Pre Ritual Briefing/Claiming & Saining
A druid briefs the public on the general outline of the rite, and runs through the words (spoken) and tune (sung) of the chants being used. Meanwhile, other druids claim & sain the ritual space.
The Druids lead a meditation intended to attune the company to the Earth and Sky powers and to join the company in spirit. This might conclude with an intoning or a proper chant or hymn.
With singing, arrive and circle the hallows deosil. The Druids complete the sigil, then give the opening prayers.
Welcome to all who come to keep the Old Ways. We are here to honor the Gods, to celebrate the culmination of desire, the plentiful harvest of summer's growth and our personal sacrifice before the new year. Let us begin by remembering the Mother of All.
A: Earth Mother:
An offering of Grain is made to the offering bowl, saying:
Hallowed Woman of the Earth
We give this gift to you
Mother Nerthus, showering about us this day,
Raining sweet flowers and fruition musky
We give you offering and pray :
Look kindly on our work,
Berchta, beldame of the wheel,
Spin us good wyrd this day,
O Mighty Mother of us all
Pray, fill our house with joy!
All: Earth Mother, accept our sacrifice!
B: Invocation to Odin
Spirit of Bardic Inspiration:
Odin the One-Eyed Rune-lord of Wisdom Hear as we hail you Honor our working. Waken our word-skill Quicken our magic Skald-speech be in us By your Blessing, Odin.
An offering is made to the south of the Grove, saying:
Hear me all you wights unhallowed,
Etins, trolls and all the Out-garth,
Ravers, enemies of Asgard,
Here we give you proper honor.
Take this gift, here freely given,
Trouble not our holy working,
For our hall will be well-warded,
By the Redbeard's mighty hammer.
Fire and Water: Druids draw water from the Well and light a censer from the Fire. They quickly cense and asperge the company, while they chant:
By the might of the waters
And the light of the fires
This grove is made whole and holy!
TRIADS: Fire, Well & Tree
Silver is offered to the Well, Oil to the Fire, and Incense and Water to the Bile as the Company sings..
Song: Portal Song:
By Fire and by Water, between the Earth and Sky,
We stand like the World-Tree rooted deep, crowned high.
Come we now to the Well, the eye and the mouth of Earth,
Come we now to the Well, and silver we bring,
Come we now to the Well, the waters of rebirth,
Come we now to the Well, together we sing:
We will kindle a Fire, Bless all, and with harm to none,
We will kindle a Fire, and offering pour,
We will kindle a Fire, A light 'neath the Moon & Sun,
We will kindle a fire, our spirits will soar.
Gather we at the Tree, the root & the crown of all,
Gather we at the Tree, Below & above,
Gather we at the Tree, Together we make our call,
Gather we at the Tree, In wisdom & love.
A priest/ess goes to the four quarters and makes the Hammer sign, saying:
Hammer in the (East), hallow and hold this holy stead.
then goes to the center and makes the sign overhead saying:
Hammer above us, hallow and hold this holy stead.
and then toward the ground, saying:
Hammer below us, hallow and hold this holy stead.
Statement Of Purpose And Precedent
All of nature proclaims the bounty of the season! We gather here today to offer thanksgiving to Frey and Freya and the host of Asgard. Offerings we have made in the past and offerings we make today to reap the harvest and claim our blessing!
On this day we worship the Goddess Freya, whose she who is the embodiment of Love and pleasure, of the swollen belly, of the ripeness of the flesh and satisfaction of desire, the fruition of the continued renewal that is our Mother...
Likewise we make offerings to Frey, Lord Ing - whose very name means "Lord", He who rides the golden Boar and whose vitality and virility serve the Mother and the folk, whose life is an offering to continued renewal...
Now is the harvest time when Autumn blazes about us in a triumph of color and bounty. What we have wrought in the spring and summer is now made manifest. The sleeping seeds that in winter slumbered 'til the rising light brought forth life is now burgeoning and blossoming with seeds of it's own, awaiting the time of slumber once again, and a new day of of light and rising warmth.
But for now, we rejoice in the harvest, for the manifold blessings we enjoy in our lives. We partake of the bounty of the earth and want for nothing. We share our bounty and Joy with our other kindreds...
Now let us open the Ways Between...
Opening The Gates:
Oil is poured onto the fire, saying:
Warder of Asgard, Heimdall we hail you, Keen-eared and sharp-eyed, biding on Bifrost, Gjallerhorn's holder - to you we offer, Son of Nine Mothers, by Fire and by Water Watch us and ward us, we work the Old Ways, Aid us now, royal one, hold open the gates!
Now we bid Bifrost be here among us, Descend from dwelling of Gods - bright Asgard, A rainbow of light from all ways flowing - Carry our calling to all the Aesir.
By Nine Flames shining, By Waters flowing By Heimdall's magic Gates now be open!
All: Let the gates be open!
The druids make proper offerings to each of the kindreds, standing at the fire.
Offering to the Landvettir.
The Horn is filled with Cider and elevated, saying:
To all those who dwell in this land we give honor. Kindreds of the soil, of the waters, of the sky; clans of tree and herb, of stone and stream and lake; tribes of bird and beast and creeping things; you we remember with honor as we drink. In the season of the bountiful earth we ask the spirits of the land to loin us at our fire and feast, that all wights of good will may be blessed.
The Horn is passed as all sing a chant to the Nature Spirits. When this is done the remnant of the Horn is poured into the Offering Bowl, saying:
Let all the earth and sea and sky receive with us the blessing of the Harvest!
Landvettir, accept our sacrifice!
Offering to the Alfar and Disir:
Alfar we honor Great men and Fathers, Who in their highday Heros were reckoned, Likewise the Disir, Great and good women, Mothers, grandmothers, Peace-weavers, wise ones - Ancestors aid us, Hear as we hail you, Offerings we pour to you in - In honor and love.
