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RITUAL BLESSING

by Okana@aol.com

May the Circle of Life bless you with its Rainbow of Peace!

May each day’s golden sunrise breathe life into your quest for knowledge…
…and mid-day’s red fire strengthen your courage and teach you trust.

May the healing of cool sunset waters bathe you with caring plans for the future …
…and you be wrapped in a midnight blanket of gratitude and wisdom.

May you dance in the rhythms of Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon…
…and feel abundance and stability from the warm comfort of Mother Earth.

May you soar to reach lofty goals with the graceful flight of the Winged Ones…
… and know instinctively like the Creature Beings when to work and laugh, sleep and play.

May your talents and abilities blossom like the beautiful plants of the Standing Tribe …
…and your voice discern whether to speak or keep silent from the record-keeping Stone People.

May you humbly learn the magnitude of the universe at the feet of the twinkling Star Nation…
…and take joy in the luminous tapestry woven of people of all colors, languages, and beliefs.

The Mysteries of the Ogham

(Note from Daven:  This is an excellent article on one of the basics of Celtic Life.  The Ogham.  It is the basis of most of their poetry, literature, and their knowledge.  Look it over and look over that which we have on the Druids, and I think you will start to agree with me.)

The Mysteries of the Ogham-Part One

By Kenneth R. White

The script known as Ogham (oh-m) may have been a product of the Celtic peoples coming into contact with cultures who had already developed a written language; however, it is more than likely that the script developed independently. We know that the Druids used the Greek alphabet for private matters, committing none of their lore to writing. Most of our present day knowledge of Ogham comes to us from the Book of Ballimote, which was written in about the fourteenth century. Like the other texts used to teach medieval students, its sources are far older and lost to us. Ogham is to a long and cumbersome a system to use for writing large texts. The practical use of ogham seems to have been limited to ceremonial or short inscriptions. The physical evidence suggests that Ogham was used for short inscriptions and in fact there are many such examples carved along the edges of stones. Most of these Ogham stones are found in Ireland and Wales though there are a few of them located in Scotland and England. Since Ogham is not practical for writing by hand there must have been some other use. This is where we begin our journey into Ogham as a spiritual or magical system. The Ogham letters themselves were said to have been created by the God Ogma, after whom they are named, From a seventh century Irish text, Auraicept na n’Eces, we are told:

The Coming of Lugh

by Iarwain

Lugh the Il-Dana came to the Tara
Lugh Samildanach came to the palace of the Tuatha De
Lugh, master of all arts, came to Eireann

The gate keeper did not recognize Lugh
The gate keeper asked the Il-Dana his name
The gate keeper asked Lugh Samildanach what skill he possessed

Lugh said:

I am Lugh Samildanach
I am Lugh the Il-Dana
I am Lugh, master of battle

The gate keeper said:

We have no need of a battle master
King Nuada de Danann is our battle master
Nuada Airgitlamh is our battle master

Lugh said:

I am Lugh Samildanach
I am Lugh the Il-Dana
I am Lugh, master of healing

The gate keeper said:

We have no need of a master of healing
Diancecht de Danann is our master healer
Diancecht is master of all herbs and healings

Lugh said:

I am Lugh Samildanach
I am Lugh the Il-Dana
I am Lugh, master of knowledge

The gate keeper said:

We have no need of a master of knowledge
Oghma de Danann is master of all learning
Oghma is master of all knowledge

Lugh said:

The Five Brothers

By Sunset Symphony

There once were five brothers,
standing alone on the shore.
All were the same as the others,
yet variant from each of the four.

One looked to the East, and cried,
“I can stand my bonds no more!”
With that, the brother took to sky,
leaving behind the other four.

He soared, he swooped, he circled ’bout,
Until, at last, he found a perch.
He sighed, “I’ve landed without
a thing but a warm spot in this birch.”

There still were five brothers,
and four alone by a tree.
All were the same as the others,
yet variant from those same three.

One looked to the South, and howled,
“A grander life lies there for me!”
He grunted, snorted, then he growled,
then darted off, abandoning the three.

He ran, he bellowed, and more he ran.
At length, he stumbled and fell cold.
He sobbed, “I’ve run all that I can!
I could not last to reach my goal.”

And yet remained five brothers,
with three under the sky’s blue.
All were the same as the others,
while standing apart from the two.

BRIGIT OF THE CELTS

(Note from Daven:  I found this document when I was researching for Imbolic ceremonies for a Historical group I am involved with (Ancient Sites, if you must know) and I liked this so much, I copied it to my local computer.  Glad I did now.)

