Sunday, 2 September 2012

Profession/Initiation and its Importance

Initiation or profession as it is often called is an important step to take for those who have returned to their ancient spiritual path of Wodenism/Wotanism/Odinism.
It marks a break with the personal past as in effect Christian baptism does but unlike Christian baptism it signifies a return to one`s natural ethnic spiritual path. So in other words it signifies a return to the past, not the personal past but the collective, ancestral ethnic past, a return to the pre-christian gods of our forefathers.
Initiation is an act of will, an act of personal and often external recognition. In my case I swore an oath of profession in the presence of witnesses in the Order to which I belong after a period of apprenticeship but I appreciate that not everyone is a member of such an organisation and may live in geographical or indeed imposed or self-imposed isolation. In such circumstances it is acceptable to undertake a form of self-initiation.
The difference between the two forms is that profession as part of an organisation confers certain rights, privileges and responsibilities, not only to the Gods but fellow sworn members. Oaths of allegiance to ones spiritual kinsmen and masters are sworn in addition to allegiance to the Gods.
Initiation acts as an internal trigger or switch in the psyche and a spiritual turning point. It also gives the initiate an opportunity to forswear any previous Christian or other baptismal promises.
In the time of the forced outward conversion of the Teutonic peoples to Christianity the following oath or variants of it were sworn:

"end ec forsacho allum diaboles uuercum and uuordum, Thunaer ende UUoden ende Saxnote ende allum them unholdum the hira genotas sint.
[`I renounce all deeds and words of the devil, Thor, Wodan and Saxnot and all fiends which are their companions`.]"
[Dictionary of Northern Mythology, Rudolf Simek]

It is important therefore that when swearing oaths of allegiance and profession that a statement is included whereby the initiate renounces the Christian god and his works. When a few years ago I professed a family member I constructed a rite which included such a renouncing of the Christian god and his `son`.
For those who are not a member of an Odinist organisation and/or do not wish to join one then self initiation is perfectly valid. You will know the right time to undertake this.
A suitably worded rite of self initiation may be found in the recently published work Vor Forn Sidr by Dr Casper Odinson Crowell.
Of course in a deeper sense initiation is an internal and ongoing process and is always entirely self-initiated. So perhaps it would be clearer to differentiate the outward rite from the inward process by calling it profession. However the two terms are interchangeable.

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