Dedication Ritual

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Dedication Ritual
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 1

The purpose of this ritual is to dedicate an item/items to a deity for a purpose. The one's I did this with were Loki and Hel. Sounds a bit odd dedicating items to deities, but gets done. I guess you can think of it like a blessing.(?)

The manner I went about this was by first making an alter and jar for Loki and Hel. In concerns of the jar you can make it your self if you would like. Then you dress the jar by painting it in a way that represents the deity(ies). For the two I chose I used red, black, white, and purple. (Purple was an add on and not of the first three as a main colour) for mine I painted the jar white. Then I painted a knotwork raven with black paint on it - I felt led to represent Hel with a raven; Her name in runes painted purple; a knotwork wolf for Loki in black with a black nose and red eyes; and His name in runes painted red. Placed candles around the jar - preferably of colours to continue the main colours scheme of the alter/jar. I used red for Loki and purple for Hel. I didn't have black so I figured purple would be an acceptable replacement since it's a very dark purple. Place the items on/in or near the jar. From there you invoke upon the deity(ies) and give offering. Call upon the deity(ies) for blessing or what ever purpose you are dedicating the objects for. Give blood to the items and to the alter/jar directly. (Give thanks and) close the ritual.

As a side-note, I'd like to male mention about some thing concerning Hel. Apparently, when things are done properly concerning Hel, She has a tendency to make you feel like you are dead; even to the point as if rigamortis were kicking in. This is a good thing. And it is during this time that it is good to meditate, do trance-work, or even sleep; for She very well may have some thing to tell you or show you.

(For any one using blood in any practice, be smart and safe about it. Use sterilized, clean objects to attain blood. There are also other ways to get blood, suck as pricking fingers. Be sure to properly cleanse the wounds. It may be safe to have some one with you just in case.)

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Re: Dedication Ritual
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2

I thought it was neat that you shared this with everyone, Vanitys. :) I have a jar for Hel sitting on my shelf right now. Usually I leave the offerings and items in there for a good amount of time, and then I bury the contents in the ground on my land later on, or give them to the ritual fire.

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Re: Dedication Ritual
Post # 3

Thank you for posting this Vanity, I employ a similar dedication ritual in my practice, although I also apply this ritual in a somewhat diiferent fashion for charging and consecrating items, as such I don't always use jars, sometimes I use a wooden disc, in which I lay the item on, or I place the item/s in a wooden box, and for certain items and purposes I place the item/s in a bowl covered in water or dirt from various sources that compliment the intention of my goals. In any case I like the intamcy of the artwork you include into the dedication ritual.

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Re: Dedication Ritual
By: / Novice
Post # 4
Vanitys that is a really nice ritual i enjoyed reading it a lot.
And you are right that when blood is drawn for a ritual someone needs to be careful about it. thank you for sharing this hun. :D
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Re: Dedication Ritual
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5
Thank you all for your appreciation and inputs.
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Re: Dedication Ritual
By: / Beginner
Post # 6
Thank you for posting this :)
I just have a few questions
How much blood do you give? And do you put it on every object?
What kinds of things do you put into the jar as offerings?
:) thanks again
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Re: Dedication Ritual
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 7
This thread has been moved to Heathenism from Misc Topics.
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