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Lore &the Rituals for Work of Druidry Ian Corrigan
The Druid’s Companion Copyright Ian Corrigan 2006 All rites reserved. Copying and distribution of this material is permitted so long as this notice is retained.
A Druid’s Manifesto Listen now to the words of Draoi, the speech of dreams, the magic of seeking, the work
of making. In ancient days the Old People knew secrets of the worlds, secrets kept by the Wise - by the poets and the priests, by the binders of spells and the tellers of tales - in short, by those wizards called the Druids. The Druids kept the religion of the people, using their memory, vision and skill to help householders make the sacrifices, keeping the balance between humankind and the Otherworld. Yet the work of Draiocht is also the work of using spiritual Power to work one’s will in the world. Far from being a mere servant of the Gods, the Druid knows the power inherent in the human soul. The powers that the Gods used in the first days to shape the worlds are still present, still available to sentient beings, still potent to make the worlds in the image of the will. These powers are the underlying secrets of the structure of the world, which the sorcerer must learn. You who would know the sorcerer’s art must be a diligent seeker into the hidden ways of the world. To work magic is to know how to apply proper forces in proper ways, so that a subtle working might produce a great effect. The Celtic sorcerer learns to use the power of her own divine spirit, learns to harness the secret abilities of natural things, and gains the aid of powerful spirits. With all these things gathered, the sorcerer has his power around him, and is, in his small way, like to the Gods and Spirits. Those who would undertake to make themselves Powers in the world, remember that even the Gods dwell within the Great Song of Fate. Every deed of every being shifts the Web of the Worlds, and not even the Shining Ones can know every outcome. So whenever magic is worked, the sorcerer must use all her wisdom, all her discernment. Foolishness is no more likely to win reward in magic than in war or in business. So let the sorcerer remember virtue. Seek Vision, and Honor and Diligence, be Wise, and Strong, and know the Pleasure of the world. Keep the Old Ways, let Courage conquer fear, and have the Open Hand of friendship for the world. In magic, as in farming or poetry, these virtues will bring in a good reward.
Water & Danu
The Power Under the Earth is called the Chaos of Potential. The Underworld Realms are the place of the Ancestors, of the Daoine Sidhe, of the Underworld Gods and Goddesses. From their halls and lands issue bounty and new life, the wisdom of memory and the root of personal strength. The Underworld is associated with water, both the Sea and the Waters Under the Earth. This water is the rich nutrient soup into which all individual existence dissolves and from which it arises. So it is sometimes called, or symbolized by, the Cauldron of Rebirth. • Holy Wells partake of the Power of the Underworld. This ancient dark is the source of all the world’s potential. The Waters Under the Earth are reflected in the dark, cool magnetic energy of the Earth. Yet these Waters have their font in the Stars, the First Ocean, the Sea of Space. The Waters flow from the Womb of the Primal Mother, whom the Gaels call Danu, the Mother of Wisdom.
The Triple Water
Natural wells and pools and running streams, even large lakes, are gateways for the Otherworld Powers. Fresh water, especially running water, turns aside all ill and cleanses the spirit as well as the flesh. Druid ritual requires clean, fresh water in every case. You will make the Magic Water by combining water from three Sacred Wells and exposing it to the light of Sun, Moon and Sacred Fire (or lightening). Since Wells consecrated to Pagan Powers are hard to find, the water may be gathered from three natural places that seem powerful to the sorcerer, or from the sacred wells of three Druid rituals. This blessed Water may be added in small amounts to ritual water, bringing the Power of the Well into the Sacred Grove.
The CoireTobar - the Well-Cauldron
The Tobar is the vessel used to hold the Magic Waters in ritual. It is the reflection of the Triple Cauldron of Bounty, Healing and Wisdom , which in turn reflects the primal well of Wisdom, Traditional cauldrons are round, three-legged cooking pots of iron or brass. They can also be found made of ceramic material. The Cauldron must always be clean enough to drink from, kept free of rust or mineral accumulations.
according to the work at hand.Fire. and those mortal Heroes who have been welcomed into their palaces. the Druid’s Fire is fed with the nine Sacred Woods from the old Celtia oak. or be used to hold a small true fire. The Sorcerer’s Hearth You must obtain a vessel that will serve as your personal sacred Fire for the Rites. hazel. This Light is the Catalyzing Quickener that calls individual forms and beings out of the Chaos of Potential. This is perhaps best for indoor rites if no hearth is available. From the Revolving Castle of the Sun. It receives sacrifice. The Gods and Spirits are enfleshed by Fire. and with the Sacred Fire the brings the Heavens’ Light into the Grove. Kindling Sacred Fire By tradition. the wisdom of perspective and the objective eye. A censer can hold charcoal blocks to receive offerings of scented oil or herbs. rowan. perhaps with a ring of nine candles around it. Sacred Fire is always lit with reverence at the beginning of any Druid ceremony. The Heavens are associated with the Sky. Yet this Flame is also in the heart of the Earth. you will need a solid. In the most reduced circumstances a single candle may serve. the Shining Ones. ash. pine.or with three or one of the woods. If you mean to use an open flame half-fill the vessel with clean sand or clay . If you use a deep bowl. The Heavenly Realms are the places of the Brightest Gods and Goddesses. apple and willow . is itself sacrificed and it carries our voices to the Shining Ones. & Bel • Heavens: The Power of the Overworld is the Pattern of the World Order. and in every being it is the source of the Individual Self. These should be ground fine and mixed into an incense of kindling that will bring the forest spirit into the simple home ritual. Moon and Stars comes the Pattern of Existence. yew. and clarity of thought and will. who we may call Bel. holly. warm electric current of the Sky. When it shines in the soul it brings the pearls of idea from the Sea of Mind. cast-iron vessel (low sides are better) and a fireproof surface to rest it on: a paving stone is good. Its light claims a place for Holy Magic. Magical Fire transmits the bright. with offerings of sticks or cones of incense. If you wish to try an open flame in an indoor cauldron or Firealtar. The student should obtain at least a small amount of each of the woods. • The Sacred Fire brings the Sky Power into the Sacred Grove. ir may either hold one or more candles. Fire is the Power of the Primal Father. the Beautiful. the Power that awakens individual Mind. and so it is called the Cauldron of Wisdom.
place or thing. ability. to move them in the self. are the Fire and Ice of Celtic creation. Bri (a word from Irish language roots meaning ‘rising’) is power intrinsic to a person. • Bri is the innate meaning. Bri is intrinsic. Bri and Bua Magical or otherworld power is perceived in Gaelic lore in two kinds. inherent in its existence. the Chaos of Potential and the World Order. Danu of the Waters and Bel of the Fire. One can have as much Bua as one is able to gain by one’s skill and strength. they are primal divine powers that underlie all existence. Bri can be used or ignored. ability or form placed upon or within any person place or thing by the will and work of a being. meaning. we might associate it with the Underworld Power. only utilized or allowed to atrophy. but its ‘amount’ remains constant. though not exclusively. • Bua is the power. It can never be added to or subtracted from. to accumulate and project them. Bua is the trove of power that accumulates when any place or thing is used by people. Because Bua is made by will and deed. from its creation or birth.The Two Powers The Underworld Waters and Fire of the Heavens. The sorcerer must learn to call them into the flesh and spirit. the Fire In The Water. Bua is gained or lost based on your deeds and those of others. while Bua (from roots meaning ‘wealth’) is power that is gathered or stored. the Shadow and the Light. and empower both Gods and non-gods. though not exclusively. becomes thick with story. place or thing. to join them together to make the core ‘energy’ of personal magic. Because Bri rises from the innate potential of any thing. . developed or allowed to lie fallow. power and/or talent in any person. it might be associated with the Sky Power.
