Anything in italics is a note to the ritualists.
irises or flowers
for each person
image or symbol of Manannan
bowl of water for crossing the water
cup or bowl of water
feather or other sky symbol
milk or other offering liquid
charcoal and incense (or incense sticks)
large bowl of water
vessel of water to pour from
container for alcohol
alcohol for well
(candle can be substituted for flame source)
altar is set on a cloth on the ground if outdoors, or on a small
table if indoors. Sky object is at the north. Sea is at the southwest.
Land is at the southeast. In the center is a large bowl partly filled
with water. Inside the large bowl is a small clear bowl with a little
alcohol in it, for the well flame. You can substitute a candle instead
if you prefer. If you have an image you use for Manannan, place
it at the north (a Shiva trident or a large seashell does quite
nicely). A small censer of incense may be placed before the image
of Manannan. Nearby are a bowl, cup or other vessel filled with
milk, honey-water or ale for libations to the land spirits and ancestors.
Also nearby is a bowl of water with a shell in it, for “Crossing
the Waters”. If you think you will need it, have one of the
celebrants carrying the waters also carry a towel for drying the
hands of the participants. Make sure you have your matches and other
incidental needs within reach before the rite begins. Assign roles
to at least three people, to make the ritual flow more smoothly.
the Waters Between:
Hold bowl of water between hands
"Herein lie the waves of the
sea, the cloak of mists, the moving waters of the ford. Between
my hands, the power to pass between worlds."
Draw Triskele over the
All approach, carrying flowers
Challenge to the participants:
Draws double spiral gate, bars
the way with a staff
"Beyond nine green-necked waves
you shall not go, without the aid of strong Gods."
"We come with the blessings
and aid of Manannan, Gatekeeper, Lord of Mists, to do him honor
and pay him tribute."
Crossing the Water – Washing
of hands and face:
Pour out to each
"Then may the king of Tir na mBan keep you
safe in your journey".
The Center Point:
Group circles altar, which
is arranged to face North.
Stand quietly and relax with your
hands resting at your sides. Clear your mind and concentrate on
your breathing. Breathe in and out slowly and follow along with
this meditation, which will place you in the center of the cosmos.
"We are at the center of the world."
Exhale, move to one knee with
palms on the ground before you.
"We stand firmly upon the land."
Inhale and rise
to your feet, moving the hands behind at hip height, palms up, cupping.
Exhale and move the hands in
an arc until they meet in front.
"The sea always surrounds us."
Inhale, move the hands to the
sides, spread the fingers wide, palms forward.
Exhale and raise
the arms, bringing the hands together above the head, thumb &
forefinger meeting to create a triangle.
"The sky spreads itself above us."
Inhale, lower the hands to the
"We are at the center of the Three Realms."
Exhale and lower the hands to
The Ground of Being:
Take the stone, raise it above
the head, lower it to touch the ground.
"May the Sacred Land support us."
Set the stone
back in its place. Take water and tip some salt into it. Swirl the
water clockwise three times. Walk three times counterclockwise around
"May the Eternal Sea surround us."
Place the water
back and take the bird's feather or sky symbol. With the feather,
describe an arc east to west over the head.
"May the Endless Sky watch over us."
the feather on the altar space. Take up the libation vessel.>
(libation vessel is passed to each person.
lib: ancestor and land spirit invocations.
person pours an offering as they meditate upon the ancestors and
"We call to thee Manannan, Lord of Mists, Wave-rider!"
Ad lib invocation.
Manannan, it is by your hand we have come here. Come to us to receive
our sacrifices in this, the season of Midsummer."
symbol of Triskele with incense. Group begins to circle the altar
bring together the waters of the sacred rivers of Ireland, into
the Well of Wisdom which resides at the center of all worlds:"
celebrants pour water into the bowl - substitute any sacred rivers
you like for local and global rivers.
"I invoke thee, Shannon
I invoke thee, Bann
I invoke thee, Boyne
I invoke thee, Amazon
I invoke thee, Nile
I invoke thee, Ganges
I invoke thee, Duamish
I invoke thee, Snoqualmie
I invoke thee, Columbia"
"May all the sacred waters of the world be
Light alcohol flame in the center
of the well. All stand facing the well.
the day of Midsummer, the people of the Isle of Mann go to the top
of the highest hill to pay rent to the first king of their island,
Manannan mac Lir, Lord of the Waves, Son of Nine Mothers."
this day of Midsummer, we come before Manannan as well, to give
tribute and sacrifice in honor of him who keeps the Gates between
forth your offerings to the well, and meditate upon he who makes
possible all your journeys between the worlds".
are placed at the well. If you're by the seashore, take the flowers
and cast them into the sea, pour a libation into the waters for
him. Then lots of drumming & dancing, room here for prophetic
utterances & ecstatic trance.
before you is the Well of Wisdom. Keep its flame with you in your
heart as you return to the world of mortals."
a Thiarna, accept our offerings and bless us through this year as
we depart from your blessed realm."
Crossing the Water – Washing
of hands and face:
Pour out to each.
"May the king of Tir na mBan keep you safe
in your journey home."
Close double spiral gate with
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