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Gleichennacht means "even night" and is a fitting name for the ritual celebrated around the time of the Spring Equinox. Since the signs of spring are a lot more visible at this point than Disting, the Norse goddess of the earth Nerthus is often honored at this time.Gleichennacht RitualOstara Blot and Unity Rite
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The musical signal will be given to call the folk for the ritual.The folk processes to the ritual site singing The Processional Chant:D1: Wir sind hier um die Goetter zu Ehren.Folk: We are here to honor the Gods.The Fire Maiden (FM) will light the fire and make an offering.FM: Sacred fire in wisdom, love, and power. Sacred fire burn within us.Folk: Sacred fire burn within us.FM will then cense the site and the folk.The Keeper of the Well (KW) will pour the waters and make an offering.KW: In the depths flow the waters of wisdom. Sacred waters flow within us.Folk: Sacred waters flow within us.KW will then asperge the site and the folk.The Tender of the Tree (TT) will dress the world tree.TT: From the depths to the heights spans the world tree. Sacred Tree, grow within us.Folk: Sacred tree, grow within us.TT will then asperge and cense the altar.D1: The fire, the well, the sacred tree,Folk: Flame, flow and grow in me!D1: In land, sea and skyFolk: Below and on high!D1: Thus is the sacred grove claimed and hallowed.Folk: So be it!D1: By the cleaning of water and fire let all ill turn away from me and mine. So sind sie!The folk will be led through the Grove Meditation and then sing The Unity Chant - 2.D1 will state the ritual purpose and historical precedent. See Yggdrasill, the cosmic tree, that connects the nine realms, the axis of the universe. Now we call upon Heimdall, the gatekeeper, so we can connect to the realms and the shining ones. Watch the fire and Yggdrasill and see Bïfrost, the rainbow bridge, manifest to us. Heimdall, shining one, guardian of beautiful Bïfrost, son of nine waves and sounder of the ill fated horn, you who can hear the grass grow and even hear the wool growing on the sheep, we ask you father of all men to open the gates. You who teach us the runes and our Wyrd let us walk in your light so we may journey and learn in safety. Leuchten uns hervor, Heimdall.The folk will chant the Gatekeeper Chant.D1: Listen to the music of the universe, the music of Saga and draw inspiration into your hearts. The Bard will invoke Saga:Saga... All hear the ancient one come... Saga... Help us see the harvest... Saga... Guide us to the table... Saga... Sing us tales of wonder Remind us that we are able To drain the cup yet drink again Golden seer of eternal light Fire us with your beloved presence Your song is our own... Saga A cup is poured for the outdwellers and they are acknowledged.D1: Draw the strength of nature as we call the nature spirits.D2: Nature spirits, wondrous wights, we invite you to join with us this day. Hallow these waters. Share with us lore and blessings.D1: Seih den Lebenswassern da!Folk: Behold the Waters of Life!The folk chant Fur and Feather.D1: Remember the wisdom of our past kin as we call them.D3: People of eld, honored dead, our kindred, we invite you to join with us today. Hallow these waters. Share with us lore and blessings.D1: Seih den Lebenswassern da!Folk: Behold the Waters of Life!The folk chant Mothers and Fathers of Old.D1: Feel the protections of the gods as we call them.D4: Patrons, matrons, Shining Ones we invite you to join with us this high day. Hallow these waters. Share with us lore and blessings.D1: Seih den Lebenswassern da!Folk: Behold the Waters of Life!The folk chant Hail all the Gods.The folk are now led in a meditation of recentering and merging of the new energies.D1: Nerthus, earthmother, mother of blessed Frey and Freya, join with us this day as you awaken from your long winter's nap.The folk kneel and kiss the Earth. All stand and the Earth Mother Hymn is sung.The bard now conducts the praise offerings.D1: Have the folk