This pillar is carved with symbols of the Powers: it represents the Cosmic Axis between the Earth’s core and the Pole Star. and a variety of Spirits as well. the seats from which they watch the world. Sea and Sky. The Land is the home of those animal kins that are closest to our human life. wells. • Sea: Surrounding our island home on every side is the boundless expanse of the oceans. near to their mortal children. From the Sky’s high distances descend the birds. Some of the God/desses dwell there. another reflection of the Holy Triskel. It is the spiritmatrix that underlies the common world in which we dwell.Between Fire & Water • Midrealm: The Midrealms are the Setting of the Great Tale. It is connected to the Otherworlds through caverns and deep places. The World Tree In a full Druidic holy place a large pole is placed in the center. The common world where human and nonhuman kindreds live. so often the messengers of the Gods. The Land is the convergence of Sea and sky. the uncounted fishes and their stranger cousins and kin. and sometimes mighty Ancestors make a home in the Middle Lands to aid their descendants The Midrealm is associated with the surface of the Land. our allies and our predators. • Land: The common earth on which we dwell. town and woodland. • Sky: Arching above our common Land and Sea is the blue dome of the Sky. Sometimes a pole-idol is . the Holy Island. our mortal home and support. Some of those are friends to human folk. are reflected in the Middle Worlds. hung between Underworlds and Heavens. Within its misty vastness may be found islands of wonder and fear. It is the airy realm that is both all around us and far beyond our reach. It is the tilled field and the unseen mountain-top. and with the many spirit tribes that share it with us. the Home of the Hosts. pools and the tops of high places. the isles of the Otherworlds is the home of the Cattle of Tethra. The Great Triskel The Middle Realm is divided in a pattern related to the Three Realms. The Sea is the mystery. its twin and its mirror. and some unfriends. Within it grows every individual manifestation of life. the realm of cloud and storm and calm breezes. swamp and desert. the portion of the human world most alien to humankind. or to the North. the Land. In the Middle Lands dwell all the Mortal Kins. and so it is called the Cauldron of Bounty. In its floating worlds of clouds we see the playgrounds of the Gods.
The poem describes three cauldrons . the Mead of Poetry. carved and blessed to be the Druid’s most important magical tool. • In the belly .The Cauldron of Warming: sustenance. The Cauldron of Movement is said to be born half-upright in some people. The Cauldron of Warming is said to be upright in everyone who has their basic health. The medieval Irish poem called “The Cauldron of Poesy” describes the process by which the Imbas the Power of Inspiration enters the mind and spirit. Reason and intuition.Coire Goiriath . one in the heart and one in the belly. • In the head . .The Cauldron of Movement: vocation. Either one is shaped. by the cultivation of virtues. but in our rites it is usually a more general symbol of the Ways Between. The vessel of Poetic Inspiration . creates the link between Earth and Sky and weaves the pattern of the rite. creative power. gaining in skill. Higher functions of mind and art. wielded by a trained mind. In them we receive the flow of Imbas.that brings seership and spiritual wisdom. with deeds proper to those virtues. A staff is usually the height of the Druid. incubation.and you .Coire Sois -The Cauldron of Knowledge: inspiration. a system of ‘centers of power’ within the self. magical and poetic growth is seen as the work of turning each of the Cauldrons fully upright. and downward in others. enabling them . Basic physical life and the urges and inspirations that accompany it. and a wand is the length of the forearm from elbow to fingertip. Fire. The Three Cauldrons There is. In every case the Druid’s own spinal column can be understood as the World Tree.one in the head. The process of spiritual. • In the heart . The magic wand.erected for a specific Deity. It is said that these cauldrons are either turned downward. The World Pillar may also represented by the Druid’s wand or staff. half upright or fully upright. in Irish lore. This is accomplished by the very effects of the work of living.Imbas .Coire Ernmas . Said to be born turned downward in all people. and by the study and practice of spiritual and creative arts. water and the magician’s own flesh will always serve to make the Sacred Grove.to hold a full measure of the flow of power. and knowledge of one’s own bri. according to how our Three Cauldrons are positioned.
Whether these cultural forms portray separate. they are the object of our highest worship. and listen closely for their voices. who are our Gods and Goddesses. the Powers of Love and Delight. other forms of life both physical and spiritual. the Eldest and Wisest. the Gods and Goddesses. in every culture the Gods and Goddesses guide their mortal children.fauns and dryads and Alfar and Daoine Sidhe. often in their own family bloodline. Other spirits are the Wonder Peoples. that they value our worship and offerings. The Fire of the Heavens and the Dark Waters of the Underworld flow in our human spirits.Three Kindreds • The Shining Ones: In the First Days the Mother of All bore children. The Spirits of Birds go freely between Earth and Sky. individual entities. the hound and bull and pig and more. They are as various as the species of our world. and the Cow Women. They are the First Family. and death cannot extinguish us. Each Pagan culture has a family of Deities whose Wisdom. So we remember and honor the Ancestors. the magic races of the many cultures . Many of these are close allies of Human folk. •The Ancestors: Many tales tell us that humankind is descended from. The Other Kins share with us and the God/desses in the Weaving of the Web of Fate. filled with magic and skill and cunning. The Old Lore makes it clear that human spirits sometimes reincarnate in the mortal world. We honor them and sometimes seek their aid in magic. It teaches that the Mighty Dead still have power in the Mortal World. Humankind and our Ancestors share the worlds with a myriad of other beings. the Smiths and all the Powers of the Wild. the Mighty Dead. the wolf and deer and boar. in the Land of the Dead. There they live the lives their fate has woven for them. Some of them are the BeastSpirit Peoples. the Warriors. So we make our gifts to them. Others are of the deep wild. •The Spirits: . to guide and protect. But it is equally clear that many of the Dead are ‘reborn’ in the Otherworld. and our greatest allies. the People of the Mother. sometimes very distant. just as we do here. or to chastise. and intermarried with. The Kings and Queens. their youth continually renewed by their magical feasts. or whether they are names and titles of one great family of Gods and Goddesses. Love and Power sustain the worlds and humankind. the Magicians and the Poets. They roam in Midrealm countries sometimes very close to ours. Pagan tradition teaches that the Ancestors hear the voice of the living.
as true among the Druids as elsewhere. “As above.Modern Irish: Tuaisceart Old Irish: Tuath Province: Ulster Symbol: Sword Color: Black Twilight: Midnight Season: Winter •East .Clouds •Face .Soil •Bone .‘what is’) .Modern Irish: Iarthar Old Irish: Iar Province: Connacht Symbol: Wand Color: Grey Twilight: Sunset Season: Fall •North . These parts are called the duile. bith . east and west.Sea •Hair .Labor/Music Munster. which means ‘elements’ or ‘components’. Symbol: Harp Color: White Twilight: Noontide Season: Summer The Nine Elements The Druids teach that the greater world (in Irish.Modern Irish: Oirthear Old Irish: Ear Province: Leinster Symbol: Plow Color: Red Twilight: Dawn Season: Spring .Plants •Flesh .Modern Irish: Deisceart Old Irish: Deas Province: •South .Stone . as the Tuatha De came to Eire. so above” the old aphorism says. They are associated in Irish poetic lore with a number of symbols. especially the Four Provinces of ancient Ireland.Wind •Blood .both material and spiritual .Battle .The Four Airts The Four Airts are the four cardinal directions.Starry Heavens •Brains .Moon •Breath . and as below.Bounty . north. and the fifth.Wisdom .Sun •Mind . and turn our right shoulder to the center. so below. There is a correspondence between the parts of the natural world and the parts of the human body and mind. Let us approach the Circle of Eire from the West. in respect: •West . •Crown of the Head . south. the Sacred center.is reflected in the personal body and spirit of the individual.
enlightenment. prophecy. Ogham letters. birds. spear. strength and magic. • Boann: Milk. poetic inspiration. Harp & Club. sword image. rulership and sovereignty. • Ogma: Grain. white and red Works: Healing. • Lugh: The sun-disk. black and gold Works: Skill and artifice. • Manannan: Sea shells. fertility • Nuada: Silver hand. fertility. red and white Works: magic and priestcraft. bounty. wit and artifice. defense and strength. • Aine: Mead. Gold. red and black Works: Defense against ill. Gold and green Works: Leadership and persuasion. the Salmon. magical/occult knowledge. grey and silver Works: Divination. • The Morrigan: spear. acorns. Apple’s Heart. sorcery and trance. merchantry and trade. the flail. speckled Works: Love & pleasure. prosperity. speaking with the Dead. hazel and hawthorn. feats of strength in emergency. bones. ale. Cauldron. • Brigid: The Brigid Cross. safety and protection from poverty. music and enchantment. ale. the sun-face. crow feathers.Symbols and Offerings for the Irish Gods • Danu: the Lozenge. coins. magic. rhetoric and oratory. eagle feathers. art. river water. whiskey. courage and skill. red and silver Works: Protection and victory. especially of violence. nurturance and love. Harp & Cup. green and gold Works: law and justice. all kteic symbols. red wine. breasts. fish. compassion • Donn-Cernunnos: The Antlers. sexual power. Blue and White Works: Cosmic Wisdom. Honey. corn. black and gold Works: Wisdom. the Triple Flame. apples. protection . • The Dagda: Porridge. hammer. healing of wounds. Hammer. white and gold Works: Victory. • Aengus Og: Harp. the Sidhe • Goibniu: iron nails. artifice. prosperity and wealth. travel. the White Cow white and green Works: Wisdom and intuition. deathand rebirth. poetry.
