Midsummer Rite of Mannanan mac Lir
by John Machate
NOTE: Anything in italics is a note to the ritualists.
This rite is written for solitary individuals who have access to a space where they can dig a sacrificial pit, preferably neara river or stream bank. I made it as simple as possible since mystream is in a public area I do not want to alarm others nor damage the local flora with lots of ritual and things. Thanks to Erynn Laurie. The material here is based on her Midsummer Rite of Mannanan mac Lir which is for groups.
Dig a small hole, about 1 foot deep near the space you plan to work. If you are working near a river bank or stream then the hole should go as close to the water as possible. 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 Mannanan should be to the north. Place the libation bowl, with the liquid offerng in it, nearby. I put it in the southwest.
The Center Point
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.
Manannan mac Lir, Lord of the Mist, Ruler of Tir na mBam, Guardian of the gate of the Otherworld. I come to offer you tribute and thanks. I ask you to open the gate and come forth to receive my tribute.
A good place to pause
Family and spirits, join me in this tribute and stand as witness to my offering to the Lord of the Mists.
Moving to the pit
On the day of Midsummer, the people of the Isle of Mann go to the top of the highest hill to pay rent to the first king of their island, Manannan mac Lir, Lord of the Waves, Son of Nine Mothers.
On this day of Midsummer, I stand before Manannan as well, to give tribute and sacrifice in honor of him who keeps the Gates between the worlds.
Mannanan, accept this, my sacrifice and tribute to you.
Drop the tribute into the pit and fill the pit back
Family and spirits, accept my offering of (insert liquid here) with thanks for allowing me to use your space.
Pour offering into the ground
Manannan a Thiarna, accept our offerings and bless us through this year as we depart from your blessed realm. Allow my family to return to the Otherworld as you close the Gate and I close this rite.
Copyright © 1997 John Machate