Have a blessed High Day/Sabbat!

Today my fiance and I are performing our rite for Imbolc, or the Charming of the Plough as it was known among the Norse people.  To me, this holiday is a time for staying by the hearth with family and friends to keep warm during the last snows of winter.  Imbolc is also a time of anticipation for the warmer weather that comes in spring.

To the Norse, the Charming of the Plough is a time to bless seeds and tools for planting to ensure fertility of the seeds and crops.

We are celebrating with the liturgy from the Solitary Druid Fellowship for the February Cross-Quarter that we have adapted for use with two people (instead of just one).  We’ve also customized it for our personal observance by including prayers to Frigga, Goddess of the hearth, and Gerd, the personification of the soil.

Later today, I will report on how the ritual went!

May all of you be refreshed and renewed by the passing of another High Day!

Victoria

 

I got up early to do morning devotional.  The devotional I use is Teo’s Solitary Druid Fellowship (SDF) devotional.  In the break between the two parts, I performed my version of the Two Powers meditation. Before performing the devotional ritual, I had filled a mug with steaming water from the sink and gotten out my […]

A beautiful start

Today I did my first morning devotional using the SDF liturgy (see previous post).  As soon as I opened the blinds, I saw a cardinal resting in the tree outside my window.  I grabbed my camera, but when I went to take a picture, it was gone.  I was thrilled to see a cardinal just before my morning devotions.

I filled my Well, sat in front of my nightstand, and hesitated.  I’m not sure why I did.  I reminded myself that I really wanted to do this, and so I began in a loud and clear voice.

Candle is lit and cauldron is filled.  Notice the sky and tree outside my window.
Candle is lit and cauldron is filled. Notice the sky and tree outside my window.
Picture by Victoria Laughlin, 2013.

 

I read the first half of the devotional about “greeting the sun,” which is what inspired me to get up so early in the first place.  I then paused for a bit and just enjoyed watching the sky become lighter, as it continues to do while I write this.  I noticed my cat seemed mesmerized by the candle’s flame.

I decided to take an omen.  I asked, “Kindreds, what blessings do you have for me today?”  I drew three runes for an idea.

my Omen
Berkano, Uruz, Ehwaz
Picture taken by Victoria Laughlin, 2013.

Berkano is “Birch; strength, flexibility, resourcefulness,” according to Michael Dangler’s ADF Dedicant’s Path Through the Wheel of the Year.  Uruz is “Auroch, drizzle; strength, dross.”  Ehwaz is “Horse, easy and joyful travel, help.”  Obviously the common meaning is strength, which I think means that I was strong in getting up early this morning to do this devotional.  Ehwaz is saying the practice will help me, I believe.

I watched the sun rise for a few more moments, then read the second half of the prayer.  I looked at each of the Fire, Well, and Tree as I mentioned it.

After reading the prayer, I shut off my Kindle that I had been using, and watched the sun rise a few moments more.  I blew out the candle and proceeded to type this post!

I do recall a feeling of peace during the entire ritual.  I feel very blessed by the Kindreds to have been able to experience this.

May you all have such a beautiful start to your morning, Victoria

 

Some preparations

I have decided to use Teo Bishop’s Solitary Druid Fellowship morning devotional, which is available here.  I am going to do my best to keep a daily practice.

I discovered, after some cleaning, that I have enough space on my nightstand for a small Shrine, with Fire (red candle), Well (mini cauldron; will be filled for ritual), and Tree (pinecone atop tall pillar candle holder).  I have matches to light my candle, and my Kindle is there in front for reading the devotional prayers.  I also decided to set my blue bag of runes near it in case I am inspired to take an Omen.

The picture isn't the best, but you get the idea.  Phone is not part of the shrine.  :)
The picture isn’t the best, but you get the idea. Phone is not part of the shrine. 🙂  Photo by Victoria Laughlin, 2013.

I will open the curtain and the blinds on my window, which faces east, to watch the sun rise.  I will perform my devotional ritual as the sun rises, which seems to be a perfect start to the day.  I am very, very excited to try this.

I know I posted some beads a few days ago to use for a daily devotional practice, but I was having a terrible time coming up with prayers for individual members of each of the Three Kindreds.

Here’s to a great morning! Victoria