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Walburgis is also known as "Maitag" for "May Day" and, as you might expect, is usually celebrated at the beginning of May. Corresponding with the Celtic high day called Beltane, many groves set up the traditional "Maypole". This is a tall pole from which ribbons hang, and ritual attendees each take a ribbon and dance around the pole (usually going "over-under") until all the ribbons have wound around the pole. The Maypole is often left standing either until the next High Day celebration or throughout the year. This time of year is typically associated with fertility in both plants and humans.MaitagWalburgis Songs
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The musical signal will be given to call the folk for the ritual.D1: Wir sind heir um die Goetter zu Ehren.Folk: We are here to honor the Gods.Led by the clergy, the folk processes to the ritual site & form the A.D.F. sigil singing:Come ye merrily join us, join us On this hallowed ground. Come ye merrily join us, join us On this hallowed ground. To gather strength from ways of old Welcome to the sacred grove. The Fire Maiden (FM) will light the fire and make an offering.FM: I kindle the sacred fire of nine woods in wisdom, love, and power. Sacred fire burn within us.Folk: Sacred fire burn within us.FM will then sense 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 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 Tree.D1: The fire, the well, the sacred tree,Folk: Flame and 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!D1: We call upon you Nerthus, mother of all, be with us today and always. Honor Nerthus!The folk kneel and kiss the Earth. The Earth Mother Hymn is sung.The folk will be led through the Grove Meditation and then will chant a Unity Chant.D1 will state the ritual purpose and historical precedent.D1: 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 Braggi and draw inspiration into your hearts.The Bard will invoke Braggi:Bragi, Odinson, Best of the wordsmiths And first of the skalds. You with the tongue of gold Whose words are like the finest mead, We ask you best of bards To bless us and make our words mix well. Bragi, let your inspiration flow! A cup is poured for the outdwellers and they are acknowledged.D1: Draw the strength of nature as we call the nature spirits.D2 will come to the center and pick up the offering of seed and says: Landspirits, join us in this celebration. Accept these offerings:D2 pours a little pile of seed on the Altar and then spreads some around the outside of the circle, then returns to the center and says while D1 lifts the bowl:D1: Hallow these waters. Share with us lore and blessings. 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 will come to the center and pick up the offering of flowers and says: People of eld, honored dead, our kindred, join us in this celebration of joy as you taught us in days of eld.D3 puts a few flowers on the Altar and then dresses the well, then returns to the center and says while D1 lifts the bowl:D1: Hallow these waters. Share with us lore and blessings. 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 will come to the center and pick up the offering of oil and says: Gods and Goddesses of old times and new we ask you to join with us in this celebration of nurturing joy.D4 pours a little oil on the Altar and then on the fire, then returns to the center and says while D1 lifts the bowl:D1: Hallow these waters. Share with us lore and blessings. 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: Frey, King of the elves, prince of the world, we ask you and your beautiful sister Freya, wild wight of nature, to join with us in this celebration of nurturing joy.The bard now conducts the praise offerings.D1: Have the folk brought praise?Bard: They have.D1: So sind Sie.Hal and Tow (during Maypole)(CHORUS) Hal and Tow Jolly Rumble-oh We were up long before the day-oh To welcome in the summer To welcome in the May-oh The summer is a'comin in And Winter's gone away-ohTake no scorn to wear the horn It was a crest when you were born Your father's father wore it And your father wore it, too (Sing Chorus)Frey and Freya bless you With all their power and might-oh And bring peace to New England Bring peace by day and night-oh (Sing Chorus)D1 holds up an evergreen branch and says: Our praise goes up to you on the wings of eagles; our voices on the wind. Hear us Frey, Freya, 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 reveals the omen.The folk are led in a meditation on grove and personal needs.D1 raises the cup:TT: Of what does the Earth Mother give that we may know of the continual flow and renewal of life?Folk: The Waters of Life.TT: And from whence do these waters flow?Folk: From the bosom of the Earth Mother. The ever-changing All Mother.TT: And how do we honor this gift that causes life?Folk: By partaking of the Waters of Life.TT: Has the Earth Mother given forth of her bounty?Folk: She has!D1 takes the cups saying: Frey, Freya, 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.Another offering will be made after each time the folk say Wir danken Ihnen.D1: Frey, Freya, Wir danken Ihnen.Folk: Wir danken Ihnen.D1: Vorfahr, Ahne, Wir danken IhnenFolk: Wir danken Ihnen.D1: Naturgeisten, Wir danken Ihnen.Folk: Wir danken Ihnen.D1: Braggi, Wir danken Ihnen.Folk: Wir danken Ihnen.D1: Heimdall, Wir danken Ihnen.Folk: Wir danken Ihnen.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!The folk are led in a meditation of regrounding, recentering, unmerging and draining of excess power.D1: 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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Sumer is Icumen In Sumer is icumen in, lhude sing cucu. Groweth sed and bloweth med and springth the wode nu. Sing cucu. Awe bleateth after lomb, Lhouth after calve cu; Bullock sterteth bucke verteth Murie sing cucu. Cu, cu, cu, cu Wel singes thu Cu cu Ne swik thu naver nu. Sing cucu nu, Sing cucu. Hal-an-tow Take no scorn to wear the horn, it was a crest when you were born, Your fathers father wore it and your father wore it too.Chorus Hal-an-tow, jolly rumble oh! We were up, long before the day - oh, to welcome in the summer... to welcome in the May - oh, The summer is a comin' in and winter's gone away - oh.Robin Hood and marion have both gone to the fair - oh, and we were to the merry greenwood to hunt the buck and hare - oh.ChorusWhat happened to the spaniards that made so great a boast - oh, Why they shall eat the feathered goose and we shall eat the roast - oh.ChorusThe Aesir and Vanir bless you with all their might and might - oh, And bring firth to our Walburgia, bring frith by day and night - oh.ChorusPadstow Morning SongUnite and unite and let us all unite, for Summer is a comin' in today And whither we go we will all unite, in the merry morning of May.Arise up, Mr. _______ and joy to you betide, for Summer is a come intoday, And bright is your bride that lies by your side, in the merry morningof May.Arise up, Mrs. _______ and gold be your ring, for Summer is a come intoday, And give to us a cup of ale that merrier we'll sing, in the merry morningof May.Now fare you well, and we bid you all good cheer, for summer is a comein today, We'll call once more unto your house in another year, in the merrymorning of May.Swinton May SongAll in this pleasant evening, together come as we for - The summer springs so fresh and green and gay, We'll sing you of the blossom and the bud on ev'ry tree, Drawing nearer to the merry month of May!Rise up! The Master of this house, all in your chain of gold for - The summer springs so fresh and green and gay, We hope you're not offended with your house we've made so bold, Drawing nearer to the merry month of May!Rise up! the Mistress of this house with gold all on your breast for- The summer springs so fresh and green and gay, And if your body is asleep we hope your soul's at rest, Drawing nearer to the merry month of May!Rise up! The Children of this house, all in your rich attire for - The summer springs so fresh and green and gay, May ev'ry hair upon your heads shine like a silver wire, Drawing nearer to the merry month of May!Gods Bless this House and Arbor, your riches and your stores for - The summer springs so fresh and green and gay, For ev'ry blessing on your heads we wish you ten times more, Drawing nearer to the merry month of May!So now we're going to leave you in peace and plenty here for - The summer springs so fresh and green and gay, We will not sing you May again until another year, For to drive you these cold winter nights away!
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