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Invocations 04

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Pagan Scriptures - Chapters 1 - 44
Breaking Spells 01

HAIL TO THEE, DANU (48)

Hail to thee, Danu, Mother!

Thou ancestress of Gods,

The Old One of the Mound was thy Consort,

Blessed be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways,

Blessed be thy womb without which we could not be,

Blessed be thy paps formed in beauty,

Blessed be thou, Queen of the Earth,

Thou blessed Danu, mother of the Gods,

Remember me, your child of love and laughter,

On this day and on all days of the seasons,

All the days of the seasons.

 

THE BATTLE TO COME (49)

Morrigan, thou Crow of Battle, I call on thy name,

And on the name of Badb, and the name of Macha,

And on the names of all the spirits in the red domain,

To shield me in the battle to come,

To shield me in the battle to come.

When the mouth shall be closed,

When the eye shall be shut,

When the breath shall cease to stir,

When the heart shall cease to beat,

When the heart shall cease to beat.

When I put my foot into the barque

That shall take me to that distant shore,

O Morgan, priestess of Avalon, shield thou my spirit,

O Elaine the fair, pillow my head in your lap.

O Nimue, wisdom's daughter, guide my spirit craft!

The Three Queens to accompany my departure!

 

THE SEINING BLESSING (50)

[three drops of water are placed on the infant's forehead, to guard it

from ill omen and mischievous sprites]

Thou Beings who inhabit the earth,

Imprint thy blessings betimes,

Remember the child of my body,

In the name of the Mother of blessings;

When the druid of the King

On her (him) puts the water of meaning,

Grant her (him) the blessing of the Three

Who are One.

The blessing of the One

Who is Three.

Sprinkle down upon her (him) thy gifts,

Give thou to her (him) beauty and strength,

Give thou to her (him) power and compassion,

Give thou to her (him) honor and humility,

Give thou to her (him) mirth and reverence,

Sense and reason void of guile,

Faery wisdom in her (his) day,

That she (he) may stand without reproach

In the world of the Bright Ones.

She (he) may stand without reproach

In the world of the Bright Ones.

 

THE DEATH BLESSING (51-53)

[the one who chants the blessing is called the 'soul-friend', and is

held is special affection by the friends of the dying person ever after]

Goddess, initiate this woman (man) into thy Grand Coven,

remember

The many blessings which she (he) in the body cast,

That we cannot this night enumerate.

The many blessings that she (he) in the body cast,

That we cannot this night enumerate.

Be this spirit to thy hand, O Lady,

Thou Queen of the realm of Faery,

So mote it be.

Since thou it was, O Lady, who did birth this spirit,

Be its peace in thine own keeping.

So mote it be.

And be the strong Nuada, high king of the Tuatha,

Preparing the path before this spirit, O Goddess.

So mote it be.

And be the strong Lugh coming to meet the spirit,

And leading it home, to the Land of the Ever-Living Ones.

So mote it be.

 

THE NEW MOON (54)

[this charm is said upon first seeing the new moon, while making a bow

or curtsey; it is also customary to turn a silver coin in your pocket

or the rings on your fingers while making a wish]

Oh! in the name of the triple Goddess who shields us in every

need,

If well thou hast found us tonight,

Nine times better mayest thou leave us without harm,

Thou bright white Moon of the seasons.

Bright white Moon of the seasons.

May thy laving lustre leave us

Nine times still more blest.

O moon so fair,

May it be so,

As seasons come,

And seasons go.

YULE CHANT (55 & 57)

Hail the sun! Hail the sun!

Blessed is he! Blessed is he!

Hail the sun! Hail the sun!

Blessed is he! Blessed is he!

Prosperity be upon this dwelling,

On all that we have heard and seen,

On the bare bright floor flags,

On the shapely standing stone staves,

Hail the sun! Hail the sun!

Blessed is he! Blessed is he!

Bless this house and all that it contains,

From rafter to stone to beam;

Shielded by the Goddess from pall to cover,

Be the healing of all herein,

Hail the sun! Hail the sun!

Blessed is he! Blessed is he!

May we be in lasting possession of the house,

May we be healthy about the hearth,

Many be the ties and stakes in the homestead,

Fair Ones dwelling on this foundation,

Hail the sun! Hail the sun!

Blessed is he! Blessed is he!

Offer to the Sun King from found to cover,

Every stave and stone and beam;

Offer again both rods and cloth,

Be health to all who dwell herein,

Every generation for aye!

Hail the sun! Hail the sun!

Blessed is he! Blessed is he!

