Calendar of the Sun for August 23

Calendar of the Sun

23 Weodmonath

Vulcanalia: Day of Hephaestos

Color: Red
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon a red cloth worked with flames set four red candles, a flaming brazier, a wooden crutch, a black rock, an anvil, a hammer, and many things worked of metal.
Offering: Fish. Nail parings and hair. Make something.
Daily Meal: Pie.

Vulcanalia Invocation

Lord of volcanoes,
You who understand submerged wrath,
Help me to keep mine in check.
Lord of work,
You who understand its balm to the soul,
Help me to learn the joys of focused labor.
Lord of craft,
You whose fire tempers iron into steel,
You who understand what it is to be crippled,
Beat my will strong and straight again
That the sign of your hammer
May be imprinted in everything I make.
Lord who is the strong iron of competence
And the driving blows of manifestation,
May your hands guide us into honorable work.
Hail Vulcan Mulciber, Charmer of Fire!
Hail Vulcan Quietus; may your gift of tame fire
Stay tame enough not to harm our house!
May your flames warm us, inspire us
And never burn beyond their borders,
So long as we give you the proper respect.

(Each comes forth and places something into the brazier, be it a bit of hair or nail parings, or some of the fish, which is given as an offering because fish is normally safe from fire. Those who wish to be blessed for their crafts may give an offering of craft today, or simply kneel and contemplate the craftwork on the altar, perhaps holding it and praising Hephaistos.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Moon for July 17th

Calendar of the Moon

Holly Tree Month

Colors: Iron-grey, red, and dark green.
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon cloth of dark grey set many sprigs of holly, real or created, four red candles, a spear and a sword.
Offerings: Honor your inner warrior, including examining the areas where s/he overreacts.
Daily Meal: Red food. Meat of any kind.

Tinne Invocation

Call: Hail the month of the Holly King!
Response: Hail the King of the waning year!
Call: Hail, sharp leaves and sharper eye!
Response: Hail, white flowers that give way to blood-red berries!
Call: Hail the month of the starling’s flock!
Response: For the starlings move together as one!
Call: Like them, we defend what is dear to us!
Response: Like them, we do not let each other stand alone against opposition!
Call: Hail the color of cold iron!
Response: Hail the sword and the spear!
Call: For our sword is Reason….
Response: And our spear is the death of Illusion!
Call: Hail the color of cold iron!
Response: Hail the armor and the shield!
Call: For our armor is Hope….
Response: And our shield is Love.
Call: The Oak King gives way to the Holly King…
Response: For all things have a time of increase, and a time of decrease.
Call: For all things wax and wane.
Response: For all things rise and fall.
Call: This is the moment just beyond the year’s apex!
Response: This is the time of the beginning of the end!
Call: May we take courage with every passing morning!
Response: May courage fill us with every breath!

Chant:
Spear of truth, find me,
I open myself to you.
Chains of honor, bind me,
Bound, I am free to hold true.

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for December 14th

Calendar of the Sun

14 Yulmonath

Day of Iuventas and Hebe

Color: Red
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon cloth of red place figures of male and female youths, bedecked with flowers and candles of many colors, and two cups of spring water. Let youths from the community come forth to be blessed on this day, and process in with the folk of the House, and stand before the altar.
Offerings: Give aid to youths who have just come of age.
Daily Meal: Anything that the youths wish, within the strictures of the House.

Invocation to Iuventas and Hebe

Call: Let the children come to us who are no longer children.
Response: Let them come forth, those on the brink of manhood and womanhood.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with health, in the name of Hebe.
Response: May Hebe bless them with strong bodies and long lives.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with vitality, in the name of Iuventas.
Response: May Iuventas bless them with brightness and joy.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with minds sharp as blades.
Response: May they be so blessed.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with hearts full of courage.
Response: May they be so blessed.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with hands full of compassion.
Response: May they be so blessed.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with good judgment.
Response: May they be so blessed.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with new worlds to explore.
Response: May they be so blessed.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with faith in the Universe.
Response: May they be so blessed.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with knowledge of the Gods.
Response: May they be so blessed.
Call: Let them come forth and be blessed with peace in their souls.
Response: May they be so blessed.
Call: Let us lift up our eyes to them in hope, for they are the future.
Response: Our blessing on them all.
Call: Let us lift up our voices to Iuventas and Hebe in praise!
Response: Hail Iuventas and Hebe!

(The cups of water are poured out as a libation. The rest of Sponde is spent with the youths, teaching them and giving them what wisdom can be given in this short time.)

 

[Pagan Book of Hours]