Rite of Initiation into a Kindred
Initiation rituals are intended to build up a specific and highly focused magical energy in a previously inert subject. They establish a contact of energies, and then work through a step-by-step process that brings the candidate into harmony with those energies.
Initiate should wear a black cloak or robe.
Initiate kneels on one knee (or is seated) and sword tip is placed on his/her shoulder.
By the touch of this sword
The symbol of Freyr
Powers that he holds
Now pass through you;
For this is your rite
And belongs to no other.
By this sword
You are the instrument
Of our gods and ancestors;
By the sacred sword of cleansing
We do consecrate this rite of recognition
And initiate you into ___(kindred’s name)___.
May the gods take heed
This day/night we do bring ___(initiate’s name)___ of initiate
Of his/her own free will and accord
Into this Kindred’s circle.
Rise now and receive this tendering.
Initiate stands and is handed a horn of mead from the Godi. Godi dips evergreen sprig into mead and anoints initiate.
I give you the blessings of Odin, Balder, Freyr and Thor.
Initiate drinks from the horn and hands it back to the Godi.
Now is the ordeal.
Godi places a sun ring necklace or Thor’s Hammer around the initiate’s neck and recites:
By the power of this circle
Threshold to our gods and noble ancestors;
All here who represent ___(kindred’s name)___ Kindred
Hear now this pledge of our initiate.
Godi and Initiate hold an Oath Ring with their right hands
I ___(Initiates name)___ in this circle troth and in the spirit presence of both inner and outer worlds do, of my own free will, most solemnly swear that I will ever honor and uphold the commitments and ethics of Asatru and the bylaws of ___(kindred name)___ Kindred. This I do swear by the bond of my word and spirit. May my weapons turn against me if I break this sacred oath.
At this time the Godi directs the initiate to each of the four cardinal directions, moving sunwise, North, East, South, West, and proclaims at each station:
Hear thee, O high ones of Asgard, as we consecrate this initiate ___(initiate’s name)___ into our Kindred. By this initiation, you will be sworn evermore to the Gods and Goddesses, to honor and to serve them, and to make manifest their will upon Midgard. By the powers that bind and endure, In Odin’s name it is done.
We welcome you now to this Kindred.
The rite has now ended.