ADF Style New Moon Rite

Outdwellers –

Outdwellers, you who stand at cross-purpose to my rite,

Accept this offering as a symbol of peace between us.

Allow this time, place and purpose to be in peace.

I also release anything within myself that is at cross-purposes with this rite.

Outdwellers!  Accept this offering.

 

Processional  –

*wash face and hands in fresh, clean water outside of ritual space. Incense may also be included in the purification.*

 

Opening Statement/Prayer –

O,Blessed Ones

As the moon in its cycle is timeless,

Waxing and waning, it ever returns.

So I return each month at the time of the New Moon

In this timeless act of worship

Echoing with my prayers and my offerings,

The moon’s ageless promise of renewal and return.

Tonight, beneath the new crescent moon,

I come to do as my Ancestors did before me,

To reforge the sacred *ghosti bond in my worship.

And to mix my power together with the spirits to achieve great works.

Come, Spirits!

Bless me with your presence,

And partake of what I offer,

In reverence of you here.

 

Earth Mother-

Earth Mother, ground me in your soil.

Hold me in your arms, let my roots sink down

And be nourished by you.

You who have given life to all,

and remind me to walk in balance as I honor you.

Earth Mother, Accept this Offering!

 

Inspiration

Inspire me with your grace and song

To honor all the Kindreds.

Take my head, my hand, my heart.

Let the Awen sing through me!

Spirit of the Awen, Accept this offering!

 

Attunement:

I feel all the world spiraling about me, and as I stand here at the Center I send my roots down, to mix and mingle with the Cosmic Waters below; as I stand here at the Center I send my branches up to gleam and glow with the Sacred Fire above; as I stand here at the Center I feel all the world about me come together as I am connected to all the realms, at the meeting point of the Land, Sea, and Sky.  With the worlds aligned about me I stand ready to begin the work.

 

Creating the Sacred Center & Creation of Sacred Space

*sprinkle water around sacred space*

Let this area around me be purified sacred space where I go to meet the gods, and the gods descend down to meet with me.

 

*waft incense smoke around sacred space, and/or pour oil on fire*

Let the smoke from my sacred fire carry my voices to the heavens to be heard by the gods.

 

*cense and asperge the tree*

Let this pillar stand at the center of worlds, just as it marked the center of the ancient world.  Through this sacred center, let the World Tree grow, plunging deep within the earth to touch the Sacred Waters below and reaching through the sky to embrace the Sacred Fires above.

 

Opening the Gates

I call out now to Hekate to guide me in walking between the worlds!

 

Hekate, at moonlit crossroads, you befriend the helpless.

Keyholding Mistress of Earth, Sea, and Sky.

Dark Mother Hekate,

Ghosts and hounds follow you.

You are the black puppy and the black she-lamb.

Torchbearer, I praise you for the brightness of your power.

I offer you eggs and wine.

Hekate of the Crossroads be my Guide!

Guide me as you guided Demeter in her journey.

Reveal to me the way to walk in safety.

 

Radiant Hekate of the Torches,

Guiding Light, Keeper of the Keys,

Join your hidden knowledge and power with mine

and help me to open the Gates between the worlds.

 

Let this water become the Well, and open as a Gate to the worlds below.

My connections deepen with the Chthonic beings as the Gate is opened.

 

Let this flame become the Fire, and open as a Gate to the worlds above.

My connections deepen with the Ouranic beings as the Gate is opened.

 

Let this Tree stand at the center, and mark the sacred center here and in all the worlds.

Let it’s roots sink deep into the Well, and let it’s branches stretch upwards and reach for the Fire.

 

I stand here, connected at the Sacred Center to all the realms of Land, Sea, and Sky.

Let the Gates be Open!

 

Ancestors

I call out to the Ancestors, and to the Mighty Dead.

Hear me, you who have walked this path before me:

Those of my blood and my bone, who give life.

Those of my heart and my hearth, who guide my steps.

Those of my friends and my folk, who strengthen and deepen all relationships.

Those Mighty Dead, poets, priests, and bards.

Those Heroes among the ancestors who have shaped our world.

It is to you I call out to and to you who I make these offerings.

Come, Ancestors, and join me at the fire.

Mix your magic with mine, and Meet me at the Boundary.

Guide me and Aid me as I walk the Elder Ways.

Ancestors, Accept this Offering!

 

Nature Spirits

I call out to the Nature Spirits!

Hear me, Allies and Guides!

 

To those spirits who crawl or stride:

Patient Turtle, Bounding Doe.

To those spirits who burrow or slide:

Cautious Mole, Cunning Serpent.

Come, and Be Welcome!

 

To those spirits who flit or fly:

Buzzing Bee, Sharp-Eyed Hawk.

To those spirits who swim or dive:

Glittering Gills, Darting Fins.

Come, and Be Welcome!

 

To those spirits who climb and grow:

Blooming Flower, Creeping Vine.

To those spirits who ripple and flow:

Shining Lake, Rushing Stream.

