The history of the Ancient Norse people is complex. In day to day life, most women presided over the farm work, house work, weaving and childcare; they were also shown to do some business and commerce of their own (scales have been found in women’s graves). Most women's lives were bounded by hearth and home, but they had great influence within this sphere. The keys with which many were buried symbolise their responsibility for, and control over, the distribution of food and clothing to the household.
- Decorate your altar with symbols of femininity: cups, chalices, flowers, lunar objects, fish, doves or swans. You may also need the following items for this ritual:
- A white candle
- Photos or images of mother, ancestors or other females
- An offering of something that is important to you
- A bowl of water
- A handful of small pebbles or stones
Goddesses of the sky and Earth and sea,
I honor you, for your blood runs through my veins,
one woman, standing on the edge of the universe.
Tonight, I make an offering in Your names,
As my thanks for all you have given me.
- Light the candle and place your offering before it on the altar. The offering may be something tangible, such as bread or wine or flowers. It can also be something symbolic, such as a gift of your time or dedication. Whatever it is, it should be something from your heart.
- Once you have made your offering, it is time to call upon the Goddesses by name. Say:
Isis, Frigg, Hela, Jord, Gaia, Freya.
Mothers of the ancient people,
guardians of those who walked the Earth thousands of years ago,
I offer you this as a way of showing my gratitude.
Your strength has flowed within me,
your wisdom has given me knowledge,
your inspiration has given birth to harmony in my soul.
- Now it is time to honor the women who have touched your life. For each one, place a pebble into the bowl of water. As you do so, say her name and how she has impacted you. You might say something like this:
to honor the sacred feminine that has touched my heart.
I honor (Susan), who gave birth to me and raised me to be strong;
I honor (Maggie), my grandmother, whose strength took her to the hospitals of war-torn France;
I honor (Cathleen), my aunt, who lost her courageous battle with cancer;
I honor (Jennifer), my sister, who has raised three children alone…
- Continue until you have placed a pebble in the water for each of these women. Reserve one pebble for yourself. Finish by saying:
for my strength, my creativity, my knowledge, my inspiration,
and for all the other remarkable things that make me a woman.
- Take a few minutes and reflect on the sacred feminine. What is it about being a woman that gives you joy? If you're a man performing this ritual, what is it about the women in your life that makes you love them? Meditate on the feminine energy of the universe for a while, and when you are ready, end the ritual.