St. Patrick’s Day
So if you’ve somehow managed to miss the fact that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, you’re either living under a rock, or very far out of the United States or British Isles. And you’re definitely not in Ireland! I live in the US, and incase you haven’t heard me mention it before, I’m Irish. Irish to the point that every St. Patty’s day I end up sitting at my Nana’s for dinner to have corned beef and cabbage, I also have at least 3 cousins named Shaun (my Da came home from work tonight sharing this bit of trivia: Shaun is the top boys name in Ireland), my cousins like to convince people that we’re really leprechauns and that we bleed green, etc, etc. Another odd this is no matter how hard I try (unless I’m quoting Harry Potter), whenever I try to do an actual British accent, it falls apart and all the sudden I have a thick Irish accent. No idea why that happens but it does, and it’s a wee bit embarrassing. (High five if you just read that in an Irish accent). The other strange Irish thing about my Mom’s family is that my great-grandparents, after being born and raised Catholic, decided along with their siblings, that before moving to Michigan they were all going to become die-hard Southern Baptist. Go figure. Half of my family went back to the church, but my grandparents decided not to. I had to go that route on my own. All the Irish on my Da’s side is fully Catholic though. Also, when my family found out I was pagan in the slightest, they said it was fine as long as I was Celtic. Yeah, I killed that didn’t I? I would actually love to be completely Irish Pagan, but the other gods get in my business a bit to much to actually allow me to do so.
But in the end, my heritage, my crazy family, and my odd Catholic and Irish Pagan leanings come together and have caused a love of St. Patrick’s Day that could probably rival my love of Halloween. And don’t get me started about all the St. Patty’s Day merchandise at stores right now. My friends and family don’t allow me to be around it with money, because I’ll buy it all. I have 3 St. Patty’s Day shirts, pajamas, Hats, necklaces, a tiara, etc. And to be honest I have Shamrock cookies for tomorrow. Tomorrow I will look like a Gothic leprechaun. Black St. Patty’s Day faerie shirt, shimmery emerald green button up used as a jacket (provided I need it, it’s supposed to be 78 degrees) my “Irish Princess” tiara, St. Patty’s necklaces, green makeup, and my nails are already painted sparkly shamrock green. I even have St. Patrick’s Day temporary tattoos. Yes I am that happily tacky. I will also probably be rocking green lipstick. And I will be happy and speaking with an Irish accent all day, more than likely screaming random things in Gaelic. It’s okay to laugh at me.
But tomorrow night, after I was all the green gunk off and turn off the leprechaun-ness, I have a little ceremony I’ve been doing for years and some of you might be interested in it as well.
St. Patrick’s Day Ceremony
Altar set up:
colors- green and white. Incense of any kind. Green candle. Communion supplies (if you do this). Representations of a snake, leprechaun, shamrock or three leaf clover, and pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Celtic music in the background is optional.
- Set up altar
- Cast Circle and Call Quarters if/as your tradition dictates
- Invoke your choice of deities, Irish probably will work best. (I’ve only done this rite using Irish deities, I don’t know how well it works with other pantheons).
- Speak your intent for the ritual. I originally used to say “On this day, so sacred to Christians, especially Irish Catholics, I celebrate, not St. Patrick, but my Irish heritage. For today, everyone is Irish!” (I realize how stupid that sounds, but bare in mind I originally wrote this at the age of 13. I was also very anti-christian at the time. Speak your own intent. This whole ritual is mere guidelines and should be altered to fit the individual).
- “Today I honor the snake (rest hand on snake representation) which Patrick drove out of Ireland, a metaphor for driving out the Pagans. So today I honor my Pagan ancestors, who I know in my blood, refused to be converted.”
- “Today I honor the leprechauns, wee little faerie shoemakers, may a glass of Irish Spirits make ye merry! I (place hand on leprechaun representation) honor you because you represent the old Irish beliefs and the faeries which refuse to be forgotten”.
- “Today I honor the luck of the Irish (place hand on shamrock) may it always be with me, may luck follow me and mine throughout the year. Today I honor the triple goddess, the many in my heritage. From the Morrighan and her sisters Macha and Babd, to the Goddesses of Sovereignty Banba, Fodla, and Eriu who gave Ireland its name. May the Morrighan, both mother and warrior goddess, protect me and her people throughout the year.”
- (Place hand on rainbow and pot of gold) “And last but not least, I celebrate prosperity and happiness. May it be given to all good Irish, myself included.” (remove hand).
- “Today may be a day typically celebrated by a man who ran my people out of Ireland, but I celebrate as every good Irish Witch should, remembering the truth behind all those great St. Patrick’s Day symbols! So Mote It Be!”
- Take Communion
- Thank the gods
- Release quarters and circle