The Thorn Ritual
The Runic Sub-Committee of the Orgone Committee has been
working on many facets of the Runic Magical System in the past
four years. The following ritual is the result of many months
of discussion and work. May it serve you well.
One's Runic Wand (or fingers if one is not available)
A place in which to cast the circle...
Meditation on the aspects of the Thorn (Thuriaz) Rune
Sit quietly in the space in which the cirle is to be cast.
Meditate on the various aspects of the Thorn rune (consult
various sources such as Thorrson's Futhark, F. Asswyn's Tree
Yggdrasil, and N. Pennick's Runic Astrology). Concentrate on the
passive and active protective aspects of the force embodied int
the Thorn Rune.
Stand Facing North.
Assume the Isa stance, hands at side and feet together.
Visualize yourself as an antennae for the forces of the
Multiverse. Feel the forces flowing through you from above and
below. Let the energy flow through your body from the floor and
the sky passing your solar plexus and energizing it.
When you feel that the energy is flowing smoothly through
your body visualize the space around you as deep blue. The deep
blue of the late night sky. Shimmering with energy. Scintillating
as you look in to it.
Inhale evenly and deeply from you diaphram (letting your stomach
expand and contract with your breath. Do not allow your upper body
to be moved by the intake of breath. Let the sides of your mid section
and the back of your midsection expand and contract with your breath.
Breath fully and calmly. Let the breath energize your cells. Feel
the energy adding to the energy raised with the Isa meditation.
Trace the Hammer of Thor with your dominant hand using the
wand or your fingers...
As you trace the Thorn, say (vibrate) the word Thorn (or
Thuriaz if you are using the Norse name). Visualize the energy
flowing from you solar plexus, through your hand/wand, tracing
Turn to the East and repeat the invocation. Then to the South
then to the West. Then Above you, then below you.
Turn to the North (if not already standing in that direction)
Thorn in the North, Hallow and hold this Holy Stead.
Do this for the other five Thorns you have invoked.
Having invoked the six points of the circle, we will be invoking
a thorny circle of briar in four parts. Each "string" will be
invoked as long as you can say the word Thorn. When your breath runs
out then one shoud inhale and begin another string, until you have
scribed four interlacing, intricate strings of ethric briar. You will
be tracing these strings so as to create a ball similar to yarn. As
you are tracing the strings of briar, visualize the briar as being
covered with sharp, pointy, nasty looking thorns. Invest these
thorns with the power to keep out unwanted influences.
O.K. now. Stand facing North. Inhale and as you exhale vibrate
the word "Thorn" make the vibration of the name last as long as you
have breath. As you are saing the word trace briar in a circle around
you. Visualize the stream of briar comming out of the end of your
wand/finger. Trace the briar in any way you want. I am fond of
dancing in spirals, spinning in cirlces, moving my hand in the
way an artist would with a pencil if they were in a globe of
canvas... When your breath runs out from the first "Thorn", inhale
and invoke that name again..."TTTTTTHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRNNN
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNN", drawing a string of briar around the inner surface
of a globe, forming a globe of briar with your actions. Remember
to see what is already there and fill in the spaces you have yet
to get to. When you are out of breath again, inhale, and begin
the third string of Briar...Don't forget to get the space over your
head and below your feet. Make wide sweeping motions, small scribbly
motions. Let your enjoyment of movement arouse more energy, feel the
energy flowing through you, through your hand, and coming out in the
stream of briar. When you are out of breath inhale, and invoke the
Thorn one last time. Make sure to get all of those places that
have not been covered. Don't worry about small spaces, just make
sure that there are no large gaps in the ball of briar you have
just make. Fix the holes with this last invocation.
As you finish this last invocation of Thorn, stand facing North.
It is not uncommon to feel both exhiliarated and exhausted by this
process. Stand, with feet apart and hands spread over your head.
Breath deeply. Visualize the glowing ball of briar...see it, its green
tendrils intertwining, feel the vibrance of its life force, a force
that you have given to it. Breath deeply, calming yourself...
While standing with your feet apart, arms upraised in a "Y"
inhale, and as you exhale feel your energy flowing through the
orb of briar, and see, as you energize the orb, the thorns grow. See
the thorns, browinsh and reddish, getting larger and closing up
the small spaces that existed between the strings of briar. Feel
the spaces being blocked off. See the blue of the space around you,
see the orb of thorny briars...Keep the thorns growing until you
feel that the orb is complete and capable of keeping out any unwanted
influences. Infuse the orb of briar with the ability to repel unwanted
energies and permit those energies desired.
Stand in a comfortable position. We are near the end of the
ritual. The invocation of the God/desses.
Stand in the Isa position. Say IIIIIISsssssssss.
Stand in the As (Anuz) position. Say Odhinn.
Stand in the Beorch position. Say Urdh.
Stand in the Ing position. Say Freyr.
Stand in the Foeh position. Say Freya.
Stand in the Thorn position. Say Thorr.
Stand in the Isa position. Breath deeply. Thank the God/desses
silently. Feel the Orb of Thorns surrounding you. Begin your
working...secure in your circle.
Certain parts of the ritual were taken from Thorrson's Hammer
Rite. But the ritual is mostly original. The God/dess names at the
end can be altered at your behest but try to keep Odhinn First,
Freya in the middle, and Thorr last. I will be posting meditations
for the Runic God/desses to help with the last part of this ritual.
May your path be filled with Wisdom and Wonder,
Blessings of the Aesir and Vanir,
The Runic Sub-Committee
The Orgone Committee
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