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    Wards and Protection Rituals?

    I can't seem to find any wards or protection rituals. Looking more in a continental Germanic direction but really anything.

    For clarification, looking for the type of wards like horseshoe nailed over the door, offerings, whatever is appropriate in a heathen context.



    I'm probably not looking in the right places, so even if all you have is a link, please share. Thanks so much!
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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by DancesWithHorses View Post
    I can't seem to find any wards or protection rituals. Looking more in a continental Germanic direction but really anything.

    For clarification, looking for the type of wards like horseshoe nailed over the door, offerings, whatever is appropriate in a heathen context.

    I'm probably not looking in the right places, so even if all you have is a link, please share. Thanks so much!
    To clarify, are you looking for rituals or objects involved with protection? Because what you're asking and what your example is are two different things, at least to me. Nailing up a bundle of protective herbs above my main doorway, for example, is not really much of a ritual; it's an action. A ritual, for me, would involve at one point nailing the herbs above the door. But YMMV.

    Anyways, my first thought was that you might look into folk magic, like hoodoo, which involves numerous ways of protecting or warding ones space. The Lucky Mojo website is a good place to look, specifically yronwode's online hoodoo book.

    Also if I recall correctly Trace-Portation by Diane Paxson includes a warding spell or "ritual" to be used before trancing or journeying, and Paxson uses runes in her example as that's her "home system" (Northern European paganism).
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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nyktipolos View Post
    To clarify, are you looking for rituals or objects involved with protection? Because what you're asking and what your example is are two different things, at least to me. Nailing up a bundle of protective herbs above my main doorway, for example, is not really much of a ritual; it's an action. A ritual, for me, would involve at one point nailing the herbs above the door. But YMMV.
    Both. I'm still learning how to properly word questions, so my apologies. So both items/actions and the rituals incorporated with them.

    Anyways, my first thought was that you might look into folk magic, like hoodoo, which involves numerous ways of protecting or warding ones space. The Lucky Mojo website is a good place to look, specifically yronwode's online hoodoo book.

    Also if I recall correctly Trace-Portation by Diane Paxson includes a warding spell or "ritual" to be used before trancing or journeying, and Paxson uses runes in her example as that's her "home system" (Northern European paganism).
    Thanks for these, I will take a look! I knew about the runes but hadn't found a source explaining it yet.
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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by DancesWithHorses View Post
    I can't seem to find any wards or protection rituals. Looking more in a continental Germanic direction but really anything.

    For clarification, looking for the type of wards like horseshoe nailed over the door, offerings, whatever is appropriate in a heathen context.
    I'm probably not looking in the right places, so even if all you have is a link, please share. Thanks so much!
    There is land claiming and offering to the land wights. I was going to that here but we may be moving soon so I am waiting. Best link I could find is here but there are probably a good book somewhere on it . http://www.englatheod.org/sacredspace.htm

    There is using mugwort to clean the house and making offerings to the house wight. Wights will help protect the house and land. Milk and honey for outside and whiskey or alcohol inside. Mugwort is the Germanic White Sage.

    Planting Elder protects a house and is the plant of Frau Holda. She is specific to Germany and is the land mother. It prevents lightning strikes too in lore.

    Iron keeps out certain beings so a horse shoe or iron nail on a string over doors and window and even gates outside will work.

    As far as ritual I would create a land/house claiming day and do the whole thing at once asking the gods and wights for protection. Do your stuff and then do a meal and offering.

    Like I said I am going to do this myself but I am waiting to see if I am moving.

    I wish I could find something more specific to Norse practice but you get witchcraft mixed in to most stuff and to me it's ok if you are a witch or feel comfortable with it.

    I am looking into barn and hex signs too they protect a house. Urglaawe is PA Dutch paganism and you can find stuff on their sites too.

    I would love to know what you do in the end if you would share it with us.

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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by DancesWithHorses View Post
    I can't seem to find any wards or protection rituals. Looking more in a continental Germanic direction but really anything.

    For clarification, looking for the type of wards like horseshoe nailed over the door, offerings, whatever is appropriate in a heathen context.

    I'm probably not looking in the right places, so even if all you have is a link, please share. Thanks so much!

    Eyrbyggja saga contain a land claiming/hollowing land which might be of use to you - walking/lighting fire around the area in question.

    We have instances were they at Things used vébond - blessed/sacred bands - to keep the frith of the Thing itself. (This seems like a fairly formal way of doing it and is only, AFAIK, recorded as being used in Thing).

    You could use some of the protection used on runestones/with runes, such as engraved Thor hammers, "Thorr vígi" or protective words such as "Alu" - see Pollingtons "Rudiments of Runelore".

    Otherwise just try to sacrifice to the gods and ask for protection/frith over an area - this could be followed up with a formal declaring of frith.
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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by hlewagastir View Post
    Eyrbyggja saga contain a land claiming/hollowing land which might be of use to you - walking/lighting fire around the area in question.

    We have instances were they at Things used vébond - blessed/sacred bands - to keep the frith of the Thing itself. (This seems like a fairly formal way of doing it and is only, AFAIK, recorded as being used in Thing).

    You could use some of the protection used on runestones/with runes, such as engraved Thor hammers, "Thorr vígi" or protective words such as "Alu" - see Pollingtons "Rudiments of Runelore".

    Otherwise just try to sacrifice to the gods and ask for protection/frith over an area - this could be followed up with a formal declaring of frith.
    Thanks, really helpful!
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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by DancesWithHorses View Post

    Thanks for these, I will take a look! I knew about the runes but hadn't found a source explaining it yet.

    Just an aside, if you're looking for resources about Rune-work. Edred Thorsson is an author I would recommend. You can pick up a lot of his books on amazon pretty inexpensively.

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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by DancesWithHorses View Post
    I can't seem to find any wards or protection rituals. Looking more in a continental Germanic direction but really anything.

    For clarification, looking for the type of wards like horseshoe nailed over the door, offerings, whatever is appropriate in a heathen context.

    I'm probably not looking in the right places, so even if all you have is a link, please share. Thanks so much!
    I just finished Sophie Reicher's book Spiritual Protection: A Safety Manual for Energy Workers, Healers, and Psychics. It's full of nothing but shielding/ warding exercises and incense recipes.

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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nyktipolos View Post
    To clarify, are you looking for rituals or objects involved with protection? Because what you're asking and what your example is are two different things, at least to me. Nailing up a bundle of protective herbs above my main doorway, for example, is not really much of a ritual; it's an action. A ritual, for me, would involve at one point nailing the herbs above the door. But YMMV.
    I ward the corners of my property with stakes carved with protective runes. I drive new stakes into the ground every Autumn, and periodically through the year (during each of my homemade holidays) I libate each stake with whatever homemade beverage I have around (usually homebrewed beer or homemade berry wine). If I'm feeling threatened/unsafe for some reason, I also add small food plates left in place overnight.

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    Re: Wards and Protection Rituals?

    Quote Originally Posted by yewberry View Post
    I ward the corners of my property with stakes carved with protective runes. I drive new stakes into the ground every Autumn, and periodically through the year (during each of my homemade holidays) I libate each stake with whatever homemade beverage I have around (usually homebrewed beer or homemade berry wine). If I'm feeling threatened/unsafe for some reason, I also add small food plates left in place overnight.

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    Which runes do you use, and why?

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