Calendar of the Moon
16 Ruis/Poseideion

Day of the Pine Tree

Color: Evergreen
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a dark green cloth set a wreath of evergreen, a single dark green candle, a pot of soil, seeds of some rare plant, a bowl of water, and a bell.
Offerings: Plant seeds. Decorate some place and make it merrier.
Daily Meal: Vegan

Invocation to the Green Man of the Pine Tree

Hail, Green Man of the Winter!
Pine tree who keeps its needles
Throughout all the coldest months,
Tree of Attis, slain youth
Cut down for a hundred purposes,
Quick to light and quick to burn
And quick to bring cheer,
Timber of benches and puncheons,
Whisperer in the winter night,
Singer in the frost-nipped winds,
Lord of the northern forests,
Speaker to animals, guardian
Of the track of stag-horned Herne,
Haven of the forest spirits,
We bring you into our homes with joy!
Gilded king for a moment,
A day, a season, a whisper of time
And then laid down to death.
Yet your secret is rebirth
And immortality, that moment
Of translation between the two
That we will only see once
And that at the end of our days.
We hail you, sacred pine tree,
Green Man of the Winter,
On this your day of rebirth.

Song: Evergreen
(Each comes forward and plants a seed in the pot of soil, saying, "Hail Green Man of the Earth!" Water is poured onto the pot, and then the rest is poured out as a libation. Wreath and boughs are carried out in procession while ringing the bell, to deck the house.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]