Yule 2015

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

Earth Mother! You who surround and support us. As you go deeper into your slumber through the winter, we remember you. Be you brown and gray, or covered in snow, you are a part of our lives. 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!

Bardic Inspiration

Kvasir! You are the mead of poetry. Born out of the battle between the Aesir and Vanir. Stolen by the dwarves, and once again by the giants. Oðin stole you back after spending 3 nights with a giantess and brought you back to Asgard. You inspire all of us. Come, join us. Give us silvered tongues to say what we need to say, and to speak only the truth. Kvasir, Accept our Sacrifice!

Statement of Purpose

We are here this day to celebrate Yule. Yule is the shortest day of the year, the longest night. The world around us appears dead or dying, the leaves are gone, there is snow falling. We are in a bleak time of year, but starting on Yule, the days start getting longer, the nights get shorter. In a week or two we'll really start to notice this, and it is a time to celebrate the return of the sun. As this is also the start of a new solar year, we are going to also do some oracular work to answer the questions we have.

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

Sleipnir! You beautiful steed of Oðin, son of Loki. We call on you to aide us in our works today. We ask that you open the ways for us, guide, and ward us. Take our words where they need to go, and bring back what we need to hear. Eight legged one, Sleipnir, Accept our Sacrifice!

Now, Sleipnir, 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 Spritis

Land Sprits! 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 elves and dwarves, 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!

Oðin

Oðin! One Eyed! Wanderer! We call on you to honor you on this, the shortest day of the year. You are the leader of the Wild Hunt. You go out this time of year with your hounds. You hunt those who dare be outside on these nights. We ask that you spare us from the hunt, but instead come and join us at our fire. Let us honor you, All Father, for this is your time of year. Oðin, Accept our Sacrifice!

Praise offerings

Anyone that has offerings to the Kindred or Oðin, 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!

Seidhr

Let us now call once more to the patrons of Seidhr work.

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. We call on you to aid us and guide us in our works this evening. Watch over the seer as he does his work, and assist him if he needs assistance. Come, Join us at our fire. Ancestors,

Accept our Sacrifice!

Freya

Freya! Beautiful goddess of the Vanir. You who have the cloak that can change one into a falcon, to fly where needed. You are the one that taught the Aesir the magic of the Vanir. You are the one who taught the Aesir the skills of Seidhr. We call on you tonight to honor you and your skills. We call on you to aid us and guide us in our works this evening. Watch over the seer as he does his work, and assist him if he needs assistance. Freya! Accept our Sacrifice!

Oðin

Oðin! Wanderer and One Eyed! You have traveled all the worlds, you have sat in the high seat to see all, you have sacrificed to Mirmir's well so you can know what you need to know. You gave us the runes, and you gave us the practice of Seidhr. We call on you tonight to honor you and your skills. We call on you to aid us and guide us in our works this evening. Watch over the seer as he does his work, and assist him if he needs assistance. Oðin! Accept our Sacrifice!

Trance journey to the nemeton by Robb

Once in the nemeton and all settled down, speak the following incantation. This will be lead by MJ when Robb takes the high seat.

Take the seat and travel down
Down into the Earthen Womb
Earthen womb with beating heart
Heart where lie the Ancient Tombs
Ancient Tombs with Ancient Bones
Bones of Mage, of Bard, of Priest
Priests of Old whose words relay
Relay Wisdom, E’er they speak
Speak to us through Seer’s voice
Seer’s voice, fulfill thy vow
Vow to touch the Ancient Wise
Ancient Wise, receive him(her) now!

(Words by Missy Burchfield)

Once seated and situated, Robb will describe what he sees. At this point, MJ is to call on people for questions. After each answer MJ should say:

Well has been asked,

well has been answered.

Is there another question?

Periodically MJ should ask Robb how he is doing, and be ready to stop the questions if needed.

For returning, MJ should state the following:

Seer, you have traveled far and wide.

It is now time for you to return.

Return to you body, return to this seat.

Return to us all and join us at the fire once more.

Thanksgiving

Oðin

Oðin! You have aided us in our works this evening, you have helped the seer to find the answers to the questions that were asked. For all you have done, Oðin, We Thank You.

Freya

Freya! You have aided us in our works this evening, you have helped the seer to find the answers to the questions that were asked. For all you have done, Freya, We Thank You.

Ancestors

Ancestors, you have aided us in our works this evening, you have helped the seer to find the answers to the questions that were asked. For all you have done, Ancestors, We Thank You.

Oðin

We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.

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

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.

Ancestors

We have given to you, and you have returned the favor. For all that you do for us, we say, Thank you.

Gatekeeper

Sleipnir, 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!

Kvasir

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.