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semi-daily devotionals

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Here lately, I’ve felt the need to revamp my daily spiritual practices. For a long time, I was only doing an adapted version of Sigrdrifa’s prayer at my bedroom window upon rising every morning. But you’ve got to change things up now and then, and I wanted to start using my den altar space more often. So I came up with a simple devotional that has a light touch of ADF structure. My aim was to do this once a week, but I’ve made it simple enough that I often do it several times a week, thus the title “semi-daily”.

I actually have started using a Gatekeeper in my personal practice (something I only did for group rituals or dedicant rites before), and I call upon Raven for this. I think of the spirit Raven as one of Odin’s birds, but I like the idea that ravens are sacred birds of many other deities from other cultures also. My hearth culture is mainly Norse/Anglo-Saxon but I call upon Celtic deities sometimes as well. So calling upon Raven as my personal Gatekeeper seems right and fitting and has a timeless feel. For offerings I usually use incense, and blessed or herb-infused water.

I Beginning
Fire Hallowing (I only do this periodically, the effect is very long lasting.)

•“Water, make me pure, that I may reach the infinite.” (Forehead anointed with water.)

•“I’m here to honor the Kindreds. Earth, Holy Mother, may you receive my offering of love and bless my time with the Spirits.” (Bend to touch the earth and send love.)

II Cosmos
Tree of Life Three Realms Meditation
“I am at the center of the worlds, and I light a sacred flame.” Light central candle, and from this, a stick of incense.

•Gatekeeper “Raven, you who fly between worlds, messenger of gods, wise and clever bird, I offer you my friendship and love.” (Anoint bird figurine with blessed water. Circle incense around it three times.)
“May you share your magic with me, guide and ward me as I open the ways.”

“Kindreds, I open the Fire Gate of my mind that I may know you.” (Hands at temples.)
“I open the Well Gate of my heart that I may feel you.” (Hands over heart.)
“I open the Tree Gate of my body and soul that I may experience you.” (Arms outstretched.)

III Worship
•Kindred Invocation: Sing “Prayer for your Druid Beads“, circling appropriate altar figures with incense for each verse. (I’ve changed some of the wording for my personal tastes, but use the same tune.)

•Personal prayers; this is my general formula for any personal prayer–
“Beloved Kindreds of my heart, (name personal deities/spirits)
I thank you for all you have given, (name examples)
May you continue to bless and guide me and mine.”

IV Blessing
•Omen of the day: draw a tarot card or rune, first asking the Kindreds what they wish for me to know today.

V Conclusion
•“My love and thanks to all beings.
As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be.
With the ebb, with the flow, blessed be.”

semi-daily devotionals

Harvest Home Fruit Magic

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appleWith another harvest holiday coming up, I thought this would be an auspicious time to share with you one of my favorite tricks from ye olde kitchen witch cupboard: a simple all-purpose fruit spell.

For this easy method of magic, one chooses a fruit of the appropriate symbolism, clearly visualize your goal or desire (see associations below, or use your own intuition). Then speak the words of your spell and eat the fruit.

I find that the ever-popular apple makes a great all-purpose fruit for this spell, so I like to keep some around. If you have chosen a large enough fruit, you could also carve runes or symbols of your goal into it. You could juice it into a potion, or bake it into a pie with symbols formed in the crust. You could even slice up a piece of fruit and share it in a group spell. If using an apple, you could slice it horizontally to reveal the star in the middle, eat around the center and make a wish on the star then bury it.

Below you will find the words I have crafted for a general fruit spell, and some associations I have for some common fruits. Of course, this spell could be used for other foods as well.

“Fruit of Earth, the Mother’s gift,
with you I seek a fateful shift.
With my goal placed well in mind,
your taste brings forth my will in kind.”

Harvest Home Fruit MagicFruit Associations for Magic
Apple: health, vigor, youthfulness, wholesomeness, and love.
Blackberry: abundance, prosperity, and protection.
Cherry: love, desire, passion, and playfulness.
Blueberry: protection, happiness.
Fig: sexuality and fertility.
Grapes: fertility, prosperity.
Lemon: cleansing and purifying.
Orange: friendship, courage, luck.
Paw-paw: protection, love, or revenge.
Peach: love, beauty.
Pear: love and desire.
Persimmon: joy and wisdom.
Pomegranate: desire, commitment, mystery, lifeblood.
Raspberry: love and protection.
Strawberry: youthful attitude, love and happiness.
Watermelon: joy, freedom, prosperity.

