General Rituals

General Rituals

General ADF Rituals

Ritual Category: 
By Trebomâros AuiganiThis ritual can either be done indoors or outside.  If this ritual is more of a family event or group event with children, children related activities can be added to the Key Offerings section, like the person performing the omen could dress like a hobby horse and present gifts to any children who are there as a symbol of the abundance of the land before or after the omen is taken.  This ritual can be performed either on December 18th (traditional date for Eponalia) or for Medigiamos (Winter Solstice).Ritual:Purification:Before starting the ritual, as people gather around the altar, light up incense and from person to person, in a counter-clockwise motion, circle it in front of each person saying:May all that holds you be released,May all the binds you be released,May all that enslaves you be released,Then, with blessed water, have each person dip their fingers in the water to rum on their hands and face.  As they do, say:So that you may be pure and true.Once everyone has been purified, have them gather around the altar in a semi-circle formation (horseshoe). Opening Statement:As the nights become long and the cold wind howls, we come here this night to honor Epona, horse maiden, sovereign queen.  She who rides the fields and the land, bestowing her blessings to the people and guiding the spirits of the Otherworld back to their holdings.  As we gather together, may she find joy in our celebrations and gift us with prosperity in the coming year as well as the protections of her warrior host on these long nights. Opening Prayers:A: Earth Mother: Chief speaks as the Sacrificer makes an offering of grain, bread or flour:Before we begin tonight’s festivities though,May we give honor to the first mother, Danu.Danu, beloved mother of allFrom whose starry waters the green earth springsYou who are the bearer of all lifeWe pray you bless and uphold this rite.All: Danu, accept our offering!B: The Bard invokes the Hearth, saying:Brigantiâ, Lady of the Sacred HearthVoice of the fire of wisdom,Voice of the well of inspirationCome into our hearts and sound in our voices. Brigantiâ!Let us ken of every good or ill,Guide our rite in the way of truth.We call you to place the clear heart in us,in this holy place, at this holy time.All: Brigantiâ, accept our offering! Grove Attunement:The Druids lead a meditation intended to attune the company to the Earth and Sky powers and to join the company in spirit. This might conclude with an intoning or a proper chant or hymn. Blessing the Hallows:The Druid stands before the alter addressing the group:At the dawn of creation, there were two fundamental forces, symbolized by water and fire.  The tension between these forces created life and thus, the world and the world tree was born.  Through these forces, life continues and within this space, we honor these forces for they not only give birth, but they also connect us to all of creation.An Offering of silver is made to the well, saying:O sacred waters that flow and swirl beneath all being accept our offering! Let us know the elder depths within ourselves the source of all, the well of elder wisdomAll respond: Sacred well, flow within us!An offering of oil is made to the Fire, saying:O sacred fire that consumes and transformsTrue and holy light of the Shining Ones, accept our offering!O sacrificed and sacrificer, let your holy flame warm our spirits and our lives.All: Sacred fire, burn within us!The Bile is censed and sprinkled, saying:O sacred pillar, boundary of all the worlds,Stand at the center of the sky,Stand at the center of the sea,Stand at the center of the land on which we dwell.Let us be deepened in your depthsRaised to your heightsStrengthened in your strengthAll: Sacred tree, grow within us! Opening the Gates:The sacrificer makes an offering to Cernunnos, saying:Cernunnos, Lord of the Deep Wood.Open the ways for us.We walk in your holy ways, we walk the Sacred Road.Share your magic with us and ward us as we walk in safety.Cernunnos, accept our sacrifice!An offering of oil is given to the Fire. The Druid then raises his hands and says:Now, Master of Ways, join your magic with ours and let the fire open as a gate, let the well open as a gate, let the tree be the crossroads of all worlds. Open as a road to our voices and to the spirits. Let the gates be open!All: Let the gates be open! Kindred Offerings:The druids make proper offerings to each of the kindreds, standing at the fire.Ancestors:The children of the earth call out to the mighty dead. Hear us, our ancestors, our kindred.To all those whose bones lie in this land, whose hearts are tied to it, whose memory holds it; ancient tribes of this place, we offer you welcome.To all of our grandmothers and grandfathers, our own beloved dead, blood-kin and heart-kin; ancient tribes of our blood, we offer you welcome.To all those elder wise ones who guide their people, poets and seers, judges, and magicians; wise women and men of ancient days, we offer you welcome.So, o mighty ones, we call to you as our kin, in the love of the all-mother, to join in our magic. Come to our fire, spirits; meet us at the boundary. Guide and ward us as we walk the elder ways.Ancestors, accept our sacrifice!An offering of food and/or drink is made onto the ground or into a shaft. Nature Spirits:The children of earth call out to the spirits of this land. Hear us, companions and teachers.To all our allies, kindreds of stone and stream, crystal and fertile soil, pools, and every water; kins of the earth, we offer you welcome.To all our allies, kindreds of the growing green, herb and flower, shrub and mighty trees, root and stem and fruit. Green kins, we offer you welcome.To all our allies, kindreds of fur and feather and scale, all who walk or fly or swim or crawl, we offer you welcome.So, o noble ones, we call to you as our allies, in the joy of life upon earth, to join in our magic. Come to our fire, spirits; meet us at the boundary. Guide and ward us as we walk the elder ways.Land-spirits, accept our sacrifice!An offering of herbs, flowers and/or trinkets is placed in an offering bowl on the edge of the ritual space, or if the rite is performed outside, scattered around the nemeton’s edge or hung on the tree. Deities:The children of earth call out to the shining ones. Hear us, eldest and brightest.To all the shining ones, first children of the mother, wisest and mightiest, loving and comforting; gods and goddesses, we offer you welcome.To the gods and goddesses of this place, ancient and powerful, known to us or unknown; Gods of this place, we offer you welcome.To all the deities of those here gathered, you whom we worship, you who bless our lives; o patrons and matrons, we offer you welcome.So, o shining ones, we call to you as our elders, in reverence and love, to join in our magic. Come to our fire, shining ones; meet us at the boundary. guide and ward us as we walk the elder ways.Deities, accept our sacrifice!An offering of scented oil is poured on the fire.After all the offerings have been made, the druids recenter the company and lead an attunement to all the spirits that have been called, and a proper chant or hymn is sung to the three kindreds. Key Offerings:Druid speaks, saying:The ways have been opened and the host has been called.  