To officially end my Ancestor work, I held a ritual to release the Ancestors back to the Underworld. To do this, I asked the white poplar assist me in this. Since Hercules wore the white poplar when he went to the Underworld, I believed that this tree would be willing to help. (I have a family connection with Hercules.)
On a piece of intention paper, I drew a circle with the Ogham few for the white poplar inside. I regarded this as a shield that would separate me from the Ancestors. Traditionally, the white poplar allows people float above their problems.
I held the ritual during the time the Mundus (Gateway to the Underworld) was opened. During this ritual, I burned the intention paper. As it burned, I asked the white poplar to release the Ancestors from my magic. Then, I asked the Dead to leave and return to the Underworld. Finally, I asked Hercules to guide the Ancestors back to the Underworld. Afterwards I thanked Hercules and the white poplar for their generosity.
Before doing this ritual, I was plagued with strained calves, and was in a great deal of pain. When I released the Ancestors to the care of the Gods, the pain subsided. Apparently, I had been carrying them in my body. So I was able to “float” instead of being held down.
The following is the chant I used:
I ask the White Poplar who crowned the brow of Hercules
I ask in the name of Hercules
I ask the Manes, Lemurs, and Larvae to leave me
I ask for protection
I ask for successful healing
I ask for help in rebirthing
I love You
May you find peace and rest.
I release my Ancestors from my body
I release my sisters from my body
My sisters who died as children
May They be nourished in the Underworld
May They be protected in the Underworld
May They be welcomed in the Underworld
I thank the White Poplar for her help
I thank the White Poplar for her protection
I thank Hercules for his help
I thank Hercules for his protection
I thank that Manes, Lemurs, and Larvae for leaving
I thank that Manes, Lemurs, and Larvae for troubling me not.
I am grateful to the White Poplar
I am grateful to Hercules
May my body be free to hold me
May my body be free to love me
May my body be me
I welcome my body to hold me.
I welcome my body to love me.
I nourish my body for me.