(Pause at the edge of the ritual space to quiet the mind, ground the body, and open the spirit to the presence of Divinity. Open the altar cabinet doors OR step out into the garden, at dawn.)
I enter the Sacred Grove with reverence.
I enter the Sacred Grove in peace.
(Visualize the Sacred Grove, materializing.)
(Salute the East.)
Peace and greetings to the East,
Birthplace of the rushing winds,
Where the golden eagle soars at dawn,
With gifts of vision, scent, and song.
(Salute the South.)
Peace and greetings to the South,
Pathway of our brilliant sun,
Whose soothing warmth and plays of light
Encourage us and bring delight.
(Salute the West.)
Peace and greetings to the West,
Wellspring of the mighty Sea,
Whose fog banks and rain clouds, rivers, and tides
Cleanse and refresh us, and nourish all life.
(Salute the North.)
Peace and greetings to the North,
Homeland of the ancient trees,
And patient, radiant Shasta Mountain,
Urging us to simply be.
(Light the gold candle OR greet Dyéus in gesture.)
Praise Dyéus, Father of Law and Light,
Source of inspiration and insight,
Lord of the shining celestial sphere,
Master of seasons and cycles, here!
(Light the green candle OR greet Matria in gesture.)
Praise Matria, Mother of manifest Earth,
Churning power of heat and birth,
Builder of landscapes, shaper of seas,
Keeper of winds, and all life within these!
(Light the blue candle OR greet Simurgh in gesture.)
Praise Simurgh, Spirit of Transformation,
Breaker, re-maker of all creation,
Bringer of Holy Wisdom and growth,
Wondrous diversity, awe, and hope!
In the union of these Three
Powers of Divinity,
Is born the Awen, Jewel of Light,
Which fills the world with blessings bright.
(Light the white hearth-candle OR bring hands to heart.)
Dyéus, Father of Inspiration!
Matria, Mother of all Creation!
Simurgh, Spirit of Transformation!
I am Druid; I heed your call.
I ask your blessing, for one and all:
(Open hands, to receive their blessings.)
Awen! Awen! Awen!
(Visualize three streams of energy, emanating from Dyéus (gold), Matria (green), and Simurgh (blue), mixing to create a shining ball of white light, which expands to fill the Sacred Grove, and then radiates outward, showering blessings upon all the Kindred, in realms of Land and Sea and Sky.)
Grant, O Holy Ones, thy protection;
and in protection, healing;
and in healing, 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 power to heal, and bless your world,
that all may find comfort and peace in my presence.
Holy Powers, 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.
Help me find my way.
(Morning nature divination & meditations.)
Dyéus, Father of Inspiration;
Matria, Mother of all Creation;
Simurgh, Spirit of Transformation;
Spirits of Nature, one and all:
Thank you for your steady presence, and guidance in my life.
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!
(Allow the Sacred Grove visualization to dissipate. If at altar, snuff the candles and close the altar cabinet doors. Depart the ritual space, slowly, returning to the normal course of the day.)