Mabon Blessings

Happy Mabon! May the blessings of the harvest be plentiful for all as we prepare for the cold and dark of Winter. As I have said before, today, I’ll be having a Mabon ritual with Mark and Morgan after school:

Mabon 2011

Materials:

Sage smudge stick

Athame/ Wand

Candles: (1 red, 1 green, 2 white, 1 white jar candle, 4 white tea lights)

Chalices

Apple Cider

Croissants (or pumpkin bread)

Apple Pie incense

Outline:

Cleanse area and selves

Ground and Center

Outsiders

Cast Circle

Call Quarters

Invoke the gatekeeper

Invoke deities (Brigid and Green Man)

Statement of purpose (Mabon poem by Silver RavenWolf)

Make offering to the deities (my poem and bread and cider)

Empower group working candle (and light it)

Candle rite, the dying Oak King, and Rise of the Holly King

Banishing Circle

Cakes and Ale

Sending Blessing Energies

Thank Deities

Close the Gates

Release Quarters

Open Circle

Ground and Center

Clean up

 

Ritual:

Walk counter-clockwise around area with sage to cleanse.

Smudge everyone with sage to cleanse and bless

Circle: Starting in the North, walk clockwise around the circle. “I conjure thee, O Great Circle of Power, so that you will be for me a boundary, between the World of Men and the Realms of the Mighty Spirits- A meeting place of perfect love, trust, peace, and joy, containing the energy we will raise herein. In the name of the gods, thus do I conjure thee, O Great Circle of Power.”

North Quarter: Light candle. “Spirits of the North, Element of Earth, energies of strength and stability, I invite you into our circle, hail & welcome!”

East Quarter: Light candle. “Spirits of the East, Element of Air, energies of wisdom and communication, I invite you into our circle, hail & welcome!”

South Quarter: Light candle. “Spirits of the South, Element of Fire, energies of passion and creativity, I invite you into our circle, hail & welcome!”

West Quarter: Light candle. “Spirits of the West, Element of Water, energies of healing and intuition, I invite you into our circle, hail & welcome!”

Gatekeeper: “Manannán mac Lir, I call upon you. I ask you to be our gatekeeper. I ask you to come across the waves and open the ways for us. Manannán, I ask you to be our magician, our druid, and I ask you to hold the ways open for us today. Manannán, We give you this offering of oil in praise of your wonders and in love of you. [make offering here] Manannán, once again, I ask, let the gates be opened!”

Green Man: “Honored God of field and glen / Green man mightier than the oldest trees / Guardian of the sacred Earth / He who heard the ancients’ creeds- / I call amidst the standing stones / Asking of your aid and presence in this rite / Come join us on this equinox day / To celebrate harvest’s light!”

Brigid: “Fiery Goddess of flame and wells / Blessed Brigid of eloquent speech / Healer, poet, mother of all / You with wisdom to teach / I call amidst the standing stones / Asking of your aid and presence in this rite / Come join us on this equinox day / To celebrate harvest’s light!”

Mabon Invocation: “Mabon brings the scent of Autumn; Golden glow and Sun’s soft kiss; Magick swirls and eddies onward; Season’s end demands all this; The Wheel is turning ever onward; Calling for your act of closure; Fill the cauldron, light the fire; Cast the magic ever higher!; Find the laugher, make ye merry; Touch the heartbeat of our mother; Libra brings an air of beauty; Gracing all with harvest lore; Listen closely, wisdom’s duty; Look within to find the door; The Wheel is turning ever onward; Calling for your act of closure; Fill the cauldron, light the fire; Cast the magic ever higher!; Find the laugher, make ye merry; Touch the heartbeat of our mother; The fruits are heavy on the trees; Yellow, gold, and orange leaves; Nature’s show of alchemy; Ever clear to you and me; The Wheel is turning ever onward; Calling for your act of closure; Fill the cauldron, light the fire; Cast the magic ever higher!; Find the laugher, make ye merry; Touch the heartbeat of our mother;”

Offering: “Harvest circle; Gather ‘round; Grains and produce; From the ground; Witches gather; Hand to hand; ‘Round the fire; Take a stand; King of Oak has lost the fight; Holly King; Now rules the night; Summer’s end; Now is here; And ‘round it turns; -The wheel of the year; Colored leaves; Fall to the ground; As we walk,; Make crunching sounds; Green Man’s reign; Comes to an end; Winter’s snows; Are ‘round the bend; Witches gather; Circle ‘round; Autumn’s magick; Is all around…” (Make an offering of bread and oil) “Blessed gods, we make this offering in your names, in thanks of all you have done.”

