2008 Mabon Ritual
MoonPath Chapter of CUUPS
Valan (the Druid)
References listed at end

Ritual Items:  
Sacred Bic 
Blessing cup
Altar decor
Oatmeal in vessel 
Large basket for donated food blessing
Branch to offer to fire
Baskets to gather pagan items (4)
Quarter palm fronds (12)
Well
Tree
Sage and charcoals
Ale and cups 
 (each quarter is responsible for dressing its altar.  We will provide
altar torches. The West and North will have the Well and tree, which
we will provide.)

Processional:  Quarter teams first, then  Sage smudger, next Bagpiper 
then Fire, Well, Tree Keeper, then Druids, will start on porch and 
proceed through memorial garden, through archway made from quarter 
folks' palmfronds.  
NOTE:  Minions make arch, smudge walks thru.  PIPER WAITS till 
smudger is ready with lit sage.



Valan:  when everyone is in big circle
As we approach the sacred grove
With heart and mind, flesh and bone,
Join us now in ways of old. 
We have come home.


Invocations to earth and sea and sky
Spel:  I am a child of the earth, the sky and the sea.
       I am your son, answer unto me.

The Keeper of the Well (KW) By the West - the "Well" is on the 
west altar. Walk  to Fire Pit, Raise "well" bowl on high 
Please hold it dramatically aloft.  (reading taped to lower bowl)

KW: In the depths flow the waters of wisdom. 
    Sacred waters flow within us. 

Folk: Sacred waters flow within us. 

KW will then asperse the firepit and the Druids from the bowl. 
Place "well" on main altar (much drumming at this time)

The Tender of the Tree( TT)  From the North - the "Tree" is by or 
on the North altar. Walk  to Fire Pit, will lift the "tree" on high 


TT: From the depths to the heights spans the world tree. 
    Sacred Tree, grow within us. 

Folk: Sacred tree, grow within us. 

TT will then lower the tree.

TT: The fire, the well, the sacred tree, 
    Flame and flow and grow in me!

TT proceeds around the fire with the little Tree and then places
it on or near the main altar. (much drumming at this time)

The Fire Tender will first say:

FT: I kindle the sacred fire in wisdom, love, and power. 
    Sacred fire burn within us. 

Folk: Sacred fire burn within us. 

FT starts the fire.

V:  Let the drums begin!   Much DRUMMING and cheering!!!!!


Spel:

In ancient times fire, man's greatest tool and nature's fiercest
weapon, defined the meeting place of the sacred and the profane,
the heart of the home and of religious ceremony. Therefore, when
we come together to celebrate the rites of our ancestors, we light
a fire. We light this fire as the center of our circle, the symbol
of the ancient ways, and as a means by which our sacrifices may be
conveyed to the realms of the gods.


Valan

O sacred fire that consumes and transforms
Ancient enemy and first-born friend of humankind.
Accept this offering of flowers
Become for us the living door to the heavens
The manifestation of the Shining Ones.
And the path of our return home. 

Valan tosses branch on fire.

Spel

O sacred bough of fragrant memory
May your sweet, rising smoke
Reach the halls of the gods.
May we pray with a good fire!


Casting the Circle

Spelcastor gets the smoldering sage. He proceeds sunwise around
the circle saying: 
 
I cast this circle with fire and smoke
Magick blessings we invoke.

When finished, return the sage to the altar.

Invoking the Quarters

(3 per team. 1 speaks, one has Bic, 1 holds branch. Later, they
are charged with passing out and juice and cups to their quarter:
sunwise. Also with collecting pagan items for the Pentacle donation.

The East quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar in
the Southwest.  The speaker remains, the other proceed to east. The
Eastern torches are lit as soon as the two arrive:  perhaps while
the speaker is speaking.

Eastern caller:  - 
Listen to the voice of the wind, small and shy, loud and joyful, 
whispering sweet secrets in your ear. We invite you, gentle breezes
and blustery gale.  Witness and bless our rite!
Hail and Welcome!  Caller goes back to the East.


The  Southern quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar
in the Southwest.  The speaker remains, the other proceed to South.
The Southern torches are lit as soon as the two arrive:  perhaps
while the speaker is speaking.

Southern caller: Listen to the voice of the fire, crackling and
laughing and warming your soul and protecting you from harm. We
invite you, crackling flames and wild bonfire.  Witness and bless
our rite!
Hail and Welcome!   Caller goes back to the South.


The West quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar in
the Southwest.  The speaker remains, the other proceed to West. The 
Westerm torches are lit as soon as the two arrive:  perhaps while
the speaker is speaking.

Western caller: Listen to the voice of the water, flowing and gentle, 
wrapping your body in its cool hands. We invite you, cool ripples
and storm-tossed seas.  Witness and bless our rite!
Hail and Welcome! Caller goes back to the West.


The North quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar in
the Southwest.  The speaker remains, the other proceed to north. The 
Northern torches are lit as soon as the two  arrive:  perhaps while
the speaker is speaking.

Northern caller

Listen to the voice of the forest, deep, low, and strong, pulsating
through out your body. We invite you, the 12 sacred trees - from
stately oak through graceful willow.  Witness and bless our rite!
Hail and Welcome! Caller goes back to the North.


Sacrifice to the Outsiders:
 
V.

Ancient and dark ones; unseen, unsightly, and unloved
We make this offering to you
You twisted and misshapen
You cold of heart and dim of mind
Take this offering and trouble not our rites.

