Adaptation of the FOI Liturgy Ritual
"Flamma Vestae. Initiation into a Fellowship of Isis Iseum"
Written by FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson
Initiation into a Grove of the Druid Clan of Dana
Adaptation written by Maury White-Hereford, Prsts. H, Arch-Druidess
and Daniel H. Campbell, Prst. H., Arch-Druid
Wyld Myst Nemeton, New Orleans, Louisiana
ORACLE OF THE GODDESS BRIGHID
you reach the other side, you face Me as Queen. From Me you learn, with
your Eye of Light, to transform your own
future, and in so doing, to change the world! You may safely travel
across the stream as long as you return at
day as the swan returns to its nest after long flights. So though in a
you shall shine forth as an immortal Spirit.
further Initiation leads you at last to reach the Well of
Truth, which is both its matrix and its
source. Here you meet Me as an ancient woman, hooded in a black cloak.
Me in this form, for I am Death. But as I
throw back my hood you see no skull, but rather the Enchantress Who has
through many incarnations! You gaze at the
still water of the Well and you understand the meaning of all suffering
love and joy. And in this understanding you
awaken the Eye of Truth within you. I smile and I embrace you and I hand
an altar let there be 4 white candles, flowers/oak leaves, incense, a
disc. pendant and long red cord by an
unlighted candle. An open fire or glowing charcoal in brazier/cauldron
and a vessel
of water is in the Grove. On a table are
wine, fruit-juice, a glass of water, a loaf of bread and a loving
cup or glasses.
the entrance is the Guide and. Candidate. The Candidate wears
white with white veil (woman) white hood
(man).A Companion holds Candidate's gift of incense, flowers
and work of art.
Guide and Candidate stand at entrance to Grove.
Arch-Druid: Honoured Guardian of our Grove, who seeks admission to the
Arch-Druidess speaks with Guide and returns.
Druids and Companions of the Grove of “Wyld
Myst Nemeton”, the Guide conducts a Candidate
hither. She/he is a member of Aset Shemsu, the Fellowship of Isis.
seeks Companionship into our Grove
Who stands Sponsor for this Candidate?
Sponsor speaks in favour of Candidate.
Arch-Druid: Who would refuse this Candidate Companionship?
Companions speak - if any wish to.
Arch-Druidess: Let us confer.
Decision is made.
Arch-Druid: The Candidate is to be admitted! Arch-Druidess admits Candidate and Guide.
FACING THE ASSESSORS
The Candidate must now face the Three Assessors. Leads Candidate before Dedicants of Brigid, Dana, and the Morrigan.
Arch-Druidess: Harken to the words of the Goddess Brigid. "I carry the flame of Truth, which dances in the breath of Spirit. Dare you face Truth with honesty, whether it be the soul-shaking winds of new ideas, the ugliness of wrong-doing of yourself and others, or the shock of harsh facts?"
Though Truth may be feared as terrible, when Brighid is faced with Courage and Faith, perfect beauty and goodness are
the words of the Goddess
Dana. “I am the goddess of the wisdom of
Nature. I show the soul the face of the Sun, which inspires and sustains
dance of the seasons. Do you balance truth
with compassion, love with understanding? “
who love, forgive others; those who face the truth are just; those with wisdom forgive themselves.
Harken to the words of the Morrigan. “I am the goddess
of Justice. The sharp eyes of my crows
discover all falsehood and heartlessness. Are you just to those you
dislike? Do you
understand the point of view of those with
whom you disagree? Are you just to all creatures, human, animal, plant?"
Learn to recognize the good qualities in
every being, including yourself, and acknowledge that which is real and
Be irritated by others' short-comings - and
you waste time being angry with fleeting shadows. Be true to your real
Arch-Druid: Has any Companion a question
to put to the Candidate, before acceptance into our group?
Arch-Druid: (to Candidate) Do you in mind and heart adore Deity? Do you love Dana, Goddess of our Hearth
and our own beloved Goddess and God, Brighid and Dagda of this Grove?
Arch-Druid: May our Companions signify
acceptance of this Candidate.
(in turn) I accept this Candidate as a Companion of our Grove.
Arch-Druid: (to Candidate)
Goddess Name (if woman)/ God Name (if man) do
you choose, in token of your soul's birth through the Goddess?
Candidate: To the name/s given by my parents, I add the Divine name of
Arch-Druid of Grove: With the Holy
Name of (Chosen Name) I declare you a mCompanion of our Grove, the “Wyld Myst Nemeton”.
