Yule 2007 (written by Modig and adapted by ZL Bennett)



Thrice three chimes announce the rite.

Calling on the Protector

“Mighty Thor, protector of the Gods,
Wielder of the mighty hammer Mjolnir.
We come together in this place
To worship in the old ways.
We would ask you to protect this space.
To dispatch all etins, trolls, enemies of Asgard and
Any other energies which may not support our work here,
Until our rite is finished.
We offer you Mead so you may not thirst.
And light this flame to help you keep your vigil.”
Så må det bli. (Offering of Mead and lighting the flame of the candle)

PD: “Brothers and Sisters, you may enter the Vi.”

Procession w/ censing and aspersing

Chant: We Approach the Sacred Grove

Introduction
PD: “We come together tonight to honor the Svartalfar, the dark elves, (or for you Tolkiens, the Dwarves) those workers of stone and gem and ore. As the Svartalfar could not come forth into the light of day without being turned to stone, this is their time of year. With the days being short, and the nights long, they are able to spend more time among us, to inspire and encourage us. Let us honor them this night.”

Call for Inspiration
PD: “We will now make a call for poetic inspiration.”


“Odin, All-father,
You who hung on the tree for 9 days
For prophesy.
You who gave an eye to the well
For wisdom.
You who drank of Kvasir’s mead
For inspiration.
Lend us your powers this night
That we may speak well and true.”
Så må det bli. (Offer round blue stone representing an eye)


Earth Mother


Hallowed Woman of the Earth
We give this gift to you.
Nerthus, riding forth this night,
Look kindly on our work,
Berchta, beldame of the wheel,
Spin us good wyrd tonight
O Mighty Mother of us all
Pray, fill our house with joy!
Nerthus, accept our sacrifice!
(offer grain)

Grounding, Centering, and Attuning the Grove. – Two Powers etc. (Lisa)

Three Hallows

PD: “We now consecrate the Hallows by which we make offering.”

Well


“Great Mimir’s well, fountain of all wit and wisdom.
You from whom we receive inspiration and eloquence.
You to whom Odin gave an eye for one draught.

We make this sacrifice to you,
That you may carry our sacrifice to those to whom we send.
To those of this world and the worlds below.”
Så må det bli (offering of silver)

Fire


“Great flame which warms and protects us.
You which combines with the air and water
To create Bifrost the rainbow bridge.

We make this sacrifice to you,
That you may carry our sacrifice to those to whom we send.
To those of this world and the worlds above.”

Så må det bli (offering of oil)


Tree


“Great Yggdrasil, World tree.
You whose roots reach down below the lowest world.
You whose crown reaches above the highest world.
You who touches all the worlds.

We make this sacrifice to you,
That you may carry our sacrifice to those to whom we send.
To those of all the 9 worlds.”

Så må det bli (offering of water and incense from well and fire offering)

Opening the Gates

PD: “Now that we are centered and prepared and our hallows are ready, let us now call upon our Gatekeeper to open the gates by which we make offering.”


“Heimdall, Gatekeeper, Son of 9 mothers.
You who stands guard at the mid point,
Where Bifrost, Mimir’s well, and Yggdrasil meet.
We call upon you to open the gates so that our word and actions may be heard and felt.
(offering of Berkana rune)

Heimdall, we call on you to make this well Mimir’s.
Heimdall, we call on you to make this fire Bifrost.
Heimdall, we call on you to make this tree Yggdrasil.

Heimdall, let the gates be open!” (3 times)
Så må det bli


Connecting

PD: “Now that the gates are open, we can be heard more clearly, but just because someone can hear you doesn’t mean they’re paying attention, so let us recognize each of the worlds to draw their attention that much more.” (offer as each world is addressed.)

(In the North)
“Nifl-heim, land of the frost giants,
Land of the cauldron Hvergelmir,
From which the 12 streams flow.
We honor you tonight,
That we may become one with you.”

(In the East)
“Jotun-heim, land of the giants,
Land of Ymir,
Whose body was used to create the worlds.
We honor you tonight,
That we may become one with you.”

(In the South)
“Muspells-heim, land of the fire giants,
Land of the sparks,
That flew into the air to make the stars.
We honor you tonight,
That we may become one with you.”

