Vanir Blot

 

 

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(for Winter Finding)

By Steve Wilson

(Adapted from RITUALS OF ASATRU; Volume One--Major Blots, by Stephen A. McNallen; published by World Tree Publications, copyright 1990.)

Harrow should be set up with gandr, drekkjarhorn, vessel of cider, hlautteinn and hlautbolli, recelspot and recels, and bread. Harrow should face west.

HALLOWING: First, godi charges Hallowing recels with Elhaz rune, then circles stead three times sunwise with recelspot and smoldering recels. Then godi raises gandr and salutes the quarters, begin-ning in the west, using Sunwheel:

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

Godi returns to harrow, facing west, and holds gandr high overhead:

"I HALLOW AND MAKE HOLY TO THE SERVICE OF THE VANIR THIS HARROW AND STEAD, BANISHING ALL INFLUENCES UNHOLY OR IMPURE. MAY OUR MINDS, IN THIS HOLY PLACE, LIKEWISE BE HALLOWED, AS IS OUR WILL, TO THE JUST SERVICE OF THE VANIR. AS THE GOD HEIMDALL GUARDS BIFROST BRIDGE, MAY THIS PLACE BE WARDED AGAINST ALL WIGHTS BANEFUL TO OUR WORK HERE TODAY."

INVOCATION: Godi places gandr back onto harrow, stands in Elhaz Stodhur:

"OH MIGHTY VANIR, GODS AND GODDESSES OF THIS WORLD, WE KNOW YOU IN THE SPROUTING PLANTS AND BIRTHING ANIMALS OF SPRING, IN THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS AND THE GLIMMERING FLASH OF FISH, IN BRIGHT SUNBATHED FIELDS AND COOL GREEN WOODS, IN FRUITFUL FARMS AND WILD PLACES ALIKE. YOU WATCH OVER US, AND BY YOUR GIFTS MAKE MIDGARD RICH AND FRUITFUL FOR ALL WHO DWELL HERE. GREAT ONES, FRIENDS TO OUR FOLK FROM TIME UNKNOWN, HEARKEN TO OUR CALL, AND COME TO US!"

As the godi proclaims each kenning, the gathered folk will reply:

Godi: "GODS OF FIELD AND PASTURE!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

Godi: "GODS OF GRAIN AND FRUIT!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

Godi: "GODS OF WOOD AND MEADOW!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

Godi: "GIVERS OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

Godi: "GODS OF EARTHLY JOYS!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

Godi: "FRIENDS OF THE FOLK!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

Godi: "LORDS OF THIS WORLD!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

Godi: "KIN OF FREY AND FREYA!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

Godi: "MIGHTY VANIR!"

Folk: "WE MAKE YOU WELCOME!"

The godi then continues:

"BRIGHT AND SHINING ONES, FRIENDS OF HUMANKIND, COME UNTO US; FILL US WITH YOUR MIGHT; MOVE US WITH YOUR SPIRIT; BLESS US WTTH THE GIFTS YOU HAVE ALWAYS GIVEN TO OUR FOLK."

OFFERING: The godi faces the assembled folk and speaks:

"TONIGHT THE WORLD HANGS IN BALANCE, BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK, WARMTH AND COLD, SUMMER AND WINTER, LIFE AND DEATH. IT IS TIME. IN OUR WORK TO MAKE READY FOR THE COMING WINTER, TO LOOK BACK ON THE MYSTERIES OF SEED AND EGG, BLOSSOM AND BIRTH, GRAIN AND FRUIT AND MEAT, AND GIVE THANKS TO THE VANIR WHO WORK WITH US TO SUSTAIN OUR LIVES.WITHOUT THE RICHNESS AND FERTILITY THE VANIR GRANT, OUR EFFORTS ALONE COULD NOT FEED US. SO IT TS METE THAT WE OFFER BACK A PORTION OF OUR HARVEST, IN THANKFULNESS AND LOVE."

The gydia takes up the drekkjarhorn and holds it as the qodi fills it from the vessel of cider:

"MIGHTY VANIR, WE INVOKE YOU, 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 STRUGGLE AGAINST THOSE WHO WOULD WAR AGAINST ASGARD, OR SEEK TO SET GREY SLAVERY IN MIDGARD."

Gydia raises filled horn, and godi takes bread from the harrow and raises it:

"BRIGHT AND SHINING VANIR, ACCEPT OUR GIFTS, NOT AS FROM SLAVES, FOR WE HAVE NO MASTERS, NOR AS AN APPEASEMENT, FOR WE STAND IN GOOD STEAD WITH YOU, BUT AS A SIGN OF OUR KINSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP!"

Gydia then pours a small libation from the horn, and godi breaks a piece off bread and scatters it.

LOADING: Got then holds his hands over horn of cider and dish of bread:

"GREAT ONES, YOU HAVE RECEIVED CUR SACRIFICE, AS SYMBOLIZED BY THIS BREAD AND CIDER. POUR NOW INTO THEM YOUR POWER AND BLESSINGS, THAT WE MAY GROW CLOSER TO YOU AND TO EACH OTHER BY SHARING THEM AMONG US."

BLESSING: When godi feels cider and bread are charged, he picks up hlautbolli and hlautteinn. Gydia pours a small amount of cider over teinn into bolli. Godi sprinkles harrow, then turns and sprin-kles the fo1k:

"I GIVE YOU THE BLESSING OF THE VANIR!"

Godi then sets down bolli and picks up dish of bread. He takes bread to each of the folk, with the words:

"MAY YOU NEVER HUNGER."

Gydia follows godi, carrying horn and offering a drink of cider to each of the folk, saying:

"MAY YOU NEVER THIRST."

(Note from Jordsvin: this is evidently from a common Pagan blessing ultimately derived from Robert Heinlein's novel Stranger in a Strange Land and used by the Church of All Worlds.  We like it anyway.)

Godi and gydia return to harrow, and each eat bread and drink cider. Godi will finish cider in horn, then addresses the folk:

"NOW IS THE TIME OF SHEDDING ANTLERS.

 NOW IS THE TIME OF COMING COLD.

 NOW COMES THE WORK OF PUTTING FOOD BY

 TO FEED OUR FOLK THROUGH THE WINTER.

 THINK FOR A TIME ON THE BREAD AND THE CIDER,

 THINK ON THE MEAT AND THE FRUIT AND THE GRAIN.

 GIVE THANKS TO THE VANIR WHO HELP US PROVIDE IT,

 AND THANKS TO THE LIVES WE TAKE EVERY DAY."

CLOSING: After a moment of silence and reflection, the godi speaks:

"THIS SACRIFICE 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 BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE VANIR. MAY WE GO FORTH FROM HERE TODAY WITH ALL THE GREATER RE-SOLVE 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 faces west, standing in Elhaz-Stodhur:

"MIGHTY VANIR, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENCE HERE TODAY. AS YOU WEND TO VANAHEIM, BEAR WITH YOU THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OF YOUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS WHO DWELL IN MIDGARD. PRAISE TO YOU, GREAT ONES, AND FAREWELL!"

Godi will pick up gandr and salute each quarter:

"HAIL VANIR! FAREWELL!"

Afterwards, the folk should celebrate with food appropriate to the season, frolic, and fellowship.

Created by Chandonn and Jordsvin

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last modified 12/30/2003