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Breaking Spells 01

RUNE BEFORE A RITUAL (1)

I am bowing my head

In the eye of the Mother who gave me birth,

In the eye of the Maiden who loves me,

In the eye of the Crone who guides me in wisdom,

In friendship and affection.

Through thy gift of nature, O Goddess,

Bestow upon us fullness in our need.

Love towards the Lady,

The affection of the Lady,

The laughter of the Lady,

The wisdom of the Lady,

The passion of the Lady,

The blessing of the Lady,

And the magic of the Lady

To do in the world of Abred,

As the Ageless Ones do in Gwynfyd;

Each shade and light,

Each day and night,

Each moment in kindness,

Grant us Thy Sight.

 

THE LADY WITH ME LYING DOWN (2)

The Lady with me lying down,

The Lady with me rising up,

The Lady with me in each ray of light,

Nor I a ray of joy without Her.

Nor one ray without Her.

The Goddess with me sleeping,

The Goddess with me waking,

The Goddess with me watching,

Every day and night,

Each day and night.

The Mother with me protecting,

The Crone with me directing,

The Maiden with me perfecting,

For this time and for all times,

So mote it be!

Goddess of Love,

So mote it be!

 

INVOCATION OF THE CHARMS (3)

[to a Bride on her Handfasting]

I bathe thy palms

In showers of wine,

In the lustral fire,

In the five elements,

In the juice of the rasps,

In the milk of honey,

And I place the nine pure charms

In thy fair fond face,

The charm of form,

The charm of voice,

The charm of fortune,

The charm of goodness,

The charm of wisdom,

The charm of generosity,

The charm of choice maidenliness,

The charm of beauty,

The charm of fair speech.

Dark is yonder city,

Dark are those therein,

Thou art the brown swan,

Going in among them.

Their hearts are under thy control,

Their tongues are beneath thy sole,

Nor will they ever utter a word

To give thee offence.

A shade art thou in the heat,

A shelter art thou in the cold,

Eyes art thou to the blind,

A staff art thou to the pilgrim,

An island art thou at sea,

A fortress art thou on land,

A well art thou in the desert,

Health art thou to the ailing.

Thine is the skill of the Fairy Women,

Thine is the virtue of Brigit the calm,

Thine is the faith of Danu the mild,

Thine is the tact of the women of Kildare,

Thine is the beauty of Emir the fair,

Thine is the tenderness of Deirdre delightful,

Thine is the courage of Maebh the strong,

Thine is the charm of Binne-bheul.

Thou art the joy of all joyous things,

Thou art the light of the beam of the moon,

Thou art the door of hospitality,

Thou art the surpassing star of guidance,

Thou art the step of the deer on the hill,

Thou art the step of the mare on the plain,

Thou art the grace of the swan swimming,

Thou art the loveliness of all lovely desires.

The lovely likeness of the Lady

Is in thy fair face,

The loveliest likeness that

Ever was in the Three Worlds.

The best hour of the day be thine,

The best day of the month be thine,

The best month of the year be thine,

The best year of a lifetime be thine.

Ogma has come and Midir has come,

Lir has come and Manannan has come,

Morigan and Tailtiu have come,

The Dagda, all-beneficent has come,

Angus the beauteousness of youth has come,

Find the seer of the Tuatha Dé has come,

Lugh the prince of the valiant has come,

And Nuada the chief of the hosts has come,

And the Goddess of all has come,

And her spirit of guidance has come,

And her consort, the Horned One, has come,

To bestow on thee their affection and their love,

To bestow on thee their affection and their

love.

 

A GENERAL INVOCATION (4)

O Gentle Goddess, listen to my rune,

Bend to me Thine ear,

Let my incantations and my charms

Be heard. Come unto me,

O Mighty Mother of us all,

To protect me, your child,

O Great Queen of Life,

Together with the aid of

The Lord of the Wildwood,

Thy son and thy lover,

To protect me with power,

O Gentle Goddess

Of purest fairest beauty.

