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Ritual Outline

A. Ritual Preperation


Know the purpose
Write the ritual so you know what you are doing
Gather the tools necesary
Prepare the body
Prepare the area
B. Open the Circle


Find the North compass point
Set up the Door Between the Worlds
Call the Watchtowers/Elemental Quarters
C. Invocation to the Deities


Aligh self with deity
Invoke the deities
D. Statement of Purpose


E. Actual Working or Act of Honour
Working


Complete the preliminary manual/visual task
Raise the Energy
Focus the Energy
Ground the Energy
Honouring


Complete the preliminary manual/visual task
Dedicate teh cakes and wine
Partake the cakes and wine
F. Meditation


G. Thanking the Deities


H. Closing the circle


Mentally and verbally close the circle
Physically close the circle
Clean up which includes disposal, washing of plates and glasses and putting away tool and so forth
Each coven or religion has their own way of doing things including rituals.


Preparation for a Ritual
List for tools and items (remember this is a BASIC ritual)


Two candles
A gold candle
The four elemental candles
Your athame or wand
The pentacle
The broom
Wine and cakes
A dedication gift
Robe
Whatever you need to open your circle
A mat or rug to kneel/sit on 
 


Opening the Circle


Find your Northen point and enter the circle. Use a knife to part the door and step in, close the door behind you! The rituals change now, this is where they always split up, calling the Watchtowers. Do it the way you usually "cast a circle" because you are comfortable and familiar with it. Otherwise start with East, call the Quarter. Using your own words is best but I'll give you a general example:


Ye Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, I hear you, calling you now to guard and aid me in this rite in this circle.


Also the reference to the representation for that compass point is used, e.g air for east etc...
To that to each quarter changing the words to fit the Quarter. While saying it you should imagine the pentagram in blue flames. After calling the quarters face the centre of the circle and say in some words that you are now Between the Worlds.


Invocation and Alignment with the Deities
As a solitary you are your own Priestess or Priest, so you will meld your energy with that of the God/ess.


I, ..... alighn myself with Isis
or
I am in perfect alignment with ...


After that follows


In this night and in this hour Icall upon the ancient power of (name of deitie)


The Statement of Purpose
Give the cakes and wine, or whatever you choose and place it in the centre of the circle, it is an act or honour. Stand above the cup of liquid and imagine the god and goddess joining. You then take some of the offering and leave the rest as an act of honour. Then say something along the lines of:


On this eve of the Samhain celebration I have come to honour those that have passed beyond the veil...


Then state exactly your purpose.E.G


I have come this night to bring health to Jane Edney who has been diagnosed with Leukemia...


Thank the deities (I'm sure you can do that yourself), and here comes the annoying part; clean up!


IMPORTANT: only use rituals for good causes, and for serious causes.


Outline Of A Ritual For The Solitary Witch





Ritual Preparation
1.Define Purpose
2.Write Ritual
3.Gather necessary tools
4.Prepare area
5.Prepare body

Open Circle
1.Find compass North
2.Set up door between worlds
3.Call the Watchtower/Elemental Quarters

Invocation Of The Deities
1.Align self with Deity
2.Invoke Deities

Statement Of Purpose

Actual Working or Act Of Honour
1.Working
Complete preliminary manual or visual tasks
Raise power/energy
Focus power/energy
Ground power/energy
2.Honouring
Complete preliminary manual or visual tasks
Dedicate cake and wine
Partake of cake and wine

Meditation

Thanking The Deities

Closing The Circle
1.Mentally and Verbally close the circle
2.Physically close the circle
3.Clean-up
Disposal
Washing of plates and glasses
Putting away tools and other implements

                       Sabbat Rituals

Beltane:

BELTANE CHANT ONE
Here we come a piping, 
In Springtime and in May; 
Green fruit aripening, 
And Winter fled away. 
The Queen she sits upon the strand, 
Fair as lily, white as wand; 
Seven billows on the sea, 
Horses riding fast and free, 
And bells beyond the sand. 

          Valiente, Doreen; "Witchcraft for Tomorrow"; Phoenix Publishing 1985 

BELTANE CHANT TWO

     The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with "A Tree Song" from Rudyard Kipling's "Weland's Sword" story in "Puck of Pook's Hill". 

"Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art, 
Or he would call it sin; 
But we shall be out in the woods all night, 
A conjuring summer in! 
And we bring you news by word of mouth 
For women, cattle and corn 
Now is the dun come up from the South 
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!" 

          Farrar, Janet and Stewart; "Eight Sabbats For Witches"; Robert Hale 1983 

STAG CALL also MAYCHANT THREE 
     The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison: 

"I am the stag of seven tines; 
I am a wide flood on the plain; 
I am a wind on the deep waters; 
I am a shining tear of the sun; 
I am a hawk on a cliff; 
I am fair among flowers; 
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke." 

Beltane Ritual

Basic Requirements

 

Altar/Altar Cloth/Altar Candles: The altar should be in the center of the circle area, facing the Eastern quarter. The altar cloth should always be yellow for the High Earth Rite of Balemas. (This is only if you are using a regular rectangular altar.) The two main altar candles should be yellow.

 

Other Candles: The four quarter candles should be blue in the West, red in the South, yellow (or gold) in the East, and green in the North. All other secondary candles used for extra lighting in the ritual area should be of various shades of forest green or suited to personal taste.

 

Special Items: A small wreath of flowers will be needed to serve as a crown for the May Queen. These can be easily made. Another optional item is the May pole and its ribbon streamers. A large candle will be needed for the cauldron as a symbol for the balefire unless the rite is held outdoors, in which case kindling in preparation for a small balefire will be needed in the area of the Southern quarter.

 

Circle Area/Casting the Circle/Assemblance of the Quarters

 

Prepare the circle with decorations of cut flowers or greenery, as appropriate. (The author recommends hawthorne blossoms.) The circle should be cast according to you or your coven's preference and the Quarters will be called in accordance with the coven's or your personal needs (the author reminds us that East has preeminence for Balemas).

 

Invocation of the Goddess

 

Priestess:

 

Hallowed Lady of the Hawthorn,
Godddess of the greenwood groves,
we call upon Thee in the season of Thy Sensuality,
as Thy blossom opens to the amorous advances of our Lord, Thy Lover.
In Thy union is the fertility of Spring,
and the beckoning whisper of young desire.

Touch us with the breath of Thy passion,
that we might seek for the ectasy of life!
Inflame us with the fever of Thine inmost longings
that we not be satisfied until our oneness
with the God is consummated!

Capture us with the fragrances of Thine allurement,
that we may be overwhelmed with an obsession for Thy presence!
Bright Maiden of May, be here among us as we celebrate
the Beltane blessings of Thy bridal-bed!
Blessed Be!


Invocation of the Satyr Lord

 

Priest:

 

Horned God of power and play,
we hear the music of Thy melodious pipes
enchanting our ears upon the evening wind!
Beneath the fullness of the May-night Moon
Thy silhouette plays hide-and-seek
among the shadows of silver-tipped trees;
Thy hooves striking sparks like shooting stars
as they step in spritely patterns
to the rhythm of the Ways of the Wild.

Holy Pan of the shepherds' shrine,
Goat-footed God, Faunus of the forest glades,
we beseech Thee to be here among us
as we revel in Beltane abandon
beneath the swirling streamers of Thy phallic staff,
dancing by the light of the balefire's glow!

Sovereign Satyr Lord, be pleased within this Circle to remain,
as we celebrate Spring and the beginning of Thy reign!
Blessed Be!


Kindling of the Balefire

 

The preistess and the priest will go to the kindling prepared for the fire (if the rite is held outdoors) located near the Southern quarter of the circle. Otherwise, a candle within the cauldron is substituted. The priest will light the balefire as the following incantation is recited by the priestess:

 

Priestess:

 

Strike the fire and let it rise,
Beltane flames 'neath Spring-night skies!
Ancient customs we now renew,
'Tween dusky dark and evening dew!
Fire with warmth of Summer shine,
Invoking Gods from Older Times
For fertile crops with Sun-fed rays,
Gardens of plenty and golden days!


Crowning of the May Queen OR Floral Offering to The Goddess

 

At this point, the priest (or acting Satyr Lord) shall go to the altar and take up the garland-crown of flowers. He will then stand facing the priestess (or acting Maiden), lifting the crown above her head as he speaks the words of her coronation as the May Queen.

 

The Satyr Lord:

 

I give priase to Thee,
vibrant Goddess of youth and sensuality;
Lady of Spring, exuberant Earth maiden,
dancing in joyous abandon across hillside and field
in vivacious hues of brightness,
exuding the wondrous essence of waving wildflowers.

Wherefore I offer unto Thee
this floral crown of Thy creation,
laid now upon Thy daughter's head
as the woven splendor of Nature's art;
the many-colored Crown of May,
scented with the mystery and majesty
that is the Maiden!

All Hail, Lady Fair,
with flowered garlands for Thy hair!


All:

 

All Hail, Lady Fair,
with flowered garlands for Thy hair!


A solitary alternative is the Floral Offering to the Goddess. The garland of flowers will be initially placed in the Eastern quarter of the circle. At this time, the solitary celebrant will pick the the flower-crown, and standing or kneeling before the altar, will begin this prayer:

 

Solitary:

 

We give praise to Thee,
vibrant Goddess of youth and sensuality;
Lady of Spring, exuberant Earth Maiden,
dancing in joyous abandon with the goat-footed God
across hillside and field in vivacious hues of brightness,
exuding the wondrous essence of waving wildflowers.

Wherefore we offer unto Thee
this floral crown of Thy Creation,
laid now upon Thine altar as the woven splendor of Nature's art;
the many-colored Crown of May,
scented with the mystery and majesty
that is the Maiden!

All Hail, Lady Fair,
with flowered garlands for Thy hair!


The crown of flowers is then laid upon the altar as an offering to the Goddess.

 

The Great Rite

 

If this is a custom practiced within your coven, please follow your traditions.

 

Parting Prayers

 

Priestess:

 

Maiden Lady, Queen of May,
bestow upon us in overflowing measure
Thy youthful passsion for love and life
as we rejoice in the sensual stirrings of the season.

All Hail, Farewell, and Blessed Be!


Priest:

 

Sovereign Satyr Lord, Pan of the Pagan Ways,
at this Sabbat of Springtime's warmth,
bestow upon us the heated breath of Thy lust for living
as we depart this sacred space with the joyous blessings
of Thy Beltane benediction.

All Hail, Farewell, and Blessed Be!


Dismissal of the Quarter-Regents/Releasing the Circle

 

At this time the quarters can be dismissed and the circle released, per your tradition. It's time for the the Beltane festivities to begin! The priestess may close with this benediction.

