Frodhleikr Seidhr

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(Older version, followed by Lycia's adaptation)

 

From mlycia@qwest.net (Lycia):  the specifics can change according to the experience and wishes of the officiates.

The participants are gathered and all seated. As this is usually a public event with new people not familiar with Heathen practices in attendance, the gothi or gythia makes a brief introduction of Seidhr and invites questions. He/she then sanctifies the space, starting in the north, going clockwise with bells in one hand, recels in the other, and chants:

“By fire and ice the worlds were formed, and so shall they be destroyed.

Let the mighty powers of creation and destruction hallow and hold this ve.”

After the Hallowing, a Rune Ring is set, beginning in the north. Then the Gods, Goddesses, and other wights and spirits of choice are invoked.

Those who have chosen to be warders, remain alert and awake during the session.

At this point a brief guided meditation is sometimes used to get everyone to the same level. My favorite goes:

“Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. As you inhale, take in calm and soothing feelings. Know that you are in a safe and protected place. As you exhale, release all stress from your day, thoughts of home or work, and all other concerns. Be with us here and now, in this time and place. (Repeat as necessary.)

Now, as you continue to breathe deeply, visualize yourself stepping out of your body and dressing for a long hike in the forest. Put on your soft leather shoes, comfortable clothing, and a cloak. Fill a pouch with sweetbreads and take a flask of mead. You may want to take a staff as this will be a long journey.

Now that you are ready, step out the door and head north. Go forth from this building and follow the street northward. As you walk farther and farther from here, notice that there is no traffic and the houses become more scarce. Soon you the lights and pavement are left behind and you are on a dirt road. The stars and moon are brilliant tonight so you are able to see quite well. Feel the cool breeze on your face and hear the call of the ravens as you proceed ever northward. Trees line the road and as you walk, it narrows to become a path. As it does, the trees become larger and larger, forming a canopy over your head.

Unafraid and with growing anticipation, you follow the twists and turns of the path as you enter a deep and ancient forest. Thousands upon thousands of feet have worn this path smooth before you, and you know that soon you will reach your destination. Now you see a clearing just ahead and know that you are here. As you step forward from the forest, you see the magnificent Yggdrasil in the center of the clearing. Standing taller than even the greatest of trees, huge roots making hills all around the clearing, and its branches completely filling the sky above you, this is truly the World Tree. You give your offering of sweetbread and mead to a root of the tree and follow it to the base, and find a comfortable spot near the trunk to sit. For now the journey truly begins.”

When all is ready, the gothi/gythia asks if any are willing to take the high seat and the Seidhrmanhr/konna proceeds to the waiting seat. Sometimes the seer/ess has prepared by drinking a mildly relaxing herbal tea, and oftentimes has just meditated or centered him/herself to go into trance. Once seated, the Seidhrmanhr/konna relaxes and goes a bit deeper into trance as the journey chant begins, accompanied by the rhythmic drumming of either the gothi/gythia or a selected volunteer.  The drum beat is da-dadada-dadada-dadada repeated at a moderate rate. The chant is a descending hum of four tones. “Uh-uh-uh-uh” repeated until the seer/ess indicates by raising one hand slightly that he/she is ready for the final step. The drumbeat slows to a single soft and steady pulse, and the chant changes to a two tone chant with the second tone slightly lower than the first. Uh-uh.  Again the seer/ess signals by lifting a hand slightly when he/she is ready. The guardian then asks what he/she sees and the response is given accordingly. Then the guardian says,

“Seidhrmanhr/konna many are gathered here for your wisdom. Are you willing to answer their questions?” When this is affirmed, the gothi/gythia asks if anyone wishes to ask a question and the participants who do quietly indicate so. They are invited forward one by one. If space is crowded, the questioners may remain seated where they are and ask from there.

After each questioner, the guardian asks the seer/ess if they wish to take another and proceed accordingly. If more than one person has agreed to take the High Seat, then the sitting seer/ess is brought back to the base of Yggdrasil and escorted to another seat and given water to drink. Then the next Seidhrmanhr/konna takes the High Seat and the drumming and chanting is repeated as above.

When all have received the wisdom of the Seidhr workers, the journey home begins. The gothi/gythia then says, “All has been asked and answered. We give thanks to the spirits who have shared their wisdom with us. Now it is time to return. Slowly rise from the base of the tree, gather your cloak about you and follow your root back to the path you followed here. Travel south along the path until the forest thins and the path becomes a dirt road. The canopy of trees above you slowly thins until the road is wide and tree lined again. You see the lights of the city in the distance, and head southward towards them. Soon you are on a paved road with sidewalks where you continue back to where you started this journey from. As the buildings come closer together and you recognize this one, enter it and come into this room. See your body sitting still and enter it slowly. Take a deep, cleansing breath and when your are ready, open your eyes and join us here.”

The warders make certain everyone is back and conscious and then the gothi/gythia says:

We thank the Gods and Goddesses, spirits and wights who have seen us safely home from our journey. Vara Heil Ok Vel!”

If there is a feast planned after the session, the participants are invited to join and socialize, discuss their experience, etc.