brought praise?Bard: They have.D1: So sind Sie.The Jötuns receive an offering of seed.The last praise offering is the egg hunt, in honor of the fertility of Nerthus.D1 holds up an evergreen branch and says: Our praise reverberates through the rock to you; our voices on the wind. Hear us Nerthus, we pray to thee as we offer up this sacrifice of life. Accept it and open our hearts and give to us of your peace and life. So sind Sie!Folk: So be it!While the omen is being taken the folk will quietly chant Come Druids All.The diviner will reveal the omen.D1 raises the cup:FM: Of what does the Earth Mother give that we may know of the continual flow and renewal of life?Folk: The Waters of Life.FM: And from whence do these waters flow?Folk: From the bosom of the Earth Mother. The ever-changing All Mother.FM: And how do we honor this gift that causes life?Folk: By partaking of the Waters of Life.FM: Has the Earth Mother given forth of her bounty?Folk: She has!D1 takes the cups saying: Nerthus, we have praised you, hallow these waters and give to us of your power and inspiration and vitality. Seih den Lebenswassern da!Folk: Behold the Waters of Life!The cups are passed while the folk chant Share the Waters.D1 says: The gods have blessed us. With joy in our hearts, let us return to the realm of mortals to do both their will and ours. Every time we invoke them, they become stronger and more alert to the needs of the folk . But now comes the time when we must prepare to depart. So let us give thanks to those whom we have invited here.D1: Nerthus, Wir danken Sie.Folk: Wir danken Sie.D1: Goette, Goettern, Wir danken Sie.Folk: Wir danken Sie.D1: Vorfahr, Ahne, Wir danken Sie.Folk: Wir danken Sie.D1: Naturgeisten, Wir danken Sie.Folk: Wir danken Sie.D1: Saga, Wir danken Sie.Folk: Wir danken Sie.D1: Heimdall, Wir danken Sie.Folk: Wir danken Sie.D1: By the keeper of the gates and by our magic we end what we began. Let the fire be flame and the well be water and the ways between be shut. Lassen die Toren zumachen.Folk: Let the gates be closed.D1: We have done as our ancestors did and as our children will do and the Gods have answered! Let us go out into the world secure in the knowledge that our sacrifices have pleased the gods and that we go forth under their protection. The ritual is at a close.Folk: So sind Sie.The drum begins beating, the sigil breaks up chanting Walk with Wisdom.
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Musical Signal marks the beginning of ritual. Folk process to Nemeton singing We Approach the Sacred Grove. D1: We have come to honor the Gods of our Ancestors. Sacrificer: Let us pray with a good fire as our Ancestors did before us. A Meditation is performed. Nerthus, the Earth Mother, is honored on behalf of the Folk. The Bard offers prayers for the Inspiration of the Folk. A cup of ale is poured, taken from the Nemeton: Dark and twisted, wights unhallowed-you who dwell beyond our stead; who look with malice and with spite upon the work we do. You walk ways shunned by us and yet we call you kin, to selfishness and thoughtlessness and all those parts of man that are less noble and are small and keep us in the dark. To you we make this offering, and at the same time set aside our thoughtlessness and our distractions for the duration of this rite. D1 performs a Hammer Rite by holding the hammer aloft and saying: Hallow and hold this holy stead. Then D1 touches the ground with the Hammer saying Helga va thetta, ok hindra alla ilska. D1 honors the Nine Realms by lighting the nine candles on the Yule log in order: In the middle: Midgard, which we all share To the left: Muspellheim, land of fire To the right: Niflheim, land of ice To the middle of the right three candles: Helheim and the Halls of the dead To the left: Svartalfheim deep To the right: Jotunheim, vast To the middle of the left three candles: Asgard, and the halls of our Gods To the left: Alfheim, sweet To the right: Vanaheim, bright The Folk sing the Portal Song as the Sacrificer makes the appropriate offerings. D2 