Tonight, we gather to honor she who rides the land clearing the fields and bestowing her blessings to the people.Epona, Lady of Horses, we call you!All: Hail!Epona, Queen of Sovereignty, we call you!All: Hail!Epona of the Fields and Stables, we call you!All: Hail!Epona of the Warrior Host, we call you!All: Hail!Epona of the Healing Wells, we call you!All: Hail!Epona, protector of travelers, we call you!All: Hail!Epona, Queen of the Otherworld and the Sacred Ways, we call you!All: Hail!Epona, Great Mother, we call you!All: Hail!Epona Regina, friend, guardian, guide, and teacher, we call you!All: Hail! May our words and praise be heard throughout the Realms and across the land.A horseshoe wreath of roses is laid out on the altar around the statue of Epona:These gifts we give to you oh Might Mare.  May these rose be a symbol of the love we share with you.A set of keys is laid out in front of the statue:May these Keys be a symbol of your sovereignty of not only the abundance of the land but the riches and secrets of the Otherworld.Pour Mead into a cup:And may this mead be a symbol of your Sovereignty as you share your gifts with the people as we gather in celebration of your Holy Day!Epona Regina, we honor you.All: Epona, we honor you!At this time, additional offerings in celebrations are performed (singing, dancing, possibly a ritual meal, etc.) Sacrifice and Omen:Once all the offerings have been given, or the meal is coming to an end, the druid chimes a bell three times.As we have come to honor the mighty Epona Regina, let our voices arise on the fire, let our voices sound in the well let our words pass the boundary to the Otherworld.Epona Regina, we give you our love, our respect, our devotion as we pray you...All: Accept our sacrifice!All are led to send their energy through the gates to the powers, meditating on the deities and the nobles. Then druid speaks:Having prayed to the powers, let us open to them, asking what blessings or wisdom they offer.Omen is taken as usual. The seer then interprets the omen, leading the company to contemplate the things they would ask of the powers, especially as suggested by the omen. The company then recenters in preparation for the blessing. The Blessing :Druid speaks:Ancient and mighty ones, you have honored us with your blessings.  We thirst for the waters of wisdom, the bounty of rebirth from the well of wisdom, from the spring of renewal, from the bosom of the earth mother. Hear us...All: Shining ones, bless us with the waters!We open our hearts to the blessing of the great one. We stand in pride, honor and friendship with all the powers of the worlds. Hear and answer us now...All: Shining ones, bless us with the waters!Ale is poured into the cup and elevated. Druid speaks:We draw blessings from the cauldron of blessing. We pour the ale of inspiration. Behold the holy cup of magic, the outpouring of blessing from the mighty ones. When we share the draught of the gods we drink in wisdom, love and strength to do as we will in the worlds, in service to the shining ones.Hear us Epona Regina and all the Shining Ones that are here tonight; hallow these waters! We, your children, rejoice in your gift. Bless our spirits and our lives with love, magic and bounty as we drink these sacred waters.All: Bless us with the waters of life!The cups are passed clockwise and all drank as a proper hymn is sung. Closing:When all is done, the druids lead a resettling, then begin to close the grove, saying:The mighty ones have blessed us. With joy in our hearts let us carry the magic from our sacred grove into our lives and work.Each time we offer to the powers they become stronger and more aware of our needs and our worship.So now as we prepare to depart let us give thanks to those who have aided us.Epona Regina, Might Mare and Queen,All: We thank you!O gods and goddesses of elder days,All: We thank you!O spirits of this land,All: We thank you!O ancestors, our kindred,All: We thank you!To all those powers that came and celebrated with us, we say again...All: We thank you!Druids renew the company's centering once more, signaling the return to common awareness and ease of access to the centered state. Then any unused offerings, return flow, incense, water, etc. is given to the earth, saying:Blessed Danu, to you we return all we leave unused. Uphold us now in the world as you have in our rite.All: We thank you!The druids go to the center and say:Cernunnos, warder of the ways, for your presence and power, your guiding and guarding we say...All: We thank you!Druid makes the closing sign over the hallows with the wand, saying:Now by the keeper of gates and by our magic, we end what we began.Now let the fire be flameLet the well be water;Let all be as it was before.Let the gates be closed!All: Let the gates be closed!Go now, children of the earth, in peace and blessings. this rite has ended!The bard leads a proper chant as the company processes out of the ritual space/Grove.  -Ritual outline originally from the ADF website: https://www.adf.org/rituals/explanations/liturgy.html
Ritual Category: 
Gaulish focused rituals from various ADF membersSeasonal Rituals and High Day RitesA Solitary Yule - Rev. Michael J Dangler, Three Cranes Grove ADFÎwos Eponâ: Festival of Epona Ritual - Trebomâros Auigani (Trevor Hanson), SolitaryA Children's Yule Rite (Gaulish) - Katherine PezzaMidsummer (Gaulish) - Kirk Thomas, Sonoran Sunrise Grove ADFMediosaminos, a Summer Solstice Rite in Brazil - EndoveliconMittsommer 2018 Ritual (English) - Birgit ReinartzMittsommer 2018 Ritual - Gallische (German) - Birgit ReinartzMittsommer 2018 Ritual - Gallische Herdkultur (German) - Birgit ReinartzLughnassa Ritual 2016 (German) - Birgit ReinartzGrove of the Red Earth Samhain (Acultural-Cernunnos) - Allen GrimSpecialty Rites, Ritual Fragments and Ritual TemplatesWaters Module (Gaulish Celtic) - Rev. Michael J Dangler, Three Cranes Grove ADFHouse Blessing: Anagantios Rite (Celtic Gaulish/Irish) - Rev. Michael J Dangler, Three Cranes Grove ADFGaulish Gatekeeper Chant - Ceisiwr Serith, Nemos Ognios Grove, ADFMeditational and Devotional RitualsCernunnos Devotional Ritual (Solitary) - Trebomâros Auigani (Trevor Hanson), SolitaryGaranus Meditation - Rev. Michael J Dangler, Three Cranes Grove ADFThe Marriage of Lugus and Rosmertâ - Rev. Michael J Dangler, Three Cranes Grove ADF