I offer incense to the Goddess Dana! (sprinkles incense on fire.) I offer flowers
to the Goddess Brighid and water to the God Dagda! I offer this work made by myself (art,
writing, craftwork etc.) for this Grove, “Wyld Myst Nemeton” (presents
Arch Druid: I accept these gifts for
the Grove, in the Name of Dana, Brighid and Dagda and.”Wyld Myst Nemeton”
BESTOWAL OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
O Dana, grant us Thy Warmth. Dana,
Goddess of Abundance, your life giving solar light feeds all your
children. In thine
golden eyes are seen the love of the Mother
who values all her children upon the Earth; under which is your
the earth and the hearth are symbols of the
home. The earth is like a ball resting on no prop. Its own power of
its orb balanced. Your undying fire is hidden
in our Grove, within protective branches. Dana is so called the Living
The Hearth, her Focus, is named after her
(gives Candidate taper)
Light this candle from the hearth of Dana. Share your
power and your gifts with others and you will
suffer no diminution, but rather add to your store of knowledge, power
Candidate lights candle. Arch-Druidess lays hands over Candidate's head
and heart. Warm power may be felt and flame coloured lights seen.
May Dana's light brighten your mind and Her Sun warm your heart.
Hear the words of a Druid who has gone
before you to Her service: "Now, after long miles of journeying and
at last you found a haven of companionship
and peace. Rest assured that you are now safe under the protection of
Goddess, whose clear Light shines for all.
Rejoice now, as becomes a son/daughter of the goddess. As a Companion
in the Clan of the Goddess Dana. As you
enroll yourself in her ancient clan, know that Her service is perfect
Arch-Druid: Let the Candidate read
to us all the words of a companion in the clan of Dana.
"The Companions accepted me as one of their own, a loyal servant of
Not a single night did I pass, nor even doze
off during the day, without some new vision of Her. She always intended
to be initiated into Her sacred Mysteries, to
which I had long been destined. I frequently spoke of this to the
begging him to initiate me into further
Mysteries of the goddess. He checked my restlessness, so gently and
kindly that I
was not in the least discouraged. He
explained that the proper time for further initiation would be indicated
by signs from
The Goddess Herself, following the measured
unfolding of the gifts I had already received. He said: "The perfect
of all the interweaving cycles of Life are in
Her hands. It is by Her grace that the Companions of the grove are born
and restored to new and healthy life."
When that time comes, my friend, you will be told by Dana.
These are the words of Dana: " You
need to return to your roots in order to grow! It is through love of
living with you that you attain a wider love,
and not through spurning your family! It is from your children that you
again learn the language of birds and trees,
and through your grandparents that you may hear the music of the
you develop the magical language of the
Angels, you will find your own spiritual family. It comprises humans,
Spirits, animals, trees and stones, not only
on this planet but from the stars. Such families are as constellations
great galaxy. My Tuathe De Danann came from
the sky, yet also dwell within the hidden sun at earth’s matrix. The
Age shines about you, resplendent in the
matriarchal darkness. Naught is alien when all is known and loved. You
are kin to
all beings in the cosmos and all are kin to
(anoints Candidate's brow with water) May Dana bring you enjoyment
of your forgotten immortality! Golden power may be felt flowing through head and body of
Candidate and white light seen.
(presents Candidate with Sun Disc.) Accept this Solar Disc, the Sign of Dana.
Arch-Druid: (presents Candidate with cord)
Name of the Goddess Brighid and the God Dagda
of this Nemeton, accept this cord! The Sacred Cord links the mother
baby, and with it are joined families, lovers
and friends! (Candidate links symbol on cord
and Arch-Druid puts it round her/his neck.) The cord hangs loosely! Love and friendship must be free.
Omnes hold hands and circle three times to music except veiled priestess.
MANIFESTATION OF THE GODDESS
Arch-Druidess: Companions of this Nemeton, the Holy Time has come! Power fills our Grove. Let us invoke the Divine Presence of our Goddess among us!
are drawn. Only light is from
3 candles on altar. All sit except
Arch-Druidt who raises his arms and gives inspired invocation. Silence.
is in trance and the Arch-Druid protects her
aura from interruption. If there is no manifestation, the Arch-Druid
veil and gives an address or the
given oracle. If a manifestation is to take place, Companions will
observe a quickening
in the air like dancing sun-motes or swirling
stream. A sphere of light may appear above and behind Arch-Druidess.
Goddess may appear to clairvoyants or on
extremely rare occasions, materialise for a short while.
Arch-Druid Invokes Goddess.
The Divine Oracle is delivered through the Arch-Druidess. When it is finished the Arch-Druidess returns from trance.
Let us now meditate on the Oracle
on Oracle and on work of Nemeton,
including use of talents or new member.
Experiences are shared. Rays of friendship are sent forth to sister
all over the world.
Companions welcome new member with handshakes and kisses and words of friendship.
Wine, fruit-juice are blessed. New member is toasted. Bread is blessed. Love feast is shared.
THANKSGIVING AND BLESSING
Arch-Druidess: Thanks is given to Brighid and Dagda, tutelary Goddess,
(or Goddess and God), Dana, and the Morrigan
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