 

Priestess:

 

This rite of Balemas is ended!
May the love of the Maiden and the Satyr Lord
go with us as we venture onward
into the warming fullness of Summer's promise!

Merry Meet and Merry Part!

Ritual for One Beltane
 

Preparation
 
Prior to this rite you should have made ready a wooden wand. This should be a branch from an Oak or Hazel tree. Remember, do not take the wood from a living tree!
The wood can be cut into the rough shape of a phallus in which case it should be of the appropriate size and shape. On the other hand, a simple branch, peeled of its bark, and about 13 inches long and half an inch thick is also acceptable. Place the wand upon your alter within the Circle.
Prepare a dish of earth and place it upon the alter beside the wand.
 
The Rite
 
Cast the Circle and invoke the Lady and the Lord. After the invocation, dance and chant to raise power for magical activities and then earth the power into an unlit candle, placed inside the cauldron, at the center of the circle. Chant the following (or make up your own!):
 
Beltane!
I dance with delight
on Beltane's night.
All senses freeing,
I dance for being.
The flower and the flame
of love's own rite
shall blossom. Sun
embrace Earth, bright.
 
Light the candle to the Sun. This is the Beltane fire, our modern substitute for the hilltop bonfires of our ancestors. The Bel fire is an invocation to the Sun God to bring blessing and protection for the coming year. This is sacred fire with healing and purifying properties. As you light the candle, be aware of its power and significance. Say:
 
I light this candle to the Sun.

Now take up a dish of earth. Bless it in the name of the Goddess.
Lay your hands upon it and say:
 
I bless, consecrate, and set apart this earth,
in the name of the Triple Goddess. May this
be sacred earth, set apart for magic. For
earth is of the Goddess, being her sacred body.

Remember that the Goddess is not only of the Moon, but of the Earth and of the farthest stars. She is the Triple Goddess of the Circle of Rebirth, the Mother of All Life. Decorate the dish of earth with flowers.
Now, take a wooden wand and oil it with vegetable oil. Bless it in the name of the Lord of the Day, the youthful, ardent one, the Lord of Life, the God of the greenwood. Pass it swiftly through the candle flame, the Bel fire, so that it becomes magically imbued, 'charged', with power. Place the wand upon the dish of earth, saying as you hold it there:
 
As the wand is to the earth,
so the male is to the female
and the Sun to our blossoming world.
Joined, they bring happiness.
May the God of Life give ___ {something you want, for example, peace on Earth}
May the Goddess bring it forth!

Sit quietly for a while, and picture the blossoming of what you have desired in life. The spells and invocations of all of us, all working on themes like these, must eventually bear fruit, because life is on the side of peace. Leave the earth and wand upon the alter.
Walk deosil three times around the circle, then spiral into the center. Go evenly, with grace, meditatively. Sit beside the candle flame, allowing yourself to feel peaceful. Gaze into the flame.
The next part is different depending on whether you are man or woman.
For a Woman: visualize a red rosebud in your womb. Always your womb is the source of your creative power, whether you are pregnant with a child, an idea, a work of art or an intention. Close your eyes and picture the light from the candle streaming into your womb so that the rosebud blooms, unfolds. Hold the image for a while, feeling the silkiness, smelling the scent, the freshness, seeing the color of the fully open rose within you. Feel the strength and power of your own fully blossomed capabilities. Say:
 
I am woman,
strong to conceive and to create,
to give birth and to tend.
As I am daughter of the Goddess,
and blessed by the God, may I ___
 
{here name what you wish to bring forth in life. For example bring healing to others or write my book whatever matters to you}
Feel the strength and creative force within your womb, the center of your being. See the power being channeled, flowing into the desire you have just voiced. Open your eyes. Always, the rose is within you.
For a Man: Visualize a bright flame. This burns within your sexual center, a point at the base of the stomach, just above the pubic hairline. It is your own male strength and energy which may rise through your body to be released as giving, fertilizing power, in any form, or may be the potency which impregnates, creating a physical child. It is the force which blesses and bestows, a healing and creative energy, like the shining Sun. Visualize also that you are sitting in a garden and that a rose tree is in front of you, the roses in bud. Say:
 
I am man,
and in my passion is beauty,
in my warmth is life.
As I am son of the Goddess,
and blessed by the God,
I offer my strength and vitality to ____
 
{name the area of life, the place, activity, or committment you choose}
 
Visualize the light streaming from you to a rose upon the tree causing it to unfold, to blossom. Your flame is lowered by this effort. Much has gone out of you, the flame sinks down. Wait and watch, until a pink light streams from the rose towards your body. At its touch, just above the pubic hairline the flame resurges. It burns highter and stronger than before. Open your eyes. The flame is always within you
 

Samhain:

Place upon the altar apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too. Write on a piece of paper an aspect of your life which you wish to be free of: anger, a baneful habit, misplaced feelings, disease. The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well, on a trivet or some other heat-proof surface (if the legs aren’t long enough). A small, flat dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel symbol should also be there.


Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think of friends and loved ones who have passed away. Do not despair. Know that they have gone on to greater things. Keep firmly in mind that the physical isn’t the absolute reality, and that souls never die.


Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.


Recite the Blessing Chant.


Invoke the Goddess and God.


Lift one of the pomegranates and, with your freshly-washed white-handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit. Remove several seeds and place them on the wheel-marked dish. Raise your wand, face the altar and say:



 

On this night of Samhain I mark your passing,
O Sun King, through the sunset into the Land of the Young.
I mark also the passing of all who have gone before,
and all who will go after. O Gracious Goddess,
Eternal Mother, You who gives birth to the fallen,
teach me to know that in the time of the greatest
darkness there is the greatest light.


Taste the pomegranate seeds; burst them with your teeth and savour their, bittersweet flavour. Look down at the eight-spooked symbol on the plate; the wheel of the year, the cycle of the seasons, the end and beginning of all creation.


Light a fire within the cauldron (a candle is fine). Sit before it holding the piece of paper, gazing at its flames. Say:



 

Wise One of the Waning Moon,
Goddess of the starry night,
I create this fire within your cauldron
to transform that which is plaguing me.
May the energies be reversed:
From darkness, light!
From bane, good!
From death, birth!


Light the paper in the cauldron’s flame and drop it inside. As it burns, know that your ill diminishes, lessens and finally leaves you as it is consumed within the universal fires.


If you wish, you may attempt scrying or some other form of divination, for this is a perfect time to look into the past or future. Try to recall past lives too, if you will. But leave the dead in peace. Honour them with your memories but do not call them to you. Release any pain and sense of loos you may feel into the cauldron’s flames.


Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.


Celebrate the Simple Feast.


The circle is released.




Samhain Lore


It is traditional on Samhain night to leave a plate of food outside the home of the souls of the dead. A candle placed in the window guides them to the lands of eternal summer, and burying apples in the hard-packed earth "feeds" the passed ones on their journey.


For food, beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, mulled wines and pumpkin dishes are appropriate, as are meat dishes.

Samhain Ritual for Group or Solitaire


 




After a ritual bath in salt water to cleanse your body and soul of any impurities and negative energy, put on a long, black ceremonial robe (unless you prefer to work skyclad, as many Witches do), wear a handcrafted necklace of acorns around your neck, and place a crown of oak leaves around your head.


Begin by casting a circle about nine feet in diameter, using white chalk or paint. Place thirteen black and orange candles around the circle, and as you light each one say:



    "Samhain candle of fire so bright
    Consecrate this circle of light."


In the center of the circle, erect an altar facing north. On the center of the altar, place three candles (white, red and black) to represent each phase of the Triple Goddess. To the left (west) of the candles, place a chalice filled with apple cider and a dish containing sea salt. To theright (east) of the candles, place a censer of herb incense and a small bowl of water. Before the candles (south), place a brass altar bell, a consecrated athame, and a red apple.


Ring the altar bell thrice and say:


    "In the sacred name of the Goddess
    and under her protection
    is this Sabbat Rite now begun."


Sprinkle a bit of salt and water at each compass point around the circle to cleanse the space of any negativity or evil influences.


Take the athame in your right hand, and say:


    "Harken well ye elements
    Air, fire, water, earth
    By bell and blade I summon thee
    On this sacred night of mirth."


Dip the blade of the athame into the chalice of apple cider and say:


    "I offer to Thee, O Goddess
    This nectar of the season."


Return the athame to the altar. Light the incense and the three altar candles, and say:


    "Three candles I do light
    in honor of Thee, O Goddess:
    White for the Maiden,
    Red for the Mother,
    Black for the Crone.
    O Goddess of all things wild and free,
    Strong and loving, fair and just,
    This sacred temple I raise to Thee
    In Perfect Love,
    In Perfect Trust."


Pick up the chalice with both hands and pour a few drops of the cider onto the apple and say:


    "To the Womb of the Mother Goddess
    The Horned God now returns
    Until the day when he is reborn again.
    The great solar wheel
    Once again turns.
    The cycle of the seasons never ends.
    Blessed be the souls of those
    who have journeyed beyond
    To the dark world of the dead.
    I pour this nectar
    in honor of their memory.
    May the Goddess bless them
    With Light, Beauty and Joy. Blessed Be!
    Blessed Be!"


Drink the remaining cider, and then return the chalice to its place on the altar. Ring the bell thrice, and then uncast the circle by extinguishing the orange and black candles, starting at the east and moving in a couterclockwise direction.


Take the apple from the altar and bury it outsid in the earth to nourish the souls of those who have died in the past year.


The Samhain ritual is now complete and should be followed by meditation, divination by crystal ball, the reciting of mystical Goddess-inspired poetry, and a Witches' prayer for the souls of all family members andfriends who have passed on to the Spirtual Plane.

Imbolc:

Imbolc Ritual



 



Cleanse and cast the circle. Then call the elements in the manner with which you are most comfortable. We used the corner callings from Spiral Dance, by Starhawk.


The high priestess takes the chalice from the alter and holds it up to the sky.


HPS: Blessed Lady Goddess, we humbly ask your presence at our circle tonight as we honor you at this season.


Coveners: Blessed be the Lady.


The high priest takes the athame from the altar and holds it up to the sky.


HP: Blessed Lord God, we humbly ask your presence at our circle tonight as we honor you at this season.


Coveners: Blessed be the Lord.


The Virgin Goddess leaves the circle. She comes to the edge of the circle with her candle wheel in her hands. She should stand at the West quarter (the doorway to the Land of the Dead). The high priestess will cut a doorway in the circle and allow the Goddess to enter. Everyone should greet her in their own way (verbal, motion, etc). The Goddess should walk three times clockwise around the inside of the circle, and come to a stop before the alter and kneel before it, facing North.


