Online Ritual for Lughnasadh / Lammas

I was inspired by the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse yesterday, and today after doing the initial setup for the Spirit’s Edge Lughnasadh Ritual & Salon tonight, to write a new online ritual to share with everyone. This is different than our ritual tonight, though of course there are consistent themes with the First Harvest.

So, if you’re coming tonight, you can do this ritual later and have a completely new experience! And if you’re not local to St. Louis, this gives you a way to celebrate Lammas with us!

Lammas / Lughnasadh

Lammas or Lughnasadh is one of eight modern day pagan sabbat festivals. Lammas is the First Harvest, the first of three harvest festivals. It is a Celtic harvest festival of grains. One of the mythos for this sacred time of year is that of John Barleycorn.

The bounty of nature in the fields and in our gardens belies that we have actually entered the dying season of the year. The peak of the crops in the field and the baskets of vegetables and fruits from our gardens actually means that things are transforming, they are dying. The plants we eat nourish us and their remains will become fertilizer for the Earth, fertilizer for our hopes and dreams, for our next planting season in spring. We give our gratitude for this bounty and to all of Nature.

At this time, we reap the harvest that we planted this spring. We take stock of our stores,  we prepare for the winter to come, and we begin to fertilize the Earth and our seeds for the planting season to come in spring. We can feel a subtle shift in the air as the summer begins its gentle turning towards the Autumn Equinox. The days are growing shorter, and at the Autumn Equinox, we will again be in a time of equal light and equal dark, with the nights beginning to grow even longer.

As the Sun continues to wane towards the Autumn Equinox, now is the time to partner with the energies of Lammas, combined with this Waning Full Moon / post-Total Lunar Eclipse energy, and the power of Mars to revisit, release and let go all things that are weighing down upon our soul. We free up space on our soul’s journey, making room for our next harvest. We look back in gratitude at the Work we have put in this year and honor the path we have traveled.

We may be entering the dark half of the year, yet we carry the Light, the Torch with us, within our souls. We hold that eternal light of the Sun within our Hearts and Souls, fueling our passions and providing balance, peace and Light in any darkness.

This online ritual is for your private, personal use only, and all rights are reserved. The text of this blog post / online ritual may not be copied or shared. You are of course welcome – and encouraged! – to share the link to this blog post so that others may enjoy the ritual!

Online Lughnasadh / Waning Moon Ritual

Timing:

Any time between now and the New Moon on August 11 would be the best timing to perform this ritual. We are tapping into the Waning Full Moon after the Total Lunar Eclipse yesterday. This all leads into the Partial Solar Eclipse and New Moon on August 11. We are also partnering with the energy of Mars, and our Spirit’s Edge Samhain Ritual in the fall will place a lovely end-cap on this Mars related Work. I shared many links about all of these events on my Shea Morgan Facebook page.  Annie Bones’ Celestial Forecaster is simply the best, and you may click HERE for her Facebook page. Also, here is one other astrological link.

What you will need:

  1. An image or representation of Corn
  2. A stone or a stick (may be found on the Earth, such as going for a walk / a walking meditation with the intention of finding a stick or stone for this working)
  3. An image or representation of the Moon
  4. A candle for the Corn Mother (you may use tea lights or any type of candle) 
  5. A candle for the Corn God (you may use tea lights or any type of candle) 
  6. Your journal or something to write on and a pen.
  7. Music to play for meditation or perhaps your own drum or rattle, and anything else you use during meditations such as a pillow, blanket, shawl, etc.

You are welcome to share any photos or comments about your experience on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page – all are welcome to join! Also, later we will likely offer tokens for sale from our Temple’s Lughnasadh Ritual on that same group page.

Prepare the Altar and Yourself:

Prepare the altar with the items as noted above. You may add any other seasonal items or tools that call to you.

You may wish to take an Epson &/or sea salt bath. You may wish to smudge with incense or a purifying spray.

I have written a Circle Casting and Quarter calls below. You may use these or prepare your space according to your preference.

Please note that the quarter calls below utilize the Alchemical Orientation with Fire in the East and Air in the South to create a tension or crossroads for this working. If you prefer, you may switch the orientation, making appropriate adjustments to the language.

Cast the Circle

I cast this circle in Love and Light
I cast this circle with the Gods’ Might
I cast this circle for Magick that be
in the best way possible for me.
This circle is cast. I am between the worlds.
So mote it be.

Call the Quarters/Directions

North /Earth

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the North!
Element of Earth, Divine solidifying force of all of Nature
Majestic and solid Oak, Axis of the World.
World Tree reaching into the Earth and upward to the Heavens.
I invite you to attend my circle this magickal Lammas night.
Hail and Welcome!

East/Fire

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the East!
Element of Fire, Fueling the power of all of Nature
Beautiful Alder, fire dancing in your branches.
Lighting the way so that I may see.
I invite you to attend my circle this magickal Lammas night.
Hail and Welcome!

South/Air

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the South!
Element of Air, Divine inspiration flowing through all of Nature
Wise Apple, gifting me Wisdom on my path.
Providing the sweetness of Awen through your fruit and branches
I invite you to attend my circle this magickal Lammas night.
Hail and Welcome!

West/Water

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the West!
Element of Water, Creative force flowing through all of Nature,
Elegant Willow, Whispers of the Divine shared by your branches
I invite you to attend my circle this magickal Lammas night.
Hail and Welcome!

Honor the Celestials

Oh, Glorious Moon, so full and bright
Your waning path I journey tonight
Help me gently release all that does not serve
Towards the New Moon, Solar Eclipse do I curve,
Let my working tonight be done with harm to None.
With the power of Mars, by my Will, this Work is done.
I thank and honor you for your illumination and your gifts.
I walk in balance and peace under your gaze and in your midst.
Blessed be!

Call the Detiies

Corn Mother

Oh Beautiful and Kind Corn Mother,
Hear my call!
Apron full of Corn and Nature’s bounty,
I call on you to bring forth your prosperous blessings,
Sharing them with me as I celebrate this first harvest
And help me prepare for the planting season to come.
Join my circle this magickal Lammas night.
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Corn God

Oh Wise and Winsome Corn God,
Hear my call!
Stalwart God of bravery and steadfastness,
I call on you to share your gifts of the harvest with me,
Bringing prosperity, illuminating my path with Love and Light
While you fertilize the Earth for the planting season to come.
Join my circle this magickal Lammas night.
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle.

Alignment

Hold the stone or stick from nature as you read the Ballad of John Barleycorn aloud three times (3x). Also hold it during your meditation. All of this will charge your stone or stick with the power of your working.

There were three men come from the West
Their fortunes for to try,
And these three made a solemn vow:
“John Barleycorn must die.”
They plowed, they sowed, they harrowed him in,
Threw clods upon his head,
‘Til these three men were satisfied
John Barleycorn was dead.

