Ôstara Blót

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This is a simple little ritual I pieced together. The words for the fire lighting is classic Ceisiwr Serith used in ADF liturgy. I use fire to ward and hallow instead of the Hammer Rite. A lot of the wording I’ve gotten for my Norse rites is from The Hammerstead Kindred Blot Book.
On the altar have a goddess figure, to represent Ôstarâ, that has little holes or perforations all in it for placing flowers; it could be just a basic form made of chicken wire or a papier-mâché figure with little holes punched in it with an ice pick. Decorate the altar with colored papier-mâché eggs and an Osterhase (Ôstarâ Hare). Everyone brings flowers and greenery to place on the goddess figure, and any other offerings they want to bring.

Warding: Hallowing Charm

(A musical signal marks the beginning of ritual.)

Introduction & Fire Lighting
“We gather now as our ancestors did, to worship the Old Ones and commemorate the turning seasons of the year at the time of Ôstara. As our ancestors did before us, let us pray with a good fire. I kindle the sacred fire in wisdom, love, and power.” (light fire)
“Sacred fire, burn within us.”

The Call: “Hail Sunna! Herald of Spring: She who brings the warmth & the light.
Hail Nerthus! Mother of Spring: She whose body is crops’ delight.
Hail Frey! Lord of Spring: He who blesses the land; its king.
Hail Freya! Lady of Spring: She who permeates all living things.
Hail Ôstarâ! Flower Maiden: The embodiment of Spring.
Hail Thor!  Bringer of Rain: He who is the friend of farmers, & makes grow the grain.
Make fruitful our labors, & also our crops, that we may live & prosper!”

The Hallowing & Blessing: the mead is passed over the fire. The participants and the altar are sprinkled with the hallowed drink. leader/gothi says: “May the blessings of the Holy Ones be upon us.”

The Sharing: the drink is shared and hails made. When the last of the drink is poured into the blótbolli (blessing bowl), leader/gothi says: “Holy Ones, accept our gifts! Hail the gods and goddesses of life! Hail to the holy, all-giving earth!”

Symbolism: Everyone walks in procession around the circle to the altar to place flowers or other tokens of Spring into the perforations of the goddess figure, while singing “O’ She Will Bring“.

Offering & Closing: the mead in the blótbolli is poured onto the ground at the base of a tree (or over a hörgr).
“From the Gods to the earth, to us. From us, to the earth, to the Gods.
The cycle continues. The rite is ended”

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2 responses »

  1. thank you so much for putting your self out here for all to read. i appreciate the time and effort you put in to these blogs.
    i try very hard to respect an individual’s right to personal spirituality, but i’ve been attacked several times by a specific group of monotheists who follow the writings of a man named Lew White. their claim is that “pagans” (polytheists) performed horrible easter rituals involving the blood of human infants. i have researched and researched for months, trying to disprove this, but all i get is the propaganda that has been thrown in my face.
    i KNOW that in reality i do not need to prove or disprove this, b/c what a person or a group of people do in a deity’s name should only reflect upon those people, not the actual deity. and it is true that the christian god has been used many times in the name of war, whether or not he is an actual war god or just perceived that way is still a bit confusing to me.
    anyway, i’ve needed to vent this for quite a while and i am thankful for the opportunity to do that here, on this forum

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