The coveners should walk in single file to the altar starting with the person to the altar's right. This will make the procession head clockwise. When everyone is back in their places holding their lighted candles, the ritual can continue.


HP: Behold the light. The God has returned for his bride.


Coveners:


Blessed be the light which warms. Blessed be the God.
Blessed be the Wheel which turns. Blessed be the Goddess.


The child God steps out from among the rest and stands before the bride, who is still kneeling. The God bows to the goddess and she to him. Then they do a few flowing dance steps around the circle without touching each other, but conveying the idea of awakening sexuality. When they are finished, they lift the besom from its resting place on the altar. The Goddess should hold the straw part and the God the stick. They should make sure they do not physically come in contact with each other while they do this. The high priestess stands in front of the besom and takes it from them by grasping it firmly with both hands. The Goddess and God step back to take their places with the rest of the coven.


HPS: With Imbolc we sweep away the last vestiges of winter.


The Coveners turn and face outward from the circle. The Priestess moves counterclockwise around the circle behind the covenors, sweeping from the center outward. As the High Priestess passes each covenor he or she should voice either aloud or silently all the things that he or she wishes to have swept from their lives. When this is finished, the Virgin Goddess and the child God step forward again and take the besom fromt he High Priestess in the same manner in which it was given. Then the High Priestess steps back and the Virgin Goddess and child God place the besom back onto the altar, and again take their positions among the covenors around the circle.


HPS: The God has claimed the Goddess bride and the Wheel of the Year turns on. Who is Goddess?


All women: I am Goddess.


HP: Who is God?


All men: I am God.


HP and HPS: Who is Goddess and God?


Coveners: All living beings are Goddess and God.


HP and HPS: And who are we?


Coveners: We are the children of deity. And we are deity. We are part of the creative life forces which move the universe. we are microcosm and macrocosm. We are part of all that is.


Cakes and Ale

HPS: Though we are apart, we are ever together - for we are one in the spirit of our goddess and God. Merry meet. Merry part.


Coveners: And merry meet again.


All: Blessed be!


Ground, take down the circle.

Imbolc Ritual



Gather a white candle and your Imbolc candle purification oil and a representation of the season such as a cut out of a snowflake, or if you have it, real snow. Place these items on the table that you plan to use as the altar. With a sharp object, scratch you’re your wishes for the new season into the candle wax. Anoint the candle with three drops of the oil by massaging them into the writing on the candle and recite these words:



“This is the time of the feast of torches,
when every lamp blazes and shines
to welcome the rebirth of the God.
I celebrate the Goddess,
I celebrate the God;
all Earth celebrates
Beneath its mantle of sleep.”



Light the candle and recite these words:



”All the land is wrapped in winter.
The air is chilled and frost envelops the Earth.
But Lord of the Sun,
Horned One of animals and wild places,
unseen you have been reborn of the gracious Mother Goddess,
Lady of all fertility.
Hail Great God!
Hail and welcome!


Stand before the altar, holding aloft the candle. Gaze at its flame. Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength. Your ritual is now complete. Celebrate with a simple feast with friends and family.

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Simple Imbolc Rite for Solitaire



 



You will need a corn maiden and a priapic wand. A lit candle in cauldron in south and some twigs of evergreen besides the cauldron.


Prepare Brigidīs Bed

This is done by dressing the corn doll in a white cloth and any other ornements. Then place it in a basket or on a mat. Then lay the priapic wand across the doll and place two altar candles, one on either side, beside the basket. Say:


Bride is come. Bride is Welcome.
(three times)


Take the besom and ritually sweep the circle doesil, then return the besom beside the altar.


Kneel before the cauldron. Pick up the twigs and set fire to each in turn. Then blow out each flame and place in cauldron beside the candle. Say:


Now I banish winter. Now I welcome spring:
Say farewell to what is dead and greet each living thing.
Now I banish winter. Now I welcome spring.


Lughnasadh:

Yule:

Yule Log Charge


It is best that every owner charge his or her own Yule Log. It is through your own energies that the results you desire will be achieved. Do you truly believe in the power of your log? If the answer is yes, then the answers and gifts you request from it will be honored. Here is a simple Charging Ritual to help you get the most from your log.


Gather your supplies:


Chalice (or glass) of water
A white candle in a holder
A small amount of salt
A table
A white cloth
Incense of any kind in a holder
A quiet place to perform the ritual



Ritual :
Lay white cloth over the table
Place candle, water and incense in the center of the cloth.
Light the candle and the incense.
Darken the room.
Close your eyes and meditate on the log and what you want it to achieve until you have fully cleared your mind of all other influences and are focused on the desired result.
Take a pinch of salt between your thumb and forefinger and sprinkle it into the water while saying:
“Earth and Water bond this log to me,
May it protect me/us throughout the year
And channel my desires,
Blessed Be”

Sprinkle this "empowered" water onto your log.
Pass the incense and candle over the log to purify it while again saying:
“Fire bond this log to me,
May it protect me/us throughout the year
And channel my desires,
Blessed Be”


Place your hand on the log.
Close your eyes
Meditate to feel the powerful, protective internal energy of your body flowing down your arm and into your hand.
Envision yourself burning the log and its strength protecting you as you go about your life. Invoke the god or goddess you feel most personally attuned with by saying:
“(God/Goddess Name) bond this log to me,
May it protect me/us from harm
And channel my desires,
Blessed Be”
Feel the log begin to surge with your power and envision a white or yellow light glowing about you.
Sit like this until you feel the energy winding down, you will know when the charging it complete.
Place the log in your fireplace or pit. If it was charged with certain people in mind, make sure they are there as you burn the log and meditate and enjoy their company!

Welcome Yule Ceremony



To form Circle, each person takes the left hand of the person to the left with the right hand and greets her/him:


I welcome you to the Solstice Eve Circle.



Opening


From the Revels:
And so the shortest day came
And the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing
To drive the dark away
Let's all proclaim together--Welcome Yule, WELCOME YULE!!!


 


Calling Directions


East


 


Spirit of the East, Power of Air!
With your gifts of light and clarity
We hail you and invite you
To join our Circle
This Solstice Eve.
By the Air that is Her breath
Send forth your light
And bless us with your Presence!


 


South


 


Spirit of the South, Power of Fire!
With your gifts of passion and love
We hail you and invite you
To join our Circle
This Solstice Eve.
By the fire that is Her spirit
Send forth your flame
And bless us with your Presence!


 


West


 


Spirit of the West, Power of Water!
With your gifts of depth and feeling
We hail you and invite you
To join our Circle
This Solstice Eve.
By the waters of Her living womb
Send forth your flow
And bless us with your Presence!


 


North


 


Spirit of the North, Power of Earth!
With your gifts of substance and life
We hail you and invite you
To join our Circle
This Solstice Eve.
By the earth that is Her body
Send forth your strength
And bless us with your Presence!


 


Invocation of the Goddess


 


We invoke you, Great Mother, to be with us this night.
We ask you to guard and to bless our Solstice circle.
We ask, too, for your guidance in helping us keep our hearts
open and joyful, to those in our community,
to people all over the world, to all of creation.
We ask this in a good way.
Blessed Be.


 


SING: (Sung to) Silent Night


 


Holy night, longest night
We have gathered to the light.
We have called for the Goddess near
To bless this circle we hold so dear.
We're children of the Earth
The Season for rebirth


Holy night, longest night
We have watched the Sun's waning light.
These inward days soon will pass
And bring the bright New Year at last
We're children of the Earth
The Season for rebirth


Holy night, longest night
We will keep the fires bright
And Mother Goddess will bear the new Sun (son)
The fruit from the seeds we have sown will come
We're children of the Earth
The Season for rebirth


 


Reading 1: (Two readers)



Rdr 1: The Winter Solstice is the time of people's rebirth from darkness.


Rdr 2: The old old sun dies and the Goddess rebirths the new sun with the new year.


Rdr 1: Persephone leaves Hecate in the underworld and is reborn to Demeter.


Rdr 2: Yemaya creates the world anew again from her fertile womb.


Rdr 1: Light comes from darkness, growth comes from barrenness.


Rdr 2: Spring comes from the depths of Winter.


All: We are here to bring light to the world.



Reading 2


 


birthwatch night of sun
from darkness light
west becomes the east
freezing becomes fire
Goddess Mother Moon
she births the sun
she births the earth
she labors for
the sea and sky
death is granted life
so mote it be.


 


Reading 3


 


circle closes
circle opens
and the oak fire strikes
bright the earth and sun
bright the newborn sea
bright the infant stars
her glowing earth
winter set aside
with new year naming
everything she touches changes
as above us so below.



SING


Light is Returning
Light is returning,
Even tho' this is the darkest hour
No one can hold
Back the dawn.


Let's keep it burning
Let's keep the light of hope alive
Make safe our journey
Through the storm


One planet turning
Circle on her path around the sun
Earth Mother is calling
Her children home.


 


Responsive Reading


 


What is this night?
(All)It is the eve of the Winter Solstice-the first night of Yule.



What is the shape of this night?
A. It is the longest night of the year.



Where is the sun on this night?
A. The sun is at the lowest and most southern point in the sky.



What is the element that rules this night?
A. Tonight the darkness reaches the limit of its power over light.



After this night of power, what is the element that will wane?
A. From this night forward, the darkness will wane and the light will grow.



What is the meaning of this night?
A. This night and the twelve nights which follow fall in the space between one year and another, the border where the worlds overlap. All that happens is mightier than at any other time of the year.



What do we do over these thirteen nights of Yule?
A. The world holds its breath waiting for the infant sun to be born.



How do we bring back the light?
A. The fires and lights of Yule call the sun back from its southern journey.



When will we see this light?
A. Thirteen nights from now at the New Year we will see the waning of the dark.



How have we prepared for the new light?
A. We have spent the dark months looking inward and being quiet. We have felt the Great Goddess, in her Crone aspect.



What shall we do now?
A. We shall let go of those things which do not affirm life and love and send them with the old sun to the womb of the Earth to be born again as positive energies for us in the New Year.



On what does our faith rest in this cold winter season when the earth's bounty seems frozen?
A. We survive, we endure, and we prosper because we depend on each other. We to share in the careful stores from all our harvests, which gives us physical, emotional, and spiritual sustenance. We keep the fires burning and to affirm our support and love for one another.



Do we depend only on each other?
A. No, we are interdependent with all of creation. We admire the animals and plants who thrive in winter. We honor them and give them rest. We remember to feed the wild creatures of the forest.


