The following are ritual regalia that can be collected over a period of time; nothing is essential at the start, but as you progress you should try to collect as much as you can. Ritual Regalia gives symbolism and effect to any rite.
- Thor’s Hammer – This is a Ritual Hammer used for the Hammer Rite at the start of each ritual. You can make this up yourself quite easily, using a normal hammer-head and putting an oak shaft on it. Oak is the wood of Thunor. You could use copper in the making of a Ritual Hammer, since this is also sacred to Thunor. If you wish to use symbolism on the hammer, the Thorn-Rune (Hammer/Axe), Sigel-Rune (Lightning-Bolt) or the Fylfot-Swastika (Hammer-in-Flight) should be used – these are all associated with Thunor.
- Ritual Axe – alternatively, or together with the hammer, you could use a Ritual Axe. This symbolism was used prior to the hammer, and is also sacred to the Hammer-God or Axe-God. This should also be dedicated to Thunor or to Forseti.
- Ritual Sword – this is an optional extra, and any suitable sword can be used. It is more essential for the inner form of the Irminist Religion since the sword-god of the Saxons was symbolised by a Sword.
- Ritual Earth-Bowl – you can use one of these for indoor work. You could use a wooden bowl and decorate it with runes or whatever suits your purpose. (Here we can adapt this as a magical act by gathering soil from various sacred places around the area and putting the soil together in the Earth-Bowl – this is a means of making a ‘Sacred Centre’ with soil from all over the same area.)
- Ritual Candles – again, for indoor work, you can get hold of a ritual candle-holder. This represents the Sacred Centre and the Sacred Fire.
- Ritual Flag – any suitable flag can be used for ritual work, depending upon the rite. We have used the White Dragon Flag or English Cross, as well as the Wolf-Hook Rune. For indoor use, or even outdoor use if you wish, this should be draped over your “altar” (a table or whatever).
- Ritual Knife – you can also get hold of one of these, or make up a ritual knife yourself if you have the skills. This can be placed upon the altar and used for rituals where it is needed. Some form of Seax is most suitable.
- Ritual Garb – you can use ritual clothing if this suits you; one thing that does enhance a ritual is a Ritual Hood worn with normal clothing. The hood should most certainly be used in more secretive magical ritual.
- Ritual Blowing Horn – this is used to open the rites. It is symbolic of the Horn of Awakening which awakens Gods and Men to the Last Battle. This should be a cow’s horn of any size that suits you.
- Ritual Mead-Horn or Ale-Horn – again this is a cow’s horn, polished and embellished with runes or symbols (if you so wish). You can burn runic symbols into horn, but be very careful since some parts may be very thin – no point having holes in a drinking-horn! An alternative is to get hold of some form of leather armband and put it around the horn for decoration, or use a clear piece of leather and mark runes into it.
- Ritual Arm-Ring – this is symbolic of the Ring of Woden (Draupnir) and oaths can be sworn upon it. Alternatively, Wuldor’s Ring (another Oath-Ring) is usually thought to be a finger-ring, and this can also be worn.
- Ritual Fire-Bowl – This can either be a metal bowl adapted to use for a small fire, or a small brazier bought for the purpose. The best type for use on sacred sites is the small brazier since it doubles for a fire to keep warm in the cold autumn/winter months. (If you use this both as a Ritual Fire and Camp-Fire ensure that no rubbish is burn on it.)
These are the main types of Wodenic Regalia for ritual use; there are other things you can get hold of, or make yourself. If you are into the mystic-magical side then you will probably wish to build up a set of Magical Weapons, Rune-Staffs, and Rune-Staves etc. These have been dealt with under Magical Weapons.
The wearing of the Thor’s Hammer makes outsiders aware of what we are doing, if only to make them ask what it is. This is the most used symbol of Heathenism, but the Valknut, Black Sun, or Irminsul can be used instead (or as well).
Any form of Anglo-Saxon or Viking costume can be worn for rituals since this can add an air of mysticism to the rites. This also applies to using the Old English Language for esoteric rituals since this is a kind of Ur-Tongue, but trying to adopt this to everyday life is a rather futile act. An alternative to this for esoteric rites is to use a hooded robe – we do so for use in our Inner Rites.