Sigrdrifa’s Prayer One Page Book

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Last year, I posted an article about making little mini books out of a single sheet of paper. Since then, I’ve figured out how to make them digitally! Below you will find a simple version of Sigrdrifa’s prayer, the only direct invocation of the Norse gods preserved from ancient times. It is a classic and beautiful prayer that can be said anytime, but is especially appropriate at the start of one’s day, observing the sun rise, and at the Solstices.

Copy and paste image into a word processing program (set up with narrow margins) to make sure the image takes up most of a full sheet of paper, expanding as necessary.
After printing, trim away the margins on the outside of the thick black lines. Let your child color the pictures, then follow directions given in my article magic one-sheet-of-paper mini book to complete the book.

Sigrdrifa prayer magic bookFor more Summer Solstice fun, see Kids’ Activities for Midsummer / Summer Solstice.

High Days – unscripted

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In a previous article I talked about how to celebrate High Days without a ritual, yet still with meaning and reverence. For this one I’ll be covering the middle ground; having a bit more structure; with an ADF ritual that flows organically, and is totally unscripted. I formulated this guide with solitaries and families in mind, and the rituals are to take place in the home- in the dining room area.

To do an unscripted ritual, the first thing you need to know is the structure of your ritual by heart. ADF ritual structure may seem quite complicated to new comers, but after you’ve done that type of ritual for a while, you will indeed see the logical order of it. You may find Druid Ritual Beads quite useful to keeping track of ritual sequence in the beginning, and if that still doesn’t help as much as you need, put off doing unscripted rituals until it comes naturally for you. You don’t need to memorize liturgy, but you may find it helpful if you have some favorite turns of phrases memorized, and I will go more into wordage below.

The following basic formula pretty much adheres to the Core Order of Ritual. The “musts” of the Core Order are included, so you can count it as specifically ADF-style on your Dedicant Program documentation. Some items in the Core Order are optional, and so I have adapted and rearranged things a bit to be more appropriate to a home setting. In my personal practice I have replaced the Outsider appropriation with a simple Anglo-Saxon Hallowing because I don’t want to set up a ghosti relationship with Outsider spirits; I’d rather drive away, than appease such entities. After all, whatever is fed, comes back, right?  I have placed the Hallowing and the purification portions of ritual at the beginning of ritual. Opening prayer and the Earth Mother prayer are combined for simplicity like the one in “The Standard ADF Liturgy”.

Preliminaries
Before beginning ritual, the basic set up it to have your house cleaned to your satisfaction and to have a High Day altar set up in your dining area and easy to see, and get to, from the table. You may want to get the whole family involved in preparing items and decorations for this. Be sure to include symbols of the Three Hallows, offering and libation bowls, and a goblet for the Waters of Life. Your Fire Hallow should be a candle or lamp that will burn for the full length of the ritual. If using music, have that close at hand as well, to turn on and off easily. You may want to use a High Day playlist with a guided two powers meditation (or just meditative music) included at the beginning for the Three Realms centering, and an ending song at the last. You will also want to have a meal prepared and table set. You may also want to have additional offerings (besides portions of the meal) at the ready; incense and dry grains, as well as Three Hallows offerings such as silver beads (for the Well), spice, red ochre, or vermillion (for the Tree), and oil (for the Fire).

Fire Hallowing
As I mentioned above, I do a fire hallowing instead of an Outsider appropriation to drive any unfriendly entities from my ritual space. Doing this is pretty straight forward; I walk around the house carrying a lantern or sheltered candle while singing the Anglo-Saxon Hallowing Charm. It’s pretty easy to memorize short chants/songs like this. If you are not comfortable singing, you could just say it like a poem. Or one could also simply say “Thunor (or “gods/spirits of fire”) hallow this home.” After making the round, use the flame from the lamp to light the Fire Hallow on the altar.
(If you choose to do an Outsider appropriation instead of a fire hallowing, do so at the edge of your yard or property and you can say something very simple, like “Outsiders, take this and turn away from our rites.” then libate or give offering.)