 


SING Lord of the Dance (tune aka Simple Gifts)


 


I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced with the moon and the stars and the sun
I was called from the darkness by the song of the earth
I joined in the singing and She gave me birth


Chorus:
Dance, dance, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance said He
And I'll lead you all wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the dance said He


I sleep in the kernel and I dance on the rain
I dance in the sun and through the waving grain
And when you cut me down do not think I am gone
For I am the dance and I still go on. (Chorus)


We dance ever slower as the leaves fall and spin
And the sound of the horn is the wailing of the wind
And the call of the hunter as he rides cross the plain
While the whole earth sleeps til the spring comes again.


Repeat Chorus


The sun is in the southlands but the days lengthen fast
And soon we will sing for the winter that is past
I'll live in you if you live in me
I am the Lord of the Dance said He


 


Consecration of Symbols


The symbols we use in this season afffirm our connection and dependence on Mother Earth and the inherent connection to Spirit it brings us.


The ivy honors the Winter King and Queen, whose sacred tree is the Holly. The Druids have given us mistletoe for decorative and magical purposes; mistletoe grows atop the sacred oak -- the point nearest the sun. We welcome the spirit of Mistletoe and of Holly and Ivy to our altar tonight.


Various traditions revere trees--evergreens, especially -- for their ability to stay green in the winter. We decorate them with all manner of lights and creatures to ensure the light's return and to celebrate the bounty of the year that is passing. The Yule tree is the center of the holy feast, the means of making the offering to the goddesses, gods, and ghosts as well as itself being a mighty spirit to whom offerings may be given. We welcome the spirit of this Tree to our circle tonight.


Many fire-customs are important at Yule-time. The best-known of these is, of course, the Yule-log, which must burn the whole night through with someone keeping Yule-watch over it. Pieces of the Yule-log are then kept through the year and thought to bring good luck; one year's Yule-log should be kindled with a piece of the last. This fire in the darkest night embodies the ever-living fire of the clan and the soul, the ever-springing hope of the worlds. We welcome the spirit of this Yule log to our altar tonight.


Yule Consecration


Of all the high feasts of our forebears, Yule is by far the highest, the holiest, and the most fraught with might. During the thirteen nights of Yule, all the worlds meet in the Middle: the godesses, gods, and the dead walk freely, trolls and elfs come into the homes of humans, and those folk who are closest to the Otherworld may leave their human selves altogether to become the riders of the Wild Hunt, or werewolves, or the embodiments of various of the wights that wander the earth at Yule-tide. Modern society has tamed the symbols; however the holiness and strength of this season prevails.


Tonight on the Eve of the Winter Solstice, the Sun King has reached the end of his reign and bids us farewell. The sun of the old year sinks now into darkness and to rest. We are not frightened of this dark for it is necessary for the Wheel of the Year to turn to Winter and then to Spring. Those things which we have finished in this cycle, be it emotions, habits, or workings, we give up now to the Sun King who will take them to the Summerland, there to be returned to the cauldron of rebirth.


(Light log in fireplace)


Now let flame of Yule flare forth this night
through death and darkness deep.
To all far-farers and folk of earth,
As a beacon -- its brightness burns,
As a blessing -- it blazes forth.


 


If you wish, please take your bark and put in it that which is over for you or that which you wish transformed and come to throw it on the Yule fire as you wish during our chant.


The Sun King will be reborn this night through the Goddess. Let us aid his passage through her and back to the light by chanting together:


The night is dark, the sun is gone,
Yet we know the wheel turns on.
Through midnight's hour, solid dark,
Within our hearts remains a spark.


Queen of Heaven, Mother of all,
Hear us as our voices call.
Send your fire back to Earth
As we will the Sun's rebirth.


The night is dark, the sun is gone,
Yet we know the wheel turns on.
Through midnight's hour, solid dark,
Within our hearts remains a spark.


Who will light the sacred fire,
Bringing back our heart's desire?
Sacred fire, kindled bright,
Leads us back into the light.


The night is dark, the sun is gone,
Yet we know the wheel turns on.
Through midnight's hour, solid dark,
Within our hearts remains a spark.


As the flames around us glow,
So may love within us grow.
Waken Sun King, be reborn!
Bring us light this Yuletide morn!


 


 


Lighting Candles of Blessing


We have rid ourselves of the burdens and obstacles which hold us back and weigh us down. Let us now light our candles in the world and speak our blessings, reflections, words of wisdom we wish to share with this Solstice circle.


(Go around circle lighting the votives-each person stepping to center, picking a candle, lighting it, holding it while s/he speaks and then setting it down again)



Thanks and Devocations


Thanking of Goddess


Great Goddess, Mother Earth. Your presence had held us, protected us, guided us,
and blessed us this night in our celebration of the Sun's return.
We thank for your many blessings, for your grace and goodness,
for your beauty and wisdom.
Stay if you will, go if you must.
Blessed Be.


 



Thanking of Directions


North


 


Spirit of the North, Power of Earth!
Your presence with us this night has anchored and strengthened us.
We thank you for your many blessings.
Stay if you will, go if you must.
Blessed Be.


 


West


 


Spirit of the West, Power of Water!
Your presence this night has soothed and cradled us
and connected us to our first home--the sea.
We thank you for your many blessings.
Stay if you will, go if you must.
Blessed Be.


 


South


 


Spirit of the South, Power of Fire!
Your presence this night has opened our hearts to life and to love
We thank you for your many blessings.
Stay if you will, go if you must.
Blessed Be.


 


East


 


Spirit of the East, Power of Air!
Your presence this night has brought the first stirrings of the new sun.
We thank you for your many blessings.
Stay if you will, go if you must.
Blessed Be.


 


Benediction (All say)


 


May the spirit of Yule
Remain with us all
For the whole next year.
May our obstacles and snares vanish
May our seeds take root and flourish
May we be blessed by spirit
Each and every one


The circle is open, but not unbroken.
Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.
Blessed Be!


 


SING: Deck the Halls (while snake dancing through the house)


 


Deck the halls with boughs of holly
fa la la la la la la la la
'Tis the season to be jolly
Don we now our gay apparel
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol


See the blazing yule before us
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Follow me in merry measure
While I tell of Yuletide treasure


Fast away the old year passes
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses
Sing we joyous all together
Heedless of the wind and weather

The Yule Wish Tree



Often, the items we truly need cannot ride home with us in a bag from the mall during the holiday season countdown. The day before Thanksgiving, take a trip to the tree nursery and find a small, potted evergreen. On your way home, purchase a few yards of red, green, and white ribbon. During the Thanksgiving supper,introduce the tree to the family and the tribe to the tree. Each member of your clan should tie a ribbon on the tree to represent an intangible blessing they would like for the upcoming Yule season. Wishes could be for peace, enough rest, health, etc.
Bless the tree and set it where it will have enough light.
When family and friends visit, explain the purpose of the wish tree to them and give them a ribbon to tie on the tree, too. The tree is for everyone. If you plan to use the tree in ritual,have everyone participating make a small ornament, empowered for strengths like self-esteem, goal planning, security, etc. and hang it on the tree while connecting with the divinity of their choice.
On the first day of February, remove all the ornaments and ribbons. Burn the ribbons and cast the ashes to the winds. Pack the ornaments away. Next year, when you open the box, you can de-magick the ornaments and return them to their owners, or hang them on your
big tree in memory of last year's prosperity. Continue to take good care of the tree over the remaining winter months. Don't forget to give it water and plenty of love. In the spring, you can plant the tree outside on your property or on the property of a friend.

 

Ostara:

Croning and Crowning Ritual
 by Amethyst TygerMoon


This Croning was performed at Ostara 2004 AFTER our Ostara ritual. We use people to portray Maiden and Mother and Rowann (who was to be Croned) played the part of the Crone. We also had people to represent each quarter and a Mistress of ceremonies to lead the ritual.

Cleansing & Consecration of Salt & Water: (Crone uses Athame to take out some drops of water, representing removing the negativity from water)

Crone: Creatures of water, I cast from thee, Doubt, hesitation, fear & distrust. I cast into you, Strong will, Hope, Warmth & Friendship

(Crone uses Athame to charge the water with positive energy. Then the Crone uses Athame to take out some grains of salt, representing removing the negativity from salt)

Creatures of salt, I cast from thee, Doubt, hesitation, fear & distrust I cast into you, Strong will, Hope, Warmth & Friendship

(Crone uses Athame to charge the water with positive energy. And then adds 3parts of salt to the water using the Athame)

Salt joins with water, As lover, joins with beloved, As we, all join with the universe.

Cleansing the Circle: (Maiden moves around outside of the circle with singing bowl. Mother follows with salt water that she sprinkles on the ground, and the Crone follows with lighted smudge stick)

Maiden: We clear away what blocks our life Mother: We clear away all stress & strife

Crone: Replace the void with happiness Maiden, Mother, Crone: And prepare the way for new success.

Casting the Circle: (The Mother casts the circle with the Spear/Athame/Wand…) Mother: I conjure thee O’ Great circle of power So that you may seal the boundaries of this garden Between the realms of mankind and the realms of the mighty spirits A meeting place of perfect love and perfect trust To contain all the power we raise within thee. Maiden, Mother, Crone: As above, so below, the circle is cast, so mote it be.

Calling the Quarters: (Facing each quarter as it is called, we will stand with our arms raised and outstretched forming a human cross. We will visualise light and dark flowing from each of our arms and filling our bodies in the centre with light and dark – creating a balance of energy. Once each quarter has been called we will centre ourselves by rising up our arms and creating a tree formation (Explanation by Maiden))

East: Powers of the East and Air; sentient and non-sentient, All whom wish us well. I seek your presence here at this circle. In a place that is all places and no place. In a time that is all time and no time. I ask your blessings and assistance here during this rite. Welcome, benevolent powers and spirits. Blessed Be.

South: Powers of the South and Fire; sentient and non-sentient, All whom wish us well. I seek your presence here at this circle. In a place that is all places and no place. In a time that is all time and no time. I ask your blessings and assistance here during this rite. Welcome, benevolent powers and spirits. Blessed Be.

West: Powers of the West and Water; sentient and non-sentient, All whom wish us well. I seek your presence here at this circle. In a place that is all places and no place. In a time that is all time and no time. I ask your blessings and assistance here during this rite. Welcome, benevolent powers and spirits. Blessed Be.

North: Powers of the North and Earth; sentient and non-sentient, All whom wish us well. I seek your presence here at this circle. In a place that is all places and no place. In a time that is all time and no time. I ask your blessings and assistance here during this rite. Welcome, benevolent powers and spirits. Blessed Be.

(As we create the shape of a tree we will visualise our roots reaching far down into mother earth and our branches outspread reaching up to father sky. You are the centre of the universe. (Explanation by Maiden)) The visualisation is then sealed with a chant:

All: Above, below, I connect like a tree. A perfect centre here meets in me. South and East, North and West All I am, balanced at its best. Mother: We call upon the Ancestors to ask for assistance with our tasks. Be they ever present in our work and life. We are grateful for those blessings we have already been given. And we are open and ready to receive those, which are waiting to come. Welcome Benevolent Ancestors and blessed be.

