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.
(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
Sweet wine or mead.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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!”
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!”