Hearth Cultures: 
Ritual Category: 
This was a welcoming done for two new members who joined our protogrove at the same time; adapt as needed :)D1: Now with the blessings of the gods flowing in us, let us turn to the Work at hand. Are there two present who seek to join our grove, to be honored as kin and welcome among the Folk?NM1 & NM2 step into the center and say: There are.D1: Are there any Folk who have good cause to object to this oath of joining? (pause)D1: Are you both members of Ár nDraíocht Féin?NM1 & NM2: We are.D1: Are you aware of our ways and willing to swear an oath to the Folk?NM1 & NM2: We are.D1: Do you swear to honor and support the members of the Grove as your true friends and family?NM1 & NM2: We do.D1: Do you swear to uphold the laws and customs of the Grove as your own?NM1 & NM2: We do.D1: Do you swear to protect and aid the members of the Grove in their times of need?NM1 & NM2: We do.D1: Then join your waters with ours and repeat after me: (NM1 & NM2 pour waters into Well)We swear these things (repeat)to the Folk and the Kindreds, (repeat)by all we hold sacred. (repeat)And if we break these oaths (repeat)may the sky fall down and crush us, (repeat)may the earth open up and swallow us, (repeat)and may the sea rise up and drown us. (repeat)D1: Now by Fire, by Well, by Tree,By Land, By Sky, By SeaBy Gods, By Dead, By Sidhe,In the presence of the Gods and Spirits,On behalf of our Folk, our Tribe, and our Family,I welcome you to Ocean's Tide Protogrove, ADF!All: John and Jane, we welcome you among the Folk!NotesD1 means "Druid 1", usually the ritual leader. NM1 and NM2 are "New Member 1" and 2, respectively."Now with the blessings of the gods flowing in us, let us turn to the Work at hand" is a reference to the fact that this is a "magical working" and in the ADF liturgy comes after the "receiving the blessings" part of the ritual. Thus, this is not a ritual in itself but the magical working portion of a much larger rite."Are there any Folk who have good cause to object to this oath of joining?" - in the ritual review at the grove meeting(s) prior to the rite, I make it clear that if there are any objections to a new member joining, the ritual is not the time to bring it up :)Unlike many Wiccan covens, most ADF groves do not require "unanimous approval" of all members to admit a new member. However, if there are any potential problems which may arise when a new member joins, it's to everyone's advantage (particularly the grove leader's!) to be aware of them ahead of time. Forewarned is forearmed, etc :)So, the proper response to this question by everyone present is total silence ;)"Are you members of Ár nDraíocht Féin?" is a reference to the fact that in Ocean's Tide, grove membership also requires membership in ADF.This is definitely not a requirement of most ADF groves, but whether or not to include it is a choice individual groves are free to make, and we decided to require it. On the other hand, a portion of our monthly grove dues are used to pay for each grove member's ADF membership so that usually helps :)(One reason we decided to include this requirement was that we decided we would rather grow slowly, with people who are ready to seriously commit to ADF and our protogrove, rather than grow quickly and risk growing out of control. As one of ADF's mottos says, "As fast as a speeding oak!" :)"Do you swear to uphold the laws and customs of the Grove as your own?" is a reference to the fact that potential grove members must familiarize themselves with, and accept, the grove bylaws and customs.Many beginning groves ("protogroves") do not have bylaws, but when previously-unknown folks start to join it's a good time to seriously consider creating them—that's why we did! All groups have decision making processes, whether written or unwritten, and expansion is a good reason to write them down so that everyone is literally "on the same page"."Do you swear to protect and aid the members of the Grove in their times of need?" is a reference to a tradition I've carried through several groves, that grove members in serious need may make a "call" to the grove and formally request help, with an expectation that unless there is a serious reason preventing another grove member from assisting, s/he will do so.While we in Ocean's Tide ultimately decided not to put the Call into our bylaws, so it is not a formal requirement that grove members help, the idea is still present as a general expectation that grove members will help each other in times of need, and this section refers to that expectation/obligation."Join your waters with ours" is a reference to an Ocean's Tide tradition of keeping "grove waters". At our grove founding all the members brought water from the ocean and combined them, mixing them with local water to put into the Well.At subsequent rituals, the grove waters are first poured into the Well before the ritual starts, and then mixed with local water, and at the end of the ritual these combined and newly-blessed waters are poured back into the grove water container.New members are asked to bring their own waters from the Ocean and mix them into the Well during the welcoming ritual, thereby "joining their magic with ours". As these waters have been blessed so many times, they are truly "holy waters" and may be used during time of need or for other important rituals such as saining (naming a newborn child) and rites of passage.Other ADF groves have similar traditions using other items, such as a stone which is blessed at each rite and which may be touched during time of need.Lastly, this welcoming was purposefully designed to make it easy for new members to participate. This is why D1 has many lines to speak (and thus, memorize) and NM1 and NM2 get off comparatively easy! :)
Ritual Category: 
