Calendar of the Moon
Alder Tree Month
Altar: Upon cloth of crimson set a flaming brazier filled with charcoal and incense.
Offerings: Purification. Write what has been dragging your down, and place it in the fire.
Daily Meal: Hot, nourishing food.
Call: Now is the time of the warming of Earth.
Response: Now is the time of the Sun's first warmth.
Call: Now is the time when the waters of Spring are banished.
Response: Now is the time when fire dries the flood.
Call: Now is the time when the heat rises within us.
Response: Now is the time when our tears are dried.
Call: Now is the time when our inner floods give way.
Response: Now is the time when our inner fields are greening.
Call: Like the birds who build their nests in the Spring....
Response: Like the creatures of the woods who brave the open fields...
Call: As they brave the world....
Response: So we now brave the world.
Call: As they seek sustenance of the body....
Response: So we seek sustenance of the soul.
Call: As they are driven forth by need and the cycle of life.....
Response: So we are driven forth by need and the cycle of life.
Call: No house can contain our souls....
Response: As no house contains the foundation on which it is built.
Call: We will be the piles that lift the house from the water....
Response: And we will lift our spirits from the winter's flood.
Call: We will be the island in the river....
Response: The islands where the future is told...
Call: And we will see that future running like the current....
Response: Knowing not where it will lead....
Call: Save by the grace of the gods.
Response: Save by the grace of the Gods.
We gather at the river
We bring fire to the water
Our fire burns within us
The river parts before us
[Pagan Book of Hours]