I The name of
this organization shall be Bilskirnir Hearth
II The purpose of Bilskirnir
Hearth is to be a cultural and religious organization
who follow and honor the ancient ways, beliefs, and traditions
of our ancestors.
Rights and Freedoms
III All members shall have
equal rights and the freedom to follow the paths
IV Policies concerning Bilskirnir
Hearth shall be voted on by all members that are
rules. The leadership cannot make unilateral policies or
majority membership vote majority rules.
V All members will vote on
policies regarding Diplomatic Relations With other
groups and organizations of the making of allegiances.
VI As an organization a chain of
command is necessary to ensure that things run
smoothly and that
policies are adhered to, and that conflicts are solved
as quickly as
1. Chieftain: the administrator; work leader
of Bilskirnir Hearth responsible for
2. Godi/Godia: the spiritual and religious leaders
of Bilskirnir Hearth and are
for the training of the priest and priestess, the spiritual well
of the hearth and its members, and to make the rituals of our
as pleasant as possible for all who come to this hearth.
3. Lawspeaker: the Lawspeaker keeps the peace
at all times
presides over Thing.
4. Assistant Lawspeaker: assists the Lawspeaker
in keeping the peace
assumes the duty of the Lawspeaker when the Lawspeaker
5. Warder: the Warder protects the honor and
name of Bilskirnir
and enforces the bylaws of the hearth.
6. Assistants to the Warder: the Assistant Warders
also protect the honor
name Bilskirnir Hearth and also enforce the bylaws of the
assume the duties of the Warder when the Warder is not
7. Bard: Bard is responsible for singing the
songs and stories of our ancestors.
8. Scholar: the Scholar compiles the saga's and
knowledge of our ancestors
all can have access to all of the stories of our people.
9. Wordsmith: the Wordsmith keeps the records
of all events within the Hearth.
10. Scribe: the Scribe puts all of the Wordsmith's
records on file and prints out
events so that all may have a record of the event/rituals.
11. Cleric: administrator of the act of healing
the physical body.
12. Assistants to the Cleric: Assistant Clerics
are responsible in helping the
administer the healing arts.
13. Photographer: Photographer is responsible
for taking pictures of and
a photographic record of the hearth.
Responsibilities of Offices
VII All offices will be voted
on by ballot vote. Majority rules.
Every two years offices will be reviewed by the membership to determine
that the persons of the offices have maintained and distributed their
duties in a responsible manner.
If the majority
of the membership votes that this has not happened then a
on the affected offices will be taken to correct the problem.
In no way does this reflect on a persons honor or ability.
Ridicule or personal attacks on a member that this has happened to will
not be tolerated at all.
The purpose of this is to be democratic, and open and honest
with one another.
VIII Houses will be set up to find
new members and to share our beliefs with
those who are seeking our path.
Houses will be free to follow their own religious convictions and
make policies, provided they do not violate the bylaws of Bilskirnir
of Houses will be known as a House Drighten, House
Drightens will be responsible for teaching the lore and traditions of
will be known by the last name of the House Drighten.
IX New members must attend three
consecutive rituals to be oathed in as a friend
to the hearth.
They must attend
another three to be eligible for full membership.
All members must
vote on the approval of a prospective new member, the vote
must be unanimous.
If one member
votes (NO) then that member must explain their reason for a
(NO) vote. If it is decided by the other members as a valid reason
the perspective member in question will be put on a period of probation
to give both parties an opportunity to see if the reason is of merit.
If the membership
agrees that the reason is without merit or of unsubstantial
claim then the majority vote carries and the prospective new member is
accepted by all members.
Initiation of New Members
X New members that have been
voted in shall be oathed in within thirty days
of the vote of acceptance.
should fall within their attendance of their next ritual.
Within that period
of time the members of Bilskirnir Hearth shall take up a
collection for the purpose of buying an initiation sword as a gift of
welcome from all the members of the hearth to the new member.
This is a gift
from the hearth if at a later date the member wishes to sever
ties with the hearth No Member shall ask to purchase back or for the
return of the member's sword. This action is not one of honor or
friendship of this hearth.
This is a gift
from the hearth as a whole and not to be used as a person's
individual gain. Any member doing this shall be looked upon with
disfavor and may stand to be voted out of the Hearth.
Persons who become
members of Bilskirnir Hearth who later feel that they
cannot live up to the responsiblities of their oaths and the by-laws, and
wish to relinquish their oaths as family and member of this hearth, but
wish to attend as a friend of this hearth, will have to return their initiation
sword to this hearth for the reasons as follows:
(A) The initiation sword is a benefit of membership.
(B) Friends of the hearth have no voting priviledges but are required
to uphold their oaths of frienship and responsibilities covered
in these by-laws.
(C) The iniation sword shall be held in trust for sixty days to give
the individual time to consider his/her choice to either remain a
member or become a friend of the hearth.
(D) If the person chooses at the appointed time to remain a member
and uphold the responsibilities of oaths and by-laws then the
sword shall be returned.
(E) If the person chooses at the appointed time to still remain as a
friend, the iniation sword shall raffled off to the current membership.
(F) Raffle of the sword shall be that all members donate a dollar to the
hearth fund. The money shall be used to purchase hearth related
items. The person who wins the raffle shall then be excluded
from the next raffle.
