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Spring Equinox /Alban Eiler
The time of equal day and night, the young god and goddess, light is gathering in strength and the appearance of flowers

Berengaria Order of Druids ceremony – Spring Equinox
By Sarah Rooke, Archdruidess

On an altar let there be a phial of anointing oil, a chalice of water, a salver of salt, burning incense, three lighted candles, a rock or crystal, some flowers, a wand and or athame, a sword or bat’leth (if possible), bread and wine/fruit juice and a container of herbs. Druids in white or pastel, or Druidic/Celtic robes

Opening Ceremony

Celebrant: Before I begin, am I ready to start this ceremony?

Celebrant: I am

Celebrant: (Takes sword or wand in the air, going round in a circle) I conjure thee oh circle of power, that thou may be a meeting place of love, joy and truth, a shield against all wickedness and evil, a container and a condenser of all the power that we shall raise within thee. A rampart and a protection. Until the time when the sky falls above our heads, or the sea rises up and smothers us, or the earth opens her maw and swallows us, in the holy names of the gods and goddesses that we worship, I do consecrate and bless thee

Celebrant: The earth is blessed

Celebrant holding a container of salt water, walks round the circle, sprinkling on floor saying:

Earth and water were you cast, let no adverse purpose past. Be in complete accord with we, as is our will so mote it be

Celebrant holding burning incense, walks around circle, wafting the scent everywhere saying:

Air and fire harken now to our desire, awaken the sleeper deep within, let no evil enter in.  Be in complete accord with we, as is our will so mote it be

Celebrant (at East):  There is peace in the East

Celebrant (at South): There is peace in the South

Celebrant (at West): There is peace in the West

Celebrant (at North): There is peace in the North

Celebrant (standing in centre):  There is peace throughout the entire land

Celebrant: Holds athame/wand up and in a sweeping circle points it down saying:

The Earth our mother lies at our feet, the sky above protects us. This circle is now complete, and the ceremony may now commence

The main ceremony

Celebrant: I stand before the Sacred Grove of Minbar of the Berengaria Order of Druids and to the Guardians, Ancestors, and Spirits of this Place.  I declare my intent, I am grey, I stand between the candle and the star. We are grey, we stand between the darkness and the light

Celebrant: Alban Eiler, the Spring Equinox, is the time of equal day and night. Light is gathering in strength, and it marks the appearance of spring flowers. The God and Goddess are in their youth and life is gradually returning to the land. The Green Man and Green Lady are with us once again. It is a time for rejoicing, as the dark and cold weather is fading to be replaced by the sunshine and warmth of the sun. The Kore has also come back to us from Hades and Demeter bounties the Earth with Her joy. It is a time for adolescence and young lovers to celebrate the incoming summer, and the time of the ‘Spring’ of our lives, as we recollect our life on Earth so far.

Celebrant: The time is also sacred to the Welsh as St David’s Day and the Irish as St Patrick’s Day. The Lady Cerridwen Cariadwen bestows the seeds, fruits and wine to the elders at this time for their safe keeping in knowledge, understanding and wisdom from Her Cauldron-the Three Magical Drops of Inspiration, Originality and Imagination. The time is also celebrated by many as Easter, when Christ rose from the dead following his crucifixion. Traditionally, the Goddess Eastre was worshipped by people in the past and eggs were given in token as symbols of rebirth and new life. Nowadays, chocolate Easter eggs are exchanged and the time is a holiday for many, both old and young alike.

Celebrant takes time to meditate and reflect on this mystery, reflecting in ones own life and at this special time of the year. 

Celebrant: The seeds of the future are sown in the past. What is past is future and what is future is past, and the midway point between these is the present. Time recognises no boundaries in space, where all is infinite and eternal in timelessness or the Eternal Now. It is the spiral of the Greater Reality that helps us to know and understand the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. 

