Veneration can take on many forms. Veneration is devotional in nature and typically used to deepen one’s practice. Not all Heathens observe the same veneration practices, nor do they practice them all in the same ways. Here are some commonly found in modern practice.
Many Norse Heathens across the globe build altars or shrines in their homes and/or outside. Altars at their core are dedicated spiritual spots; a small sacred space you curate in your home. These altars can be dedicated areas for your practice or shrines for Norse powers and spirits. Altars are often decorated and commonly feature photos of honored ancestors or iconography of deities. The altar is where food, beverages, and other gifts are left as offerings. Many Norse Pagans start a physical practice by assembling an altar.
(Some people in the greater neopagan community distinguish altars and shrines, the first being an area for magical practice, and the second being specifically a “house” for the deity/spirit/ancestor they are devoted to. While I see this distinction far less in Norse Heathenry than in other forms of neopaganism, it’s worth disambiguating in case you come across any confusion.)
Many Heathens will dedicate activities to deities, either as a form of offering or as a way to foster a sense of connection with that deity. Devotional acts sometimes involve performing a task a deity is associated with, such as fibercrafting for Frigg or strength-training for Thor. Other times these acts come in the form of making things for deities, such as drawings, poetry, music, and other art.
In modern practice, devotional acts are done out of a place of affection as opposed to a place of obligation. At its core, these acts are meant to invite a sense of participation between you and the deity.
While “deity” is mentioned here, these acts can also apply to ancestors and other spirits.
Heathens may pray to deities for favors, good fortune, or to simply chat or air concerns. Prayer doesn’t have a specific format in Norse Paganism and is not something every Heathen does. But it is an option. It’s always good form to treat a deity with an offering if a prayer has been answered.
You can find more information on the page about Veneration.
Holidays are fickle things in Norse Heathenry. They varied so much between regions that we can’t point to any “official” holidays for this spirituality. Additionally, many were made within the context of Scandinavian geography and latitude, so these holidays often lose their meaning when applied to North America. Celebrating the sun’s return makes perfect sense in Iceland where it’s dark for half the year, but no sense at all in Arizona where the sun never leaves. This has left Americans scrambling a little bit for holidays.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to make the call on which holidays to celebrate. See the page on holidays for more information.
Norse Heathenry has a long history of incorporating divination and magic into its practice. You can choose to add a magical practice into your spiritual path, if you so desire. More on Norse magic can be found by visiting the page about Magic.