My Oaths as a Vanatru Gythia

On Saturday, August 10th, at Greyhaven, I took my public vows as a Gythia to the Vanir:

Oaths to Nerthus

For as long as the Earth supports you, and you are able:

Do you vow to respect the children of Midgard as your siblings,
not only those of your own kind, but all life in this world?

Do you vow to honor the Spirits of the land,
the animals, and the plants as your kin?

Oaths to Njordh

For as long as you have sufficient resources, and you are able:

Do you vow to respect your fellow human beings
as free and equal to you in spirit?

Do you vow to embrace Frith for all who do you and yours no harm,
Temperance for the harms that are done,
and Justice for those who are unfairly burdened?

Do you vow to honor the Ancestors,
yours of blood and spirit,
and those of all humanity?

Oaths to Freyr

For as long as you live, and you are able:

Do you vow to care for your body and mind,
respecting your own limitations,
and those We place on you?

Do you vow to negotiate mindfully for your needs to be met,
asking no one – neither humans, nor spirits, nor gods,
to read your mind when you have a voice?

Do you vow to respect boundaries, those you set,
those you need to set,
and those set by others?

Oaths to Freyja

For as long as We support you, and you are able:

Do you vow to serve the Vanir as Our Gythia,
to learn Our ways and teach them to others?

Do you vow to listen to Our guidance,
and use your best judgment in carrying out Our will?

Do you vow to serve the folk on Our behalf,
helping Our children to find right relationships with Us?

Oaths with the Folk

For so long as we respect and support you, and you are able:

Do you vow to serve us as Gythia,
to guide us and teach us,
to counsel and comfort us?


And do you, fellow folk, vow to uphold Ember as our own Gythia,
respecting her limits and supporting her efforts on our behalf,
and on behalf of the Vanir?


About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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