Tag: Eihwaz

First Oath rite, 3/18/17

I am reworking ADF’s Dedicant Path, even though I know I won’t get any credit for it.  I feel it will help me deepen my spirituality by encouraging regular ritual and nature observance, and helping me get back to full rituals for each holiday.  The First Oath is an optional part of the DP that allows the student to oath that she is going to keep on the Pagan path and to keep growing and learning.  Even though I already did this several years ago, it felt good to get back to my First Oath and remind myself of what it was.

I used the “Simple Self Blessing Ritual and First Oathing” from Michael Dangler’s The ADF Dedicant’s Path Through the Wheel of the Year.  I did this ritual with my husband, who called to the Ancestors and Gatekeeper.  I spoke the rest of the parts.  Offerings were beer for everyone.  I lit a stick of cinnamon incense from the Fire to consecrate the altar.  I also sprinkled the altar with water from the Well.  My husband had water for his Waters of Life while I had beer.

Our Omen was Eihwaz, the yew rune, Algiz, the elk rune, and Wunjo, the joy rune.  Eihwaz to me represents spirituality, while Algiz speaks of protection.  I believe the Omen is saying that by working on my spirituality, I will receive protection and joy from the Kindreds.

I felt that there was definitely a more “spiritual” atmosphere than I have felt in previous rites, but perhaps that was because of my husband.  When I did the DP the first time around, he did rituals with me.  We got away from doing ritual together for a couple years, and only today did we start the practice up again.  All in all, I am happy with the ritual even though it was simple.

Blessings, Victoria

Devotional to Freyja 3/3/17

I didn’t actually do this devotional on Friday.  I was tired and so I had gone to bed, but woke up a little after midnight today (Saturday) and decided to do devotional (which actually helped me sleep).

Lady Freyja was my first Patron, so this devotional could be seen as the most crucial, though they are all important to me.

I lit Lady Freyja’s candle in Her special candle holder before saying this prayer:

Hail to the Lady of amber.  Hail to the Lady of steel.  Hail to the Lady of passion, Bringer of luck, Bestower of wealth.  You are the envy of all the Gods, the treasure of the nine sacred worlds.  Freya, mighty and magnificent, We praise Your name with our Passions.  Ignite within us an awareness of our own creative fire.  Ignite within us hunger, to burn through the pale shadows of our lives and to find integrity:  in all we do, in all we dream, in all we are.  Bless us, Freya, Lady of the Vanir, and we shall hail You, always.

(prayer by Galina Krasskova)

I then lit a stick of Freyja incense (again from the same shop) from Her candle as an offering.  While stirring my runes in my bag, I asked, “What blessings does Lady Freyja offer me?”

These were the runes I drew:

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The rune on the left is Raidho, the journey rune.  The middle rune is Eihwaz, the yew rune.  This rune represents Yggdrasil, the World Tree.  The rune on the right is Gebo, the gift rune.  This rune speaks of reciprocity and hospitality.  All together, I think these runes are saying that I will soon be embarking on a journey of a spiritual nature.  Gebo usually says to me that my offerings are accepted, so Lady Freyja appreciated the incense.

Hail Freyja!

Blessings, Victoria