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Opening of the Althing Ceremony

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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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