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Aug

18

Smyrja

This rite is designed to bless and bring life and power to your images of the Gods, called Skurðgoðar. This is a very important element in your practice, for your focus within the rite should be upon these images and the deities they represent. The idea is not that the inanimate objects are divine themselves,

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Aug

5

Blótbað

The Blótbað (Blót-Bath) is a sacred cleansing before any rite is performed, or it can be a weekly rite in and of itself, since our ancestors called Saturday Laugardagr or “Bath-Day.” The ablution could also be called Njardarlǫg, which means “Njǫrðr’s Bath,” and was originally the name of the small Norwegian island of Tysnǫ. The

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Jul

7

Old Norse Cosmology in the Poetic Edda: nine “homes” spread across three levels, and three wells for three roots

In Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda, what we should be viewing as the first scholarly interpretation of the poetic passages from the manuscripts known as the Codex Regius and the Hauksbók, we often see modern heathens and scholars use this account of the “9 worlds” in Norse mythology. The word used here is “heima” which more

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Jul

4

Hlautbolli

We understand that Hlautbolli or Blótbolli is a term that must relate to the Underworld fountains, which also corresponds to the ritual usage of the bowls and relates to the sacred kettles. The fact that Hvergelmir means “Roaring Kettle” certainly confirms this. Three vessels with three sacred liquids referring to the three fountains that each

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Jun

22

Elements: WATER

Elements The elements of nature are the starting point of all, the constant within our ancestral religion. The eternal elements are the building blocks of all of life, and our creation story describes this explicitly. This makes these elements particularly holy for us, and their usage only requires consecration to designate them specifically for ritual,

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Jun

14

Reið

The sacred procession, or Reið, is attested in several sources, and should be used as a means of transition from the festivity of the Leikr to the solemnity of the Blót. It is the time of meditation, of focusing on the cosmic forces at play and looking forward to the time of communication. It is

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Jun

8

Nauðeldur

In the Saxon Indiculus Superstitionum et Paganiarum, which is a list of Christian edicts banishing pagan practices, there is a proclamation against “fire rubbed from wood that is nodfyr (Need-fire).” There is a theory that this term derives from Old High German hniotan which means “to rub,” but it could also refer to a sense

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Jun

2

The First Concentric Circle: The Self

Excerpts from Trúnaðarbók: The Loyalty Writings Ancient Germanic virtues speak of honor, honesty, wisdom, piety, courage, loyalty, independence, generosity, and kindness. We, as our ancestors before us, and the Goðin before them, hold great meaning and value in our ability seek, achieve, and maintain high moral character. Inherently born, we are a tribal folk, where

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