Imbolc ritual part 2

The completion of my Imbolc rite.  My plan was to do this ceremony this Saturday upon my return from business travel, but it appears that the Earth Mother has other plans and dumped a couple of feet of snow onto the pile of dry pine I planned to use for the bonfire.  So, I may need to tweak it for an indoor rite.

Workings

[note that this section is specific to this particular rite!]

  • D1 takes up the acorns and asperges them with water from the well, saying:

The sacred well at the source of the river Boyne
imparted the gifts of knowledge and wisdom to the
hazelnuts that surrounded it.
Wise Boann, bless the water of this well with your gifts, that these acorns may drink and grow and become great Oak Trees such that those who sit amongst them and listen to their words may also become wise.

  • D1 then takes the acorns and holds them before the fire, saying:

Exalted Brigid, I ask that you bless these acorns and
impart your flame into them, to wake them and call
them to become great Oak Trees such that those who
sit amongst them and listen to their songs may be
imbued with inspiration and creativity.

Boann and Brigid, I thank you!

  • D1 returns the acorns to the altar.

Thanking the Beings and Closing the Gates

  • D1 says:

Exalted Brigid, thank you for joining us and honouring
us with your presence this Imbolc.

  • D2 says:

Thank you Brigid!

And to those other Gods and Goddesses who joined us this Imbolc, we thank you!

  • D1 says:

Thank you, Shining Ones!

And to the Spirits of the Land who joined us this Imbolc,
we thank you.  Stay if you will but go if you must.

  • D2 says:

Thank you, Mighty Ones!

And to our honoured ancestors who joined us this Imbolc, we thank you.  Stay if you will but go if you must.

  • D1 says:

Thank you Nobles Ones!

  • D2 says:

Thank you, Sky Father, for your gift of life this Imbolc.

  • D1 says:

Thank you, Earth Mother, for your gift of life this Imbolc.

Great Manannan, Keeper of the Gates,
we thank you for your assistance this Imbolc.
Lower the mists,
Lead us back to our world.
Manannan MacLir, may the gates be closed!
Biodh sé!

Closing the Rite

  • D2 says:

The gates are closed.
Let us go forth with the blessings of Brigid.
This rite is ended.
Bíodh sé amhlaidh!


List of Offerings

Earth Mother – Corn Meal
Sky Father – Powdered Incense
Well – Silver
Fire – Oil
Tree – Water + Fertilizer
Gatekeeper – Powdered Incense
Ancestors – Cider
Spirits – Seed
Gods/Goddesses – Cider
Brigid – Bowl of Pine cones and evergreens from my Yule wreath
Blessing Cup – Cider

Also used

Incense sticks for purifying
Acorns to be blessed

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