Such a portable kit can have the same power for you as the greatest nemeton. and offers some symbolic advantages. in the new world. It is easy to arrange a small. Another choice for such a tool is the Lorg: the Staff or walkingstick. any but the simplest rites will require additional materials. or a stone with special significance to you in some other way. The simplest choice for such a tool might be the Cloch Talamh (Earth Stone) . such as the offerings. This object marks the ritual center of your nemeton (ritual space). and special talismans or images.a stone found by you on land that you know well. However. It strengthens the piece. You may find outdoor stones and trees that can serve as your ritual center for some works. oak or ash or. perhaps. and the Lorg or Cloch make the Druid’s personal Hallows.the Tintean.Making the Druid’s Hallows We will use three core symbols to represent the Sacred Center that empowers this work . useful for navigating in the forests. It is useful to create a specific ritual tool that can be carried with you and used in any circumstances. It should be made of a proper hardwood.the Well. likely to become weather-beaten and rough. maple. Such a stone brings with it the bri of the land you love. One of these is used to hold the Fire. the tree or pillar symbol. It must be strong enough to withstand real flame for long periods. The Lorg can be shod in metal if you wish. The staff is a down-home tool. proper to the World Tree. The other holds the ritual water. the Holy Well and the Pillar or Stone that stands for the World Tree or World Mountain. if you like. and can be imbued with bua as your skill allows. The Tobar. The third tool is the Bile. or Hearth. Of course.the Sacred Fire. Begin by finding two matching cauldrons. and is the Tobar. personal set of these tools. or Cloch Nemed.our tool kit calls. It is useful to find a reliable chest or basket in which the gear of the rite can be stored and carried. and should be chosen with all of your insight and intuition. It might be well to carve it with symbols. more for the Hamper of Gwyddno than the Crane Bag! . such use should only happen after you have become well-acquainted with the spirit of the specific tree or stone. each not much bigger than your fist. This work does not include the sometimes-mentioned ‘crane bag’ . or the stone. or whatever small vessels you prefer. the Tintean.
other offering vessels and items as needed. or will succeed.The Druid’s Tools • Cloak and Torc . World Tree or Stone. as called for. • The Hallows .A Portable Cauldron fit to drink wine or ale from. etc. We will discuss various tools and methods later.. if desired. offerings in their vessels.various stones. • Wand and Cauldron .Druid’s raiment. cups. as you prefer. • Special Tools . A Wand shaped and finished to symbolize your personal magic. . mirrors.portable ritual Fire and Well. • Divination Tool . knives.many rites require the taking of an omen to determine whether one’s work is going well.
There may sometimes be reason to make an individual slat for a specific working. made of a material that can be kept fit for food and drink. The vessel should be roundbodied and three-legged.An Coire Beannachta The Cauldron of Blessing should be a cauldron-shaped vessel. The tree should be chosen based on its symbolism. it is more personal to the sorcerer. or any fruiting tree. . it is nearly impossible for serving ale or wine. While a classic cast-iron cauldron can be perfect for food. proper to your own sorcery and general intent. if at all possible. cut in the waxing moon. and directly serves her will. Hazel is concerned with poetry and seership. An Slat Draoi The Sorcerer’s Wand is the scepter of the sorcerer’s authority. It is the spear. the best woods might be hazel or rowan or oak. a vessel of feasting. out of a branch of a living tree. the pointer and the measuring stick of magic. and either plain or decorated in Celtic design. as some of our rites require. When the wand-wood is taken. The Wand should be made by the sorcerer’s own hand. rowan with enchantment and the sidhe. and oak with law. strength and right action. For a general purpose Slat Draoi. The Coire is the vessel into which you will place the ingredients of many works. the director of her will and vision. a mirror of seeing. but the most realistic approach might be a ceramic cauldron. A vessel of silver would serve admirably. It is a material focus of your own soul. It is the wellspring of the Underworld Power for the sorcerer. a fountain of healing. you must leave an offering in the usual way for taking natural things. it is best to make a personal Wand that is used for general purposes. of the Fire and Water than flow in you. While it corresponds closely to the Well.
The fire might best be present as a triple flame. filled with symbolism proper to the work and by filling those places with the devotion of our worship we open a road for the spirits’ power. white and black. Pagan lore favors either placing the altar in the east. with the fire closest to your seat. sea and sky. The home shrine can be a sacred grove in miniature. near the fire. If you wish. a model of the forces that join to open the gates between the worlds. a bowl to hold small offerings and perhaps a bell or chime. White and/or red would be the best colors. From this core symbolism you can begin to add whatever additional patterns appeal to you perhaps patterns drawn from an Indo-European culture who’s path you are investigating. or representations of the pillar tree done in metal or ceramic. The Devotional Shrine The simplest way to begin a home shrine is to place a table or cabinet in a part of your home where it can be private and quiet. to partake of all the rich meaning of that symbol. though red. a shell of saltwater for sea. whether a triple-wicked candle or oil flame or three votive candles. These you will probably . By making beautiful places. It is perhaps most proper for it to be of wood: oak. other candles for light. you may represent the three worlds of land. The shrine is placed on that wall. and a small bowl of salt or clean soil. the ancestors and nature spirits. for the land can fill out the picture. the place of the North Star. ash or hazel. or a stone or crystal. or symbols proper to an ethnic path. This can be in the shape of a cauldron if you wish. At its base place the well. so that you sit facing the direction and the altar. Place the tree either against the wall or in the center of the altar area.The Shrine & the Nemeton Tradition makes it clear that the awareness and powers of the gods and spirits manifest through the temples and holy places that mortals create on earth. well and world-tree or world-mountain. There should be enough space for yourself and the members of your household that will use it to sit comfortably for ritual and meditation. the holy place of the rising sun or in the north. (or green or blue). The well should be represented by a simple bowl of water. Of course many or most Pagans will want to include representations or symbols of the gods and goddesses. Your altar tree or stone can be carved or decorated as you wish. center of the sky. rowan. A tall stone may also serve. You should begin by placing in the shrine symbols of our basic IndoEuropean Druidic cosmos: fire. Incense for sky. The world-center symbol on the home altar can be as simple or elaborate as you choose. These simple symbols should become the physical and spiritual center of your shrine. European lore does not give us clear instruction for orienting the shrine. To these you may wish to add a censer. have much of Indo-European symbolism behind them.
or larger workings with a group. Well and all. the home shrine will serve as a kind of changing and growing map of your growth in the Druid way. Both mean ‘Noble or Holy Place’. or. The Well is represented by the Cauldron. but easily adapable .acquire over time. such a place becomes a gate for power. For individual rites the Druid’s Staff is plated in the ground as the Bile. the Nemeton must be clean and orderly. and the company will stand or seat themselves before them. As you build a web of worship and relationship with the powers you will rearrange your shrine. The Nemeton The Sacred Groves and Temples of the ancients were called. you will want to construct a larger ritual space.mainly for group use. Nemed. The Druids will set up her hallows. It is always best for the Fire to be laid out on the Earth. Nemeton. Wherever the Sacred water rises and the Magic Fire burns is a Nemeton of our Druidry. In time you will have a personal cathedral in a corner of your home. A Diagram of a Possible Nemeton Layout . in the Gaulish language. where you can truly commune with the powers and find balance and peace in your soul. in a position that offerings can be made to the Fire. Whether in a deep forest or an urban bedroom. In fact. In every case.. adding and subtracting symbols. as your own work grows. but for outdoor rites. or a mighty living tree can center the rites. but a small brazier can be used if necessary. her land and her people. always prepared for sacrifice to the Powers. in Gaelic. peace and blessing to the druid.
