Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ritual for January

simple house blessing, light a white candle and slowly carry the flame sunwise (clockwise) around the threshold, the hearth and four corners of each room while reciting this blessing from the Hebrides, which invokes the goddess and saint, Bridget of the Hearthfire:

May Bridget give blessing

To the house that is here
From crest and frame,
Both stone and beam;

Both clay and wattle;
Both roof and foundation;
Both window and timber;
Both foot and head;

Both man and woman;
Both wife and children;
Both young and old;
Both maiden and youth

Plenty of laughter,
Plenty of wealth,
Plenty of people,
Plenty of health,
Be always here.

(slightly adapted from the collection: Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael)

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