Gatekeeper Rites and Charms

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May this be the mound of Arbeth, where wonders are seen, or blows received. May I know wonders. May I see a woman on a white horse, slowly riding, swiftly riding, waiting for me to ask her to stay. May I see Rhiannon. May she lead me to the Otherworld, to share the feast of the Shining ones, to sing their praises, and drink of their cup.by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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I invoke Agni, priest of the gods: bear my words on your tongue. Through this first offering, bring prayers to the deities, and through this their blessings to us, Lord in the lightningThrough this second offering, bring prayers to the ancestors, and through this their blessings to us, Lord in the waters. Through this third offering, bring prayers to the nature spirits, and through this their blessings to us, Lord in the trees May your burning be a door open between us and the Kindreds. [Six offerings of clarified butter are made into the fire, one with each of lines three, four, six, seven, nine, and ten.] by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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Lark, little lark, do you hear what I am saying? Fly, little lark, and sing, with your beautiful voice. Fly to Zorya, to little dawn, and tell her we are here, here asking, here waiting for her to come, with the gods in her train. Zorya, we call to you, with beautiful words, words of praise, words you love well. Come to us here, be the first to arrive, be the first to arrive of the Holy Ones, to help us pray to the others as well, our prayers to them, their gifts to us. May our prayers be as beautiful as the songs of the larkwe send on her way to ask you to come. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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God of two faces, Janus the opener, open the gates for our offerings, seen by you, to pass through into the arms of the Kindreds, of the Deities, of the Ancestors, of the Spirits. Open the gates for the gifts of the Kindreds to pass through into our lives, the gifts of the Deities, of the Ancestors, of the Spirits, our words, our sacrifices, our freely-poured out libations bringing in responseblessings, powers, and long-continued life. Open the gates, Janus Patulcius, open them in return for this sweet-smelling incense. Janus be my guide to the holy; open the gateway, god of gates. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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Opener of the gates of the sun, of the Shining One, Open the gates to the gods, to the Shining Ones, Open the way for my prayers, Rising One. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)CeisiwrSerith
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High One, Heimdall, winder of the horn, Ward and watcher of the way to Asgard, standing at the border of the Bifrost Bridge: may our prayers go through to the sacred, may the rainbow join us to the sacred. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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Rising from the mists, with your brother-husband in attendance, bring divine light to me, Aušrine, young and lovely, and my words to them, the lovely Holy Ones. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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I see a man coming towards me, in a brazen chariot; the horses which pull it are snorting sea-fog. The green sea to me is a grassy field to him, over which he rides; the scattered sea foams are flowers about his wheels. Who is this man who rides this way? Not hard: It is Manannán, son of Sea, whose chariot approaches, the god closest to man. Clear away the sea’s mists, Son of Sea, that bar the way to the sacred land. Guide me safely, belled-branch led, along the sacred path; guide them, the Holy Ones, with the sound of the ringing, to me. [It would be nice to accompany this with the ringing of bells.] by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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I offer to Čistā, who guards the pathways, who guards the traveler, those who offer to her. May I travel smoothly through all that separates me from the pure, the divine; with prayers, with offerings, with thoughts and deeds, I will worship the Kindreds, as she herself, as Čistā indeed, is indeed honored by those whom we worship.So let her, worthy of being heard, hear our prayers; so let her, worthily hearing, pass them on, so let her, hearer of the worthy, pass the Kindreds’ blessings on to us. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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Hasamelis, god of travelers: with this biscuit cast into the fire I call you to mewith this pita bread cast into the fire I call you to mewith this loaf of bread, split open and cast into the fire, I call you to me. With the first may you begin to come to me. With the second may you continue to come to me. With the third may you arrive here in my presence. As the bread is split, so may the door between this world and that of the Holy Ones open; as the smoke from our offerings rises, so may our prayers rise freely to those in the sacred realm, that the Holy Ones may pour out as freely as this poured-out beer their blessingsHasamelis, god of travelers, cause to travel between this world and that our prayers. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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God of the herm which is constructed on the borders: you pass through as well as keep out. Pass through my prayers, my offerings, to those I worship; Pass through as well their presence, their blessings, to me. The cattle of Apollo seemed to go one way when they had gone the other: may our prayers go both ways, may the Immortals go both ways. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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Half-stag, half-man, sitting between, between this and that, between this and the other, god of the gates, open the gates, Cernunnos who guides my steps. by Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar)
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The following chants are appropriate for the part of the ADF liturgy where we ask a "gatekeeper" or "opener of the ways" deity to help us connect to the Kindreds.Gatekeeper ChantGatekeeper Open the PortalsManannan ChantManannan InvocationKeepers of the Ways BetweenIf you are an ADF member and know other chants for this part of the liturgy, please let us know about them!
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We invoke you <gatekeeper>, Opener of every gate, We invoke you <gatekeeper>, Opener of every gate. You will reach us, you will teach us, And reveal our fate. You will reach us, you will teach us, And reveal our fate.Learn this chant (62Kb MP3)(Words and music by Sable.)
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Gatekeeper open the portals, Between the Gods and mortals, Power freely flows, As our magic grows.Learn this chant (57Kb MP3)(Words and music by Liafal)
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God of the Sea, to you we say Manannan Mac Lir Please part the veil, so that we may Bring the wise ones here Open up the watery veil To the spirits domain In your coracle, we may sail To where our hearts remainWords - Traditional[Music]
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We stand at the border and watch the mist close in. Waves rolling, rolling, Where shore meets the ocean, where land meets sea and sky, We call to you, Manannan, Manannan, Manannan, We welcome you as you one day will welcome us.By Marae Price[Music]
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The Keepers of the ways between, The world of Gods and mortal kin, From common land to otherworlds, Throw wide the Gates for us again.Words and Music by Stone Creed Grove, ADF[Music]


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