• 8th Breath . into the palms of the hands. to fill the head. and allow the powers to calm. you begin. and the Two Powers flow throughout the body. perhaps beginning your rhythmic count. The Light fills the Waters. • 6th Breath . with the breath.place the palms of the hands together. The work is simple.. • 5th Breath . • 2nd Breath . When you have taken a few breaths. and the Cauldron in the loins kindles. there may be work to be done with the power at this point.. and allow the powers to recede and recenter. . • 7th Breath . and make your body easy. See the Earth Power overflowing from the Three Centers through the whole body. See the Waters overflowing the fingers and the Light or Flame shining up from the hands. filling the Cauldron or pool in the loins. • 4th Breath . and direct the Powers. For the rest of the work. • Settling . In general it is meant to both empower and balance the spirit for further work. or for strength and wisdom in daily life. regular breaths.Draw the Power through the loins and the heart. Feel the cool. and feel the Cauldron in the head kindle with the fire of the sky..Draw the Earth Power up through the loins to fill the Cauldron in the heart. It makes an excellent preliminary meditation and ritual.the Sky Power brightens in the body. • 3rd Breath . The ‘Ninth Breath’. comes when one wishes to end. Whenever needed. nourishing power as it fills you.find your comfortable seat (or stance).turn the palms of the hands upward.The Power shines brighter. the Powers can now be employed as needed. each breath moves the Power through the Three Cauldrons and the body.take a few breaths to relax again. .the combine powers are directed through throughout the body. Take a few deep. intensified and concentrated. ceasing to flow through the hands.feel the Sky Power shining down through the whole body. This exercise is designed to establish the Celtic powers of Underworld and Heavens in the magician. and can be done with no tools or temple at all..) • 9th Breath . then. (In many cases. • 1st Breath .The Nine Breaths Centering • Preparation . and the second Cauldron kindles in it’s rays.Draw the Earth Power up into your body.
on the left hand Strength • Hold hands cupped before your body and flow the Two Powers into them. Bring the Two Powers quickly into your body. saying: and Shine in every part • Feel the combined Light and Shadow overflowing from the three Cauldrons.The Kindling Charm • Stand facing the East. flowing through the whole body. end by brining the palms together in a ‘praying’ position. the Well. and balance and quiet the two in your body. the Sacred Tree Flow and flame and grow in me. and say: Before me Bounty. chest and loins in turn. perhaps in the Cauldrons. saying: Flow Flow Flow Cross arms Flow and Kindle in my Head and Kindle in my Heart and Kindle in my Loins on the chest. • When any work is completed. envisioning the Two mingling in each. • Place fingers on forehead forehead. . and say: Powers of the Earth and Sky Rooted deep and crowned high. saying: For within me is the Cauldron Of Wisdom. and raise your arms. you can now go on to the Cauldrons and Airts attunements at this time. allowing the powers to recede into the world. upper arms straight out from the shoulders. Say: The Fire. • If you wish. (‘orans’ position). As a shorter form you might go on to: • Extend the arms in a cross. Love and Power. and forearms at 90 degrees. behind me Wisdom On my right hand Magic. facing east.
upper arms straight out from the shoulders. 2: The Three Cauldrons Attunement • With the Two Powers established in your body. saying: and Shine in every part • Feel the combined Light and Shadow overflowing from the three Cauldrons. saying: Flow Flow Flow Cross arms Flow and Kindle in my Head and Kindle in my Heart and Kindle in my Loins on the chest. open your awareness to your body.The Nine Working 1: The Kindling Charm • Stand facing the East. whole and helpful. Intone the name: Ernmas • Let the Powers flow into the Cauldron. establish the Three Cauldrons. intone the name of the Cauldron: Goriath • Envision the combined Light and Shadow flowing into your Cauldron of warming. and forearms at 90 degrees. perhaps in the Cauldrons. • Envision the Cauldron of Vocation in the heart. • Place fingers on forehead forehead. and your awareness open to your daily life and work. • Envision the Cauldron of Warming in the loins. beginning with your loins. seeking an awareness of your health and wholeness. • Envision the Cauldron of Wisdom in your head. seeing yourself as hale and well in every part. As it does. flowing through the whole body. Intone the name: Sois . and say: Powers of the Earth and Sky Rooted deep and crowned high. chest and loins in turn. envisioning the Two mingling in each. (‘orans’ position). and raise your arms. using the Dord Draoi. See them made strong. From the center that is the Cauldron see the webs of relationship and mutuality that hold your life together. Bring the Two Powers quickly into your body.
Feel that wind blow into empty places in your mind. Feel that wind filling places in your life that might be ‘empty’ of the power of prosperity. • Turn to the North and make the invoking spiral. enshrined in your spirit. • Face east and hold the Slat to your heart. filling you with the Mead of Inspiration. or clasp your hands. The Fire and the Shadow The Deep. bringing awareness of wildness and the outsiders into your spirit. or using a pointing hand. bringing new impulse and energy. Feel the wind filling the places in your heart that need it. Biodh se adhlaidh •End by repeating the Kindling Charm . 3: The Four Airts Attunement • Taking up the Slat if you wish.• Let the two Powers flow into the Cauldron. and I am in the world. As they fill it open your mind to the sources of divine awareness in your life. saying: South wind blow Song • Envision a white wind blowing from the south. spiraling out deisil from the center to the edge of the spiral. bringing with it strength and. the Height. bringing with it knowledge and inspiration. Envision the Triple Cauldron. bringing vigor and honor. Make an invoking spiral. turn to the East. Love and Power. Feel your Allies draw close. And Nine Holy Things. bringing with it awareness of the power of growth and wealth in your life. saying: West wind blow Wisdom • Envision a twilight-gray wind blowing into your spirit from the west. the Wand & Sword The world is in me. Say: Within me is the Cauldron of Wisdom. Feel that outsider wind stir and shake the order of your existence. Say: East wind blow Bounty • Envision a red wind blowing from the east into your spirit. • Turn to the West and make the invoking spiral. and the Divine In You shine and flow. bringing cleverness and understanding. the Middle World The Plow & Harp. saying: North wind blow Strong • Envision a black wind blowing into your spirit from the north. the Divine In You. • Turn to the South and make the invoking spiral.
The Da Fein A Charm for the Divine Self I am a kinsman of the Fire I am a child of the Waters My flesh is holy. I pray! . (Place a hand on the forehead) The Divine Presence is in my head (Place hand on heart) The Divine Presence is in my heart (Place hand on the loins) The Divine Presence is in my loins. Join hand at the heart) I do honor to the God of my own soul Shining spirit of my spirit Font of Wisdom Spring of Love Source of Power I offer to you the worship due to every God (Open hands wide) Honor to the holy being that is the Center of my Self Shine bright and flow deep in me. born of the holy union My Spirit is a drop of the Cauldron of Wonder. A spark of the Divine Fire.
Say a briocht as you are inspired. the secret Well. Be free of every ill or every bane Washed clean by magic’s might. my word and by my will.The Charm of Hallowing the Hallows •Begin by working the Two Powers attunement. and establish your Caher. as I do will. gate of visions . •Cleanse the three Hallows with the water and smoke. so be it! •Take up the bowl of water. Pour the water into the Tobar while speaking a proper briocht. •Lift the bowl of Water. saying: By the shining Power of the Sky The Fire of Sorcery. or say: By the holy Power of the Deep The Waters of the Dark. Place the bowl back on the triskel •Strike a single match and kindle the Fire. the holy mouth Anu’s cunny Chorus: By the ladies of waters By the lords of waters By the powers under the earth I thank you for the sacred waters. and charge it with the Underworld Power. and place the Tobar upon the triskelion. such as: You are the gate of the earth The deep way. You are the eye of the earth Mirror of seeing. and magic’s might. By my word and will. the Heaven’s Light Let every ill or bane now flee away. saying By Be Be By the might of the Waters and the Light of the Fire you cleansed and blessed you made whole and holy.