Water Purification
Simply sprinkle the ritual area with water. You can also infuse the area with juniper smoke, as per Celtic tradition. Then place a drop of water on everyone’s forehead. No words are necessary, but if you want, you can say something like “May all ill turn away.”

Opening Prayer
You can combine the opening prayer with honoring the Earth Mother by memorizing this simple line: “Earth, Holy Mother, bearer of all life, we pray that you bless and uphold this rite (on this day of _______).” Kneel to touch the earth and give offering.

Three Realms Centering
For this you could use a recording of a guided centering meditation that includes water, earth, and sky (such as the Two Powers meditation), or memorize a Three Realms blessing and say it while centering. The simplest blessing I know is “As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be, I stand at the Center- of Earth, Sky and Sea.” Another option would be to learn an ADF Land, Sea, Sky Chant and center yourself while singing it.

Three Hallows
(Light the Fire Hallow, if you haven’t already.) For this portion of the ritual, you could simply offer to the Hallows without saying anything at all. You could also just say what you’re doing while doing it, for example: “I give silver to the Well. I give oil to the Fire. I give spice (or incense, red ochre, or vermillion) to the Tree.” Another option is to sing the ever popular Portal Song while offering to the Hallows.

Gatekeeper & Opening the Gates
In you own words, simply hail/call a Gatekeeper, make an offering, then ask the Gatekeeper to be a ward. For example: “Hail Manannan, Gatekeeper, accept this offering and ward the ways between.” Then place hands or a wand over the Hallows and say “May the Hallows open as a Gate.” lift hands or wand while taking a step back, then say something like “The Gates are open between the Worlds.”

Calling & Offering
*At this point of the ritual, the food is brought out and everyone sits at the table for the feast.
Invoking Spirits can be quite a simple matter if need be. One can simply say “Hail <name>, (<title>, <descriptor>,) be with us and accept our offering”. Then place an offering (a portion of the meal) on the offering bowl and a libation in the libation bowl. You can go around the table and have everyone (who wants to) make hails, offerings, and libations. Go around once for the Nature Spirits, once for the Ancestors, and once for the Deities. Then make another round for the Deities of the Occasion.
You may choose to proceed with the meal, in communion with the Kindreds, before going on to the rest of the ritual.

Divination
Simply say something like “Do the Kindreds accept our offerings?” and divine using your preferred divination method. Make more offerings, if they’re called for. You can also divine an omen for what the following season holds in store.

Blessing Cup
Pour a drink into a goblet and say something like “Kindreds, we ask for your blessing. Holy Ones, give to us the Waters of Life.”
(Hold goblet out with both hands and feel the energy flow into it.) Then, “We drink in the name of the Kindred.” Pass the goblet around the table for all to drink. This would be a good place in ritual to sing (or play) a blessing chant. (“Blessing in the Waters” is my favorite.)

Music & Merriment
Enact the customs of the season; play music, games, magic, tell stories, or whatever seems fitting to the mood of the High Day.
You may want to save dessert for this stage of the ritual.

Final Prayers
Make sure each participant is given a chance to approach the altar in one’s own way. Perhaps make available little strips of flash paper on which to to write prayers and devotions. The slips will instantly burn when touched to the Fire Hallow.

Thanking & Ending
Simply thank all the Spirits in reverse order and close the Gates. Sing or play an ending song and extinguish the flame.
I like to say (or sing, to the tune of a Lisa Thiel song) “As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be… with the ebb, with the flow- blessed be.”

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A Last Minute ADF High Day Ritual

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So, the ADF discussion group  started last August, Ozark Druids, is now a protogrove! As we are trying to grow from being just a discussion group to also doing rituals, we’ve hit a lot of snags. It often happens that we plan to have a ritual and there is either bad weather, a sick host, or scheduling problems. Inspired by the video “ADF Blessing Rite in a Woodland Setting“, I came up with the idea that when we are together for a regularly scheduled discussion meeting sometime, and if the weather was nice and it was close to a High Day, we could adjourn early and meet at the closest park and do a High Day Ritual right then. I remembered my portable ritual kit and decided I could use the same idea for a group ritual (only with a bigger drink vessel and more offerings, etc.). With my expanded kit packed in a backpack in the trunk of my car, we’d be all set!