The Intention of Our RiteAny Druidic ritual has as a primary intention the re-weaving of the links between humankind, the natural world, and the God/desses and Spirits who support both. For thousands of years, human culture lived in more or less intimate communion with the unseen worlds. Over the centuries of European culture these ties have been weakened, until our modern materialism is endangering the very air and water that sustains our life. We work to reconnect with the powers of Land, Sea and Sky, honoring the spirit that is in them as well as their physical realities.As with any religious path we also seek blessings for our families, communities and ourselves. We open our hearts to the flow of divine blessing that comes from our God/desses. We seek also to awaken that same divine spark in our own souls, so that we can bless the world in return.StoneCreed Grove, ADF is a small part of the neoPagan movement, one of the fastest-growing currents in modern religion. From our beginnings we have been committed to serving the whole Pagan community. Druidic worship is open and inclusive. We welcome Pagans of every tradition and path, as well as those who want to learn more about Druidry or pagan ways in general. We ask only that you respect our ways; you can expect the same from us.Principles of Druidic WorshipThe outer form of our worship, like all ceremony, is made up of spoken prayers, invocations and statements combined with traditional actions. While we have reclaimed some of these from pre-Christian Europe we do not grant them the status of revelation or scripture. All ritual speech is made by humans to help turn our minds more effectively toward the Divine. Druidry teaches that beautiful speech, poetry or music pleases and influences the Powers, and so we fill our rites with these things to the best of our ability.A central action of our rites is the giving of gifts to the Powers. This is commonly called sacrifice (Latin: to make sacred). We teach that the God/desses and Spirits are strengthened by our offerings, and show their gratitude by blessing the givers. In pagan ways humans are not mere dependents of even the greatest Deities. Rather they depend on our love and offerings as we depend on their blessing and aid.While it is true that the ancients offered animal and even occasional human lives to the Powers, our modern Paganism rejects any offering that takes life or causes injury. We offer our God/desses flowers, food, drink, incense and scented oil, precious metals and gems, poetry and song, but never blood.The soul-skills that bind Pagan worship together are the techniques of meditation and trance. By concentrating our minds on the symbols and words of the rite, by relaxing our bodies and letting go of our internal dialogue and by strongly visualizing the rite's energy flows and Deities we induce a state of mind that allows contact with Inner worlds.In every Druidic rite there will be a series of spoken instructions intended to help induce this trance. Following these suggestions with an open mind will deepen your experience. Remember that all such guidance is just that - you are in control of your state of mind at all times. Yet it is through consenting to trance that you can know our Magic best.These three principles - ritual, sacrifice and trance combine to produce the magic of Druidic worship.The Outline of Druidic RitesPart 1: Establishing the GroveIn ancient days Pagans gathered in places hallowed by tradition. Sometimes these were temple buildings. More often they were groves and glens in the deep forest, or high places. In our times we must usually recreate the holy atmosphere of the Sacred Groves by ritual and meditation.Opening Meditation: The priest/ess or a Grove member will lead a basic grounding and centering. This attunement helps us to connect our individual souls with the Two Powers. The Earth Current or Underworld Power carries the dark, mixed elements from which all forms arise. The Sky Current, or Starry Power is the ordering pattern that crystallizes forms out of the Underworld potential. Together these powers manifest the Middle World in which we live.The Procession: In some cases the presiding priest/ess will come out of the Grove and lead a procession of all the worshippers into the holy place. Usually this is accompanied by song. At other times the worshippers are sent to meditate alone then called to the Grove by horn, drum or song. When approaching the Grove one tradition is to circle the Center of the Grove three times in the sunwise direction.Preliminary Offerings:Honoring the Mother: The priest/ess usually gives a simple statement of beginning, followed by a prayer and offering to the Earth Mother who upholds our lives and rites. One common custom is to bend and kiss, or place a hand on, the earth to honor Her.Poetic Inspiration (the Awen): The Bard of the rite invokes the power of poetic inspiration to indwell both the priest/esses and worshippers. This may be either an offering to a specific Deity or a general attunement to sources of inspiration in the Self.Outdwellers: These are the Powers that can be inimical to mortals or oppose our own God/desses. We acknowledge their presence, asking them to leave our rites in peace. We also acknowledge the parts of ourselves that might, likewise, interfere with proper worship.Purification: Now that the preliminary offerings have been made, the Grove and all therein are sprinkled with water from the Well and Incense kindled from the Fire to purify the assembled, and ready the Grove for worshipVertical Axis/Affirming the World Order: Druidic ritual is anchored in the Sacred Center of the Grove. The Center is conceived as a meeting-place of the common world with the Otherworlds of the Spirits. We use one or more of the universal symbols of the Center - the Fire, the Well and the World-Tree. Fire connects us with the Sky; the Well with the Underworld and the Tree is the Boundary between All Worlds, rooted deep and crowned high.In this phase of the ritual the Order of the Worlds is acknowledged - first the vertical axis of Under- Mid- and Starry Worlds. The rite may then honor the three worlds of Land, Sea and Sky, or the Four Directions.By affirming these symbols in our rite we acknowledge them in ourselves, making our own souls a temple in which the God/desses may dwell.Opening the Gates: Meditation on the World Order is a valuable spiritual tool all by itself. The next part of the rite transforms the simple symbols of the Center into true magical gates. First the priest/ess invokes the Deity that has charge of the Ways Between, in the pantheon of the rite. We offer to the Gatekeeper and ask their help in the work.The symbols of the Sacred Center are then conjured to function as the Gates Between. Through these gates we send our love, worship and offerings to the powers and they, in turn, send blessing to us. As long as the Gates are open the God/desses and Spirits can hear our thoughts and impulses clearly.Part 2: Offering to the PowersThree Kindred Offerings: In each of our rites we invoke and offer to the Spirits in three categories. We call these the Kindreds to reflect their family relationship with one another and with us. The Nature Spirits are those who ensoul soil and stone, water and wind, bird and beast. The Dead are our ancestors, both those of actual blood and those of our heart and affection. The God/desses are the eldest Children of the Mother, the Brightest, Wisest and Strongest. For each of these we speak an invocation and make a proper offering.When these Triad Offerings are made the worshippers should meditate on and call to those Spirits that are closest to her. Her own Ancestors, her God/desses, her allies among the Nature Spirits are