• Place the Tree or Stone in its place between the Fire and Well. transfer fire from the cleansing fire into the Tintean. without fear. receiver of gifts Giver of blessings (repeat chorus) •Using a candle. kindle you in our hearts A flame of wit and heart and strength To bear my offerings and my words To the gods. Thus are the Hallows claimed and hallowed! . my soul.Spring of wisdom (repeat chorus) You are the mouth of the earth Sustainer of life. and say: The Fire. Crowned above the sky The tree is planted in my soul To grow between the worlds. Without terror of anything under the sun And the holy son of the mother to shield me. Oh sacrificed and sacrificer. placing the Hearth on the Hall of Lugh. speak as is proper. the Sacred Tree Flow and flame and grow in me In Land. friend and foe. Sea and Sky. the Well. perhaps: I kindle the sacred fire In the presence of the shining ones In the presence of the gods of fire In the presence of the goddesses of fire Without malice. such as: Rooted deep within the land. Bile I name you. Without jealousy. as of old Center of All Things Boundary of boundaries Hold fast my work. and conjure it with a proper briocht. my Grove •Take a moment to contemplate the whole symbol of the Three Hallows together. high and low I call you to be in this Hearth And bring to me your blessing. the dead and the sidhe Oh you who aid us all. below and on high. without envy.
Land. to be done in the Grove in honor of the Gods. Farmers. This may include any specific customs or traditions associated with the deities. Wise Ones. • Personal Offerings: In group rituals the old tradition is for participants to bring a personal offering of song. and the image of a Gate opening is used to bring our Sacred Center nearer to the world of the Gods and Spirits. . This is the hinge of the rite. in which case this step may be omitted. Sea and Sky. and have a clear understanding of the order of the coming rite. Underworld.the Gods. • Honoring The Deities Of The Rite: The specific deities under whom the rite is being worked are invoked and offered to. in whatever ethnic system is being used. or with the seasonal or magical intention of the rite. Midrealm. Opening the Grove • Procession: The participants go from ordinary space into ritual space. etc. Other preliminary offerings are often added. • The Sacred Center: . It is common in our work to describe these as the Thre Kindreds . the Dead and the Spirits. each of these being honored. In private or small-group rites this may be ommitted. The most traditional opening prayers include a special offering to the Earth Mother. The most common current pattern uses Fire. • The Prayer Of Sacrifice: At this stage all the energy. the rite may be worked to all the Kindreds in general. Warriors. • Opening Prayers: The rite begins with a clear statement of beginning. poetry or art. Offering to the Spirits • General Offerings To And Invocations Of The Spirits: These invocations bring together the sacred beings. Well and Tree. • Completing The Cosmology: Optional work in which other aspects of the cosmology of the rite are established or invoked . or hallowed in this section of the rite. • Opening The Gate: An offering is made to the God who keeps Gates.. A preliminary entrancement prepares the mind. worship and aspiration of the participants is gathered up and offered in through the gate to the honored beings of the rite. In some cases.The Core Order of Druidic Ritual • Preparation: All participants make certain they know their intention. Heavens. • Statement Of Purpose: The intention of the rite is clearly stated. along with a physical sacrifice.
and the Gates are declared closed. etc. Receiving the Blessing • The Omen: A simple omen is taken. and prepare to end the rite. • Closing The Gates: The Gatekeeper Deity is thanked. blessings. • Thanking The Beings: All the beings that have been called on in the rite are thanked. stating again the intention for which they have worked. • Works: If there are any other specific works. whiskey. • Hallowing The Waters: The blessing of the Gods and Spirits is invoked into a cup of ale. in reverse order. and ask for it to be given. from the Deities of the occasion. • Affirmation Of The Blessing: Participants affirm their reception of the blessing. etc. • Statement Of Ending: The rite ends with a clear statement of ending. and all leftover offerings or blessing are offered to her. etc. • Calling For The Blessing: Participants express their openness to the Gods’ blessing. Sometimes the participants then process out from the Sacred Space. to the Kindreds. this is the time that they are done. for which the blessing has been called. Closing the Grove • Final Affirmation: All again afirm the blessing. . to determine what sort of blessing the Gods offer in the rite. cider. now turns and begins to flow back in turn. spells. and to be certain of their aid in whatever work is planned.after which the energy. • Thanking The Earth Mother: The Earth Mother is thanked. water. which has been being directed into the gate.
Raise hands to the sky. cauldron with blessed water.A Simple Rite of Offering This ritual can be performed at a home hearth shrine or in a larger nemeton with a minimum of tools or preparations. then walk three times around the central hallows. saying: All you of the outer dark. To make offering to the powers and to (state purpose) . a stone to represent the Earth. flow within me. So be it! 5: Offer silver into the cauldron. End at the south of the hallows. world tree symbol or wand or staff. dead or nature spirits. 1: Give nine knells on a bell. silver. . facing north. accept this offering and bless my rite. Offer a pinch of corn meal into the bowl. Oh Shining Ones. Bless me. saying: I have come to do as the wise ancients did. any who abide beyond the light of this work’s fire. Sacred well. a horn for pouring and drinking. images of patron deities. Mother of all. Quicken my tongue that I may work the rites in beauty. saying: In the deeps flow the waters of wisdom. Place your hand on your heart and open to the light of inspiration. Pour a bit of ale to the south of the fire. accept this offering and trouble not my working. 3: Ground and center. or other musical signal. The Rite Materials Needed: Small bell. This rite is especially proper for the worship of the deities of one’s household. in my working. and say: I am here to honor the gods. an offering bowl if the rite is indoors. 4: State the purpose of the rite. saying: Earth Mother. offerings (corn meal. I am your child. attend the shrine of my soul. 2: Place the Earth-stone in the offering bowl. olive oil or essential oil.gods and goddesses. fire-pot or candle. saying: Power of inspiration.) and ale for offering and drinking. censer with incense. but it may be used to entreat any of the three Kindreds .
Make an offering of oil into the flame. below and on high! Thus is the sacred grove claimed hallowed. to those who dwell above. Circle the grove once. to those who dwell below. and sky. my ancestors. Let the sky not fall and all ill turn away. Raise the horn again. Raise the incense and cense everything. saying: Gods and goddesses of elder days Honor me as I honor you! Shining Ones. love and power. Let the land hold firm and all ill turn away. Sacred tree. remember me as I remember you! Ancestors. saying: I kindle the sacred fire in wisdom. saying: By the light of the fire let the shining sky be the roof of the grove. By this offering and my magic. grow within me. saying: I make this offering to the keeper of the gates. wand or self. Let the sea not rise. Old ones. burn within me. saying: By the cleansing of water let the primal sea be the boundary of the grove. flow and flame and grow in me! In land. Contemplate the three worlds and the grove. 8: Sprinkle everything with sacred water. saying: By fire and water let the blessed land be the founding of this sacred grove. the sacred tree. and all ill turn away. saying: From the deeps to the heights spans the world-tree. sea or sky. 7: Sprinkle and cense the world-tree. saying: Spirits of this land. saying: I make my offerings to the Kindreds of the worlds. Join your magic with mine and let the fire open as a gate.6: Light the fire and incense. accept my sacrifice! . the well. to the tribes of spirits in land. accept my sacrifice! Pour a quarter of the ale into the bowl. Aid me as I aid you! Spirits accept my sacrifice! Pour a quarter of the ale into the bowl. Sacred fire. sea. saying: The fire. Hear your true worshipper (your name) as I make due sacrifice. let the tree carry the spirits to my sacrifice. Raise the horn a third time. let the well open as a gate. let the gates be open! 10: Fill the horn with ale and raise it. So be it! 9: Offer oil into the fire.
I open my heart to the flow of your blessing. asking the spirits. It might include: Let my voice arise on the flame Let my voice resound in the well Oh honored ones (insert names of the patrons) Hear me now as I offer up this sacrifice. as explained in the liturgical notes. Meditate on the influx of magical current. and the omen . especially the patrons of the rite.Pour a quarter of the ale into the bowl and set the horn aside. I draw water from the well of wisdom I call upon (patron powers) to give to me as I have given to you. 14: Refill the horn and breathe the combined energy current into the drink saying: I pour the ale of inspiration. seek to understand what blessings the powers offer in return for the sacrifice. to grant a boon.the image. your child and worshipper. Cast for a simple omen. perhaps sprinkling any object to be consecrated in the work as well. offer the last of the ale and make an offering of oil to the fire. such as spells in pursuit of the intention. hallow these waters. compose of all this . . Powers of earth and sky and sea. Now is the time to speak a heartfelt prayer. they should be completed at this time.into a single gestalt of energy. 15: If you have any remaining work. Behold the waters of life! Reverently drink the ale. Grant (state purpose) and give me your blessing! 13: Take up your divining tool of choice and meditate on the patrons and on the intention of this rite. the intention. Oh (goddess) . Meditate on the omen. Then. 12: Finally. By fire and well and sacred tree Offerings I make to thee! So be it! 11: Make offerings to the patron powers of the rite. Accept my worship and reverence. I. Oh (god) . Say: Gods and dead and spirits three.
lord of knowledge. give thanks. dead and nature spirits: I thank you for upholding my magic. Now let the gates of the worlds be closed! Make a closing triskel by circling the grove once in the opposite direction from beginning. Mighty Dead . saying: Shining Ones. I give you my thanks! Triple Kindreds. (Patron powers) . I give you my thanks.16: When all is done. 17: Recenter and contemplate the entire working and end. gods. Lord of the gates. the well and the tree Flow and flame and grow in me! Peace and blessings. Noble Spirits I thank you for your aid and blessing. saying: The fire. The rite is ended! .
