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The Heimdall card is fully funded. Thank you, everyone! 

The Njord card still needs some help. If you’d like to donate, please contact me at krasskova at gmail.com or paypal me at tamyris@earthlink.net. 

There will also be a Sigyn card in the next couple of weeks (but I am sponsoring this one myself in its entirety). 

Which Deities would you guys like to have cards for? Doesn’t matter the pantheon — let me know here. 🙂 

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To Clarify

If you post a bigoted comment on my blog, it will be removed.  No, I don’t like what you have to say, and I don’t care to have my blog used as a platform to support bigotry or discrimination.  This is not something I’m going to argue or give leeway on, use your own voice in your own space.  If you track mud into my Hall, I will show you the door and mop the floor.  I do not intend to argue or negotiate on this, and if you don’t approve, you can simply not come here.

ADF Disablot Script

So I was invited to write and lead the ritual for the local ADF Grove (Coast Oak Grove) for the Vernal Equinox.  Given that I’m used to adapting Norsey stuff to ADF, it didn’t take me long, and I’ve long wanted to do a public Disablot rite.  Disablot was performed at different times of the year, and one of them was the Vernal Equinox (or thereabouts) so I thought it might be a timely rite to perform at that point on the ADF wheel.  It follows the standard ADF Core Order of Ritual, more or less (some parts are consolidated)

The Grove hasn’t given me the thumbs-up on it yet, but I thought that I might share the rite here for any other ADFers who might be interested in incorporating or adapting it.

 

 

DISABLOT

 

(To give credit where it is due, the Recreation of the Cosmos is adapted from Patricia Lafayllve’s method, as she performs in public rites and is outlined in her Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru. The Purification is from the standard working that the Hrafnar Kindred of the Bay area perform.)

 

Ritual equipment for Disablot:

 

Bowl (with water) for asperging

 

Incense

 

Water

 

Ice

 

Sweet wine or mead.

 

Milk

 

Pitcher

 

Paper cups

 

Initiating the Rite

 

Sing “Come we now as a people.” Bring people into the ritual space, have them arrange themselves in as much of a circle as they can be. Sing it nine times, enough so that folks who aren’t familiar will be able to hear it, learn the words, and join in.

 

Outsider Offerings

 

Stand outside of the sacred space.

 

“Oh Outsiders, those who would bring mischief or bane to our rite, those who are not invited, accept this offering and leave us in peace.”

 

Pour wine/mead for the Outsiders.

 

Move to a different spot.

 

“Syn (Pronounced: Seen), Handmaiden of Frigga, powerful Goddess whose name means Denial, who guards the gates, protect our rite and prevent entry to anyone and anything that would bring harm or disruption to it. Thank you. Hail Syn!”

 

Pour wine/mead for Syn.

 

Purification

 

Walk around ritual area, asperge participants and area with water from the Well and say,

 

“With water from the Well of Wyrd

all ill that has been,

all ill that is becoming,

all ill that shall be,

I banish away.”

 

Honoring the Earth Mothers

 

Kiss hand and place it on the ground, saying:

 

“Jord, Mother Earth herself,

Nerthus, who brings us the good gifts of the Earth,

we thank you for your blessings, our bodies, our food,

our lives, and all the good that you bring.

Hail Jord! Hail Nerthus!”

 

Pour offering of grain upon the Earth.

 

“Jord, Nerthus, accept our offerings!”

 

Statement of Purpose

 

“In some places in the Northern lands in times past, people would gather at the Vernal Equinox to honor and make sacrifice to the Disir. The Disir are the feminine spirits who watch over us, protect us, and provide us with victory and abundance. Today, we gather in a manner similar to that of the days of old to give to the Disir, to thank them for their blessings, and to ask them to bless our communities over the coming year.”

 

Recreating the Cosmos

 

“In the emptiness that preceded creation, all that was was the land of fire, the land of ice, and the glittering void between.”

 

Offer incense to the fire.

 

“In the south, the land of flame and sparks, Muspelheim hight. (pronounced “height”, it means, “so named.”)

 

Offer ice to the well.

 

“In the north, the land of ice, water and mist, Niflheim hight.” (pronounced “height”, it means, “so named.”)

 

“In the center, in the glittering void, Ginnungagap hight (Pronounced: “Gin-oong-a-gap height”) the flames of the south met the mists of the north. SSSSSSSSS (make a sizzling sound). From that meeting, all things arose.”

