SLEEP CONSECRATION (36-37)
I am lying down tonight,
With Mother, with Maiden,
With the Crone of Wisdom,
Who shield me from harm.
I will not lie down with Cythraul,
Nor shall Cythraul lie down with me,
But I will lie down with the Goddess,
And the Goddess will lie down with me.
Lady and Maiden and Sacred Crone,
Within the Circle of the nine sacred flowers,
Be protecting me as Three and as One,
From the brow of my face to the soles of my
I charge Pwyll, I charge Arawn,
I charge Modron, I charge Mabon,
I charge the trustful Hounds of Annwn,
To preserve me from hurt and harm;
O from dying tonight!
From dying tonight!
Thou Queen of the moon and of mystery,
Thou Maiden, daughter of the Goddess fair,
Thou Crone, mother of the ancient gods,
Keep thou us from the house of grief and doom,
Keep us from the land of sorrow,
From the house of grief and doom.
THE SPIRIT SHRINE (38)
Goddess, give charge to the blessed Sidhe,
To keep guard around this stead tonight,
A circle sacred, strong, and steadfast,
That will preserve and contain this spirit-shrine.
Safeguard, dear Goddess, this household tonight,
Ourselves and our means and our fame,
Deliver us from death, from distress, from
From the fruits of envy and of enmity.
Give thou to us, O Goddess of Love,
Reverence toward all thy children,
To live in harmony in the Middle World,
And to enjoy thy love in the Bright World.
Thou Spirit of Light who hast charge of me,
From the fragrant Mother of all Nature,
The gentle encompassing of thy Silver Circle
To make round my spirit-shrine this night,
Oh, round my spirit-shrine this night.
Ward from me every distress and danger,
Encircle my course over the ocean of life,
I charge thee, place thy silver light before
O bright beauteous Spirit on this very night,
Bright beauteous Spirit on this very night.
Be Thyself the guiding star above me,
Illume Thou to me every reef and shoal,
Pilot my coracle on the crest of the wave,
To the restful harbour of the waveless sea,
Oh, the restful harbour of the waveless sea.
I LIE IN MY BED (40)
I lie in my bed
As I would lie in the faery mound,
Thine arm beneath my neck,
Thou Lady (Lord) of the Sidhe.
Shining Ones shall watch me
And I lying in slumber,
And Bright Ones shall guard me
In the sleep of the mound.
Pwyll shall be at my back,
Llew shall be at my feet,
Manawyddan shall be before me,
And Math shall be at my head.
The Lady shall be with my spirit,
The bright cauldron of my love!
And Amaethon the Physician
Shall put the glamour to my eye,
The Physician of the Bright Ones
Shall put the glamour in my eyes.
MORNING RUNE (41)
Thanks be to thee, my Lady, for
Bringing me from the beauty of night
To the gladsome light of this day,
To win love and knowledge and power,
Through understanding your deepest secrets.
Praise be to thee, gracious Goddess,
For the blessings thou didst bestow on me--
My thoughts, my speech, my works, my desires.
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And I charge thee
To shield me from harm,
To ward me from hurt,
To sain me from evil,
To teach me thy mysteries,
O Goddess of all mysteries!
Grant me thy wisdom along with thy magic.
May the Shining Ones claim me,
And protect me on sea and on land,
And lead me on from step to step,
To the counsels of the Four Cities,
The magic of the Four Cities!