(This will then be followed by a Spiral Dance led by the Crone – winding our way to the Croning Altar. As we follow the dance we will chant...)

All: We are a circle within a circle, with no beginning never ending (This is to be chanted till we end up at the Croning Altar)

Amethyst TygerMoon: We have journeyed to this place that is all places and all time. But still we reside in our circle, secure on every side. Rowann Cerridwen, friend to all. Came to us when she heard our call. We celebrate with her on this Ostara day. As we honour her as Crone in her special way. (Rowann is then led to stand by a chair in the centre of the Circle)

(Facing each quarter as it is called we will honour the quarters in our new circle.)

Air: Ancient Mother I hear your Calling.

Earth: Ancient Mother I hear your Song

Fire: Ancient mother I share your Laughter

Water: Ancient Mother I dry your Tears.

Amethyst TygerMoon: The word Crone is derived from the word “Cronus” [time] and it means the wisdom gained through life long experiences. The Germanic “Krone” also means crown. To become the Crowned Crone then, acknowledges that you are a wise woman who has gathered up the fruits of her experience into profound and sovereign understanding. The Wise Crone becomes the resource of wisdom for her community and a source of inspiration for her circle of “Cronies”. Maiden, Mother and Now crone, you have experienced the full range of the Goddess, her strength, her compassion and her fury. You have lived you life under the Lord and Lady’s gaze, tell us and them now, of your life…

Rowann: (personal statement)

Amethyst TygerMoon: See the aspects of the triple Goddess before you and within you… (Three Invocations will then be read to celebrate the three phases of the crone.)

Maiden: Beautiful Maiden of the forests, Huntress of the soul I call upon you to be here with me now. I need your help and guidance as I strive for spiritual knowledge and growth. Help me to face all that is put before me on my life’s journey. I wish with all my heart to accomplish these desires in a positive way. If these are not to my good, reveal to me the direction to take, and the goals to which I should aspire. I await your guidance and direction. Mother: I call upon you to be here with me now. I need your help and guidance as I strive for spiritual knowledge and growth. Help me also to learn from the lessons I have endured on my life’s journey. I wish with all my heart to accomplish these desires in a positive way. If these are not to my good, reveal to me the direction to take, and the goals to which I should aspire. I await your guidance and direction.

Crone: Dark mother, guardian of knowledge, Keeper of the great Cauldron of life I call upon you to be here with me now. I need your help and guidance as I strive for spiritual knowledge and growth. Help me to find the wisdom and strength to pass on my knowledge. I wish with all my heart to accomplish these desires in a positive way. If these are not to my good, reveal to me the direction to take, and the goals to which I should aspire. I await your guidance and direction. (The crown is placed on Rowanne’s head)

Amethyst TygerMoon: The circle of the crown is a symbol of the sun and of the earth and the universe. A circle for love that never ends, a circle for arms that embrace. A symbol of friendship, for friendship breaks down all boundaries and has by its very nature to be a circular flow of giving and receiving. The circle is a symbol of unity into which your life is joined in an unbroken circle to those whom you choose to love and befriend, so wherever you go in life, your love will constantly be returning to them. (Rowanne sits in the centre and we dance around her, Maiden, Mother and Mistress of ceremonies (Amethyst) each hold lengths of cord in White, Red and Black creating a triangle around her, other participants hold on to the cords where they can)

ALL: Be understanding, Be wise. Have patience. Laugh (when we have raised a good cone of power Amethyst will say “NOW!” we will all “fold in” on Rowanne, like petals of a lotus flower and channel the energy into her. Then after a count of 10 we will slowly unfold and the cords will be presented)

Amethyst TygerMoon: Wear these cords as a symbol of your status as Crone and Wise Woman. Age can be a wonderful time to develop the art of inner harvesting. What does inner harvesting mean? Inner harvesting means that you actually begin to sift the fruits of your experience. You begin to group, select and integrate them. One of the places where inner harvesting is most vital in the abandoned areas within your life. Areas of inner neglect and abandonment cry out to you. They are urgent for harvest. Then they can come in out of the false exile of neglect and enter into the temple of belonging, and into your soul However painful the past, you have learnt much wisdom from it; however much you have had to struggle, there have been rich days like today. However daunting or hopeful the future, your experiences, expectations, learnt knowledge and feelings have shaped and will carry on shaping and developing your own unique wisdom. All here present offer to you, Rowanne, our blessings for your future happiness. We offer to you our love and support as we too remember and celebrate with you the friendship, love and wisdom on which the world is founded We will then Wassail Rowanne with a toast

– Each person making a toast to Rowanne, (some may have prepared short speeches but all should say something in praise of her)

(Maiden presents Rowanne with the “empty” chalice)

Maiden: Take this chalice filled with our love and respect for you, may it be ever full!

(Rowanne is presented with the wands)

Mother: Take these wands as a symbol of your craft, use them wisely and they will not fail you!

(Rowanne is presented with the tree)

Amethyst TygerMoon: Take this tree, as it grows so you will grow, in wisdom, in love and in yourself! Maiden no more. Mother no more. Crone do we name you. Wear the crown of your years with grace and wisdom. All Hail the Crone, Rowanne Cerridwen!

(Hugs & Cheering are more than appropriate here)

Facing each Quarter we will close our celebrational space of our Croning Circle.

Air: Air moves us.

Fire: Fire transforms us

Water: Water shapes us

Earth: Earth heals us

All: And the balance of the wheel goes round and round And the balance of the wheel goes round

(This will then be followed by a reversed version of the Spiral Dance led by the Crone – winding our way back to our Ostara Altar. As we follow the dance we will chant...)

All: We are a circle, within a circle, with no beginning never ending (This is to be chanted till we end up at the Ostara Altar)

Maiden: I want you to raise up your arms and visualise your self as a tree. As we create the shape of a tree we will visualise our roots reaching far down into mother earth and our branches outspread reaching up to father sky. You are the centre of the universe. Then taking all of our excess energy visualise it going down through our roots and into the earth. This energy is filled with our love and healing. You are now grounded.

All: Above, below, I connect like a tree. A perfect centre here meets in me. South and East, North and West All I am, balanced at its best.

Farewell to the Quarters (All turn to face each quarter as it is relieved...)

North: Spirits of the Land, We thank you for your fruitful energy. Carry peace and renewal from this place, through the roots of trees and on the breath of beasts.

West: Spirits of Water, We thank you for your flowing energy. Carry peace and renewal from this place in every drop of rain and on every wave that caresses the shores.

South: Spirits of the Fire, We thank you for your motivating energy. Carry peace and renewal from this place in every ray of sunshine that touches the earth.

East: Spirits of Air. We thank you for your billowing energy. Carry peace and renewal from this place in every wind and every breeze, in the sound of bells and on the wings of birds.

Farewell to the Ancestors Mother: Guardians and Ancestors, we thank you for your billowing energy. Carry renewal from this place with every star wished upon. Release in us our inner child, loose any bondage, and grant our spirits the wings of peace. Blessed be.

Closing the Circle (Crone, Mother and Maiden then walks the reverse perimeter of the circle using the Spear/Athame/Wand to “draw in” the circle...)

Crone: Great Circle we thank you… All laughter contains magick and all magick should contain laughter! The circle is open but never broken. We are the people, We are the power, We are the change. Blessed be!

-- by Amethyst TygerMoon --


Litha:

Midsummer Ritual



Circle is set up with posts at each quarter, basket of flowers by each post. Censing and asperging will be done as people enter the circle, as at Beltane. No altar: tool users will carry their own tools. Holly is invoked privately before the ritual begins and conceals herself North of the circle, along with Crows.


Sweep:


Black spirits and white, red spirits and gray,
Come ye, come ye, come ye as may.
Around and around, throughout and about,
The good come in, the ill keep out.


Cast Circle (Sun Court Leader):


A ring of pure and endless light
Bounds this meetingplace of souls
Our energy and love unite
Will serve to make this circle whole.
Our presence sanctifies this place:
Time is not the master here.
We invite joy and love to abide
And forbid unwanted spirits appear.


East:


Hail winged ones of the East, bringers of dawn:
Bring us thoughts that soar among the birds,
Skies swept clean by the winds of insight.


South:


Hail bright ones of the South, lords of noonday:
Dance the fires of your passion within us,
Set us ablaze with the summer's heat.


West:


Hail laughing ones of the West, sunset waters:
Bring sweet delight to those who thirst,
Cleanse our spirits, wash our cares away.


North:


Hail ancient ones of the North, trees deep-rooted:
Bring forth beast and bird, forest and field,
Let the sweet earth turn beneath us as we dance.


Invoke Oak (Sun Court Leader):


Hail Lady of the rising year, spring-born and summer-crowned:
Queen of Oak and Mother of Flowers,
Stir the abundance of life within us,
Dance with us at Summer's utmost height.

[crowns Oak with circlet of leaves and flowers]


Oak:


[poem about rejoicing in the Solstice]
[leads circle dance from the center]



All:


We are one in the infinite sun
For ever and ever and ever.


Dance is stopped by entry of Crows, signalled by drumming. Crows should have some black on (it's probably too hot to dress in black), and carry black-feathered wands. Crows circle Oak, cawing, and then begin their lines.


Crow 1: Winter will come


Crow 2: The corn will dry


Crow 3: The leaves will fall


Crow 1: The storms will fly


Crow 2 And you must fail


Crow 3: And fall


Crow 1: And die


Repeat three times, the third in unison sing-song mocking voices.


Sun Court Leader [to Crows]:


Over my dead body! Who do you think you are? [to people]
Will you stand by and let this happen?
No! Rally round and shield our lady
from the mockery of winter!


Sun Court Leader rallies people around Oak in center of circle. Crows approach people one at a time and touch them with their wands, asking "Why? Why?" People will give a reason for the summer to continue forever: Crows will respond with a reason why it cannot, and take the person out to the edge of the circle. Sun Court Leader is the last taken out. Heavy drumbeats throughout this process.


Oak:


It is so:
If I love the Spring
I must embrace the Fall,
and for the Sun's sweet sake
go into darkness.
In Spring and in Summer I was given this power
and now I lay it down.


Oak casts down her flowering rod of office and kneels, head bowed. Four Quarters surround Oak, carrying baskets of flowers, and Sun Court Leader leads the circle in a deosil procession to lay flowers on the wand.


All:


Aye ai aye ai aye ai aye ai
Aye oh aye oh aye oh aye oh


Near the end of the procession Holly enters the circle: crows and Holly join the very end of the procession. Holly makes a grand dramatic gesture of going to the center (waiting till everyone else has returned to the circle), then kneels to lay an evergreen spring by Oak.


