Cense, aspurge, and leave the ego at the start.
Grounding and Centering – Tree meditation
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in... and out. Again, in.... and out. See yourself as a tree, with your feet being your roots, and your arms your branches. With your roots, start pushing downwards. Through the floor, through the foundation. Go into the ground, the moist dark earth. Keep going down and feel the earth move to your will. As you go down, you will find stones, and boulders, go around them as you search for the cool waters deep in the earth.
As you reach these waters, draw them up into your body. Feel the cool water climb up your roots and into your feet. Feel them fill your legs, your loins.... draw them up into your belly, your chest. Feel them fill your whole body with the energies of the deep. Feel them spill out the top of your head, the palms of your hands, and pour back onto the earth.
Now turn your attention to the sky. High above you is a star of your own, shining down on you. Reach up to the start with your branches. Grow them up into the sky. Reach up and gather the light from the star. Feel the light coming down, into your arms, into you head. Feel the light fill your body. Feel it mingle with the waters. The light of order mixing with the waters of chaos. Filling you with energy from above and below. Take a moment, and rejoice in the power.
It is now time to release the energy. Hold on to the energy you need, and release the rest. Send the light back up to the sky. Send the water back into the ground. Pull your root and branches back in. Know you can tap into these powers when you need to. Take a deep breath in... and out.... in.... and out... and when you are ready, open your eyes.
Earth Mother! You who surround and support us. As you are putting on this beautiful display of colors, and as you prepare youself for the winter, we give you honor. 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
Today, we come together to celebrate Samhain. The earth is showing signs that it is dying, the days are getting noticably shorter, the temperatures are dropping. Winter will soon be here. In this time of death all around us, it is appropriate for us to honor those that have come before us, the Ancestors and the Ancient Wise.
Lady Brighid! You are inspiration to us all. You bring to us the skills of the poets. We call on you today to join us. To inspire us. Beautiful goddess of the Irish, give us silvered tongues! May we speak what has to be said, may we please the Kindred with the words we speak. Brighid! Accept our Sacrifice!
Hallowing the Hallows - everyone
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:
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.
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)
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Morrighan! You lady of the dark. You who are known to us as the battle goddess. You help determine who wins and who loses. We see you and your ravens as you approach us. We call you not in battle but in friendship. We call you to honor you and worship you. It is said that it was this holiday that you merged with the Dagda, and helped determine the outcome of the second battle of Mag Tuired.
Morrighan! Come, Join us at our fire! Be with us as we celebrate this day of the dead. Morrighan! Accept our sacrifice!
Daghda! Good God! Great God! You who carry the club that takes life on one end and gives life on the other. You are the one with the cauldron of plenty! We call on you to join us this day to honor you and worship you as this is the day it is said you merged with the Morrighan and determined the outcome of the second battle of Mag Tuired.
Daghda! Great God!, Come, join us at our fire! Be with us as we celeberate this day! Daghda! Accept our sacrifice!
Telling of the second battle of Mag Tuired
84. The Dagda had a house in Glen Edin in the north, and he had arranged to meet a woman in Glen Edin a year from that day, near the All Hallows of the battle. The Unshin of Connacht roars to the south of it.
He saw the woman at the Unshin in Corann, washing, with one of her feet at Allod Echae (that is, Aghanagh) south of the water and the other at Lisconny north of the water. There were nine loosened tresses on her head. The Dagda spoke with her, and they united. "The Bed of the Couple" was the name of that place from that time on. (The woman mentioned here is the Morrigan.)
85. Then she told the Dagda that the Fomoire would land at Mag Ceidne, and that he should summon the aes dana of Ireland to meet her at the Ford of the Unshin, and she would go into Scetne to destroy Indech mac De Domnann, the king of the Fomoire, and would take from him the blood of his heart and the kidneys of his valor. Later she gave two handfuls of that blood to the hosts that were waiting at the Ford of the Unshin. Its name became "The Ford of Destruction" because of that destruction of the king.
86. So the aes dana did that, and they chanted spells against the Fomorian hosts.
87. This was a week before All Hallows, and they all dispersed until all the men of Ireland came together the day before All Hallows. Their number was six times thirty hundred, that is, each third consisted of twice thirty hundred.
Anyone that has offerings to the Kindred or Brighid, please, come forward and make them now.
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!
Omens 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!
Daghda! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Morrighan! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Rattatosk! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Ancestors! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Land Spirits! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
Shining Ones! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
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!
Brighid! We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.
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.
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.