A Blót of Ravenswood
The hammer working is performed, to ward the stead and make it holy:
The speaker (or other chosen individual) takes up the hammer and makes a hammer sign (An inverted "T") toward the North, saying - "Hammer in the North, Hold and Hallow this Holy Stead!" The process is repeated to the East, South, West, Above, and Below - making the necessary changes to the wording, of course. If no hammer is available, use a fist, staff, or
A verse from Hávamál is recited (from the Poetic Edda.)
The speaker faces the assembled folk (If anyone else is present) and says:
"We are here today to give honor to the Ćsir and the Vanir; to the gods and goddesses of our Folk."
(If the celebrant is alone, face North and say:"I am here today to give honor to the Ćsir and the Vanir; to the gods and goddesses of my Folk.")
The speaker faces North and says:
"Mighty Ones in Asgard: Shining Gods and Goddesses of the Folk: we call upon you in all your names to be with us here today!"
Again facing north, the speaker fills the horn with ale and continues, holding aloft the horn and says:
"We give you this ale, blended with the might and main of our deeds. Take well with our gifts, but not as from thralls, for we have no master, but as from free men and as a sign of our kinship and fellowship."
(Again, if alone, substitute these or similar words: "I give you this ale, blended with the might and main of my deeds. Take well with my gift, but not as from thralls, for I have no master, but as from one who is truly free, and as a sign of our kinship and fellowship.")
The speaker passes the horn in turn to each true man and woman present, who drinks to the shining gods and goddesses of the folk. The speaker drinks last (Or if alone - first!), making the sign of the hammer over the horn with the hands before drinking.
After all have made offering, the speaker goes to the harrow and pours the remaining liquid into the blessing bowl, making the Sign of the Hammer over the bowl. He or she then dips the bough into the liquid and circles the harrow, saying:
"The blessings of our Gods and Goddesses hallow and hold this holy stead."
The speaker now sprinkles the gathered folk with the these words: "The blessings of the Gods and Goddesses of our folk be upon you."
The speaker now removes the bowl from the harrow, and moving to the north of the harrow, pours out the contents onto the ground, saying:
"To the Gods and Goddesses of our folk!"
The speaker returns to his original position south of the harrow facing the assembled folk. (If alone, face North). He or she says:
"Thus the work is once again wrought, and gifts have been given, each to the other, as it must always be. May it strengthen our folk to trust in the might and main of Asgard!"
The Kindred of Ravenswood
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