Feast for the Fallen Warriors
You will need the following tools and items: Staff, athame, cauldron, 1 black candle, 1 red candle, 1 white candle, a plate with bread and salt, a plate of cookies in animal and human shapes, and an apple, blanket, BOS
Place the cauldron in the center of working area and put the white candle inside the cauldron, the black candle to the right of the cauldron, and the red to the left of the cauldron.
Ground and center
Walk deosil 3 times around in a circle
Stand before the cauldron
Light the black candle. Hold your staff before you horizontally and say:
This is the time to honor all fallen warriors. Great Dagda, All Father, you who have gathered to you all brave warriors who die in battle, I salute you.
Light the red candle to the left of the cauldron. Hold your staff before you horizontally and say:
Morrigan, Supreme War Goddess, you who have gathered your share of the fallen heroes, I salute you.
Light the white candle. Again holding your staff horizontally say:
Hail to the fallen warriors who dwell in Avalon. I honor your courage, your willingness to die in defense of your family, your property, your community, your country. Well do I understand that brave warriors do not all fall in wars. Well do I understand that not all heroes are men. Heroes sacrifice themselves as policemen on the streets. They meet The Dagda when rescuing others in peril. They go to Avalon as firemen on duty. They answer the Morrigan's call as parents defending their children. The fallen warriors of Avalon have walked all paths of life, yet because of the their deeds they were found worthy to enter the Isle of Apples known as Avalon.
Lay the staff beside the cauldron and pick up the athame and apple.
As there is death in life, so there must be life in death. The symbol of the Lady and life eternal is hidden inside the sacred fruit of the apple. Only those who seek it may find it.
Cut the apple crosswise to reveal the pentagram made by the core and seeds.
Behold! The Star of Life! Symbol of the Triple Goddess who, with The Dagda, brings forth new beginnings out of the cauldron of death and rebirth.
Eat part of the apple, saving the rest to be placed outside for the birds and animals.
The secret of this sacred fruit is forbidden only to those who walk in darkness. Those who turn away from the great knowledge that life never ends shall not understand the Mystery. Like a dried Autumn seed, each passing soul falls into the sacred cauldron, to rest, then to be reborn in another time and space.
Lift high the plate of bread and salt:
Behold, the staples of life! The seed of grain which must die in the soil to produce new grain. The grain which is ground and baked into bread to sustain the body. Salt which is mined from the Earth, which is tasted in tears and blood. Salt which preserves food and enriches life. Each time I taste salt and bread may I remember that all life turns in cycles of life and death.
Dip a piece of the bread into the salt and eat it. Raise the plate of cookies high, then set it before the cauldron. Go to the East. Salute by holding up your power hand and say:
Rulers of Air, give your blessings to the fallen warriors. Grant them rest in Spring fields caressed by gentle breezes.
Go to the South. Salute with your hand and say:
Rulers of Fire, give your blessings to the fallen warriors. Grant them warm sunny days and warm nights of feasting.
Go the West and hold up your hand and say:
Rulers of Water, give your blessings to the fallen warriors. Grant them warm pools of refreshing water where they may dream of rebirth.
Go to the North salute with your hand and say:
Rulers of Earth, give your blessings to the fallen warriors. Grant them changing seasons, green forests, and sweet meadow flowers to soothe their minds and sprits.
Return to stand before the cauldron and hold up your hand once more and say:
Great Dagda, you who see beyond all actions to the truth, carry my greetings and blessings to the heroes of Avalon. Although we may grieve their loss among us, yet do we rejoice that they rest with you. Let them know that they are not forgotten.
Raise both arms and say:
Great Morrigan, Supreme War Goddess, you who know the secrets of life and death and rebirth, carry my words to the heroes of Avalon. Teach them what they must know in preparation for their return in another form to this world. Let them know they are not forgotten.
Close the circle. Put out the leftover bread and the cookies for the nature spirits. If possible visit the graves of those who have given their life heroically.