Items You Need
- A flat surface, such as a small table, windowsill, or bookshelf.
- A candle to represent the Hailagans, or “holy ones.” This can be an electric candle, if necessary.
- A bowl, plate, or cup for offerings.
- A covering for your head, such as a hat, scarf, or the hood of a hoodie.
- Offerings for Þaibons, the other Gods, the ancestors, and the ahmans. Clean water is the most basic offering, but milk or other drinks, incense, small portions of food, and salt are also appropriate.
Purify yourself by washing your hands or fumigating yourself with incense, then cover your head.
Light the candle and move it clockwise above your shrine three times, then say:
“I welcome You, Þaibons, Great Queen of the Gods, Tender of the Hearth Flame, and Wisest of Seers. Your fire burns away impurities, leaving only that which is hale and whole, fit for the presence of the Gods. By its power, we pass from the profane into the realm of the sacred.”
Give a small offering to Þaibons and say:
“Mother Þaibons, may You bless today’s offerings, including this one I give to You in love and adoration.”
Greet the main God(s) of the ritual and give thanks:
“I welcome You, <God’s name>, <three epithets>. I thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed upon me. May You continue to bring goodness into my life.”
Speak any additional, personal prayers to the Gods. Use this time to connect with Them in ways that speak to you, such as through dance, song, meditation, etc.
Give an offering to the God(s) and say:
“O <God(s)>, may You accept this offering, which I give in love and adoration.”
Greet your ancestors and give thanks:
“I welcome You, ancestors of blood and of love, the named and unnamed, the known and unknown. I welcome You, <list named/known ancestors>. I thank You for all the guidance You have given me over the years. May You continue to bless me with Your wisdom.”
Speak any additional, personal prayers to your ancestors. Use this time to connect with Them in ways that speak to you.
Give an offering to your ancestors and say:
“O ancestors, may You accept this offering, which I give in love and adoration.”
Greet the ahmans of the house and give thanks:
“I welcome You, raznahmans. I thank You for protecting my house and family, and for blessing my hearth with prosperity and abundance. May nothing but joy, good fortune, and health be welcome in my home.”
Speak any additional, personal prayers to the ahmans. Use this time to connect with Them in ways that speak to you.
Give an offering to the ahmans and say:
“O ahmans, may You accept this offering, which I give in love and adoration.”
Spend a few moments in the presence of the Hailagans, focusing on Them, the silence, and your breathing. When you are finished, express thanks by saying:
“Thank You, Þaibons, for presiding over this ritual. Thank You, mighty Hailagans, for Your presence today.”
Extinguish the candles and remove the offerings. You may dispose of the offerings in the trash or down the kitchen sink, or compost them if you are able.