 

Offer water to the tree.

 

“In the center arose a mighty tree, all things connecting, nine worlds supporting, Yggdrasil hight (Pronounced: Eeg-draw-sill height).

 

Opening the Gate

 

“Freyja, Vanadis (Pronounced: Vahn-a-dees), Blotgydhja (Pronounced: Bloat-gith-yah), Priestess of the Sacrifice, we call on you to aid us in our offerings to the Disir. Holy Goddess of mighty magick, be with us, meld your magick with ours and help us to open the ways between the worlds that our words and offerings may be carried to the Holy Powers, and that their words and blessings may be conveyed clearly and fully to us. Hail Freyja!”

 

Pour wine/mead for Freyja.

 

Get crowd chanting “Open the gates.”

 

The one opening the gates with Freyja’s aid will dance, spinning, as the chant raises and builds. When it reaches its peak, cry out,

 

“Let the Gates be opened!”

 

Inviting the Three Kindreds

 

“Hail to you, oh spirits of this land that we walk upon. Pure and holy wights of land and sky and water, wights of bird and beast and bug, of tree and leaf and shrub, of light and shade, elves and dwarves alike be with us. Come and be welcome Accept our offerings and bless our rite today. Hail to the Nature Spirits!”

 

Pour wine/mead for the Nature Spirits.

 

“Hail to you, oh Ancestors, spirits of those who came before us. Ancestors of Blood, who gave life to our bodies, Ancestors of Heart, those who we hold dear who have passed from this world, Ancestors of Spirit, mighty heroes who call to our hearts and inspire us, be with us. Come and be welcome. Accept our offerings and bless our rite today. Hail to the Ancestors!”

 

Pour wine/mead for Ancestors.

 

“Hail to the mighty Powers! You who watch us, aid us, and bless us from above, from below, from all around, from within and without, from all directions come! Hail to the Vanir (Vahn-eer), wondrous Gods of peace and plenty! Hail to the Aesir (Aes-eer), glorious Gods of humanity and civilization! Hail to the allies among the Jotnar (Yote-nahr), powerful beings of natural forces. Come and be welcome. Accept our offerings and bless our rite today. Hail to the Vanir, hail to the Aesir, hail to the Jotnar!”

 

Pour wine/mead for the Powers.

 

Key Offerings

 

“In Northern lands the Disir (Dees-eer) were known and honored. “Dis” means “woman”, the Disir were feminine powers that watched over families, communities, and nations and cared for them. Some may be from among the Ancestors, as some mighty women who passed were said to be among the Disir. Some may be from among the Gods, as some were labelled “Dis” as well (Freyja and Skadi both bear this title). Some may be from among the other spirits, the alfar, the Valkyries, the Norns and others. The people in those times did not make such distinctions regarding them; they knew that they were feminine Powers that often passed along the mothers’ line. They blessed the ones that they cared for with protection, with victory, and with abundance. It is possible that the modern concept of Guardian Angels may have been inspired by the Disir”

 

“Holy Disir, we call to you. You have watched us, protected us, and aided us over our lives, though we may not know it. Today, we call you to come here, to thank you for the wonders that you have given us and the evils that you have protected us from. Today, we call you here to make sacrifice unto you, to give back to you as you have given to us from before we were born. Today, we call you here to ask you to bless us and our communities, the ones close to us whom we hold close in our hearts and upon whom we rely for our lives and livelihood.

 

“Holy Disir, powerful women, be with us today. Come and be welcome in our rite, in our homes, in our lives. Come and let us honor you and give to you as you have given to us, to strengthen our bonds with you and receive your blessings! Hail to the Disir!”

 

Pour water, wine/mead, and milk into the offering bowl.

 

“Thank you for coming, Holy Disir.”

 

“We will begin to sing, and as we sing, feel free to come forward and pour an offering of your choice into the offering bowl on behalf of yourself, your family, and your community. Once we have all given, we will sanctify the offering to the Disir. The offerings are three, water, milk, and wine. Water is the gift that flows through all of us, touches all of us, fills all of us. Milk is the gift given that nourishes us and protects us from sickness in our youth. Wine is the gift of the flower and fruit, that which has come to be at ripeness and fulfillment and fruition and blesses us with warmth and community.

