Centusamos “Start of Summer”
This is an Îuos (Holiday) created by Bessus Nouiogalation, which means Custom of the New Galatis. Please find out more about our Custom in the link at the bottom of the page.
So a little break down of the Naming of the Holiday.
(Start of Summer)
Cintus, which means first or start
Samos, which means Summer
So this Îuos comes when the first 2 quarter moons fall upon the coming before the Summer Solstice ( SS is when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator falls on June 20 – 22; it varies from year to year). This Îuos will always fall 2 quarter moons before the SS. Now we use the Coligny calendar for our Îuoi (Holidays). It will fall at different times each year. That would be around 1 Samonios, 1 Cantlos, or 1 Quimonios. You can find more About the Coligny Calendar at these 2 links.
Ok this Îuos is Associated with Nantosuelta and Sucellos so Centusamos will be also named Îuos Nantosueltiâs etic Sucelli to show the Dêuoi being honnord on this day.
As the waters of Nantosueltia moisten the soil. Sucellos hammer fertilizes the ground in which he works. Furthermore, they both bring forth life.
The darkness has come and gone, and those things that started to decay and wither in those dark times are now breathed new life into them. It is a time of renewal and rebirth. The waters from the earth have started to flow to the blossoming fields, and the birds and bees join with the spreading of life. The sun raised high with its warmth as the plants and green reach from the depths of the Dumnos reaching to Albios on their journey to life in Bitus. Sucellos and Nantosuelta rise from the dark depth of Dumnos to bring forth all their glory into the Bitus. With their great gifts of life to the realm of Humans. The return of our mother and father is upon us at this time with the land’s fertility.
Sucellos is the worker within the earth, shaping forming that which will become. Phallic
Nantosuelta is the provider from the earth giving and birthing. Yonic
This Divine couple is essential as their union is the key to all. In my humble opinion, one can not worship one without the other. Furthermore, one can not truly understand them alone but together as a whole.
Things to do to work with them and for them.
- Plowing the fields or area
- Studying Agriculture
- Digging irrigation
- Making Agriculture tools
- Making a garden
- Planting plants
- Keeping Bees
- Making things from that which Nantosuelta provides
- Making things from that which Sucellos provides
- Building Fences
- Feeding the Birds
- Helping others maintaining their garden spaces
- Picking up trash
- Digging for Gems and Minerals
- House plants
- Help to preserve farmland
- Buy local
- These are just a few ideas.
- We build boundaries with the help of Sucellos to help protect that which Nantosuelta brings forth.
The above could be offerings at some level. Some might say that one should not offer that which the gods offer. I am afraid I personally have to disagree with it greatly. I offer grape juice and wine and the likes to them and have had no bad outcome. It is quite the opposite; I have gotten so much closer. I think that is also because I make the mead and wine instead of just offering them something that I bought at the store. So I would say I agree with those that say do not offer that which the gods give at some level unless you make it yourself or a special kind of wine/beer/mead.
- Grape Juice
- Wine (Made from Grapes or Honey)
- Building Birdhouses
- Vanilla Scents
- Fir Scents
- Flower Scents
- Keeping an Organized and Honorable House
- Small Hammers
- Pics of Beautiful Places
- Bird Feathers
- Gems and Minerals
- I offer my whole garden to them.
- One could offer things to them that one would like help with growing.
- To name a few
If near a house, shower and wash hands. If not, cleanse with hands with water try to be reasonably clean.
After cleaning hands, say “Glanolamâs” (Clean hands)
Wipe forehead and say “Glanobritus” (Clean mind). Wipe face and say “Glananaman” (Clean soul/spirit)
Lighting the Aidû (sacred fire)
Light fire and say “Deuiu-mi aidûn” (I light the sacred fire)
A small offering to the fire is appropriate. “Rodîu-mi do aidû”
Offering to Nemetonâ “Rodîu-mi adbertâ dû Nemetonî” (I give offering to Nemetonâ)
Give offering. “An urexet-si sin comarion noibon” (May She make this place sacred)
“Uediomos-nis Nantosueltin ac Sucellin” (We invoke Nantosueltâ and Sucellos)
“Tobertaunâ biuoti do magin, Matîr marâ” (Life-giver to the field, great mother)
“Ac ratoatîr, deluâunos au textâ magliâs” (And generous father, shaper of the gifts of the land)
“Rodîmos-nis adbertâ ac trugiâs” (We give offering and thanks)
“Arcîmos-nis dû ratobo maglonon” (We ask for the blessings of the land)
“Dû ollû” (For all)
“Slaniâ suos Trugiâ suos Molâmos-nis suos Nantosuelta ac Sucellê”
(Cheers to you Thanks to you We praise you Nantosueltâ and Sucellos)
“Trougiâ ac molatus dû Nemetonî” (Thanks and praise to Nemetonâ)
“Trougiâ do aidûn” (Thanks to the sacred fire)
“Iâmos-nis eni sedlê” (We go in peace)
This ends the ritual. Put out the fire when appropriate.
Rest, eat, recover.
Language is Iextâ Galation
Thanks to my Galatis Brater Nellos for helping me make this A Truly Gaulish Ritual.
These are my thoughts on Sucellos and Nantosuelta and do not reflect all of Gaulish Polytheism or even all of my thoughts on them; this just covers some aspects of them, mainly the (Rebirth) role. You will see more to come on them in the coming cycle. Also, this is a festival ritual, not your basic everyday rite and offerings.
This is a Bessus Nouiogalation Holiday. Find out more about these Holidays Here.