A Solitary Norse ADF Core Order Ritual

By: Mike Kaan

This ritual template has evolved from my very first rituals using the ADF Core Order of Ritual. The beauty of the ADF Core Order of Ritual lies in its modular nature. I don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel every time I plan for my next High Day rite, I just write a new Statement of Purpose and invocations for the deities or beings I will be honoring for that particular ritual. If I do need to revise the template, I can revise it a step at a time without having to rewrite the whole script.

The liturgy that follows has served me well, and has produced powerful solitary ritual experiences for me.

1: Initiating the Rite

[Ring bell three times at shrine]

Say: “A child of the Earth has come to honor the Kindreds!”

[Perform Two Powers meditation]

2: Purification

Say: “The waters of the Earth flow within me, the light of the sky shines within me, cleansing me and making me whole.”

3: Honoring the Earth Mother

Say: “Hail Jord, hail Nerthus! Goddesses of the Earth! Your blessings of abundance and peace flow over the land, giving life to all. I stand upon you with gratitude and I honor you. Be with me in my rite. Jord and Nerthus, accept my offering!”

[Make offering]

4: Statement of Purpose

Say: [A short statement of the purpose of the rite]

5: (Re)Creating the Cosmos

Say: “And so it came to pass that Odin and his brothers slew the giant Ymir: Of Ymir’s flesh the Land was fashioned, and of his blood the Sea; crags of his bones, trees of his hair, and of his skull the Sky. Then of his brows the Gods made Midgard for sons of men.” (modified from original translation)

Say: “Hail to the Fire! Flame of the hearth and tribe, fires of creation and destruction, light of the Heavens, shining forth from Asgard, home of the halls of the Gods, radiant with wisdom, order, and inspiration!”

[Make offering of olive oil to the Fire]

“Sacred Fire, burn within me!”

Say: “Hail to the Well, the triple Well, deep beneath the earth! The Well of Hvergelmir, source of all waters, near the Halls of the Dead, the Well of Mimir, deep pool of sacrifice and wisdom, the Well of Urd, the spring of fate, where the gods hold court, and where the Norns determine the fates of gods and men!”

[Make offering of silver to the Well]

“Sacred Well, flow within me!”

Say: “Hail to Yggdrasil, the World Tree! Standing tall in Midgard, connecting all Nine Worlds together, from Helheim below to shining Asgard above, from deepest root to tallest branch, the center of the cosmos!”

[Cense and asperge Tree]

“Sacred Tree, grow within me!”

[Renew center]

6: Opening the Gate(s)

Say: “Hail Heimdall, son of nine mothers, all-seeing and all-hearing guardian of Bifrost Bridge! You stand at the threshold of Asgard, guarding the realm of the Gods from those who seek to destroy it. Be with me in my rite. Heimdall, accept my offering!”

[Make offering]

Say: “Heimdall, aid me as I open the gates! May this Fire become a gate, opening to Asgard, realm of the Gods! May this Well become a gate, opening to the Halls of the Dead, realm of the Ancestors! May this Tree become a gate, opening to Midgard, realm of the wights, and connecting all Nine Worlds together!”

Say: “May the gates be open!”

[Make an opening motion with hands, envisioning the gates opening in the Sacred Center]

Say: “The gate is now open!”

7: Inviting the Three Kindreds

Say: “Hail Ancestors! From the line of Ask and Embla, to the line of my Alfar and Disir, with wisdom and stength you guide me from realms above and below, with wisdom and strength you guide me from within my blood. I honor you. Be with me in my rite. Ancestors, accept my offering!”

[Make offering]

Say: “Hail Land Wights, spirits of forest and field, spirits of stone and stream, shining elves and earthen dwarves! You guide me as I walk Midgard, teaching me the lessons of nature. I honor you. Be with me in my rite. Land wights, accept my offering!”

[Make offering]

Say: “Hail Gods and Goddesses, Aesir and Vanir! From your halls you shine bright and brave, illuminating me with wisdom, bestowing me with courage, sustaining me with abundance. I honor you. Be with me in my rite. Gods and goddesses, accept my offering!”

[Make offering]

8: Key Offerings

Praise offerings:

[Make offering]

Being of the Occasion:

[Make offering]

9: Prayer of Sacrifice

Say: “Ancestors, Land Wights, Gods and Goddesses! In the Sacred Center I have given you offerings, in the Sacred Center I have given you my devotion! Mighty Kindreds, I honor you! Mighty Kindreds, I praise you! Mighty Kindreds, accept my offering!”

[Make offering]

[Renew center and feel the flow returning]

10: The Omen

Say: “Hail Odin, All-father, ruler of Asgard! Nine nights you hung from Yggdrasil for the secrets of the runes, nine nights you hung on that windy tree, sacrificing self to self. Odin, All-father, wielder of the runes, let the Kindreds speak to me! What blessings do I receive in return for my offerings?”

[Draw three runes]

One for:

Ancestors

Land wights

Gods

11: Calling for the Blessings

Say: “Mighty Kindreds, offerings have I given you and your blessings have been revealed! A gift calls for a gift to complete the exchange of hospitality. Mighty Kindreds, may your blessings flow into this horn, so that I may drink deeply of fair return!”

Say: “Give to me the Waters of Life!”

12: Hallowing the Blessings

[Trace runes on the horn]

[Visualize the traced runes glowing with power, sinking into the cup, into the beverage, and glowing within the liquid]

Say: “Mighty Kindreds, your blessings flow into this horn. Behold the Waters of Life!”

[Drink]

13: Affirming the Blessing

Say: “Mighty Kindreds, your blessings flow through my head, my heart, and my loins. Hail to the Kindreds!”

[Renew center]

14: Workings

[Magical workings are done here]

15: Thanking the Beings

Say: “[BoTO], thank you for your presence and blessings in this rite.”

Say: “Gods and Goddesses, Aesir and Vanir, thank you for your presence and blessings in this rite.”

Say: “Land wights, spirits of the land, thank you for your presence and blessings in this rite.”

Say: “Ancestors, kin of my blood and spirit, thank you for your presence and blessings in this rite.”

16: Closing the Gates

Say: “Heimdall, my work here is finished. May the gates be closed!”

[Make a closing motion with hands, envisioning the gates closing]

Say: “The gates are now closed.”

Say: “Heimdall, son of nine mothers, all-seeing and all-hearing guardian of Bifrost Bridge, thank you for your presence in this rite.”

17: Thanking the Earth Mother

Say: “Nerthus and Jord, Goddesses of the Earth. Your blessings of peace and plenty flow over the land, giving life to all. I stand upon you in gratitude and I honor you.”

[If there are leftover offerings:]

Say: “I return to you that which remains.”

[Give leftover offerings]

Say: “Nerthus and Jord, thank you for your presence in this rite and your rich bounty.”

18: Closing the Rite

Say: “I go forth with the blessings of the Kindreds. This rite has ended!”

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