May High Day Ritual

Initiating Ritual and Purifying Space
[Ring bell]

This time is sacred to me, and I honor it. This space is sacred to me, and I honor it. This work is sacred to me, and I honor it.

Two Powers Meditation / Quieting the Mind

Earth Mother
I call to the Earth Mother.
She who is nearest and dearest.
Mother of waters, mother of fertile soil, mother of life,
Through your generosity, we flourish.
Earth Mother, hear me call to you and invite you to this ritual.
Earth Mother, accept this offering.
[Offering]

Statement of Purpose
The May High Day marks the liminal time of revelry and joy. All manner of plants and animals have awakened, and the Nature Spirits have returned.

I take a moment to remember the ADF Virtue of Fertility. This virtue can be expressed in many forms – in the new-budding plants outside and in our creative endeavors. May we remember that nurturing ourselves and our lands promote this virtue in the world.

Recreating the Cosmos
The cosmos is vast, but there is a sacred center.

The waters support and surround me. The land extends about me. The sky stretches out above me. And at my center burns a living flame. I stand at the center of worlds in sacred space and sacred time. May my worship be true. May my actions be just. May my love be pure. And may I pray with a good fire.

Guide
I call to Thor to aid us in this ritual.
Thor, Protector of the folk,
Accept this offering and be welcome here.
[Offering]
Aid me and help send my offerings to the otherworld.

Opening the Ways
As I am in ritual space and ritual time,
I 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 my offerings be transformed to spirit.

Kindred Invocations

Ancestors
I call to the Beloved Dead,
Ancestors of blood, of heart, of bone.
Those who have gone before,
I welcome you here.
Ancestors, accept my offering.
[Offering]

Nature Spirits
I call to the Nature Spirits,
With whom I share this world.
Beings of wonder and mystery,
I welcome you here.
Nature Spirits, accept my offering.
[Offering]

Shining Ones
I call to the Shining Ones,
Gods, Goddesses, and Godden.
Beings of blessing and guidance,
I welcome you here.
Shining Ones, accept my offering.
[Offering]

Beings of the Occasion Invocations

The Vanir Invocation
Hail the Vanir!
Deities of the Land,
Deities of the Ocean,
Deities of Fertility
In its many forms.

Hail Freyr who gives calming rain and shining sun
Hail Freya who gives fruitfulness to all beings
Hail Njord who calms the oceans wide
Hail Nerthus who cares for cows and moist earth

May I remember to love and honor the earth
May I remember the sacredness of nature
May my deeds honor the Vanir.
Hail the Vanir!
[Offering]

Renos and Danua Invocation
Renos and Danua,
Deities of mighty rivers,
Water blessings you bring.
Rolling rivers the blood of the Earth Mother,
Flowing waters quench human thirst,
By their nature, all waters are sacred.

Renos and Danua,
I give you thanks for sacred waters.
[Offering]

Working: Listing Eco-Friendly Deeds and Protection from Wildfires
[List out memorable accomplishments in keeping eco-friendly, per a previous vow]

To the Vanir, deities of nature, and Renos and Danua, deities of rivers, I humbly ask for your oversight of the land in this region. We have had several wildfires already this year. Too much rain and growth can lead to wildfires, but too little water and drought can also lead to wildfires. I ask for your magic on the land and your aid to our firefighters for balance and well-contained fires.

[Hold hands to the west.]

May the deities bless the land of the Rocky Mountains,
May they oversee the correct amount of water and growth for the land’s well-being,
And may they help firefighters contain the fires that do happen.
So be it.

Omen
Now I ask for a message from the Kindreds, to see what they have to say and receive their mighty wisdom.
[Take omen]
Thank you for this message and for your presence in ritual.

Blessing the Waters
I have made offerings to the Kindreds, and so I shall ask for blessings in return. This is the nature of *ghosti. I ask the Kindreds for their blessings in my life and in this water.

[Name blessings and visualize them in the waters.]

Behold the waters of life!

[Drink blessed waters]

Thanking the Beings of the Occasion
To the Vanir,
Deities of nature,
For your many gifts and presence here,
I thank you.

To Renos and Danua,
Deities of sacred waters,
For your gifts and presence here,
I thank you.

Thanking the Kindreds
To all the Kindreds: the Shining Ones, the Nature Spirits, and the Ancestors, thank you for being with me in this ritual.

Thanking the Guide
I call once more to Thor.
Thank you for aiding me in this ritual.

Closing the Ways
I stand in ritual space and ritual time.
But I must return to the here and now.
May this cosmic fire return to a fire.
May this cosmic well return to water.
May this world tree return to a tree.
I know that my offerings have been transformed.

Thanking the Earth Mother
Earth Mother,
You who are dear to me.
I always remain close to you.
Thank you for being with me in this ritual.

Closing
Now, this rite is ended.

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