My Horarium

Note: This is a general schedule and will probably change according to needs, such as finding a job, or going to a meeting.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Rise:                                                    6:30 a.m.
Early Morning Prayers:                       7:00 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Breakfast:                                            7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Planning the Day/Divination:             8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Sacred Reading/Reflections on Lore: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Study or Work:                                   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Midday Prayer:                                   12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m
Lunch:                                                 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Manual Labor or Exercise:                  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Recreation:                                          5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Evening Prayers:                                 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Dinner:                                                6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sacred Reading/Conferring:               7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sleep:                                                  10:00 p.m.

Wednesday

Note: Wednesday is a day dedicated to Odin.  It is my Day of Silence, and a day I dedicate in deep connection to Him throughout the day.

Rise:                                                    6:30 a.m.
Early Morning Prayers:                       7:00 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Early Morning Ritual:                         7:15 a.m. -7:45 a.m.
Breakfast:                                            7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Planning the Day/Divination:             8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Sacred Reading/Reflections on Lore: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Study or Work:                                   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Midday Prayer:                                   12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m
Lunch:                                                 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Study or Work:                                   1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Manual Labor or Exercise:                  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Recreation:                                          5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Evening Prayers:                                 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Dinner:                                                6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Silent Prayer:                                       7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Reading/Conferring:               7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Sacred Silence/Meditation:                 8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
3rd High Ritual:                                  9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sleep:                                                  10:00 p.m.

Sunday

Rise:                                                    6:30 a.m.
Early Morning Prayers:                       7:00 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Early Morning Ritual:                         7:15 a.m. -7:45 a.m.
Breakfast:                                            7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Planning the Day/Divination:             8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
1st High Ritual:                                   9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Sacred Reading/Reflections on Lore: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Study or Work:                                   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Midday Prayer:                                   12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m
Lunch:                                                 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Study or Work:                                   1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2nd High Ritual:                                 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Manual Labor or Exercise:                  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Recreation:                                          5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Evening Prayers:                                 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Dinner:                                                6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Silent Prayer:                                       7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Reading/Conferring:               7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Sacred Silence/Meditation:                 8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
3rd High Ritual:                                  9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sleep:                                                  10:00 p.m.

Meaning of Terms for My Horarium

Rise:  When I awake from sleep.  Prayers of thanks for waking or the day may be offered.

Early Morning Prayers:  These are prayers to praise and ask for blessings from the spirits of the early morning sun, landvaettir, Ancestors (Disir and Alfar), Gods and Goddesses.  It is to ground and center myself and prepare myself for the work of the day.

Early Morning Ritual:  This ritual is to invigorate myself for the day’s works, to align myself with the Gods and vaettir, and to praise Them.  The early morning ritual will likely consist of staðagaldr, mantras, cleansing, and other rituals that encourage proper energy flow and connection with the Gods and spirits.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner:  Given I am diabetic, I have to plan out when I eat and place them in points that will be best for my diet.  I will eat snacks as needed throughout the day, but I didn’t figure I needed to put it in the schedule.

Planning the Day/Divination:  Something I used to do that I want to get back in the habit of doing, is reading a Rune or set of Runes once a day.  This is a connective practice to the Runes, helping me to plan the Study or Work section, and/or seeing what lessons I may have for that day, or what things I need to contemplate.

High Ritual:  The High Rituals are designed to connect to Gods, Goddesses, Ancestors, spirits, or other beings in a deep, rich way.  The entire focus of the ritual is around the singular Goddess, God, Ancestor, landvaettir, etc., on developing a connection to Them.  This is not a ritual where things are done, such as utiseta or seidr, unless the Gods/spirits ask.  This is a time for worship, devotion, and connection.  The High Rituals are planned around factors of three, a sacred number to begin with as Odin, Vili and Ve made the world.

The 1st High Ritual is experienced at 9 a.m. in dedication to the Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil.

The 2nd High Ritual is experienced at 3 p.m. in dedication to the Sacred Three who existed at or before Creation: Auðumla, Ymir, and Surt, and to the creators of Midgard: Odin, Vili, and Ve.  Other triads that may be seen is Kari the North Wind, Logi the hungering Fire, and Ran the thieving Sea, or .

The 3rd High Ritual is experienced at 9 p.m. in the evening in dedication to the Nine Days that Odin hung on the Tree.  It may also symbolize the time it took for Hermod to ride the Nine Nights to ask for Balder’s release from Hel.

Each High Ritual may have a thematic component, although this may change day-to-day as needs arise or the Gods communicate:

The 1st may be organized around a singular God/dess or spirit of one of the Nine Worlds.

It may also be a time to organize one’s day, spiritually, and align with the Gods, spirits, etc.

The 2nd may be organized around connecting to, worshiping, or thanking the primal creators.

It may also be a time to focus on physical, or immediately impactful spiritual work.

The 3rd may be organized around connecting to, praising, honoring, or communing with Odin.

It may also be a time to focus on work that lets go of old habits or embraces new, painful lessons.

Sacred Reading/Reflections on Lore:  Something I have been meaning to dedicate myself to is reading the lore and reflecting on its meanings.  Sacred reading is, to me, not about taking apart sacred poetry and examining it, but experiencing it.  It is about experiencing the spiritual truths in the surviving lore, reflecting perhaps even line-by-line on the Hávamál or Völuspá.  I am taking my direction in this from the ground of monastic sacred reading and Jewish sacred reading, in that the reading experience itself is a spiritual experience, as is the reflection on the meaning of the words, and meditations on the passages.

Study or Work:  This is time set aside to complete tasks, chores, and the like.  If needed, this is also the time set aside to study materials, such as to answer questions about lore, a practice, or an experience.  This is also the time to write blogs, read emails, and in general, do essential maintenance work for the physical part of my life.

 

Midday Prayers:  These are prayers to praise and ask for blessing from the spirits of the noonday sun, weather vaettir, landvaettir, Ancestors (Disir, and Alfar) and the Gods.  It is to keep my energy moving and my mind focused on the work of the day.

Manual Labor or Exercise:  To keep myself strong, and healthy, planning regular times for exercise or labor will be useful.  It is early enough in the day to do things, but not late in the day so that there is no sunlight.  A good many projects could be completed by continuously working on them, allowing me to keep healthy while doing it.  Keeping oneself grounded in physical work is as important as engaging in the intellectual and esoteric spiritual pursuits.

Recreation:  If I have learned anything from my experiences, it is that I did not give recreation its proper time.  Had I given myself time to relax, my weekends might have been more productive.  After all, I wouldn’t have cast aside time to recover from a week of work if I took time out to do that regularly.

Evening Prayers:  These are prayers to praise and ask for blessings from the spirits of the evening sun and/or moon, landvaettir, Ancestors (Disir and Alfar), Gods and Goddesses.  It is to ground and center myself, and rest from the work of the day.

Silent Prayer:  This is mindful, contemplative prayer that is done in absolute silence.  This is about the silence of the mind in prayer and connection to the Gods, Ancestors, vaettir, or with whomever else I wish to deepen my connection.

Sacred Reading/Conferring on Lore:  This is time set aside from Sacred Reading, as above, but also allows for time in group reflection on the lore, like with a book club or interfaith meeting.

Sleep:  When I go to sleep.  Prayers of thanksgiving, protection, and peace may be offered.

I devised the scheduling based on the Clear Creek Monastery’s Horarium and also used Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary’s Horarium for inspiration.


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