Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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A Midsummer Invocation to Earth and Her Two Husbands

Midsummer dark, Midsummer bright:

the longest day, the shortest night.

 

(Horn)

Let us lift up our hands.

 

On this Midsummer's Eve we call

to Earth, mighty mother of us all,

and we praise you for your great good gift of fruitfulness.

We ask that through the summer to come

our gardens may bear abundantly,

so that through this season

and through the winter to come

we, your people, may have plenty to eat.

So mote it be.

 

And on this Midsummer's Eve we call

to Earth's right-hand husband, the Sun,

and we praise you for your great good gift of light.

We ask that through the summer to come

you will give in abundance, but not to excess,

so that through this season

and through the winter to come

we, your people, may have plenty to eat.

So mote it be.

 

And on this Midsummer's Eve we call

to Earth's left-hand husband, Thunder,

and we praise you for your great good gift of rain.

We ask that through the summer to come

you will give in abundance, but not to excess,

so that through this season

and through the winter to come

we, your people, may have plenty to eat.

So mote it be.

 

Earth, Sun, Thunder:

to you, to you, to you

I pour.

(Horn)

(Libation is poured.)

So mote it be.

(Horn)

 

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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.
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