Ostara Blot and Unity Rite
Ostara Blot and Unity Rite
Musical Signal marks the beginning of ritual.
Folk process to Nemeton singing We Approach the Sacred Grove.
D1: We have come to honor the Gods of our Ancestors.
Sacrificer: Let us pray with a good fire as our Ancestors did before us.
A Meditation is performed.
Nerthus, the Earth Mother, is honored on behalf of the Folk.
The Bard offers prayers for the Inspiration of the Folk.
A cup of ale is poured, taken from the Nemeton:
Dark and twisted, wights unhallowed-you who dwell beyond our stead; who look with malice and with spite upon the work we do. You walk ways shunned by us and yet we call you kin, to selfishness and thoughtlessness and all those parts of man that are less noble and are small and keep us in the dark. To you we make this offering, and at the same time set aside our thoughtlessness and our distractions for the duration of this rite.
D1 performs a Hammer Rite by holding the hammer aloft and saying: Hallow and hold this holy stead. Then D1 touches the ground with the Hammer saying Helga va thetta, ok hindra alla ilska.
D1 honors the Nine Realms by lighting the nine candles on the Yule log in order:
- In the middle: Midgard, which we all share
- To the left: Muspellheim, land of fire
- To the right: Niflheim, land of ice
- To the middle of the right three candles: Helheim and the Halls of the dead
- To the left: Svartalfheim deep
- To the right: Jotunheim, vast
- To the middle of the left three candles: Asgard, and the halls of our Gods
- To the left: Alfheim, sweet
- To the right: Vanaheim, bright
The Folk sing the Portal Song as the Sacrificer makes the appropriate offerings.
D2 recites the historical precedent:
We come together on the Equinox to honor Eostre. The Venerable Bede tells us that the upcoming month was called, by our Anglo-Saxon Ancestors, Eostrmonath and that offerings, sacrifices, processionals, and rituals were held for Eostre in that month. Her name is connected to the word for East—She comes to us in the Dawn, She comes to us as the Dawn. She is the rising light, She is the rising life. Light and dark today are balanced, but soon the light will lengthen and hold sway. Let us keep the rites of our Ancestors! Hail Eostre!
All the Folk repeat: Hail Eostre!
Warrior offers ale to the Gatekeeper:
Warder of Asgard, Heimdall, we hail you! Keen-eared, sharp-eyed, biding of Bifrost to you we call! Son of nine mothers, by Fire and by Water watch and ward us as we keep the Old Ways. Aid us now, Bridge-Ward, hold open the Gates! Carry our calling to the halls of the Aesir! By nine flames shining, by waters flowing, by Heimdall's magic, may the Gates be open!
Kindred offerings are made to the Landvettir, to the Alfar and Disr, and to the Aesir and Vanir.
D1 pours the Blot to Eostre on behalf of the Folk.
We gather this day to honor Eostre. Just as our Ancestors honored you, so do we turn to you, bringer of life, bringer of fertility to strengthen and renew our community (offers flowers to cauldron). As memebrs of the Folk of Ar nDraiocht Fein, we honr the unity and the diversity of our community. We are united in kinship with the Spirits of the Earth, with the Ancestors, with the Shining Ones, and we are united in service to all who likewise seek to honor the Kindreds. Eostre, we turn to you to bless the renewed commitment to our community, to its leaders, its fellowships, its members worshipping as individuals and all of our Brothers and Sister of the Pagan Paths. These are the clergy of Ar nDraiocht Fein, may they be blessed and strengthened.
D1 makes offerings as D2 reads each name:
Barbara Wright, Bard Dafydd, Bjorn Patsson, Caryn MacLuan, Duir, Earrach of Pittsbugh, Epona, Fox, Francesca, Gannd, Gwynne Green, Venus, Ian Corrigan, Issac Bonewitz, Jenni Hunt, Kirk Thomas, Liafal, Matt Ducar, Norma Hoffman, Paradox, Rob Barton, Rob Henderson, Shawn T. Miller, Skip Ellison, and Todd Covert. Purify the hearts of those who lead us in worship, nourish and refresh them on their way.
D1: These are the Groves and ProtoGroves of Ar nDraiocht Fein. Eostre, share your good will with them and the communities they serve.
D2 recites the litany of the groves:
River of Fire Protogrove, Red Maple Grove, Enchanted Desert Protogrove, White Birch Protogrove, Dancing Lights Protogrove, Red Oak Grove, Little Acorn Grove, Three Cranes Grove, Grove of the Other Gods, Grove of the Seven Hills, The 6th Night Grove, Grove of the Midnight Sun, Live Oaks Protogrove, Stone Creed Grove, Shining Lakes Grove, Whispering Lakes Grove, Protogrove of the Mystic Ash, Mugwort Grove, Sassafras Grove, Grove of the Twilight Owl, Cedarlight Grove, Crann Bethadh Grove, Ancient Path Grove, Protogrove of Ash and Thorn, Rogue River Grove, Tear of the Cloud Protogrove, Nemos Ognios Protogrove, Abhainn Glas Protogrove, Muin Mound Grove, Grove of the Sacred Crows, Thistle Dew Protogrove, Earth Dragon Protogrove, Cerridwen's Heart Protogrove, Black Bear Protogrove, Wild Onion Grove, Raven Wood Grove, Raven's Cry Grove, Otter Bay Protogrove, Sonoran Sunrise Grove, Protogrove of the Rising Pheonix, Stone Glen Protogrove, Hallowed Oaks Grove.
D1 offers ale as D2 says: As the fellowships of Our Druidry are many, embrace and strengthen them all!
D1: For those in our community who honor the Kindreds as individuals and as families; for our fellowship with all who honor the Kindreds, whatever their path—we ask the blessing of Eostre. So May It Be!
D2: Accept our sacrifice in behalf of our fellowships (offers ale to cauldron).
A Symbel is celebrated.
D1 offers thanks to the assembled spirits and entities on behalf of the Folk: This Rite is ended!
"Ostara Blot and Unity Rite." submitted by Aesa on 15 May, 2019.
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