I decided to do three different rituals this Beltaine, the first of which was last night. I decided to renew my contract with my household Deities and ask them if they would be okay with me studying Manannán Mac Lír for the next year. It is a huge commitment for me and so I needed to be sure it was okay with my Deities. Here is the ritual I used:
Dip your hand into water, touch your forehead and say: “May I be pure that I might cross through the sacred.”
Dip your hand again, touch your lips: “May I cross through the sacred that I may attain the holy.”
Dip your hand again, touch your heart and say: “May I attain the holy that I might be blessed in all things.”
Sit or stand in front of the deity Altar/Shrine and say a blessing for the three realms (Today I am sitting):
The Waters support and surround me.
The Land extends about me.
The Sky reaches out above me.
At the center burns a living flame.
Light the candle or flame at the center of the Altar/Shrine. Say:
I light this fire to carry my prayers to the Gods of my ancestors.
Now you ask the gods, nature spirits and ancestors to join you.
I ask the gods of my ancestors to join me in my ritual, I ask my ancestors to guide me, and I ask the land spirits to aid me. I ask all to be a witness to my endeavor.
Now insert a prayer for the gods you want to petition.
Morrígan, great warrior goddess, prophetess, and sorceress, I raise my voice in praise of you with wonder and awe. I sit in your presence, oh great source of terror and comfort.
Lugh Lamhfhada, great warrior and god of many arts, I praise you. Bright and shining god and flaming spear out of the chaos I honor you.
Next state the purpose of the ritual:
I would like to formally ask you to renew my formal contract with You both. I will make offerings to you daily and dedicate all my rituals to you and in exchange I ask for your guidance, blessings, fighting strength and prosperity in my life.
I would also like to ask you to let me study Manannán Mac Lír for the next year, making offerings to him in midday, and honoring him on midsummer day.
Now it is time to make the offerings:
Pick up the offering for An Morrigan and raise it above your head and say:
To the Morrigan, I honor you. My Queen and honored Warrior, I offer you my hospitality and give thanks for your blessings and protection!
Now place the offering in the place designated for the Morrigan. Pick up the offering to Lugh and raise it above your head then say:
To Lugh Lamfhada, I honor you. Samildananch, I offer you my hospitality! The Voice of Thunder, I give thanks for your blessings and protection!
Now place the offering for the place designated for Lugh.
Taking of the Omens:
(I decided to use a direct yes or no method which my mother taught me using lots, two sticks on has yes on it and the other has no. The are in a large mug like cup with only their heads showing, I ask my question and shake the mug around and pick one)
My questions were:
- Will You accept the renewal of the contract? The answer was yes.
- Will You accept me studying Manannán Mac Lír for the next year, making offerings to him in midday, and honoring him on midsummer day? The answer was also yes.
Now thanks the gods, nature spirits and the gods for listening to you.
I thank the gods of my ancestors for joining me in my ritual, I thank my ancestors for guiding me, and I thank the land spirits for aiding me. I thank you all for being a witness to my endeavor.
I was really pleased with the energies in this ritual, considering the circumstances I'm in I was really pleased with how much energy I got out of the ritual. I feel a lot better today for sure.
I hope my Beltaine ritual today goes just as smoothly.