Calendar of the Sun
Ambarvalia - Sprouting Corn Day
Altar: Upon a green cloth set a pot in which shoots of some kind of grain have surfaced, ready
Offering: Carefully nurture some fragile dream.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian
Great Demeter of the fields,
Mistress of all the crops
That are grown to the benefit of Man,
Kore, daughter of the springtime earth,
And the Lares of the home
Who watch over us all,
We honor you today in our work.
For some things are too tender
To be thrown to the cold earth
Exposed to frost and chill
In a place they were not born to walk.
Teach us that it is right and proper
To nurture these tender things,
To give them strength and protection,
To water them with what they need
To manifest themselves,
And never to chide them for their weakness.
And even if they live but for one season,
To cherish their short lives
And be glad that they once appeared on Earth.
Help us to nurture our most delicate dreams
That they may rise whole and sturdy
When the sun and the season allow it.
We plant you with our love
We plant you with our hope
(The pots of green shoots are taken outside and carefully transplanted into the soil. Each touches
them, waters them, and says, "So I nurture my dreams.")
[Pagan Book of Hours]