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2
Dec

My Tarot Spread [CBD Tarot de Marseille]

   Posted by: Scrivener

I drew this tarot spread today: *Day Card* *Tarot for December 02, 2013: The Tower* Breaking up of solid structures. Getting free from confinement. Sudden breakthrough after long preparations. Sparkling sexual encounter. Success lies in simplicity and modesty. Generated from CBD Tarot de Marseille .

2
Dec

My Tarot Spread

   Posted by: Scrivener

I drew this tarot spread today: *Day Card* *Tarot for December 02, 2013: Knight of Swords* revolutionary, critical thinking, impatient, truth seeker, know-it-all, self-righteous, acting efficiently, fast travel, stormy weather Generated from Galaxy Tarot .

2
Dec

My Rune Spread

   Posted by: Scrivener

I drew this rune spread today: *Rune Of The Day* *Rune for December 02, 2013: gebō* gift, exchange, sacrifice, generosity, contracts, reciprocation, compensation Generated from Galaxy Runes .

2
Dec

Another test

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Test post frpm the field

31
Oct

A Samhain Primer for Muggles (aka Cowans)

   Posted by: Scrivener

For those of you who are curious, or from the religious Reich and can’t even say Halloween without crossing yourself, let alone call this holiday by its proper name, Samhain. Here is a little Halloween FAQ for you.

Our modern celebration of Halloween is a descendent of the ancient Celtic festival called “Samhain”. The word is pronounced “sow-in”, with “sow” rhyming with “cow”.

 

What does “Samhain” mean?

 

The “Irish-English Dictionary” published by the Irish Texts Society defines the word as follows: “Samhain, All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalling the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting till May, during which troop swere quartered. Fairies were imagined as particularly active at this season. From it, the half-year is reckoned. Also called Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess).”2 The “Scottish Gaelic Dictionary” defines it as “Hallowtide. The Feast of All Souls. Sam + Fuin = end of summer.”3 Contrary to the information published by many organizations, there is no archaeological or literary evidence to indicate that Samhain was a deity. Eliade’s “Encyclopedia of Religion” states as follows: “The Eve and day of Samhain were characterized as a time when the barriers between the human and supernatural worlds were broken… Not a festival honoring any particular Celtic deity, Samhain acknowledged the entire spectrum of nonhuman forces that roamed the earth during that period.”4 The Celtic Gods of the dead were Gwynn ap Nudd for the British and Arawn for the Welsh. The Irish did not have a “Lord of Death” as such.

 

Why was the end of summer of significance to the Celts?

 

The Celts were a pastoral people as opposed to an agricultural people. The end of summer was significant to them because it meant the time of year when the structure of their lives changed radically. The cattle were brought down from the summer pastures in the hills and the people were gathered into the houses for the long winter nights of story-telling and handicrafts.

 

What does it have to do with a festival of the dead?

 

The Celts believed that when people died, they went to a land of eternal youth and happiness called Tir na nOg. They did not have the concept of Heaven and Hell that the Christian Church later brought into the land. The dead were sometimes believed to be dwelling with the Fairy Folk, who lived in the numerous mounds, or sidhe, (pronounced “shee” or “sh-thee”) that dotted the Irish and Scottish countryside. Samhain was the new year to the Celts. In the Celtic belief system, turning points such as the time between one day and the next, the meeting of sea and shore or the turning of one year into the next, were seen as magickal times. The turning of the year was the most potent of these times. This was the time when the “veil between the worlds” was at its thinnest and the living could communicate with their beloved dead in Tir na nOg.

 

What about the aspects of “evil” that we associate with the night today?

 

The Celts did not have demons and devils in their belief system. The fairies, however, were often considered hostile and dangerous to humans because they were seen as being resentful of man taking over their land. On this night, they would sometimes trick humans into becoming lost in the fairy mounds where they would be trapped forever. After the coming of the Christians to the Celtic lands, certain of the folk saw the fairies as those angels who had sided neither with God or with Lucifer in their dispute and thus were condemned to walk the Earth until Judgment Day.5 In addition to the fairies, many humans were abroad on this night causing mischief. Since this night belonged neither to one year or the other, Celtic folk believed that chaos reigned and the people would engage in “horseplay and practical jokes”.6 This also served as a final outlet for high spirits before the gloom of winter set in.

 

What about “trick or treat”?

 

During the course of these hijinks, many of the people would imitate the fairies and go from house to house begging for treats. Failure to supply the treats would usually result in practical jokes being visited on the owner of the house. Since the fairies were abroad on this night, an offering of food or milk was frequently left for them on the steps of the house so the homeowner could gain the blessing of the “good folk” for the coming year. Many of the households would also leave out a “dumb supper” for the spirits of the departed.7 The folks who were abroad in the night imitating the fairies would sometimes carry turnips carved to represent faces. This is the origin of our modern Jack-o-lantern.

 

Was there any special significance of cats to the Celts?

 

According to Katherine Briggs in “Nine Lives: Cats in Folklore”, the Celts associated cats with the Cailleach Bheur, or Blue Hag of Winter. “She was a nature goddess, who herded the deer as her cattle. The touch of her staff drove the leaves off the trees and brought snow and harsh weather.”8 Dr. Anne Ross addresses the use of divine animals in her book “Pagan Celtic Britain” and has this to say about cats: “Cats do not play a large role in Celtic mythology … the evidence for the cat as an important cult animal in Celtic mythology is slight”.9 She cites as supporting evidence the lack of archaeological artifacts and literary references in surviving works of mythology.

 

Was this also a religious festival?

 

Yes. Celtic religion was very closely tied to the Earth. The great legends are concerned with momentous happenings which took place around the time of Samhain. Many of the great battles and legends of kings and heroes center on this night. Many of the legends concern the promotion of fertility of the Earth and the insurance of the continuance of the lives of the people through the dark winter season.

