Druid Moon: Simivisonnos

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 Nemetona to aid us in this ritual.
Nemetona, Goddess of the sacred grove,
Please guard and guide our way.
Nemetona, 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.

Nehalennia Invocation

Nehalennia, Lady of the Boat,
You steer me safely through storms.
You who protect travelers,
Should I travel beyond the horizon,
Guide me back to my home safely. 

Nehalennia, who guides the vessel, 
Steer me in ways of hospitality,
So I may be a good host and a good guest.
Nehalennia, accept this offering!
[Offering.]
[Michael J. Dangler, adapted]

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

Working

[Place your talisman before a candle]

Far and wide I sometimes fare,
Seeking new places or visiting old friends.
Whether I go far or near,
I pray that I will return safely and soundly. 

[Hold your hand over the talisman:]

Nehalennia, who knows the way:
Let me pass the boundaries,
Let me ride smoothly in all my travels. 
As I go out from here, may it be with your blessing.
[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 Nemetona.
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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