(In the West)
“Vana-heim, land of the elder gods,
Gods of wind and sea,
Gods of agriculture and fertility.
We honor you tonight,
That we may become one with you.”

(Below)
“Svartalf-heim, land of the Dark Elves,
Cultivators of ores and gems,
Makers of the gods’ gifts.
We honor you tonight,
That we may become one with you.”


(Below)
“Hel-heim, deepest of the lands,
Resting place for those ancestors,
Who did not die in battle.
We honor you tonight,
That we may become one with you.”

(Above)
“Alf-heim, land of the light elves.
Protectors of nature.
Makers of fairy rings.
We honor you tonight,
That we may become one with you.”

(Above)
“Asgard, Highest of the lands.
Home of the Aesir,
And those who died in battle.
We honor you tonight,
That we may become one with you.”

(Middle)
“And here in Midgard,
By drawing the focus of the other worlds,
We become one.

Så må det bli (offering of nine carved runes to various locations)


Three Kindred

PD: “Let us now honor the three kindred that they may honor us in return.”


Nature spirits


“As told in tales of long ago,
An enemy was trying to invade the land.
They tried to invade from the South,
But a great bull rushed down,
Followed by all the cloven hoofed animals of the land.
Next they tried to invade from the East,
But a hill giant rushed down,
Followed by all the creatures of bark and leaf, of soil and crystal.
Next they tried to invade from the North,
But a bellowing dragon rushed down,
Followed by all the reptiles and creatures of scale.
Next they tried to invade from the West,
But a giant eagle rushed down,
Followed by all the creatures of feather.
And the invasion never happened.
Landveattir, protectors of the land, we honor you,
And welcome you to join us at our rite.
Landveattir, join us in our rite.”
(offering of flowers)

Ancestors



“Ancestors, Wise Mothers, Great Fathers.
Those recently passed, and those forgotten in time.
You who have shown us the right and the wrong.
We ask you to send your thoughts up from the depths of Hel-heim.
We ask you to send your thoughts down from the heights of Asgard.
We ask that you join us in our rite and lead us in the ways of old.
Ancestors, join us in our rite.”
(offering of mead)


Deities


“Aesir, Vanir, gods and goddesses of the nine worlds.
You who came from Ginnunga-gap,
The great abyss at the beginning of time.
You who will fight among the mighty dead at Ragnarok.
We honor you here.
Gods, Patrons, and spirit allies of all present,
Powers of this place known to us and unknown,
We would offer you like honor.
Aesir, Vanir, join us in our rite.”
(offering of special scented oil)

Praise offerings
PD: “Let all who would offer praise and thanks to their gods or allies come forth and do so now.”

Re-centering of the Folk and the Gathered Powers
…Now with the all assembled here in this sacred place, we call upon and honor the patron powers of this rite, The Svartalfar.

Calling Upon the Patron Powers of the Rite: The Svartalfar


Dwellers of Svartalf-heim, whose ancestors had been brought forth from Ymir,
The first primal sacrifice at the forming of the worlds.
Cultivators of soil and stone, who are intimate with the dark time of the year,
The depths of the fertile earth, and the shadows of desire.
Gift-granters of the gods, whose arts bestow upon the Shining Ones
Beauty, bounty, protection, and imperishable fame.
You, Dusky-Dwarves, who will rise up in honor with the Aesir and Ijosalfar
to herald in a new time and new worlds at Ragnarok.
As the year turns for us, we ask that you join us here in the dark night
to be honored and to lend us your blessings.
O Svartalfar, Accept our sacrifice! (offer a piece of jewelry to the well)



Main Offering:

