Information provided here will give you some idea what to expect at our public and private rituals. These are all written by our High Priest and Priestess to serve the needs of the kindred, so they are fairly personalized to this specific group of individuals. As such there may be small differences between these and standard Asatruar rituals.
Written for the Blackbear Grove Midsummer event 17Jun2017 by High Priest Levi Allen.
• Vigia (dedication)
• Helga (consecration)
• Bidja (prayer)
• Blota (offering)
• Signa (blessing)
• Senda (sending)
Guardians of the watchtowers of the North, spirits of the Earth, wights, and ancestors of stone, we welcome you to this Blot!
Odin, Allfather, Grimnir, Wise One, we honor you. We ask that you would honor us with your presence this day! HAIL AND WELCOME!
Guardians of the watchtowers of the East, spirits of Air, Fae, and ancestors of spirit, we welcome you! HAIL AND WELCOME!
Guardians of the watchtowers of the South, spirits of Fire, we welcome you.
Baldur, shining one, God of the Brave, we honor you especially this day! Honor us with your presence! HAIL AND WELCOME!
Guardians of the watchtowers of the West, spirits of Water, and ancestors of blood, we welcome you.
Frigga, lady of the Hearth, Allmother, Wife of odin and mother of Baldur, we honor you, bless us this day! HAIL AND WELCOME!
(with needfire)By sacred fire, bringer of light, I do cleanse this space.
(with salt) By salt of the earth, I do cleanse this space.
(with water) By holy water, giver of life, our most needed element, I do cleanse this space.
BIDJA (PRAYER) (M)
Odin, Allfather, Grimnir, our kindred's namesake, we honor you! We thank you for your presence for this ritual and ask that you'd lend us your wisdom, and your guidance. May we feel you in our day to day and remember to honor you! HAIL
Lady Frigga, all mother, we honor you for your love. We honor you for the care you show in our lives, may we not forget who to call upon for matters of hearth and home. Help us be better Mothers, Fathers, partners, children and friends to those around us! HAIL
Baldur, shining one, lord of men & lord of the brave, son of Odin and Frigga, lastly, but not leastwise we honor you. On this day, Midsummer, we think of you. Help us to be brave, to be honorable, guide us Brave Baldur. HAIL
Gods, Goddesses, Spirits, and ancestors previously named, we offer to you of our food and drink. Come, sup with us. We hope you are well pleased! SKAL
On this lovely midsummer day, though it yet be a few days off, we honor Baldur most highly. I'll tell you why once I read a bit of the Prose Edda:
The second son of Odin is Baldur, and good things are to be said of him. He is best, and all praise him; he is so fair of feature, and so bright, that light shines from him. A certain herb is so white that it is likened to Baldr's brow; of all grasses it is whitest, and by it thou mayest judge his fairness, both in hair and in body. He is the wisest of the Æsir, and the fairest-spoken and most gracious; and that quality attends him, that none may gainsay his judgments. He dwells in the place called Breidablik, which is in heaven; in that place may nothing unclean be. — Brodeur's translation
Baldur is bright, shining, beautiful, and wise. These qualities remind me of summer. But, like summer, he died. Frigga loved her son so much that she made nigh on to every living thing swear to never bring him harm. However, she forgot one. Mistletoe. I'm sure many of us here know that tale, but the sparknotes version is that loki fashioned a spear or arrow (depending on translation) of mistletoe and had Hothr, the blind god throw it at him, as the gods were making sport of throwing things at baldur and watching them simply bounce off, as they could not hurt him. Mistletoe did hurt him though, it killed him. And like Baldur, summer will pass away. After midsummer, the days will begin shortening again. We will progress slowly toward the cold of winter once more. But all hope is not lost, as we well know. Summer will come again, and like summer, so will Baldur. He is one of the few said to be resurrected after Ragnarok, to begin the world anew. Who knows, maybe this has already happened, maybe it is yet to come. But there is always hope. Life continues. It always has and it always will. It is with this gift of hope that we would like to bless you all today. Our Priestess will come around with the offering and sprinkle some upon all of you, should you so choose. If you feel you do not want the blessing, simply step back from the circle. (M passes around the circle sprinkling merrily)
Would a volunteer like to send our offering back to the earth? (Offering is poured upon the earth)
Now we begin the sumbel. This is potentially the oldest recorded religious practice for heathens. There are three rounds. During the first we honor our gods, you may call out any deity you'd like, it doesn't have to be Norse. During the second we honor ancestors, again, any ancestor you feel is appropriate for the occasion, specific or generic. The third round is for boasts or oaths, if you've done something worth boasting, tell us and we'll honor you for it! If you feel now is an appropriate time to make an Oath, make one, and we'll celebrate your fulfilling of it now! After a “hail” is made, we'll all echo “hail” once you've made a toast or boast, have a drink from the horn, and i'll carry it to the next person. Megyn will start each round and I'll finish it.
This concludes our Midsummer Blot, I hope youve enjoyed it half as much as i've enjoyed writing and performing it. On behalf of Grimnir's crossroad Kindred and TAC, I thank you, I wish you health, and happiness. Spirits of the West, South, East, and North, Gods, Goddesses, Ancestors and Spirits, we thank you for lending us your energy and your presence. Stay if you will, go if you must, we all wish you HAIL AND FAREWELL!