I came up with this one page fill-in-the-blanks emergency High Days ritual mostly by adjusting a solitary ritual I had pieced together for my own use from my favorite bits of ADF and Heathen liturgy. I didn’t really write it with the idea that there could be a leader. So it may be an ideal ritual to use if the usual leader of the group can’t be there, or for an “emergency” ritual if other plans have gone awry and you’re without a script. It allows for a lot of spontaneity while giving a basic structure to fall back on. Patrons of the Occasion should be decided on before beginning, and all materials needed, at hand. Participants could mark which parts they want to do just before the ritual, or the paper could be passed around during the ritual, with the next person doing the next thing, so to speak.  I also thought it would be interesting in a ritual where there were just three or four people, if everyone participated in opening the Gates. I have a copy or two of this ritual packed into my expanded ritual kit.

ADF High Day Ritual
•    Purification: Saining & Hallowing (Ring bell or bell branch to mark the beginning of ritual.)

•    Opening Prayer: “O beloved mother of all, from whose starry womb the green earth springs,
You who are the bearer of all life, and to whom all life descends in death’s darkness,
We honor you this day and pray you bless and uphold this rite.
Mother of all, receive our offerings!” Kneel to kiss the earth, give offering.

•    Two Powers Meditation

•    Sacred Center & Opening the Gates: Make offerings to the triple hallows and Gatekeeper, while saying:
“We give ______ to the Fire. We give ______ to the Well. We give ______ to the Tree.
We make offerings to the Gatekeeper, _______, who wards them well.
By Land, Sky, and Sea, by Fire, Well, and Tree…_______, Let the Gates be opened!”
(All place hands over the Hallows and raise them together, and envision the Gates opening.)

•    Calling to the Three Kindreds & Patrons of Occasion (while offering to each):
“To the Ancestors, we give offering and welcome. To the Nature Spirits, we give offering and welcome.
Hail [patron(s) of occasion], [add descriptors/ words of praise],
Open our souls’ eyes that we may see you. Open our hearts to hear your wisdom.
Bring us your blessings bright.
Kindreds Three, join with us as we honor the turning of the seasons
at the time of _______. May you bless and uphold this rite.”

•    Seasonal Commemoration: This can be enacting customs, more prayers/offerings/songs/magic, etc.

•    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.”

•    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 cup out with both hands and feel the energy flow into the cup.
“This cup now holds the waters of life. We drink this in the name of the Kindred.” (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.”

•    Thanking Kindreds: “We offer our thanks to the Mother of All.
We offer our thanks to the Gods, Dead and Spirits, and to [patrons]. May the Three Sacred Kins
Bring joy to all beings, and renew the ancient wisdom. To the Fire, Well and Tree, we offer my 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.”

•    Closing: “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.”

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To the Sun

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Greeting to you, Sun of the Seasons,
As you travel the skies on high,
Strong your steps on the wing of the heights,
Glorious Mother of the Stars.

You sink down into the perilous ocean
Free from fear and harm;
You rise up on the gentle wave
Like a young queen in flower.

–from the Carmina Gadelica, translated by Mara Freeman

House Purifications and Blessings

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The days leading up to Imbolc are traditionally set aside for thorough house cleaning and purification. To “sain” is to ritually purify and bless- usually with water and smoke. This saining ritual is based on Scottish tradition and was traditionally done on New Year’s day, but also seems to be a fitting way to prepare for Imbolc. You can go straight from the saining ritual into doing the house blessing & protection ritual.

Saining
 Preparation:
~A few days ahead of time, gather juniper branches and lay out to dry. Then gather together and tie into a bundle. Find a flameproof dish to have ready for catching ashes and sparks.
~Gather water from a spiritually significant source. (Be sure to thank the guardian of the spring/stream etc. and leave an offering of silver.) Make sure the water is safe to drink, if opting to drink it as part of the ritual.
~Do a thorough physical house cleaning. (Clean like the Mother of the Gods is about to pay you a visit.)
Ritual:
~Gather the family around the household hearth/altar.
~Pass the water around sunwise for everyone to anoint their face and/or drink.
~Take the water around the house and sprinkle in all the corners of every room of the house.
~Light the juniper branches and get them to smoking. Fan the smoke around each member of the household and in all the corners of every room of the house.