They let him lie for a very long time,
‘Til the rains from heaven did fall,
When little Sir John raised up his head
And so amazed them all.

They let him stand ’til Mid-Summer’s Day
When he looked both pale and wan;
Then little Sir John grew a long, long beard
And so became a man.

They hired men with their scythes so sharp
To cut him off at the knee;
They rolled him and tied him around the waist,
And served him barbarously.

They hired men with their sharp pitchforks
To pierce him to the heart,
But the loader did serve him worse than that,
For he bound him to the cart.

They wheeled him ’round and around the field
‘Til they came unto a barn,
And there they took a solemn oath
On poor John Barleycorn.

They hired men with their crab-tree sticks
To split him skin from bone,
But the miller did serve him worse than that,
For he ground him between two stones.

There’s little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl,
And there’s brandy in the glass,
And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl
Proved the strongest man at last.

The huntsman cannot hunt the fox
Nor loudly blow his horn
And the tinker cannot mend his pots
Without John Barleycorn.

Collected by Robert Burns
There was three kings into the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.

They took a plough and plough’d him down,
Put clods upon his head,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.

But the cheerful Spring came kindly on’
And show’rs began to fall;
John Barleycorn got up again,
And sore surpris’d them all.

The sultry suns of Summer came,
And he grew thick and strong:
His head weel arm’d wi pointed spears,
That no one should him wrong.

The sober Autumn enter’d mild,
When he grew wan and pale;
His bendin joints and drooping head
Show’d he began to fail.

His colour sicken’d more and more,
He faded into age;
And then his enemies began
To show their deadly rage.

They’ve taen a weapon, long and sharp,
And cut him by the knee;
They ty’d him fast upon a cart,
Like a rogue for forgerie.

They laid him down upon his back,
And cudgell’d him full sore.
They hung him up before the storm,
And turn’d him o’er and o’er.

They filled up a darksome pit
With water to the brim,
They heav’d in John Barleycorn-
There, let him sink or swim!

They laid him upon the floor,
To work him farther woe;
And still, as signs of life appear’d,
They toss’d him to and fro.

They wasted o’er a scorching flame
The marrow of his bones;
But a miller us’d him worst of all,
For he crush’d him between two atones.

And they hae taen his very hero blood
And drank it round and round;
And still the more and more they drank,
Their joy did more abound.

John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of noble enterprise;
For if you do but taste his blood,
‘Twill make your courage rise.

‘Twill make a man forget his woe;
‘Twill heighten all his joy:
‘Twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
Tho the tear were in her eye.

Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne’er fail in old Scotland!

(the above version from harvestfestivals.net; there are many variations of this common text online and in books)

Working / Meditation

Meditate on the power of the Mythos of John Barleycorn. Ponder the implications of this story and its archetypal energy on your own life and soul’s journey.

Turn on your music and/or rattle or drum. Get into a comfortable meditative position.

Hold your stone or stick, as a touchstone (or if you’re drumming you may place it in your lap or on your altar), and mentally hold the Intent to journey through the Great World Tree, down through its roots, into your inner sacred space, where you may commune with the deities or other spirits. All here happens in the best way possible or you.

From there, you could have the Intent to see which guide or deity approaches and communes with you. You may wish to meditate with the Corn Mother and Corn God and seek them out for their wisdom. You may wish to journey to commune with the Moon for further illumination.

Send energy into your stone or stick.

Journal on all you have experienced and learned.

Ground yourself as needed by sitting on the ground or placing your hands on the ground to release any excess energy.

Closing the Ritual:

At this time, you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to the Corn Mother and Corn God, the Moon and to Mars. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell.

You may perform a release of the Gods, the Celestials and the Quarters, by doing them in reverse order, using the initial “calls”, but just switching/tweaking them to “Hail and Farewell!”.

Then release the circle by saying.

I release this Circle as a symbol of my working tonight
For the highest good of all, I manifest my Intent in this Light.
So mote it be.

Place your stone or stick in a sacred place, such as on your altar. Or you may return it to the land as a gift or offering.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

Wishing you all the prosperous abundance of the First Harvest!

Blessed be! xo, Shea

Written by Shea Morgan, Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Founder & High Priestess, with Love and Magick!

Our Lammas Newsletter, where you may also click to subscribe is HERE.

copyright 2018; all rights reserved … This ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

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Midsummer Online Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Midsummer / Summer Solstice / Litha Ritual & Salon altar – June 17, 2017

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Midsummer Ritual and Salon on Sat., June 17, 2017. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater workings of our Temple.

You are welcome to “like” and follow our Temple page, where you may link to our public Midsummer event page and share photos of your ritual and your experience. You are also invited to join our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page (and from there you will have access to our private Midsummer event page) to share photos of your ritual. All are welcome to join! We will be sharing photo albums on both our Temple page and our group page of our Midsummer Ritual altar, and also photos from our Pre-Sabbat Ritual Crafting Workshop – Craft Your Own Witch’s Ladder!

This Midsummer is our second time working with the Hindu pantheon in public ritual and is our two year anniversary of offering online sabbat rituals!

Mark your calendars for our next in-person Ritual & Salon on Aug. 5 for Lammas / Lughnasadh (private event page / public event page) where we will partner with the Corn Mother and White Buffalo Calf Woman in a more shamanic ritual.  Our pre-ritual workshop will be Craft Your Own Corn Dolly – stay tuned for the workshop event pages!

About our Midsummer Ritual

During our Midsummer Ritual, we partnered with the goddess Kali & god Shiva of the Hindu pantheon. We also worked with Ganesh. Kali and Ganesh are both Guardians of our Temple, through the Temple of the Twelves Signs on the inner planes. This was the first time we worked with Kali during our public rituals.

Kali and Shiva are both powerful deities of change and transformation. They help us to recognize the role ego plays in our lives and to free us from fears, attachments and judgments. With the sun at its height at Litha, this is a great time to partner with the sun to illuminate that which is not serving us and to gently burn it away to make room for more bountiful summer growth. As the fire burns and as the light fades, so too will the fears, attachments and judgments that we choose to release.

Online Midsummer Ritual

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual. With the Summer Solstice falling on Tues., June 20, any day within a few days of that date will work.

What you will need:

  • Images or representations of Kali & Shiva *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles),
  • Petition paper, matches and a burning dish,
  • An offering for the Gods,
  • A mala (optional) *and*
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of Kali & Shiva, your candles and your petition supplies. Open your circle according to your tradition. You may wish to cast a circle or call the quarters.