Holly:


Bright sister, do not grieve. I will guard and guide the turning world in your place, until at the depth of Winter we shall meet again, and you will rise to take your place once more. [takes up flowering rod] But now, at the very balance point of the year, let us dance together, you and I.


[Holly raises Oak up, and Oak takes her place in the circle.]


Holly [to all]:


In winter and in darkness I will reign
And lead the dance till spring shall come again.


Holly leads Spiral Dance. She should break the line next to Oak so that she is the head of the line and Oak is the tail.


All:


Hoof and horn, hoof and horn,
All that dies must be reborn.
Vine and grain, vine and grain,
All that falls shall rise again.


Holly:


What is shoot shall become flower
What is flower shall become fruit
What is fruit shall become seed
What is seed shall become shoot
Ever and forever, as the Wheel turns.


Crow 1:


Farewell, Lady of the waning year.
Go in peace to your realms of autumn,
To watch over harvest and make ready for the dark.
Blessings on your presence.
Hail and farewell.


Sun Court Leader:


Farewell, Lady of the waxing year.
Go in peace to your realms of spring,
To cherish new life and make ready for the day.
Blessings on your presence.
Hail and farewell.


North:


Farewell, powers of the North!
Go in peace to your mountain realms.
Hail and farewell.


West:


Farewell, powers of the West!
Go in peace to your ocean realms.
Hail and farewell.


South:


Farewell, powers of the South!
Go in peace to your fiery realms.
Hail and farewell.


East:


Farewell, powers of the East!
Go in peace to your high realms.
Hail and farwell.


Sun Leader:


All spirits whom this circle has drawn
We thank you and ask that you now be gone.
The Witches' Law has always been
You must go out where you enter in.
With points drawn down we make the slash
Each to their own--sham ham phorash.


All:


The circle is open, but never broken.
Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again!


Mabon:

For this ritual you will need an apple and a chalice of wine or juice. Grape or apple juices are excellent choices if you cannot drink alcohol. If it is at all possible, this ritual should take place in a secluded cemetery. If this isn't possible, you should try to visit a cemetery where your loved ones are buried and leave apples to wish them a quick rebirth.


When you are ready to begin, cast your circle, and invite your deities.


Say:


Blessed be this season of Mabon, time of the second harvest, the harvest of fruit and wine.
Tonight all things are in balance: Goddess and God, Life and Death, Light and Dark.
Tonight the darkness will conquer the light, leading us deeper into the waning year.


If you are not at the cemetery of your loved ones, visualize if you can their resting places. Take the apple and hold it in front of you at heart level.


Say:


Ancient symbol of life, death and rebirth, take away my mourning.
Help me to be assured that death is not a permanent parting,
but a new and joyful beginning.


If you are in the cemetery place the apple in front of the grave of a loved one. The apple symbolizes reincarnation. If you aren't at the cemetery, you should save the apple to bury in the Earth later to symbolize your hope for rebirth to all life. With the somber part of the ritual over now, you should turn yourself to gladness and honor the God of wine and the aging Crone Goddess. Take the chalice of wine and hold it upward.


Say:


Blessed Crone, thank you for bringing me safely to this season.
God of wine, thank you for your gift of the grape.


Now you can make a toast to whomever or what ever you like. Make as many as you toasts as you want and make them as silly as you want!!


When you are finished, say:


Blessed be Mabon, season of bounty.


Now spend some time in your circle meditating or communing with the spirits that may surround you. Then close the circle however you wish.


Various Rituals

Handfasting

PAGAN & Wiccan MARRIAGE CEREMONY

The following wedding ceremony was written to provide for Pagans & Wiccans

[PRIEST/SS] We have come together here in celebration of the joining together of ____bride______ and ____groom______. There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two souls, has come our way through all paths of belief, and from many cultures. With each union, more knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to these two, who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time. The law of life is love unto all beings. Without love, life is nothing, without love, death has no redemption. Love is anterior to Life, posterior to Death, initial of Creation and the exponent of Earth. If we learn no more in life, let it be this.

Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. As with any aspect of life, it has its cycles, its ups and its downs, its trials and its triumphs. With full understanding of this, Groom and Bride have come here today to be joined as one in marriage. Others would ask, at this time, who gives the bride in marriage, but, as a woman is not property to be bought and sold, given and taken, I ask simply if she comes of her own will and if she has her family's blessing.

Bride, is it true that you come of your own free will and accord?
 
 
[BRIDE] Yes, it is true.
 
 
[PRIEST/SS] With whom do you come and whose blessings accompany you.
 
 
[FATHER] She comes with me, her father, and is accompanied by all of her family's blessings.
 
 
[PRIEST/SS] Please join hands with your betrothed and listen to that which I am about to say. Above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time doth pass, remember...
 
 
Like a stone should your love be firm like a star should your love be constant. Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of love and desire make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close, but not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one another, for storms will come, but they will pass quickly.
 
 
Be free in giving affection and warmth. Have no fear and let not the ways of the unenlightened give you unease, for the lord and Lady are with you always.
 
 
Groom, I have not the right to bind thee to Bride, only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in her hand.
 
 
[GROOM] It is my wish.
 
 
[PRIEST/SS] Bride, if it be your wish for Groom to be bound to you, place the ring on his finger. (places ring on Groom's left ring finger) Bride I have not the right to bind thee to Groom only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in his hand.
 
 
[BRIDE] It is my wish.
 
 
[PRIEST/SS] Groom, if it be your wish for Bride to be bound to you, place the ring on her finger.(places ring on Bride's left ring finger) (to Groom) Repeat after me:
 
 
I, (grooms full name), in the name of the spirit of Lord and lady that resides within us all, by the life that courses within my blood and the love that resides within my heart, take thee (bride's full name) to my hand, my heart, and my spirit, to be my chosen one. To desire thee and be desired by thee, to possess thee, and be possessed by thee, without sin or shame, for naught can exist in the purity of my love for thee. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change thee in any way. I shall respect thee, thy beliefs, thy people, and thy ways as I respect myself.
 
 
(to Bride)

I (bride's full name), in the name of the spirit of Lord and Lady that resides within us all, by the life that courses within my blood, and the love that resides within my heart, take thee, (Groom's full name) to my hand, my heart, and my spirit to be my chosen one. To desire and be desired by thee, to possess thee, and be possessed by thee, without sin or shame, for naught can exist in the purity of my love for thee. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change thee in any way. I shall respect thee, thy beliefs, thy people, and thy ways as I respect myself.
 
 
[PRIEST/SS]

(hands chalice to the groom, saying:) May you drink your fill from the cup of love.
 
 
(Groom holds chalice to bride while she sips then bride takes chalice and holds it to groom while he sips. The chalice is then handed back to the Priest who sets it on the table. Next the Priest takes the plate of bread, giving it to the groom. Same procedure repeated with bread, groom feeding bride and bride feeding groom.)
 
 
By the power vested in me by Lord and L ady and the State, I now pronounce you husband and wife. May your love so endure that its flame remains a guiding light unto you.

As the priest/ess is saying these last words,wind the cord around your hands

Intertwine them the Priest/ess than ties a knot in the cords.(leaving enough space for the couples hands to slip thru untied)

Deathbed Ritual
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The Formal Ritual

Priestess: (Takes the hand of the dying person gently, and looks into their eyes, or into their face if the eyes are closed. )
 
 
"You are dying. None should ever die alone. I am here to share your death and to journey with you. There is only love, the greatest Mystery. I reach behind my fear. I open my heart and my eyes in the light of this love. I will go as far on this journey with you as I can. I will not abandon you."

She should breath deeply and centre herself and enter a state of light trance. And she should follow the spirit of the dying person as deeply as she can.
 
 
"The Goddess is taking you back now, the Great Mother. She will be with the people left behind, providing strength and comfort. You are not abandoning them. You will leave behind your work. You will give up all of your ties to your family. You will give up sex, and even gender. You cannot be a woman or a man and enter the other world. You will leave behind your body. None who have bodies can pass into the other world. You will become nothing. You will float on the endless waves of the Goddess' womb. You will drift in the warm emptiness at the centre. Nothing will be left but the Will to be reborn."

If possible the Priestess will remain with the dying person until she is dead. At the moment of her death say the following:
 
 
"Journey on now, sister. We will follow when we can. May you be born again at the same time and in the same place as those you knew and loved in this life. May you know them again and love them again."

And now the Priestess' task must be to comfort the living.

Full Moon Scrying Ritual
 
The upcoming summer months are the perfect time for Full Moon Scrying and I'd like to pass on an old, time honored scrying ritual originally written by D.J. Conway that I have used many times during the long summer nights:
 
Items Needed:
1 bright, shiny silver coin
1 small, black cauldron or scrying bowl filled with water
 
Perform this ritual outside where the rays of the Moon can fall directly onto the water in the cauldron. If you cannot go outside, stay in a darkened room near a window that the Moon shines through. Place the coin in the water and take the cauldron in both hands. Gaze up at the Moon and say:
 
"Lovely Lady of the night,
Mysteries old and futures bright,
Give me a glimpse of that to be
And as I will so mote it be."
 
Look down at the coin shimmering in the cauldrons water. With your eyes half closed, adjust your vision as if you were looking into and through the coin. Don't try to analuze anything you might see or that might come into your mind. Just accept it. Some people, rathar than seeing actual pictures within the cauldron, will have mental impressions, feelings or pictures. When you have finished, bow to the Moon and say thank you. Pour the water out on the ground. You're done!

Pet Death/Euthanasia ritual:
 
(Dorothy Morrison)
 

Needed
 
Sandalwood incense
while candle
red candle
a flower ( your choice )
a piece of rose quartz
some vinager
some honey
 
 
 
 
Light Sandalwood incense, a white candle and a red candle, and greet the Lord and Lady by saying:
 

"I come to you now to release
This pain and all emotional beasts
That plague my heart so heavily -
Take them from me - set me free!"
 
 

Take a flower and name it for your pet. Holding it in your hand, stroke the petals and speak to your pet with love and honesty. If euthanasia was a factor, explain your reasons for terminating his/her life cycle. If not, this is a good time to talk to your pet about the loneliness you feel without him/her. Place the flower on the altar and lay the rose quartz on top of it. Tell you pet that the stone will always represent him/her to you, and explain that she or he is free to go to the Summerland for re-birthing. Say:
 

"You're free to go now, little one,
Rejoice and play - the time has come
For your spirit to be on its way.
Have fun, be happy - your love will stay!"
 
