Changes in the Druid Liturgy

The Druid Liturgy
A.D.F Standard Outline
Summer 1991 C.E.

Preliminary Ritual Activity
 
   (A) Briefing
 
   (B) Individual Meditations & Prayers
 
   (C) Lighting the Sacred Fire(s)
 
   (D) Pouring the Sacred Waters
 
   (E) Consecrating the Sacred Pole
 
   (F) Consecrating the Altar & Tools
 
1st Phase: Starting the Rite & Establishing the
Group Mind
 
 
   Clear-cut Beginning: Consecration of Time
 
      (1) Musical Signal
 
      (2) Opening Prayer
 
   Consecration of Space & of Participants
 
      (3) The Processional/Sigil Marking
 
      (4) Purification(s) of Participants
 
      (5) Purification(s) of Site
 
      (6) Honoring the Earth Mother
 
   Centering, Grounding, Merging
 
      (7) The Grove Meditation
 
      (8) Unity Chant/Song
 
      (9) Stating Ritual Purpose & Historical
Precedent
 
      (10) Naming Deity(ies) of the Occasion &
Reasons for Choice
 
 
2nd Phase: Recreating the Cosmos & Preliminary
Power Raising
 
 
   Describing the Vertical Axis
 
      (11) Planting the Cosmic Tree / Honoring the
Sacred Pole
 
      (12) Evoking the Gatekeeper / Defining the Ritual
Center
 
      (13) Evoking the Fire & Water Deities &
Linking to Center
 
   Gaining Assistance and Preventing Interference
 
      (14) Invoking the Bardic Deity(ies) or Spirit(s)
 
      (15) Acknowledgement of the Outsiders
 
      (16) Filling Out the Cosmic Picture
 
            Ex.: Triad Invoc. of Nature Spirits,
Ancestors, Deities in Three Worlds
 
            Ex.: Invoc. of Helpful Beings of each
World/Realm
 
            Ex.: Invoc. of Helpful Beings by
Province/Function
 
      (17) The Settling & Focusing
 
 
 
3rd Phase: Major Sending of Power to Deity(ies) of the
Occasion
 
 
 
      (18) Descriptive Invocation of Deity(ies) of the
Occasion
 
   Primary Power Raising
 
      (19) Praise Offerings, Dance, Libations, etc.
 
      (20) The Sacrifice
 
      (21) Seeking the Omen of Return
 
 
4th Phase: Receiving and Using the Returned Power
 
 
   Preparation for the Return
 
      (22) Meditation upon Personal and Group Needs
 
      (23) Induction of Receptivity
 
      (24) Consecration Agreement
 
   Reception of Power from Deity(ies) of the Occasion
 
      (25) Consecration and Sharing
 
      (26) Acceptance of Individual Blessings
 
      (27) Reinforcement of Group Bonding
 
      (28) Spell Casting/Rite of Passage
 
 
5th Phase: Unwinding and Ending the Ceremony
 
 
   Unwinding the Energy Patterns Created
 
      (29) Thanking of Entities Invited in Reverse
Order
 
      (30) Thanking the Gatekeeper & Closing the
Gates
 
      (31) Affirmation of Past/Future Continuity &
Success
 
      (32) Unmerging, Regrounding & Recentering:
Meditation
 
      (33) Draining off Excess Power: The Restoration
 
   Clearcut Ending: Deconsecration of Time & Space
 
      (34) Final Benediction
 
      (35) Announcement of End
 
      (36) Dissolving the Sigil
 
      (37) Musical Signal
 

Author Information

Rev. Isaac Bonewits

Author's Bio:

Isaac Bonewits (10/1/1949 - 08/12/2010) was the founder of ADF and was our Archdruid for ten years, and a contributor to ADF until his death. He was very active and well-known in the Neopagan community at large.

Articles by Rev. Isaac Bonewits

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