 

Begin singing:

 

“Holy Disir, mothers’ line, help us blossom on your vine.”

 

When all offerings have been made, allow the singing to slow and come to a stop.

 

Prayer of Sacrifice

 

“Disir, mighty and many, in this bowl our people have poured our gifts to you. Gifts of thanks, gifts of love, gifts of community and connection. May our gifts please you, and may you find within them all that you want, and all that you need. We thank you, we love you, and we honor you. Hail the Disir!”

 

Offering is poured at the roots of the tree.

 

Omen

 

Question 1: “Disir, do our offerings please you?”

 

Question 2: “Disir, what blessings will you convey upon us?”

 

Question 3: “Disir, what message would you convey to us as a community?”

 

Calling for the Blessing, Hallowing the Blessing, Affirmation of the Blessing

 

Raise pitcher of milk.

 

“Disir, we thank you for your gifts and blessings. We ask that you bless this milk, gift of life and motherhood, that it may convey your blessings upon us and our communities. Pour your blessings of love, of abundance, of protection, of (insert rune drawn from 2nd question of Omen here and its meaning) into this milk, that we may share it and take it into ourselves. Hail the Disir!”

 

Sing, “Holy Disir, Mother’s line, help us blossom on your vine.” three times.

 

“This milk has been blessed by the Holy Women.”

 

Fill cups from the pitcher. Before each filling, ask participants, “Do you accept the blessing of the Disir?”. When it is affirmed that they do, pour milk into their cups.

 

“Disir, we thank you for your blessings!” Everyone drinks their milk.

 

Thanking the Beings

 

“Holy Women, mighty Disir, thank you for attending our rite in your honor. Be ever welcome in our sacred spaces, in our homes, and in our lives. Be always with us. Hail the Disir!”

 

“Mighty Powers, we thank you for attending and giving your blessings to our Disablot! Be ever welcome in our lives. Hail the Vanir, hail the Aesir, hail the Jotnar, hail the Powers!”

 

“Ancestors of Blood, Ancestors of Heart, Ancestors of Spirit, we thank you for attending and giving your blessings to our Disablot. Be ever welcome in our lives. Hail the Ancestors!”

 

“Spirits of Nature and the world around us, elves and dwarves, we thank you for attending and giving your blessings to our Disablot. We thank you for your presence in our lives, and for letting us live on and walk through your lands. Hail to the Nature Spirits!”

 

Closing the Gates

 

“Freyja, Blotgydja, Vanadis, we thank you for aiding us in opening the gates for this rite. We ask you now to meld your magic with ours again, to help us to close the gates that we once opened.”

 

Get the crowd to start chanting, “Close the gates.

 

The one closing dances in reverse while the crowd chants. When the chant reaches its peak, the gate closer calls out, “Let the gates be closed!

 

“Hail Freyja!”

 

Thanking the Earth Mothers

 

Kiss hand and touch the Earth.

 

“Holy Jord, Mother Earth, we thank you and honor you. Holy Nerthus, who brings us the good gifts of the Earth, we thank you and honor you. Thank you, Earth Mothers!

 

Closing the Rite

 

Have crowd repeat each line after the priestess.

 

“And now the rite is at an end

for each who goes or stays.

May all good Powers be your friends,

and blessed be your days.

I’ll hold you closely in my heart,

I’ll hold you in my mind.

And should our branches grow apart,

our roots will stay entwined.”

 

“Hail Syn, thank you for guarding our space!”
“The rite is ended! Blessings to all!”

“I’m talking about the Shining Twins!”

Silver and Gold

From Pagan Revival Tent Preacher Heather Freysdottir:

“Mah friends, I wanna talk to you about Divinity. No, not the Man Upstairs. I’m talking about the Shining Twins. I’m talking amber and honey, grain and gold. ALL acts of love. All genders. All beings. For our Lord and Lady are fruitful and They give us nourishments of all varieties. Can I get a HAIL FREYJA?? CAN I GET A HAIL FREYR??”

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It’s All About Sex: Feminism, Paganism, and Trans Exclusion

GODS & RADICALS

When I found a first hint of my Goddess, I was twenty and alone.

