Ritual for the Nornir

Prepare three offerings, or to make three offerings. Ideally this would be a piece of fiber-art handiwork of your own creation to sacrifice in a ritual fire or traditional tools of the Nornir to consecrate and dedicate to them in the ritual. Alternatively, a bonsai tree to dedicate to them, including dedicating every act of caring for the tree to them, in representation of their care for Yggdrasil (this would mean an ongoing conscientious, mindful care of the bonsai tree, including watering it only with naturally collected water, not tap water). Yet another option would be to ritually clean your home—dust, sweep, mop, etc—and dedicate that time and energy to them as an offering. If all else fails, an offering of mead or wine and buttered bread is always a safe offering.

Ensure that you will not be disturbed during this working.

Bring at least three offerings—one for each of the Nornir. Optional: bring a fourth offering for the Nornir as a collective. Set up your ritual altar in your selected space. If casting a circle is part of your ritual practice, do so in whatever means suit your practice. I like to call on Jord for Earth, Ran and Aegir for Water, Surt for Fire, and Hræsvelgr for Wind/Air, and in addition I typically call on Angrboda (my patron, whom I view as a goddess of witches and völvar) to oversee my working.

Kneel at your altar and bow your head. Bring your hands and arms into a position of reverence which feels correct to you, and begin to call upon the Nornir to join you and be honored in your ritual. To do this, begin with calling Urðr by name, then chant nine kennings for her.

“Hail Urðr, Keeper of the Well

Hail Urðr, Spinner of Thread

Hail Urðr, Life Alotter

Hail Urðr, Crafter of Fate

Hail Urðr, Eldest of the Nornir

Hail Urðr, Most Mysterious Sister of Wyrd

Hail Urðr, Progenitor of History

Hail Urðr, Knower of All That Has Been

Hail Urðr, Overseer of All That Has Transpired…

“I hail you and call you to receive my reverence. May you be ever honored, Urðr, Spinner of Wyrd.” Place your offering for Urðr on left side of the altar. “I bring to you a humble offering of ________, and pray that you sit it fit to accept.”

Repeat with Verðandi:

“Hail Verðandi, Maker of Laws

Hail Verðandi, Weaver of Threads

Hail Verðandi, Setter of Fates

Hail Verðandi, Constantly Becoming

Hail Verðandi, In the Making

Hail Verðandi, Knower of All In Making

Hail Verðandi, Keeper of What Is

Hail Verðandi, Ever Present

Hail Verðandi, Who Precedes and Overtakes the Immediate…”

“I hail you and call you to receive my reverence. May you be ever honored, Verðandi, Weaver of Wyrd.” Place your offering for Verðandi in the center of the altar. “I bring to you a humble offering of ________, and pray that you sit it fit to accept.”

“Hail Skuld, Claimer of All Debts

Hail Skuld, Snipper of Threads

Hail Skuld, Holder of Shields

Hail Skuld, Decider of Battle

Hail Skuld, Who Will Claim the Dead

Hail Skuld, Who Numbers Among the Valkyrie

Hail Skuld, Youngest of the Nornir

Hail Skuld, Seer of All Futures

Hail Skuld, Knower of All Fates…

“I hail you and call you to receive my reverence. May you be ever honored, Skuld, Who Cuts the Threads of Wyrd.” Place your offering for Skuld in the center of the altar. “I bring to you a humble offering of ________, and pray that you sit it fit to accept.”

Depending on what you have brought to offer, either dedicate the items to them (a simple process of cleansing the items within the ritual in whatever manner best suits your practice, followed by engraving the items [or pot, if it’s a bonsai tree] with the name(s) of the Nornir the item is to be dedicated to, and a statement of dedication. If it’s a bonsai tree, this statement should include the specific dedication of each action of care as a dedicated offering to the Nornir), burn them in a ritual fire if this option is available to you, or move to the next part of the ritual. If your offering is an action, such as cleaning, do that now, and return to the altar when you are finished.

When your offerings have been appropriately made, next hail all three Nornir as a collective:

“Hail the Nornir

Hail The Fates

Hail the Wyrd Sisters

Hail That Which Has Been, Is Becoming, and Will Be

Hail Keepers of Yggdrasil

Hail Tenders of the Tree

Hail Those Who Carve Runes in Yggdrasil’s Bark

Hail Measurers of Destinies

Hail Most Powerful Jötunn Maids

Hail Those Who Have Ended, Are Ending, and Will End Ages…

“I hail you, Sisters of Wyrd and Weavers of Fate. I call on you to receive my reverence and be honored.” If you have brought a fourth, physical offering, place it at the top of the altar now and say: “In gratitude, I humbly offer you this ________ and pray that it pleases you well, you Keepers of the Threads.” If you intend to dedicate a non-physical offering, such as the energy and time of cleaning house, wait to do this until after you have stated the intention of your ritual.

Next, state the specific intent of the ritual. Write this out beforehand so you can word it precisely and recite it when the time is right. This may simply be, “I bring you here to honor you, to remember your names, and to pay you homage,” or it may be a request such as, “I bring you here to humbly request [whatever it is you seek].” These are only examples—the intent can be whatever you need it to be, just be certain—as with any ritual or magical working—that you are thoughtful and precise in your wording.

If you are dedicating time/energy/or some other non-physical offering, conduct this offering in a mindful, meditative state now, stating, “In gratitude, I humbly offer you this ________ and pray that it pleases you well, you Keepers of the Threads.”

Once all offerings have been appropriately made, take this opportunity to conduct a divination is this is a part of your practice, otherwise meditate mindfully and listen to/feel your environment. Take note of any thoughts or emotions that seem to impress themselves upon you rather than to originate from within, and record these or the results of your divination when you are done.

When you are ready close the ritual, raise your face to the sky and call:

“Hail Urðr

Spinner of Wyrd!

Hail Verðandi

Weaver of Wyrd!

Hail Skuld

Who Cuts the Threads of Wyrd!

Hail the Nornir

Wyrd Sisters and Weavers of Fate!”

Bow your head and hold your hands/arms in a position of reverence that feels right to you.

“I offer you my sincerest gratitude

And I thank you for your presence here.

I pray these humble offerings have pleased you

[And await what wisdom you might share]*

And now I bid you farewell

So much as one can to those

Who weave all Fate and Time.

Honor and Blessings to your names—

Faretheewell.”

*Modify/change this to acknowledge your request, if you made a request. Otherwise, you may leave this line out if you so choose.

Place your hands and forehead to the altar or to the ground and let any excess energy that may have built up in you through the ritual flow out of you and into the altar/earth as an closing offering. Once you have grounded out that energy, stand and close the circle if you cast one, or otherwise “close down” the ritual space. If you have laid out offerings such as drink and food, leave them on the altar for at least 24 hours before burying them or otherwise disposing them according to your practice. If you have dedicated specific objects to the Nornir, place these on an altar (either a general altar or one specific to the Nornir, but preferably not on an altar that is already dedicated to another, specific deity) or another place of reverence. If applicable/appropriate, you may consider designing the ritual altar with the intention of it being a permanent fixture, but this is up to what feels right for you.

When you’re all done, have a snack, hydrate, journal about the ritual, and take a little rest.