Say out loud : Today is a day like no other. We of Midgard and the Great Gods and Godesses of Vanaheim and Asgard, have stood side by side, shoulder to shoulder, looked one another in the eyes, and felt the joy and privilige of being a small part of our vast and wonderful universe, with all its mysteries and beauty. We thank you oh great Gods and Goddesses for everything that there is in our lives. And of course we thank you for being with us here on this very special Autumn day.
Pick up Odin's sword and thrust it to the very heavens itself . Then say : With this sword blessed by the Gods and Goddesses Themselves, I swear to defend our Ancestors honor, our religion, my folk, and my family. With the sword of Odin I will not fail !
Holding the sword overhead and holding the point with your left hand say :
Hail Thor, Mighty Warrior, we thank you for coming to our humble abode on this day !
Hail Odin, Wisest King, we thank you for coming to our humble abode on this day !
Hail Freyja, Queen of Seidr, we thank you for coming to our humble abode on this day !
Hai Freyr, Bountiful One, we thank you for coming to our humble abode on this day !
Hail Sif, Harvest Queen, we thank you for coming to our humble abode on this day !
Hail Jord, Mother of Life, we thank you for coming to our humble abode on this day !
Place the sword back on the altar and say :
It is now time to end the Autumnal Equinox Ritual. As we go from this holy altar today remember that the Gods and Goddesses are with us, and a part of us always. Let us also remember the Nine Noble Virtues of the Asatru religion: Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Industriousnous, Self - Reliance, and Perserverance. And never forget our Six Fold Goals : Right, Wisdom, Might, Harvest, Peace, and most of all Love.
Walk over to the North light and as you extinguish the holy flame say: Thank you ancient Gods and Goddesses of Vanaheim and Asgard. ( Repeat for the South, East and West Lights).
Face the largest candle ( white ) and as you extinguish it say : Hail the great Gods and Goddesses of Vanaheim and Asgard !
Finally say : This Rite is ended :
At least officially it is. It is important that you clean the altar, and put everything back in its proper place. This is a holy place and must be kept clean in honor of our Gods and our religion. Finally take the horn that is still filled with Mead, Beer, or Wine and either place it outside the door for the Gods and Goddessses, or pour it into Great Mother Earth as a final token of our gratitude . If you have guests treat them well, making sure that they are well fed and happy. This is the way of our ancestors !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !