Harvest Home Ritual 2013

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This year, I wrote an Autumn Equinox ritual for my ADF Protogrove; Ozark Druids. As usual, I used some of my favorite liturgy from the ADF website, as well as a miscellany of other sources. I used my Simple ADF Ritual Outline of five ritual stages, three items each. Although I don’t usually include an Outsider offering in my own practices, I did for this ritual, wanting to give newcomers a more “authentically ADF” experience. The patrons of occasion are Frey and Freya. Speaking parts are in italics, and I didn’t specify who said what, as I am inclined to give parts to anyone who wants a role, writing in names on the margins of the script at the last planning meeting. I tried to keep it simple and allow for lots of group participation and ad lib.

Autumn Equinox Ritual Supplies ListHARVEST HOME         2013        OZARK DRUIDS

I. Beginning
•Redirecting Outsiders: “Outsiders, those who would oppose our work,
take this and turn away from our rites.” (Leave a whole piece of fruit at the edge of the yard.
Carry fire around ritual site to Hallow.)

•Water Purification: All receive a drop of water on their forehead with the words
“May all ill turn away.” (Use musical signal to mark the beginning of ritual.)

•Introduction: “Earth, Beloved Mother, You who are the bearer of all life,
we honor you this day and pray that you bless and uphold this rite,
on this day of the Autumn Equinox. Mother of all, receive our offerings!”
Kneel to kiss the earth, give offering.

II. Cosmos
•Three Realms Centering: “Let us take a moment to send our roots down through the soil… we soak up the energy that our Earth Mother freely gives… now down to the waterways below, we touch those sacred waters of wisdom, of the ancestors… be bring those energies up, centering within ourselves… now we reach our branches upward and soak up the energies of the sky, the realm of the Shining Ones… we center those energies within ourselves as well… the energies of the Three Realms spiral within us, and we know that…
we stand at the Center- of Earth, Sky and Sea.”

•Triple Hallows: Make offerings to the triple hallows, while saying:
“We give oil to the Fire. Sacred Fire, burn within us. We give silver to the Well. Sacred Well, flow within us. We give spice to the Tree. Sacred Tree, grow within us.”

•Gatekeeper (& opening the Gates): Make an offering to the Gatekeeper, then say:
“Hail Heimdallr, Gatekeeper, accept this offering and ward the ways between.” Lift hands from each of the Hallows, saying; “Let the Fire open, as a gate. Let the Well open, as a gate. Let the Tree open, as a gate… Children of the Earth, the Gates are open, we are now woven into the fabric of the universe. Here the Kindreds can read our thoughts and know our hearts. So let there be only truth here.”

III. Worship
•Invoking Kindreds: “Hail benevolent Ancestors, those who love us and watch over us,
we call to you, welcome you, and give offering.” (Make offering.)
“Hail Nature Spirits, those who dwell in and uphold the natural world about us,
we call to you, welcome you, and give offering.” (Make offering.)
“Hail Shining Ones, our beloved Gods and Goddesses,
we call to you, welcome you, and give offering.” (Make offering.)
“Hail Frey and Freya, beloved siblings of magic and prosperity,
Lord and Lady of the Vanir, who bring fruitful bounty,
we call to you, welcome you, and give offering.” (Make offering.)

•Offering: “At this time, any who choose to, may come forward and, silently or aloud, make prayers and offerings.”… When all have made their prayers and offerings, say:
“Kindreds Three, open our souls’ eyes that we may see you. Open our hearts to hear your wisdom. Bring us your blessings bright. Bless us as we honor the turning of the seasons
at the time of Harvest Home.”

•Omen: “What have the Kindreds to teach us today?”
Divine, and then say: “We hear what the Kindreds have said, and are made wise by it.” (message interpreted and recorded.)

IV. Blessing
•Blessing Cup: “Ancient Ones, the Children of the Earth call out for your blessing.
Hallow these waters, O Holy Powers. Grant us the blessing we seek.
May the Wisdom, Love, and Power of the Deities, Ancestors and Nature Spirits
flow into this cup of blessing.” (Hold pitcher up…) “This vessel now holds
the waters of life. We drink this in the name of the Kindred.”
(Take pitcher around the circle to fill everyone’s cup, and all drink.)
“May these waters we have received flow through our bodies and through our spirits,
and may they pour out into the rest of our lives.”

•Magic: “At this time we shall infuse our harvest dolls (or sticks) with anything we would like to release to the Land, the Kindreds, and to the passing of the seasons.
When you are ready, you may come to the fire and burn them.”
(Optional) song: Thanks Turns The Wheel (by Assembly of the Sacred Wheel)
Thanks turns the wheel Of the harvest. Thanks seals the circle of life.
Thanks blesses all our beginnings- and thanks blesses the end.

•Commemoration of Occasion:
“Earth Mother, bless this bread. Nature Spirits, lend your seed.
Let it nourish heart and head. Let it nourish thought and deed.
Let its breaking be a spell – that hungry mouths be fed as well.
And let its eating keep us free. And by the Kindreds, blessed be!”
Bread is broken and passed around the circle to share as a member plays some lovely harp music.

V. Conclusion
•Final Prayers: “At this time, any who choose to, silently or aloud, may come forward and make final prayers and offerings.”…

•Thanking: “We offer our thanks to the Mother of All.
We offer our thanks to the Gods, Dead and Spirits, and to Frey and Freya.
May the Three Sacred Kins bring joy to all beings, and renew the ancient wisdom.
To the Fire, Well and Tree, we offer our thanks.
May Wisdom, Love and Power kindle in all beings, and renew the ancient wisdom.
To the Earth, Sea, and Sky; we offer our thanks. May the ancient wisdom be renewed,
and may all beings know peace, joy and happiness in all the worlds.”

Ending: “Now by the keeper of the gates and by our magic we end what we began.
Let the fire be flame. Let the well be water. Let all be as it was before.
Let the gates be closed! We go now, as children of the Earth, in peace and blessings.
The ritual is at a close.”

Harvest Home Ritual - Ozark Pagan Mamma

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