Dedication of the Fennid Crane Bag
by John Machate
This short rite dedicates the bag you have made to its purpose and "transforms" it to the Crane Bag.
This version is for those who are seeking the path of the Fennid (member of the Fianna) but it can be changed to suit the needs
of any person. The rite is written in the Inis Glas format. Everything in italics is spoken.
Place your alter cloth on the ground with the Realm items arranged
as such: Sky object is at the north. Sea is at the southwest. Land is
at the southeast. If using the Circle of Stones, place it in the
southeast, as it takes up a lot of room. The symbol of Manannan should
be to the north. Place the libation bowl, with the liquid offering in
it, nearby. I put it in the southwest. Your completed bag should be
in the center of the triangle formed by the Realm objects, or in the
center of the cloth.
Stand quietly facing the north 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.
Exhale, move to one knee with palms on the ground before you
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
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.
Inhale, lower the hands to the heart again.
Exhale and lower the hands to the sides
Manannan mac Lir, Lord of the Mist, Ruler of Tir na mBam, Guardian of
the gate of the Otherworld. I come to ask your assistance in the
creation of my Crane Bag. I ask you to open the gate to the Otherworld
to allow my family and friends to witness this rite. Spirits of the
world, join us in this rite and witness the creation of a Crane Bag.
In times past the Fianna roamed Ireland. With them they carried their
sacred treasures in the Crane Bag of Manannan Mac Lir. Today, each
Fennid shall wear his own Crane Bag to bear his own treasures. (pick
up your bag)
Manannan, I ask you to bless this bag and infuse it with the nature of
your own bag.
Just as Fion wore the Crane Bag of Manannan Mac Lir, so shall I.
Manannan a Thiarna, thank you for this blessing, it is a gift that I shall wear close to my heart. Go in peace with my family. Spirits, thank you for your attendance (pour libation) and depart in peace.
Copyright © 1998 John Machate