The Horn is passed as the folk sing Mothers and Fathers of Old. When it returns to the harrow the remnant is given, saying:
Hail to the Alfs, all ringed round us, the Fathers of the folk.
Hail to the Dises, all ringed round us, the Mothers of our might.
Hail to our kin, in the hidden lands, Hail the ancestors on this holy day!
The children of earth call out to the Aesir and Vanir. Hear us, eldest and brightest. To all you shining and deep ones, wisest and mightiest, cunning and fair, loving and comforting, gods and goddesses, we offer you welcome. To the gods and goddesses of this place, ancient and powerful, known to us or unknown, gods of this place, we offer you welcome. To all the deities of those here gathered, you whom we worship, you who bless our lives, o patrons and matrons, we offer you welcome.
The Horn is passed as the folk sing Hail all the Gods. When it returns to the harrow the remnant is given, saying: >
So, High Ones, we call to you as our elders, in reverence and love, to join in our magic. Come to our fire, Aesir and Vanir; meet us at the boundary. Guide and ward us as we walk the elder ways. Deities, accept our sacrifice!
An offering of scented oil is poured on the fire
Descriptive Invocations of Frey and Freya
Frey, Golden haired fair lord adored by lowest to the high, Cheeks ruddy ready love woven into a blanket of rest westerly sun fading into night and sleep.We make offering to you, of voice, choice ale, hale and hearty, a party in your honor, an offering of praise, raise high, skyward reaching to your hallowed hall of tree and vine. Hail Lord Ing, whose very name means Lord, poured offerings, proffered to you.
Hail Frey! Accept our Offering!
All: Hail Frey! Accept our Offering!
Freya, ripened wheat tressed dressed in colors of fall all bounteous around us,
Magics might right and outta sight is your greatness, revered by most toast we raise high to you,.Offerings we pour, adoring your form, warm thoughts and loins are ours to you,
Wisdom great is yours that pours and flows to we, your folk and worshippers. Hail Harvest Queen, whose gifts are the fruits that sustain us and all life.
Hail Freya, Accept our offering!
All: Hail Freya, Accept our Offering!
The Priest/ess may add other trance induction if desired, in each stage of this work.
The Praise Offerings & Prayer of Sacrifice
The runes are cast to determine the wyrd of the folk saying:
Wisdom rising from Well's deep roots, - Runes of might roar in our minds - Up from the bairn-stock's - eldest roots - Odin give answer - reveal the gods' wills.
Interpretation of Omen and formulation of stated desires
Children of the Earth, in this season of waning light and the manifestation of all potential, you are offered a boon! Choose now, and hold this prayer of continued renewal and bounty in your mind and heart as we draw at last, the Blessing. Let none drink of this vessel holding ill will to any here in their hearts! Let this be the cup of health, peace and fellowship!
Hallowing the Waters
By Aesir and Alfar, And Disir mighty, By Freya's strong magics And Frey's great generosity, Bear to us blessing Of Autumn and the harvest, Shine on our land, In our homes, in our hearts. Bounty and Security, be ours and our kindred's, - welcome, we hail your presence.
The Blessing Bowl
A bowl of water is lifted and the Hammer sign is made over it, saying:
Now let the love-might of Freya and the joy of Frey, the Aesir & Vanir, of Alfar and Disir and all goodly wights, shine in this Blessing we pray as your people. Hallow these Waters O mighty and shining! Offering we've given. Pray gift us in turn. Behold the Waters of Life!
The cup is passed in the usual way, singing
Song: Pour the Waters
Pour the waters, raise the cup, drink your share of wisdom deep,
Strength and love now fill us up, as the Elder Ways we keep.
Priest/ess leads a recentering and focuses on the presence of the Blessing in the souls of the worshippers. She says:
Now let us rest in silence, with the Power of the Between in us, and know the blessing as it manifests itself in our lives...
Silence, for a time
Works (if any) are brought before the Grove
When all is done, the druids lead a resettling, then begin to close the grove, saying:
We have been blessed by Freya & Frey, offering we have given and Blessings we have received by the Landvettir, Alfar and Disir, Aesir and Vanir. But now it is time to return to our common world, to continue our holy work in our mortal realm, always remembering that we mirror the dwellings of the holy ones when our love for them is in our hearts and our bellies are full of their Blessing!
With joy in our hearts let us carry the magic from our sacred grove into our lives and work. Each time we offer to the powers they be come stronger and more aware of our needs and our worship. So now as we prepare to depart let us give thanks to those who have aided us.
O Freya and Frey,
All: We thank you!
O Aesir! O Vanir!
All: We thank you!
O Alfar and Disir, Blessed Ancestors!
All: We thank you!
O Landvettir, spirits of nature and this place!
All: We thank you!
To all those powers that have aided us, we say again...
All: We thank you!
Druids renew the company's centering once more:
... the Well, Fire and Tree becoming the common tools they were before, and remember that while our grove fades, the vision and memories of our rite are there always for you to use, and to carry with you in our common world.
The druids go to the center, bearing the wand. They speak:
O Heimdall, warder of the ways, for your presence and power, your guiding and guarding we say...
All: We thank you!
Druid makes the closing sign over the hallows with the wand, saying:
Now by the keeper of gates and by our magic we end what we began.
Now let the fire be flame
Let the well be water;
Let all be as it was before.
Let the gates be closed!
All: Let the gates be closed!
Then any unused offerings, return flow, incense, water etc. is given to the earth, saying:
Mother of all, to you we return all we leave unused. Uphold us now in the world as you have in our rite.
All: We thank you!
Go now, children of the earth, in peace and blessings. The rite is ended!
The bard leads a proper chant as the company processes out of the Grove.