Speak from the heart to call Kali into your space, or you may say:

Kali
source: kalibhakti.com/darshan/

Hail Kali!
Dark Mother Goddess of the Sacred Burning Grounds,
Divine Force of creation, preservation & destruction,
You who represent the Darkness from which everything is born,
Divine Goddess &Protector of the Universe,
Ever-caring & devoted mother,
You strike fear in the hearts of many,
With your black skin, gaunt and sunken eyes and garland of human heads,
But as those who follow you know,
You are the vehicle of creation and rebirth.
Dear Mother Kali, I revere and honor you and invite you into my circle!
Hail & Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Shiva into your space, or you may say:

Shiva
source: Maa Durga Wallpaper

Hail Shiva!
Lord of 108 Names, God of the Triumvirate with superhuman powers,
Divine Force of Destruction & Transformation,
Destroying the Universe, only to recreate it.
Creator of change for the welfare of the World,
Guru & Great Universal Teacher, bringing knowledge & wisdom!
You facilitate spiritual growth by destroying ego & illusions, helping me to see.
With your skin covered in ash, reminding me to look to the higher reality, rather than focusing on outward appearances.
You are the eternal reality, beyond measure of time.
Dear Lord Shiva, I revere and honor you and invite you into my circle!
Hail & Welcome!

Light His candle.

Meditation & the Working:

Now is the time of Litha, Midsummer and Summer Solstice. The light of the sun is at its peak. It is the perfect time for illumination and to gently burn away that which no longer serves. If you have a mala, you may wish to hold it during your meditation.

Think for a moment now… go deep into the core of your being… into the depth of your soul… be completely honest with yourself… stand completely naked before yourself… and ask yourself…

  • Are you already aware of where your ego is interfering and holding you back?
  • Do you know what attachments or illusions are impacting your life?
  • What would you like to gently burn away with the height of the Midsummer Sun?
  • Do you wish to ask Kali and Shiva to reveal these things to you? Are you truly ready to be free? Are you truly ready to receive a message which could be difficult or not what you want to hear? Are you ready to bare your soul to Kali and Shiva and ask for aide in transforming your life?
  • Or do you wish to instead ask the Summer Sun to gently illuminate that which you wish to work on in your life?

Write Your Petition

Take a few minutes to write your petition. You may petition Kali and/or Shiva, the Goddess & God, the Midsummer Sun or a power of your choosing. You may ask Kali and Shiva for aide with any interference, illusions & attachments of which you are aware and wish to release and let go. Or you may ask them to simply reveal them to you. Or you may do both.

You may wish to add at the end of this petition language to the effect of “may it be in the best way possible for me, this or something better.”

Remember when choosing to petition Kali, sometimes the truth can be difficult, and sometimes her answer may be much more challenging than you were expecting, albeit effective. Therefore, if you do wish to work with Kali, please take great care to only petition her to the level of transformation for which you are truly prepared. Do you want to know what is holding you back? Would you like her to clear the way? Or both?

Or, would you prefer instead to ask Great Spirit, the Goddess and God, in partnership with the Summer Sun, working with the power of this Summer Solstice, to gently illuminate that which you wish to work on in your life and help empower you?

Read & Burn Your Petition

You may wish to read your petition aloud, or read it aloud three times before carefully burning it.

When you are finished, you may wish to sit in meditation or contemplation and to journal.

Closing the Ritual:

At this time, you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Kali & Shiva and the Midsummer Sun. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Take your offering and make it outside somewhere in nature if you have not already done so.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

Midsummer Blessings to you and yours from the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple!

Blessed be!

This ritual was written by Lindsey Piech, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

copyright 2017; all rights reserved

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Inspiration & Magick

Art: Inspiration scifi cover art for writers

I find that inspiration and magick go hand-in-hand. Where do you find your inspiration? Here’s where I found mine this morning… I booted up the computer to an inspirational video from the gig on the big project I’m working on.

It came from the initial research I did back in January and February. It is amazing to see how things start and where they end up, how it progresses. The same can be said for any project, gig or effort in life – and for magick.

It often starts with the mundane steps. Though “mundane” or “boring” is a story we tell ourselves. You can’t make successful magick without taking the steps in the physical world to manifest it or carry it out. For example, you can do all the magickal workings for a new job that you want, yet if you never lift a finger to look a job by sending out resumes, going on interviews, etc., the the magick will not manifest.

Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan at our Temple’s 2017 Beltane Ritual

In this case, I spent six months cultivating this new gig with a former boss so he would create this awesome position to hire me – all while also doing my magickal work. He hired me as a consultant in January, which is the best of both worlds! It means I have the time to build my business and to do my spiritual work! My hours are flexible. I can work from home or from the amazing office on the 17th floor in central St. Louis County.

Then followed more mundane work… I spent days in the archives (physically and online), and I found an amazing book and researched it as well. Sure there also was some magick involved in the mundane – finding the right things, the right information/photos, getting people to help me, having it all fall into place. All of that is also magick. It may not be shock and awe magick, but it is the daily, practical magick that is reflected in all of life.

Now this brilliant video has been created out of that research by a lot of smart, creative folks, and I am so excited about it! It’s one of those things where I can’t wait to see what happens next.

This whole process is a great reminder for life, magick and for all things. Like building my coaching and shamanic healing practice, building my business, being an entrepreneur, growing our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple and our Mystery School, or starting any dream – magick first starts from the foundational work, the basics, consistent practice, doing our work in the physical world and the dedication to showing up.

Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan with Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual altar, Dec. 17, 2016

By showing up, day after day, the magick happens. Do the Great Work, the work of your soul, and carry that forward into your magick, into your life and into the work you do in the physical world.

You can have the magick when you do the work to allow it to happen. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

In Love & Magick! Blessed be!

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Spider & the Web of Community: A 2016 St. Louis Pagan Picnic Program Book Essay by Shea Morgan

The St. Louis Pagan Picnic program book supports this amazing pagan festival in our community, and I wanted to share with you the essay I donated to the 2016 Pagan Picnic book. For more info on the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s booth at this year’s Pagan Picnic, please join our Spirit’s Edge Booth at Pagan Picnic public event page.

We would love to have you join us June 3-4 at Pagan Picnic for its 25th anniversary! This year our Temple will have our first Red Tent at picnic – in an actual red tent! – courtesy of our Women’s Spirit Circle, which had its first gathering in January. Read on for the essay…

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple out & about at the 2016 St. Louis Pagan Picnic with our booth and Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan’s 5th annual workshop. This year at the 2017 Picnic in lieu of a workshop and to honor our recently launched Women’s Spirit Circle, our Temple is having its first Red Tent. … Also in this collage are pics of the St. Louis Post Dispatch feature story “Spirited Beliefs” on Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple and the Pagan Picnic. The effort to cultivate the article started in Jan. 2016 when Shea Morgan began working with the Post reporter, who attended and photographed our Imbolc Ritual, and it culminated in the feature article “Spirited Beliefs” appearing in the print edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, on the first page, top of the fold of the “B” section, taking up 3/4 of the page in addition to a “jump” page with added photos. It appeared in print in the Sunday issue, the first weekend of June 2016, during Pagan Picnic, along with an online version geared to promote Pagan Picnic, which may be found at this link. – http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/it-s-pagan-picnic-weekend-in-st-louis/article_3f5e7c81-545d-5812-8c59-7b76046697e3.html,

Fun fact! A picture of the amazing group for the 2013 Pagan Picnic Opening Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple, along with a photo of one of Shea Morgan’s workshops at Pagan Picnic, are both in the photo rotation on the St. Louis Pagan Picnic website home page! You also may join our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon Facebook group community page, where you will have access to our private event page for our Spirit’s Edge booth. All are welcome! Please “like” and follow our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Facebook page as well. Here is the essay…

Spider & the Web of Community, June 2016
By Shea Morgan, High Priestess, Minister, Founder of Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

The theme of this year’s Pagan Picnic is “community connections” – a beautiful representation of what brings us all here together, year after year. It is reflective of the amazing opportunity that Pagan Picnic provides us to further the threads of our community, to build and grow our connections to one another.

