Lesson Four: Worship


The Elder Troth, Lesson Four

Eyrbyggjasaga, Chapters 1 to 4

At least one of the following:

  • Teutonic Religion, Chapters 12, 13, 14, 16
  • Our Troth, Volume 2, Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10-14, 15-23, 24-27
  • Practical Heathen, Chapters 13-15


All exercises listed in "The Elder Troth: An Introductory Course of Study" and/or the following:

  1. Consider where you live in the world. Write down how your geographic location impacts the heathen holy days and their timing (ie Yule is in December in the Northern Hemisphere, but in June in the Southern Hemisphere). What do your local weather patterns indicate as seasonal changes? Consider how you may need to adapt your holy tides and practices to work with the world, and how that may be different than our Northern European ancestors experienced their world. What specific things can yo udo to include yourself and your worship as part of the seasonal celebrations in your area?
  2. If you are part of a group of fellow heathens, meet and discuss which holy days are most important to your group and why. Write down which practices your group resonates with the most and attempt to schedule a full year of meetings. If you are a solitary heathen, do the same thing, but consider within yourself which holy days are most important and why, then write your own schedule.
  3. After every ritual you perform, write down what worked, what didn't, any omens that might have presented themselves, and any thoughts, feelings, or reflections that you and/or the members of your group felt/observed before, during, and after the ritual. Do this for the space of one year, then look back on the pages and see what stayed consistent, what changed, and what developed as you went along. How did your practice evolve?