Celebrant (visualises Lady Cerridwen Cariadwen holding seeds and chalice of wine, she stands before them wearing a circlet of flowers and a gold embroidered cloak): Behold, the Lady Cerridwen Cariadwen stands before us, shimmering with promise. She holds the seeds and wine from the Cauldron of Initiation where all of Creation and the Cosmos is stirred as One. Know that when Gwion Bach had fled her house where he had been stirring the contents of the cauldron for a year and a day, three magical drops burnt his finger and he cooled it in his mouth. Thus he empowered himself with Inspiration, Originality and Imagination. These three drops were meant for Cerridwen's son, who was lacking in skills and talents.

Celebrant:  Realising what had happened; Cerridwen chased after him and perused him in a variety of forms. Eventually, he changed into a seed and she a hen, and she ate all of the seeds where he was hidden. Nine months later, Cerridwen gave birth to a golden haired child called Taliesin, but she was unable to kill him, so she gathered up the infant and set him in a coracle downstream a river. A kindly couple took pity and raised him as their own, until he was ready to take his place as Bard at King Arthur’s court at Camelot. May we all drink from the chalice and achieve the Grail in reality, just like Taliesin. 

Celebrant holds out platter of bread, with wand/athame makes pentagram to bless it

I hereby bless this in the name of the Gods and Goddesses

Celebrant holds out chalice of wine, with wand/athame makes pentagram to bless it

I hereby bless this in the name of the Gods and Goddesses.

Celebrant: We destroy what we do not understand and are ignorant of. It is time to change and respect the Earth Mother instead, whilst it is not too late. For we have lived in fear for long enough. We must learn to heal the past and move on – otherwise the Wasteland, where the land is barren, will indeed be a reality. Let not the Spring be silent, may the birds sing and flowers bloom!

Celebrant (lighting candle): Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice. But for those who love, time is eternity. 

Celebrant (offering incense): With the eye of vision let us gaze into the Orb of Time and see wonderful visions of Hy Brasil, the Many Coloured Land of Initiation, for what was, is and shall be. (Celebrant visualises a Bajoran orb being opened and looks into it, seeing visions, then it closes after a few moments).

A path working or meditation in the celebrants chosen path may follow. Celebrant may seek to commune with the Gods and Goddesses of their tradition.

Celebrant: May the Goddesses and Gods bestow their gifts of joy and love to all in peace and harmony.

Celebrant: I give thanks to the Guardians, Ancestors and Spirits of the Place for the Inspiration, Originality, and Imagination that has been bestowed on me today.

Celebrant intones druidic chant of Awen three times: 

Awen, Awen, Awen

Celebrant: I shall now recite the Druids Prayer, Grant oh God/Goddess, thy protection, and in protection, strength. And in strength, understanding, and in understanding, knowledge. And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice, and in the knowledge of justice, the love of it. And in the love of it, the love of all existences. And in the love of all existences, the love of god and goddess and all goodness

Celebrant: I shall now say the Druids Oath, We swear, by peace and love to stand, heart to heart and hand in hand, mark oh spirit and hear us now, confirming this our sacred vow.

Celebrant may like to offer their own poems, dancing or songs here, and also any special prayers or thoughts at this time as they feel appropriate

Closing Ceremony

Celebrant: As is tradition, I raise my hands in the air, sending out thoughts of peace and harmony to all things and beings, and any projects I have in mind

Celebrant:  My ceremony completed, I close this circle so I may return to everyday life. But first i thank the Guardians, Ancestors and Spirits of the Place.

Turns to East: There is peace in the East

Turns to South: There is peace in the South

Turns to West: There is peace in the West

Turns to North: There is peace in the North

Standing in centre: There is peace throughout the entire land

Celebrant: In the Name of the Gods and Goddesses that I worship, I send blessings out to the cosmos and the soma of our Universe, and all lifeforms, things and beings, remembering that the truth is out there! We also give thanks to the Gods and Goddesses for the love, beauty and truth that surrounds us now and forever. May we go forth with the Divine Blessing. Live Long and Prosper. May the Force Be With Us! Happy Spring Equinox!

Celebrant: Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again

 Note: This a solo use ceremony that can be performed alone by oneself or with others

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