Beltane Ritual

Here is the Beltane ritual for 2018.

 

 

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew,  We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail Twisting Yew, the fuel for our internal fires, the revealer of knowledge, the guide to the Gods. We honor you and welcome your energy into our daily life.

 Welcome.  Have you felt the fire?  Have you felt the rain? Have you touched the mud? Have you smelled the incense? Can you see the change? Can you feel her presence walking in the woods? Look, there She stands.  The Forest Protector Artemis! Hail Artemis Protector of the forest and animals. We offer you ___ to protect our animals, our forests. We offer you __ in thanks and in honor for what you do.  Participants walk under the path of arrows shot from Artemis’s Bow. When all have been blessed return to circle center.

Have you felt the sun? Have you seen the buds? Have you smelled the earth? Have you touched the air? Can you see the change? Can you feel his presence among the fields, among the roots?  Look, There He stands. The Golden God, riding on his mighty boar, Gold-Bristled! We offer you __ to pass on fertility and prosperity to our fields and to us. We offer you ___ in thanks and honor of what you do. Participants walk past Freyr as he throws seeds/grains over them. When all have been blessed return to circle center.

Now is the time to put affirmative intent into the seeds that you have planted last we were together. Accept the energetic blessings of Artemis to protect your will. Accept the energetic blessings of Freyr to grow your will. Accept the energetic blessings of the essence of Fire, of Loki, to allow the necessary change within ourselves. When all have fortified their intentions begin the closing.

 Your intents have been reinforced, it is up to you now to make them manifest. Once more feel the energies, merge with the energies present. Honor them and thank them. Our time in this sacred space is coming to an end. The influence remains. Let us depart with what we needed. Sound the Horn.

To West

To South

To East

And

To North,

Thank you for sharing this time and space with us. Leave if you must but know that you are welcome always to stay.

Written by Kaylus the Grey

Ritual for Ostara

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew,  We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 

Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 

Hail Twisting Yew, the landscape beneath our paths, the revealer of knowledge, the guide to the Gods. We honor you and welcome your energy into our daily life.

 

  Today we gather to acknowledge the changing of the seasons.This is the time we say goodbye to the still of a snow covered forest in the deep night.  This is the time we remember the beauty of the Sun bouncing off of the snow-covered ground, and the pristine awe of virgin snow. The first cranes have returned, skunks have been spotted, the ice is thinning, the snows are receding. We have survived another Winter and all the harshness.  

 

 To The Morrigan, We honor your lessons of Sovereignty that allows us a better chance of survival during the Winter. Their harshness is of winter and therefore familiar, allowing us a template in which we are able to guide our journey. Thank you.  

(Pour honey or mead into the cup for The Morrigan)

 

Hail Thor!

Your Hammer mighty Mjolnir has broken up the rime crusted ice! We honor you and your protection, thank you.

(Set offerings of Beer and Meat for Thor.)

 

Ostara! Ostara! Hear us, the ice is thinning, the animals are awakening. Return, Return and bring the Spring, Bring the greens!  We offer you these colored eggs for your enjoyment.

( Set down a basket of colored eggs as an offering.)

 

The Gods have been honored. Ostara has been asked to continue her blessing of life. Now is the time focus on your roots and how you will grow them in the seasons ahead to show your appreciation of the Gods and their blessings in your life. In your hands are your root seeds. They may be financial plans, family plans, spiritual plans, hopes or long-held dreams. Whatever they may be, own them, own yourself. Take those first steps down the path of the seeds becoming roots. Roots strong enough to weather the harshest winter, strong enough the stand against the hurricane. Roots deep enough to touch your Ancestors. See your journey, see your goal. Now grow! Once you feel that your seed root is infused with your journey, your goal, you may plant them.

 

As the last seed is planted it is time to leave this sacred time but never the sacred space.

 

To the Gods, thank you for sharing this time and space with us. Leave if you must but know that you are welcome always to stay.

 

To West

To South

To East

And

To North,

Thank you for sharing this time and space with us. Leave if you must but know that you are welcome always to stay.

 

Written by Kaylus the Grey

Imbolc Ritual

 

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your grounding energy into our ritual.

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your moving energy into our ritual.

 Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your searing energy into our ritual.

Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your cyclic energy into our ritual.

To Twisting Yew, Teacher, Wander, stripper of false, Awaken us to your call, to Your path. We honor you and welcome your blessings upon our ritual.  

 Today there is a mid winter thaw, Imbolc is on the horizon. The thaw is enough to show the bones of Winter’s carcasses. Thawed enough to reveal the ground and it’s muddies promise of growth. Imbolc is the time of great promise, the time of healing and letting go. A time for planting, a time for the future harvest to be born into the womb of the Earth.

