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In the Beginning Was the Sea

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Many pagan rituals begin with the purificatory sprinkling of salt water. This act mythically reenacts creation: as all life arose in the womb of the Sea, so too do the touch of its waters make new.

What follows are the preparatory formulas that I myself generally use.

 

The Blessing of Salt and Water

 

(Take up dish of salt)

 

Blessings be upon you, O Salt.

 

(Sign)

 

In the name of Mabh, be blessed.

 

(Raise dish of Salt)

 

(Take up bowl of water)

 

Blessings be upon you, O Water.

 

(Sign)

 

In the name of Mabh, be blessed.

 

(Raise dish of Water)

 

(Add three good three-finger pinches of Salt into Water. Using aspergillum, stir three times.)

 

In the beginning was the Sea.

 

(Sprinkle.)

 

Comment

Sign

I generally use the sign of the pentagram, but any sacred sign will do.

Signing may be done either with the thumb, the first and second fingers together, or with the whole hand.

Name

Mabh (bh as V) is the sacred love-name of Earth.

Aspergillum

The best aspergillum is a bundle of leafy twigs. One may also use a spray of evergreen, or a miniature broom, especially one made from the three traditional woods: ash (stick), birch (spray), and willow (binding).

Salt/Water

Unused Salt should be used to season food, not preserved for ritual use.

Unused Salt Water should be poured onto Earth.

 

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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.

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