 

Meditate on the spirit of your pet moving on, then place a drop of vinegar on your tongue to represent the sourness we feel when death takes a loved one. Take some time to grieve for what might have been. Scream, cry, yell, whatever you need to do, to get it out of your system. When you can cry no more, taste some some honey. Rejoice and celebrate the relationship you had with your pet. Remember all the good times you had, the love you shared, and the special spot the pet filled in your life. Extinguish the candles and thanks the Lord and Lady for their comforting presence. Release the flower into a body of water, such as a river or stream. Wish it a fond farewell as it floats away. Keep the stone close to you or put it in a safe place.
 

 
Wolf Moon Communication Ritual
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While sitting in your Circle, imagine an image of you and a family member with whom your are having difficulties with, embracing and happy. Then imagine this picture as a puzzle, only the bottom right quarter of the puzzle is missing. Next imagine the missing piece is in your right hand. As you lift your hand and replace the missing piece say the following:
 
For too long this rift hath ruled
Now with joy and love retooled
Anger and hurt be at an end
With this piece forever mend
Chaste Moon Wish Ritual
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a pen
several strips of paper

Take a trip to a nearby stream or any body of running water (careful in areas prone to flooding). When you arrive, take a minute to write down some of your most pressing needs (help with finances or family issues, inspiration, the ability to solve a specific problem, etc.) then toss them into the water while you say something like the following:
 
Blessed Water, to you I invest
My deepest wishes, needs and requests
On your waves to the stars above
My dreams are carried with strength and love
 
Lunar rituals
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On the night of Sept 16th, there will be a lunar eclipse. This combines the power of the full and new moon all at once. Any spell performed this night needs to be done carefully as you will be invoking the Triple Goddess in each of her forms. Consider carefully what you wish and write it out before hand.
I would strongly writing your ritual on parchment in sacred ink using a "pen of art" or sacred writing utensil.
Remember, use only consecrated tools as this is a time not only of the full moon, but of the new.
Once you have your spell written (mine will be for happiness and wealth never being detrimental, but only to their and my benifit) and your candles ready (for happiness I have chosen yellow and pink. For wealth, I have chosen forest green and blue) and your altar set up, relax, and take a nice long bath in something heavy with Jasmine. Drink a cup of Jasmine tea if possible. I can get dried Jasmine flowers from a local herb shop and so include them in my bath and on my altar. My altar for the full/new moon is dedicated to the Morrigan and Brighd, two Goddess who I never chose.
Cast the circle and once cast, light the non-ritual candles. Meditate gently and allow your mind to go blank then focus on your spell. Now, light the candles related to your spell, using thatever chants you have chosen. Take the scroll of paper you wrote the spell on and pass it over each element. See the energy of that element weaving it's own magic into the spell on the paper.
Wave the parchment over each of the spell candles. If you can, light the spell from each of the spell candles and allow it to burn in a safe place, visualizing the energies trapped in the paper of the spell being released to do their purpose.
Allow the candles and all Ritual Items to burn themselves out. Do not reuse any candles, incense, salt or herbs that were used in this ceremony. Take all ashes, salt and whatever else "disposable" you used and wrap in a piece of cotton or silk. Treat this as you would the ashes of a sacred fire, using them to bless an area or keeping them as a talisman.
Solitary New Moon Ritual
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Insert after general esbat and before cakes and wine. You can dance around circle, chanting the names of the Goddess.
 
Chant:
 
Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna
 
Chant as often as you like. Then kneel before the alter and say:
 
Dark is the night as we reach this turning point.
Here is a time of death; yet a time of birth.
Endings and beginnings
Ebbing and flowing
A journey done; a journey yet to start.
I honor now the crone-mother darksome and divine.
I give of my strength and in return see rebirth.

Arms raised, say:
 
BEHOLD, the Lady of Darkness; Mother, Grand mother. Old, yet ever young.
I honor and love you now and always. As the wheel turns we see birth, death and rebirth. I know from this that every ending is a beginning; every stop a fresh starting point.
Maiden, Mother, Crone... you are all of these and more.
Whenever I have need of anything, I can call upon you and your Lord, for you abide within me.
Even at the darkest of times, when there seems no single spark to warm me and the night seems blackest of all, You are here watching over me, in strength and in love.
You are She who is at the beginning and the ending of all time.
Blessed Be

Full Moon Group Ritual
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The Esbat takes place on the nights of the New Moon and the nights of the Full Moon. On these nights, the Coven usually does any kind of magical work and business they need to. It is enacted, hopefully every Full Moon.
 
Set up:
 
Place a candle in each of the four cardinal directions. Lay the rest of the tools on the altar cloth or near it. The altar can be on the ground, a table, a rock or a stump. The altar should be in the center or just north of center of the Circle. Light the six candles and the incense, start the music and begin the ritual.
 
The Ritual
 
Facing North, the High Priest and Priestess kneel in front of the altar with him to her right. She puts the bowl of water on the altar, places the point of her athame in it and says:
 
I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water,
that thou cast out from thee all impurities and uncleanliness of the world of phantasm;
in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.

She then puts down her athame and holds up the bowl of water with both hands. The High Priest puts the bowl of salt on the altar, puts his athame in the salt and says:
 
Blessings be upon this Creature of Salt;
let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth henceforth, and let all good enter herein;
wherefore so I bless thee, that thou mayest aid me, in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.

He then puts down his athame and pours the salt into the bowl of water the High Priestess is holding. The High Priest then stands with the rest of the Coven outside the Circle. The High Priestess then draws the Circle with the sword, leaving a gap in the Northeast section. While drawing the Circle, she should visualize the power flowing into the Circle from off the end of the sword. She draws the Circle in a East to North or deosil or clockwise direction. She says:
 
I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou beest a meeting place of love and joy and truth;
a shield against all wickedness and evil; a boundary between men and the realms of the Mighty Ones;
a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within thee.
Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee, in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.

The High Priestess lays down the sword and admits the High Priest with a kiss while spinning him deosil and whispers Bless Be. He then admits a women the same way. Alternate male female male. Then the High Priestess finishes closing the Circle with the sword. She then names three witches to help strengthen the Circle. The first witch carries the bowl of consecrated water from East to East going deosil, sprinkling the perimeter as she/he goes. They then sprinkle each member in turn. If the witch is male, he sprinkles the High Priestess last who then sprinkles him. If female she sprinkles the High Priest last, who then sprinkles her. The bowl is replaced on the altar. The second witch takes the incense burner around the perimeter and the third takes one of the altar candles. While going around the perimeter, each person says:
 
Black spirits and white,
Red spirits and grey,
Harken to the rune I say.
Four points of the Circle, weave the spell,
East, South, West, North, your tale tell.
East is for break of day,
South is white for the noontide hour,
In the West is twilight grey,
And North is black, for the place of power.
Three times round the Circle's cast.
Great ones, spirits from the past,
Witness it and guard it fast.

All the Coven pickup their athames and face the East with the High Priest and Priestess in front, him on her right. The High Priestess says:
 
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Lords of Air;
I do summon, stir, and call you up to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.

As she speaks she draws the Invoking Pentagram of Earth in the air with her athame.
The High Priest and the rest of the Coven copy her movements with their athames. The High Priestess turns and faces the South and repeats the summoning:
 
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Lords of Fire;
I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.

She does the same pentagram and then faces West and says:
 
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Lords of Water, ye Lords of Death and Initiation;
I do summon, stir, and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.

She faces North with rest of the Coven and says:
 
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Lords of Earth;
Boreas, thou gentle guardian of the Northern Portals;
thou powerful God and gentle Goddess;
we do summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.

The Circle is completed and sealed. If anyone needs to leave, agate must be made. Using the sword, draw out part of the Circle with a widdershins or counterclockwise stroke. Immediately reseal it and then repeat the opening and closing when the person returns.
In this part of the ritual, the Goddess becomes incarnate in the High Priestess. The High Priestess stands in front of the altar with her back to it. She holds the wand in her right hand the scrounge in her left. She crosses her wrists and crosses the wand and scrounge above them while holding them close to her breast. The High Priest stands in front of her and says:
 
Diana, queen of night
In all your beauty bright,
Shine on us here,
And with your silver beam
Unlock the gates of dream;
Rise bright and clear.
On Earth and sky and sea,
Your magic mystery
Its spell shall cast,
Wherever leaf may grow,
Wherever tide may flow,
Till all be past.
O secret queen of power,
At this enchanted hour
We ask your boon.
May fortune's favor fall
Upon true witches all,
O Lady Moon!

The High Priest kneels before the High Priestess and gives her the Five Fold Kiss; that is, he kisses her on both feet, both knees, womb, both breasts, and the lips, starting with the right of each pair. He says, as he does this:
 
Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways.
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.
Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be.
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty.
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names.

For the kiss on the lips, they embrace, length to length, with their feet touching each other's. When he reaches the womb, she spreads her arms wide, and the same after the kiss on the lips. The High Priest kneels again and invokes:
 
I invoke thee and call upon thee, Mighty Mother of us all, bringer of all fruitfulness;
by seed and root, by bud and stem, by leaf and flower and fruit,
by life and love do I invoke thee to descend upon the body of this thy servant and priestess.

During this invocation he touches her with his right forefinger on her right breast, left breast, and womb, repeats the set and finally the right breast. Still kneeling, he spreads his arms out and down, with the palms forward and says:
 
Hail Aradia! From the Amalthean Horn
Pour forth thy store of love; I lowly bend
Before thee, I adore thee to the end,
With loving sacrifice thy shrine adore.
Thy foot is to my lip
(he kisses her right foot)
my prayer up borne
Upon the rising incense smoke; then spend
Thine ancient love, O Mighty One, descend
To aid me, who without thee am forlorn.

The High Priest stands up and steps backwards. The High Priestess draws the Invoking Pentagram of Earth in the air with the wand and says as the Goddess:
 
Of the Mother darksome and divine
Mine the scrounge, and mine the kiss;
The five point star of love and bliss
Here I charge you in this sign.

The High Priest starts off by saying:
 
Listen to the words of the Great Mother; she who of old was also called among man Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Dana, Arianhod, Isis and by many other names.

The High Priestess, who should be in a trance, says as the Goddess:
 
Whenever you have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the Moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all witches. There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these will I teach things that are yet unknown. And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise. For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is joy on earth; for my law is love unto all beings. Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let naught stop you or turn you aside. For mine is the cup of the wine of life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality. I am the gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man. Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice; for behold I am the Mother of all living things, and my love is poured out upon the earth. I who am the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the desire of the heart of man, call unto thy soul. Arise, and come unto me. For I am the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe. From me all things proceed, and unto me all things must return; and before my face, beloved of Gods and men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you. And thou who seekest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; and if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou will never find it without thee. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

The High Priest faces the Priestess and says:
 
We thank you Our Lady for attending our rites.
We bid you farewell till next we call you.
Blessed Be.