She takes the Blessing cup and 
pours "ale" onto the earth, outside the circle 


Statement of Purpose:

Spel:

September is a month of changes. Up on the moorlands, the bracken
is turning a deep bronze, the scarlet rowanberries blaze against
a surreal blue sky. Blackberries swell into ripeness. Here in the
tropics, sugarcane stretches towards the sky, whilst strawberries
grow heavy on the vine. 

The slanting evening light tells us that autumn has come, that the
world hangs breathless in perfect balance between the hours of
darkness and those of the day. The Wheel has turned. It is the time
of the return of the dark Mother.

V.
We come to the Sacred Grove to honor the Lady of the Harvest, the 
Giver of Plenty. We, her children, give thanks for her many blessings.

Spel: 
 As our forebears did, so do we now, and so may our descendants do 
after us. Now let us keep the Old Ways. Let us honor the Powers and 
work our Magic that we may gain bounty and wealth in this season. 


Now we ask that the Offering to the Harvest Goddess be made.  
(Much drumming at this time!)

___________ gets oatmeal (Creamora?) in a vessel (provided) and 
tosses it into the fire) 

Spel:
Descend in Beauty, Arise in Might! You whose hair is the Golden Grain; 
you whose flesh is the firm sweet soil, we offer you the Seat of Honor
in our Sacred Grove. Bring to our Grove the Blessings of your bounty,
and delight.

(Takes basket of food and blesses it for the needy.)

Blessed are You, Great Mother,
Who feeds the whole world with Your goodness,
With grace, with loving kindness.
You give food to all flesh,
For Your loving kindness endures forever.
Since You nourish and sustain all living things,
And do good to all,
And provide food for all Your creatures
Whom You have created.
Blesses are You, Verdant Goddess, Who gives food to all.


V:   (Holding aloft fruit)
Blessed are we by the fruits of the union of sun and earth. Here is
the mystery and the richness of energy encased in seed. Though the
form changes, the energy of Life is eternal. 

We gather at this sacred moment when the sun has gone into seed to 
give thanks for the abundance of the season.

Harvest Circle Dance
Instructions:  We will do a Harvest Circle Dance:  Piper, Minions
and drummers, ready?  Everyone join in - with joy for a good harvest!

All chant:  
Round and round and round we go, 
Sometimes fast and sometimes slow.
Round and round and round the ring 
We dance for the Summerborn King!!

When we are tired, we move on to:


Pentacles for Pagans Section  (Piper plays during this time)


OMEN TAKING:
 Valan

The gifts of the people rise to the gods on the smoke of sacrifice.
May our prayers go clearly and without hindrance to those we have
praised  A favor requires a favor; a song another song, and a gift
given requires a gift in return. This is the law of ancient times,
alike between man and man and mankind and the gods.  We have offered
our gifts to the gods and we ask them in return for knowledge of what
tomorrow will bring. Will our lives be renewed and our Summer fruitful?

I ask then, that the youngest among us draw a Rune that we may know 
our Fate.

The youngest draws and Valan interprets a rune. If an, unfavorable 
omen is drawn, the participants are asked to meditate on the gods' 
message and consider how to respond individually.

Blessing Cup
Spel: raises the Blessing cup filled with amber juice.

Ancient and mighty ones we honor you. Having established the bond
of hospitality with the gods, what the gods have given to us we
distribute freely. Behold the drink of the gods!


All:

Behold the drink of the gods!
 

Valan:  We will pass out cups. Please wait for the toast to be made 
before drinking!

(There is much drumming at this time)

Quarter teams pass out cups and pour juice.
 

When all have a drink, 

Spel. says:

When we give, we receive and are blessed.
What we share will be shared in return.
Those we praise in joy will respond in our need.
We are kin to the gods when we drink their mead.


V & S:  Behold the drink of the gods!

All:

Behold the drink of the gods!


Spel:
Yet now is the Season of Darkening, the Time of Ripening, when the 
night and the moon call the earth to fruit. It is the time of the
tender goddess, the Maker of heroes, the Old One's Daughter. 

"Farewell, oh Sun, ever returning Light
The hidden God who ever yet remains
He who now departs to the land of Youth
Through the Gates of Death
To dwell enthroned, the judge of Gods and men, 
The horned leader of the hosts of air.
Yet, as he stands: unseen, without the Circle.


V:
So dwelleth He, within the Sacred Seed 
The seed of new-reaped grain. The seed of flesh;
Hidden in earth, the marvelous seed of the stars.
In him is Life, and Life is the Light of man,
That which was never born and never dies.

Therefore The Wise Ones Weep Not -
But Rejoice.


Spel:
May the Life of the Earth be in us. May the Strength of the Earth
be in us. May the Wisdom of the Earth be in us. 

Now the formal sacrifice is ended. We bid the gods and elements 
farewell; to go or to stay as they will. We bid our Ancestors to
watch over us and guide us on our path. 


V says:
Let the fire be flame. (gong)
Let the well be water. (gong)
Let all be as it was before. (gong)
This rite is ended. (gong)
 
Fire-keeper  extinguishes the fire with water (Big bucketful of water = 
big smoky finale.
KATRINA sings ending tune
Everybody claps and sing and hug



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References, blessings and credits to:
Gwydion Pendderwyn
Mara Freeman, Kindling the Celtic Spirit
Murray Hope, Practical Celtic Magic
M.M. Sutton, Ph.D, Druid Magic
Paul Maurice,Gleichentag
Ian Corrigan, Lughnassadh Rite
Starhawk, The Spiral Dance
Sirona Knight, Celtic traditions,
Emma Restall Orr, Spirits of the Sacred Ground
 C & J. Matthews, Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom
Any writing not attributed to the abovementioned authors is
the sole possession of Valan Evers: (c) 2008, all rights reserved.
"Borrowing" is acceptable with credits.
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