Liturgy 1, Question 9
Describe the intention and function of the Three Kindred invocations, and give a short description of each of the Kindred. (minimum 100 words for each of the Three Kindred)
The Three Kindred invocations are designed primarily as descriptive lines that provide a thorough description of who we are calling out to. They generally (though not always) utilize a variety of titles and descriptive statements that serve as an invitation to those who fit that description.
It seems that this question primarily desires a description of the Kindred that would aid in the creation of such invocations:
The Shining Ones, the Deities, are the Kindred we most often think of when we consider worship. They are the great heroes, the first ancestors, and the abstract spirits of place. They are male and female, and are both teachers and guides. They provide us with direction and riddles, often at the same time. They appreciate our worship, and are in the position to grant us the greatest of blessings in return for our worship. Each deity is unique in its existence, and is a separate entity from the other deities. Generally speaking, we order them in pantheons and class them by function, which helps us determine who is best to call out to for various things.
The Nature Spirits, the Noble Ones, are the fay and faeries, the tree-spirits and the most animistic deities. They are kin of fur, feather, and scale, often referred to as "familiars" by certain Pagans. They are also the spirits of the land, the
numinae that watch over our ancestral lands and families. They live within the earth, upon it, and above it, and are everywhere. These also serve as guides and teachers, as well as spirits of our houses. Sometimes
mischievous and quite often naughty, they are most often known to be bound by hospitality, and will uphold that virtue quite impressively.
The Ancestors, the Mighty Ones who came before us, are those whose blood runs in our veins. More than that, though, they are not only the family that we are born into, but also the family that we choose to love: blood-kin and heart-kin. Ancestors, in ritual, are also those who worshipped the same gods before us, or even those who worshipped deities we know nothing of. There is a continuous aspect of all humans being part of our ancestral makeup, but less common (though no less important) is the idea that those who come after us are also, in a manner of speaking, our ancestors.
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