Stuff required

  • Candle
  • Incense burner (and incense)
  • Container for well
  • Tarot cards
  • Bowl for offerings to ancestors / nature spirits
  • Silver for the well
  • Bowl to offer water to the tree
  • Fresh flower for Proserpine
  • Coins for the ancestors
  • Birdseed for the nature spirits
  • A loaf of bread to offer
  • Cup with water
  • Eyeglass cleaning cloth
  • Permanent marker

Initiating the rite

Two powers meditation

Purification

Proceed three times around the ritual carpet.

Honoring the Earth Mother

Prayer:

Earth Mother, you whose beauty and bounty support and heal me,

You who are constant and ever-changing,

As I come today before my altar, I worship you first.

For of you, Earth Mother, spring the undying gods

Of you, Earth Mother am I also born.

Of you, Earth Mother, is all that sustains me.

And to you, Earth Mother, I will return.

Statement of purpose

Prayer of purpose:

Earth mother, gods, ancestors and nature spirits,

I come today before my altar in ritual,

Prepared to mark the passing of time, the changing of seasons,

And the departure of Proserpine from shining Olympus,

Leaving sorrow and emptiness in her wake,

To Pluto’s realm, where my ancestors reside as her subjects,

And where she will doubtless bring great joy with her.

 

Recreating the cosmos

Silver the well, saying:

With this well, I remember the Mundus,

The Portal to the underworld.

With this well, I open a gate,

For those who have gone before me.

 

May this well, humble and small,

Become the Deep Gate,

May this well, humble and small,

Connect me to the realm of the ancestors.

 

Light the fire, saying:

Blessed Vesta, Goddess of the Hearth,

I invite you to grace my hearth with your presence.

Blessed Vesta, embodied in fire,

I ask you to bring your flame to my hearth.

 

May this flame, humble and small,

Become the Bright Gate.

May this flame, humble and small,

Connect me to the realm of the gods.

 

Offer water to the tree, saying:

Tree, rooted in Earth Mother, reaching for the sky father,

I ask your presence at my altar.

Nourished in the deep, drawing energy from above,

I ask you to honor my altar with your presence.

 

May this tree, humble and small,

Become the All-Reaching Gate

May this tree, humble and small,

Open my eyes to the realm of the nature spirits

Opening the gates

Pray to Proserpine, offering a flower as I do so.

Proserpine, you who move between the worlds,

Joy and life are attendant where you go,

Sorrow and emptiness follow in your wake.

 

Proserpine, I ask you to assist me as you have before,

You who move between realms,

Join your magic to mine and open the portals.

 

Let this well be the Deep Gate

Let this fire be the Bright Gate

Let this tree be the All-Reaching Gate

Inviting the kindred

Prayer

Ancestors,

You of the blood, who have given me this body,

You of the spirit, whose thoughts rush within it,

You of the path, who have gone before me,

Ihr dieses Ortes, die durch Leid und Leidenschaft diesen Ort erschaffen habt,

Accept my offering, hear my Prayer and join me today in this ritual.

 

Nature spirits,

You of bark and branch, rooted in our Earth Mother,

You of fur and feather, dwelling on her surface,

You of stone and stream, surrounding and supporting us,

Accept my offering, hear my prayer, and join me today in this ritual.

 

Gods above and below,

You who are born of the Earth Mother,

You who are eternal and undying,

You who shape and watch over this world,

Accept my offering, hear my prayer and join me today in this ritual.

Key offerings

Make offerings.

Prayer of sacrifice

Make a prayer, prior to making the final sacrifice of bread:

Ancestors, on this day of approach to the underworld,

I offer coins of copper, that you might at long last pay Charon’s passage.

 

Nature spirits, on this day of growing cold,

I offer nourishment, that the hard edges of winter might be softened.

 

Gods above and below, on this day of coming and going or joy and sorrow,

I offer the sweet smell of incense that sorrow might be lessened,

That joy might be magnified.

And, on this day of great import, I offer bread,

A stand-in for the flawless bulls, lambs and calves you received of old.

 

Kindred, accept my sacrifice!

 

Omen

No offerings are being held in reserve, so the omen will be a question along the lines of:

Ancestors! Have I done well with my sacrifice?

Nature spirits! Have I done well with my sacrifice?

Gods above and below! Have I done well with my sacrifice?

 

Drawing a card for each omen.

Asking for blessing

Place the blessing cup prominently, continue:

Kindreds! I ask your blessings!

I humbly ask you confer your blessings now into the waters of the blessing cup.

Kindred! I ask your blessings!

If you see fit, I ask you to bless me with those skills needed to see

the interconnectedness which surrounds me.

Kindreds, if it pleases you, I ask now for your blessings.

Hallowing the blessing

Raise the cup to the gates:

Proserpine, Ceres, Pluto.

Proserpine, Pluto, Ceres.

Gods on Olympus.

Nature spirits.

Ancestors.

Behold the waters of life!

 

Repeat, as my own congregation:

Behold the waters of life!

Affirmation of the blessing

Something along the lines of:

I drink now of the blessings offered me by the Kindred.

 

Take a moment (or two) to concentrate on the feeling of consuming blessings. Save some of the water for the workings.

Workings (if any)

I don’t know that intend to do much by way of scripting. The idea is to mark the eyeglass cleaning cloth with three dots, and to soak it in the waters of life and then hang it up to dry. Perhaps I’ll try to communicate to the kindred what I hope to accomplish.

 

Kindred, I hope to infuse your blessings in this cloth,

That the glasses it cleans may always open my eyes to the connections around me.

As I witness the pain and the joy and the life and the death

Brought forth from the connections between the deities of this ritual —

Proserpine bringing life forth from the Earth Mother,

Ceres bringing life to fruition, realizing the Earth Mother’s gifts

And Pluto returning the deceased back to the Earth Mother’s embrace —

So might these glasses make me aware of the connections

Among all the Earth Mother’s children.

 

So be it.

Thanking the kindred

Gods above and below, I thank you for for your attendance at the ritual today

I thank you for the blessings with which you have surrounded me

And for the blessings granted me today in this ritual.

 

Proserpine, arrived from Olympus, departing now for the underworld,

I am grateful for you, for the gifts you bring us,

And for your sacrifice in this wheel of our year.

 

Ceres, arrived with your daughter and departing alone,

I am grateful for you, for the gifts you bring us,

And for your sacrifice in this wheel of our year.

 

Pluto, arrived alone and returning with your beloved,

I am grateful for the service you provide,

And my heart rejoices with your gladness.

 

Nature spirits, you of the brook and of the brine,

You of meadow and of mountain, I am grateful for your attendance

At this ritual today.

 

Ancestors, you who have given me the raw material of my self,

You who continue to inspire and shape me,

I am grateful for your attendance here today.

Closing the gates

Proserpina, I thank you for your service as the gatekeeper here today.

As you return now to be with your husband, I ask that you close these gates.

 

Let this tree be no more than a tree.

Let this fire be no more than a fire.

Let this well be no more than a well.

Thanking the Earth Mother

Pretty straightforward prayer:

Earth mother, as this rite winds down,

Your support does not end.

Your beauty takes no break.

The strength, wonder and majesty with which you support and nourish me continues and endures.

Earth Mother, I thank you.

Earth Mother, I thank you.

Earth Mother, I thank you.

Closing the rite

Simply say something to close the rite.

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