The Importance of Initiatory Rites in a Modern World.
Initiation takes many forms, it may consist of an individual submitting to a chosen Deity or new spiritual path, to undergoing a rite of passage that marks a point of reference from where the initiate can or will never be the same mindset than before entering the ritual or initiatory rite of passage, such as marriage, graduation from a civil or military organization or a rite of passage from a boy to manhood/girl to womanhood.
In the case of this course it is to assist you in the most meaningful, powerful and sacred duties of leadership within a Heathen Tribe: The Godi or Gydja.
The importance of Initiation Rituals to 21st century heathens who wish to be known as Godar is a role in Living Heathenry we can authenticate today.
After years of preparation, a person was initiated into the “priesthood” of the Godar by the Tribe they planned to serve; and only after showing proficiency in knowing everything this powerful role of service required.
Things like knowing the auspicious times of veneration, how and when to blot, what laws of social edict to adhere to when moderating a dispute between the members of the tribe, sacred and initiatory rites of life and death, as well as all the stories and histories of their people and the spirits who lived along side them.
Initiation for a Godar was as important, so it bears much value to mention now, and again throughout the program, initiation as it is written of in various ways throughout Scandinavian, Germanic and Sami/Finnish folklore was to our Norse Ancestors a profound change or awakening of understanding into the deeper mysteries of the Earths cycles, of magic and seiðr or elite warfare. (and its effects on the psyche or consciousness of the practitioner)
These changes in understanding and proficiency could be entered only after a person underwent a classic “Initiation experience” shared by ALL indigenous pre-Christian spiritual paths worldwide.
Just how important is an initiation ritual to contemporary Heathens who take up the Stav and follow the occult path of Godar? Important enough to show up in varying descriptions within the motif of not just Norse and Northern European mythology, but in all the ancient Indo European worlds descriptive stories; understood in the three levels of execution which Joseph Campbell writes: Separation-Initiation-Return.
Our Ancestors understood to properly wield a deeper and more specialized form of magical craft which they viewed impacted the entire community as a whole, (both in seiðr and the magics of the elite warrior) these skills took not only training and preparation, but also a willingness to commit oneself fully to the trials and tribulations that would arise within the training process towards mastery of such deep, powerful and sometimes frightening, esoteric skills.
But I hear you say that was then, why do we, as intelligent and rational people need to submit to arcane, and perhaps what some may view as outdated or obtuse actions? What significance if any do they hold?
This issue of Initiation, its meaning and importance is as relevant today, (perhaps more so!) than in the past. Our global society, ever expanding, becoming homogeneous in nature and activity is more concerned with the acquisition of material and the temporal satiation of the five senses than the search for meaning and its own soul.
I would submit that this moment in history is more important than any before as a society once divested of its soul, its roots, becomes dangerously unsustainable and has the potential to destroy itself through ignorance or imbalance.
In my 30 plus years of doing Northern Esoterica; I hold the strong opinion becoming a Godar and all old Norse occult arts (when seen as a truly ancient mystery path) must be the vanguard of protecting its deeper workings from those not awakened to the deeper kennings and power these paths hold.
Moreover just reading about Forn Sed and old Norse Mythology alone doesn’t make anyone capable nor well suited for the position of Spiritual Leader within a Tribe of people! (Nor does many hours spent on social media chatting about it.)
Believe it or not, there ARE many 21st century Gydja’s, Godi’s, Völva’s, Seidkona’s, vitki’s, seidmen, trolldómr, bersrkr’s (“bear-skins”) or ulfheioinin’s (“wolf leathers”), and Galdur Runur, who are NOT online sharing everything they discover and practice within their esoteric heathen occult work. Like in ancient times, it is still believed by many that if a powerful Ancestral path is taught, it is to be taught only to those of either the trusted family line, or to someone willing to undergo a rigorous initiatory experience to prove the many years of dedication wouldn’t be wasted or squandered, or worse, used in ways it wasn’t intended.
Even in this 21st Century world, there are those who are still known to practice Forn sed with the steps involved of teaching these arts within the framework of Joseph Campbell’s epitome of the stages (as well as importance) of Initiation Rites, and these Teachers enable contemporary Norse Occult members that ever powerful transformational step from the mundane to the awakening stage; providing them with a positive sense of validation, worth and of value.
Indeed, initiatory training, when properly functioning and executed, sustains its initiates and the society in which they operate.
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