A MIDSUMMER RITE

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(A part of my “little ritual” series.  Materials from, and adapted from ADF, the Carmia Gadelica, and other sources.)  In preperation for this ritual, gather some midsummer herbs and flowers and fashion into a circlet to wear on your head, in addition to usual “little ritual” supplies.

*(Edited to note: I wrote this ritual when I was a Celtic Reconstructionist and scheduled it for this later date. For info on how to convert this ritual to an ADF format, see the “little rituals” article highlighted above.)

Circumambulation (Circle ritual area three times.)

Purpose
“I am here to keep the old ways
and honor the Kindred at the time of Midsummer.”

Three Realms Blessing
“As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be —
I stand at the Center of Earth, Sky and Sea.”

Fire Lighting
“I kindle the sacred fire in wisdom, love, and power.”
(light fire)  “Sacred fire, burn within me.”

Hail to the Spirits
Hail, Earth Mother, whole and holy, honor unto thee!” 
(touch the earth, give offering)
“I offer now as the ancients did to the Kindreds Three!”
“To the Fair Folk, I give offering and welcome.”  (place offering in bowl or fire)
“To the Ancestors, I give offering and welcome.”  (place offering in bowl or fire)
“To my Deities, I give offering and welcome.”  (place offering in bowl or fire)

Greeting to the Summer Solstice
(from the Celtic Devotional by Caitlin Matthews- page 71)

Walk or dance around fire, singing, praying.  Leap over the fire for luck.
Lift the herb and flower circlet from your head and hold up to the sun while reciting the following:

Prayer to the Sun
“The sun is high above all- shining down upon the land and sea,
making things grow and bloom.
Great and powerful sun, I honor you this day
and thank you for your gifts.
Aine, Belenus, goddesses and gods of light and life,
you are known by many names.
You are the light over the crops,
the heat that warms the earth,
the hope that springs eternal, the bringer of life.
I welcome you, and honor you this day, celebrating your light,
as we begin our journey once more into the darkness.”

Burn herb circlet as offering to the sun.  Watch it burn completely before ending ritual.

Parting Blessing
“I offer my thanks to the Mother of All. 
I offer my thanks to the Deities, Ancestors and Fair-Folk.
May the Three Sacred Kins bring joy to all beings,
and renew the ancient wisdom.
As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be.”

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