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, but rather that they are imbued with a portion of deific strength and identity, which allows us to offer to them as if we were facing the Gods themselves.
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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’sBath,” and was originally the name of the small Norwegian island of Tysnǫ. The name could also mean “Njǫrðr’s Law,” or “Njǫrðr’s Shrine.” In any case, there is the possibility that this would have involved some form
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,
The Veizla or “Festival” is a sacred gathering that brings the folk together in a way that allows them to celebrate their culture and participate in communion with the divine. The idea is that each festival contains various rites and traditions meant to increase the luck or fortune of the gathered as they progress throughout the year. There are three Veizlur that we have from our sources, for we are told by Óðinn himself that this is to be the case, as we see in Ynglingasaga ch. 8,
This rite is designed to bless and bring life and power to your images of the Gods, called Skurðgoðar. This […]
The Blótbað (Blót-Bath) is a sacred cleansing before any rite is performed, or it can be a weekly rite in […]
Types of Sacred Steads
The Vé or shrine is the simplest set up we can create for our worship, and one can be crafted in the home, or set up within a natural landscape. The word itself denotes a holy sanctuary that was even applied to the þingtaðr. In the Eddas and skaldic poetry we are given phrases and terms that relate the realms of Gods to the Vé, such as in Hyndluljóð 1, where Freyja states “we must ride to Valhǫll, and to the holy Vé”
The altar is the center of the rite, and as such is considered to be the holiest of places for us. There are many considerations for how an altar can and should be set up: from the natural stones of the Hǫrgr to the more elaborate and crafted Stalli (also called Blótstallr or “Sacrificial Altar”). We will discuss the rites and traditions surrounding this in the chapter on sacred space. For now, it is important to note that the altar is central to the ceremony and is considered the home
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 accurately means