called to join us in honoring the Patron Powers of the rite.Key Offerings: Each of our rites is commonly dedicated to two or more of the God/desses. These are usually chosen either for their connection with the seasonal holiday being celebrated, for their ability in the area of the work being done or their special relationship with the mortal focus of the rite.The Patrons of the rite are first invoked with expressive prose or poetry, sometimes accompanied by a visualized image of the Deities. A proper offering is made as the priest/ess invokes.After the formal offerings there is usually a time when members of the company can make personal offerings. Usually these are 'Praise Offerings' - offerings of art - songs, poetry etc., though they may be thanks to the Powers for blessings received.Prayer of Sacrifice: After the Praise Offerings the priest/ess gives a final Prayer of Sacrifice and makes a large offering to the Fire. This is the moment when every worshipper sends her love and respect, her energy, through the Gates to the Patrons and Powers.Omen: After the Sacrifice the priest/ess seeks an omen, doing a simple divination to determine what sort of blessing the Powers offer in return for our gifts.Part 3: The BlessingOpening to Blessing: The priest/ess leads a meditation combining the presence of the powers with the content of the Omen. We also meditate on our own needs, those of our loved ones, and our community.At this time there is usually a litany in which the assembled company prays to be given the Blessing, in the form of the Waters of Life. In this moment your personal desires should be strongly imagined, held in the mind and heart, with harm to none and for the good of all.The Waters of Life: The Blessing of the Powers is commonly given as a cup or horn of drink. There is always clear water or fruit juice and sometimes ale, wine or even whiskey (Gaelic: uisge na beatha, water of life). The priest/ess invokes the Blessing as water drawn from the Well of Potentials and held in the light of the Fire of Transformation. We contemplate again our needs and the Omen as we drink the Blessing. We often sing an anthem or listen quietly during this most reverent moment.Works: If there is any social or magical task to be accomplished it is done at this time. Healings, announcements of weddings, child blessings, workings for community good may occasionally be part of the rites.Part 4: Thanks, and ClosingAfter all is done we give proper thanks to all the Powers. The priest/ess leads us in thanking the Patrons and the Kindreds. We thank the Gatekeeper and conjure the Gates to close. We renew our grounding, our connection with Earth and Sky, and center the energies of the rite in our souls. We allow any excess energy to flow away into the ground as we offer any remains of the rite to the Earth Mother.The rite concludes with a blessing and we often sing a closing chant as we leave the Grove.Some Conventions of Druidic RitualOur rites are open and inclusive. We do not close our circles, and you are free to come and go as you please during the rite. We ask only that you be respectfully quiet and attentive when within earshot of the ritual.If you have a Praise Offering that you wish to perform, please see our Grove Bard before the rite. We ask that you not applaud the Praise Offerings, rather give the energy of your appreciation to the Patrons.
Ritual Category: 
(NM = New Member, D1 is leader of the rite - first Druid) D1: Is there a aspirant for Grove membership here today?NM: There is!D1: Step forward so that the folk can see you.NM steps forward.D1: Are you a member of Ar nDraiocht Fein?NM: I am.D1: Will you take oath before the Gods and the Folk?NM: I will.D1: Is there any of the folk here who can say why this person should not be welcomed to the Grove?D1 pauses.D1: Step forward to the World Tree and state the name we shall know you by.NM stands next to the Bile.NM: My name is ________.D1: Lay your hand on the World Tree and repeat after me.I _______, swear before the Gods and the folk, to work for and with this grove, for as long as I am a member, in return for being counted among the folk. Thus do I swear by all I hold sacred!The NM is dressed in her/his tabard, and censed and asperged.D1: Welcome to World Tree Grove A.D.F., you are now numbered among our folk.Each member of the Grove will now step forward in turn, put their hands on the NM shoulders, look into their eyes and say: You are of my folk, Welcome!D1: Let there be music and drumming so that all know that World Tree Grove is one stronger!
Ritual Category: 
This is an example of a rite to be performed by the celebrants of public rites while the company is being prepared for the procession. 1. The Seer leads a detailed grounding and centering. 2. The Chief gives nine knocks or knells, saying:Let us begin this holy work together. As we are linked with earth and sky, So let us call these powers into this place, That it might be hallowed to holy magic.3: The Sacrificer blesses the waters, saying:You are the gate of the earth The deep way, the holy mouth Anu's cunny.Chorus: By the ladies of waters By the lords of waters By the powers under the earth We thank you for the sacred waters.You are the eye of the earth Mirror of seeing, gate of visions Spring of wisdom (repeat chorus) You are the mouth of the earth Sustainer of life, receiver of gifts Giver of blessings (repeat chorus)The sprinkling bowl is filled from the Well. 4. The Chief lights the Fire, saying:We kindle the sacred fire In the presence of the shining ones In the presence of the gods of fire In the presence of the goddesses of fire Without malice, without envy, Without jealousy, without fear, Without terror of anything under the sun And the holy son of the mother to shield us. O sacrificed and sacrificer Kindle you in our hearts A flame of wit and heart and strength To bear our offerings and our words To the gods, the dead and the sidhe O you who aid us all Friend and foe, high and low We call you to be with us And bring to us your blessing.The Censer is kindled from the Fire 5. All the Nemeton is sprinkled and censed, saying:By the might of the waters And the light of the fire, This grove is made whole and holy.6. The Chief stands at the Bile and turns once around deasil, saying:Let every light and every Shadow proclaim it; Let the kindreds of earth, Sea and sky acknowledge it, Let it be known among the mighty dead Among the noble ones Among the gods themselves: By magic's might we claim this ground As holy ground By fire in the three worlds In honor to the shining ones The sacred grove is established Let the spirits of the (east) wind Hear and aid us (repeat with south, west and north winds) Let all good be welcomed Let all ill be turned away Thus is the nemeton claimed and hallowed. So be it!
