RITE OF WOMANHOOD ))))))))))))))
We gather within the bounds of this circle, this our holy kindred! United by blood, spirit and commitment! Now as in ancient times, we pay honor to our gods, and to our ancestors and fellow kinsmen all! Through this congregation, the secret wisdom of the old ones lives on! The spirit of creation that first brought order out of chaos, and gave form to this our universe, still lives with us and through us! In this circle now, we welcome a new initiate into our kindred, as we lift this horn of fellowship! May this mead that we share, serve as a token of welcome within this kindred gathering!
By the virtue of the Goddess Frigga, Mother of the universe, Mistress of the elements, may thy infinite goodness be with us! We invoke thee and call upon thee, Mother Goddess of us all! How excellent are thy ways! Your wonders and glory in Nature permeate all of Midgard's beauty and mystery! Let the purpose that you know and serve, guide the wills and hearts of our folk!
Divine Frigga! Thou who rulest gloriously over all our Euro-tribes, we bring before you -(woman's name)- who stands at the threshold of of womanhood! Precious is this youth in body, mind and spirit, cast in the image of our gods! We are blessed and our hearts are glad! Assist us now in this ancient rite!
(Initiate stands in the middle of the circle or next to the fire pit while the Gydja opens each of the four cardinal directions with a Thor's Hammer held overhead, returning to the North staller (altar) position and lights candle saying:)
Burn brightly life giving flame, for you are the sun! Illuminate this holy rite with the divine rays of Baldur! May the gods of Asgard now sanctify you! Feel the strength and creative force within your womb, the center of your being! Feel the ancestral power of eons channeling through you! Know that the rose of motherhood is within you always! Now do you enter into womanhood, strong to conceive and create, to give birth and to tend! Every end is a new beginning, and the circle of creation is fulfilling itself in you and through you! May the Norns grant you joy, wisdom and freedom, and guide you to your perfect male counterpart, who will love, cherish and protect you, until the end of your days in Midgard!
As the wand is to the earth, so the male is to the female, and the sun to our blossoming world! Joined together as one, they bring happiness! Through motherhood and through the knowledge of our ancient ways, you will find fulfillment! Receive now the divine blessings of our gods!
This is your day of passing! Now do our gods, ancestors and all who are gathered here in this circle, witness this rite of womanhood of our kinswoman -(woman's name)- and we welcome you into our fold! We thank the gods of Asgard for their blessings as we close this sacred circle! This rite is now ended!
(from the book "Temple of Wotan")