Druid Moon: Samonois

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 Thor to aid us in this ritual.
Thor, Protector of the folk,
Join us and be warmed by this good fire.
[Offering.]

Aid us and help send our offerings to the otherworld.

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 Being of the Occasion, those Patron of our rite whom we worship at the heart of ritual.

Holda Invocation

Hail Holda,
Goddess of flax,
Keeper of homes, 
We have made a way for you. 

Your Parade of Spirits
Dance through this home
And across the realms. 

Holda, you bring the spirits with you
The Dark half of the year returned.
Hail Holda!

Omen

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

Working

Having received these blessings, may this Patron now aid us in our working.

A Blessing for the Ancestors shrine: (to be done after cleaning the home)

Holda, Goddess of the Changing Seasons,
You bring the Parade of Spirits through once more.
We welcome the Beloved Dead to our fire and our ancestors’ shrine. 

[Hold hands over shrine.]

Holda, Goddess of a Well-Kept Home,
We ask you to bless our ancestors’ shrine and lead well-meaning ancestors here. 
And we ask you to ward our ancestors’ shrine from the eyes of unfriendly ancestors.
May we build good relationships with the ancestors who would work with us, not against us. 

So be it!

Thanking the Kindreds

To the Patron 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 Thor.
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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