Ritual Category: 
OpeningAttendees are asperged as they line for processional. Sing We Are A Circle as attendees are censed/smudged as they enter the Nemeton.Senior Druid: We come here to honor the Moon in its fullness, during its height of power. Called by what name you will...Grove Bard (chanted after Senior Druid recites opening): Manni, Luna, Artemis, Inanna, Selene, Soma, ArianhrodSenior Druid: (recited as the Bard chants)You who silver the waves You who brings forth shadow You who are the keeper of magick Cauldron of the Night, we honor youAll: Cauldron of the Night, we honor youSenior Druid: Let the song of silver open our inner selves to magick and mystery as we close our eyes, and center.9 bell chimes.OutdwellersGrove Warrior:To the ancient dark ones of strife and discord As we acknowledge the darkness within ourselves Accept this tithe and leave our work in peace.Well, Fire, and TreeWellGrove Bard:Come we into the Well The waters of creation, the well of wisdom Let us pour our prayers That the sacred waters may cleanse us Of that we desire to relinquishWater is poured into vessel that is passed among Grove members. The Bard leads the Well Song:We pray at the Well of Wisdom To cleanse us body and soul We come to the Sacred Waters That Your blessings be knownFireGrove Warrior:Come we into the Fire The flame of creation, the light of inspiration Let us send our prayers Of that which we wish to accomplish On the sacred smoke of our NemetonPrayer strips are placed into vessel that is passed among Grove members. The Bard leads the Fire Chant:Sacred fire and sacred smoke Raise our magick to Those above Hear our voices, we call to Thee Bring us Vision that we may seeTreeSenior Druid:Come we into the Sacred Bile The Tree of Life which upholds us through all worlds Let us bind our prayers to its branches Of that which is in our hearts Let our magick travel through the boundariesAttendees bind a ribbon onto the prayer stick that is passed among the Grove members while singing the Full Moon Chant:We are gathered in the light of the Moon We do worship by the blessings of the Moon Full in Your journey, across the starry sky Through Well, Fire, Tree, to You our prayers riseDrawing Down the MoonModerately paced drumming.Senior Druid: (with projection)Great Orb of Night, we call upon thee In our lives, bring us your mysteryAll: Bring us your mysteryIn our nemeton, be here with usAll: Be here with usIn our working, lend us your magickAll: Lend us your magickKeeper of Night, we invoke theeAll: Keeper of Night, we invoke theeMoon of Mystery, we invoke theeAll: Moon of Mystery, we invoke theeMuse of Magick, we invoke theeAll: Muse of Magick, we invoke theeLively drumming and dancing as Senior Druid focuses and directs energy raising. Stick with ribbons tied on it is driven into the Earth at the base of the Bile at culmination of energy raising.Blessing CupCalming drumming.Senior Druid: We have come together on this e'en of the Full Moon, the night of increase, of magick and potential.Let us charge and share this Cup of Blessing. As we stand here, united in circle, round as the Moon above us, may our magick be stronger by our bonds of unity, may our magick be radiant in the Silvery Light, may our magick be united as we take into ourselves the Mead of Mystery. Send forth your prayers and charge our cup with magick as it passes your lips.Cup is passed as attendees discuss their magickal needs while visualizing and putting her/his goal into the mead, then drinking from it.Personal WorkingAttendees are instructed to do whatever personal work they will.Re-CenteringSenior Druid calms, re-focuses and re-centers the attendees.ThankingSenior Druid leads round of thanks to the Moon for aiding the work and the attendees for gathering that evening.ClosingSenior Druid: With our work being done, by the power of the Moon in its fullness may our magick journey onwards. This rite is ended. Let us come together and join hands as we sing Let Us Journey On:Let us journey on Children of the Earth Carry the Nemeton's blessings Into our lives and work As we journey on Children of the Earth Let the Nemeton's blessings Bring peace to home and hearth
Ritual Category: 
Items needed: a sink with water, a towel for drying, a candle (preferably unscented but this is a personal choice), matches, and an image of your Sacred Tree. Arrange these on your bathroom counter as you feel works best due to your counter space.To start take a few deep breaths. Close your eyes lightly and breathe in through your nose to fill your lungs. Hold that breath for a moment, then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat this a few time until you feel that your mind is clear and you are relaxed.Once you feel relaxed, pick up the matches and light the candle on the bathroom counter. Slightly close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine the flames within you and around you as you say: "Sacred Flames of the Sky, Burn strong within me, Cleanse my body, mind and spirit anew." After you feel the flame burning within you, let the waters flow into your hands. Close your eye slightly, take a deep breath, and imagine the waters flowing through you, then wash your face after you say: "Sacred Waters of the Deep, Wash away my impurities, Cleanse my body, mind and spirit anew." Once you are finished, and have dried your face, close your eyes lightly and breathe in through your nose to fill your lungs again. Hold that breath for a moment, then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat this a few times until you feel that your mind is clear and you are relaxed again. Now, imagine your Sacred Tree growing deep into the ground and sprouting high above after you say: "Sacred Tree of all the Worlds, Grow within me as I learn. Plunge my roots deep Below as I ascend high Above." Once you are done, extinguish the flame of the candle. Unless this is the permanent place for these items, clean up the space and continue with your daily life.
Ritual Category: 
This is an outline for a weekly family ritual using the ADF format. Total time needed for the ritual should be 10 to 25 minutes. The goal is to offer some small amount of worship to the Gods and non-Gods on a regular basis, and thus build up our accounts at Mount Olympus Savings & Loan. Also, by doing this type of ritual, people get comfortable with ADF's liturgical format. I've gone light on the chants out of personal preference. I like chants in large groups, but not in very small groups. I've pretty much stuck to a Celtic format because that's the primary material I've had to work with. Most parts can be done by a single individual (designated D1), or handed out among those present. Unless noted, all sets of lines are for a single person to speak. I did try to balance out the single person lines with lines to done by all present. I haven't put any Irish in because my Irish is non-existant.Preliminary Ritual Activity(A) Briefing - drop, this is a standard weekly routine. People should be familiar with it after doing it a couple of dozen times.(B) Individual Meditations & Prayers - drop, this is a standard weekly or daily family routine.(C) Lighting the Sacred Fire(s) - yes; A candle, or preferably some sort of small fire, can be lit now, or kept going all the time, based on personal & safety considerations. Since this fire or candle is considered to always be lit, even if you extinguish it every week for safety considerations, I see no reason to offer a specific prayer when lighting it. A prayer will be said in step 13.