House Blessing
 Preparations: This rite is to take place in the heart of the home. You will also be walking around to all parts of the home with a candle to do the blessing. Ideally, the family shrine would be on a fireplace mantle and the sacred fire kindled in the fireplace. If there is no fireplace, use candle(s) or a oil lamp instead. The shrine/altar should have representations of the other two hallows as well- the tree (represented in art or as a wooden stick), and well (a bowl or cauldron of water). Read over the ritual and determine what offerings are needed and how much. Also have a bowl on the altar to place offerings in, to be taken outside after the ritual. If the ritual is to be done around a fireplace, some of the offerings may go directly into the fire. You will also need Bríde’s crosses or other house protection talismans to hang over all entrances to your house.  Divide up speaking parts among participants.
[Do a simple purification with water if not doing a saining just before this ritual.]

~Ring a bell to signify the beginning of ritual.
~Statement of purpose: “On this day we gather to ask the gods and goddesses to bless and protect this house and all residing herein. We pledge to honor them and keep the old ways in exchange for this protection.”
~Honoring the Earth Mother: “Anu, Earth Mother, our foundation, living and strong, we honor you this day and give you offering.”
~Chant the Portal Song for the Triple Center while lighting a hearth fire or candle and making offerings to each of the hallows.
~Two Powers Meditation and honoring the Three Realms: “As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be, we stand at the center of Land, Sky, and Sea.”
~Gatekeeper invocation and offering: “Mannanan, Guardian of the Gates, hear our call. Accept our offering to you. May the Triple Center of Well, Tree, ad Fire open as a gate between the worlds.”
~Three Kindred Invocations and offerings:
“Blessed Ancestors, welcome. Accept our offerings and watch over us.”
“Guardians of Nature, welcome. Be at peace with us and accept our offerings.”
“Shining Ones, gods and goddesses of old, welcome.  Bríde and Dagda, welcome.  Accept our offerings and may we be under your protection.”

Light a candle and bring it to the doorways, hearth and the corners of each room while reciting this blessing:

“May Bríde give blessing, and the Dagda give protection
to the house that is here-
Both crest and frame, both stone and beam,
Both clay and wattle; both summit and foundation;
Both window and timber; both foot and head;
Both woman and man; both young and old-
May this house and family be under the protection of the gods and goddesses.
Banished are all malevolent spirits and disruptive forces.”

Place Bríde’s crosses above all entrances to the home.
Recite this Celtic house blessing:

“May this house be founded
On the goodness of Mother Earth.
May the walls of this house be blessed
By the four winds of the heavens.
May the roof of this house be guarded
By the heights of the stars above.
So that all who live in this house, all who seek shelter in this house,
All who strive, protected by this house, find hope and strength to live,
Find love and joy to give, find faith and meaning in their destiny.”

~Thanks and ending:
“We offer our thanks to Dagda and to Bríde.
We give thanks to the Kindreds Three.
To the Fire, Well and Tree, and to the Earth, Sky, and Sea, we offer our thanks.
To the Gatekeeper, we offer our thanks, and may the gates of the worlds be closed.
We give thanks to Mother Earth upon which we stand. Our rite is at an end.”

All say as candles are put out:
“As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be.”

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A Family Samhain Ritual

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 A note on timing:  If you have your Samhain ritual on Oct. 31st, you will need to take into account your children’s desire to trick-or-treat. Trick-or-treating can last up into the night, giving your ritual a late start, not to mention that your kids may not be able to stay up late enough to attend. I’ve known many people who are resentful of trick-or-treating, thinking of it as a “secular” celebration of the holiday. But I see the Halloween trick-or-treat as very much a pat of the Samhain tradition. I’ve also known of people who send one parent out with the kids to trick-or-treat while the other parent has ritual. I’ve done this before, and although it seems like an ideal solution, it separates the family on what should be a family holiday. So if your kids are still at the age for trick-or-treating, you might want to have your Samhain ritual the day before or the day after “Halloween”. Keep in mind the old Samhain was a three day event, and originally, it wasn’t a date on a calendar. So many Pagans get hung up on celebrating on the “right” day. Consider though, that there has been two calendar changes- after the Roman invasion, it was to the Julian calendar, then in the mid-18th century to the Gregorian calendar, which put everything 11 days before the old reckoning. Also, the Celtic festival dates changed from year to year, in accordance to actual harvest times, and other seasonal indicators which vary for different places.

