Rob’s Sonic Spiral Gate Opening

(An idea I’ve been toying with for a few years now, as an attempt to use sound to move the energy and the participants’ ritual focus around the circle to aid with the Opening of the Gates without requiring anyone to run around the circle waving a stick and accidentally knocking things over. Not that I’ve ever seen anyone do that.)

The Opening

(D1 D2 and D3 should be positioned evenly around the circle, with D2 to the left of D1 and D3 to the right of D1 so the motion of the sound is clockwise. Lines should be read slowly at the beginning, then with gradually increasing speed as the lines get shorter.)

D1: When the rays of the sun wander down from on high
The leaves store the light and the heat of the sky

D2: While the deep and dark waters are swirling around
And slowly seep up to the top of the ground

D3: And the root drinks the cool and the leaf draws the heat
The tree is the place where those opposites meet

D1: The Fire sends out sacred light
And smoke to touch the heavens’ height

D2: The Well moves water through the earth
To join the realms of death and birth

D3: The Tree attaches every world
With root grown down and branch unfurled

D1: The Gods are in the light

D2: The Dead may join our rite

D3: The Realms we now unite

D1: Open the Fire

D2: Open the Well

D3: Open the Tree

D1: The Fire

D2: The Well

D3: The Tree

D1: Fire

D2: Well

D3: Tree

D1, D2, D3 together: Let the Gates be open!

All: Let the Gates be open!

The Closing

(D1 D2 and D3 should shift around so the motion of the sound is now counterclockwise. Start with fairly quick speech, then slow down as it progresses. Or not, I can see a case being made for either. Experiment on your own and let me know how it goes!)

D1: Now we close the Three Portals connecting our rite
To Land, Sea, and Sky, and the dark and the light

D2: May the Kindreds accept what we offered this day
The blessings of *ghosti- will show us the way

D3: May the magic and wonder we’ve worked in this place
Resound through the Gates and across time and space

D1: The Fire joined us to the Sky
Our prayers it carried up on high

D2: The Well connected to the Sea
To help us see what we can be

D3: The Tree aligned us with the Land
And all the worlds where allies stand

D1: And now we close the Fire

D2: And now we close the Well

D3: And now we close the Tree

D1: Close the Fire

D2: Close the Well

D3: Close the Tree

D1: The Fire

D2: The Well

D3: The Tree

D1: Fire

D2: Well

D3: Tree

D1, D2, D3 together: Let the Gates be closed!

All: Let the Gates be closed!

 

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