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
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
You are the mouth of the earth
Sustainer of life, receiver of gifts
Giver of blessings
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!