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    I've found a better image.




    Quote Originally Posted by Koos de la Rey
    Now I'm very curious to discover whether or not this signing was copied from the heathens who made the Hammer Sign, which surely looks similar to what Roman Catholics and some Anglicans do. (We Orthodox make a much deeper {to the stomach} vertical movement, so it most likely wouldn't be mistaken for the Hammer sign.)
    I would not know who started it or copied it, but here's some evidence that they probably started separately or in spite of one another...

    Heimskringla: Hakon The Good Saga

    "18. KING HAKON OFFERS SACRIFICES.

    The harvest thereafter, towards the winter season, there was a
    festival of sacrifice at Hlader, and the king came to it. It had
    always been his custom before, when he was present at a place
    where there was sacrifice, to take his meals in a little house by
    himself, or with some few of his men; but the bondes grumbled
    that he did not seat himself in his high-seat at these the most
    joyous of the meetings of the people. The earl said that the
    king should do so this time. The king accordingly sat upon his
    high-seat. Now when the first full goblet was filled, Earl
    Sigurd spoke some words over it, blessed it in Odin's name, and
    drank to the king out of the horn; and the king then took it, and
    made the sign of the cross over it. Then said Kar of Gryting,
    "What does the king mean by doing so? Will he not sacrifice?"
    Earl Sigurd replies, "The king is doing what all of you do, who
    trust to your power and strength. He is blessing the full goblet
    in the name of Thor, by making the sign of his hammer over it
    before he drinks it." On this there was quietness for the
    evening. The next day, when the people sat down to table, the
    bondes pressed the king strongly to eat of horse-flesh (2); and
    as he would on no account do so, they wanted him to drink of the
    soup; and as he would not do this, they insisted he should at
    least taste the gravy; and on his refusal they were going to lay
    hands on him. Earl Sigurd came and made peace among them, by
    asking the king to hold his mouth over the handle of the kettle,
    upon which the fat smoke of the boiled horse-flesh had settled
    itself; and the king first laid a linen cloth over the handle,
    and then gaped over it, and returned to the high-seat; but
    neither party was satisfied with this."
    Also, Hélène Adeline Guerber (1859-1929) wrote in "Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas and Sagas"

    "Thor's hammer was considered so very sacred by the ancient Northern people, that they were wont to make the sign of the hammer, as the Christians later taught them to make the sign of the cross, to ward off all evil influences, and to secure blessings. The same sign was also made over the newly born infant when water was poured over its head and a name given. The hammer was used to drive in boundary stakes, which it was considered sacrilegious to remove, to hallow the threshold of a new house, to solemnise a marriage, and, lastly, it played a part in the consecration of the funeral pyre upon which the bodies of heroes, together with their weapons and steeds, and, in some cases, with their wives and dependents, were burned."

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    Thanks Ulf

    That's most interesting. The hammer sign and the pouring of water on an infants head at the naming ceremony probably helped the foreign religion of the Greeks and Romans to be more palatable to the folk back then.

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    I got some daily rituals, although they are not as profound as yours.

    I wake up, do some sit-ups and eat breakfast, then I use my bicycle to get to the bus-stop and go to work. Then I go home and do whatever. Later I will take a walk with the ever-present nature. At the far end of the day, I do another set of sit-ups before finally succumbing to blissful sleep.

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    By the way:

    I don't really see the point of a symbolic gesture such as that "Hammersign" or "The sign of The Cross". I mean, God(s) are all-knowing and I am pretty sure that they know your thoughts and feelings. So it would seem to me, that a gesture like that is rather an excessive formality to honor your God(s) and to maintain your hope that you won't be cast unto the fiery depths of Hell or The Abyss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gagnraad
    By the way:

    I don't really see the point of a symbolic gesture such as that "Hammersign" or "The sign of The Cross". I mean, God(s) are all-knowing and I am pretty sure that they know your thoughts and feelings. So it would seem to me, that a gesture like that is rather an excessive formality to honor your God(s) and to maintain your hope that you won't be cast unto the fiery depths of Hell or The Abyss.
    It's a brief and ritualised way of thanking the Gods. Instead of saying "Frey, thanks for the good harvest", just hammersign your food. The Christian does a cross with his fingers, and chances are taht they might have taken this from a similar previous rite, which could have been similar to the hammersign. IN fact, Heimskringla mentions hammersigning.

