The Gods will let us know. Whether by voice or withdrawing their favor or lashing out and pushing us away. If the Gods have agency, they will make these things clear to us. If they need humans to enforce the proper way to think, worship, and relate to them and to shake their fingers and scold them when they’re doing it wrong then they don’t have much in the way of agency, now do they?
I am reminded of Christianity in America, where the Devil lurks around every corner, subverts every mind, manipulates every politician, controls every industry… and God, the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent needs representatives to defend him. When I hear that, it makes their God sound very weak, and their Devil sound very powerful.
You may tell me what you think of my devotion and theology and I may listen, but at the end of the day what you think of it matters not at all compared to how the Gods react to it. Thus if you have experience I may consider your words (and I do, even the ones I find distasteful) but if the Lady and the other Powers seem to be pleased I’ll move yon wagging finger away from my face and encourage you to stick it wheresoever you like – in your own business, not mine.
TLDR: My Gods matter more to me than any human agency, because at the end of the day my relationship is with them, and not you (unless it is, and then we can talk more. Still, put that finger away first).
A friend of mine recently asked me to write up the daily devotional that I do for Freyja. I decided to share it here as well. It’s heavily ADF influenced, as a lot of my private practice is. Thus you’ll see the fire, well, and tree (although establishing the sacred center was inspired by a similar process that I’ve seen Patricia Lafayllve do, shared with credit to her, and her permission). I also cleanse the space through invocations to Her. I know a lot of Heathens call on Thor for this, but I don’t work with him often, and She is the Priestess of the Sacrifice and as such can be called on to aid in hallowing and cleansing. Other than the sacred center and the prayer adapted from Galina the rest is my own work, including the invocation.
“I light now the sacred flame. Let us pray with a good fire.”
Hold the candle in front of you. Move it up and down and back and forth in front of your body, saying:
“Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, cleanse me and bless me, banish from me all baleful wights and wills and make me whole and holy. Oh sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, so be it. Hail Blotgydja.”
Walk candle around the room, saying:
“Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, cleanse and bless this space and banish from it all baleful wights and wills and make it whole and holy. Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, so be it. Hail Blotgydja.”
Asperge self with water from bowl, saying:
“Water from the sacred well, in Freyja’s name, cleanse me and bless me, banish from me all baleful wights and wills and make me whole and holy. Water from the sacred well, in Freyja’s name, so be it. Hail Blotgydja.”
Asperge eight directions of room, ceiling and floor, saying:
“Water from the sacred well, cleanse and bless this space, banish from it all baleful wights and wills, and make it whole and holy. Water from the sacred well, in Freyja’s name, so be it. Hail Blotgydja.”
“Hail Freyja Blotgydja!”
Establishing Sacred Center
Pass hand through candle flame, saying:
“In the south, the realm of flames and sparks, Muspelheim hight.”
Dip fingers in the well, saying:
“In the north, the realm of water and mist, Niflheim hight.”
“In the center, in the void, Ginnungagap hight, the fires of the south met the waters of the north. SSSSSSSSSSS (hissing sound). From this meeting, all things were made.”
Touch representation of Yggdrasil, saying:
“In the center, all things connecting, nine worlds supporting, a mighty tree, Yggdrasil hight.”
Calling to Freyja:
Raise arms, saying:
Hail Mardoll Freyja, Lady of Passion, Lady of Power.
Hail to Freyja, cat-chariot riding!
Hail to Freyja in passion abiding!
Hail to Freyja in red-gold lust screaming!
Hail to Freyja in deep seidh trance dreaming!
Hail to Freyja on falcon wings flying!
Hail to Freyja on dwarven bed sighing.
Hail to Mardoll in brightness and beauty.
Hail Blotgydja in your sacred duty.
Hail to Freyja in Passion and Power!
Hail to Freyja, bright Vanaheim’s flower!
Hail Mardoll Freyja, Vanadis!
Slowly lower arms, saying:
Be welcome on your shrine, be welcome in my home, be welcome in my life.
Light any candles you have for Her, saying:
“Freyja, I light now these candles in Your honor. May their warmth and light and sweet scent please you and bring you joy. Hail Freyja!”
Sing Her names, whichever ones please you and call to you in whatever tune you wish. Think of Her as they flow from your heart and through your lips. Feel your love for Her.
