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Sigrdrífa the Priestess

[Golden Hearth] Ritual of Marital Blessing

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Dawn was about break above the Golden Hearth, one of the thirteen Fulltrui Temples.

 

The Golden Hearth is a large temple building which is dedicated to the Lady Divine Frigga, the Vanir Goddess who is one of the three Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark. The temple aforesaid is situated on the premises of the Vanadísarhall, the Imperial Hall of the High Realm of Stormark and official residence of the High King of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms.

 

The gallery above the altar area of the Spindle Chamber of the Golden Hearth was filled with robed and hooded figures, who were all silently and intently watching the scene below them.

 

Her High Holiness Forn Siðr Fúrstafrúa Sigrdrífa the Priestess of the House of Vanadís Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple was standing behind the altar. The aforesaid Princess of the Ancient Ways was dressed in magnificent ritual robes and leading a ancient Ritual of Marital Blessing.

 

The altar was carved from a solid block of ancient Valtian stone, by hands that were not human but Elvish. Hundreds of light blue candles provided flickering light, which reflected off the altar area's Worship Water, a small pool near the altar, and the thirteen brass gongs spaced equally around the outside of the sacred perimeter.

 

The purpose of the age-old ritual is to bless the marriage of the newlyweds His Imperial and Royal Highness Storjarl Hallbjörn Haraldsson of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja and Her Imperial and Royal Highness Storjarla Esther Maryam Amirdokhtar of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja.

 

The Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple shouted the last words of the ancient incantation in a strange and enchanting tongue, and the lady temple attendants around the altar then struck the brass gongs in unison.

 

Immediately after the sounding of the gongs the newlywed husband Storjarl Hallbjörn enters the chamber of worship followed by his daughter Storjarla Fjǫrleif Hallbjörnsdóttir, his sister Storjarla Æsileif Haraldsdóttir, his father High King Harald, and his mother Storjarla Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdóttir.

 

Storjarl Hallbjörn is carrying a flat stone with blessings inscribed in the ancient runes of Valtia for his marriage with Lady Esther. Those who are following him are holding thirteen roses each.

 

The company of Imperials solemnly walks to the pool and halts near its edge, where they are joined by the Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple. A single flute starts playing an ancient romantic tune and Her High Holiness raises her arms high up in the air and chants aloud:

 

"Lady Frigga, we call you to bless,
Hallbjörn's and Esther's love.
Let them be healthy, let them be happy,
Bring your blessings from above."

 

"Come to us, come! Sweet All-Mother!
Bless this husband, bless his wife.
Come to us, come! Sweet All-Mother!

Bless them all their life."

 

"On the roads of life they will roam,
Safely fare forth, and safely return.
Beauty and bounty be in their home,
And brightly shall your hearthfire burn."

 

"Come to us, come! Sweet All-Mother!
Bless this husband, bless his wife.
Come to us, come! Sweet All-Mother!
Bless them all their life."

 

"May they meet each challenge together,
Strenght and courage help them strive.
Sunshine or rain, in every weather
What they plant shall grow and thrive."

 

"Come to us, come! Sweet All-Mother!
Bless this husband, bless his wife.
Come to us, come! Sweet All-Mother!
Bless them all their life."

 

Their strands of fate are now entwining,
May the Nornir weave them well.
Family, Disir, friends combining
"Wish you luck, wherever they dwell."

"Come to us, come! Ancestors all!
Bless this husband, bless his wife.
Come to us, come! Ancestors all!
Bless them all their life."

 

Storjarl Hallbjörn then casts the stone to the center of the pool while shouting: "With the love of sweet Frigga and the luck of her stone."

 

Before the stone can hit the surface of the water, a pair of inhumanly beautiful hands rises from below the water's surface and catches the stone.

 

In a burst of golden magic the image of the Lady Frigga appears and she waves and smiles assuringly to Hallbjörn and the others present. Her image then slowly fades away, leaving all those present with feelings of joy, warmth, and contentment.

 

Storjarl Hallbjörn and Storjarla Fjǫrleif Hallbjörnsdóttir then leave the Spindle Chamber towards their new joyous life with the new members of their little family: Lord Jonathan and Lady Esther. The High King and the Ladies Æsileif and Geirbjörg go to their apartments in the Vanadísarhall.

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