I have been waiting to do this ritual since February, when I acknowledged the return of light (the to the northern hemisphere). A month later, I acknowledged a very important point in Earth's annual cycle - the equinox. These were two key times leading up to the moment when I could till the soil and seed the ground. After an unusually long winter and a short, wet spring, that meant keeping my plants inside for a while longer than usual, planting season has finally arrived along with the optimism that it will yield a bountiful harvest.
A bountiful harvest requires fertile ground and, when I need that kind of fertility, there is only one Norse god whose energy I seek - Freyr, the god of peace and plenty. It is to his essence that I dedicate my annual planting ritual.
With the soil turned and ready for planting, I go through a three-step process to honor the fertility god.
|24 rocks laid out as Ingwaz|
Once the rocks are laid out and I have said the name of each Rune as I laid down each rock, I stand and face northwest and say, "I turn this soil in your honor, Freyr." (Whenever a ritual involves Freyr, I face northwest when chanting or calling to him. That is my choice for no other reason than it just feels right; I have a friend who faces east to catch the rising sun; so it is your choice.)
|Runes laid out as Ingwaz with|
dedication plant in the center
To finish this step, I stand and face northwest again and say, "Freyr, I believe in your power to provide fertility to the planet, to nourish the Earth and all things that live here. This plant represents the garden I dedicate to you."
The third step happens after the garden is planted and the green life becomes more obvious. I have a jar of holy water, received from Freyr through rain, that I sprinkle around the garden. Expressing my gratitude to the fertility god, I say, "I believe in the power of Freyr to provide fertility to the planet. My gods walk with me and I know that Freyr will nourish my efforts."
|My plants waiting to go into the garden|
I have completed the first two steps and will complete step three later this week, once my plants are in the ground.
Do you perform any rituals that you're willing to share? If so, leave a comment on this post or email me.