Spider Weaver Goddess, Anne Boulet

Community is all about connection. By being here today, by reading this program, by sharing in this event, you are creating that connection. You are furthering this space of community for yourself, for all of us, and for all those who will follow. As Ted Andrews writes in Animal Speak, “Spider reminds us that the world is woven around us. We are the keepers and the writers of our own destiny, weaving it like a web by our thoughts, feelings and actions.”

As a community of spirit-filled beings, we hold the sacred flame, lighting the torch in the darkness and shining it on the path yet to be forged. The thread yet to be woven. Though we are each on our own separate journey in this lifetime and responsible for our own paths, paradoxically, we are all part of the One. Therein lies the Mystery. Separate, yet one.

At the 2016 Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Mabon Ritual, our community added purple ribbons, love and blessings to the “Cauldron of Community” to foster a beautiful and harmonious greater pagan community filled with love, as a follow up to the 2016 Pagan Picnic Opening Ritual.

Each thread we weave impacts the web for us all. Together we create the web of community, creation and of life. We can fill our being with Spirit, fill our essence with light and share that flame with others, helping to spark their torch in the darkness.

They, like us, are the keepers of their own flame, responsible for their own light, and can further choose to stoke that fire or flame to share their light with others as well. How do you spark your flame? How do you share your light? What words do you choose? What story do you create? What threads do you weave?

One touch is sometimes all it takes. Not a physical touch, rather it is reaching out to someone else, listening, endeavoring to seek understanding. Walking around Pagan Picnic, connecting with others, listening to each other, sharing with each other. A kind word. An answered question. A friendly smile. Endeavoring to understand each other’s thoughts and perspectives. Accepting and honoring each other and our respective paths and journeys. Not attaching to our own story, our own creation, but also honoring the creations of others around us.

Our word creates our universe. It is appropriate that “Spider is the guardian of the ancient languages and alphabets” (Ted Andrews, Animal Speak). One touch, one word on the web, and that one moment of creation reverberates throughout the web. Its vibration spreads. The fire of Spirit is ignited and begins to spark the flame for others. We share that vibration with all those around us, all those connected to us on the cosmic web, the web of universal life.

At the 2016 Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Mabon Ritual, our community added purple ribbons, love and blessings to the “Cauldron of Community” to foster a beautiful and harmonious greater pagan community filled with love, as a follow up to the 2016 Pagan Picnic Opening Ritual.

The Web of Life. The Weaver and the Web. The Great Goddess spins and weaves the threads of creation. Old hymnals and verses also reference the idea of the Singer and the Song as part of creation, the word of the Great God creates and sings along those threads. Yet they are also our threads, and our words, our songs – that of the divine, the Goddess and God within us.

They are also the songs we share as community on this web, whether we come together in celebration in ritual, sing in our cars spreading joy to others as they see our laughter, or come together for song in the Bardic Circle at Pagan Picnic.

The divine creates, as do we. We are creators in our own lives. We weave our own threads, just as the Great Spirit, the Divine Creator, the Great Weaver, the Spider Goddess weaves the web of all creation. We are the Welsh Goddess Arianrhod, spinning the silver threads of the universe on her Great Silver Wheel. We are the Greek Spider Goddess Arachne, weaving for eternity. We are the Native American Grandmother Spider, bringer of fire, wrapping us in her woven blanket of love by the communal fire. We are the Moirai, the three sisters, the Three Fates of Greek lore – Clotho spinning the thread of life, Lachesis measuring the thread of life and Atropos cutting the thread of life at death.

We create, measure and cut the threads in our own lives. We seek to spin webs of harmony, peace and love and endeavor to remove threads of harm. We first do the work within ourselves. We review and re-weave the web of our own lives, creating our story anew. As we make those inner changes, cutting the threads that no longer serve us and spinning the threads of new blessings and connections, our inner change in turn manifests outside of us. It changes the fabric of the great web itself. We send ripples throughout the web to share with others. We illuminate the threads so that others may follow.

Picture from Spring 2017 after our purple ribbons were added, as well as more ribbons added by others in the Greater St. Louis pagan community. … At the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple 2016 Mabon Ritual, our community added purple ribbons, love and blessings to the “Cauldron of Community” to foster a beautiful and harmonious greater pagan community filled with love, as a follow up to the 2016 Pagan Picnic Opening Ritual.

We are the weaver, and we are the web. This is reflected in a beautiful and powerful chant by Shekinah Mountainwater… “We are the flow. We are the ebb. We are the weaver. We are the web.” We weave the most beautiful tapestry. Each unique, beautiful color, each flaw and imperfection, each word creating the rich tapestry of our lives, our community, our world and the universe. Not just in the present, but also in the past and future, as we connect with the helping compassionate spirits, our guides and ancestors through time – as all times are one time and all places are one place.

If you look with the eye that does not see, the eye within, your vision eyes, you can see the lights of the universe, of universal life energy pulsing along the Web of Life. You can see the lights strung in the most beautiful and fiery pattern, as if the stars themselves were pulses of light and energy on this web.

One of my most beautiful visions of this web came on a spiritual pilgrimage to Glastonbury in 2011 in the Chalice Well Gardens, which I wrote about in the anthology book The Waters and Fires of Avalon. Here is an excerpt of my journey.

Spider has a prominent place on our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple altars, such as this one from Ostara 2017. We call on Spider as part of our call to the Great Spirit, lighting the candle in our Cauldron of Spirit.

On the last night of our Glastonbury pilgrimage, we stood surrounding the Chalice Well, connecting with the Witches, Mages and Shamans that stood in that place before. Our web of connection spreading out to the present, the past and the future. We opened up a vortex within the Well, connecting with the ley lines. The ley lines themselves appear and act as a web of energy crisscrossing the Earth.

I dropped into the Underworld, and the woman in red approached me. She handed me a scroll. Phoenix was on an altar behind her, in its colors of brick red, royal blue and temple gold. The Phoenix merged within me; I had invoked the Phoenix. Its wings shot out of my arms, and its head through my head. We merged with the energy of the four fixed astrological signs in the middle of the vortex, creating a web of color and light.