Come, and Be Welcome!

 

Come, Nature Spirits, and join me at the fire.

Mix your magic with mine, and Meet me at the Boundary.

Guide me and Aid me as I walk the Elder Ways.

Nature Spirits, Accept this Offering!

 

Shining Ones

I call out to the Shining Ones,

First Children of the Mother!

Hear me, Bright Gods and Goddesses, as I sing your praises.

You wise seers and honey-tongued bards,

Shining Awen’s light of knowledge and inspiration down on us.

You courageous warriors and skilled crafters,

giving us virtues to strive for and tools for our work.

You hearth tenders and grain guarders,

providing for us each and every day.

Brilliant deities of land, sea, and sky,

your brightness illuminates our lives.

Shining Ones, meet us at the boundaries.

Come, Shining Ones, and join me at the fire.

Mix your magic with mine, and Meet me at the Boundary.

Guide me and Aid me as I walk the Elder Ways!

Shining Ones, accept this offering!

 

Deity of the Occasion –

Selene, brilliant shining Titaness,

your crescent-crowned face lights the way along my path as you grow in power each night.

You who have bathed in the sacred waters of mighty Okeanos,

you who shine, luminescent, driving your long-maned horses at full speed across the sky.

Selene, splendid Queen of the Night,

I am again ecstatic to see you turn your face to the Earth.

Selene, Accept this Offering!

 

Final Sacrifice –

I pour these libations now for Selene,

and for all the Kindreds here gathered.

Those Shining Deities who share their power,

Those Noble Guides who share their passion,

Those Ancient Wise who share their knowledge,

I pour out these libations to you as I sing your praises.

 

Omen –

Having given offerings to the Kindreds,

I now seek to know what blessings and advice they give me in return.

 

*make an offering as you prepare to take an omen*

 

I ask: what wisdom or blessings do the Ancestors offer?

I ask: what wisdom or blessings do the Nature Spirits offer?

I ask: what wisdom or blessings do the Shining Ones offer?

I ask: what wisdom or blessings does Selene offer?

 

Waters –

Haven given offerings and received wisdom and blessings in return, I now seek to take of those blessings to enrich myself for the coming month.  I seek to fill myself with these blessings so that I may be thusly imbued with the sacred powers and apply myself to the work ahead.

 

The Waters of Life have been won for me, and are a gift from the Kindreds that I may take and use to fill myself with the blessings they provide.

 

*take vessel filled with water.  Water is infused with the blessings.

Some water is set aside if their is a working that requires it*

 

Let the darkness of the new moon fill these waters with the omens I have received.

[Omen, Omen, Omen, and Omen]

 

Shining Ones, Give me the Waters!

 

Let their blessings grow in strength like the light of the moon.

[Omen, Omen, Omen, and Omen]

 

Shining Ones, Give me the Waters!

 

Their strength shall augment my strength as I face the new month ahead.

[Omen, Omen, Omen, and Omen]

 

Shining Ones, Give me the Waters!

 

Behold! The Waters of Life!

 

*drink waters*

 

Working

Now filled with the strength, blessings, and wisdom of the Kindreds, I seek to use this influx of power to …

 

*insert any workings*

 

Thank Kindreds-

Selene, thank you joining me tonight.

Stay if you will and go if you must.

 

For all the Spirits I pour these final libations.

Those Shining Deities who share their power,

Those Noble Guides who share their passion,

Those Ancient Wise who share their knowledge,

 

Mighty Kindreds, I offer you many thanks for joining me today.

May the door always remain open,

The fire always burn,

And our voices always sing in harmony.

Kindreds all, I thank you!

 

Close –

Hekate, I call to you once more,

to join your magic with mine and aid me in traversing the realms.

Show me the way home again safely as I close the Gates between the worlds.

Let this Well be but water, ever sacred in its own right, but no longer a Gate opening to the many paths.

Let this Fire be but flame, ever sacred in its own right, but no longer a Gate opening to the many ways.

Let the Tree no longer be the Center of the Worlds holding me at the Crossroads.

Hekate, as I move away from the Crossroads and return to the center of my heart and home,

stand ever vigilant, as you always do, until I return again in need of your aid.

Let the Gates be closed!

 

Thank Earth Mother-

Earth Mother,

You who nourish my roots, and help me grow strong.

You whose heartbeat thrums within all Life.

You who hold me and support me in your warm embrace,

Earth Mother, ground me in your soil and let my roots sink down

and be nourished by you.

May I always remeber that I honor you best

when I walk softly and in balance.

To you I return all that is unused.

Earth Mother, I thank you!

 

Thank Inspiration –

The Spirit of the Awen,

you have sung with my voice, danced with my feet,

enflamed my passion, and sweetened my words.

For the fire you have filled me with

And for letting it pour forth in harmony and wisdom

Spirit of the Awen, I thank you!

 

Recessional –

I carry forth into the coming month

the blessing I have received tonight.

May I bring it into my life and into the world.

This rite is ended!

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