*This ritual does not specify who is to say/do what in most instances.  This is for you to decide among your family.

Preparation:  Prepare the Samhain feast, set the table, including a place setting for the Beloved Dead and a bowl of apples, and finish setting up the ancestor altar.  Open windows a little in each room, if practical.  Have ready a candle to light for your Samhain fire if not using a fireplace.  In this ritual, everyone will be going from a shrine/hearth area to a dining area.  These two areas should be close together, so that someone can keep an eye on the hearthfire and/or candles.   (It is traditional to kindle the fire of Samhain at dusk.)

  • Sain the house and family members with juniper smoke.  All gather around the family hearth or ancestor shrine.
  • Ring bell (or silver branch) to signal beginning of ritual.
  • Light the Samhain candle (or fire in fireplace), signaling the beginning of the season.
  • Offer a portion of the Samhain feast for the deities (into the fire of the fireplace, or on a dish on the household shrine) and recite a Samhain Invocation (inspired by/adapted from- Caitlin Matthews’ Samhain Threshold Invocation) :

“Grandmother Cailleach, Grandfather Cernunnos,
We honor and welcome you at the season of Samhain.
May you bless us with health, joy, and prosperity in the winter days ahead.
From the depths to the heights, from the heights to the depths,
as a blessing on the hearth of every home.”

  • Prepare an offering for the Sidhe and place in a windowsill.  This can be a wordless action, or say something simple like, “Fair folk, we honor you with food and drink.”
  • Prepare a portion of the Samhain feast (including an apple) for the Beloved Dead and place on ancestor shrine (or designated table setting).  You may choose to say something like “Ancestors and Beloved Dead, we honor you with food and drink as you cross the veil to visit us on this night.”

[All proceed to the dining area and sit at the table.]

  • The Apple:  “Behold, the fuit of the Otherworld, of immortality.” Cut an apple in half horizontally to reveal the star at the center. Pass an apple half to everyone at the table.  Everyone eats their apple. “As we have eaten of the fruit of life, so our ancestors live in our memories.” Participants share stories and memories of the Beloved Dead and Ancestors.
  • Ancestor Feast: Serve a feast of ancestral foods.  (Optional- explain the importance and symbolism of each dish before passing it around the table.)
  • Hidden Charms: Serve Fuarag and/or Barm Brack.
  • Parting Blessings

“We thank the Fair Folk for dwelling in peace among us.
We thank the Ancestors and spirits of our Beloved Dead,
for coming among us in peace and blessing our rite.
Ancient Grandmother and Grandfather, we thank you for your presence.
May you receive the Beloved Dead and give them strength to come to rebirth.
As it was, as it is, as it evermore shall be.
With the ebb, with the flow, blessed be.”

  • Ring bell (or silver branch) to signify end of ritual.
  • Gather in the family room for divination games and traditional Samhain stories.

A Family Samhain Ritual

It’s blackberry time!

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blackbryLast week, me and baby went to the blackberry patch and found a few (mostly) ripe blackberries. We’ve walking over there about every day and we always seem to find a few- he eats them as quick as I can pick them! Yesterday, though, I found a whole handful of ripe blackberries, plus a bunch that were out of my reach. So I guess it’s officially blackberry time! Oh, they are so good!
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Blessed Queen of the Brambleberries sweet!
Hail to You, Wild One of Briar, Leaf and Fruit.
In the heat of summer, You abundance bursts forth.
Your dark berries yield their precious juices in a healing elixir.
We offer you thanks and a song.
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“Berries ripen slowly… on the vine… sunshine and water… over time.  Early fruit is bitter, but don’t wait for it to fall… or you may not get any at all.”