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    Question What Are the Daily Rituals?

    Can someone please enlighten me on any Heathen rituals that can be done on a daily basis. Something which is short but helps to focus one's mind on the Gods and our purpose. Also what about prayer? If a heathen does no ask for anything from the Gods, do you pray?:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsneir View Post
    Can someone please enlighten me on any Heathen rituals that can be done on a daily basis. Something which is short but helps to focus one's mind on the Gods and our purpose. Also what about prayer? If a heathen does no ask for anything from the Gods, do you pray?:
    Short ones can include the Sunna ritual and variations on it. Meditation, guided or not, can help. As for prayer? We don't really have anything like an "o lord, who art in heaven..." prayer, at least in the current Christian sense of the word. Also, it's not that we don't ask for things, it is that a gift requires a gift in turn...make sense?

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    I make a practice of tracing sunwheels over my food and saying a few words to one of the Vanir (since they're the ones associated with harvests and such) before each meal. I also make a habit of saying a few words to Sunna (the Sun), Mani (the Moon) and Ostara (the Dawn) whenever I see them.
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    Daily Rituals

    I would be interested to hear from practicing heathens on their daily rituals and prayers. I would like to become more focused on the Gods and feel that ritual would be such a way.

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    I don't pray.

    Nor do I do any daily rituals. Although I thank Donar when it rains.

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    lol, well you sound as though you could maybe do with being more focused in the Gods then!!

    By the way are you the only one who replies to us newbies??

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsneir
    lol, well you sound as though you could maybe do with being more focused in the Gods then!!

    By the way are you the only one who replies to us newbies??
    I think that's an interesting question Wolfsneir. Please don't take the quiet personally. Sometimes folks here are very engage and then there are times of stillness. BuB breathes; and it's inhaling right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsneir
    lol, well you sound as though you could maybe do with being more focused in the Gods then!!
    Well, I'm of the opinion that it's my deeds not my devotion. I think if I'm a good enough individual then instead of me focusing on the gods the gods might focus on me.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsneir
    By the way are you the only one who replies to us newbies??
    I've actually been quiet lax in my posts here at BuB and am trying to post more and your topics were the newest so..

    And in order to be some what helpful, I know a few people who do the hammersign towards the sun every morning as a daily ritual.



    My understanding is you use your fist to trace this in front of you while thanking each deity.

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    I meditate on Frigg while I prepare food and work on keeping my home nice. I talk to the spirits of the trees but I am not inclined to worship as I learned as a child. I am teaching my daughter about where her food comes from and she says thank you to me as well as the farmers, bakers, animals, plants, earth, rain and or sun depending on her mood and whims.
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    Interesting

    Christians have only been making the sign of the cross since the second century.

    ["In all our travels and movements", says Tertullian (De cor. Mil., iii), "in all our coming in and going out, in putting of our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sitting down, whatever employment occupieth us, we mark our foreheads with the sign of the cross". On the other hand this must soon have passed into a gesture of benediction, as many quotations from the Fathers in the fourth century would show. Thus St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his "Catecheses" (xiii, 36) remarks: "let us then not be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the cross our seal, made with boldness by our fingers on our brow and in every thing; over the bread we eat and the cups we drink, in our comings and in goings; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we awake; when we are travelling, and when we are at rest".]

    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.)

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