I saw and felt the Phoenix spread its wings around the Earth, and in that moment I saw the fiery web around the Earth of all the connections. I could see the lights, the pulsing energy and the fiery synapses of thoughts, words and the song of creation along that web. My Matron, the Morrighan took my hand, and in my vision I said, “May there always be peace between us.”

May there always be peace between us. This is a significant statement of connection, of community. No matter our individual paths, our group paths, our community threads, it is a critical foundation to building a beautiful web of community on this path, in all paths and anywhere we go in life. Honoring and respecting each other on our own unique paths. Creating and weaving love and peace.

Some of the folks who attended our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Paint Your Own Gourd Rattle – before our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Beltane Ritual, April 22, 2017

Sometimes spiders build communal webs. Sometimes spiders build individual webs. Some webs are simple, some are elaborate. Some spiders do not even build webs. And that’s o.k. Some threads are sticky, some are slick. Some are dry, some are wet. Some are thick, some are thin. Each type of thread serves an important purpose. It takes all types of threads. It takes all types of webs.

All threads and all webs ultimately connect to each other. All is separate, and all is one. It takes all of our unique ways of being to weave and create this beautiful tapestry of life. The more we are aware of the connection between us, between our own personal webs, and those of our own spiritual families, traditions and temples, and the greater world around us, the more successfully we can build our community – together.

Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan at our Temple’s 2017 Beltane Ritual

All it takes is one touch to make a connection. A touch of understanding. A touch with compassion. A touch with love. A community of peace. This place of community where all is one and all is possible. May there always be peace between us. Blessed be.

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Please be sure to buy a program at this year’s Pagan Picnic when you attend to help support Picnic, which is on June 3-4! Look forward to seeing you at Picnic!

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Beltane Online Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Beltane Ritual & Salon Altar with Mayan deities Ix Chel & Kinnich Ahau, both Guardians of our Temple, April 22, 2017

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Beltane Ritual and Salon on Sat., April 22, 2017. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater workings of our Temple.

About our Beltane Ritual

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our Beltane Ritual and who helped make it such a special celebration! We look forward to having our online friends join us now in Spirit!

The photos are up on our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple page Beltane album HERE and in our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon FB group page Beltane album HERE (just click and ask to join – all are welcome!).  You may also check out the fun pictures from our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Paint Your Own Gourd Rattle – HERE and HERE, respectively.

Ix Chel by Susan Boulet

It was such an incredible and magickal evening of community and Spirit at our Temple’s Beltane Ritual! A powerful working with the Mayan Goddess Ix Chel and the Mayan God Kinnich Ahau, both Guardians of the Temple of the Twelve Signs on the Inner Planes and Guardians of our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple & Tradition.

Ix Chel is a Mayan Goddess of fertility,  water, the moon, medicine, healing, sexuality, fertility, women’s reproductive system, protecting women in pregnancy and childbirth, weaving and magick.

Kinnich Ahau, Mayan Sun God

Kinnich Ahau is the Mayan Sun God. In one aspect, he is Lord of the Underworld as the Jaguar Lord, or Ahau-Kin.

Ix Chel gave birth to four Jaguar Gods with Kinnich Ahau.  They are the jaguar gods, the B’alams, named for the Four Directions. It is said that each one is responsible for holding up his corner of the earth.

There was a lot of information shared by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan in our in-person Salon discussion on Ix Chel, Kinnich Ahau, the Jaguar Gods and the Mayan Fire Ceremony.

Kinnich Ahua, The Jaguar Sun God, God of the Underworld, Mayan Sun God

There is a wealth of information available online, but Shea would like to point you to a blog post that had a great rendition of Ix Chel & Kinnich Ahau’s mythos together and highly recommends you read it.

Our Beltane Ritual was a ritual of love, joy, passion and zest for life! It was followed by a fun and festive time of fellowship and feasting!

Our Temple’s Beltane Fire! For our Mayan Fire Ceremony … Beltane, Beltane, Beltane! See links to FB albums for video of the flames!

The fire was fabulous and was quite present in the ritual. We have some amazing video of it as well in the photo albums, along with more photos of course. As we chanted “Beltane, Beltane, Beltane”, the flames kept getting higher! So appropriate for the idea of a Mayan fire ceremony! If you scry into the flames, you can see images – Jaguar, the God and Goddess, and more!

Love and gratitude! Blessed be!

Keep scrolling for your online ritual!…

Some of the crew who attended our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop, Paint Your Own Gourd Rattle! So fun & festive – and look at the pretties they made! Blessed be!

Online Beltane Ritual

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual.

Beltane is traditionally celebrated on May 1st so performing your ritual anytime during the first few days of May would be fitting.

 

What you will need:

  • Images or representations of Ix Chel & Kinich Ahau *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
  • A small piece of petition paper, a length of ribbon to tie it and a pen *and*
  • If you wish to work with herbs like we did during the Temple ritual, a charm bag (or a square of cloth that you can tie (in which case an extra tie/ribbon too), a bowl, a spoon and a portion of herbs appropriate to Beltane, Love and this work of passion. We worked with Violet, Jasmine, Lavender & Rose, but you may choose what you have on hand (if you’re a kitchen Witch, you surely have cinnamon, vanilla, basil, and more in the kitchen cabinet too for substitution as needed! Or you may go outside and pick Violets which are blooming now at least in the Midwest in the U.S.) *and*
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:
Prepare your altar space with your images of Ix Chel and Kinich Ahau and your two candles. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call Ix Chel into your space, or you may say:

Call to Ix Chel
Hail Ix Chel! Maiden of Moon and Grandmother Maya
Oh Jaguar Goddess, Lady of Healing and Mother of Birth
Fertility or storms, she carries it first
Keeper of water and sacred powers
Her serpent heals all in her bower
Herbs and medicine and gifts of plenty
She brings to us, her loves are many
Healing, beauty, joy and power
Come to us in this magick hour
Now she comes, four Jaguars, defenders of night.
Lend your magick to ours in this sacred rite.
Hail & Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Kinich Ahau into your space, or you may say:

Call to Kinich Ahau
Hail Kinich Ahau!
Great God of the Mayans,
Sun God with your Golden Vessel o’er the jungle skies,
Oh virile and passionate God, we call on you tonight!
Impregnate our lives with your sweet nectar,
that the fruit of the Gods may bear forth into manifestation in our lives
Fill our lives with joyful and passionate ecstasy of the divine
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle.

