abuse us or cause us harm, battles to stand up for some cause we believe in, battles to improve the lives and well-being of those close to us, battles to achieve success in our careers, fighting for a better world, etc. All these types of battles are equally as worthy as the battles and raids which the Vikings fought, and are just as filled with their own forms of danger and peril. All forms of worthy battle which we fight are a way in which the gods/goddesses test us to see our measure of spiritual strength and bravery. By fighting whatever worthy battles we must in our lives without backing down and doing the best we can in them, we increase our spiritual might and personal luck. Most forms of modern battles are more so what can be considered forms of psychic or spiritual battles. Being a spiritual warrior is just as impressive to the gods/goddesses as being a literal one. If your life has been filled with strife and challenge lately during the late spring and early summer know that this is part of being in tune with the seasonal cycles and this time shall eventually pass. When fighting a lot of battles our energies can after awhile become drained and run down. Try to call upon the power of the sun, the goddess Sunna, as a source to recharge your psychic and emotional batteries after many long fought battles.”

(Hold drinking how and fill it with drink)

“Hail to Sunna! Goddess of the sun! Goddess of the energies which charge all of life with vitality! Through your vital strength, we gain the power to achieve victory! Please oh bright shinning goddess charge my energies with your might and power! Hail Sunna!”

(Picture in your mind’s eye energy from the sun coming down to you and filling your aura, making it stronger and more powerful.)

(Chant and trace sowilo in the air three times:)

“SOWILO… SOWILO… SOWILO”

SowiloSowiloSowilo

(Drink half, pour out rest to offering bowl or ground)

“Anger is a useful and important emotion since it is related to defending against attack, and is an emotion needed for self protection. Anger only gets bad when it is used in a personal way. Personalized anger is anger against a certain person, which is very negative. Anger used in a impersonal sense, as controlled anger where you use the anger feelings to empower your ability to defend your rights and to protect yourself and others, is the proper positive use of anger. ”

“In modern day times there aren’t many outlets for anger. In older times of course there were plenty of outlets for it since men had to fight to protect. Since men are the protectors they do tend to more directly feel their anger emotions. Women often but not always tend to feel their anger in more indirect ways. Or more commonly, many women have trouble directly acknowledging when they are angry. The strongest emotion for men is anger. The strongest emotion for women is love. Men are the warriors so they need to have anger as a strong emotion for to strengthen this role for them. In Pagan societies such as the Vikings, the society was structured in a way to help keep anger more as the impersonal healthy kind and such societies were even structured in ways to give men healthy outlets for anger.”

“One of the most positive ways to release anger and act upon the warrior spirit in modern society is through sports. Summer is the best time for doing sports. Sports help to create frith since they help people feel more positive and release tension and anger. Group sports can be a powerful tool of troth-making.”

“Another way to release or vent anger is through sex. Sex is a very powerful way to turn anger onto frith and love. It is very sacred to have sex at the Midsummer bonfire.”

“Women as the nurturers and pleasure and care givers have love as their strongest emotion. Since the strongest emotion for women is love, women are the frith-makers and they hold a sacred duty in northern culture as guardians of the frith. Frith is the glue that holds together those who hold troth for each other. Without frith there can be no troth. Keeping troth with those you cannot have any frith with is both dishonorable and dishonest. In order for there to be frith with someone you must hold feelings of respect and trust. No social organization, whether it be one related to Heathenism or anything at all, can survive if it does not strictly enforce members keeping frith between each other. The foundation of troth is frith. Troth is the very basis of Heathenism. Any Heathen that has not learned to be respectful of other people is one that is not able to honor frith and thus shall fail completely at holding troth with others. Since the basis of Heathenism is troth, such a Heathen shall fail as a Heathen. The gods and goddesses only welcome those to their hall that would be able to hold frith with all those who reside in their hall. The whole point of being Heathen is to hold troth for one or more of the northern gods or goddesses and work towards being welcomed to their hall in the after-life, thus learning how to respect others and honor frith is one of the greatest lessons any Heathen can learn.”

“Now at this time of the season, Midsummer, is the time to acknowledge all bonds of troth which we hold. Troth is the very point of Heathenism. Heathenism is simply put the practice of holding troth for one or more of the northern gods/goddesses. In all things we do in our life we must act in ways that honor this troth we hold. By taking troth with any god or goddess we are agreeing to hold their ways holy and honor what they stand for. Take some moments now to ponder on all the gods and goddesses which you hold troth with and all the things which are sacred to them.”

(Feel free to change this next part as needed)

“I _______ (state your name) hold troth with the Aesir and Vanir. _______ (patron deity name) is my patron and thus I hold the greatest troth of all for him/her. I agree to hold sacred all the things which are holy to the Aesir and Vanir and most of all that which is sacred to my patron ________ (patron deity name).”