No one else at my small-town-South, church-affiliated college was openly trans. I wasn’t just socially stigmatized – I lacked spiritual tools with which to understand my alienation. Then one professor, a lesbian feminist with a goddess-symbol pendant, gave me a book: Beyond God the Father by Mary Daly. Daly’s post-Catholic thealogy taught me that a male authority figure wasn’t the only sort of God. Soon, I found a sacred place under an oleander tree and prayed to “the goddess;” within a few years, I’d gone through the Goddess Movement to the Meter Theon’s devotional service and the vows I’m under today.

In large part, Mary Daly set me free.

However, had I actually met her, she would’ve wanted nothing to do with me. Daly helped found what today we call the TERF movement: Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, a strain…

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And, Despite What Else I’ve Said…

One of the things that I consider a strong indicator that that I’m hearing an outside voice rather than my own is when something is said that I don’t agree with.

In this case, it was kind of like a personal Love Note From Freyja.  I had performed seidh with some members of the Kindred that I’m courting, and one of the first questions was about the current tempest in Heathenry.  The next morning when I did my devotions I asked the Lady what She wanted, or what She thought.  The message I got was one I wasn’t particularly happy with.

It went something like:

All of these people want to honor us.  All of them want to rebuild their traditions, all of them are part of the same thing that you are.  Even when you don’t agree with them.

Fair enough, though it made me nervous about where it was going.  The gist of what came next was:

They please us too.  You don’t like their stance?  Don’t attack them.  Attack what they say, attack their ideas.  Find ways to undermine those things that you think aren’t virtous, but don’t attack them personally.

But they’re being hurtful!  They’re saying awful things!

And here it felt like She was telling me that, to Her, the movement to revive our practices and ways were more important than our squabbles.  That She would prefer that I not lash out in a way that would be divisive (something I’ve already failed at, I own, but I’m trying).  That She would prefer that I work to maintain some kind of peace, while doing whatever else I will with my personal disagreements.

I argued, but I have a limit to how much I can argue with Her.  She finished it up by telling me something like;

Everyone is worthy of love, Laine.  Find the things that are worthy of love in the people that you fear.  She included the names of some people in Heathenry whose views are upsetting to me.  Find a reason to love them.  Find a reason to love their groups.  There is worth in them.

I cried at this, because it was so very much not how I want to be.  There is a deep-seated fear that loving a person or finding value in them despite their flaws (as I perceive them) will make me like them.  Will mean that I am supporting the things that I don’t agree with.  “I don’t want to be a racist.”  You don’t have to be to find things that are worthy of love in them.  “I don’t want to be like them.”  Then don’t be.

The event that I’m running at PantheaCon (Many Tribes, Many Practices) came from a place of wanting to find ways to find constructive ways to talk about these ideological rifts that form. Using nonviolent communication techniques and other forms of conflict resolution I’d like to see if we can find ways to discuss these issues that will allow our communities to move forward, allowing our Heathenry to grow, while maintaining the differences that we have.  We are made up of many groups, tribes of Kindreds that form nations of national orgs.  Despite things I’ve said in the past, I do think that it’s important for us to be able to speak the same language and stand together on issues that are important to us as a whole.

I had a lot of trouble absorbing the Lady’s message, but I’m going to try my best to take it to heart.  It’s true; everyone has things that make them worthy of love.  I still believe that people should speak out against what they believe to be social ills, but that doesn’t involve speaking out against specific people, just their ideas.  Call someone racist and they will immediately shut down.  Explain how their behavior could be harmful and help them to feel empathy for those who are harmed by it and hearts and minds can be opened.

  • Note: She told me this.  I’m not telling anyone else what She wants from you, I just know what She wants from me.

Fundraising for Heimdal and Njord Cards

I have a special fondness for the Van-Father and am glad to see this project. Please contribute if you can!

Gangleri's Grove

The Freyr card has been sent off to the printer and I expect to have it ready for purchase next week. If you donated toward the card, please send me  your address so I can send you  your complimentary copies. I’m so very glad Freyr has a card! Thank you, everyone!

Now, I am hoping to raise enough to fund a card for Njord (Freyr’s Father) and a card for Heimdal. I’ve had requests for both. I need to raise $450 per card to cover the artist and printing. 

If you are interested in helping fund either of these cards, please contact me at krasskova at gmail.com. Alternatively, you may paypal me directly at tamyris@earthlink.net but *please* include your email and which card you’re sponsoring in a note. paypal does not always include these things. 

Sponsors of either card will receive six prayer cards of their choice (usually i send…

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