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Wodenic Rituals

Wali Day Rite - This is in honour of the Bow-God and son of Woden, Wali (Vali); his day is February 14th which you will recognise as "St. Valentine's Day", the name itself derived fromn Wali (Vali). The arrows of the Bow-God pierce the frost-clad Earth, and these symbolise the Sun's rays which get stronger at this time of the late winter and begin to melt the hard frosts. Wali is the slayer of the Powers of Darkness since he represents the Sun's rays which penetrate the Darkness of Winter and begin to warm up the Earth ready for the Spring and the new growth and new life to come. This is where the idea of this feast being about love, for it is the loving rays of the Sun which warm up the Earth and make it fertile once more. Wali is also the son of Woden and Rinda, and the slayer of Blind Hod. Blind Hod here represents the Darkness of Winter, the darkest and most destructive period of the yearly cycle.

Summer Finding - This is held on March 21st and is the start of the Spring; it represents the rebirth of the Earth, new life and new growth. This period is ruled over by Hretha who is the harsh goddess found in the cold March Winds. Another aspect of Spring begins to take shape at this time, Ostara, the Dawn Goddess and Goddess of New Life and Growth who brings new life into being as the Sun's rays warm the cold Earth. This time is also that of the god Frey who warmed up the Earth when he wooed Gerda (Gerda = Earth), driving out the frost and cold and ushering in the Dawn Sun.

England Day Rite - Sigurd's Day Rite - This is held on April 23rd which is the National Day of England; it is dedicated to Sigeweard (Sigurd) who is the English Dragon-Slayer. In Norse Mythology it is Sigurd that slays the Dragon, eats his heart (soul) and drinks his blood (spirit) and thus becomes a Dragon-Lord himself. He takes the Gold Hoard (Solar Wisdom of the Ancient Solar-Race) and then learns the mystery of the Runes from his Walkyrie - Sigrdrifa. He wields the Broken Sword which is a mystery that is part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His part is taken by Aragorn in Lord of the Rings; he is the Rightful King who regains his position after defeating the Dark Forces led by the Dark Lord. The area around the Uffington White Horse ( a solar symbol) would appear to be based upon this mythology. The area of Dragon Hill below is associated with the White Dragon of England. This whole area was once named after the AEsir-Gods. On the day of April 23rd we celebrate this heroic figure and also the English Nation as the slayer of the Dragon of Darkness.

Midsummer Rite - We hold this around June 21st - June 24th which is the onset of the Summer. This rite is dedicated to Baldaeg who is the Sun-God of the English, and whose death brings on the Ragnarok - Doom of the Powers. This is the mid-point of the year when the Sun has reached its highest and most powerful, yet will now start its decline towards the darkest period at Midwinter. Paradoxically from this time until the Winter Finding (Winter Evennight) the land is at its hottest and the Sun at its most powerful. At this rite it is good to use the ancient Sun-Wheel or Fylfot as symbolic of the Sun-God at his most powerful - it is a time of games and revelry.

Helgi the Wulfinga Rite - On August 17th we honour the coming Last Avatar - Helgi the Wulfinga (Kalki Avatar) - who will arise here in England as the greatest of Folk-Heroes and the Deliverer of the Folk. This is the hottest part of the year and a time when we can hold a more social occasion where we drink mead & ale around the Folk-Fires and honour the coming of our own incarnation of Woden. The Wulfinga Mysteries are part of the Cult of Woden, and the coming of the Last Avatar is the central point of the creation of Woden's Folk. The Wulfingas are an offshoot of the Wolsungas, so this rite links directly to the Sigurd's Day Rite and the mysteries held therein.

Winter Finding - Also called the Winter Evennight, this is held on September 21st; it is the start of the autumn season and the period of decline and decay that foresees the onset of the cold winter. Here we see the green of the trees fading to brown and gold, and the onset of decay setting in as the leaves get ready to fall. There is life left within the evergreen trees, and new life to come when the leaves grow again in the following Spring, but this is the season of the falling of the leaves and the decay of life towards the death of winter. The warmth of summer and life gives way to the cold of decay and death - all part of the Natural Cycle. Today the mass of people cannot face death - we need to do so and to understand that there is no end - just the start of a new beginning.

Einheriar Day (Heroes Day) - This is held on November 11th and is the time of the year in which the Ancestral Spirits are honoured and called up to stand beside those whose blood they live in today. This is the same festival as that of "Halloween" but is nearer to the true time as the dating of the calender was changed. This is the basis of the "ghosts" associated with "Halloween" since these are merely the geists - the spirits of the ancestors. The idea of witches merely underlines the theme of heathendom and its magico-mystical basis. Indeed, the date of November 5th is merely another phase of the same period of festivities and is a Fire-Festival that brings light into the period of darkness that is upon us at this time of the year.

The Mothers' Night (Midwinter) Rite - This is perhaps the most important rite known to the Northern Folk, for it represents the rebirth of the Sun at the longest night of the year, when the Power of Darkness is at its greatest. This represents the Triumph of the Sun and the Triumph of the Son - the Last Avatar who will defeat the Powers of Darkness and Matter. Even the Judaeo-Christians could not wipe out this important festival, for it lingered longest in their "Christmas", and their "Father Christmas" was none other than our All-Father himself - Woden. The idea of a "son" (Christ) being born at this time is merely a word-ply upon the Sun being reborn out of the longest darkness. This festival is also seen as the Birth of HelgiH, whose appearance will coincide with the Winter Sunstead of Year 12 : Age of Ing (2012); in Norse Mythology Helgi was born at the Yuletide with the three Wyrd Sisters (Norns) in attendance to the great Hero.

These are the 8 rites that make up the Wheel of the Year in Wodenism. They are part of a yearly cycle of worship and honouring in which the seasonal changes are felt and a return to the Natural Order is made by those who participate. The following rites are also used within Wodenism -

Naming Rite - naming of the new-born child, done within the first 6 months usually.

7-Year Initiation - Rite of Passage at 7 years old.

14-Year Initiation - Rite of Passage at 14 years old.

21-Year Initiation - Rite of Passage at 21 years old.

Handfasting Rite - Heathen marriage ceremony (a registry office ceremony has to be done prior to this to make it legal).

Bael Blot - honouring a dead comrade, rite of passage at death.

As you can see here the human life-span is seen as a cycle in itself, and each part of the cycle is honoured with its own rite. The ages 7-14-21 were periods of 7 years up to adulthood, whilst the 18 year old point is merely a political ploy to get more votes via younger people and does not represent the traditional cycle. We have now set the Wodenic Profession at 16 (lowered from 18) so as to cater for the period of youth in which the warrior-spirit is formed.

 

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