A Book of Sedian Rites and Prayers
In the earliest age, Óðinn and his brothers, Hœnir and Lóðurr, created the world. Then they created Askr and Embla, the first parents of the Germanic peoples, granting each of them life, a soul, and their senses.
Afterwards, the Gods came together to create the prototype of our religion; they built hǫrgr ok hof, or altars and temples, and they devised a method by which people could worship them and praise them for their divine feats. They created our world, then created us, and gave us the ability to become what we are now. We are told this in the Eddic lore, from which much of our faith is derived. After the sons of Bor gave our people life, they sent a divine teacher in the form of Heimdallr to bring the ancients knowledge of the ages which would comprise our lore, as well as sacred laws and practices of our religion.
The former was called Aldrrúnar “Runes of the Ages,” the latter Æfinrúnar “Runes of Earthly Life.” These runes or rúnar form both an orthodoxy and an orthopraxy for the faith itself, defining specific rules and mandates for how one should live their life, pray to the Gods, and share their stories.
For this reason, we have decided that the collection of research and the reconstruction of sacred ceremonies to our polytheist Gods and Goddesses should retain the name of these teachings, and be built upon their legacy.
This work will span two volumes, the first will be dedicated to understanding the basis of
the rites and practices of the ancient Teutonic religion, and the second dedicated to the actual rebuilding of the rituals themselves.
By looking at the history and source material on the matter we can truly develop an understanding of the philosophy and religious foundation that these practices have, then move into seeing the rites unfold within the structures of the research, and finally begin actually practicing the ceremonies as part of a religious and spiritual system.
These three steps can begin opening the door (literally, as shall be demonstrated) to the Gods themselves,and show us how we can begin establishing ceremonial practice that is profound, spiritually uplifting, and most of all, authentic.
Centuries ago, our religion was lost and suppressed by foreign movements that sought to gain and maintain supremacy over our ancestors and their lands. Laws were passed that banished sacred practices and punishments were administered to our forefathers for praying to the deities of
their people. But the old ways never truly died out, and slowly over time they began to re-emerge.
As the power of these foreign movements began to wane, an awakening of polytheist spirituality and religion occurred that would begin to rebuild the religion from what was left to us and begin to show us the way back to our ancestral Gods.
This renaissance has evolved considerably over the past century. It began in the 1920s with
Odinic “churches,” then became a counterculture phenomenon, followed by the New Age and Left Hand Path movements, then the more politically motivated incarnations of the internet age, and so on, until now. We believe that our path, the Sedian Path (see below), is the next step in the evolution of this religion, with an authentic, source-based return to the polytheist roots of the faith.
Celebrating the Gods as Gods, rather than mere archetypal symbols or weather phenomena, or
whatever false “interpretations” academics have invented to denigrate our ways. It is the return to truth, and to genuine divine worship. Our research can and has proven that we have sanctity within this religion, we have worship, we have divine law, and we have formality. While this has put us at odds with previous incarnations, we know for certain that this is the path of our ancestors, and that this is also the true way forward.
The purpose of this book is not only to provide you with sample rituals that you can use in
your daily, monthly, and yearly routine, it is also to give you pointers on how to accentuate the festivals and ceremonies with games, songs, food, and togetherness.
The Norrœna Society is working diligently to provide resource materials so that you can have these types of embellishments to your ceremonies and gatherings. We do not embrace the idea that these are meant to be sullen affairs or ominous displays.
Our Gods and Goddesses like to laugh, enjoy merriment, and no doubt want our gatherings to have a healthy dose of fun! But there also comes times for solemnity, for respect of quiet spaces and serious tones. The key is to keep the two in balance.
With this in mind, it is up to each and every participant to take away their own personal, spiritual experience when exploring the rites and prayers of our faith.
En Konr ungr
æfinrúnar ok aldrrúnar;
meir kunni hann
But Konr the Young
Æfinrúnar and Aldrrúnar;
further he could
bring bjarga to men,
and still the ocean.
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