I’ve been majorly doubting my decision to try for a Veterinary Science degree and contemplated several times on quitting school all together ( I seem to have self esteem issues *thuupt*) and my riding instructor had just informed me that her schooling horses were gone so me being able to continue to train was a little slim, which depressed me very much since riding is a big de-stresser for me. I had kind of given up on riding, ready to take up the mandolin ( since I’ve wanted to do that for a while too) and kind of forget about horses in general until I could afford my own, in 5 years when we were out of school.
But I decided to have a reading by Cat Yronwood of Lucky Mojo and Dr. Cristos Kioni of jujucentral. I am a member of both of their boards to try to brush up on my Conjure skills and they host a weekly radio show where they offer readings on situations for free.
Now realise I approach my magical workings/spiritual work with a healthy amount of skepticism ( maybe too much some say) but I don’t think that just because I am successful at one thing means the Gods are on my side and rewarding me cause I’m pretty. I believe they have their own concerns, if they can help they can but mostly it’s the Kitsune show. Just me…but this experience blew my mind.
I inquired about my choice for veterinary work and it was met with a very strong YES and I have good communication skills with horses and was counseled to do crossroads/way -opening work on a horse if possible. Well it was very good that I was on the right path but without horses I wasn’t sure how it was going to happen, especially since the work needed to be done at midnight. Not many people will lend you a horse in the dead of night for pagan business.
So in the process of writing the ritual out i had decided to add Lug/ Lugh( the many-skilled god) and Epona ( the horse Goddess) to my altar, to see if they could help.
I already had Brighid, of course and Ganesha, who help but it seemed something was missing…I felt like a bonehead for never thinking of Epona/Rhiannon before and have been in the process of researching her and her characteristics and including her in my morning meditations. Sadly there isn’t a ton out there on her modern worship, just that she was worphsipped for a long time by the roman legions and altars were kept in her stables. I basically have approached her as such,
” Epona, I do not know much about you but I know you watch over horses and I want to help them. I’d like to get to know you better. so here is an offering and let me tell you a little about my horse-life”
and that’s it. no super formal invocation…I kinda talk to all my deities like family anyway. ‘ hey you are good at this…mind giving me a hand’. No not formal at all. 😛 bad pagan. anyway…
So here is the ritual I was working on…thought I would post it for you guys to see and comment on.
9 days before I would have done a 13- herb bath (for 6 days) a 9 herb bath (the last three days) anointed my talismans with van van oil and petitioned Lug (the many talented god) Brighid (goddess of smiths/forge, healers and creativity) and Epona( horse goddess) to aid in the ritual and my studies to come.(all from Celtic culture, as is my heritage)
Arrive at Crossroads with offerings( apples, oats, whiskey, honey, roses)
Money with horses on it. (I was thinking of putting the horse money in the corners of the crossroads as an additional offering or should I not make it so complicated? ha!)
3 Mercury dimes
Skeleton Key pair
Blanket/ cloak if it is still cold.
In the center of the crossroads, ground, open the faery well, wash and drink. Attune. (this is from Orion Foxwood’s teachings)
Stand I at the crossroads,
at the place ‘twix night and day
with my witch’s finger open the faery way.
Knock key pairs together three times. Set one in the hole, place dimes on top and pour whiskey over them.
Stand I at the crossroads,
‘twix life and death and bless this holy place
with my witch’s breath
Three wakening breathes of ‘Toh’ over the keys/dimes. cover offerings
I come with open heart and a good spirit to petition the guardian, the black rider, for my life’s boon.
To have the ways opened to my soul, my mind, my intellect, my speech.
So that none, even myself , stand in my way.
I desire to know the horse, to hear it’s sorrows, to mend it’s wounds.
To treat the sacred equine with a strong medical gift.
To do all that is required of me to be accepted into veterinary school with strength, courage and clarity.
To succeed at this with confidence, good will and strong knowledge.
I petition to black rider, the guardian at the gates of life and death.
I swear by my witch’s soul, by my eternal self, by the deepest promise I can make to do the
work if you will but clear the way, clear my mind of these insecurities.
I will do this work with the strong magic that has been gifted upon me.
Adding to the medical healing, the spiritual healing.
Leave offerings of Roses, Oats, Apples, honey and whiskey over key. Bury talisman in safe place to retrieve, in a box, after ritual is complete (silver horse stamp, riding gloves, bit, horseshoe)
Close the faery well.
Roses, oats, apples and honey are all indicative of deities /spirits of the horse. Whiskey for the black rider.
Stay as long as I feel needed…read from Veterinary science book.
Walk backwards for a few moments. Thank the Black rider and then turn and go home.
Repeat ritual for 9 nights sans key ritual. (Key ritual done at 3 am. Following rituals done at midnight)