This week I have some more poetic hallowings share. It has been quite a while since I last posted some hallowings. Today I present a fire warding, a sword warding, and a three wells water warding. Like the previous set, they are designed for the hallowing of what is ordinarily profane space in preparation for Asatru ritual. They should be done with the tools mentioned. That is, if you’re reciting the sword warding to hallow your ritual space, it is best to actually carry a sword at the time. Also, if possible, one should walk the boundaries of the space to be hallowed when reciting them. These are all written in fornyrðislag.
This week, I have a some poetic hallowings to share. Unlike other types of poetry that I write, the reciting of the hallowings is specifically meant to be accompanied by actions for a specific purpose: the hallowing of what is ordinarily profane space in preparation for Asatru ritual. In the case of the hammer hallowing which is the first example, one would usually make the sign of the hammer (most simply, an upside-down “T” shape) in the direction indicated in the stanza while one is reciting that stanza. This can be done with one’s hand or fist, whether empty or holding an actual hammer. As is typical for a hammer hallowing, mine includes the four cardinal directions, plus above and below.
However, one can hallow with something other than the hammer. In writing other sorts of hallowings, one can make use of the lore to create hallowings that are more connected to Asatru than generic hallowings might be, making them more effective in my opinion. These might include hallowing with fire & ice, with dwarves, with water, or with the power of poetry itself — and I have an example of each.
But before I get to the more creative hallowings, here is a version of the hammer hallowing in ljóðaháttr that specifically calls on the power of Thor’s hammer.
Last week, I posted the first drápa on this blog. Now seems as good a time as any for some commentary on the different sorts of poems I have been posting and will be posting on this blog. These can be distinguished by their type and purpose.
You may find it helpful to read my earlier post on the meters I use, either before or after reading this one.
First, the distinction of type, which is between drápa and flokkr.