Initiating Ritual and Purifying Space
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
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.
Statement of Purpose
The Winter Cross Quarter is the time when the land and season are transitioning to winter. These are the final harvests before the quiet time. We begin to settle into a time of remembrance. This is the proper time to remember those who have passed in the last year and all the years before. We remember our Beloved Dead and we remember all those who came before us.
I take a moment to remember the ADF Virtue of Wisdom. This virtue is about using knowledge from lessons learned to benefit yourself and others around you. It is about knowing the right action for the right time. It is a virtue gained from experience – ours or others’ – and reflection. Wisdom can be found in many places from many beings, and this includes the many ancestors. In this season, may we take the time for contemplation so we may receive Wisdom.
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.
I call to Cernunnos to aid me in this ritual.
Cernunnos, Godden of liminality,
Accept this offering and be welcome here.
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.
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.
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.
I call to the Shining Ones,
Gods, Goddesses, and Godden.
Beings of blessing and guidance,
I welcome you here.
Shining Ones, accept my offering.
Beings of the Occasion Invocations
Nantosuelta and Sucellos Invocations
Lady of the Sun-Drenched Valley,
Nantosuelta of the Winding River,
Sovereignty Goddess of the Land,
Sovereign Queen of the Homestead,
Domestic Goddess of all Abundance,
You of the birds in the garden,
You of the bees in the fields,
Goddess of Fruit, Flower, and Honeycomb,
Nantosuelta, you oversee all relationships
Between plant, animal, and human.
Nantosuelta, oversee the end of harvest,
So we may have enough in store.
Nantosuelta, accept this offering.
To the Good Striker,
God of Good Protection,
Sucellos of the borderlands,
Your hammer builds fenceposts,
You hound guards the border.
God of Fields and Forests,
You know how to secure the Homestead.
God of Wine and Mead,
You give the abundance of good drink.
God of the Olla pot,
You know how to store and preserve foods.
Sucellos, at the end of harvest,
You help us prepare for the next season.
Sucellos, accept this offering.
Hail Nantosuelta! Hail Sucellos!
Now I ask for a message from the Kindreds, to see what they have to say and receive their mighty wisdom.
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 Nantosuelta and Sucellos,
It is the end of harvest
The dark half of the year begun,
Thank you for you knowledge
May we gather well,
May we store well,
May we keep our bounty through the winter months.
Thank you for your guidance.
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 Cernunnos
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
You who are dear to me.
I always remain close to you.
Thank you for being with me in this ritual.
Now, this rite is ended.