This rite is suitable for daily or frequent performance at a personal altar
or shrine. Deity gender references may, of course, be altered to suit the
[The Druid comes, freshly bathed, before the altar and lights the Altar Lamp
(which may be any sort of candle or small flame), saying:]
O blessed spirit of light and magic, flesh of the Deities' flesh, spirit
of my spirit, bring to my shrine the divine power of your light. O sacred
spirit-fire, be welcome in your house. Beannachta!
[The visualizations of the Deities are built up, and a short prayer of praise
may be offered. The Triple Offering is then made with these words:]
I shall offer my offerings in the eye of the mothers who bore me, in
the eye of the fathers who quickened me, in the eye of the Gods and the
light of the fire.
Make me your kinswo/man, accept from me: Salt, that your power preserve
and defend me,
[Druid elevates salt, places it on the altar]
Water, that your power cleanse and sustain me,
[Druid offers water]
Incense, that your power lend my life joy and delight.
[Druid offers incense]
Bestow upon me in the hour of my need the love of the Gods, the wisdom
of the Gods, the power of the Gods, to do in the Three Worlds as the heroes
do in Tir na nog. Each shade and light, each day and night, each hour in
blessing, give me your spirit.
[The Druid meditates on the visualization for a time, then extinguishes the
flame, leaving the incense to burn out, and goes about her/his business.]
About the Author - Ian Corrigan is a past ADF Archdruid as well as recipient of the Distinguished Service award for his time as Bard Laureate. He is deeply involved in various aspects of
creating rites and training to enhance our growing spiritual work, and
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