 

LADY BE WITH US (5)

Lady be with us on this, Thy day,

Lady be with us on this, Thy night.

To us and with us on this, Thy day,

To us and with us on this, Thy night.

It is clear to be seen of us,

Since we are born into the world,

That we have recieved Thy blessing,

So mote it be!

Thy most precious blessing,

O Mother of us all,

So mote it be!

Grant us thy bounty,

Grant us thy continued bounty,

So mote it be!

Anything that is delightful to us,

Or that may be helpful to us,

Where we shall longest be,

Illume it to us,

Make it clear to us,

Bring it forth to us,

Bring to us our heart's desire,

For this time and for all times,

So mote it be!

 

LADY, THOU GATE OF LIFE (6)

Lady, thou gate of life,

Attend to us,

So mote it be!

Lady, thou gate of death,

Bring peace to us,

So mote it be!

Oh, with us and for us

Where we shall longest be,

So mote it be!

Be about the morning of our day,

Be about the closing of our life,

So mote it be!

Be at the dawning of our life,

And at the dark'ning of our day,

So mote it be!

Be for us and with us,

Beautiful Goddess of all,

So mote it be!

Consecrate us

Life and love,

Thou Queen of the Gods,

Thou Mother of all,

So mote it be!

Consecrate us

Rites and spells,

Thou Mistress of Magic,

Thou Lady of Mysteries,

So mote it be!

Consecrate us

Heart and body,

Thou Cauldron of Life,

Thou Womb of Nature,

So mote it be!

Each heart and body,

Each day to Thyself,

Each night accordingly,

Thou Mother of Stars,

Thou Lady of Night,

So mote it be!

SILVER LADY OF THE SKY (7)

Thanks be to thee, silver Lady of the Sky,

Mother kind, ever-renewing, ever-fulfilling,

For thy fertility, abundance and blessing

That thou bestows upon us continually.

Whatever good fortune befalls us as thy children,

In our portion, in our lot, in our path,

Give to us with it the rich gifts of thy guidance,

And the joyous blessing of thy wisdom.

We are thy children, dear Goddess,

In spirit, in heart, and in flesh,

In thought, in speech, and in deeds,

We are blessed in thy sight.

Put forth to us the magic of thy love.

Bring us to the starlight realm and

Bathe us in the Cauldron of Immortality,

Like the fire on the mountain, like the mystery on the lake.

In the spiral enchanted path of our calling,

Be it easy or uneasy to our spirit,

Be it bright or dark for us to follow,

Thine own star of guidance be upon us.

Be thou a shield to us from the wiles of deceivers,

From all our enemies with doubts pursuing us,

And in each secret thought our minds do weave,

Be thou the hand upon the loom and the shuttle.

Though the Hounds of Annwn reive us from this world,

Be Thou the mistress to the Master of the Hunt.

Whatever matter or cause or propensity,

That would bring to us grief, or pains, or wounds,

Or that would bear witness against us at the gorsedd,

On the other side of the door to the fairy mound,

Oh! do Thou obscure it from our eyes,

And from our hearts drive it for ever.

Now to the Mother who gave birth to each creature,

Now to the Maiden who taught her people well,

Now to the Crone, who comforts us in strength:

Shield and sain us from every evil working;

Be about the beginning and end of our days,

Be giving us to sing the mysteries,

In peace, in rest, in the Land of Youth,

Where no tear shall be shed, where death comes no more.

Where no tear shall be shed, where death comes no more.

 

A RUNE (8)

O Goddess,

In my deeds,

In my words,

In my wishes,

In my reason,

And in the fulfilling of my desires,

In my sleep,

In my dreams,

In my repose,

In my thoughts,

In my heart and spirit always,

May the blessed Maiden

And the Silver Bough of Faerie dwell,

Oh, in my heart and spirit always,

May the loving Maiden

And the tinkling Silver Bough of Faerie dwell.

