Took place on Saturday 12/09/15
It was with great pride and humbleness when we were asked by Dumbledore to perform a house blessing for his daughter, Dumblesdöttir. Really, it was a case of do we do them and would we be interested? I posted this question on the GOC and Cthulhudruid reminded us that we have done house blessings before, so why not?
So we did.
Because Dumblesdöttir lives in deepest darkest Lincolnshire, it meant a trip to that part of the Corieltauvi landscape.
Me and Dumbledore drove up and called into the Cherry Tree Cafe and Bistro for a cuppa and some Lemon meringue pie (at least, I got to have some anyway). I even posed for a few shots with a replica TARDIS and we continued on our journey.
In preparing for the blessing, I had an image of the Lady of the Lake in her maiden form with a long flowing green dress. She then instructed me to pour some water at each cardinal point, which I obliged. An interesting side-effect was discovered when Dumblesdöttir arrived to bring wood for the fire and found she couldn’t enter the circle area, not yet, she wasn’t allowed, she said.
It was dark once Strider had arrived and Dumblesdöttir set the fire off magnificently whereas the sky above glistened with the light of a thousand, million stars.
As soon as Strider had uttered the words “Welcome…” at the beginning of the rite, there was a shooting star streaking for but a second behind him. A good sign indeed.
The House Blessing was adapted from a book called Arianrhod’s Dance; and we involved Dumblesdöttir as much as we could for her to bless her own house. There were blessings on the sprigs of Rosemary that were to be left in every room, there were blessings on the candle which was to be passed through every room also. There were blessings for the fire and the Land itself. In fact, the fire was even brought indoors after the rite! As it did go down and we came indoors, the fire was transplanted into the log burning hearth. I liked this last bit as it recreated a bit of the real Old Ways: The Fires of Beltane and Samhain being the grand fire on top of the hill being used to drive away evil spirits, bad luck and harmful magic being brought into each dwelling after their own fires were already extinguished.
We got to admire Lincolnshire’s beautiful landscape as we drove up and because the sky was so clear, we got to admire the Milky Way too.
Here’s wishing Dumblesdöttir peace and joy in her new home!