Honouring the Spirit of Place Ritual

This is a ritual to honour the anima loci, the soul of a place.  This can be the place you work your magic, but I also like to honour the place where I love and garden. Prepare a garland or small bunch of flowers, all of which you must pick yourself from your garden or sacred place.  Go out at dawn, taking with you a bottle of homemade wine made from garden produce (if possible), a cup, some cakes that you have made yourself, and your flowers.

Put on the garland or hold the flowers.  Say:

Soul of this place I call to you.  Soul of this place I honour you.  Attend me now and witness my intentions. 

Pour some of the wine into the cup.  Pour a few drops on the ground saying:

Soul of this place, I make this offering to you.

Drink some of the wine yourself.

Take the cakes, and crumble one onto the ground saying:

Soul of this place, I make this offering to you.

Eat one of the cakes.  Say:

Soul of this place draw near and listen to my words.  I come to honour you, to pledge to you that I shall honour the sacred Earth on which we both live; I shall not pollute or harm it.  I shall honour the wild places and hold sacred the creatures of the Earth, my brothers and sisters of fur and fin, of leaf and bark.  I shall hold sacred the cycles of the seasons and be part of the dance of the Earth. 

Like you, I shall take no more than I need, and I will tread softly upon the Earth. 

Test my words, and if you find them truthful, spoken from my heart, then accept me as your friend.  If you find them false, then treat me accordingly.

Sit quietly for a while and listen to the world around you.  You may see evidence of spirit presence, or hear voices in the trees, whispering in the wind. 

When you are ready to leave, get up and leave the rest of the cakes, pour the remaining wine onto the ground and say:

Soul of this place you have listened to my words and weighed my intentions.  I go now, but I shall hold you in my heart.  Soul of this place, hail and farewell.

© Anna Franklin, The Hearth Witch’s Garden Herbal, forthcoming, Llewellyn, 2022

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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