recites the historical precedent: We come together on the Equinox to honor Eostre. The Venerable Bede tells us that the upcoming month was called, by our Anglo-Saxon Ancestors, Eostrmonath and that offerings, sacrifices, processionals, and rituals were held for Eostre in that month. Her name is connected to the word for East—She comes to us in the Dawn, She comes to us as the Dawn. She is the rising light, She is the rising life. Light and dark today are balanced, but soon the light will lengthen and hold sway. Let us keep the rites of our Ancestors! Hail Eostre! All the Folk repeat: Hail Eostre! Warrior offers ale to the Gatekeeper: Warder of Asgard, Heimdall, we hail you! Keen-eared, sharp-eyed, biding of Bifrost to you we call! Son of nine mothers, by Fire and by Water watch and ward us as we keep the Old Ways. Aid us now, Bridge-Ward, hold open the Gates! Carry our calling to the halls of the Aesir! By nine flames shining, by waters flowing, by Heimdall's magic, may the Gates be open! Kindred offerings are made to the Landvettir, to the Alfar and Disr, and to the Aesir and Vanir. D1 pours the Blot to Eostre on behalf of the Folk. Unity Rite D1: We gather this day to honor Eostre. Just as our Ancestors honored you, so do we turn to you, bringer of life, bringer of fertility to strengthen and renew our community (offers flowers to cauldron). As memebrs of the Folk of Ar nDraiocht Fein, we honr the unity and the diversity of our community. We are united in kinship with the Spirits of the Earth, with the Ancestors, with the Shining Ones, and we are united in service to all who likewise seek to honor the Kindreds. Eostre, we turn to you to bless the renewed commitment to our community, to its leaders, its fellowships, its members worshipping as individuals and all of our Brothers and Sister of the Pagan Paths. These are the clergy of Ar nDraiocht Fein, may they be blessed and strengthened. D1 makes offerings as D2 reads each name: Barbara Wright, Bard Dafydd, Bjorn Patsson, Caryn MacLuan, Duir, Earrach of Pittsbugh, Epona, Fox, Francesca, Gannd, Gwynne Green, Venus, Ian Corrigan, Issac Bonewitz, Jenni Hunt, Kirk Thomas, Liafal, Matt Ducar, Norma Hoffman, Paradox, Rob Barton, Rob Henderson, Shawn T. Miller, Skip Ellison, and Todd Covert. Purify the hearts of those who lead us in worship, nourish and refresh them on their way. D1: These are the Groves and ProtoGroves of Ar nDraiocht Fein. Eostre, share your good will with them and the communities they serve. D2 recites the litany of the groves: River of Fire Protogrove, Red Maple Grove, Enchanted Desert Protogrove, White Birch Protogrove, Dancing Lights Protogrove, Red Oak Grove, Little Acorn Grove, Three Cranes Grove, Grove of the Other Gods, Grove of the Seven Hills, The 6th Night Grove, Grove of the Midnight Sun, Live Oaks Protogrove, Stone Creed Grove, Shining Lakes Grove, Whispering Lakes Grove, Protogrove of the Mystic Ash, Mugwort Grove, Sassafras Grove, Grove of the Twilight Owl, Cedarlight Grove, Crann Bethadh Grove, Ancient Path Grove, Protogrove of Ash and Thorn, Rogue River Grove, Tear of the Cloud Protogrove, Nemos Ognios Protogrove, Abhainn Glas Protogrove, Muin Mound Grove, Grove of the Sacred Crows, Thistle Dew Protogrove, Earth Dragon Protogrove, Cerridwen's Heart Protogrove, Black Bear Protogrove, Wild Onion Grove, Raven Wood Grove, Raven's Cry Grove, Otter Bay Protogrove, Sonoran Sunrise Grove, Protogrove of the Rising Pheonix, Stone Glen Protogrove, Hallowed Oaks Grove. D1 offers ale as D2 says: As the fellowships of Our Druidry are many, embrace and strengthen them all! D1: For those in our community who honor the Kindreds as individuals and as families; for our fellowship with all who honor the Kindreds, whatever their path—we ask the blessing of Eostre. So May It Be! D2: Accept our sacrifice in behalf of our fellowships (offers ale to cauldron). A Symbel is celebrated. D1 offers thanks to the assembled spirits and entities on behalf of the Folk: This Rite is ended!

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