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Kaida Dragonborn

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Help with ritual for mourning the loss of land
« on: July 21, 2014, 02:22:38 pm »
Hello! I'm not sure where to start here so bare with me. My family owns (make that owned..) a fairly large plot of land in northern Minnesota. These woods have been my safe haven for my entire life. I helped build the house up there and the land has been ours since it was given to my great grandfather by on of his medical patients. Recently however, we were forced to sell it the the gas company, who would have taken it anyway if we did not sell. This week I will be taking what is most likely my last trip up there. It still doesn't feel real to me that it will be gone, we all thought it would be there forever. This is a mourning process we never thought we'd have to go through. I have just a few short days to say goodbye to a land I know so well, a land that knows me too. I'd like to create a ritual for the woods, both of mourning and of blessing, but I've been a bit to distraught to fit the pieces together. I'd really appreciate some suggestions, as well as all the love and support you can send our way. My particular path is Irish Pagan, Druidcraft to be specific, but I would appreciate suggestions from any and all paths. Thanks to everyone for your time.
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Re: Help with ritual for mourning the loss of land
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 03:03:48 pm »
Quote from: Kaida Dragonborn;153533
Hello! I'm not sure where to start here so bare with me. My family owns (make that owned..) a fairly large plot of land in northern Minnesota. These woods have been my safe haven for my entire life. I helped build the house up there and the land has been ours since it was given to my great grandfather by on of his medical patients. Recently however, we were forced to sell it the the gas company, who would have taken it anyway if we did not sell. This week I will be taking what is most likely my last trip up there. It still doesn't feel real to me that it will be gone, we all thought it would be there forever. This is a mourning process we never thought we'd have to go through. I have just a few short days to say goodbye to a land I know so well, a land that knows me too. I'd like to create a ritual for the woods, both of mourning and of blessing, but I've been a bit to distraught to fit the pieces together. I'd really appreciate some suggestions, as well as all the love and support you can send our way. My particular path is Irish Pagan, Druidcraft to be specific, but I would appreciate suggestions from any and all paths. Thanks to everyone for your time.
-Kai

 
Hi Kai! First, I'm really sorry you'll be losing this piece of land. It sounds like a really important part of who you are. I'm not familiar with Druidcraft itself but I do have some background in ADF-style Druidry and currently work closely with an Irish deity (Brighid). Here are some ideas off the top of my head:

  • Find a space (or spaces) on your land that feel particularly significant to you. These could be good spots to conduct the ritual or to visit throughout your last trip up there as a sort of mini-pilgrimage across your land.
  • Leave offerings for the land spirits/faeries/wights of your property. Not sure if you've cultivated a relationship with them before but a goodbye offering could be nice whatever that relationship looked like.
  • Leave offerings or give prayers to your ancestors. Even if none of them were buried on your land, I believe our ancestors have an understanding of what it means to leave our homes (and hearts) behind.
  • Bury something biodegradeable as a symbol of leaving part of yourself behind. It could be your favorite flowers or food. And/or, speaking of flowers, perhaps toss some seeds out or plant a perenial on your land as a way of keeping a connection to the land even though you're gone.
  • Find something (perhaps a cutting of a plant, or leaves/flowers to dry or a rock, or a small vial of water) to take with you and keep in a special place, perhaps on an altar/shrine in your home.


Hope this was somewhat inspirational. :)
Maker, though the darkness comes upon me,
I shall embrace the light. I shall weather the storm.
I shall endure.
What you have created, no one can tear asunder.

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Re: Help with ritual for mourning the loss of land
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014, 01:22:41 pm »
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Hi Kai! First, I'm really sorry you'll be losing this piece of land. It sounds like a really important part of who you are. I'm not familiar with Druidcraft itself but I do have some background in ADF-style Druidry and currently work closely with an Irish deity (Brighid). Here are some ideas off the top of my head:

  • Find a space (or spaces) on your land that feel particularly significant to you. These could be good spots to conduct the ritual or to visit throughout your last trip up there as a sort of mini-pilgrimage across your land.
  • Leave offerings for the land spirits/faeries/wights of your property. Not sure if you've cultivated a relationship with them before but a goodbye offering could be nice whatever that relationship looked like.
  • Leave offerings or give prayers to your ancestors. Even if none of them were buried on your land, I believe our ancestors have an understanding of what it means to leave our homes (and hearts) behind.
  • Bury something biodegradeable as a symbol of leaving part of yourself behind. It could be your favorite flowers or food. And/or, speaking of flowers, perhaps toss some seeds out or plant a perenial on your land as a way of keeping a connection to the land even though you're gone.
  • Find something (perhaps a cutting of a plant, or leaves/flowers to dry or a rock, or a small vial of water) to take with you and keep in a special place, perhaps on an altar/shrine in your home.


Hope this was somewhat inspirational. :)

I love the idea of scattering perennials! I was hoping to try to find a young tree up there to transplant down here and that seems like the perfect exchange. Thank you so much for your suggestions.

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Re: Help with ritual for mourning the loss of land
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014, 01:24:55 pm »
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I love the idea of scattering perennials! I was hoping to try to find a young tree up there to transplant down here and that seems like the perfect exchange. Thank you so much for your suggestions.

 
Depending on how much time you have, you might even be able to stop near a local garden center and ask about plants that thrive in (literally) your neck of the woods. Or you might know that already! Whichever, I hope things go well. :)
Maker, though the darkness comes upon me,
I shall embrace the light. I shall weather the storm.
I shall endure.
What you have created, no one can tear asunder.

-Canticle of Trials 1:10

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