    I also personally have an opinion as to what the hammersign "symbolises" in its form and shape. Odin - god of knowledge, wisdom: the head. Balder - a good who seeks justice ("gut feeling") and of beauty: the gut/body. Frey - not only a fertility god ("life" - also see the heart) but also the god of male love: the heart. Thor - not only god of the weather and the common man, but also a god of superior strength and protection: right shoulder/arm.

    Just a personal thought on this.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Thor's hammer rite

    I actually like the idea of performing the hammer rite. It is simply a focus on the gods and Sigurd's thoughts on the why's and wherefore seem like sound logic! Well done!

    It's a shame that Gagnaraad does not see the point in raising his vibrational level closer to that of the gods by a simple remembrance of them. I also do not remember reading that our gods claim omnipotence, in knowing our thoughts and feeling. I believed that through our prayers we communicate our feeling and thoughts as we would to a friend through conversation. But I suppose we all have our paths to the gods and they are seen in slightly different ways.

    I started this thread just to see how much we, as a faith group, actually bring the gods into our daily lives. To live with them close at hand seems preferable to a cold and distant god of the type for the followers of the desert god.

    Rituals are simply daily reminders and things which focus our attention on the right path for the day. It also surely opens up the communication between ourselves and the gods.

    Thanks for the interest shown so far. I will definitely be utilising the hammersign in my daily life, so thanks again Ulf

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    Short ritual

    When I put on and take off my hammer (hand-made and given by a very wise and powerful woman) each day, I think of the noble virtues and briefly meditate on their meaning and daily application.

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    I wouldn't think too many heathens ask for things from the gods outside of blot. Ancestors would be a better place to ask for luck.

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    My 'heathenry' ( which sounds to me like a basket weaving technique, or a intentionally-designed 'wild' garden ) is neither Germanic nor non-Germanic.

    I meditate before either breakfast or lunch and before dinner.

    It is mainly about food for me, I remember to be grateful for it. I have to try to maintain an attitude of purity towards eating.

    The ultimate meditation is inner silence is it not? If prayer and ritual lead you towards that point of silence and awareness of yourself as an eternal soul rather than a physical body, where you transcend the physical, then there is no reason why you should not use those methods as well or as a prelude to silence.

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    I think about the runes a lot. I don't really read my runes anymore though ( I would if the crap hit the fan ). I just figure on what is going on in my life and think about them and the stories that seem to me to go with them..

    Things like this probably ain't a bad idea, but maybe it could best to fashion one's own..

    The following invocation, when combined with certain techniques of runic meditation, is a means of approach to Odin - a means, really, of preparing and directing our own minds in reaching out to him:

    Allfather Odin!
    Father of gods and men,
    Giver of strength and wisdom,
    Who walks upon the Earth,
    Who moves upon the sea,
    Who rides the sky;
    Master of Runes,
    Master of Magic,
    Who holds all power between your hands,
    Who dwells in all the realms of being:
    Meet now your children,
    You who give to us
    As the bright mead of Asgarth
    The flowing truths
    Of myth, of magic and of poetry,
    The divine trust of thought.
    Grant us the strength
    To keep to the pathways of Light
    And the wisdom to recognise them.
    Grant us the Need
    To work for the resurgence of our race,
    To heal the wounded Earth,
    To fulfil the great destiny of our people.
    Grant us the power
    To find our own True Will,
    That we may fight for you in this World,
    Fight beside you at Ragnarok,
    And build the new Golden Age that comes after.
    And this praying stuff..?? I will not pray. To ask, when one can do, is to me a sign of weakness. I am not a sheep..I am a wolf..

    Later,
    -Lyfing

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