(D) Pouring the Sacred Waters - Yes, but again this is like the sacred fire, the well is never supposed to have gone dry. Just fill a bowl or similar for use later in the ritual. If you can, yo u can use a small amount of water from your Grove's Well to establish a link.(E) Consecrating the Sacred Pole - no, optional anyway; if the Bile' or pole is present, it is assumed to be consecrated already(F) Consecrating the Altar & Tools - no, optional anyway; if an altar or tools are present, they are assumed to be consecrated already1st Phase: Starting the Rite & Establishing the Group MindGather in kitchen or household Grove. Wear special clothing if desired.Clear-cut Beginning: Consecration of Time(1) Musical Signal - something very simple, like a single note on a horn or couple of beats of a drum(2) Opening Prayer/Statement -D1: Sound the horn, beat the drum, call the people again. Children of the Gods, gather round to follow the ancient ways.Consecration of Space & of Participants(3) The Processional / Sigil Marking - drop, small ceremony(4) Purification(s) of Participants - I'd like to drop this, but something might be needed by some people to define the gathering in sacred space.(5) Purification(s) of Site - drop, site is assumed to be OK for ritual use, optional anyway(6) Honoring the Earth-Mother -ALL: Say (or sing) prayer: O Earth-Mother! We praise Thee: that seed springeth, that flower openeth, that grass waveth. We praise Thee: for winds that whisper through the shining birch, through the lively pine, through the mighty oak. We praise Thee, for all things, O Earth-Mother, Who givest Life! After offering verbal praise to the Earth-Mother, it is time to offer physical praise to the Earth-Mother. This praise can be expressed by kissing the ground, offering oil or similar to Her via the fire, or offering food to Her outside.D1 or all: Danu, accept our offering! z (I chose Danu, since I see her as the Irish Earth/Creator Goddess.)Centering, Grounding, Merging(7) The Grove Meditation - drop, this is for a family or similar tight knit group.(8) Unity Chant / Song - drop, this is for a family or similar tight knit group.(9) Stating Ritual Purpose & Historical Precedent -ALL: We are here to honor the Old Gods and non Gods. As our ancestors honored them regularly, so do we. By our regular worship of the Old Gods and non-Gods, they grow stronger and more responsive to our needs. For to long have people not worshipped them, and they have slept. Let us awaken them with music and tales.(10) Naming Deity(ies) of the Occasion & Reasons for Choice - At the moment, I'm not going to do anything for the specific High Days. The choice of dieties is based on taking the God(s) or Goddess (es) for the preceding High Day and the upcoming High Day, and worshipping the pair(s) of them in between the two dates. There is a list of Celtic Gods & Goddesses written by Deborah Lipp in one of the back issues of News.D1: We honor in this time of year.2nd Phase: Recreating the Cosmos & Preliminary Power RaisingDescribing the Vertical Axis(11) Planting the Cosmic Tree / Honoring the Sacred Pole -D1: By bile' and by holy well, we are connected to the worlds above and below. Pour some water from the well onto the bile', and throw an offering of silver or whiskey into the well.D2: O sacred pillar that is the boundary of all Worlds, strengthen us.ALL: Sacred tree, grow within us!D1: O sacred waters that flow and swirl beneath us, accept our offering! Boannan, goddess of the rivers, share your blessings with us!ALL: Sacred waters flow within us. (modified from Ian Corrigan's material)(I chose Boannan because she is one of the major Irish river Goddesses.)(12) Evoking the Gatekeeper / Defining the Ritual Center -D1: We ask Mannanon to open the Gates between our world and the three Realms of the Gods. ALL Chant (3 times): We invoke Mannanon, opener of every Gate. You shall reach us, you shall teach us, and reveal our Fate. (13) Evoking the Fire & Water Deities & Linking to Center - This candle is supposed to be the everburning hearth fire in your house. Since many of us can't safely keep a candle burning constantl y, this relighting it weekly will have to do.D1: Dagda, god of the fire, bless this hearthfire that burns in the center of our world. May it carry our praise with it, as it seen through all the Worlds.D2 or All: By worshipping at our family hearth, we are made one with the people worshipping at all hearths. (modified from Garren Na bPreachain) Pour oil of some sort on fire or into offering bow l. Again, I chose Dagda based on Himself's information that he is the Irish fire God.Gaining Assistance and Preventing Interference(14) Invoking the Bardic Deity(ies) or Spirit(s) -D1: Be our priestess, Brighid, drawing the Gods near, and convey our offerings of story and song to them. Lady of fire and song & story, unite us. (modified from Garren Na bPreachain) Pour oil of some sort on fire or into offering bowl.(15) Acknowledgment of Outsiders - libation and prayer/command to leave ritual alone. Some ritualists tend to view Outsiders as malicious. More likely, they would be defending or claiming the t erritory once recognized as their own. Outsiders would include those gods and non-gods of our ancestors whom we no longer recognize [and perhaps do not want to remember], and the deities and spirits of those who have used this land in the past. If possible, use same or similar method to one/s used in Grove ritualsD2: There are those Gods and non-Gods that we do not honor here tonight, and t hose that we have never honored. This gift is for them, that they might understand that we recognize their right to be, that they might know that our ritual tonight need not concern them. (by Ellen Gold) Provide an offering of ale, beer, milk or food to the Outsiders. Pour this offering either just outside the house, say out the backdoor, or at a natural boundary spot on your property, ie: c reek, large stone, boundary hedge or similar.(16) Filling Out the Cosmic Picture - Use 3 fires or candles (Heart/Mind/Body & 3 Worlds) to be lit by hearth fire/ candle.Ex: Triad Invocation of Nature Spirits, Ancestors, Deities in Three Worlds Ex: Invocation of Helpful Beings of each World/Realm Ex: Invocation of Helpful Beings by Province/FunctionD1: As we light these three fires from our central fire, we signify how our hearth fire, is found in all three Realms, Land, Sea and Sky. We offer maize to the Spirits of the Land, the Nature Spir its. We offer barley (or brandy) to our ancestors and honored dead who dwell beyond the Sea in the land of the Dead. We offer barley (or Whiskey) to the various Gods and Goddesses who dwell in the Land, Sea, and in the Sky. To all these beings, we offer hospitality. (modified from Garren Na bPreachain)Light each of three candles or cauldrons in turn, then pour one offering into each fire. Each fire represents on leg of the triad that is invoked. It would look better if somebody other than the D1 did the physical offerings.ALL (3 or 9 times): Hail all the Gods Hail all the Goddesses Hail all the holy ones We dwell together. Lords of the Sky, Ladies of the sacred Earth, Spirits and the ancestors We dwell together. Hail all the Gods Hail all the Goddesses Hail all the Gods and Goddesses Hail all the Gods Hail all the Goddesses Hail all the holy ones We dwell together. (17) The Settling & Focusing - skip this section, I don't see the need for a small group ritual such as this.3rd Phase: Major Sending of Power to Deity(ies) of the Occasion(18) Descriptive Invocation of Deity(ies) of Occasion - We call the dieties of occasion tonight. It is for them we offer praise and ask for their blessings.Primary Power Raising(19) Praise Offerings, Dance, Libations, etc. -A quick storytelling/mythology reading. During an entire year, it would be nice to cover one full mythology, especially if it could be done in synch with the seasons. This is a good place for child ren to start taking part, by reading shorter parts. It would also teach them their family's myth cycle. This could be another article for somebody.