In other cases important natural features.while sitting in communion with the site. Find. in wild places.. it is usually the Shining Ones who stand out . In order to comprehend the vast families of the Gods and the Non-Gods. if you can. In any region there are places that are unique. or of our folk. their power and beauty. It is helpful to go to these sites. are found outside the city. At your local waterside you should contemplate the Goddesses. and make a small offering. you can begin to seek an understanding of each of these groups of Spirits. seeking to attune yourself to the Lady of the Land. of storm and of the sun. Ancient IndoEuropean religion always looked to the high places to find the Shining Ones. Secondly. The Shining Ones The Divine Ones.The Spirits In The Land The work of Druidry is about building relationships between mortals and the Spirits. and especially to the Gods of sky. Your readings in mythology and Pagan culture should give you the basic concepts of the nature of the Deities. we think of them in the categories which we call the Three Kindreds. two major land features are often central. In all such places it is proper to attune to the Gods and Goddesses. determine where the highest point is in your region. stones or caves. taking with you a collection of the tales of the God/desses of your choice of culture. You might choose to imagine the form or presence of one or more of the Deities in the natural setting. Their help and love. We seek to reach out to the Spirits whether of our land. the Gods and Goddesses. natural features that command the attention and respect of the communities near them. Go with an . As your skills in Druidry grow. and the principle applies today as well. and make an effort to reach them. perhaps of precious metal or stones.who are most apparent. On the high places you can call out to all the Shining Ones. In attuning to the Gods and Goddesses. First determine what the major river and/or source of drinking water is for your region. the Dead and the Land-Spirits. In many places. these places have been made part of public parks and preserves.S. There you can sit and read a key tale or two perhaps even reading aloud . especially in the U. or whatever is proper for those Powers that you seek. have caused them to be remembered even as other aspects of Pagan cultures are forgotten. are those beings mightiest among all the Spirits. the source and headwaters for the river. However. These notable natural places are proper for seeking contacts with the Shining Ones. As you study the culture and religion of an ancient people. it is proper to look to the land itself to find out how the God/desses and Spirits are present in your region. These can be reached easily by car or on foot. such as mountains.
Finding these places brings us into contact with our urban environment. the Dead of the Clans of Mortals are our own kin and folk in the Otherworld. keeping their revels and feasts. there are many Tribes of Spirits. The heroes are the link between present mortal lives and the human past. some beautiful. Others dwell together in glittering courts. Cultures with strong traditions of ancestor worship place great importance on the relationship between the living and the Dead. The Noble Spirits Throughout the worlds. Just as important as the great ones of any tribe are the past members of one’s own clan.of the Old Ways. They may rightly be considered as lesser relations of the Deities. and open your heart to the voices of the Ancestors. In these places you can make contacts with the green places in our cities. The Mighty Dead The Ancestors. and those who fell in service to the culture in various causes. one’s own forbearers. and can have great influence over the lives of their descendants. and listen with your spirit to the land. Some dwell in lonely places apart from company. The Mighty Dead have vision and magic beyond those of mortals. nonreligious. While many of these are filled with very un-Pagan symbols and sentiments. make a simple offering. some hideous. glens of flowers and images of classical beauty. Most common are the cemeteries used by modern religions and civic governments. Be aware also of the stories of famous heroes of your region. The tales and traditions of Pagan cultures are full of the heroes . These places can provide a sense of contact with the history of local culture.men and women . in every place. Grandmothers and grandfathers. reverence and offerings to the spirits of our own Beloved Dead. Go to these places and read the tales of the legendary heroes of your chosen Pagan culture. assigned by them to hold the natural world in proper order. they can also have some inspiring statuary and natural places. and learn the tales of the Dead of your own families. We remember those dead in war. The Dead are honored in our local environment in several ways. and with the spirits of the mighty and beloved Dead. monuments. These great mortal lives stand as an example to the living of cultural virtues and the power of the Spirits. keeping a pool or stone or tree as their domain. These beings are neither Gods nor Dead. make your offerings in love and reverence. Take with you offerings of food and drink. Beings of wonderful diversity. and may be enshrined in green places amidst the concrete and glass. the Noble Spirits are beings who serve the Gods in maintaining the Order of the Worlds. So it is proper for us to give love.open heart. In cemeteries we sometimes find great trees. a thing always sacred to Pagan ways. . are worthy of veneration. Most cities also have a variety of civic.
and greater results are likely to come from even simple ritual work. a way of ritual.The Gods are our allies. In many places there are patches of relative wilderness even in habited places. But it is in the wilder places that you may come to glimpse the greater Spirits. but remember to get out of the city and the farmland and into the real wilderness. Be certain to be fully prepared for the reality of the wilderness. and for the Spirits that you seek. The skills of the basic nature attunement. We provide. below. or with. when vision comes. in many ways. Go out from the cities and parklands and fields. While there is value in using the imagination to construct forms for the Spirits. the Dead our kin. Yet we also see that some of the Spirits choose to work for. When we seek contact with the Nobles we seek places wild and tangled. but set aside your expectations and open to your senses. Look closely in you own area. mortals. ‘openness’ type of meditation are central to this work. if we approach them with respect. These first efforts to attune to the land and the spirits are an opportunity to begin simple ritual. a very simple approach to greeting the spirits in a natural place. it is perhaps better to begin by simply offering worship. go with care. If you keep a yard or field as your own. ears and heart to the real presences of the land. When you go to seek them and make your offerings. When we approach these spirits today. especially for the fertility of the land. or find places within them overgrown and untended. to approach the land and the spirits with no ceremony at all. They are the Other. it will be ensouled by the reality of the land. we approach nature in the wild. Then. but the Spirits are. and go with the greatest respect both for the wild land. the Wild Powers. The Druid’s way is. untouched as much as possible by human work. or expect everything. it might be good to leave a small section of it completely untended. . keeping a court. Expect nothing at this stage. In many tales they are the enemies of humankind. then opening your eyes. keeping the lives of the nonhuman Kins. It is also possible. There may even be a greater Lord or Lady. It requires a minimum of tools and allows attention to be focused on the natural locale. as a place in which the Nobles can feel welcome and honored. and useful. So we know that they can be our allies as well. and as such they are not automatically our allies and friends. the untamed reality that is the basis of all tame life. however. Even in cities the Nobles watch and ward. quite separate from us. Simply working the open-eyed meditation in various settings will go some way toward making strong natural contacts. or must be carefully placated.
back straight.. or the full Druid Circle and Gate if you wish .. feel your point-of-view rise with your head. Seat yourself comfortably.. it is time to begin. Even as the Powers are meeting in your own body. .. around your arms and chest.. . to surround your head. meet in your loins. neither in the common world or in the Otherworld.....Passing The Mist & The Inner Grove Our Druidry requires the discovery or creation of an Inner working space . seated in the Mist. growing thicker.The Mist gathers. around your hips and loins.. see it grey and silver and white. ... as the Mist swirls all around you. . feel the mingling of the Powers begin to produce the Mist . if possible outdoors.. . the place of neither/Nor.. rest here for a while.. not with your physical body. rest in meditation as your mind holds the presence of the swirling Mist of the Border.. from the Gates in your Nemeton. of your body upright.. a place where journeying may happen. . . beginning to accumulate.....Feel the cool Earth Power and the hot Sky Power meet in your head. You stand up in your vision body.in your first exercises it might be to work the full opening . envision the Wizard’s Mist as it surrounds you.. a place of unknown possibility. at last. sometimes shadowed. sometimes glistening... and into which the spirits will be called..You may.Prepare your ritual space.. .And in the meeting-places. and collecting around your feet.. brace yourself.Work a short blessing of the space. in your Inner Vision. or come before your Home Shrine.. you feel the presence of your hands..the streams of vapor pouring out of your Inner Cauldrons. look down at yourself. meet in your heart. . There are many such methods.. and the Mist flows from you. where Fire and Water meet.... you take a step forward.Now.visualize the Mist gathering and thickening.. holding your point-of-view behind your imagined eyes... .With your eyes closed... if you wish.. Use your body in vision. and rise up from where you are seated.. warm and comforting.renew and strengthen your Earth and Heavens contacts.. and stand in the Mist..... flowing out from the roots of the Tree.. growing thicker. Stand up. Though there is no need.. The Working: . but here we give one that is based on seeking the Inner counterpart to the material locales we create for ritual...a visionary locale from which journeys may be begun.....This is the Mist of the Between.. neither waking nor sleeping. in your imagination’s eye. and rises. It grows thick and opaque. you may perceive the Mist approaching from around you...