BRIGIT OF THE CELTS

Brigit was one of the great Triple Goddesses of the Celtic people. She appeared as Brigit to the Irish, Brigantia in Northern England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in Brittany.

Many legends are told about Brigit. Some say that there are three Brigits : one sister in charge of poetry and inspiration who invented the Ogham alphabet, one in charge of healing and midwifery, and the third in charge of the hearth fire, smithies and other crafts. This catually indicates the separate aspects of her Threefold nature and is a neat division of labor for a hard-working goddess.

Moon Manners: Etiquette for Group Rituals

(Note from Daven:  To my chagrin, I discovered that I did not have a copy of this excellent document on my website, despite having it in my Book of Shadows.  So, here it is.  Enjoy it all.)

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ALCOHOL, DRUGS: As we all know, there are many different views about these substances. As a general rule, don’t use them either before or during the ritual. In any case never bring anything illegal with you; this is to protect you and the community as well. If you are sponsoring the ritual please remember to have a non-alcoholic alternative for non-drinkers. It is not cute to secretly spike the punch – do not do it.

BAREFOOT: Not necessarily always required in circle, but definitely polite. In some traditions one goes unshod in respect of sacred space; and besides being respectful of others’ beliefs, you’re less likely to hurt someone by stepping on their toes if you’re not wearing shoes either. (This only applies to indoor rituals.)

Pythagorean System Of Numerology

(Note from Daven:  This is a work on standard Numerology, as opposed to the Celtic Numerology that Mike Nichols wrote about.  I place it here because this system of numerology is one of the most widely used in the world.  You may need it one day.  I know I did.)

Pythagorean System Of Numerology

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Now simply total the numbers which represent the letters of your name.

JOHN PHILIP BROW’N would total: JOHN (1 + 6 + 8 + 5) = 20 = (2 + 0) = 2 PHILIP (7 + 8 + 9 + 3 + 9 + 7) = 43 = (4 + 3) = 7 BROWN (2 + 9 + 6 + 5 + 5) = 27 = (2 + 7) = 9

Dedication of A Sword

Materials Needed:

  • Sword (doesn’t matter if sword is just for decor)
  • candles (1 for each element +1 black candle)
  • incense (preferably a dark colored incense any flavor)
  • strip of leather (length of sword)
  • bowl full of water (cauldron works)

Begin by cleansing your materials. Give any opening offerings to the Gods of your choice (preferably war Gods). Plot the land where you will work (mandatory outdoor ritual). Light the black candle and keep it burning throughout the ritual. Cast a circle using the sword by drawing the circle around you. Put sword in center of circle. Light the candle that represents Water and say:

In the element of Water I bless this sword to my name  (your name here) .

Stretch out the leather and lay it across the sword. Let a few drops of the candle wax drop on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Earth and say:

In the name of the God (God’s name here) I bless this sword of the Earth.

Let some wax drip on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Air and the incense and say:

Scatha Gunn’s Full Moon Binding Ritual

Performed with Non-Sectarian Group on 02/95

I The presider should gather the participants outside of the circle prior to starting the ritual outside of what will be the circle area.

You have come here on this eve of your own free will. I ask you to walk around and breath in the night air. Think about the life around you. Draw it into you. Think about the Life which is around you and which fills you. Walk around and talk and converse with those who are around you and will join you in this circle. When I call you to the circle, bring only your soul and not your physical body.

The presider should then cast the circle. You will need the usual ritual materials but also you will need the same number of scarves as their are participants. It could be scarves or just pieces of cloth. Make sure that you have the same number or even a few extra for safe measure.

BLOOD SACRIFICE

(Note from Daven:  This piece I cam across in AOL once again (can you tell I used to be addicted to AOheLl too?  LOL) and I thought it was a really moving piece.  I pulled it down, and now I share it with you.)

by Althea Whitebirch

We have all moved through periods of crisis in our lives; things ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the death of someone close to us to final exams. Events which are extremely stressful–which threaten our lives, home, future or security–would seem to call for strong measures of assistance. There have been many times that I have felt that the course of events required swift and strong intervention of a deity. Blood sacrifice is, to my mind, one of the more powerful magicks one could perform, and so seemed particularly suitable for this. But it’s rather ethically sticky.

I may feel that the kind of energy contained in the outpouring of blood would be most efficacious in a serious situation, but I’m dead-set against the use of an unwilling victim for the purpose. So, in the past I’ve spilled my own blood with an athame, at the same time offering up prayers; it just didn’t seem to work as well as I thought it would. Perhaps, I thought, one needs lots of blood to generate any appreciable amount of energy.