 

RUNE OF THE 'MUTHAIRN' (9)

Thou Queen of the moon,

Thou Queen of the waters,

Thou Queen of the flowers,

Thou Queen of the stars,

Thou Queen of the earth,

Thou Queen of the night,

Oh! lovely Thy countenance,

Thou silvery Radiance.

Two loops of silk

Down by thy limbs,

Smooth-skinned;

Yellow jewels

And a handful

Out of every stock of them.

 

BLESS, O MISTRESS OF MAGIC (10)

Bless, O Mistress of Magic,

Myself and everything anear me,

Bless me in all my makings,

And keep me safe for ever,

Keep me safe forever.

From every unclean spirit and sending,

From every evil wish and cursing,

From every wicked spell and glamour,

From every star that frowns upon me,

Save me till the end of my day.

Save me till the end of my day.

Let every nymph and faerie be my sister,

Let every troll and brownie be my brother,

Let every fairy-mouse and will-o-the-wisp befriend me,

That they may keep me safe forever.

That they may keep me safe forever.

THE SILVER LIGHT OF FAERIE (11)

Gracious Goddess, who brought me from the dream of last night

Unto the light of a new day,

Be Thou bringing me from the light of this day

Unto the silver light of dream and Faerie,

Oh! from the light of this day

Unto the silver light of Faerie.

 

A SPELL FOR GRACE (12)

I am bowing my head

In the eye of the Mother who gave me birth,

In the eye of the Maiden who loves me,

In the eye of the Crone who guides me in wisdom,

In love and desire.

Shower down upon us in Abred

The rich blessings of Thy abundance;

Thou Queen of Caer Emrys,

Be Thou always close to us.

Grant to us, Thou Mother of the Universe,

The laughter of the Lady, the love of the Lady,

And the passion of the Lady to do in Abred at all times

As the Ever-Young do in Gwynfyd;

Each day and night give us thy peace.

Each day and night give us thy peace.

 

SPELL FOR PROTECTION (13)

My Lord Manawyddan, thou whom

The Triads name as one of the Three Tribe-Herdsmen,

Tend Thou us to the cot and the fold,

Sain us beneath Thine own glorious mantle;

Thou Shield of Dyved, guard us for ever.

Be thou a hard triumphant glave

To shield us securely from every wicked spell,

From unclean spirits and from unfriendly stars,

And from the lurid smoke of the cities.

My Lord Manawyddan, Thou Third Landless Prince,

Be Thou at the helm of the boat of my spirit.

 

DANU WHO OUGHT TO BE PRAISED (14)

It is as easy for Danu

To inspire the Aged

As to give birth to the Young

As it is Her will to do so.

Danu! Danu! Danu!

Meet it is to praise you!

There is no plant in the ground

But is full of your virtue,

There is no form in the strand

But is full of your blessing.

Danu! Danu! Danu!

Meet it is to praise you!

There is no life in the sea,

There is no creature in the river,

There is naught in the firmament,

But proclaims your abundance.

Danu! Danu! Danu!

Meet it is to praise you!

There is no bird on the wing,

There is no star in the sky,

There is nothing beneath the moon,

But proclaims your beauty.

Danu! Danu! Danu!

Meet it is to praise you!

 

THE CIRCLE OF CIRCLES (15)

Within the Circle of Circles,

The peace of Pwyll and Llew,

Of Manawyddan and Math the Ancient,

And of the two perfect words,

The two perfect words.

The peace of the Mother of Love,

The peace of the Maiden of Beauty,

The peace of the Crone of Wisdom,

To ourselves and to our children,

Our children and our children's children.

 

THE LIGHTENER OF THE STARS (16)

Behold the Lightener of the stars,

On the crests of the clouds,

And the silver singers of the sky

Lauding him.

Coming down with acclaim

From the palaces above,

Harp and lyre of song

Sounding to him.

O Idris, bearer of my hope,

Why should I not raise thy fame!

Faeries and elves melodious

Singing to thee.

Thou son of the Goddess of Night

Of exceeding white purity of beauty,

Joy were it to me to play in the fields

Of thy tiny lanterns.