Turning of the Wheel

To be read aloud…

Now we Turn the Wheel of the Year with the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente. … Listen to the words of the Great Mother, she who of old was called among men, IxChel…
Artemis,
Astarte,
Athene,
Dione,
Melusine,
Aphrodite
Cerridwen
Dana
Arianrhod
Isis
Brid
And by many other names.
Whenever ye have need of anything,
And better it be when the Moon is full,
Once in the month then shall ye assemble in some secret place
And adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all witches.
There shall ye assemble,
Ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets
To these will I teach things that are yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery
And as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites;
and ye shall dance,
sing,
feast,
make music and love,
all in my praise.
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine also is joy on earth;
for my law is love unto all beings
Keep pure your highest ideal;
strive ever towards it;
let naught stop you or turn you aside.
For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth
and mine is the cup of the wine of life,
the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality
I am the Gracious Goddess,
who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;
and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom,
and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand sacrifice;
for behold, I am the Mother of all living,
and my love is poured out upon the Earth.
Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess;
she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven and whose body encircles the universe.
I am the beauty of the green Earth
and the white Moon among the stars
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man.
I am the call unto thy soul
Arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of Nature, who gives life to the universe.
From me all things proceed
and unto me all things must return;
and before my face, beloved of Gods and of men,
let thine innermost self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth;
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
And therefore let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion,
Honour and humility,
Mirth and reverence within you.
And ye who think to seek for me,
Know thy seeking and yearning shall avail ye not,
Unless ye know the mystery.
If that which ye seek, ye find not within,
Then ye shall never find it without.
For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning
And I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Working:
You may wish to adapt the following if you are not working with herbs or working with different herbs.

To be read aloud…

Passion. Now I unite four herbs to fuel and feast on the passions in my life. I now call on the herbs of…
Violet …
of Lavender,
of Jasmine and
of Rose
to lend their passion and delight to mine to grow, fuel, nourish and enflame my passions and joy in and for life.

(Add each herb to your bowl one at a time and gently stir in any intentions you may have.)

I seek my heart’s desire, my soul’s purpose. I tend that sacred flame and garden of passion. I light the flame and water the garden of passion within my heart. I stoke the flame of my soul.

Write Your Petition

Next, sit in meditation and contemplation on your heart’s desire and soul’s purpose. When you feel ready, write your petition of the love and passions you seek to grow in your life. You are weaving a spell of love, bringing in and waking into your life, that which you seek, for the highest good, harming none.

When you are finished, read your petition to yourself, three times, focus within yourself, draw on all of your passion within, united with the divine, to lend your Intent and make this Act of Power tonight with yourself.

Then, roll your petition into a scroll and tie it with the ribbon. If you are working with herbs, spoon them into your charm bag and then add your petition scroll before tying it off. Then hold your charm in your receptive hand and using your projective hand, seal and charge your charm with intention.

Ponder and journal on…
• Your heart’s desire and soul’s purpose…
• What mundane work you can do to support your petition…
• What does this time of Beltane mean to you?

Closing the Ritual:

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Ix Chel & Kinich Ahau. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Place your charm/petition on your altar or in a special place where you’ll see it often and be reminded of your work.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

May blessings come to you and yours this Beltane! Beltane, Beltane, Beltane! Blessed be!

Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech & Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan at our Temple’s Beltane Ritual, April 22, 2017

Our Temple’s Beltane ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan and this online ritual was complied and adapted for our online community from Shea’s ritual by Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech, with the “About Our Beltane Ritual” section above added by Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved.

It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

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Online Ostara / Spring Equinox Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Ostara / Spring Equinox Altar – March 25, 2017

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Ostara / Spring Equinox Ritual and Salon on Sat., March 25, 2017. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater workings of our Temple.

Everyone is also welcome to join our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page and “like” and follow us on our Temple’s Facebook page, where you can see all of the pictures, discussions and also easily access our event pages. All are welcome to join!

The day of our Ostara ritual, we held our second ever Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Craft Your Own Spear of Destiny before the ritual, where those attending crafted their own “Spear of Destiny” also known as a wand or staff. A Spear of Destiny directs your True Will and is one of the Hallows. It was such fun! The quiet and relaxing setting was perfect for our afternoon workshop and the gorgeous and large space was perfect for our rituals and community fellowship afterwards. There was sunshine followed by a gentle spring rain before the air cooled a little into a gorgeous spring evening!

Some of the folks who attended our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Craft your Own Spear of Destiny – before our Ostara Ritual & Salon

About our Ostara Ritual

Ostara is a time of rebirth and renewal. We held our ritual during the Dark of the Moon. The New Moon in Aries is Mon., March 27, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. Timing your own personal ritual with the New Moon would be lovely, or today, Sunday, as Sundays are great for new beginnings, prosperity and success. Aries is also the beginning of the cycle – the first sign of the Zodiac on the Zodiacal Wheel of the Year.

Our ritual is a Ritual of Balance where we journeyed to the Crossroads of the Elements. We partnered with Frigga as the Goddess of Earth; Freya as the Goddess of Fire; Odin as the God of Air; and Frey as the God of Water. Freya and Odin are Guardians in the Temple of the Twelve Signs, Guardians of the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple and Tradition.

Spear of Destiny crafted by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan

We worked with the alchemical orientation of the elements, with Fire in the East and Air in the South. Also, the Spear of Destiny/ wand/staff in our working is associated with Fire.

The calls in this pared down online ritual will give you a good idea of who these gods are. The Norse Gods are not to be trifled with. They are strong and stalwart. With their own spears and staffs, they have the power to lend their Will to your Will – the power of their spears/staffs to your Spear of Destiny/wand/staff. And also the power to poke you in your arse with their spears/staffs if you are not fulfilling your own destiny and following your true will and do not do your own work on the physical plane to support your magickal workings and requests! 😉

We called to the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, particularly focusing on three of the worlds corresponding to the Three Worlds. We worked with the great tree Yggdrasil as our journey vehicle.

Pysanky Eggs donated by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, handcrafted and hand-painted in the Ukraine with love and magick

Each ritual attendee received a token of our ritual – a Pysanky egg donated by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan and charged with the energy of our working. They were handcrafted/painted in the Ukraine. Eggs represent fertility and rebirth and also the three layers reflect the three cycles of life – death, life and rebirth – and also the three phases of womanhood or of the Goddess – maiden, mother, and crone. The Pysanky eggs were handed down, and still are, for blessings, prosperity, luck, protection, and were often placed in a bowl within the home – and quite simply, they are a bowl of happy!

Frigga is the matriarch of the Norse Gods, ruling the pantheon behind the scenes as a strong matriarch of the household would do. Freya is a Goddess of Love and War, and also of healing and prosperity. She is associated with cats. Odin is a father God, intellectual, strong, wise, father of the Runes. He has two ravens – one on each shoulder.  Frey is a God of Love, Peace, Prosperity and Fertility, associated with both water/the rains and the Sun.

Together they are a formidable group of Gods, and we were honored to have them in our presence and to bless our working! And they in turn had a grand time! So say we all!

