Ritual of resistance, rebellion and regeneration

Open the circle

Welcome to this ritual of resistance, rebellion and regeneration. Welcome to this circle of peaceful rebellion. Our sacred Earth is under attack from our own activities. We are causing the sixth mass extinction of life, of Nature. Our ways are wrong, our society is sick, and our relationships are failing.

We gather to support those who resistance, rebellion and regeneration. We gather to offer hope and support.

The circle of life has been broken, that sacred circle that has sustain all life for billions of years. The circle needs to be whole again. Our circle is but a tiny part of the greater circle so can the circle creators make this circle whole.

Two people smudge the circle with incense and water

I now call upon North to call to the dragons and spirits:

Call to the quarters

North / Earth / Winter

We call upon the dragons of the Earth whose bodies are pillaged for the sake of human profit, whose bodies are raped by frackers injecting millions of gallons of poison into them. We call upon the dragons of the Earth to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the animals of the Earth, the badgers hunted for political expediency, the polar bear floating alone on an iceberg, the moles cruelly poisoned by ignorant gardeners. We call upon the animals of the Earth to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the spirits of the North, who give us stability, groundedness, and endurance. We call upon them to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the time of Winter whose dark nights and crisp frosts give us time to reflect and recover. We call on Winter to rise up in peaceful resistance.

Hail and welcome.

East / Air / Spring

We call upon the dragons of the Air, whose winds are thickened with poisons from our cars, whose winds are overheated by the Sun’s rays trapped in the greenhouse that we have created. We call upon the dragons of the Air to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the animals of the Air, the hawk that should be soaring in the morning mist but is hunted to increase partridge numbers so that rich businessmen can have their blood sport, the dark pidgin demonised and poisoned as vermin while it’s white cousin is a symbol of peace, the birds of the meadows who are poisoned by farmers to maximise profits. We call upon animals of the Air to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the spirits of the East, who give us clarity of thought and brightness of insight. We call upon them to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the time of Spring whose buds fill us with joy and hope. We call on Spring to rise up in peaceful resistance.

Hail and welcome.

South / Fire / Summer

We call upon the dragons of Fire, whose flames are stoked by the fossil fuels we foolishly extract and burn, whose energy we have pushed out of control and whose anger we have riled. We call upon the dragons of Fire to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the animals of Fire, the stag in the heat of the day hunted for trophies to hang on our walls, the salamanders kept as exotic pets to impress our friends. We call upon animals of Fire to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the spirits of the South, who give us creativity, joy and energy. We call upon them to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the time of Summer whose burgeoning life fills our souls with wonder and our bellies with food. We call on Summer to rise up in peaceful resistance.

Hail and welcome.

West / Water / Autumn

We call upon the dragons of Water, whose seas we have filled with plastic, whose waters we have turned to acid and whose rivers we have poisoned with chemicals. We call upon the dragons of Water to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the animals of Water, the salmon farmed and mutated, the cod fished to the brink of extinction. We call upon animals of Water to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the spirits of the West, who give us both healing and death. We call upon them to rise up in peaceful resistance.

We call upon the time of Autumn whose falling leaves mark the end of the cycle of life. We call up Autumn to rise up in peaceful resistance.

Hail and welcome.

Druid: Spirits of the ancestors gone by and those yet to come

We call upon our ancestors whose lives on this Earth have ended and whose future we now inhabit. We call our ancestors to help us avoid extinction so that those ancestors who are yet to be born can take our place in the hope of continued life. We call upon all persons, dead, alive and not yet born to rise up in peaceful resistance against extinction.

Hail and welcome.

Druid:Spirits of this land, this place and this time

We call upon the spirits of this land, this place and this time, especially those spirits who have been distracted by greed, who have become addicted to the false gods of consumerism, fashion and self-imagery. We call upon you to join us in awakening to peaceful resistance.

Hail and welcome.

Druid: Spirit of the Birch, Spirit of the Yew, Spirit of the Oak

We call upon the spirit of the Birch, the spirit of youth and of energy. We call upon the spirit of the Yew, the spirit of wisdom and healing. And we call on the spirit of the Oak, the spirit of strength and of leadership. We call upon the three trees to support us in peaceful resistance.

Hail and welcome.

