A meal blessing for Nerthus
- Needed: a bowl of soil and a bowl of water. Small ones will do just
fine. Each person going clockwise sprinkles water with their fingers onto
the bowl of soil. I got something similar out of a fantasy, sci-fi or
historical novel once and liked it. One could well put the same setup at
the door of her temple. The first part is derived, of all places, from the
gnostic/apocryphal Gospel of St. Thomas. However, I think I've stayed tru
to the Heathen spirit.
"Nerthus, holy Mother Earth, we would eat, so one day we must be eaten
in turn. Life feeds on Life, and you are nourished by the bones of the
Ancestors that you may bring forth this food for our needs. Accept from us
now these small sacrifices, as one day you will accept the Great One from
each of us. Death is a debt we all must pay. Help us to live gratefully,
honorably and in good spirits until that hour comes."
This is of course in reference to our eventual deaths and cremations