Online Ostara Ritual

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual. The New Moon in Aries is Mon., March 27, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. Timing your own personal ritual with the New Moon would be lovely, or today on the New Moon Eve, Sunday, as Sundays are great for new beginnings, prosperity and success. Aries is also the beginning of the cycle – the first sign of the Zodiac on the Zodiacal Wheel of the Year.

What you will need:

  • Images or representations of Frigga, Freya, Odin and Frey *and*
  • a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
  • An image of an egg, or an actual egg. You may wish to boil an egg and use it for this working. Then after the working, you may either consume the egg to bring its blessings within you, or offer the egg to the Earth/land. Or you may do both, so that you may still retain an image or other egg symbol or other magickal token (if you prefer) as a symbol or token of the working. … On our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page, we will offer the hand-painted Ukranian Pysanky wooden eggs for sale, charged from the power of our in-person ritual if you would like as well. You may then transfer the “charge” of your own personal working from your symbol to that egg later.
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of the four Gods and your four candles. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call to Frigga, Goddess of Earth into your space, or you may say:

Hail Frigga! Goddess of the Earth!
Mother to Balder! Blessed Mother to all! Queen of Asgard!
Come to us with the stability and balance of the Earth
Stand with us, stalwart, bringing strength to our working tonight
Bring to us the prosperous abundance we seek,
Fill our lives with the blooming abundance of your womb,
Plant your staff within the Earth, releasing its bounty into our lives,
Great Wife of Odin! Mother of the Gods!
Oh ye who is spinner of fates and giver of life and death,
Great Frigga, look with favor upon us
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Odin, God of the Air, into your space, or you may say:

Hail Odin! Grey-Cloaked Wanderer! Father of the Runes,
Oh Great Giver of Gifts, we ask you for the gift of communication,
Come to us with the inspiration and creative force of Air
Ride with us on the winds, your power flying to our working tonight
Bring us the sweet blessings of Air riding on the tip of your spear,
Charging and filling our own Spears of Destiny with its power.
Lend your power to ours as we turn the sacred wheel at Ostara
Bless us with healing, clear sight and the power to transform our lives with our Will
As we walk our path within the worlds of the great tree and seek to grow in our lives,
Help us find our balance between all worlds,
Come to us now and be with us here,
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and welcome!

Light His candle.

Speak from the heart to call to Freya, Goddess of Fire, into your space, or you may say:

Hail Freya! Goddess of Healing, Love and Fertility!
Yet also, Great Goddess of War!
Warrior, lover and healer as one.
Two halves of the whole – complete, one. In balance.
Come to us with the passion and the energy of Fire
Energize us with the flame of your spirit,
Gift us the eternal flame of your staff,
Let it fill and charge our own Spears of Destiny
And lend its brightness and power to our working tonight.
Lend your power to ours as we turn the sacred wheel at Ostara
Bless us with healing and balance as we grow anew on our path
That we may be in balance with our higher selves,
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Frey, God of Water, into your space, or you may say:

Frey, Norse God

Hail Frey! God of love and lust! God of the folk! God of the worlds!
Rider of Boar and master of the might of the wild stallion!
Oh ye who bring prosperity, fertility and peace to all who seek it
Brother of Freya! God of the Waters!
Come to us with the gentle rain, the gentle yet flowing force of Water
And just as you bring the Spring Rains, we ask you to aid the power of creation to flow with us through this working tonight,
Help us align with the rhythm of the waves of our soul and of creation
Gently bring to us the cleansing waters, the bounty of Water,
Let the tip of your sword, the sword of creation, charge our own Spears of Destiny with its might,
Let our souls feel the love within your heart.
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle.

Alignment

To be read aloud…

We turn the wheel at Ostara, bringing in the healing light of the Sun to cleanse, balance and center ourselves – mind, body and spirit. We begin our growth anew, and we transform our lives through our will, in balance with our True Will, taking root in the blessings of the fertile Earth. We stand refreshed in the gentle Spring rains.

We reach out to turn the wheel of life today and accept the Blessings and Balance of Spring with gratitude. We honor and thank the Lady Ostara, whose messengers of Spring are all around us.

We honor and thank Frigga of the Earth, Odin of the Air, Freya of Fire and Frey of Water for balance in our life, for their blessings tonight and for all of the blessings on our journey. Blessed be.

Meditation & the Working:

You may wish to meditate with Frigga, Odin, Freya and Frey. You may use one of the candles, watching it grow bigger in your mind’s eye. And as the light grows, enter the light and journey where it takes you. You may wish to meditate first with one of the four, using their candle, and then the others. Or you may wish to see which one of the four candles – the four elements – calls to you.

Meditating on the elements and your balance with the elements and journaling on that is also recommended. You may also hold the intention to journey through the Great World Tree, through Yggdrasil, to the Lower World/Underworld, with the intention of finding the pathway from your inner sacred space to the Crossroads of the Elements. From there, see which elemental guide or deity approaches and communes with you.

Ponder and journal on…

  • With the Spring’s arrival, what do you wish to grow in your life? What rebirth do you seek? What blessings do you wish to flourish?
  • What does this time of Ostara mean to you?
  • How do the Norse Gods and their energy call to you or resonate with you?
  • How are you in balance with the four elements? Do you have too much of one and not enough of the other? How might you work with the other elements to compensate or balance the element that you have too much of? How might you add more of one element in your life if you do not have enough of it?

Take your egg or symbol, and hold it in your hands. Now is the time to build power and charge your egg. You will charge it with the energy of your working, the messages you received, the power of the Norse Gods, the power of your true Will and the energy as you read this chant. It does not have a tune – simply saying the words or calling them out over and over until you feel the power has built is perfect. Shea wrote this simple chant, and we built a great deal of power working with it – you can too!

Earth and Air,
Fire and Water,
Spring is here,
Spring has sprung!

Closing the Ritual:

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to the Norse Gods. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Either consume your egg if you worked with a hard-boiled egg, or place your egg/symbol/token in a sacred place, such as on your altar or make it a part of your home shrine (shrine to the spirits of the place, the home, the land).

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

Wishing you all of the flourishing blessings and prosperous abundance of Spring! Hail to

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan

Frigga! Hail to Odin! Hail to Freya! Hail to Frey! Blessings to and of the Norse Gods! Blessed be!

Written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, with Love and Magick!

copyright 2017; all rights reserved … This ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

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Online Imbolc Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Imbolc Ritual and Salon on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater workings of our Temple. This online ritual was shared the day after our ritual on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page as a file. (All are welcome to join!)

The day of our Imbolc ritual was special for two reasons. First, prior to the ritual we held our first Pre-Ritual Sabbat Workshop where participants created their own St. Brighid’s crosses. It was such fun! And second, although we were there once to before to try it out, Imbolc was our first official event in our new ritual space at the Hearth Room in Webster Groves. The quiet and relaxing setting was perfect for our afternoon workshop and the gorgeous and large space was perfect for our rituals and community fellowship afterwards.