for a time. the Nemeton. turn and look around you. seated in the common world... after a time. turn and look for the glint of your Sacred Fire. for these first experiments. as though blown by an unfelt wind. ........ you see the details more clearly now. .. look at the plants and stones.. .. you are aware of your body. ... but perhaps less ‘in focus’.. (If this is your first experience of passing the Mists...... elements of the same scene that you left when you called the Mist. .. Skip to the return instructions... you see the scene resolve before you..) ... lit before you. but for now.So. upon the land on which you began. let your memory draw it before you.... resolving only when you gaze directly at a scene..... look round to see the presence of birds. you may wish to walk out into the Inner.... revealed in its Otherworld form.. the Way Between the Worlds. and see it begin to part.In vision. with memory and will. .... will always be visible to you....Now it is your task to part the Mist and move into the vision reality of your ritual space.. ... You take note of its position.... always be a beacon for returning. only observe. or if anything doesn’t feel right about the experience. turn to your right... -The Inner World is brighter. and to your left. a pillar. . focused on your goal image.Now the Mist begins to thin...... this is as far as you should go.. do not seek to interact with them.. and the presence of the Gate.... appearing however it is true and real for you... see its shape and color.......... see it resolve in your Inner Eye...... reach your hand before you. it glimmers and wavers.and. your Sacred Fire....... Inner forms. and draw a triskel in the Mist before you.... no matter how far you roam.. as the Mist clears around you... the Fire in the Tintean. .. .. as you look at the Inner World around you. all on its own. and return to the place where you can dimly glimpse your body. explore the Inner Land in which you find yourself.. . bring to mind your goal and your target. to the original Inner Grove locale....You behold the Inner Grove resolving before you... revealing the Inner reflection of the common world..Where you have placed your hallows you may see other forms. beasts or beings.. turn at last and look behind you. a Well. recall its nature... your goal-image.. that Sacred Fire that shines in every world. .In your vision body.If all feels well to you... remaining near to your physical body. sometimes resolving sharply. now........ see the Mist swirl where you draw.
expressing your intention. the sigil might be drawn on paper or on a wooden platen on which the Cauldron is set. In this work you will place the ingredients of your Will and intention into the Waters of the Cauldron. etc. • The Coire Beannacht is prepared.The Cauldron Spell • This spell may be worked for many kinds of results. The Cauldron is placed on the sigil. you might undertake preliminary offerings to the Powers proper to the rite. You must choose the items with care. • The Grove is blessed. determining whether the results of the work will be consumed. • Take up the Wand. perhaps in this form: Into this vessel I place my magic. • You must also prepare a sigil. Prepare an offering and invocation to those powers. and light the three flames as this charm is recited: . Vessel In this Vessel of Magic I boil up my will. to whatever Powers are proper to the rite. If the work is especially important. • If possible the sigil of the rite should be drawn on the ground in flour. or a briocht (spoken spell) or both. and what herbs. take down the rite and try another night. • You must begin by conceiving a clear purpose for your spell. sprinkled. might be best used to bring the desired powers to the Cauldron. If the omen is ill.. accumulate the Fire in the three lamps. I boil up (ingredient) for (purpose) I boil up (ingredient) for (purpose) I boil up (ingredient) for (purpose) Let this Cauldron be filled with the Waters of Life. • An omen is taken. before the rite. stones. This intention should be shaped into a short. Let the Waters of the Deep rise in this cauldron. etc. and the Gate is opened • The Invocations are made. For indoor work. and the three flames are set around it. to determine whether it is proper to continue. set in a triangle. The Druid bears the Slat Draoi. Three small flames are prepared around it. saying: Wand and Cauldron serve me now Light shine and shadow flow Accumulate the Shadow in the Blessing Cauldron. When this is done you must determine which of the Gods and Spirits would be proper to aid in your work. • Placing the Slat in the lap. oils. and the sacrifices made. using whatever charm you have. concise phrase that properly expresses your desire. filled with potable beverage. Place the three ingredients into the Cauldron.
and envision the sigil of the working shining in fiery light in the Cauldron. •Pass the Wand through each of the three flames. reciting one of the conjuring words given in the spells for each. • With the Slat. (your Child and Worshipper) (or recite your magical name and lineage). . orth bhais bethad.Let this Cauldron be warmed by the breath of Fire. I open my heart to the flow of Blessing. do chel denmha • Let the Power build until the ninth drawing and chanting is complete. and close the Gate and the Circle. Let the Fire come into the Water. Touch the Wand to the surface of the drink. Dead and Sidhe. • Thanks any beings that have been invoked. and the vision of the Grove is renewed. Behold. expressing your intent in the words of the charm. In the joining of Fire and Water. Each time the sigil is drawn recite your briocht. the intention is banished from the mind. This form can serve for general blessings: (Light the first fire) Tine Geal (Light the second fire) Tine Naomh (Light the third fire) Tine Draiocht • See the Fire and Water mingling in the waters of the Cauldron. or sprinkled. using an intonation or hum of power if you like: Anal nathrach. nine times. the Water of Life! Seo an uisce na beatha! • The contents of the Coire Beannachta are then consumed. or used in some other way to transmit the intention of the work. Let the power of the Holy Ones Flow forth into our world. I. The Three Flames are lit. and say: So by the power of Fire and Water And by the Triple Cauldron And by the Power of Gods. gathering the power for the work. or chant this charm. They might be drunk. Hallow these Waters. draw the sigil of the work slowly over the Cauldron. Let the Light shine in the Darkness And the Deeps rise to meet it. • When all is done. or used in whatever way the spell requires.
That leaves two sides on which you might write the Irish and English names of the tree-letter. but to get started you will probably need to use commercial dowel. Close your eyes and clear your mind as you reach into the bag and draw three lots. and say: Dan of the Gift. let me hear the song Of the Turning of the Worlds (name and nature of the beings one is asking) I have offered to you. The most famous of the Ogham lists gives ancient tree-names for each of the letters. or if you wish to clarify some point in the first draw. Dan of Destiny My gift I give to you. We can imagine a perfect set made with each dowel cut from the proper sort of wood. ships. Oh spirits. A square dowel allows you to use one corner as the center-line of the Ogham letter. • If the omen seems ill or uncertain. Ogham lots might best be made of bits of square dowel. • Make a small offering into the Fire. A Charm For Taking An Omen Take a clean white cloth and lay it before you. • Place the three lots in a row before you on the cloth. (State question) • Shake the bag and let it fall into your lap or onto the cloth. Make your link with the Two Powers. Irish Ogham lists go on to list Oghams of birds. cities and many other kinds. as I seek (restate intention of the work) Now let the true sight be in me. You may then proceed to the next phase of your work. Dan of the Song. Answer me now. then hold your bag of lots in your hands. . This is a worthwhile longterm project. Give me the gift. • If there is a need you may go so far as to frame a third question and draw a third triad. the true speech be mine. you may frame a second question and draw a second triad of symbols. and extend your awareness into the Water and the Light.The Ogham The Ogham is commonly thought of as the ‘alphabet of trees’. • If the omen seems good then you should record or clearly remember the omen and pick up the lots.
