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. Their images are symbols of their power, and as such become a centralized force within our ceremony. They become the will of the divine, and our conduit to the worlds beyond. Offer to them and let them see our devotion, our worship, and our praise.

Home Altar

This rite is developed from several sources that explain to us how images or sacred items are preserved or brought to life. In the Ynglingasaga ch. 4 we see Mímir’s head being preserved by Óðinn in such a way:

Óðinn tók höfuðit ok smurði urtum, þeim er eigi mátti fúna, ok kvað þar yfir galdra, ok magnaði svá, at þat mælti við hann ok sagði honum marga leynda hluti.

Óðinn took the head, smeared (smurði) it with herbs so that it should not rot, and sang Galdr over it. Thereby he gave it the power that it spoke to him, and discovered to him many secrets.

In the Gesta Danorum bk. 1 this head becomes a statue, which must contain remnants of the ceremonial idea within it.

You may note that there is no invocation (heita) or prayer (biðja) within this ritual, because the entire ceremony is an invocation, a calling to the deity to enter into the carving and leave behind a small trace that brings forth the divine essence within it. This is crucial because that divine essence will be the force that brings the blessings into the sacred space for the folk to partake in.

( an excerpt from Æfinrúnar1: A Book of Sedian Rites and Prayers Bk. 1: The Reconstruction https://a.co/d/5EQ9RGQ )


Smyrja– Anointing Tools: Candle or other flame, Hearth Fire, Butter, Herbs, Leek, a Bowl or Mortar and Pestle, Linen Cloth, Wood with Rúnar Risted Onto It (see below).

Image by Irminfolk

Preparation • Utilize traditional concepts in the creation of your Skurðgoð. • Lay the tools before the hearth, preferably with some form of nine square grid on it. • Hammersign all of your implements and ingredients. Reið– Procession

The ceremony begins with a procession in honor of the deity, leading the Skurðgoð through the area until they enter the eastern entrance or door-way, walking westward into the sacred area.

There should be a fire set in the hearth, where the deity will be welcomed.

During the Reið the name of the God or Goddess should be chanted repeatedly by the participants until the statue is placed upon the hearth. Heita– Name

The statue is set upon the hearth and a flame is lit before it as the calling begins. Use the invocations found in the first section, and chant these nine times to bring forth the deity. Baka– Bake

Now the statue is passed over the flame to sanctify it, if possible solely by women, while they chant:

Elldur var á golfinu

og sátu konur

þeira við eldin,

og bǫkuðu goðinn,

enn sumar smurðu

og þerðu með dukum


There was a fire on the floor

and their wives sat

there by the fire

and baked the gods,

still some anointed a

and wiped with cloths.

BlandaBlend Next,

you will mix your concoction of herbs, butter, and leeks. Once you do this you will scrape Hugrúnar into the mixture as a part of bringing life to the deity you are awakening. Do this while singing the following:

Hugrúnar skaltu kunna,

ef þú vilt hverjum vera

geðsvinnari guma;

þær of réð,

þær of reist,

þær of hugði Hroftr

af þeim legi er lekit

hafði ór hausi Heiðdraupnis

ok ór horni Hoddrofnis.

Á bjargi stóð

með Brimis eggjar,

hafði sér á hǫfði hjalm;

þá mælti Mímis hǫfuð

fróðligt it fyrsta orð

ok sagði sanna stafi.6


Hugrúnar shall you know,

if you will be a

more wise man;

those that are read,

those that are risted,

those thought upon by Hroptr

from the sap which had leaked

from Heiðdraupnir’s head

and from Hoddropnir’s horn.

On the mountain he stood

with Brimir’s sword,

on his head he bore the helm;

then spoke Mímir’s head

wisely its first word

and said true staves.

Smyrja Anoint Next,

use the linen cloth to smear the mixture over the statue, while chanting the following 3 times:

Ǫnd þau ne áttu,

óð þau ne hǫfðu,

lá né læti

né litu góða;

ǫnd gaf Óðinn,

óð gaf Hœnir,

lá gaf Lóðurr

ok litu goða.


Ǫnd they had not,

Óðr they had not,

Nor lá nor læti

nor litr goða;

Ǫnd gave Óðinn,

Óðr gave Hœnir,

Lá gave Lóðurr and Litr Goða.

KveðjaWelcome

When this is done, raise the statue up and say:

Aukinn ertu, (deity),

ok upp of tekinn,

líni gæddr,

en laukum studdr.

Þiggi Goðar

þetta blæti.


Augmented are you, (deity),

and raised aloft,

enhanced with linen,

supported by leeks.

May Gods

accept our blót.

Loka– Close

Now conclude the ceremony with the Loka formula:

Nú eru Háva mál

kveðin Háva hǫllu í,

allþǫrf ýta sonum,

óþǫrf jǫtna sonum,

heill sá, er kvað, heill sá, er kann,

njóti sá, er nam,

heilir, þeirs hlýddu.


Now are sung the songs of Hár,

in Hár’s hall,

all useful to the men’s sons,

but useless to Jotuns’ sons.

Hail to him who has sung!

Hail to him who knows!

Benefit, who has learned!

Hail to those who have heard!

Æfinrúnar2: A Book of Sedian Rites and Prayers Bk. 2: The Sacred Rites- https://a.co/d/8nqOU0W

Leave a Reply