About our Imbolc Ritual

In the Celtic seasonal calendar, Imbolc marks the beginning of the lambing season and the very first itsy bitsy stirrings of spring. The light begins its return at Winter Solstice, and now is a flame which will continue to grow. Imbolc is one of the four major fire festivals—which at first seem strange falling in what seems like the dead of winter. But one of the translations of the word Imbolc means “in the belly,” which for witches can also mean “in the belly of the mother.”

When we say Imbolc marks the first stirrings of spring, we’re not talking about easily visible changes. The changes are smaller and more subtle and happen largely within. Think of the first months of pregnancy—the woman’s belly is barely visible, if visible at all. It is a mysterious time of growth where the changes taking place are largely hidden. Likewise with people, many of us take quiet time and go within and make subtle changes. In agrarian societies the life and death struggle of winter was very daunting and very real. Not everyone made it.

The subtle changes at Imbolc gave the people a little lift and hope that better times were coming. In Ireland, peak calving season begins at the end of January and the to the people, it wasn’t just about the babies, it was about the milk and cheese curds which meant the difference between life and death when food stocks were low. At the heart of the message of Imbolc is, “hold on, there is hope.”

To partner with the energies of Imbolc and the season, we worked with Quan Yin and Hotel (also known as Happy Buddha). Quan Yin, Goddess of mercy, healing and compassion helped us to look within ourselves to uncover our own inner beauty, self worth and strength, while gently healing that within us which needed to be healed. Hotei, known for the joy, laughter and prosperity he brings, helped us to examine our own lives and consider the new blessings we wished to seek and also how we could be content with the blessings already present in our lives. Especially fitting and significant was how our Imbolc ritual just happened to fall on the first Day of the Chinese New Year!

Online Imbolc Ritual

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual. With Brigid’s Feast Day falling on February 1st and the traditional timing for Imbolc falling on February 1st or 2nd, performing your ritual anytime during the first few days of February would be fitting.

What you will need:

Images or representations of Quan Yin and Hotei *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*

Separate offerings for Quan Yin and Hotei that you may place outside in nature after the ritual, such as incense, rice, flowers, sweets, fruit, etc., *and*

A glass of water and several water-safe crystals for the purposes of healing, love, compassion, blessings, prosperity, luck, etc. (We used rose quartz, golden healer’s quartz and amethyst as chosen by Quan Yin during the writing of the ritual.) *and*

A mala (optional) *and*

Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of Quan Yin and Hotei and your two candles. Place the crystals in the glass of water. *Do your research and be certain the crystals you have chosen are safe for consumable crystal water.* Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call Quan Yin into your space, or you may say:

Call to Quan Yin

Hail Quan Yin! Mother of one thousand faces, one thousand eyes and one thousand arms!
Merciful Goddess of Compassion & Self-Love! Mother of all Buddhas!
Your heart, the true center of mercy, compassion and well-being, you are Love in Goddess form,
Goddess of Women and Protectress of Children,
Guardian of the suffering and the souls of the Underworld!
Dear Quan Yin, barefoot in your flowing white robes, image of infinite grace and loveliness,
Encouraging me to unfold our own hearts to reveal the infinite beauty inside,
Shining your light over me revealing my own inner strength,
Empowering me and guiding my mind and heart to a place of deep inner peace,
Awakening my ability to feel true compassion,
Deepening my sense of unconditional love, both for myself and for others.
Compassionate, loving and merciful, Quan Yin,
I honor you and welcome you and your loving presence into my circle tonight!
Hail & Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Hotei into your space, or you may say:

Call to Hotei

Hail Hotei, Budai, Pu-Tai, Maitreya (my-tray-uh), ultimate awakened and enlightened one!
One of the Shichi Fukujin (she-chee foo-coo-gin)—the Seven Spirit’s of Good Luck!
The loving, friendly and generous Laughing Buddha,
Patron of fortune tellers and diviners, generous granter of wishes,
Bestower of contentment, prosperity, happiness and all we need to thrive.
Dear loving and joyful Budai,
Teaching me to focus on the journey before me rather than the past or the destination.
Teaching me to recognize the beauty all around me and seek joy from within,
Teaching me that with laughter, I will triumph over all hardships which come my way,
Teaching me that with effort, I can attain joy, peace, love, happiness, hope and prosperity, within the boundaries of my life,
Teaching me to smile more broadly, laugh more loudly, appreciate more fully and love more deeply.
Joyous, loving and wise Hotei,
I honor you and welcome you and your auspicious presence into my circle tonight!
Hail & Welcome!

Light His candle.

Alignment

To be read aloud…Now is the time of Imbolc. The light is gradually growing and Earth gradually warming. Small and subtle, yet powerful changes are occurring within the cauldron of the Mother. And so too now, as I turn the wheel of the year, I go within, to create small and subtle, yet powerful changes within myself.

Meditation & the Working:

You may wish to meditate with Quan Yin and Hotei or to perform your own meditation. You may use one of the candles, watching it grow bigger in your mind’s eye. And as the light grows in this New Year; enter the light and journey where it takes you. You may wish to meditate first with Quan Yin using her candle and then with Hotei using his candle. Go deep within and find the places which need the love, compassion and healing of Quan Yin. Consider carefully what you’d like to ask of Hotei. Consider what you have to give in order to receive, how a change in perspective could change your life and how laughter can heal your soul. Will you ask him for tangible blessings or to help you be more content with what you have? If you are working with a statue of Hotei, you may rub his belly to seal your wish, or simply send him your love and gratitude.

Ponder and journal on…

  • With the growing Sun, what do you wish to heal within yourself and what blessings do you wish to grow?
  • What do you have to give in order to receive?
  • What does this time of Imbolc mean to you?

Then, sit in meditation and work the mantra, “Om Mani Padme Hum.” You may use a mala to count your repetitions or simply work with it until you feel the work is done and it feels right to end. This mantra is a popular Buddhist mantra, often associated with healing and Quan Yin, used to see the beauty within, to end suffering and ease the cause of the suffering. As you work, open your heart to Quan Yin and invite her to imbue the healing crystal water with her blessings.

When you are finished, mindfully take in a few sips of the healing crystal water (be mindful of the crystals) and feel the blessings and healing of Quan Yin wash over you and through you. You may choose to consume the entire glass during the ritual or you may choose to remove the crystals and preserve a portion of the water for future use. (I preserved mine with my favorite vodka—1/3 vodka to 2/3 healing water, bottled in a glass jar.) Later, when you wish to feel the healing support and compassion of Quan Yin, you may place a few drops under your tongue, add a few drops to a drink or even add a few drops to your chalice during ritual work.

Closing the Ritual:

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Quan Yin and Hotei. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Take your offering and make it outside somewhere in nature if you have not already done so.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

May blessings come to you and yours this Imbolc! Blessed be!

copyright 2017; all rights reserved

This ritual was written by Lindsey Piech, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

 

 

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