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To blt (pronounced bloat) is to sacrifice. 2. The Hallowing- The area is sanctified. 3. The Rede - An explanation of the ceremony.

Bltar (the plural form of blt) strengthen the bonds Rituals are preferably held outside. Whether in Statement of purpose or why the ritual is being
between humans and the gods, our holy kin. With a sanctified forest or a particular grove. The perimeter held this is often followed by a reading of poetry or
bltar we honor the gods in a social atmosphere and of the ritual area, the v, is often first marked out with prose which sets the mythic context of the ritual.
invite them to share in our celebrations and give them wooden stakes, often of hazelwood, which can be
gifts in return for divine favor. linked by rope of natural fiber. It is then sanctified by a 4. The Signaling - those the ceremony is to honor
A blt can be elaborate or a simple matter, procession of fire. The purpose of the hallowing is not are called.
performed alone in just a few minutes. When a group to ward the area but rather to make it more inviting to Some kindreds start with a prayer to the sir
partakes in a blt, especially if outdoors, calls to the the gods. Thor was often invoked by our ancestors to and Vanir to thank them for their past blessings and to
gods are often shouted out and are punctuated by loud make something sacred. The formula in Old Norse used ask their continued blessings upon the kindred.
Hails! echoed by the folk When someone in an to accomplish this was rr uiki or Thor make this Some kindreds will then offer personal prayers
satr ritual says Hail! or hails a god its appropri- sacred!. The procession was probably counter-clock- and invocations and welcome new members.
ate to repeat after them in a similar tone and loudness. wise. A chant or prayer can be added here. The Anglo- The signalling officially begins with a call to
For a blt our ancestors would have slaugh- Saxon Eldright suggests: the god or gods to be honored on this occasion. The
tered a sacrificial animal. Today most Heathens get Gothi or Gythia commonly will stand in the form of the
their meat from a grocer. The animal selected for the Fire I bear around this sacred site, Elhaz rune, like a Y, for the call.
feast was treated with honor and often bedecked with And bid all men make peace, In Indo-European traditions prayers often
garlands and ribbons. Much care was put into the Flame I bear to enclose, ...included exactly the two components of praise of the
preparation of the holy feasts. We honor this tradition And bid evil spirits to flee deity, not infrequently in the second person, followed
by sanctifying food and drink being prepared for a feast Thor make sacred this holy site by a request to the deity (John Lindow, Addressing
by passing it over a flame and making the sign of the Thor, p. 132). The formula often used in The Troth is:
hammer, an inverted T, over it and perhaps saying a Fire I bear around this sacred site, Hail (best-known name), (descriptive epithet),
short blessing like, Thor hallow this food. To lend an And bid all men make peace, Child of (parent), lover of (spouse),
air of sacredness to the feast many will decorate and Flame I bear to enclose, You who dwell in (name of hall),
garnish the dishes for the feast as they would for any And bid outlaws fare away. You who (summarize several relevant deeds)
lavish dinner party. During the feast a separate plate is Thor make sacred, Thor make sacred, With your (characteristic tool or weapon)
often set aside for the gods and ancestors. Thor make sacred this holy site. Come swiftly to aid me
The Need Fire is the sacred temple fire of the Thor make sacred, Thor make sacred, As I (summarize problem being addressed).
Northern European traditions. Outside of a temple, Thor make sacred this holy site.
these fires were often started with a fire bow. The kin- 5. The Loading/Hallowing - The mead is made holy.
dling of the Need Fire was itself a sacred act believed Some will alternately use the Hammer The Gothi takes up the horn and his assistant
to drive away evil spirits and is today often used as Hallowing to sanctify the space. Starting at the North, fills it with mead. The food and drink for the blt is
beginning of the hallowing of the ritual area. and rotating clockwise while making the Hammer-sign, consecrated by carrying it around the hearth fire three
at each direction: times. What, if anything was said is unknown, but the
1. Gathering - Participants arrange themselves. Hammer in the North, hallow and hold this Holy Stead! Heini tradition suggests Gods and Elves, make this
The gathering was traditionally preceded with Hammer in the East, hallow and hold this Holy Stead! (mead/beer/milk/ meat/bread) holy or in old norse
a procession, a Sith. The processional, the ritual area, Hammer in the South, hallow and hold this Holy Stead! sir ok Alfar, helgi (meau/bjr/mjlk/kjt/brau)
and the feast table were decorated with seasonal flow- Hammer in the West, hallow and hold this Holy Stead! etta and making the sign of Thors Hammer over it.
ers, boughs, garlands, and wreaths appropriate to the The Gothi then holds up the horn and offers it
holiday being celebrated. For outdoor rituals, a hrg, or altar of heaped first to the god being honored that night in exchange
To set the mood, some rituals will start with a stones, was used. Indoors, altars were made of wood or for the blessing of the god(s).
chant. Some begin rituals by chanting Odin, Vili, Ve, other materials and called a stall. Idols were often made
either in three rounds or continuously. It prepares the of wood the largest examples being from indoor altars, 6. The Sharing - Each drinks a small quantity of
celebrants for the ritual and links the participants to the often being at least life-sized. mead then pours the rest into the blessing bowl.
Heathen gods of creation, intensifying the connection Once a v has been sanctified it is considered The Gothi drinks from the horn of mead,
between Midgard and the gods. a frigar or peace-stead. To our ancestors this meant imbued with the power and blessing of the gods, which
The start of the ritual is often signaled by that it was taboo to shed blood, carry weapons, or pol- is then passed around the circle, either person to person
sounding a horn three times. lute the ground with bodily wastes within the v. or by the assistant, often referred to as the Valkyrie in
this role. By drinking, the gathered folk share the 9. The Closing/Leaving - the ceremony is ended.
power of the gods among themselves. The horn often The rite is adjourned and often followed by a
makes three rounds, the first round to the gods and the full sumbel. If a temporary v was constructed, it may

Bltar
subsequent rounds varying from group to group. If you be taken down by simply removing the stakes and
are not comfortable drinking from the horn, it is tradi- thanking the spirits of the land or house.
tional to make your offering and then kiss the rim of
the horn before passing it on.
The first round, the bede, is said to the gods. It On-Line Resources A brief guide to satr ritual.
is custom to dedicate the bede to the god of the holy Angelseaxisce Ealdriht
tide being celebrated. It is also customary to only call
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(Anglo-Saxon Eldright)
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well. When the horn is one-third full, it is emptied into Heini
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The food and drink of the feast are consumed Raven Kindred - What Happens At A Blot
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sprinkled with mead. Knowest how one shall write,
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been blessed for that purpose. The mead is poured from knowest how one shall ask,
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and each person saying a blessing to each. -Havaml 145 (Bellows trans.)
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The blt bowl and plates laid out for the gods -Havaml 40 (Bellows trans.)
and ancestors are taken outside and given to the gods
and land wights. This is often done by depositing the
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