Tale –

PD: “As I tell the tale of the Svartalfar, we will construct an elfmill to receive their offerings.
In times of old, in Norway, before electricity and industry, there wasn’t a lot to do during this time of year. After the weapons and tools had been fixed or repaired, new clothing had been made, and old mended, and practicing making babies had went on for long enough, they would turn to making gifts to exchange for Yule, the winter solstice, the turning of the year. Many of these gifts were made of stone or gem or ore, and who better to call upon for inspiration that the Svartalfar, those crafters of the Shining Ones’ gifts;
Draupnir:
Odin’s magical ring which produces eight identical rings every ninth night.
Gungnir:
The head of Odin’s spear which when thrown would never miss its mark.
Gullin-bursti: Frey’s golden boar which flew across the sky radiating light.
Skidbladnir:
Frey’s ship which always had favorable winds, could sail through the sky as well as water, and even though it could hold all the Aesir and their steeds, it could be folded up and put in a pocket.
Sif’s hair:
Spun of the finest gold threads. As soon as it touched her head, it grew fast there and became as her own.
Mjolnir:
Thor’s hammer which hurled at his enemies with destructive power and always returned to his hand.
Gleipnir:
A slender silken rope used to bind Fenris made of, the sound of a cat’s footsteps, a woman’s beard, roots of a mountain, longings of a bear, voice of fishes, and spittle of birds.
Tyrfing:
A magical sword which could cut through iron and stone, fought of its own accord, and once drawn could not be sheathed without tasting blood.
Brisinga-men:
Freya’s necklace, emblem of the stars, and fruitfulness of the earth. It’s beauty so enhanced her charms that she wore it night and day. We won’t go into what she paid for it though.

Elfmill Offering

PD: “Let us now make offering to the Svartalfar, any who have anything of metal or gem that they wish to have consecrated by them please place it on the elfmill at this time.”

An offering of honey and milk are then poured over the elfmill.


Turning the Elfmill

Chant sung at this time
Turning chant:

Turn the elfmill, make it spin,
Made of ore and stone and gem.
Hail the dark elves, bring them in,
So that we may honor them.

Omen –
PD: “Svartalfar, we have offered our toil and love to you, now we ask how our offering has been received and what further you wish to impart to us.

3 runes are drawn – or other appropriate form of divination.

Brief re-centering of powers and focus

Blessing Cup


“Now the tide turns.
Svartalfar, makers of the greatest meads, mead fit for the gods.
We have built a fine mill for you.
We have offered to you honey and milk, a rare treat in your home.
We have laid our jewelry upon your mill,
As testament to your skills.
Now as a gift calls for a gift, we would ask you to
bless this mead and make it mead fit for the gods.

Svartalfar bless this mead. (3 times)
Behold the blessings of the Svartalfar!

PD: “As the horn is passed, feel free to toast or boast as you will.”

Working: Consecration of Jewelry
PD: Filled with the blessings of the Svartalfar, we now ask them to lend their energies to the jewelry presented here.


O Svartalfar and those allies who we have gathered here, let these pieces be consecrated for the work and unity of our community. May each wearer come to be blessed by bolstered strength and inspiration in the year to come. Let these gifts become the tools that help us realize beauty, bounty, protection, and imperishable honor.
(A small draught of mead from blessing cup is poured over jewelry as well)


Thanking the Powers

PD: “We now thank those who have aided us in our rite.”


“Svartalfar, for all the gifts you have given us, and for attending our rite,
We say Vi takker dere
We thank you.”


“Aesir, Vanir, and all the gods and allies who have attended our rite,
We say Vi takker dere
We thank you.”


“Ancestors, old, and new. For guiding us in our rite,
We say Vi takker dere
We thank you.”


“Landveattir, for protecting the land and attending our rite,
We say Vi takker dere
We thank you.”


“To all those of the 9 worlds who have attended our rite,
We say Vi takker dere
We thank you.”


“Odin, All-father, for your gift of eloquence and inspiration,
We say Vi takker deg
We thank you.”


“Thor, mighty protector, for guarding us in our rite,
We say Vi takker deg
We thank you.”



Dear One, called by many names as the Great Mother of the Earth, happy are we to be your children. To you, we now return all of the blessings we could not carry here. Uphold us now in the world as you have done at this rite, Vi takker deg. We thank you! (offer back what is left of the blessing cup).

Closing the gates

PD: “We call once more on our gatekeeper to close the gates.”

“Heimdall, for holding the gates open that our offerings may be received,
We say Vi takker deg, We thank you.”
“Now, let Mimir’s Well be no more than the waters that nurture us,
Let Bifrost be no more than the fires that warm us,
And let Yggdrasil be no more than the tree of life that resides within each of us.
Heimdall, let the gates be closed!”


PD: “And as we began, so let us end.”
Thrice three chimes end the rite.