Alban Elved 2014 Ritual
MoonPath Chapter of CUUPS
Ash the Silent /|\ / Valan (the Druid)
References listed at end
 
Ritual Items: 
(seasonal decorations for altar)
Blessing cup
Altar Lamps and oil
Red petals
Scimitar
Large basket for donated food blessing
Branch to offer to fire
Ear of corn
Quarter palm fronds (12)
Well
Tree
Sage
Beverage and cups
 (each quarter is responsible for dressing its altar.  We will provide altar torches. The West and North will have
     the Well and Tree, which we will provide.)

AtS:  when everyone is in big circle

As we approach the sacred grove
With heart and mind, flesh and bone,
Join us now in ways of old. 
We have come home.

Join now for the Druids Pledge:
(all)
We swear by Peace and Love to stand
Heart to heart and hand to hand
Mark, Oh Spirits, hear us now
Confirming this, our sacred vow.

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

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

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

Folk: Sacred waters flow within us. 

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

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


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

Folk: Sacred tree, grow within us. 

TT will then lower the tree.

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

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

The Fire Tender will first say:

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

Folk: Sacred fire burn within us. 

FT starts the fire.

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

Spel:

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

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

Valan tosses branch on fire.

Spel:
May we pray with a good fire!

Invoking the Quarters:

(3 per team. 1 speaks, one has  Bic, 1 holds branch. Later, they are charged with passing out and juice and
    cups to their quarter:  sunwise. 

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

Eastern caller:  On a breath from the East
Ride the gentle and fierce children of creativity. Spread your luminous wings and be here now!

Hail and Welcome!  Caller goes back to the East.

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

Southern caller: Riding on a scorching flame – a tongue of transformation
The Scathing bastions of the South, we invoke you!

Hail and Welcome!   Caller goes back to the South.

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

Western caller: Those that surf the gentle swell, those who churn the blustery sea,
Elemental healers, wise and compassionate,
Witness and bless our rite
Hail and Welcome! Caller goes back to the West.

 The North quarter team proceeds doesil till it reaches the altar in the Southwest.  The speaker remains, 
   the other  proceed to north. The Northern torches ares lit as soon as the two arrive:  perhaps 
      while the speaker is speaking.
      
Northern caller: Creatures of the Dank Rocks, Bright Spirits of Her Green Mantle, 
Ancient powers of the Earth
Powers of Fertilty and Form
Witness and Bless our Rite:
Hail and Welcome! Caller goes back to the North.

Sacrifice to the Outsiders: 

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

He takes the Blessing cup and 
pours “ale” onto the earth, outside the circle 

Casting the Circle 

Circle castor (TBA) approaches the Main Altar and gets the scimitar. They go to the East and proceed 
   sunwise around the circle saying:

I cast this circle with the blade,
Sacred space securely made.

When finished, return the  scimitar to the altar.

Statement of Purpose:

AtS:
The Children of Earth are gathered in the Sacred Grove to keep the rites of Alban Elved, or Mabon, 
   the second  Harvest  It is The Victory of the Growth, the Gathering of the Folk in Peace. 

Now is the beginning of the Time of Ripening, when the labor of the Folk brings the Land to bear, 
   when the Power of the Sun gives itself to the Power of the Earth. We gather in a moment of rest 
   and pleasure, before the labor of the harvest. 

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

Spel:
We come to the Sacred Grove to honor the Lady of Sovereignty, the Great Queen. In this season she 
   is the Earth Woman, the Red Goddess, the Flower Woman whose embrace binds, whose love is Fate.

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


Invocation of Morrigan:

TBA:

Red Woman, Great Queen, the Children of Earth offer you welcome. We call to you in the ripening grain. 
We call to you in the fruiting branch. 
We call to you by the reddened spear. 
We call you forth from the beauty of blossom and thorn. 
We offer you clear water, 
gentle as rain. (water poured from Blessing Cup) 

Holy One, Raging One, Prophetess, Enticer, Joy and Bane of Heroes, Lover, Devourer, Great Queen, 
   we call to you. In the season of ripening, you are the fruits and bounty of the land, arrayed 
   in desirable beauty beneath the sun. We deck you in blossoms to welcome you to our Grove... 

(AtS:  Now we ask that the Offering to the Morrigan be made.  Southern quarter brings Red blossoms 
   in a basket and tosses the blossoms into  the fire.) 

Spel:
We have sown, we have tended
We have grown, we have gathered.
We have reaped a good harvest.

Gifts of gladness richly bringing,
Autumn sheaves and red leaves' fall,
Generous be the heart within us,
Open be our hands to all,
Harvest thankfulness our call.
Danu, we thank you for your gifts.
And we thank you for your bounty.

Spel: 

Takes basket of food and blesses it for the needy. Insert words here.

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

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

Spel:  I give thanks for____________________

AtS:  I give thanks for freedom to practice the Old Ways.
(Everyone at this time shout out what you are thankful for)

OMEN TAKING:

AtS

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

 I ask then, that the youngest among us draw a Rune that we may know our Fate.
Blessing Cup
The youngest draws and AtS interprets a rune. If an, unfavorable omen is drawn, the participants are asked to 
meditate on the gods' message and consider how to respond individually.


Spel: raises the Blessing cup filled with amber juice.

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

All:
Behold the drink of the gods!
 

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

Quarter teams pass out cups and pour juice.

When all have a drink, 

AtS says:

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

All:
Behold the drink of the gods!

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

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

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

Therefore The Wise Ones Weep Not –
But Rejoice.

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

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

AtS says:
Let the fire be flame. (gong)
Let the well be water. (gong)
Let all be as it was before. (gong)
This rite is ended. (gong)
 
Everybody claps and sing and hug.

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References, blessings and credits to:
Mara Freeman, Kindling the Celtic Spirit
Murray Hope, Practical Celtic Magic
M.M. Sutton, Ph.D, Druid Magic
Paul Maurice,Gleichentag
Ian Corrigan, Lughnassadh Rite
Starhawk, The Spiral Dance
Sirona Knight, Celtic traditions,
Emma Restall Orr, Spirits of the Sacred Ground
 C & J. Matthews, Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom
 
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