Frey Blot

 

 

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By Steve Wilson

(Adapted from RITUALS OF ASATRU; Volume One--Major Blots, and Volume Two--Seasonal Festivals, by Stephen A. McNallen; published by World Tree Publications, Copyright 1990, and containing a special blessing for Jordsvin's wooden image of Frey, very similar to the one in The Bog People by Glob.)

Harrow should be set up with antler, drinking horn, blessing bowl, evergreen tine, vessel of drink, loaf of bread, recelspot and Hallowing recels. Further, every participant should bring a small loaf or slice of bread, small coins, or other offering. Focus of blot should be West.

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HALLOWING: Godi should circle thrice sunwise around stead, carrying recelspot and recels. Then return to harrow and, facing West, holding antler, hallow the four quarters (or eight winds) sunwise:

"HORN, HELGA VE THETTA OK HINDRA ALLA ILLSKA!"

Godi then holds antler high overhead and proclaims:

"I HALLOW AND MAKE HOLY THIS HARROW AND STEAD

 BEARING GOOD FOR MY FOLK I BANISH ALL BALE

 MAY OUR HEARTS BE MADE WHOLE

 MAY OUR MINDS BE MADE OPEN

 AS HEIMDALL BRIGHT WARDS BIFROST BRIDGE

 BE THIS STEAD WARDED FROM BANEFUL WIGHTS."

INVOCATION: Godi stands in ELHAZ facing West:

"INGVI FREY FRIEND OF FOLK

 FARE FROM HOME HIGHT VANAHEIM

 IN HOLY FRITH WE FREELY GATHER

 AS IN DAYS OF OLD WE HONOR

 BEARING GIFTS WE GLADLY GREET YOU

 OPEN SOUL'S EYES THAT WE SEE YOU

 OPEN HEARTS TO HEAR YOUR WISDOM

 BRING YOUR FOLK YOUR BLESSINGS BRIGHT."

As the godi proclaims each kenning, the folk respond:

Godi: "GOD OF THE FERTILE SEASON!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

Godi: "SON OF NJORD!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

Godi: "BROTHER OF FREYA!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

Godi: "GOD OF THE VANIR!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

Godi: "GERD'S HUSBAND!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

Godi: "CERTAIN GIVER!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

Godi: "GOD OF THE FOLK!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

Godi: "BOAR-RIDER!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

Godi: "GREAT FREY!"

Folk: "HAIL INGVI! HAIL FREY!"

READING: At this time a version of "John Barleycorn" is either recited or sung.

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GODI'S REDE: Godi addresses the folk:

"HEARKEN TO MY HOLY REDE.  HAIL TO THOSE WHO HEAR MY WORDS!"

Godi will then offer a short homily on the meaning of the holy day and ritual, or perhaps read an appropriate reading.

OFFERING: Godi fills horn with drink from vessel:

"INGVI-FREY, WE WELCOME YOUR PRESENCE IN OUR HOLY STEADING, AND

 WE OFFER YOU SACRIFICE! NOT OF BLOOD, BUT THE FREE GIVING OF

 OUR HUMAN EFFORTS, OUR STRUGGLE, AND OUR DEVOTION! MAY IT AID

 US, GODS AND HUMANKIND ALIKE, IN OUR STRUGGLES AGAINST THOSE

 WHO WOULD WAR AGAINST ASGARD OR SEEK TO SET GREY SLAVERY IN

 MIDGARD!"

Godi holds horn and loaf of bread aloft in offering:

"FREY, ACCEPT OUR GIFTS, NOT AS FROM SLAVES, FOR WE HAVE NO

 MASTER, NOR AS AN APPEASEMENT, FOR WE STAND IN GOOD STEAD WITH

 YOU; BUT AS A SIGN OF OUR KINSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP!"

When godi feels offering has been accepted, he will pour a libation onto ground and crumble a piece of the loaf onto ground.

LOADING: Godi will then hold his hands in the handstodhur ING and envision bright golden energy flowing through him and into drink and bread:

INGVI-FREY, YOU HAVE RECEIVED OUR SACRIFICE, AS SYMBOLIZED BY

"THIS BREAD AND (DRINK). POUR NOW INTO THEM YOUR MIGHT AND

 BLESSINGS, THAT WE MAY GROW CLOSER TO YOU AND TO EACH OTHER

 BY SHARING THEM AMONG US."

BLESSING: When godi feels bread and drink are charged with Frey's might, he should place tine into blessing bowl and pour a small libation over tine into bowl. Godi then uses tine to sprinkle harrow on all four sides, then sprinkles each of the folk:

"I GIVE YOU THE BLESSING OF INGVI-FREY!"

Godi then sets down bowl and picks up loaf. He circles stead, giving a small piece of the loaf to each person:

"MAY YOU NEVER HUNGER."

Godi then carries horn of drink to each person, offering a drink to each one.

"MAY YOU NEVER THIRST."

Godi then returns to harrow.

TREGUDH BLESSING: Tregudh (=tree-god) is brought forward by Jordsvin. Godi sprinkles it thoroughly with blessed drink, then signs it with the rune ING:

(Jordsvin's note: this is when my wooden image of Frey, made from a natural 3-way tree fork, quite phallic and looking much like the one in Glob's The Bog People, was blessed. When Steve blessed it, it began to glow with an aura like a living thing.)

"INGVI-FREY, WE SET BEFORE YOU THIS TREGUDH, MADE BY JORDSVIN'S

 WILL AND SHAPED BY GWYN'S GOOD SKILL. WE HALLOW IT NOW TO YOUR

 SERVICE. BLESS IT WITH YOUR MIGHT, POUR INTO IT YOUR STRENGTH,

 THAT IT MAY BE A FITTING REMINDER TO US OF YOUR GOODNESS AND

 YOUR GIFTS!"

Tregudh may then be left standing against the harrow. Blessing bowl should then be laid at its feet.

LOAF-OFFERING: Godi says to the folk:

"NOW LET EACH WHO WILL COME FORWARD TO OFFER THEIR THANKS TO FREY."

Each of the folk who wish to should bring their offering forward and speak about what may be coming to fruit or successfully completed in their lives. Then they should crumble their loaf or place their gift in the offering-bowl, speaking their thanks to Frey.

CLOSING: After all have given their thanks-gift, all should stand for a moment of silence and meditation. Godi then speaks:

"THIS BLOT IS DONE. MAY IT STRENGTHEN US IN OUR DEVOTION TO

 THE GODS AND GODDESSES OF OUR ANCESTORS, AND RENEW IN OUR HEARTS

 OUR DETERMINATION TO LIVE AS WORTHY KIN OF INGVI-FREY. MAY

 WE GO FORTH FROM HERE TONIGHT WITH ALL THE GREATER RESOLVE TO

 LIVE FREE AND TRUE--WITH COURAGE, WITH TRUST IN OUR STRENGTH,

 AND HONORING THE BONDS OF KINSHIP, UNTIL WE BE GATHERED TO THE

 GODS."

Godi then stands in ING again, facing West:

"INGVI-FREY, FRIEND OF FOLK, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENCE HERE

 TONIGHT. AS YOU WEND TO VANAHEIM, BEAR WITH YOU THE THOUGHTS

 AND PRAYERS OF YOUR KIN WHO DWELL IN MIDGARD. HAIL, INGVI-FREY,

 AND FARE WELL!"

As godi holds up antler and salutes each quarter, folk should say with him:

"HAIL, INGVI-FREY! AND FARE WELL!"

 

Created by Chandonn and Jordsvin

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last modified 12/30/2003