Druid Moon: Cutios

Preparation: candle, a vessel with water, a symbol of a tree, offerings, items required for the working.

Opening
[Light the candle and add silver to the cup of water.]
Take a breath and put aside any tensions from the mundane world. Know this space is made sacred because we gather here in ritual.

Earth Mother
Earth Mother
Nearest and dearest to us
May we remember your gifts
And seek to bless you in return.
Earth Mother, join us and be warmed by this good fire.
[Offering.]

Gatekeeper
We call to Cernunnos to aid us in this ritual.
Cernunnos, Godden of liminality,
Please guard and guide our way.
Cernunnos, join us and be warmed by this good fire.
[Offering.]

Opening the Ways
As we move into ritual space and ritual time,
Know that this world reflects the otherworld.
So may this fire become the cosmic fire
May this water become the cosmic well
May this tree become the world tree.
And may our offerings be transformed to spirit.

Kindred Invocations
Ancestors who came before,
Join us and be warmed by this good fire.
[Offering.]

Nature Spirits, with whom we share this world,
Join us and be warmed by this good fire.
[Offering.]

Shining Ones, wise and mighty,
Join us and be warmed by this good fire.
[Offering.]

Key Offerings
We call now to the Beings of the Occasion, those Patrons of our rite whom we worship at the heart of ritual.

Artio Invocation
Artio, Bear-Goddess:
You have rested quietly in your den,
Protecting your cubs from the cold.

The earth has since revived itself,
The gentle rains have fallen on fertile earth.
Fading are the lean-times of the giamos months.

Return with us, Artio, to the spring!
Artio, accept our offering!
[Michael J. Dangler, adapted]

Abnoba Invocation
Abnoba, Guardian of the Forests,
Goddess of rivers that flow down the mountain,
Goddess of the animals and of the earth,
The seasons are shifting
Spring is sprung!
We celebrate the changing landscape
And honor you as the world is renewed.
Hail Abnoba, accept our offering!

Omen
Let us now take an omen to receive blessings from our Patrons, which will inform our working.
[Take omen.]

Working
Having received these blessings, may these Patrons now aid us in our working.

[Lay out your ‘walking shoes’ and think of an intention you want to embark on]
I call to Artio and Abnoba,
I have laid out shoes to help me surmount challenges as I move through the world.
In this season, I wish to embark on [state intention].
[Hold your hands over the shoes and visualize these blessings]
May these shoes carry me forth, each step drawing me nearer to my goals.
Artio and Abnoba, bless my steps as I embark on this journey,
And protect me as you protect those in your care.
[Michael J. Dangler, adapted]

Thanking the Kindreds
To the Patrons of this rite, for being with us and receiving our offerings, we thank you.
To the Shining Ones, the Nature Spirits, and the Ancestors – Kindreds all – for being with us and receiving our offerings, we thank you.
Earth Mother, for your many blessings, we thank you.

Closing the Ways
We call once more to Cernunnos.
Thank you for aiding us in this ritual.

May the cosmic fire be merely this candle.
May the cosmic well return to this water.
And may the world tree recede into this tree.

Closing
This rite is ended. May we go in peace and fellowship.

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