YULE (56)

Hail the sun! Hail the sun!

Blessed is he! Blessed is he!

Hail the sun! Hail the sun!

Blessed is he! Blessed is he!

All hail! Let there be joy!

This night is the eve of the great Nativity,

Reborn is the son of the Great Mother,

The rays of his face will touch the earth,

Again he will shine down from on high,

Earth and sky will glow to him,

All hail! Let there be joy!

The peace of the earth to him, the joy of the sky to him,

Behold him each day as his strength increases,

The homage of a King be his, the welcome of an eagle be his,

Sun-King victorious, eagle all glorious,

Earth and ocean illumined by him,

All hail! Let there be joy!

The mountains will glow with him, the plains will glow with

him,

The voice of the waves with the song of the strand,

Announcing to us the sun is reborn,

Son of the Great Mother of the Land of Brightness,

Given birth on the long night of darkness,

All hail! Let ther be joy!

Bright to him the earth and sphere together,

His brightness reflected in the light of the Moon,

Son of the Great Mother, hasten thou to our land,

Thou Lord of Warmth, thou Lord of Light,

Golden Sun of hill and mountain,

All hail! Let there be joy!

 

HEY THE GIFT (58)

Hey the Gift, ho the Gift,

Hey the Gift on the living.

The fair young Mother stood in the moonlight,

It was the child Sun-King who was on her breast.

The flight of the eagle, the cast of the spear,

The spark is struck upon the stone.

To tell us the sun is reborn,

The Shining Child of the Land of Promise.

I see the hills, I see the strand,

I see the eagle mounting the sky.

I see faery hosts a-ridling,

Coming with speech and friendship to us.

HEY THE GIFT, HO THE GIFT (59)

Hey the Gift, ho the Gift,

Hey the Gift, on the living.

Sun of the dawn, Sun of the clouds,

Sun of the planet, Sun of the star,

Hey the Gift, etc.

Sun of the rain, Sun of the dew,

Sun of the welkin, Sun of the sky,

Hey the Gift, etc.

Sun of the flame, Sun of the light,

Sun of the sphere, Sun of the globe,

Hey the Gift, etc.

Sun of the elements, Sun of the heavens,

Sun of the moon, Sun of the stars,

Hey the Gift, etc.

Son of the Great Goddess of Nature,

And the Sun of joyous tidings,

Hey the Gift, etc.

 

THE GIFT OF POWER (60)

I am the warmth, I am the light,

I am the Child of this night.

I am the Son of the Great Mother,

Greeting you on hilltops facing east.

Noble and fair is the Maiden Mother Goddess,

Noble am I upon her young breast.

Sun of the Moon, Sun of the Stars,

I peep from the unhewn dolmen arch.

A pentagram upon each forehead,

I am in the door and in the window.

I shine upon the hills, I shine upon the strand,

I shine from deepest, blackest space.

I peep through a roofbox to light an altar stone,

Deep within the heart of an ancient tomb.

I dance upon the heelstone, to announce my return.

I shine along the holy roads of ancient power.

I am the eagle, soaring free,

Climbing into the vault of the noonday sky.

THE MAIDEN AND THE CHILD (61)

Behold the Maiden Goddess approaching,

The Sun-King so young on her breast.

O Gentle Goddess, and O Baby Sun!

Bless ye this house and all herein.

Bless ye the food, bless ye the board,

Bless ye the corn, the flock and the store.

What time to us the quarter was scarce,

It is thou thyself, Goddess, who wast mother to us.

Thou art fairer, Lady, than the waxing moon,

Rising over the mountains.

Thou art fairer, Lord, than the summer sun,

Under his fullness of joy.

Since the bard must not tarry,

Place ye pine boughs about the Circle.

Servant am I of the Great Mother, on the threshold,

For the sake of the infant Sun, arise thyself and open to him.

 

NIGHT OF THE DRAGON STAR (62)

The night of the dragon star

Was born the Il-danach,

Of the Maiden of the hundred charms,

The Great Mother.

The Three eternal by her side,

Upon the hillside cold and steep.

Come and be gifted by the God

Of all Arts and Crafts.

The foam-white breastling beloved,

Welcome in every house in the world,

The wise and skillful Child riding forth,

All-talented.

Ye three faces of the Goddess,

Come ye, come ye forth,

To the Gift-bearer of mortals

Give ye salutation.

Kiss ye his lips,

Encircle ye his body

With the hair of your heads;

And O! thou Culture-giving God,

And ye, Maiden, Mother, Crone,

Be with us always.