   This is a time within the Twisting Yew where the past and the future meet. Here is where

You make your choice for the coming season. Will you choose to hold the pain and keep looking back? Will you hold the lessons and the scars to plant the future? Only you will know which choice is yours to walk this season. Only you will plant your harvest.

 

As you have made your choice we take this remaining time with the Twisting Yew to honor the spirit of the season. In days past this was a time to Charm the Plough.

 

Lay the planting tools out.

 

Hail Freyr! Lord of the Fields! This is time of the year to lay your sword down and bless the seeds

Hail Freya! Maiden of the Spring! This is the time of the year for your shifting into Falcon and see where to best sow the seeds.

We Honor you Vanic Twins for your gifts, for your blessings upon us with our sacrifices.

Drizzle some over the tools

Pour some beer over the tools

Sprinkle some grain over the tools

Put some honey in a bowl

Pour some beer into a horn/cup

Place some grain on a plate

 

Blessed Nerthus. Mother and Body beneath our feet. Forever we honor you and your abundance. Bless this Plough, Bless these tools that will soon embrace You, so that we shall share in your abundance this coming year. You who open the Earth to us we offer this milk

The first milk of the season. Drink deeply, Drink passionately  of our sacrifice.

 

Pour the milk into the ground.

At this time participants may bring their personal tools to be blessed, add their own sacrifices and offerings etc…

 

Thank You, Freyr

Thank You, Freyja

Thank You, Nerthus

Go if you must

Stay if you Will

 

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Thank you for sharing your grounding energy in our ritual.

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. We thank you for sharing your moving energy into our ritual.

 Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. We thank you for sharing your searing energy in our ritual.

 Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. We thank you for sharing your cyclic energy into our ritual.

To Twisting Yew, Teacher, Wander, stripper of false. We thank you and for sharing your blessings upon our ritual.  

Written by Kaylus the Grey

Tool dedication Ritual

 

The ritual should take place during a new moon. The full ritual I used for my Scimitar is at the end of the instructions. You are basically presenting a tool to be acknowledged as sacred and only to be used for its new purpose or task. If it has revealed a name to you, now is the time and place to use it. During the acknowledgment part of the ritual, hold the item in both hands as you would if you were going to give the item to a person. Hold this position until you feel that every presence has acknowledged the tool.  The statement of what the tool is being dedicated to will follow next. Examples would be dedicating a quill and ink to a Gods of words to write in their honor or to write in honor of the path you walk. You may dedicate a sword to help you cut away fears you may have of walking down your path. Be wary of dedicating a weapon to a God.

Once you have stated the intended use of the tool it is time to seal the dedication.  Start by holding the item in one hand in front of the top of your head and say “By The Gods.” Next draw the item down to your right knee approximately. When you reach the point say “ By The Old Ways.” Then move to your upper left shoulder approximately and say “By The Current Way.” From here move across to your right shoulder and say “By the Future Way.” Next move down to your right knee say “By My Way.” At this point, you have made an invisible star. You shall make a circle around the invisible start to form a pentacle. As you are forming the circle say “So Mote It Be.”  You start the circle right at your left knee down around to the right knee in a clockwise direction.  When you feel ready, end the ritual.

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Full Ritual.

Quarter Calls

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your grounding energy into our ritual.

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew. We honor you and welcome your moving energy into our ritual.

Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew. We honor you and welcome your searing energy into our ritual.

Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew. We honor you and welcome your cyclic energy into our ritual.

“Tonight we/I Stand here to witness the dedication of Pale Claw, Scimitar of Kaylus to the use of Twisting Yew, to the use of teaching Pagan ways, and to the protection of Kaylus in all these endeavors.  I offer to the blade for acknowledgment, awakening, and blessing.”

“By the Gods. By the Old Ways. By the Current Ways. By the Future Ways. By My Way. So Mote It Be!”

Let it Be known that Pale Claw is now in service. May no one tempt it to deviate from its service. May it never need to extinguish life.

We/I shall part from this ritual.

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Thank you for sharing your grounding energy in our ritual.

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. We thank you for sharing your moving energy into our ritual.

Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. We thank you for sharing your searing energy in our ritual.

Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. We thank you for sharing your cyclic energy into our ritual.

Call to the Ancient Ones

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This ritual is an evocation to call to the Ancient Ones used to bring them into our world once again. Use this if you truly want to invite the Old Gods into your life.

Call to the Ancient Ones

To the Ancient Ones
Who flow through my veins
Who steel my bones
To the Ancient Ones
Who dance in my head
Who whisper in my ears
To the Ancient Ones
Who flutter across my sight
Who live in my heart
By name
By deed
By death
By legacy
By myth
By story
You are alive
You are remembered
You are honored
Through the threshold
Return once more
Enlighten this world
Hunt in this this world
Sing in this world
Dance in this world
Steal in this world
Lie in this world
But return again
To leave your mark upon
Those who have forgotten
Those who have never learned
Those who never believe