Druid:

I light this candle as a symbol of our support for those protesting today, may its light be fused with our inner lights to give strength to those who stand for the Earth,

Nature, of whom we are an integral part of, is under attack as never before. Our actions burning fossil fuels, spreading pesticides on fields and throwing away our rubbish just to sit in landfill or float in the sea, are destroying our world. We are at the start of the sixth mass extinction and we are its cause.

Yet it is Nature, the Earth, Sea and Sky, the plant and the animals, and the spirits of the place that are sacred to us as Druids. We are destroying that which is sacred and we must stop.

Let us hold hands and take a moment to reflect on that, to reflect on the way human persons are destroying the sacred rather than honouring her.

[5 mins quiet meditation on that]

[Chant three Awens]

Not only must we lighten our own footsteps on this sacred Earth but we need to help others do the same. But it is not the human people that need to change most, it is the corporations, media and governments too. Without them ‘business as usual’ will continue to destroy our world.

As Druids we learn the Bardic arts and express them freely in song, poetry and art. This is the spirit of the Birch.

As Druids we learn the Ovate arts to heal ourselves and others. This is spirit of the Yew.

But as Druids while we learn the Druid arts, we don’t always use the leadership that it imbues, we sometimes fail to honour the spirit of the Oak when we fail to lead others and we fail to speak out.

So we must speak out, speak out to our friends and family, speak out to our neighbours and colleagues, speak out to strangers and we must speak the truth of the problem to power, to those corporations, the media and our governments too.

So let’s start right now! Who would like to speak out, who would like to express their concerns?

[Let people say stuff – use a megaphone rather than a talking stick?]

Thank you – wise words indeed!

When we speak out or take non-violent direct action we must do so with peace in our hearts.

So can we now join hands and say the Oath of Peace.

“We swear by peace and love to stand heart to heart and hand in hand. Mark, O Spirits, and hear us now, confirming this, our sacred vow.” [Three times]

Fellow Druids (and Pagans), we need to have the words and creativity to describe a better future. Words to tell the story of a better world. Creativity to capture the imaginations of our fellow humans. Words of truth when we speak out. Creativity to drive the regeneration of our world.

These are the words and creativity of the Birch.

Fellow Druids (and Pagans), we need to have the wisdom and the healing to build a better future. Wisdom to see what is wrong with society now. Healing to staunch the wounds. Wisdom to know will work in the future. Healing to bring the Earth back into balance.

This is the wisdom and healing of the Yew.

Fellow Druids (and Pagans), along with peace, we need strength and leadership to take us to a better world. The strength to resist. The leadership to lead the rebellion. The strength to speak truth to power. The leadership to speak out against unjust actions. The strength to stand against the tide of corporations and governments. The leadership to turn the tide of humanity.

This is the strength and leadership of the Oak.

So let us say the Druid’s prayer which asks for protection, strength, knowledge and understanding:

Grant, O Spirits, Thy protection;

And in protection, strength;

And in strength, understanding;

And in understanding, knowledge;

And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice;

And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it;

And in that love, the love of all existences;

And in the love of all existences, the love of God.

As we come to the end of this ritual of resistance, rebellion and regeneration, it is time to thank the spirits of the four directions, the spirits of the ancestors, the spirits of this place and the spirits of the Birch, Yew and Oak for their blessings.

West: Spirits of the west, of water and of Autumn, we thank you for your blessings at this our ritual of resistance, rebellion and regeneration.

Hail and farewell

South: Spirits of the south, of fire and of Summer, we thank you for your blessings at this our ritual of resistance, rebellion and regeneration .

Hail and farewell

East: Spirits of the east, of air and of Spring, we thank you for your blessings at this our ritual of resistance, rebellion and regeneration.

Hail and farewell

North: Spirits of the north, of earth and of Winter, we thank you for your blessings at this our ritual of resistance, rebellion and regeneration .

Hail and farewell

Druid:

We thank you, ancestors, for your wisdom and support, for bringing each of us into this place so that we may be part of the future.

We thank you spirits of this place, for this place and every place where we stand is a sacred place that we must honour.

And finally we thank you spirits of the Birch, Yew and Oak for your creativity, healing and leadership so that we can be agents of resistance, rebellion and regeneration.

As the light of the candle fades, may it be relit in the heart of all those here standing with the Earth and may it shine a light in the hearts of those who have yet to awaken to the needs of Nature.

Ho