(20) The Sacrifice -Sacrifice to the Deities of Occasion of some sort of piece of tree, or maybe a libation of food and drink. This can be placed in a bowl & put out side.D1: Deities of the occasion, accept our praise, thanks and sacrifice!(21) Seeking the Omen of Return - Possible assumptions are that the sacrifice has been accepted, just a question of how well it was received, or this section could be skipped on idea that the qua lity is unimportant or that there will not be a return. This will have to be hashed out by the membership.. Use any method of divination you want.D1: The Gods have accepted our sacrifice.4th Phase: Receiving and Using the Returned PowerPreparation for the Return(22) Meditation upon Personal and Group Needs -D1: As we get ready to share the blessings of the Gods, think now upon what you'll need in the up coming week.(23) Induction of Receptivity - This is usually a meditation to get people in tune with the group as a whole so that they can better receive the returning energy from the Gods. For such a small ceremony, I don't see the need for a meditation.(24) Consecration Agreement -Return of Energy from the Gods: (Catechism of Waters)D1: Of what does the Earth-Mother give that we may know of the continual flow and renewal of life? All others: The Waters of Life! D1: From whence do these waters flow? All others: From bosom of the Earth-Mother, the ever giving All-Mother. D1: Has she give forth of her bounty? Summer-all others: She has! Winter-all others: She has not, but we have stored up her blessings for these times of want. D1: Give me the Waters of Life!Reception of Power from Deity(ies) of the Occasion(25) Consecration and Sharing - Pass chalice to D1:D1: Deities of the occasion, hallow these waters. Provide us inspiration, blessings and good luck as we continue through the week ahead.(26) Acceptance of Individual Blessings - passing of the Waters . I see only a limited number people doing this ritual at a single time. I therefore don't see the need for a chant during, before or after passing the waters.AFTER everyone has partaken:(27) Reinforcement of Group Bonding -D1: We have partaken of the blessings of the Earth-Mother and the Gods & non-Gods. By sharing these Waters, we share with each other our faith and belief in the Old Gods and non-Gods.(28) Spell Casting/Rite of Passage - optional, most rites of passage should be done at Grove ritual, not family ritual5th Phase: Unwinding and Ending the CeremonyUnwinding the Energy Patterns Created(29) Thanking the Entities Invited in Reverse Order -D1: We thank the dieties of the occasion the Nature Spirits, Ancestors, and the other Gods and non-Gods for sharing hospitality with us. We thank Brighid, the Dagda, the Goddess Boannan and Danu for their assistance and for sharing hospitality with us.(30) Thanking the Gatekeeper & Closing the Gate -D1: We thank Mannanan, keeper of the Gates through which the Gods blessings have passed. Let the Gates between the Worlds be closed, and remain closed until we open them again!(31) Affirmation of Past/Future Continuity & Success -ALL: As our ancestors and we have worshipped them before, so shall we and our children continue to worship the Gods and share their hospitality and blessings with each other.(32) Unmerging, Regrounding & Recentering: Meditation - not needed, the Grove unity meditation was never done, because this was a small group ritual.(33) Draining off Excess Power: The Restoration -Thank Earth-Mother:ALL: To Thee we return this portion of Thy bounty, O our Mother, even as we must return unto Thee.Clear-cut Ending: Deconsecration of Time & Space(34) Final Benediction - ALL: By our regular worship of the Gods and non-Gods, they grow stronger and more responsive to us. Let us go forth knowing that they guide us and hear our praise of them.(35) Announcement of End -D1: This ritual is ended.(36) Dissolving the Sigil - no Sigil formed, so not applicable(37) Musical Signal - see the notes for the opening musical signal something very simple, like a single note on a horn or couple of beats of a drum
Ritual Category: 
Now let us begin to open our minds to Magic, to the presence of the Gods. Begin with your body. Plant your feet firmly on the ground, balanced and upright... shake out your arms and shoulders... let gravity pull you evenly toward the earth, as you release the everyday tensions in your flesh... now begin to breath deeply and regularly.... With each breath fill your lungs slowly... and completely... with each out-breath empty them entirely... for a moment just watch your breath... in... and out...Now as you continue to breathe deeply and regularly, imagine... feel... that from the bottoms of your feet, roots are springing... reaching down into the world below you...A strong tap-root slides down through soil and stone... going deeper and growing stronger... down to touch the Waters that are under the Earth... the dark, cool, magnetic Power of the Land... Breath deep... and with each breath draw the earth Power up through your roots... feel it flowing into your feet... tingling and energizing... rising from the earth... into your legs... rising through your legs to meet and pool in your loins... Breath deep, and draw the Earth Power up your spine... rising through your belly... cool and powerful... to fill and pool in your heart...The Power rises from the earth flowing up into your legs, through your loins... through your heart... rising up your spine to pool in your head...Filling and energizing you... rising still to fountain out from the crown of your head and flow back in to the earth... flowing out through head and hands, into the Earth.So you are filled with the Power of the Earth...Now imagine... feel... that from overhead... from the (sun/moon/stars) in the turning Sky... a single ray of light shines out... out and down to bathe your body and spirit in the warm, electric Sky Power...Shining down over your head... over your heart... over your loins... touching and warming the Earth Power... everywhere the light touches becomes bright... shining like sun on water...Now raise your hands to the Sky and let the earth Power flow into your hands... feel... see... them brighten and energize with the joined Powers of Earth and Sky...Now reach out to those beside you... join your shining hands together... let the Waters and the Light merge in and through us all... the Power flowing upward from below... Shining downward from above... through each and all of us... making us one light... one depth...So we are attuned and ready... as we open our hearts to the Powers of our rite.


Request Update or Rate this page ~ Flag for Archive ~ Highlight for Featuring