Friday, May 18, 2007

The Druid Liturgy
A.D.F Standard Outline
Summer 1991 C.E.

Preliminary Ritual Activity

(A) Briefing

(B) Individual Meditations & Prayers

(C) Lighting the Sacred Fire(s)

(D) Pouring the Sacred Waters

(E) Consecrating the Sacred Pole

(F) Consecrating the Altar & Tools

1st Phase: Starting the Rite & Establishing the Group Mind

Clear-cut Beginning: Consecration of Time

(1) Musical Signal

(2) Opening Prayer

Consecration of Space & of Participants

(3) The Processional/Sigil Marking

(4) Purification(s) of Participants

(5) Purification(s) of Site

(6) Honoring the Earth Mother

Centering, Grounding, Merging

(7) The Grove Meditation

(8) Unity Chant/Song

(9) Stating Ritual Purpose & Historical Precedent

(10) Naming Deity(ies) of the Occasion & Reasons for Choice

2nd Phase: Recreating the Cosmos & Preliminary Power Raising

Describing the Vertical Axis

(11) Planting the Cosmic Tree / Honoring the Sacred Pole

(12) Evoking the Gatekeeper / Defining the Ritual Center

(13) Evoking the Fire & Water Deities & Linking to Center

Gaining Assistance and Preventing Interference

(14) Invoking the Bardic Deity(ies) or Spirit(s)

(15) Acknowledgement of the Outsiders

(16) Filling Out the Cosmic Picture

Ex.: Triad Invoc. of Nature Spirits, Ancestors, Deities in Three

Ex.: Invoc. of Helpful Beings of each World/Realm

Ex.: Invoc. of Helpful Beings by Province/Function

(17) The Settling & Focusing

3rd Phase: Major Sending of Power to Deity(ies) of the Occasion

(18) Descriptive Invocation of Deity(ies) of the Occasion

Primary Power Raising

(19) Praise Offerings, Dance, Libations, etc.

(20) The Sacrifice

(21) Seeking the Omen of Return

4th Phase: Receiving and Using the Returned Power

Preparation for the Return

(22) Meditation upon Personal and Group Needs

(23) Induction of Receptivity

(24) Consecration Agreement

Reception of Power from Deity(ies) of the Occasion

(25) Consecration and Sharing

(26) Acceptance of Individual Blessings

(27) Reinforcement of Group Bonding

(28) Spell Casting/Rite of Passage

5th Phase: Unwinding and Ending the Ceremony

Unwinding the Energy Patterns Created

(29) Thanking of Entities Invited in Reverse Order

(30) Thanking the Gatekeeper & Closing the Gates

(31) Affirmation of Past/Future Continuity & Success

(32) Unmerging, Regrounding & Recentering: Meditation

(33) Draining off Excess Power: The Restoration

Clearcut Ending: Deconsecration of Time & Space

(34) Final Benediction

(35) Announcement of End

(36) Dissolving the Sigil

(37) Musical Signal

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