This is where I recite my personal devotional oath to Her. If you have that or something similar, this is a good time to do it.
Then recite any prayers you have for Her. I do different ones depending on need and mood. The one I use daily is adapted from Galina Krasskova’s prayer to Freyja (changed only in that I alter “we” and “our” to “I” and “my” when I am reading it alone:
“Hail to the Lady of Amber. Hail to the Lady of Steel. Bringer of luck, bestower of wealth. You are the envy of all the Gods, the treasure of the nine sacred worlds. Freyja, mighty and magnificent, I praise Your name with my passions. Ignite within me an awareness of my own creative fire. Ignite within me hunger, to burn through the pale shadows of my life and to find integrity: in all I do, in all I dream, in all I am. Bless me, Freyja, Lady of the Vanir, and I shall hail You, always.”
I also thank Her for Her blessings at this point. I usually say something like:
“Thank you Freyja, for your blessings. Thank you for your presence in my life. Thank you for being part of my life, and for letting me be part of Yours.”
Sometimes I include other blessings and gifts that I thank Her for as well.
Spend some time in silence with Her; it can be as short as three breaths or as long as you wish and have time for. Listen to Her, feel Her presence, and love and honor Her in your silence.
“Thank you, Freyja, for coming to my home and being in my life. Be with me always.”
Snuff the candles, one by one, saying:
“Thank you Freyja, hail and blessings!”
Turn to the flame, well, and tree.
“Thank you sacred flame. Thank you sacred well. Thank you sacred tree.”
Snuff the candle flame, saying:
“I have prayed with a good fire.”
And it is done.
My friend John and I have posted our first two episodes of Gifts of the Wyrd on Podbean. We hope to do at least one per month. Here is the link; I hope you enjoy!
Thank you, Dr. Seuss. Thank you for your open heart and kindness, your greatness of spirit and courage, and the simple, deep power of your words.
Today on this day of the anniversary of your birth, I honor you, Theodore Seuss Geisel, you who are a local hero here in San Diego. Today I thank you for teaching me that many things that you have: a love of wordplay and onomatopoeia; a knowledge that everyone is special, star-bellied or not; that a person is a person no matter how small, and how when we learn that we have to help the world to understand that so no one is overlooked or unloved or treated unfairly; that the trees have a voice and a life and need someone to speak for them because they cannot; that everyone matters. Thank you, I am a better person for having absorbed your words. Many of us are.
It wasn’t just children’s books you created. You did a lot of work as a political cartoonist, at a time when the world was in a bad place, around World War 2. You spoke out against isolationism, encouraged us to help our allies and fight against growing evil that we saw in the world.
We’re in bad shape now, Dr. Seuss. We’ve been in a war so long that there are grownups now that have never known a time of peace. It’s not like it’s a just war either; it’s war to cement our financial interests and our desire for control. It’s not protecting anyone at this point.
We have someone who wants to be President who scares us. A lot of people say he’s like Hitler. I mean, they’ve said that about every leader since Hitler, but this guy is a special case. He feeds peoples’ rage and meanness of spirit, their hatred and discrimination, and pumps them into a frenzy. He wants to build walls around us, Mr. Geisel. To isolate us and cut us off from our neighbors.
Right now we could really use a dose of your guidance, your greatness of spirit, your kindness, your compassion, and your courage. If there’s anything you can do from wherever you are, Mr. Geisel, please reach out and help us. We need you right now, so badly. We need someone to remind us that we aren’t the most important thing in the world, that everyone deserves to be taken care of, that there needs to be voices to speak for those who can’t, and that a person’s a person, no matter how (fill in the blank). Wherever you are, honored Ancestor, if there’s a way you can help us please do, because we’re really afraid and we need you now more than ever.
Thank you, Dr. Seuss, thank you Theodore Seuss Geisel. You’ve given us wisdom and wonder and beauty and joy. Thank you for your good gifts to us. On this day you are remembered, and what is remembered lives, and may your name and work never be forgotten.
This is beautiful! Let’s do this, for the Van-father!
The Njord card (by Grace Palmer) is finished. Y’all have been great with the fundraising — thank you. I still need to raise $100 to finish paying for this one. If I can raise half of that, i’ll donate the last fifty myself. Anyone able and willing to donate? You’ll get a number (6) of free cards.