FRODHLEIKR SEIDHR

(Lycia's adaptation)

 

The participants are gathered and all seated. As this is usually a public event with new people not familiar with Heathen practices in attendance, the gothi or gythia makes a brief introduction of Seidhr and invites questions. He/she then sanctifies the space, starting in the north, going clockwise with bells in one hand, recels in the other, and chants:

“By fire and ice the worlds were formed, and so shall they be destroyed.

Let the mighty powers of creation and destruction hallow and hold this ve.”

After the Hallowing, a Rune Ring is set, beginning in the north. Then the Gods and Goddesses, other wights and spirits of choice are invoked.

Those who have chosen to be warders, remain alert and awake during the session.

At this point a brief guided meditation is sometimes used to get everyone to the same level. My favorite goes:  “Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. As you inhale, take in calm and soothing feelings. Know that you are in a safe and protected place. As you exhale, release all stress from your day, thoughts of home or work, and all other concerns. Be with us here and now, in this time and place. (Repeat as necessary.)

Now, as you continue to breathe deeply, visualize yourself stepping out of your body and dressing for a long hike in the forest. Put on your soft leather shoes, comfortable clothing, and a cloak. Fill a pouch with sweetbreads and take a flask of mead. You may want to take a staff as this will be a long journey.

Now that you are ready, step out the door and head north. Go forth from this building and follow the street northward. As you walk farther and farther from here, notice that there is no traffic and the houses become more scarce. Soon you the lights and pavement are left behind and you are on a dirt road. The stars and moon are brilliant tonight so you are able to see quite well. Feel the cool breeze on your face and hear the call of the ravens as you proceed ever northward. Trees line the road and as you walk, it narrows to become a path. As it does, the trees become larger and larger, forming a canopy over your head.

Unafraid and with growing anticipation, you follow the twists and turns of the path as you enter a deep and ancient forest. Thousands upon thousands of feet have worn this path smooth before you, and you know that soon you will reach your destination. Now you see a clearing just ahead and know that you are here. As you step forward from the forest, you see the magnificent Yggdrasil in the center of the clearing. Standing taller than even the greatest of trees, huge roots making hills all around the clearing, and its branches completely filling the sky above you, this is truly the World Tree. You give your offering of sweetbread and mead to a root of the tree and follow it to the base, and find a comfortable spot near the trunk to sit. For now the journey truly begins.”

When all is ready, the gothi/gythia asks if any are willing to take the high seat and the Seidhrmanhr/konna proceeds to the waiting seat. Sometimes the seer/ess has prepared by drinking a mildly relaxing herbal tea, and oftentimes has just meditated or centered him/herself to go into trance. Once seated, the Seidhrmanhr/konna relaxes and goes a bit deeper into trance as the journey chant begins, accompanied by the rhythmic drumming of either the gothi/gythia or a selected volunteer.

The drum beat is da-dadada-dadada-dadada repeated at a moderate rate. The chant is a descending hum of four tones. “Uh-uh-uh-uh” repeated until the seer/ess indicates by raising one hand slightly that he/she is ready for the final step. The drumbeat slows to a single soft and steady pulse, and the chant changes to a two tone chant with the second tone slightly lower than the first. Uh-uh.

Again the seer/ess signals by lifting a hand slightly when he/she is ready. The guardian then asks what he/she sees and the response is given accordingly. Then the guardian says,

“Seidhrmanhr/konna many are gathered here for your wisdom. Are you willing to answer their questions?” When this is affirmed, the gothi/gythia asks if anyone wishes to ask a question and the participants who do quietly indicate so. They are invited forward one by one. If space is crowded, the questioners may remain seated where they are and ask from there.

After each questioner, the guardian asks the seer/ess if they wish to take another and proceed accordingly. If more than one person has agreed to take the High Seat, then the sitting seer/ess is brought back to the base of Yggdrasil and escorted to another seat and given water to drink. Then the next Seidhrmanhr/konna takes the High Seat and the drumming and chanting is repeated as above.

When all have received the wisdom of the Seidhr workers, the journey home begins. The gothi/gythia then says, “All has been asked and answered. We give thanks to the spirits who have shared their wisdom with us. Now it is time to return. Slowly rise from the base of the tree, gather your cloak about you and follow your root back to the path you followed here. Travel south along the path until the forest thins and the path becomes a dirt road. The canopy of trees above you slowly thins until the road is wide and tree lined again. You see the lights of the city in the distance, and head southward towards them. Soon you are on a paved road with sidewalks where you continue back to where you started this journey from. As the buildings come closer together and you recognize this one, enter it and come into this room. See your body sitting still and enter it slowly. Take a deep, cleansing breath and when your are ready, open your eyes and join us here.”

The warders make certain everyone is back and conscious and then the gothi/gythia says:

We thank the Gods and Goddesses, spirits and wights who have seen us safely home from our journey. Vara Heil Ok Vel!”

If there is a feast planned after the session, the participants are invited to join and socialize, discuss their experience, etc.

 

Good Journeys,

Lycia

Created by Chandonn and Jordsvin

all works used by permission of the authors

last modified 07/20/2003