Termination of Membership
XI Members of Bilskirnir
Hearth retain the right to deny membership to any
parties applying to join the Hearth whose policies, actions, and
attitudes directly conflict with the standards or policies of the hearth.
may be revoked with a majority vote by all members, except
in instances covered elsewhere within these bylaws.
may be terminated due to lack of attendance. If you are a
member and you fail to attend at least Six (6) Months out of a calander
year without mitigating curcumstances (i.e. medical disability, out-of-state
absentism, employment, etc.) then your membership may be terminated.
Persons Under the Age of Eighteen
XII Persons not known to a
hearth member must be accompanied by their
adult parent. Persons known to a hearth member may attend only with
the full approval of the hearth.
a member plans to bring a guest not of age, they must inform the hearth
at the ritual before to get approval to bring their guest.
guest shall be treated as their conduct merits. If a member's guest
becomes disruptive that hearth member will be informed that if their
guest wishes to attend again it will have to be with the presence of
THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS
Oaths, Blots, Rituals, and Ceremonies
XIII Oath breaking is a serious
crime and will be treated as such . Breaking an
oath will result in loss of membership and the dishonorable party will
be wolfs-headed (banished).
Sumbels can be held whenever a house chooses to hold such events.
Rituals will be held in accordance with the dates prescribed by our ancestors.
Other rituals can be held whenever a house chooses to hold such events.
Births, Namings, Weddings and Funerals will be overseen by any members
who wish to attend.
Priest/Priestess will be responsible for scheduling events and organizing
and performing rituals, blots, and ceremonies of Bilskirnir Hearth.
XIV Disputes between hearth members
will be considered hearth business.
Disputes within the hearth will not be taken outside the hearth, to do
will result in probation of a period of one year and the loss of any
offices held at the time.
Disputes of personal natures outside of the hearth will stay as such,
unless one of the persons asks for mediation.
This is an informal meeting to find a solution to the problem.
If the problem carries over into the hearth another attempt to mediate
will be made.
At this time it will be considered formal hearth business and will be treated
such by all. If the dispute is still not resolved then a panel of five
will be chosen at random by ballot.
Both persons will present their sides of the dispute with witness' if it
in more than one persons presence. The mediators involved will also inform
the panel of their attempts to solve the problem.
The panel will render a decision to both parties.If the parties agree to
decision then all will be put in the past and the disputing parties will
shake hands and apologize to each other for the incident.
If the parties cannot agree to the panels decision then it will go to personal
XV Personal combat shall be
in the traditions of our ancestors.
specific area shall be measured out and the disputing parties will choose
weapons of equality. (ex.-broadsword vs.broadsword)
will commence and the person who scores three killing blows
first shall be considered absolved of all wrong doing in the situation
By the Gods.
five member panel will judge the Holmganga.
the decision is made the disputing parties will shake hands and
apologize to each other, the dispute will be considered over and
no more will be said of it ever again.
XVI Thing is an assembly in
which all members will come together to meet
each other, make policies and laws, discuss matters of importance
to their respective houses and the hearth as a whole, to settle diputes
and create frith for all.
Thing is a holy function and will be observed as such. Offending members
shall be escorted out by the Lawspeaker and Warders.
Houses of Bilskirnir Hearth should send one representative to Thing.
Trials and punishment shall be held and dealt out by all at Thing.
Verdicts and punishments will be passed by majority vote by all present.
(A) Moots may be called for anytime of the year, bylaw XIV Disputes.
XVII No member or persons shall
degrade or demoralize another persons
appearance or possessions (ex. clothing, weapons, armor, helms, etc.)
All members or persons will be expected to live by the Nine Noble
Virtues, the Havamal, and the ancient rites of hospitality as set forth
by our Gods and ancestors.
Any member who violates these rules of conducts shall be looked
upon with disfavor.
XVIII The ancient rules of hospitality
are sacred to Bilskirnir Hearth.
All members or persons will follow them. Treat those as you would
like them to treat you.
XIX Before rituals begin they shall
be discussed with everyone as to ensure
that everyone knows what to do at the proper times, this is to
keep things running smoothly.
No alcohol will be used in the horn so that those that do not drink
can participate and not be left out of ritual.
(B). Those who do drink must clear it with the owner of the house.
(C). Those who do drink will limit their alcohol intake, be responsible.
(D). Rituals that involve theatrical plays will involve all members taking
turns at playing the parts when they come about.
XX The host and hostess will
provide the main course of the feast.
All members or persons attending will bring a food or drink item of sufficient
quantity for the feast so that there is plenty for all.
When Feast is ready to be served take enough to eat but please be
considerate to others when filling your plate, you can always go back
for more but make sure everyone gets their share of food and drink.
After the feast is finished, please help clean up (dishes trash etc.).
hands make for light work.
After feast is over, sumbels shall be held to honor the Gods, Heros,
and ancestors, there will be a two round free for all after this
has been done.
Sumbel is over, for those interested at each ritual a book shall
be read with each member reading a passage and a short discussion
of what it meant to them and the others.
(ex. Poetic Edda-Volspa, Books of Myth, etc....)
Illegal Activities, Racism, Drugs
XXI Racism, Bigotry, Fascism,
and Neo-Nazism will NOT be tolerated by this hearth.
Substance abuse will NOT be tolerated by this hearth.
Anyone caught doing so will be banished without probation.
Ratification of the Bylaws
XXII New bylaws may be submitted
at any gathering but the majority of members
must be present to vote. (bylaw IV formal matters)
The purpose of these bylaws is to ensure that we are all examples not
exceptions to the law, all are accountable to these laws.