Imbolc 2015

Cense, aspurge, and leave the ego at the start.
Imbolc meditation
Earth Mother
Earth Mother! You who surround and support us. You are covered in snow, and you are deep in your slumber. We are in the midst of the winter, but we can see your children waking up, the sheep are lactating, and the young are about to be born. With out you, we wouldn't be here, and we honor you for that. Accept these offerings as a token of our appreciation. Earth Mother, Accept our Sacrifice!
Statement of Purpose
We are here this day to celebrate Imbolc. This is Brighid's day. The sheep are said to be lactating, indicating that it is time for this celebration. The earth is deep in slumber, yet the animals are starting to show signs of life again. We are about to have many young born. This motherly aspect of Brighid is what we are here to celebrate today.
We also are celebrating our own version of the Germanic customs of predicting the weather by pulling a marmot out of it's burrow and seeing if it sees a shadow and runs away, or if it doesn't. Our custom will continue to be making sacrifices to the groundhog, but we will also be sacrificing last year's groundhog in the form of a pinata for the poor end of winter we had last year. But first, let us hallow our hallows.
Hallowing the Hallows
Portal Song:

CHORUS
By Fire and by Water, between the Earth and Sky
We stand like the World-Tree rooted deep, crowned high.

Come we now to the Well, the eye and the mouth of Earth,
Come we now to the Well, and silver we bring,
Come we now to the Well, the waters of rebirth,
Come we now to the Well, together we sing:

CHORUS

We will kindle a Fire, Bless all, and with harm to none,
We will kindle a Fire, and offering pour,
We will kindle a Fire, A light 'neath the Moon & Sun,
We will kindle a fire, our spirits will soar.

CHORUS

Gather we at the Tree, the root & the crown of all,
Gather we at the Tree, Below & above,
Gather we at the Tree, Together we make our call,
Gather we at the Tree, In wisdom & love.

CHORUS (with gusto)

(Words and music by Ian Corrigan ©Stonecreed Grove, ADF)
Gatekeeper
Manannán mac Lir, Lord of the ways, lord of the gates. We call on you today to aid us once more in our works today. Manannán, guard and ward us as we walk the elder ways. Take our words far and wide to all those that need to hear them. Bring back to us all that we need to hear and know. Manannán mac Lir! Accept our Sacrifice!
Now, lord of the ways, join your magic with mine. Let the well open as a gate to the worlds below. Let the fire open as a gate to the worlds above. Let the tree become the crossroads between all the worlds, open to the spirits and our voices. Let the Gates Be Open!
Outdweller
All you of the outer dark. You who are beyond the light of this works fire. You who are not aligned with our purpose on this day. We make you this offering, and ask you leave us alone. If you do so, we will pour the offering to you when the rite is over.
Ancestors
Ancestors! You who have walked this land before us. You who are part of our lineage, we offer you welcome. You who are friends and allies, we offer you welcome. You who walked this very land, we offer you welcome. Come, Join us at our fire. Ancestors, Accept our Sacrifice!
Land Spirits
Land Spirits! You who live among us. Those of fur and feather, scale and skin, we offer you welcome. Stick and stem, leaf and flower, we offer you welcome. All those seen and unseen, the fae, all of you spirits of the land, we offer you welcome. Come, Join us at our fire. Land Spirits, Accept our Sacrifice!
Shining Ones
Gods and Goddesses of Elder Days! You who each of us call our patrons and matrons, we offer you welcome. You who look over our lives and our grove, we offer you welcome. All of you, known or unknown to us, we offer you welcome. Come, Join us at our fire. Shining ones, Accept our Sacrifice!
Ratatosk
Ratatosk! You who runs up and down the world tree carrying the messages of the great eagle and wyrm. You who have adopted our grove as one of yours. We call to you and honor you as our grove's patron. Come, Join us at our fire. Oh Great Squirrley One, Ratatosk, Accept our Sacrifice!
Groundhog
Oh mighty groundhog! We call on you today and make sacrifice to you today to ask that you do all you can to not see your shadow on the second. We ask that you bring forth a quick spring, or if that is not possible, a mild end to the winter. We invite you to our fire, and ask you join us to celebrate today. Groundhog, Accept our sacrifice!
Brighid
Lady Brighid! Daughter of the Dagda. You are the matron of the forge. You aid those that work the craft of smithing. You are also the matron of the inspired arts, the poets and bards, old and new. You are the matron of the healers and all those that strive to aid the sick and ill. You are the embodiment of the tamed fire through these arts.
Brighid, you often come to us in a motherly and nurturing form. We call to you today in that aspect. We ask you aid us, and aid those in our lives that have just come into this world, and those in our lives that have been having difficult times. We call on you to also honor you and remember you for all that you have done and all that you will do.
Lady Brighid! Come to the fire! Accept our sacrifice!
Praise offerings Anyone that has offerings to the Kindred, the Groundhog, or Brighid, please, come forward and make them now.
Sacred Bull
We have here the sacred bull. As is our tradition, we sacrifice this bull and give half to the Kindred, and share the other amongst ourselves. Kindred, Accept this Sacrifice!

Omen
Runes are pulled asking what blessings we receive.
Blessing of the Waters
Ancient and Mighty ones. We have given to you and in the tradition of *Ghosti- a gift deserves a gift. Fill these waters with the omens we have just heard, and fill us with their powers as we drink the waters. Kindred, Give us the Waters! Behold, the Waters of Life!
Magical Working
Now that our praises are done, and we have received the omens and the blessings, it is time to put to rest what is left undone from last year. Last year, we stopped some of the folk from threatening the groundhog, but alas, what we did obviously did not work. We need to put to rest our anger and frustrations at the severity of the end of the winter last year. We have a pinata of a groundhog. This is the groundhog that failed us last year. Our magical working today will be taking out our frustrations, and focusing it on this groundhog. The intent of this will be to send the energy towards the groundhog this year, so that he may predict a milder or early end to the winter.
Thanksgiving
Brighid
Brighid! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Groundhog
Mighty Groundhog! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Ratatosk
Ratatosk! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Shining Ones
Shining Ones! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Land Spirits
Land Spirits! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Ancestors
Ancestors! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Gatekeeper
Manannán mac Lir! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Now, once more join your magic with mine, and aide us in closing the gates. Let the well become water. Let the fire become flame. Let the tree become a tree once more. Let the Gates be Closed
Earth Mother
Earth Mother! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you. We also return to you all that is left unused.
Outdweller
Outdwellers! You have left us worship in peace, and we will now uphold our end of the bargain and pour you your sacrifice.
Go now, Children of Earth in wisdom and peace.