The Witches' Creed should be said by the entire Coven.
 
Hear now the words of the witches,
The secrets we hid in the night,
When dark was our destiny's pathway,
That now we bring forth into the light.
Mysterious Water and Fire,
The Earth and the wide ranging Air,
By hidden quintessence we know them,
And will keep silent and dare.
The birth and rebirth of all nature,
The passing of winter and spring,
We share with the life universal,
Rejoice in the magical ring.
Four times in the year the Great Sabbat
Returns, and the witches are seen
At Lammas and Candlemas dancing,
On May Eve and old Hallowe'en.
When day time and night time are equal,
When sun is at greatest and least,
The four lesser Sabbats are summoned,
Again witches gather in feast.
Thirteen silver moons in a year are,
Thirteen is the Coven's array.
Thirteen times at Esbat make merry,
For each golden year and a day.
The power was passed down the ages,
Each time between woman and man,
Each century unto the other,
Ere time and ages began.
When drawn is the magical circle,
By sword or athame of power,
It's compass between the two worlds lies,
In the land of shades that hour.
This world has no right to know it,
And the world beyond will tell naught.
The oldest of gods are invoked there,
The Great Work of Magic is wrought.
For two are the mystical pillars,
That stand at the gate of the shrine,
And two are the powers of nature,
The forms and the forces of the divine.
The dark and the light in succession,
The opposites each unto each,
Shown forth as a God and a Goddess:
This did our ancestors teach.
By night he's the wild wind's rider,
The Horn'd One, the Lord of the Shades.
By day he's the King of the Woodland,
The dweller in green forest glades.
She is youthful or old as she pleases,
She sails the torn clouds in her barque,
The bright silver lady of midnight,
The crone who weaves spells in the dark.
The master and mistress of magic,
They dwell in the deeps of the main,
Immortal and ever renewing,
With power to free or to bind.
So drink the good wine to the Old Gods,
And dance and make love in their praise,
Till Elphames's fair land shall receive us
In peace at the end of our days.
And Do What Thou Wilt shall be the challenge,
So be it in love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment,
By magic of old, be it done!
Eight words the Witches Creed fulfill:
If It Harms None, Do What Thou Will!
The High Priest faces the Coven, raises his arms wide and says:
 
Bagabi lacha bachabe
Lamac cahi achababe
Karellyos
Lamac lamac bachalyas
Cabahagy sabalyos
Baryolos
Lagaz atha cabyolas
Samahac atha famolas
Hurrahya!

The High Priestess and the Coven repeat:
 
Hurrahya!

The High Priest and High Priestess face the altar. The High Priest continues:
 
Great God Cernunnos, return to Earth again!
Come to my call and show thy self to men.
Shepherd of Goats, upon the wild hill's way,
Lead thy lost flocks from darkness unto day.
Forgotten are the ways of sleep and night
Men seek for them, whose eyes have lost the light.
Open the door of dreams, whereby man come to thee.
Shepherd of Goats, O answer unto me!

The High Priest and the rest of the Coven then say:
 
Akhera goittiakhera beitti!

This invocation can be said by anyone or everyone.
 
Diana of the rounded moon,
The Queen of all enchantments here,
The wind is crying through the trees,
And we invoke thee to appear.
The cares of day departed are,
The realm of might belongs to thee;
And we in love and kinship join
With all things wild and free.
As powers of magic round us move,
Now let time's self dissolve and fade.
Here in the place between the worlds
May we be one with nature made.
Thy consort is the Horn'd One,
Whose sevenfold pipes make music sweet.
Old Gods of life and love and light,
Be here as merrily we meet!
For ye the circle's round we tread,
And unto ye the wine we pour;
The sacred Old Ones of this land,
Ye we invoke by ancient lore
By magic moon and pagan spell,
By all the secrets of the night,
Dreams and desires and mystery,
Borne on the moonbeams' silver light.
Now may we hear, or may we see,
Or may we know within the heart,
A token of true magic made,
Ere from this circle we depart.

Pause and wait in silence. There may come a sound, an outward sign or inner vision. When you feel the time is right, end the period of silence by bowing towards the altar and saying:
 
O Goddess Queen of Night,
O Horn'd One of might,
In earth and sky and sea
May peace and blessing be!

Relax. You can also do any other magic craft at this time.
The Coven, except for the High Priestess and High Priest, arrange themselves around the perimeter of the circle, man and woman alternately as far as possible, facing the center. The High Priestess and High Priest stand facing each other in the center of the circle, she with her back to the altar, he with his back to the South. The High Priest kneels before the High Priestess and gives her the Five Fold Kiss; that is, he kisses her on both feet, both knees, womb, both breasts, and the lips, starting with the right of each pair. He says, as he does this:
 
Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways.
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.
Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be.
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty.
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names.

For the kiss on the lips, they embrace, length to length, with their feet touching each others. When he reaches the womb, she spreads her arms wide, and the same after the kiss on the lips. The High Priestess then lays herself down, face upwards, with her arms and legs outstretched to form the Pentagram.
The High Priest fetches the veil and spreads it over the High Priestess's body, covering her from breasts to knees. He then kneels facing her, with his knees between her feet. The High Priest calls a woman witch by name, to bring his athame from the altar. The woman does so and stands with the athame in her hands, about a yard to the West of the High Priestess's hips and facing her. The High Priest calls a male witch by name, to bring the chalice of wine from the altar. He does so and stands with the chalice in his hands, about a yard to the East of the High Priestess's hips and facing her. The High Priest delivers the invocation:
 
Assist me to erect the ancient altar, at which in days past all worshipped;
The altar of all things.
For in old time, Woman was the altar.
Thus was the altar made and placed,
And the sacred place was the point within the center of the Circle.
As we have of old been taught that the point within the center is the origin of all things,
Therefore should we adore it;
Therefore whom we adore we also invoke.
O Circle of Stars,
Whereof our father is but the younger brother,
Marvel beyond imagination, soul of infinite space,
Before whom time is ashamed, the mind bewildered, and the understanding dark,
Not unto thee may we attain unless thine image be love.
Therefore by seed and stem, root and bud,
And leaf and flower and fruit do we invoke thee,
O Queen of Space, O Jewel of Light,
Continuous on of the heavens;
Let it be ever thus
That men speak not of thee as One, but as None;
And let them not speak of thee at all, since thou art continuous.
For thou art the point within the Circle, which we adore;
The point of life, without which we would not be.
And in this way truly are erected the holy twin pillars;
In beauty and strength were they erected
To the wonder and glory of all men.

The High Priest removes the veil from the High Priestess's body, and hands it to the woman witch, from whom he takes his athame. The High Priestess rises and kneels facing the High Priest, and takes the chalice from the man witch. (Note that both of these handings over are done without the customary ritual kiss. The High Priest continues the invocation:
 
Altar of mysteries manifold,
The sacred Circle's secret point
Thus do I sign thee as of old,
With kisses of my lips anoint.

The High Priest kisses the High Priestess on the lips, and continues:
 
Open for me the secret way,
The pathway of intelligence,
Beyond the gates of night and day,
Beyond the bounds of time and sense.
Behold the mystery aright
The five true points of fellowship

The High Priestess holds up the chalice, and the High Priest lowers the point of his athame into the wine. Both use both of their hands for this. The High Priest continues:
 
All life is your own,
All fruits of the Earth
Are fruits of your womb,
Your union, your dance.
Lady and Lord,
We thank you for blessings and abundance.
Join with us, Feast with us, Enjoy with us!
Blessed Be.

Then, either the High Priestess or one of the other women draws the Invoking Pentacle of Earth in the air above the plate with the athame. The High Priest hands his athame to the woman witch and then places both his hands round those of the High Priestess as she holds the chalice. He kisses her, and she sips the wine; she kisses him, and he sips the wine. Both of them keep their hands round the chalice while they do this.
The High Priest then takes the chalice from the High Priestess, and they both rise to their feet. The High Priest hands the chalice to a woman witch with a kiss, and she sips. She gives it to a man with a kiss. The chalice is passed around the Coven, man to woman, with a kiss each time, until the entire Coven has sipped the wine. The chalice can be refilled and any one can drink from it without repeating the ritual once the chalice has gone around once.
The woman lays down her athame and passes the cakes to the man with a kiss, he passes them back with a kiss and they are passed around the Coven the same way the wine was. Be sure to save some of the wine and some cake for an offering to the Earth and the Little Folk. After the meeting, leave the offering outside of the house if working indoors, or behind in the woods or field, when you leave if you are working outdoors.
The High Priestess faces East, with her athame in her hand. The High Priest stands to her right with the rest of the Coven behind them. If any tools have been consecrated, they should be held by the person furthest to the back. The Maiden stands near to the front to blow out each candle in turn. The Priestess says:
 
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Lords of Air;
we do thank you for attending our rites;
and ere ye depart to your pleasant and lovely realms,
we bid you hail and farewell Hail and farewell.

As she speaks, she draws the Banishing Pentagram of Earth in the air in front of her each time.
The rest of the Coven copy the Pentagram and chorus in on the second hail and farewell. The Maiden blows out the candle and the Coven faces the south and the High Priestess says:
 
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Lords of Fire;
we do thank you for attending our rites;
and ere ye depart to your pleasant and lovely realms,
we bid you hail and farewell Hail and farewell.

She turns to the West and says:
 
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Lords of Water;
ye Lords of Death and Initiation;
we do thank you for attending our rites;
and ere ye depart to your pleasant and lovely realms,
we bid you hail and farewell Hail and farewell.

She turns to the North and says:
 
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Lords of Earth;
Boreas, thou gentle guardian of the Northern Portals;
thou powerful God, Thou gentle Goddess;
we do thank you for attending our rites;
and ere ye depart for your pleasant and lovely realms,
we bid you hail and farewell Hail and farewell.

This ends the Circle. Blessed Be.
SEXUAL RITUAL TO HONOR THE GOD & GODDESS
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You will need: Pink, strawberry flavoured condoms for love and fun Massage oil with ylang ylang and rose gernanium essential oils - pure aphrodisiacs Musk and patchouli incense for lust Red and pink candles for love and passion Pink tiger lily flowers or other opulent, pink, sweetly scented blooms Vanilla bean icecream for happiness White soft feathers
Set up your space with candles and incense burning. Place the flowers in vases and scatter the feathers around so the area is opulent and inviting.
Honour the God/Goddess within your lover by indulging them in sensual pleasures (all acts of love and pleasure are sacred to the Goddess!) - tickle them with feathers, eat icecream off them, massage the warm oil into their skin, maybe even drip some of the candle wax on them for extra excitement - and have fun using the condoms! The whole time be aware that you are worshipping them, celebrating everything that is pure and holy about humanity - our divine sexuality!
 

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