Friday, May 6, 2011

Consecrating Seed Part II

I had a few folks request a more in depth post about consecrating seed {click here to see the first post}. I am not really used to writing out a "how-to" for rituals, so please excuse if the format is clumsy. And please keep in mind that this is just how I go about doing it, so if this is something you are going to try, you will probably want to tweak it at least a bit.

This is a two part ritual. The first part is done on a Tuesday which is the actual seed consecration, and the second part is done on the following Friday when the seeds are planted.


{altar overview}

Making offerings are central in both my religious and magical practices. For this ritual I ask for blessings of the gods {in general}, ancestors, and land spirits, so I make offerings to all three. Three of our household deities are also left offerings, as they all play a key role {Macha for fertility & agriculture, Airmid for healing plants/herbalism, and Flidais as a "diplomat" for the wild parts of the land & critters}.




In a bowl I place one of each type of seed that will be planted on the following Friday. I will also bring in any seedlings that might be planted out too. In the altar overview picture you can see I also have a chalice, which is full of spring water, which is used to consecrate the seeds; there are three candles, one to represent the gods, one to represent ancestors, and one to represent the local nature spirits.

{Bowl of seeds; the cards are from The Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud}

Before sprinkling the seeds/seedlings with the water, I walk in a circle sunwise with the chalice of water nine times {1. blessings of the gods 2. blessings of the ancestors 3. blessings of the local nature spirits 4. blessings of Macha 5. blessings of Airmid 6. blessings of Flidais 7. blessings by land 8. blessings by sea 9. blessings by sky---land, sea & sky are thought to be the Three Realms of Celtic cosmology by many CR Pagans}. Then I sprinkle the seeds nine times {same reasons and in same order}.

That's pretty much it for Tuesday. I will keep the seeds on the altar until Friday.


Before planting on Friday, I will make another round of offerings. Those for Macha, Airmid, Flidais and the local nature spirits are made outdoors. The offerings for the nature spirits are separate from the ones of the three goddesses.

{Our little outdoor shrine for the local nature spirits. I try to leave offerings and honor them according to the stories of the First Peoples of my area}

Then I say the following:

I will go out to sow the seed,
In names of Them who gave it growth;
I will place my front in the wind,
And spread a gracious amount on the ground.
Should a seed fall on a bare rock,
It shall have no soil in which to grow;
As much as falls into the earth,
The dew will make it to be full.

Friday, day auspicious,
The dew will come down to welcome
Every seed that lay in sleep
Since the coming of cold without mercy;
Every seed will take root in the earth,
As the Rulers of the elements desired,
The braird will come forth with the dew,
It will inhale life from the soft wind.

I will come round with my step,
I will go rightways with the sun,
In name of the Gods that are mine,
In name of the Ancestors and the Nature Spirits kind.

Gods, Ancestors, and Nature Spirits
Be giving growth and kindly substance
To every thing that is in my ground,
Till the days of harvest shall come.
Then I get to planting. Later on I will bury the consecrated seeds and some of the offerings in a pit on the property.

Well, that's it. Happy gardening! :)



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Tairis said...

Thanks so much for sharing!

I adapted the same prayer from CG when I consecrated the seed around Là Fhèill Brìghde (and so did it in Her name instead), with the intention of sowing on a Friday (as per CG); thanks to the weather I ended up sowing on a Tuesday (as per the myths). It's great to see CR folk evolving things in the same sort of direction.

I like the idea of doing it three times a year (and you're obviously more of a gardener than I am! I barely know what I'm doing), it makes sense.

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Hertha said...

Thank you for sharing this ritual. It is beautiful!

~*~cammie~*~ said...

this is so wonderful! thank you for sharing!

Medusae said...

How gorgeous! Where others see mundane duty in gardening, you bring mystery and spirituality and excitement and beauty to plants, gardening, and life.

Looking at what you've done really inspires me.
Beautiful photos!

nefaeria said...

Tairis: Thanks for the kind words. :) And thank you for the wonderful adaptations that you share on your site. They are very interesting and helpful!

Hertha & Cammie: You are most welcome and thank you for your interest. :)

Medusae: Aww, thanks! *blush* I can't wait to see what happens your little patch of dirt this season! :D