Coast Range Druid – Ritual Devotions

Sacred Grove Ritual Framework

Pause at the edge of the ritual space to quiet the mind, ground the body, and open the spirit to the Numenons of Nature present in this place. Step into the ritual space.

I enter the Sacred Grove with reverence.
I enter the Sacred Grove in peace.

Salute the East.

Peace and greetings to the East,
Birthplace of the rushing winds,
Where the golden eagle soars at dawn,
With gifts of insight and inspiration.
Thank you for the blessings of Air.

Salute the South.

Peace and greetings to the South,
Pathway of the brilliant flames,
Where passionate, courageous hearts
Draw strength from warmth of Heaven’s Hearth.
Thank you for the blessings of Fire.

Salute the West.

Peace and greetings to the West,
Wellspring of the mighty sea,
Whose cascading mists, and currents, and tides
Inspire reflection and change in the wise.
Thank you for the blessings of Water.

Salute the North.

Peace and greetings to the North,
Homeland of the ancient trees,
Whose lives embody the ages of time,
Through quiet accretion of manifest glory.
Thank you for the blessings of Earth.

Salute the Heavens.

Peace and greetings, Father Sky,
Source of Nature’s Law, and Light,
Lord of the distant, Celestial Sphere, and
Master of seasons and cycles, here.
Thank you for the blessings of Spirit Above.

Salute the Earth.

Peace and greetings, Mother Earth,
Churning power of heat and rebirth,
Lifter of mountains, and mixer of seas,
Shaper of winds, and all life among these.
Thank you for the blessings of Spirit Below.

By the power of decisive action,
And the wisdom of calm reflection,
With the help of all the powers of Nature,
May the power of Spirit Within grow strong.
May it bless and protect me,
this day and always!

Awen! Awen! Awen!

Addressing the Numenons of Nature:

Grant, O Holy Ones, thy protection;
and in protection, strength;
and in strength, understanding;
and in understanding, wisdom;
and in wisdom, justice;
and in justice, the love of it;
And in that love, the love of all existences;
And in the love of all existences, the love of Earth,
My mother, my home.

Tracing the tribann in space:

Light of Heaven, and
Life of Earth,
In their union, Spirit’s birth,
In realms of Land and Sea and Sky,
Wondrous Child,
Jewel of Light,
Fill the world with blessings, bright!
May all living beings of this world
Be healed and blessed to fruitfulness;
May all who strive for enlightenment
Attain it.

Awen! Awen! Awen!

(insert prayers and/or ritual workings, as appropriate to the time and occasion, here)

Addressing the Numenons of Nature:

I depart the Sacred Grove with gratitude;
I depart the Sacred Grove, in peace.

Deep within the still center of my being,
may I find peace.
Here, within the quiet of the Grove,
may I share peace.
Gently, within the greater circle of all Life,
may I radiate peace.

Awen! Awen! Awen!

(Depart the ritual space, slowly, returning to the normal course of the day.)


Morning Prayer (said within a Sacred Grove)

Mother Earth, and Father Sky,
Thank you for the peaceful night,
And thank you for this blessed day,
Another chance to learn and play,
Another chance to do good work,
To build my world, to write my book.
Lord and Lady, help me stay
Upon the trail that you have blazed;
Help me use my moments wisely,
Choosing joy, and shining brightly,
Caring for the gifts you gave,
Until my rest, at close of day.
Blessed be this day!

Awen!


Evening Prayer (said within a Sacred Grove)

Mother Earth, and Father Sky,
It’s time for me to say goodnight.
Thank you for the gifts of beauty,
Thank you for the day’s delights,
Thank you for the sparks of insight,
Thank you for the works made right.
And now, as quiet dark surrounds me,
Grant me deep and peaceful sleep.
Soothe me, heal me, clear my mind.
May Nature’s Blessings fill the night.
Blessed be this night!

Awen!


Mealtime Prayer (said at table, with family; no Sacred Grove)

We thank Father Sky for His warm light and rain;
We thank Mother Earth for Her gardens and prey;
We thank our dear Family for kindness and aid;
We celebrate friendship, and table well-laid.


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