I completed the Self Blessing and First Oathing rite as described in the Wheel of the Year(WoTY) working guide today. I prepared my home shrine and self for the ritual. I’ve never done any ritual like this before, I felt like it was the first time I was to appear on stage. I’ve been doing simple rituals each morning but the WoTY recommended one focus on the clear exchange of words, blessings and praise. I gathered all the items necessary and then focused on my physical appearance and preparation. I felt like I should present myself in an unhindered manner and thought I would do the ritual without my hair pulled back, any jewelery or clothing.
This thought surprised me as I’ve never been interested in being “skyclad” for any ritual in my entire life. But presenting myself honestly for the first time to my gods and spirits on this path, it felt right to approach with a real sign of vulnerability.
The ritual itself is found here on pages 16-18. I read through it several times to prepare and wrote out my oath. I approached the altar and placed water and breadcrumbs in the offering bowls. I lit the three candles and placed a drop of blessed water on my forehead, heart and belly. I give praise to the kindred and to my patrons, Brighid, Epona and Diana.
Part of the ritual was to draw three omens of blessing and they are:
For the Ancestors: Prince of Swords- Intellect, the ability to articulate, and a quick-wit. Bravery. My ancestors/family are all these things and I am proud to carry that within me.
For the Nature Spirits: Four of Cups- A fallow period but a time to refresh my understanding of the powers of nature by meditation and ceremony. It seems that the nature spirits bless me with the space to build a relationship.
Fore the Deities: Ace of Cups- Pure love, inspiration and blessing. A deepening of relationship. Truly the bounty of spirit is offered as blessing for my praise and dedication. An omen very much received with all the gratitude I can muster.
I, Kassie, declare myself to be a pagan, a seeker of the old ways, a worshiper of the elder gods.
With this sacred oath I set my foot upon the path, the druid’s way, I vow to make my dedication plain.
I vow to seek virtue in my life, to do right by my kin, my friends and my community, I vow to make my paganism real by keeping the rites and works that calls to me.
I vow to deepen my understanding of the ways through study and action. I do this with the blessing of the shinning ones, the old gods of my blood, the ancestors of my bone. These things I swear . So Say I.
I closed my ritual and picked up. It seems that I am able to perform ritual and then hear the echos of the spirits for some time later. I have yet to receive very much direction/inspiration during the actual rite. I’m not sure if this has to so with how I work or if this will change as I do ritual and offerings more frequently but it’s something that I notice. I feel like a warm, enveloping, mist surrounds me for 20-30 minutes after a ritual.
I feel that I completed an important step today on the DP by giving this first oath ( while not a requirement) it felt like I was opening the door to my new home.
As a way to help me understand and internalize this first oath I will be repeating it as part of my morning meditations.