WEEKLY GROUP RITUAL

A new weekly ritual will be posted here each week, which we will use in our Saturday meetings. For more information on these Saturday meetings, see the Get Involved page.

Preparation:
It is recommended that you have two bowls: one with pure water, another empty. You will also need a glass with your offering to the Gods. Typical offerings are wine, milk, or water, but the offering can be specific to the deity you are addressing. It is also appropriate to have a candle and incense.

Wash your hands in the bowl of water to purify yourself before the gods.

The meeting will open with music accompanied by the reading of three more Delphic Maxims.

Delphic Maxims 7 – 9:
Ἀκούσας νόει
Listen and understand.
Σαυτὸν ἴσθι
Know yourself.
Γαμεῖν μέλλε
Set out to be married.

Our gods who order the Cosmos
as you order Fate,
and from whom all Good comes,
we come before you now,
pure in body and spirit,
and with reverence and devotion.

We honor our ancestors also:
our own ancestors,
as well as the ancestors
and great men of our people.
We live through them
and they continue through us.

Today’s libation is for þunor and will be read by Iwo.

þunor, you mighty trustee of godly strength
and husband of golden-haired Siva,
you hammer the spark of life,
reliable as the beat of the heart.
And when greedy powers rise,
as giants from chaos, never pleased,
Your wrath them strikes and order wins,
Like thunder cools with blissful rain
the hardship of overheated lands.
Hail you!

As you give to us, so we give back to you!

Pour some of your offering into the empty bowl.

It is said that
‘verily at the first Chaos came to be,
but next wide-bosomed Earth.’

And that we are like to the Cosmos:
‘Of Ymir’s flesh
was earth created,
of his blood the sea,
of his bones the hills,
of his hair trees and plants,
of his skull the heaven;

And of his brows
the gentle powers
formed Midgard for the sons of men;
but of his brain
the heavy clouds are
all created.’

And it is said that
‘the world subsists through the goodness of divinity.’

Therefore, as the Cosmos
is ordered out of Chaos by divinity,
so we, as we partake of this drink,
shall likewise be brought to order by divinity.

The remainder of the drink is consumed.

Today we will read of Ragnarok from the Völuspá.

For newcomers:
Each person who chooses to read will read from the asterisk to the next asterisk. One person will read at a time. I will begin the reading; the person who is above me in the voice channel will then continue the reading, and so on, until the reading is complete. If you do not wish to read, mute your microphone and this will be understood as a signal that you wish to be skipped.

*

Near the Aesir
sings the rooster named Golden-Comb,
he wakes the men
who fight for Odin, Lord of Battle.
But another sings
below the earth,
a soot-red rooster
in the halls of Hel.

*

Fenrir howls terribly
before the doors of Hel;
the wolf will break its bonds
and run.
I know much wisdom,
I see deep in the future,
all the way to Ragnarok,
a dark day for the gods.

*

Brothers will fight one another
and kill one another,
cousins will break peace
with one another,
the world will be a hard place to live in.
It will be an age of adultery,
and age of the axe, an age of the sword,
an age of storms, an age of wolves,
shields will be cloven.
Before the world sinks in the sea,
there will be no man left
who is true to another.

*

The giants are at play,
and the gods’ fate is kindled
at the blast
of Gjallarhorn:
Heimdall blows that horn hard,
holds it high aloft,
Odin speaks
with Mimir’s head.

*

The old tree sighs
when the giant shakes it –
Yggdrasil still stands,
but it trembles.

Fenrir howls terribly
before the doors to Hel;
the wolf will break its bonds
and run.
I know much wisdom,
I see deep in the future,
all the way to Ragnarok,
a dark day for the gods.

*

Hrym advances from the east
with a shield before him,
and the Midgard-serpent
is in a monstrous rage.
The serpent beats the waves,
and the eagle screams eagerly,
splitting corpses with its pale beak.
Naglfar, the giant’s ship, is released.

*

That ship sails from the east,
bearing giants
over the sea,
and Loki is its captain.
The giants are coming
together with Fenrir,
and Loki too is with them
on that voyage.

What news from the gods?
What news from the elves?
All Jotunheim is roaring,
the Aesir are in counsel,
and the dwarves,
creatures of the mountains,
tremble by their doors of stone.
Have you learned enough yet, Allfather?

*

Surt comes from the south
with a bright light in his hand,
yes, the sun shines upon
the sword in his grasp.
The mountains collapse,
the trolls fall,
men walk the roads to Hel,
and the skies divide above.

Then comes
the second sorrow of Frigg,
when Odin goes
to fight the wolf,
and Frey goes to fight
the giant Surt.
Then Odin, Frigg’s husband,
will fall to Fenrir.

*

Then comes the great
son of Odin, Vithar,
to fight, to avenge
his father on the wolf.
He shoves his sword
into the mouth of Fenrir,
all the way to the heart,
and thus Odin is avenged.

Then Thor comes,
Earth’s son,
Odin’s son,
to fight the Midgard-serpent –
the protector of Midgard
will kill that serpent in his rage.
But all humankind
will die out of the world
when Thor falls
after only nine steps,
struck down by the venom
of the honorless serpent.

*

This completes this week’s reading. We will pause for approximately half a minute for silent contemplation.

As we complete our sacred duty
of honoring our gods,
our ancestors, and the World
which is an image of divinity,
we will remember that
‘piety consists of holy thoughts’
and that we are to be
courageous, just, temperate, and wise
in every aspect of our lives.

The offering can be left in the bowl for some time. Later, it can be poured outside into the ground.

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