(This next section is optional. If you prefer you can change these to suit your version of the Nine Noble Virtues or change them to whatever other values you happen to follow. In no way are the Nine Noble Virtues in any particular form or at all a requirement to be followed to be Asatru or Heathen. It is up to the individual Heathen to determine what values system they shall follow, so long as they uphold the basics such as honesty, troth, and always keeping oaths to the best of their ability. But once an individual has chosen a value system to follow they must follow it faithfully to the best of their ability. What matters most is to never agree to follow any value system you don’t deeply feel in your heart is right for you. Part of troth is being true to yourself and your true will.)

“To honor the troth I hold, these are the values I have agreed to uphold in my life to the best of my ability.:”

“Courage ”

“Truth ”

“Honor ”

“Troth”

“Discipline ”

“Friendliness ”

“Industriousness”

“Self-Reliance ”

“Perseverance”

(This part is not optional)

(Hold drinking how and fill it with drink)

“Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the Vanir! Hail to _______ (patron deity name), I make this toast to you in honor of the troth I hold for you all! Hail!”

(Drink half, pour out rest to offering bowl or ground)

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.

“GEBO!”

Gebo

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.

Volmarr’s Heathen Midsummer Ritual June-21-2013 General Heathen Version

Need:
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• spring water in small bowl
• fresh pine twig
• offering bowl
• candles
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• One yellow or gold candle
• One white candle
• Any symbols of Summer, solar symbols.

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… 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.

Elhaz Position 1

“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”

Dagaz Position 1

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!”)

Fehu

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “URUZ”)

Uruz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “THURISAZ”)

Thurisaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ANSUZ”)

Ansuz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “RAIDHO”)

Raidho

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “KENAZ”)

Kenaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “GEBO”)

Gebo

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “WUNJO”)

Wunjo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “HAGALAZ”)

Hagalaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “NAUDHIZ”)

Nauthiz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ISA”)

Isa

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “JERA”)

Jera

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EIHWAZ”)

Eihwaz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “PERTHRO”)

Perthro

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ELHAZ”)

Elhaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “SOWILO”)

Sowilo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “TIWAZ”)

Tiwaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “BERKANO”)

Berkano

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EHWAZ”)

Ehwaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “MANNAZ”)

Mannaz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “LAGUZ”)

Laguz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “INGWAZ”)

Ingwaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “DAGAZ”)

Dagaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “OTHALA”)

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:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

Few silent deep breaths.

“Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the Vanir! Hail to the gods and goddesses of the north! I call upon you all in frith at this time so I may honor the connection we have with one another.”

(Light the white candle.)

“Hail the Vanir! Hail the Aesir!”

“Hail Sunna! Daughter of Glen. Bright rider in the heavens by day. Driver of Alsvin and Arvak. Wearer of Svalin. Day-star. Ever-glow. All-bright. Wolf-chased. Fair-wheel. Grace-shine. Ensnarer of Trolls!”

(Light the yellow candle.)

“Hail Sunna!”

“Now is the time of Midsummer. This is a time for adventure and seeking conquest and victory within our life. Midsummer is also a time to honor the important alliances that you hold with others.”

“Late Spring and early Summer are the Norse times to fight battles and go raiding. Most of us in the modern world won’t be going into literal combat situations or going literally raiding, as happened during the Viking age. But we modern people have our own just as difficult battles we have to fight in our day to day life. Common modern forms of battle are: battles against your own negative traits or bad habits, battles to effect greater spiritual growth and awareness, battles to improve our lives in any way, battles against people in our lives who abuse us or cause us harm, battles to stand up for some cause we believe in, battles to improve the lives and well-being of those close to us, battles to achieve success in our careers, fighting for a better world, etc. All these types of battles are equally as worthy as the battles and raids which the Vikings fought, and are just as filled with their own forms of danger and peril. All forms of worthy battle which we fight are a way in which the gods/goddesses test us to see our measure of spiritual strength and bravery. By fighting whatever worthy battles we must in our lives without backing down and doing the best we can in them, we increase our spiritual might and personal luck. Most forms of modern battles are more so what can be considered forms of psychic or spiritual battles. Being a spiritual warrior is just as impressive to the gods/goddesses as being a literal one. If your life has been filled with strife and challenge lately during the late spring and early summer know that this is part of being in tune with the seasonal cycles, and this time shall eventually pass. When fighting a lot of battles our energies can after awhile become drained and run down. Try to call upon the power of the sun, the goddess Sunna, as a source to recharge your psychic and emotional batteries after many long fought battles.”

(Hold drinking how and fill it with drink.)

