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Closure of the Althing ceremony

 

The members of the Althing enter the area.

 

The Stormarksgothi enters the area where the Althing has been held, followed by the 2 assistants. Once all are in, the assistants re-close the rope perimeter.

The Stormarksgothi moves to the center, followed by the assistants.

 

 

STORMARKSGOTHI:

Hail Stormark! Hail the gods and wights who have honored us here by attending on our Althing!

 

STORMARKSGOTHI:

We are here to close the Althing!

 

With wisdom has the Althing debated and decided matters of import, and has worked as ever for the betterment of our Sovereign Viking Empire.

 

We honor Tyr, God of the Thing! We thank you for gracing us with the calm and the wisdom to make decisions and avoiding discord!

 

We do hereby close this session of the Althing.

 

 

The members of the Althing then depart.

 

The Stormarksgothi walks the perimeter, making the sign of the Thor's Hammer. The assistants follow, taking down the rope perimeter.

 

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Opening of the Althing ceremony

 

This may evolve over time, it need not be used in this, its original form. It is based on a combination of an Asatru blot and the description of the opening of an Althing in Iceland.

 

Opening of the Althing.

 

The Stormarksgothi enters the area where the Althing is to be held, followed by 2 assistants.

 

The Stormarksgothi walks the perimeter. The assistants follow, marking out the perimeter with a rope.

 

The Stormarksgothi moves to the center. The assistants leave the area, returning with the Harrow.

 

STORMARKSGOTHI:

Come, people of Stormark! Come to the Althing, to debate and to make decisions for our nation!

 

The members of the Althing enter the area. Once all are in, the assistants close the rope perimeter.

 

STORMARKSGOTHI:

(raising the Hammer of Thor from the Harrow)

(facing north, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

(facing east, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

(facing south, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

(facing west, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

In the center, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

 

STORMARKSGOTHI:

We are here to open the Althing!

 

We honor Tyr, God of the Thing! We ask that you grace us with the calm and the wisdom to make decisions without sowing discord among us!

 

The Stormarksgothi then runs the Hammer over the blot-bolli, tracing the pattern of the hammer.

 

STORMARKSGOTHI:

Thor, hallow this libation.

 

The Stormarksgothi sprinkles the libation on the harrow, using the sprig of oak.

 

The members of the Althing file past, each one being sprinkled with the libation.

 

Then, each member is given a share of the libation (from the original container) after taking a drink, any remainders are poured into the blot-bolli.

 

The Stormarksgothi pours the blot-bolli onto the ground, to share the libation with the wights.

 

The members of the Althing then take their seats and the Stormarksgothi departs, the assistants bringing the Harrow.

 

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Council of State affirmation

 

I [name, position] do solemnly affirm my intention to faithfully serve the Viking Empire in the Council of State. I will give counsel to the best of my ability, and in service of the Viking Empire with no fear of recrimination and make this affirmation willingly with no reservations.

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Abdication ceremony

 

This ceremony may be altered as needed.

 

The preparations are made, the decoration of the hall, the placing of the harrow, the throne, seating for the members of the Althing, and for any other visitors or citizens.

 

The citizens and visitors enter, the Althing is seated, the Stormarksgothi enters, followed by the senior nobility of the realm carrying the symbols of state, and finally, the Emperor enters. The Emperor stands before the harrow, facing the hall.

 

The Althing members are asked by the Stormarksgothi whether they will accept the abdication of the Emperor. They should accept by a show of hands.

 

The Stormarksgothi makes short remarks on the abdication of an Emperor.

 

The Stormarksgothi performs the Hammer Rite, as the first part of the blot, during which the liquid being used, having been blessed by Thor and Freyr, the god of Kingship as well as Odin, is sprinkled upon the symbols of state.

 

The Aesir and the Vanir are asked to protect the former Emperor and to guide the Empire through this time of change.

 

The symbols of state are then taken from the Emperor by the Empire's senior nobles, and put into State keeping until the accession of the next Emperor.

 

The Crown is removed from the head of the Emperor by the Imperial Chancellor, handed to the leading nobility, who place the Crown with the symbols of state.

 

A blot of thanks for the reign of the outgoing Emperor is done by the Stormarksgothi.

 

The former Emperor then takes his seat in the citizen/visitor seating area.

 

The leading nobility then swears to serve the Empire, and to keep the Empire until the new Emperor is crowned. They should touch the oath-ring (the oath-ring is one of the ritual pieces of the Stormarksgothi, a metal armband on which oaths are sworn) while doing so.

 

The blot is then finished, with the Althing, visitors and citizens taking of the drink passed.

 

After the blot is completed, the participants leave the hall, followed by the Stormarksgothi.

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Hammer Rite

 

The following is the full version of the Hammer-Rite, as it appears in many Asatru rituals, including the Blot.

