I tried a new vardlokkr last night, based on the following kulning I found on YouTube:
The result seemed to work just fine, and in line with previous rites. I was halfway expecting to get a different “feel” from the wights that were present, depending on the difference in the song, but there was nothing like that that I could sense.
Looks like last month was an anomaly, and I’m back to form. The ritual itself went fine, as did the faring forth afterwards. I’m giving the willow a rest, though; I’ll keep up with the offerings, but will wait for her to reach out to me.