The Hammer Rite

What is a Hammer Rite?

Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir is the tool with which Thor continually fights the Jotuns, it’s the means of bringing his goats back to life, and also traditionally used to bless a bride at a wedding. In other words, the Hammer is an object of protection, and a bringer of fertility and new life. A representation of the Hammer is commonly worn by members of the Asatru religion.

The “Hammer Rite” is simply a way of establishing ritual space. This space is not as distinct as what one finds in traditional wiccan circles. Rather, the Hammer Rite is more of a calling to indicate to ourselves, and to the gods, that we’re about to perform a ritual. Some have described it as a “ringing of the bell.”

When one performs a hammer rite, one doesn’t create an inside and outside, or even a “ritual geometric shape.”  The purpose of a Hammer Rite is to establish that a given “space” is being used for ritual.  It’s the recognition that we’re calling upon the gods and goddesses to be with us, as we exercise our will upon the universe.

 

If you begin all your ritual practices with this rite, hopefully it will become a “matter of course” and you won’t have to remember to do it. Like breathing, it should become a part of what you do.  It also gives you a brief time to focus your intent on the work you are about to be involved in.

Performing a Hammer Rite

There are many different ways, with several different items that can be used to do a hammer rite (though virtually all of them require a hammer).

  • Some groups use two hammers and call upon two points (Fire and Ice, or North and South).
  • Other groups call upon four points, though this gives the space more of a wiccan feeling.
  • Other groups use one hammer, and call upon two points.

Ultimately it’s a matter of preference.

The easiest way to do a hammer rite is to go to one of your two points, and trace an an upside-down “T” shape in the air in front of you, while chanting something appropriate like,

“Hammer of Thor, Hallow and Hold This Holy Stead”.

 

and then do it on the oppose it point.

Some people worry about which direction they should trace the Hammer in. If doing things from right to left or left to right worries you, work out to your own satisfaction what it should be, but personally, I’ve never lost any sleep over it. I tend to make the Hammer sign from left to right, mainly because that’s the direction writing goes in. Taken from The Raven Kindred Blot Ritual

After you’ve done one point, then you do the other. That’s all there is to it.

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