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A Cymro-Norse Ritual
Skadi (to Freyr):
Lord of life, hail Land-master!
God of grain that grows and dies
And rises reborn, full of richness;
Fallow fields shall yet be fertile --
Spring sap runs as stirs your phallus --
Bless barren earth, let it bear again!
Freyr (to Skadi):
Show-shoes striding, hail swift huntress!
Wild one, free and willful goddess,
Bow and blade you bear beside you,
Finding food to fend off hunger.
Winter will not leave us wanting;
Give good hunting, grant us skill!
Freyja (to Heimdallr):
Standing steadfast, hail far-seer!
Watchful one, on rainbow waiting,
Horn at hand to rouse the heroes,
News you know from nine worlds over.
People's parent and our patron,
Open our eyes to altered sight.
Heimdallr (to Freyja):
Vanir bride, hail vision-giver!
Capped in cat-fur, cloaked in feathers,
Drumming for the dance of dreams,
You haste to hunt out hidden things.
Scant now the screen that hinders sight;
Let us learn the lore of trance-work.
Vala (to Odin):
One-eye, wanderer, god of wisdom,
Hunt-lord, hail, who leads the hosting!
Nine nights hanging, knowledge gaining,
Cloaked at crossroads, council hidden.
Now the night, your time is near us --
Right roads send us on, rune-winner.
Odin (to Vala):
Every age your eye has witnessed,
Cauldron-keeper; hail, wise crone!
Rede in riddles is your ration --
Wyrd-weaving at the world-tree's root.
Eldest ancient, all-knowing one,
Speak secrets to us, send us kenning.
Welcome winter, waning season,
Now with night the new year comes;
All who honour elder kinsfolk
Dance the dead to earthly drums.
Souls respected safeguard living
House we'll hold, and hallow hearth;
Blessings be on those who bide here,
And indeed on all the Earth!
© Leigh Ann
This is from a Wiccan ritual written for the
NROOGD´s ( New Reformed Order of the Golden Dawn's)
1987 Samhain. I especially
like the skilled alliteration.
Image: Arthur Rackham.
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