The Nereids felt insulted by this and complained to the sea god Poseidon. Poseidon threatened to send a flood and a sea monster to destroy the kingdom of Ethiopia. The king was advised by the oracle to sacrifice his daughter. Andromeda was chained to a sea-cliff to be devoured by the sea monster.
Perseus, the nephew of the king of the city of Argos noticed her as he was sailing by and immediately fell in love with her. He promised to rescue Andromeda if her parents would allow him to marry her. Cassiopeia and Cepheus accepted. Perseus killed the monster and freed Andromeda.
Andromeda insisted that their wedding be celebrated.
Unfortunately, her parents had forgotten their promise to Perseus. After the
marriage, Andromeda left her country to live with Perseus who later became the
king of Tiryns and Mycenae. The goddess Athena placed the image of Andromeda
among the stars as a reward for keeping her parents' promise.
Andromeda is a "V" shaped constellation best viewed in Autumn if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. It was one of the earliest constellations to be recognized. Andromeda lies near the celestial north pole, so only a few in the Southern Hemisphere can see this strangely shaped constellation in the spring.
Tonight we are honoring Andromeda and setting our pasts free with her. Once you have completed your moments of silence, light your candles. Silver, White, Silver.
Welcome Andromeda to your circle. Place your water in front of you and sprinkle the Sea Salt in while you say: Goddess of Chains, I honor you on this night and remind you of your strength and power.
Pick up the chain. Hold it over the water and say: This is the symbol of the chains that hold you, I wash my fears away and the waves that have crashed upon you. Placing the chain in the salt water.
Finally remove the chain and state with confidence as you break the chain apart: I set my fears free. I will not longer be afraid. I set you free Andromeda to help guide me. May peace and harmony find thee.
Take a moment to focus your energy on sending these fears away. Let the energy flow away in a large ball and farther and farther away.
Thank Andromeda for her attendance on this night. Close your circle. Take the salt water and make this your offering to Andromeda. Place this in a place of honor for her till it is gone.
Self Dedication Ritual: Rite to Andromeda(I wrote this ritual as my self dedication ritual for Week 13, but also for my final project.)