 

STORMARKSGOTHI:

(raising the Hammer of Thor from the Harrow)

(facing north, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

(facing east, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

(facing south, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

(facing west, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

In the center, tracing the shape of the hammer)Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!

 

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Konungstekja

 

This ceremony may be altered as needed.

 

The hailing of a new king, konungstekja, meaning king-taking in Old Norse, is an ancient Germanic custom going back to the times of the petty kings in Norway. It was an expression by the people of their acceptance of a man as their king and a declaration of their loyalty to him. The kingship was a sort of hereditary electoral monarchy in which all the male heirs of the king had a legal claim to the throne. When the pretenders had been evaluated, as the sagas tell, the chosen one was proclaimed king by one of the chieftains, while the assembly of yeomanry, or freehold farmers, beat their shields in acclamation of the new king.

 

The preparations are made, the decoration of the hall, the placing of the harrow, the throne, seating for the Øyrating, etc.

 

The Øyrating, a national assembly for hailing the sovereign, is called.

 

The first wave of assistants enter, the Øyrating is seated, the Stormarksgothi enters, followed by the senior nobility of the realm carrying the symbols of state, and finally, the new Emperor enters. The Emperor stands before the harrow, facing the hall.

 

The Øyrating is asked by the Stormarksgothi whether they will accept the new Emperor. They should accept by a shout of acclaim for the Emperor.

 

The Stormarksgothi makes short remarks on the accession of a new Emperor, after which he administers the oath of office to the Emperor, who repeats the oath.

 

The Stormarksgothi performs the Hammer Rite, as the first part of the blot, during which the liquid being used, having been blessed by Thor and Freyr, the god of Kingship as well as Odin, is sprinkled upon the symbols of state and the new Emperor.

 

The symbols of state are then presented to the new Emperor by the Empire's senior nobles.

 

The Crown is put on the head of the Emperor, held by the senior nobility, joined by the Imperial Chancellor.

 

When the crown is upon the head of the new Emperor, all should shout, "Long live the Emperor!"

 

A blessing of the reign is done by the Stormarksgothi.

 

The new Emperor then sits upon the throne.

 

The leading nobility then swears to serve the Emperor, each kneeling before the Emperor while swearing. They should touch the oath-ring (the oath-ring is one of the ritual pieces of the Stormarksgothi, a metal armband on which oaths are sworn) while doing so.

 

The blot is then finished, with the Øyrating, senior nobility and the Emperor partaking of the wine (or other liquid) being shared with the gods.

 

After the blot is completed, the Emperor leaves the hall, followed by the Stormarksgothi, the leading nobility, the Øyrating, and then all other visitors.

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Blot

 

The Blot is the general Asatru ritual.

 

This is a general outline of a Blot.

 

On the harrow is the libation (usually some form of alcohol, occasionally water, milk or juice) the Thor's Hammer, the twig (usually of oak, rowan, or ash) and the blot-bolli.

 

1. Hammer-Rite

2. The Gothi/Gythia speaks on the subject for the day, usually including information from the sagas, eddas and/or Havamal.

3. The Gothi/Gythia honors the gods/goddesses being honored, talks about the reason they are being called upon, asks of them if that is part of the ritual.

4. The Gothi/Gythia hallows the libation using the Thor's Hammer.

5. The participants are sprinkled with the libation by the Gothi/Gythia using the twig.

6. Each participant drinks a small quantity of the libation, and pours some into the blot-bolli.

7. The remainder of the libation is poured onto the ground (outdoors) as a way of sharing the drink with the gods or other wights (beings)

8. The Gothi/Gythia thanks the gods, ancestors and/or wights and closes the ceremony.

 

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Ausa Vatni--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Name-giving ritual performed for a child when nine days old.

Performed by the parents of the child, with the assistance of friends and family.

No official Gothi or Gythia is necessary.------------------------------------------------------------

 

The friends and family gather around the harrow in a circle.

 

The Father performs the Hammer-rite while mother sits in center holding child.

 

Father speaks about the birth of the child, pregnancy of mother, may include any personal references.

 

Mother speaks about child, may add any personal information.

 

When finished speaking, the Father looks closely at the child. Three women representing the Norns lean forward, waiting for the Father to speak.

 

Father holds child above his head. Mother goes to blot-bolli on the harrow, puts twigs and taufri into the water.

 

Father sprinkles the child with water from the blot-bolli using the twigs.

 

Father says, "With this water, and the power of the Well of Wyrd, we accept (name of child) into the family, and bestow upon the child his/her orlog, in the name of Thor (sprinkle once) in the name of Freyr (sprinkle twice) and in the name of Njord (sprinkle a third time)

 

The Norns light their candles.

 

Gifts are given to the child by each guest, the child touching each one.

 

The horn and bread are given to the Norns, who each speak of the orlog of the child.

 

Then are gifts given to each of the Norns.

 

The horn is then passed around to all participants, first the Father, last the Mother.

 

Father: Now have we received (name of child) into our family, now we will begin the feast.

 

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