Last week I was so busy I didn’t have a chance to do a devotional. This week my husband and I performed a shorter, less formal devotional rite where we simply honored the Three Kindreds–Ancestors, Nature Spirits, Deities–and I honored Freyja and Sunna personally. We did use the traditional ADF setup with three Hallows (Fire, Well, and Tree). Here’s a picture:
Our Tree is a lavender plant we had just bought today to put in the garden. We also asked for a blessing and drank the blessed water out of the two cups. We had a small bowl for offerings.
The Ancestors got some mugwort, the Nature Spirits received thyme, and the Deities were given frankincense. I offered two cinnamon sticks to Freyja and Sunna. We asked what the blessings were for the week. This is what we were given:
The first rune drawn on the far left was Uruz, manifestation. Something we’ve been planning will come into fruition this week. The middle rune is Othala, a rune of the Ancestors and inheritance. This reinforces their presence during our small rite. The last rune on the right is Thurisaz, a rune of Thor and protection.
We asked that we be filled with these blessings when we drank the water in our cups. We then thanked each being we had invited in reverse order.
It was a simple ritual, but I feel it was effective. I believe the Kindreds liked our offerings. I felt my awareness shift as soon as I lit the candle.
May you be blessed, Rosemary