O Idris, my hope,

O Idris of the celestial houses,

At the dawn of eventide,

I will praise thee.

 

THE PENTACLE OF THE GOD AND THE GODDESS (17)

The Pentacle of the God and the Goddess with me

From the top of my face to the edge of my feet.

O Tegid mild, O Ceridwen wise,

O radiant Taliesyn, chief god of bards,

Preserve ye me in the middle world,

The three preserve me on the old straight path.

Three preserve me with the Ancient Harmonies.

Preserve ye me in the Spiral Castle,

Preserve ye me in the Four-Cornered Castle,

Preserve ye me in the Isle of the Strong Door,

The preservation of the three upon me tonight.

The three to shield me tonight.

 

THE SPIRIT GUIDE (18)

Thou Spirit of Wisdom who guides me,

From out of the Shining World to attend me,

The shepherding kind of the fold of faerie kin

To make round about me this night;

Drive from me every ill-will and danger,

Surround me on the sea of the unholy,

And in the narrows, crooks, and straits,

Keep thou my coracle, keep it always.

Be thou a bright flame before me,

Be thou a guiding star above me,

Be thou a smooth path beneath me,

Be thou a kindly wind behind me,

Today, tonight, and for ever.

And when I grow weary and I become

A stranger in this land,

Lead me to the Land of Promise;

For it is time for me to go home

To the court of Don, to the Land of Heart's Desire.

 

DESIRES (19)

May I speak each day with thy eloquence,

Each day may I show thy counsel, O Gwydion;

May I speak each day according to thy wisdom,

Each day and night may I be at peace with my words.

Each day may I count thy blessings, O Gwydion,

May I each day give heed to the Ancient Harmonies;

Each day may I compose with thee a song,

Each day may I raise my harp to sing thanks.

May I each day give love to thee, Lady Don,

Each night may I do the same;

Each day and night, dark and light,

May I laud thy son and his guidance to me.

 

LUSTRATION FOR JUSTICE (20-23)

[for success in court, go by moonlight to a place where three streams

meet, fill hands with water and dip face, saying charm]

I am bathing my face

In the nine rays of moonlight,

As Rhiannon bathed her Son

In the rich fermented milk.

Strength be in my heart,

Sense be in my head,

Dew of honey on my tongue,

My breath as the incense.

Black is yonder house,

Blacker those therein;

I am the white swan,

Rising above them.

All-seeing, all-hearing, all-knowing may the magic be,

To satisfy and to strengthen me;

Blind, deaf, and dumb, ever, ever be

Those who condemn and mock me.

The tongue of Gwydion in my head,

The eloquence of Mabon in my speech;

The composure of Rhiannon falsely-accused

Be mine in the presence of the multitude.

I will travel in the name of the Goddess,

In likeness of bull, in likeness of lion,

In likeness of eagle, in likeness of spirit:

More victorious am I than all persons.

BATHING SPELL (24)

A palmful for thine age,

A palmful for thy growth,

A palmful for thy throat,

A flood for thy speech.

For thy share of the dainty,

Crowdie and kail;

For thy share of the taking,

Honey and warm milk.

For thy share of the supping,

Whisked whey and cheese;

For thy share of the spoil,

With bow and with spear.

For thy share of the preparation,

The yellow eggs of Eostre;

For thy share of the treat,

The orange gourds of Samhain.

For thy share of the feast

With gifts and with tribute;

For thy share of the treasure,

With magic and with love.

For thy share of the chase,

Up the face of Bryn Aryen;

For thy share of the hunting

And the mustering of the hosts.

For thy share of palaces,

In the courts of kings;

For thy share of the Summerland,

In the courts of the Gods.

The part of thee that does not grow at dawn,

May it grow at eventide;

The part of thee that does not grow at night,

May it grow at ridge of mid-day.

The three palmfuls

Of the three Queens,

To preserve thee

From every envy,

Evil eye and death;

The palmful of the Mother of Love,

The palmful of the Maiden of Beauty,

The palmful of the Crone of Wisdom,

Triad

Of Magic.