Getting a group off the ground is difficult.
One challenge has been to develop a ritual that is honest to what the group focus will be. One thing I hope to avoid is an overtly Wiccanized form of ritual – that is a ritual with four corners (watchtowers) and other western occult forms. Also limitations of organizational liturgy are to have little place in the group. In other words the group is not being formed in order to adhere to already established forms of ritual. Specifically here, I didn’t want my practice and experience with ADF to color my ritual format for the group. Also the vision for the group is to allow members to worship and develop a ritual format of their own that comes from their own studies. Eventually, the hope is not to have an established form of ritual but merely one that conforms to the point of the group, that point being to honor and worship in the Heathen way.
To be more specific: The group may not be limited to one ritual form. The ritual form will grow as members work and study. A ritual created by me will have a form different than one created by another member. The goal is not liturgy but the development of a practical and personal way to enliven the self within the sphere of Heathenry.
The ritual form I’ve been playing with so far is:
Hallowing of the area (both within and without) Vertical axis – Niflheim, Midgard, Asgard primarily done via visualization of Yggdrasil with offerings to the Well(Niflheim), Tree (yggdrasil), and Fire (Asgard) (similar to ADF form).
Hallowing cont. – Rune-singing which is meant to establish the mythic realm upon Midgard and further develop the parting of worlds. Runes are sung in a clockwise manner. This is not to setup a boundary but to set apart the area from the mundane surroundings.
Hallowing cont. – Hammer hallowing; mighty Mjollnir is called upon to hallow the land. The hammer may be swung in each direction, or its head simply placed upon the ritual center, then returned to the altar.
Offerings and gifts – Gods, ancestors, wights of the rite will be given offering and magic(k), siedr, galdr done.
Blessings returned – A portion of the libation given to the being or beings will be given to the people to share refreshment with the gods/beings called, and to receive blessing in return.
Rite closing – Beings thanked, Runes internalized, blessing given to Thor for Mjollnirs hallowing.
So that’s where I’m at with the ritual.
Other things to think about are:
Location for rituals
Discussion times that relate to the groups focus, lessons, and lore.
Young and alone on a long road,
Once I lost my way:
Rich I felt when I found another;
Man rejoices in man