These are some of the rituals you’ll encounter at FSG 2017:
The Hellenic Temple of Apollon, Zeus, and Pan
Opening, Main, and Closing Ritual
Hugh and Sundance
Paying the Rents: A Ritual for Manannán mac Lir
Join us as we honor Manannán mac Lir, the great Celtic Sea God, Guide of Souls, and Gatekeeper to the Otherworld. Manannán has strong ties to the Isle of Man, and at Midsummer, the Manx people offer bundles of reeds, meadow grasses and yellow flowers to him in a ritual “paying of the rent,” accompanied with prayers for his aid and protection in fishing. We will gather at the lake, sing for Manannán and make offerings of reeds, grasses and flowers. We will ask for his protection and thank him for his gifts. If you wish, you may bring your own biodegradable offerings.
The Blot is considered one of the two “core” rituals found within the northern European pagan traditions. It is a ritual where we acknowledge a God or Goddess, and that they are an important of our lives. Secondly, a Blot is a ritual that is designed recognize that they are not just beings up above us, but they are companions who may bless us throughout our life. Come join us each morning, as we celebrate a different god or goddess each day:
Wednesday – Odin
Thursday – Thor
Friday – Frigga
Saturday – Freyja
Sunday – Sunna
Evening Blot: Tyr
The Blot is considered one of the two “core” rituals found within the northern European pagan traditions. It is a ritual where we acknowledge a God or Goddess, and that they are an important of our lives. Secondly, a Blot is a ritual that is designed recognize that they are not just beings up above us, but they are companions who may bless us throughout our life. This evening we will be toasting Tyr. Tyr presides over matters of law and justice. Tyr was once one of the most important gods to the Norse and other Germanic peoples. He also served as one of the principal war gods. The most common tale of Tyr told is his part in the binding of the Fenris Wolf.
One of the most common rituals noted in tales of the northern europeans is the Symbel, or ritual celebration. The symbel is an important time for people to get to know each other in a place which is sacred to the Gods. The ritual is simple. The participants are seated and the attendant(host) begins with a short statement of greeting and intent, and then offers the first toast. The horn is then passed around the table and each person makes their toasts in turn. At a symbel toasts are drunk to the Gods, as well as to a persons ancestors or personal heroes. Rather than a toast, a person might also offer a brag or some story, song, or poem that has significance. The importance is that at the end of the toast, story, or whatever, the person offering it drinks from the horn, and in doing so “drinks in” what he spoke.
Awakening Our Primal Forms
In the beginning, there was nothing, and then came the first thoughts, concepts, words, energies, and states. Shortly thereafter, more complex variations came into existence and subsequently become the norm. Yet each derivation can still be traced back to the cardinal or simple forms from which their power stems. Primal concepts such as Predator, Prey, Beast, Victim, Master, Slave, Protector, Sovereign, and Child, can evoke a variety of images and scenarios to explore. These archetypes or primal forms and energies can be accessed to empower us in the various actions we take. In each of us, there exists a connection to these energies and states. As our lives grow more and more complex, we often forget about this and lose touch with our primal aspects. Primal energy is a very powerful and raw force that is often misunderstood. It can be used with precision and purpose if we have our beings and intents aligned and ready. In this ritual, we will access raw and primal energies to reawaken our connection to this source and embrace it within ourselves. Come with an open mind ready to explore your chosen inner primal form. Which of these await your discovery and exploration?
Angrboda: A Ritual for Strength of Will
Do you have an emotionally, psychically, or physically demanding task demanding you address it? Are you avoiding or wrestling with making a decision, or enforcing your boundaries? Struggling? In this ritual we will make offerings to Angrboda to ask her blessing to strengthen us.
Universal Temple of Spirits
Global Spirits Trance Possession Rite for the Spirits of The Ones Who Came Before
In following with the theme of this year’s festival, The Universal Temple of Spirits presents a service for the Spirits of the ones who came before us: ancestors of our bodies, our spirits, and our traditions. So bring out your drums, your ritual finery, and altar items! We will focus upon Spirits with whom we work very closely. Dressing as your Spirit will help the experience. We will honor our Spirits with drumming, dance, song, and art. The singing, drumming, and dancing continues throughout, and we call our Spirits into ourselves to share our celebration. This is an open circle; you may join late or leave early (although you’ll probably miss some good stuff if you do). An outside grounding/processing space staffed skilled by possession workers will be available. This is a Pantheistic working, so we will honor Spirits from around the globe and sing in their native languages when possible. Please note that this is not an open drum circle; it is a possession-based working. The more active your participation, the more exciting the service, so… Please bring: a spirit you would call who gone before you in some way, be it from blood, spiritual path, or mundane path ancestors; a song for them, if you have one; a design for them, as we will all be drawing for our individual Spirits; altar objects, if you have them. You may wish to dress in the colors of the Spirit you’ll be honoring. Donations of food, drink, or money for supplies are appreciated, but not mandatory. The Universal Temple of Spirits is a celebratory group practicing in the Global Spirits tradition. The celebrations welcome all Spirits from around the globe. Rituals are theme-based, rather than pantheon-based, and incorporate what we have in common as humans: shared food, dance, song, drumming, art, and possession trance. Global Spirits is a harm-none tradition. No one is required to partake of alcohol. Our website is www.globalspirits.org