“Hail to Sunna! Goddess of the sun! Goddess of the energies which charge all of life with vitality! Through your vital strength, we gain the power to achieve victory! Please oh bright shinning goddess charge my energies with your might and power! Hail Sunna!”

(Picture in your mind’s eye energy from the sun coming down to you and filling your aura, making it stronger and more powerful.)

(Chant and trace sowilo in the air three times.:)

“SOWILO… SOWILO… SOWILO”

SowiloSowiloSowilo

(Drink half, pour out rest to offering bowl or ground.)

“Anger is a useful and important emotion since it is related to defending against attack, and is an emotion needed for self protection. Anger only gets bad when it is used in a personal way. Personalized anger is anger against a certain person, which is very negative. Anger used in a impersonal sense, as controlled anger where you use the anger feelings to empower your ability to defend your rights and to protect yourself and others, is the proper positive use of anger.”

“In modern day times there aren’t many outlets for anger. In older times of course there were plenty of outlets for it since men had to fight to protect. Since men are the protectors they do tend to more directly feel their anger emotions. Women often but not always tend to feel their anger in more indirect ways. Or more commonly, many women have trouble directly acknowledging when they are angry. The strongest emotion for men is anger. The strongest emotion for women is love. Men are the warriors so they need to have anger as a strong emotion for to strengthen this role for them. In Pagan societies such as the Vikings, the society was structured in a way to help keep anger more as the impersonal healthy kind and such societies were even structured in ways to give men healthy outlets for anger.”

“One of the most positive ways to release anger and act upon the warrior spirit in modern society is through sports. Summer is the best time for doing sports. Sports help to create frith since they help people feel more positive and release tension and anger. Group sports can be a powerful tool of troth-making.”

“Another way to release or vent anger is through sex. Sex is a very powerful way to turn anger onto frith and love. It is very sacred to have sex at the Midsummer bonfire.”

“Women as the nurturers and pleasure and care givers have love as their strongest emotion. Since the strongest emotion for women is love, women are the frith-makers and they hold a sacred duty in northern culture as guardians of the frith. Frith is the glue that holds together those who hold troth for each other. Without frith there can be no troth. Keeping troth with those you cannot have any frith with is both dishonorable and dishonest. In order for there to be frith with someone you must hold feelings of respect and trust. No social organization, whether it be one related to Heathenism or anything at all, can survive if it does not strictly enforce members keeping frith between each other. The foundation of troth is frith. Troth is the very basis of Heathenism. Any Heathen that has not learned to be respectful of other people is one that is not able to honor frith and thus shall fail completely at holding troth with others. Since the basis of Heathenism is troth, such a Heathen shall fail as a Heathen. The gods and goddesses only welcome those to their hall that would be able to hold frith with all those who reside in their hall. The whole point of being Heathen is to hold troth for one or more of the northern gods or goddesses and work towards being welcomed to their hall in the after-life, thus learning how to respect others and honor frith is one of the greatest lessons any Heathen can learn.”

“Now at this time of the season, Midsummer, is the time to acknowledge all bonds of troth which we hold. Troth is the very point of Heathenism. Heathenism is simply put the practice of holding troth for one or more of the northern gods/goddesses. In all things we do in our life we must act in ways that honor this troth we hold. By taking troth with any god or goddess we are agreeing to hold their ways holy and honor what they stand for. Take some moments now to ponder on all the gods and goddesses which you hold troth with and all the things which are sacred to them.”

(Feel free to change this next part as needed.)

(Place your hand on the ritual Thor’s Hammer, an oath ring, or some other sacred symbol of the Northern faith.)

“I _______ (state your name) hold troth with the Vanir and Aesir. _______ (patron deity name) is my patron and thus I hold the greatest troth of all for him/her. I agree to hold sacred all the things which are holy to the Aesir and Vanir and most of all that which is sacred to my patron ________ (patron deity name).”

(This next section is optional. If you prefer you can change this to whatever other values you happen to follow. In no way are the Nine Noble Virtues, the Vanic Virtues, or the, or any other codified system of values, a requirement to be followed to be Heathen. It is up to the individual Heathen to determine what values system they shall follow, so long as they uphold the basics such as honesty, troth, and always keeping oaths to the best of their ability. But once an individual has chosen a value system to follow they must follow it faithfully to the best of their ability. What matters most is to never agree to follow any value system you don’t deeply feel in your heart is right for you. Part of troth is being true to yourself and your true will.)

(Here state what values you uphold and swear to follow in your life.)

(This part is not optional.)

(Hold drinking how and fill it with drink.)

“Hail to the Vanir! Hail to the Aesir! Hail to _______ (patron deity name), I make this toast to you in honor of the troth I hold for you all! Hail!”

(Drink half, pour out rest to offering bowl or ground.)

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.

“GEBO!”

Gebo

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.