A reminder to all my readers: I’m offering the three Manannan cards for free through May 1, 2015. I will ship overseas. All three cards are by artist Grace Palmer and are designed to work as a triptych.
If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to contact me at krasskova at gmail.com.
by Jennifer Lawrence
Within the jade-green depths of the sea,
mighty Manannan waits.
The sea is cold with his fury,
each slashing wave a knife made of northern ice.
The white foam of each swell rises,
ready to crash down on the heads of those
who have chosen to steal from Him.
How might their retribution come?
Not hard to say:
Boats overturning in choppy swells,
Vicious winds ready to lacerate and batter,
Fragarach coming to take their heads.
Woe to the unbelievers, the bigots, the cruel,
Who think their right to mock the pious
Outweigh the power of a god.
There is no safety for them on the bellows,
Not even out past the ninth wave itself.
The Son of the Sea does not suffer himself
To be mocked, to be thieved from, to be disdained.
When will they know their doom?
Not hard to say:
When they set foot on ferry to travel and it goes down;
When they see Him coming toward their ship on Wavesweeper,
When the ocean itself opens to swallow them whole.
There are gods and goddesses in this Emerald Land
Older and more true than your intruder,
More ancient and powerful than the one from the desert
Who was not born here, did not live here,
Does not know this land or its people, does not belong here.
Let that god and its followers go back to their desert
And leave this Emerald Isle to their gods.
You call the Son of the Sea a false god, and prove
You do not know the meaning of either word:
Not ‘false’, because He has always been true to us, there for us,
And not ‘god’, because in showing your impiety to our gods,
You demonstrate that you know no respect for any god,
Seeing them all only as foes of what you believe, or
Something to threaten others with, who do not believe as you do.
What is your fate:
Not hard to say:
In the end, doomed to die like all mortal men, forgotten, alone, abandoned;
In the end, scorned by even those who claim the same god you do;
In the end, fools, thieves, unworthy of the name of Man—
Which isle, ironically, bears the name of Him whom you insulted.
Tomorrow ends my February for Manannan project. 🙂 I want to thank everyone who has submitted prayers, rituals, and other material this past month. Since I don’t really have a devotional relationship with Him, it helped a lot!
Please note that I will be offering the three Manannan cards by Grace Palmer for free through Beltane (may 1). Just contact me at krasskova at gmail.com.
Otherwise, stay tuned till tomorrow, and may He ever and always be hailed.
Thank you to Sparrow for offering this ritual in honor of Manannan as part of the February for Manannan project.
Paying the Rents Ritual for Manannán mac Lir
(Please note: I’m a solitary lay person and am still new to creating rituals. Please adjust this ritual to what you think Manannán mac Lir would like and to suit your situation (i.e. solitary or group ritual, etc).)
While watching the Youtube video Manannan – Paying the Rents at Midsummer by GaolNaofa, I was really struck by the importance of the Paying the Rents ritual that the people of the Isle of Man perform for Manannán mac Lir. Manannán mac Lir is the patron and protector of the Isle of Man. In return for Manannán’s care, He asks the Manx to “pay the rents” to Him with offerings of rushes on Mid Summer’s Eve. The Manx climb to the top of South Barrule Hill to make offerings of rushes with prayers of blessings and thanks. Gaelic polytheists also make offerings of rushes to Manannán at Midsummer’s Eve. This ritual shows the importance of offerings. We give offerings to the Gods for Their continued protection and blessings. Regardless of what tradition we follow, we can all perform the Paying the Rents ritual to Manannán.
When the ritual is to take place: Mid summer’s Eve
Where the ritual should take place: Ideally, at the ocean. If you don’t live by an ocean, you can do the ritual at a river or a lake.
What Is Required:
Good Irish whiskey
Whatever other offerings you think Manannán mac Lir would like
Wear a piece of jewellery with the triskelion (it is Manannán’s symbol) on it.
If you’re a musician, bring your instrument
At the ocean, river or lake, first ground and center. Then create your sacred space (e.g. cast a circle, etc.). The say the following prayer:
“Oh, great Manannán mac Lir, God of the sea, please hear my prayer. Today Your people, the Manx, are paying the rents to You. They are on top of South Barrule Hill offering you rushes and prayers of blessings and thanks. Today I too am paying the rents. Today I am offering you rushes, flowers, and Irish whiskey (and say any other offerings you have for Manannán). Please accept these simple offerings. Thank you for the many blessings in my life. Thank you for Your beautiful ocean with all Your children in it. May I become a protector of Your ocean and of Your children. Thank you for protecting the fishermen and sea travellers of Eire and the Isle of Man. Thank you for being the guide and guardian of Gaelic polytheists. They are trying to restore Your worship and the worship of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Please guide them well. And, thank you for the return of Your statue. The thieves cannot tarnish Your glory and steal away my love for You. May the statue never be stolen again!”
Put the rushes and flowers in the ocean/river/lake. Then pour the Irish whiskey into the
ocean/river/lake and put any other offerings you have in the ocean/river/lake.
Then sing or say the Manx traditional song “C’raad ta’n Ree?” (Where is the King?) If you’re a musician, play your instrument. (A link to lyrics for the song is given below)
NOTE: Manannán is said to be a great harpist. Since He is a musician, He may be offended by bad singing. If you’re a bad singer (like me), read out loud the song. Also, if you are brave, sing/say the song in Manx instead of English. I think Manannán would appreciate it.
Then say more prayers and poems to Manannán. Close the ritual by saying:
“Oh, great Manannán mac Lir, God of the sea, today I have paid the rents. May You be pleased with my offerings. Please continue to protect the people of the Isle of Man and Eire. Hail Manannán mac Lir! May You always be praised!
Youtube video Manannan – Paying the Rents at Midsummer by GaolNaofa.
Lyrics for the song C’raad ta’n Ree? (Where is the King?)
I’d been hoping someone would send me oil and incense recipes for Manannan this month so I was really happy when I received this. Thank you, M.C.
Blessing Oil for Manannan
1/2 part hyacinth oil
1/2 part ambergris oil (synthetic is ok)
few drops of civet oil.
in a carrier of sweet almond oil.
Sometimes i like to donate to charities as an offering to specific Deities. It’s good to do something to protect the land and water and world that They gave to us. For those who may want to extend their devotion to Manannan in this way, here are a few Irish based charities that might be of interest:
(I thought this one was particularly cool–they do water search and rescue).
I focused on Irish Charities and orgs. here because of Manannan, but if there are any that you particularly like, regardless of where they’re based, please feel free to suggest them in the comments.
The BBC has issued further updates on the Manannan statue, which has been found. Apparently there was some damage, including to the head. The impression I get from the article is that the vandals tried to hack the head off. There is nothing remotely polite that I can say about that. I hope they get what’s coming to them. Hopefully the sculpture will be able to repair the statue. It does look like the majority of it is intact and undamaged, at least from the picture included with the article.
Anyway, the update may be read here.