Empowering the Group Candle: (Each person hold the candle in their hands and fill the candle with loving, positive energies for the group. Once everyone has had a chance, the candle should be lit)

The Two Kings Candle Rite: (Light green candle) “A rivalry / Many centuries old / Since ancient times, / The tales were told / Of two great kings, / One dark, and one light, / Who twice a year, / Would heroically fight. / The Holly King, / The darker one, / Ruled the Winter, / The dimming Sun. / While the King of Oak, / Was vibrant and bright. / He reigned over Summer, / The Sun’s growing light. / At Yule they would battle, / ‘Twas an inspiring scene, / And the victory would go / To the mighty Oak King. / But at Midsummer’s time, / With the Sun at its peak, / The Holly King would win, / The Oak King grew weak. / And so it went on, / Year after year, / And the story was told / To all who could hear. / So, honor the Oak King in Summer, / When the Sun’s light is warm, / And the Holly King in winter /And the swirling snow storms.” (Use green candle to light red candle) “The Oak King has fallen / Marking Summer’s end / The light now is fading / Winter’s ‘round the bend / Blessed Be, fallen Oak King (Snuff Green candle) / You will rise again / When the Sun once more / Warms and nourishes the Earth / Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again.”

Banishing Circle: (Form a circle around the fire, and begin walking counter-clock-wise) “As we walk this circle round / Hear our voices, hear our sound / We weave this magick tapestry / We banish negativity! / So Mote it Be!” (start with Rachel and shout out things you wish to banish from your life) (stop when everyone has finished the banishments) (throw hands in the air) “We banish you!”

Cakes: (hold hands over the bread) “From the Sun to the land / From the land to the stalk / From the stalk to the grain / From the grain to this bread / I bless and consecrate this bread in the name of the Green Man / May his blessings shower upon us throughout eternity.” (each person gets a piece)

Ale: (hold hands over the apple cider) “From the Moon to the land / From the land to the tree / From the tree to the apple / From the apple to this cider / I bless and consecrate this cider in the name of the Goddess, Brigid / May her blessings shower upon us throughout eternity.” (pour and enjoy)

Sending Out Blessing Energies: (send light and love to any who are in need of it)

Brigid: “Blessed Brigid / The rite is over / Our magick has been cast / Our blessings sent / With great love in my heart / You remain / Abundant of energy / You sustain / Thank you, loving goddess of fire and well / Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again.”

Green Man: “Honored Green Man / The rite is over / Our magick has been cast / Our blessings sent / With great love in my heart / You remain / Abundant of energy / You sustain / Thank you, loving goddess of fire and well / Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again.”

Closing the Gates: “Manannán mac Lir, I thank you for joining me tonight as my Druid, my magician, and my gatekeeper. As the rite comes to an end, I give you this departing gift, asking nothing in return. [make offering] O Manannán mac Lir, let the gates be closed.”

West Quarter: “Spirits of the West, Element of Water, energies of healing and intuition, I thank you for joining our circle. Leave if you must, stay if you like. Hail & Farewell!” (snuff candle)

South Quarter: “Spirits of the South, Element of Fire, energies of passion and creativity, I thank you for joining our circle. Leave if you must, stay if you like. Hail & Farewell!” (snuff candle)

South Quarter: “Spirits of the South, Element of Fire, energies of passion and creativity, I thank you for joining our circle. Leave if you must, stay if you like. Hail & Farewell!” (snuff candle)

North Quarter: “Spirits of the North, Element of Earth, energies of strength and stability, I thank you for joining our circle. Leave if you must, stay if you like. Hail & Farewell!” (snuff candle)

Opening the Circle: (walk counter-clock-wise around circle) “The circle is open, but never broken. Power down, to the ground.”

Ground & Center

Clean up.

 

It promises to be a wonderful little ritual and I can’t wait for the school day to be over. I’ll also be starting my Year and a Day, which will take me through the 24th of September, next year. Over the last several months, I set goals and topics of study for myself to reach for during the course of the year. They include: More intensive study of Celtic Mythology, Daily devotionals and oracle readings, weekly tarot readings and meditations, working with fae and dragon magick, Finding ancestors and working with them, working more often with my Shadow self, balancing my chakras, incorporating music into ritual, reading 3-5 books, and completing the Bardic Youth Course from the New Order of Druids. The youth course is a free, online class that I’l be taking along with my year and a day. Taliesin narrates the entire thing, and leads you through a pretty intensive study course geared towards teenagers. I’m incredibly excited about this year and what it will bring.

Blessings,

Rachel (Brenna Adaira)

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