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(Note: Heathen Temple is submitting various rites and ways of Asatru. Some may be ‘fluffy’ others not so much. The goal is to increase your knowledge and give you a framework of practice seeing there is really no step by step given in Lore. this includes all information on the page in general as well unless Historical context is provided)
[Editors’ Note: This ritual involves animal sacrifice, which requires specialised tools and skills. Before deciding to undertake this rite as scripted, readers are strongly encouraged to read the article “On Animal Sacrifice,”]
Midsummer Blót is a traditional, Greater Hátíð, the honoring of summer and all of the gods and goddesses collectively. The reason for all of the gods and goddesses to be worshipped together is due to a myth given to us by Saxo Grammaticus’ Saxonis Gesta Danorun. Great bonfires, feasts,and games were held all over Northern Europe. We know of this hátíð through the collections of folklorists, edicts by church officials disallowing its observances, and writings of Christian writers
describing the events. The Acts of St. Vincent written in the fourth century describes how pagans
in Aquitane, France celebrated a holiday by rolling a burning wheel. Although Miðsummer was not
specified, about a thousand years later it appeared in the writings of a monk of Winchcombe, near
Gloucestershire. He referred to the burning wheel custom ascribing it to Miðsummer’s Eve which
occurred near their celebration of the Feast of St John the Baptist. Then, in the book, The Popish
Kingdom, by the Protestant writer Thomas Naogeorgus (in 1570), the ancient pagan celebration is
described and some customs observed in detail and explained that it was once done all over
Europe. Also, the 11th-century Anglo-Saxon medical text, Lacnunga, often marks Miðsummer as
the time to collect certain herbs. Occurring on the Summer Solstice (around June 21st), it is the
longest day of the year, and is sometimes associated with the myth of the death of the Nordic god,
Balder. But, as previously said, it is often ascribed to being a hátíð in which all the gods and
goddesses are honored. Some modern customs include the burning of a sun-wheel or a wagon
wheel, jumping through bonfires for luck, poetry/lore games, dramatic plays (or Mummer’s Plays),
Morris or sword dancing, and reading Baldrs Draumar from the Poetic Edda.
GoðI Assistant (preferably female) Handlers (as needed)
Blowing horn Candle, flame, or glóðker (brazier)
Hammer Straw form of Balder
Tools for animal sacrifice (see earlier article, “On Animal Sacrifice”)
Calling of the Folk: A BLOWING HORN is blown 3 times
Lighting of the Need-Fire:
Goði: By the holy gods of our folk, we kindle the fires of creation! Let fire be quickened by
flame and may the sacred flame of our folk, which forever burns, radiate in Miðgarð! [then
lights the bonfire, CANDLE, or glóðker]
Declaration of Hátíð:
Goði: We gather at this noon-tide of Miðsummer, to give honor and sacrifice to the gods and
goddesses of our folk! We also give honor and sacrifice to our great ancestors, whose blood
runs through our veins! The great wheel of our year turns, the sun is at its peak, and our
ancestors continue to give us great wisdom.
Invocation/Calling of the Gods
Goði: From across the Bifröst Bridge, lend us your might and main in Miðgarð, great gods and
goddesses all! We call upon you to witness this blót! Come from Ásgarð to our realm and take
your seats of honor! Hail the Gods! Hail the Goddesses!
Here insert either an appropriate guided meditation or perhaps selected verses from the Poetic
Edda, which gives one a sense or inspiration of strength and happiness.
Sanctifying of Sacrifice
The sacrificial animal is brought forth, with reverence.
Goði: [holding high the HAMMER as a representation of Mjöllnir] By the primordial essences of Fire
and Ice, mighty Ása-Þórr, hallow and bless this sacred beast! [then pass the hammer’s head
over the sacrificial animal]
Goði: May any who desire to wish our warded traveler well, you may do so now.
The assembled folk, one at a time, may step forward and lay a hand on the animal and say a few
words, thank it for its sacrifice, or to wish it a good journey. It may be asked to deliver a message.
But such should never be demanded.
In a gentle fashion, any handlers should step forward and assist.
Goði: Great Gods of Ásgarð, accept our gift. [The Goði then steps forward and appropriately
sacrifices (the usual method being by bleeding) the animal. Another person, preferably a
woman, should hold the hlautbolli to catch the sacrificial blood.]
Rauð/Blessings to the Folk
Goði: [taking the hlautteinar, dripping them into the hlautbolli, and sprinkling the folk lightly] May
the blessings of the gods be upon you.
The hlautbolli is then handed to the Goði and it is held high over the harrow.
All: From the gods, to the earth, to us…
from us, to the earth, to the gods.
The Goði then pours the contents onto the harrow, if it is an outdoor stone type. If it is a
temporary or movable altar, a designated ground space should be chosen. The assembled folk
may then cheer loudly.
The folk should then prepare the veizla from the sacrificial animal.
This should be done at sunset. Gather the folk together by a fire, and all sit around. Someone
should read, Baldrs Draumar from the Poetic Edda. Once read, place a straw representation of
Baldr in his funeral boat upon the fire. All should wish him well journey. Then, as this more
informal fórn burns, all should contemplate life and lust-for-life to bring things into perspective.
Then, the festivities should begin again, the veizla and then sumble accordingly, as usual protocol
suggests should be held.