?tradition.death and rebirth - .future vision .justice and balance wisdom. binding together . intuition .cleansing. nourishment . family . kingship -water.otherworld. enchantment .?sorrow .Spindle .An Ogham . the ancestors .draiocht.speech.hospitality .trouble and protection . communication . rising above .ecstacy.ancient knowledge.Honeysuckle .wheel. new growth .witch-hazel . goddesses & women . the land. the Queen of the Mound . protection. land-spirits .support.?flow. purity and delight .Aspen .earth.beginnings.?nourishment.strength and law . world tree .?binding together .the Sidhe. smooth going .tools and labor .Gooseberry .
plantain is strong against any wound or scrape or rash on the skin. turns aside ill.An herb of protection and of banishing ill.Concerning the Powers of Natural Things Every natural thing partakes in some way of one of the divine powers.Called the woundwort. proper for works of fertility. Vervain . proper for love and affection spells. and herbs should be used for healing only with a clear understanding of their values and risks. Visionary. it is bound with red thread to make a protection charm. useful in treating disorders of the womb and female nature. It should be mashed until juicy. Good for the heart and circulation. It is the business of the wise to know these webs of symbolism. creativity or in ventures. especially of silver. seership and divination. Used both in incense and potions. For meditation and invocation. and the herb is applied in a salve for skin sores. whether in childbirth. In this work. Plantain . It is a serious study. joint swelling and pain. The seed-spike. then applied as a poultice to the wound. Nine Herbs: The use of herbs for healing and magic is a huge field. the Dead or the Spirits. as well as in poultices for sores. The tea calms nerves and headaches. In the end.A famous Druidic plant. They include all the objects and aids called for in the Cauldron Spells. and good smoked. wounds and swellings. can be used as a torch by which to summon spirits. soaked in oil or wax. and especially an herb of the Ancestors. used to attract the spirits of the Dead. that will repay a lifetime of study. Connected with spiritual inspiration and initiation. it adds strength and permanence to any working. I will offer only some simple lists of objects that are useful in the sorts of spells I have given. Infused in water it is used for purification and consecration of holy things. It is also taken internally to relieve fevers and cool the body. Gather at Midsummer. blessing and the attraction of wealth. altars.A powerful magical herb. but the berries are poison. . Mugwort . etc. it is the intuition and judgment of any sorcerer that decides what symbols are proper for any working. Lavender . These lists are mere hints of the body of lore that the Celtic Sorcerer should seek to comprehend. It banishes ill and actively attracts joy. Can be used in healing charms. whether of the Gods. in order to bring together a harmonious web of influences for any magical working.The sovereign Druidic herb. Good for the lungs. awakes the spirit.An herb of the mystery and power of the Gods. and against convulsions. Mistletoe . Used in works of vision. and causes spirits to take visible form. Useful in any magical work. for protection of the home and for consecration. and taken internally as a tea. Mullein .
nor burned. and protection from the Sidhe. and the maypole. and strong storms. It is also a proper offering for the Dead. in charms. sores and all kinds of wounds. You should make the understanding of the Ogham a special part of your learning. used a tea to calm the nerves and aid sleep.Vision and seership. for healing and spells of love. sorcery and both encounter with and protection from the Sidhe. protection in battle. and for luck-charms. the presence of the Court of the Dead.A strong herb of healing and calming. Alder . law and all things concerned with lightning and the storm. often powdered.The Otherworld.the power of the Ancestors. night and the moon. to bring them joy and peace. Yew . bardic magic and the Ancient Wisdom in general. Tie a rowan cross with red thread for protection. Counsel and guidance. for good or ill. and the wisdom of the earth. The flowers are used. Tir na nOg. reception of spirit power. source of prosperity and joy. It protects against lightning. this flower is used to bring protection against ill magic. and should be used with care. and the blessing of the Gods.for enchantment. support and strength. to turn aside ill and soothe sorrow. also of service. Periwinkle . conjuring of spirits. Love and sex. A tree of the Cauldron of Bounty. night-magic and converse with spirits. Oak . fame. for persistence and constitutional strength. source of energy. Birch . Works of love and fertility. Trance and seership. Celts used crystal eggs as spell-stones. Strengthens magic. the power of spring and growth. St John’s Wort . Acorns fine for the base of charms Rowan .Healing of wounds. Male sexuality. Female sexuality. Grants seeing of the spirits. Willow . Best for wands (and divining forks). Apple . .Chamomile . easy delivery.the tree of poetic inspiration.Gathered at Midsummer. Power of shaping and making. Nine Stones Hematite .water.fire rising from the water. Purification and life’s lessons. Elder should not be cut green. Elder . Hazel .for strength.The power of the Queen of the Sidhe. An oil made from the fresh blossoms is good for burns. Here I give nine trees that are especially useful in sorcery. and the Dead.new beginnings. this herb makes an amulet that allows the vision of the Sidhe. worn pierced for protection. In charms. Crystal . along with Rowan.Called the ‘Sorcerer’s Violet’. Seership and divination. Trees: Nine Trees The Ogham alphabet offers us a large list of Celtic correspondences and natural symbols.
or the frith. Moonstone .Glass mirrors are things of remarkable power. They can be blessed and driven into a door or window or into the ground before a door. male sexuality. for mourning.a stone of the Dead. pleasant dreams and good sleep. Jet . warmth and light.Night. invisibility. Topaz . healing and wisdom. shaping. Nine Signs The Hag Stone .A stone with a natural hole is a traditional source of several kinds of magic. It is useful to create a permanent set of such . and of the Fire. Arrowhead . spiritual awakening. arrests bleeding. An arrowhead can be used in charms to remove disease caused by such intrusions.Thread is a core manifestation of the human Power of Shaping. and for courage. Mirror Shard. to bring together and transform. Lapis Lazuli . silver for seership and commerce. and for use in trade. It symbolizes and embodies our ability to bind and hold.Iron has sovereign power to turn aside attack. The spells given in this book sometimes call for the eye. Amber . Iron Nail .The tiny flint arrowheads of the ancient peoples were seen by the Celts as symbols of the weapons of the Sidhe. constancy. Sigil Charms . Thread . loyalty and strength. Iron or steel nails are useful in protection charms. protection and glamour. peace of mind and emotional security. eases fear and brings a cheerful mind.Day. It can also be used as a peering-hole for the work of augury. Red thread is used to bind spells of many kinds.These three metals are called the ‘Noble Metals’. good against nightmares and spirit-attacks. Gold & Silver & Copper . or used in many other ways. and copper if you can’t manage either of those.It is often useful to give a sigil into the Cauldron as an ‘ingredient’ in a spell. increase in beauty and affection.Power of the Fire In The Water. the most suitable to decoration.Good fortune and good judgment. hand or mouth charm graven or written on some substance. success and renown.Amethyst . as in the old anti-magic charm: Rowan wood and red thread Rob the witches of their speed Blue thread is also said to be used by Scottish witches in their charms. protection. against melancholy or madness. source of great energy for any kind of magic. dreams and visions. wisdom and beauty. It acts as a protective amulet.cleverness and bounty. as well as granting the sight of the Otherworld. round mirrors Shard are useful as cauldron charms for seership. chastity and sobriety. Of course you should have a bit of silver set aside with which you silver your well. Your kit should contain a small bit of gold for charms of prosperity.Prevents illness. Carnelian . against illmagic and night demons. Tiny. and neutralize undesired magic.
Salt is useful in charms of protection and of banishing ill. perhaps graven on pebbles taken from running water in a place known to you. of prosperity and healing. They could be graven with a tool.charms. . Salt .Salt is the purest and most simple manifestation of the blessing of the Underworld in human life. or painted and lacquered. the essential nutrient that allows life. Whether from the earth or from the sea. salt brings the power of potential.
•Be skilled in the taking of Omens •Be skilled in the work of the Two Powers. •Create and work a ritual in which you hallow the Slat and the Coire. •Be skilled in rising in vision.that can be easily moved. •Make the Slat Draoi and the Coire Beannachta •Regularly work rites of Purification and empowerment. (Druid’s Name) and begin your briocht of lineage and deeds. • Construct or find your Inner Grove. and take or affirm your Ainm Draoi. and passing the mist into the Vision-realm. •Have a well-realized Home Shrine.Fire. •Be skilled in the basic rites of your religion.The Work of Gathering Power •Be skilled in the basics of trance and meditation. •Choose you Ainm Draoi. setup and taken down. Well & Tree . . and be skilled in personal Shrinework. •Make a set of Hallows . at the Home Shrine and in natural spaces to which you have been Welcomed.
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