 

How was the religious festival observed?

 

Unfortunately, we know very little about that. W.G. Wood-Martin, in his book “Traces of the Elder Faiths of Ireland”, states: “There is comparatively little trace of the religion of the Druids now discoverable, save in the folklore of the peasantry and the references relative to it that occur in ancient and authentic Irish manuscripts are, as far as present appearances go, meager and insufficient to support anything like a sound theory for full development of the ancient religion.”10 The Druids were the priests of the Celtic peoples. They passed on their teachings by oral tradition instead of committing them to writing, so when they perished, most of their religious teachings were lost. We do know that this festival was characterized as one of the four great “Fire Festivals” of the Celts. Legends tell us that on this night all the hearth fires in Ireland were extinguished and then re-lit from the central fire of the Druids at Tlachtga, 12 miles from the royal hill of Tara. This fire was kindled from “need fire” which had been generated by the friction of rubbing two sticks together, as opposed to more conventional methods (such as the flint-and-steel method) common in those days.11 The extinguishing of the fires symbolized the “dark half” of the year, and the re-kindling from the Druidic fires was symbolic of the returning life hoped for and brought about through the ministrations of the priesthood.

 

What about sacrifices?

 

Animals were certainly killed at this time of year. This was the time to “cull” from the herds those animals which were not desired for breeding purposes for the next year. Most certainly, some of these would have been done in a ritual manner for the use of the priesthood.

 

Were humans sacrificed?

 

Scholars are sharply divided on this account, with about half believing that it took place and half doubting its veracity. Caesar and Tacitus certainly tell tales of the human sacrifices of the Celts, but Nora Chadwick points out in her book “The Celts” that “it is not without interest that the Romans themselves had abolished human sacrifice not long before Caesar’s time, and references to the practice among various barbarian peoples have certain overtones of self-righteousness. There is little direct archaeological evidence relevant to Celtic sacrifice.”12 Indeed, there is little reference to this practice in Celtic literature. The only surviving story echoes the tale of the Minotaur in Greek legend: the Fomorians, a race of evil giants said to inhabit portions of Ireland before the coming of the Tuatha De Danann (or “people of the Goddess Danu”), demanded the sacrifice of 2/3 of the corn, milk and first-born children of the Fir Bolg, or human inhabitants of Ireland. The Tuatha De Danann ended this practice in the second battle of Moy Tura, which incidentally, took place on Samhain. It should be noted, however, that this story appears in only one (relatively modern) manuscript from Irish literature, and that manuscript, the “Dinnsenchus”, is known to be a collection of fables. According to P.W. Joyce in Vol. 2 of his “Social History of Ancient Ireland”, “Scattered everywhere through our ancient literature, both secular and ecclesiastical, we find abundant descriptions and details of the rites and superstitions of the pagan Irish; and in no place — with this single exception — do we find a word or hint pointing to human sacrifice to pagan gods or idols.”13

 

What other practices were associated with this season?

 

Folk tradition tells us of many divination practices associated with Samhain. Among the most common were divinations dealing with marriage, weather and the coming fortunes for the year. These were performed via such methods as ducking for apples and apple peeling. Ducking for apples was a marriage divination. The first person to bite an apple would be the first to marry in the coming year. Apple peeling was a divination to see how long your life would be. The longer the unbroken apple peel, the longer your life was destined to be.14 In Scotland, people would place stones in the ashes of the hearth before retiring for the night. Anyone whose stone had been disturbed during the night was said to be destined to die during the coming year.

 

How did these ancient Celtic practices come to America?

 

When the potato crop in Ireland failed, many of the Irish people, modern descendants of the Celts, emigrated to America bringing with them their folk practices which were remnants of the Celtic festival observances.

 

We in America view this as a harvest festival. Did the Celts also view it as such?

 

Yes. The Celts had 3 harvests. Aug 1, or Lammas, was the first harvest, when the first fruits were offered to the Gods in thanks. The Fall Equinox was the true harvest. This was when the bulk of the crops would be brought in. Samhain was the final harvest of the year. Anything left on the vines or in the fields after this date was considered blasted by the fairies (“pu’ka”) and unfit for human consumption.

 

Does anyone today celebrate Samhain as a religious observance?

 

Yes. Many followers of various pagan religions, such as Druidism and Wicca, observe this day as a religious festival. They view it as a memorial day for their dead friends and family, much as the mainstream US does the national Memorial Day holiday in May. It is still a night to practice various forms of divination concerning future events. It is also considered a time to wrap up old projects, take stock of one’s life and initiate new projects for the coming year. As the winter season is approaching, it is a good time to do studying on research projects, and also a good time to begin handwork such as sewing, leatherworking, woodworking etc., for Yule gifts later in the year. And while “satanists” are using this holiday as their own, this is certainly not the only example of a holiday (or even religious symbols) being “borrowed” from an older religion by a newer one.

 

Does this involve human or animal sacrifice?

 

Absolutely NOT! Hollywood to the contrary, blood sacrifice is not practiced by modern followers of Wicca or Druidism. There may be some people who think they are practicing Wicca by performing blood sacrificing but this is not condoned by reputable practitioners of today’s neo-Pagan religions.

 

I came across this article whilst searching for something else (like that never happens when perusing Google) and the article by Truthout struck a chord with me. While I’m not one to play the religious persecution card, I am getting a little tired of the “In God We Trust” email signatures, and the mini religious shrines some people’s cubes have become. I wonder what the official reaction would be if I were to hang a pentagram or even Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar in my cube. Also it has been suggested that I should wear my pentacle inside my shirt while there are crucifixes bouncing from bosoms and swaying in the wind on necklaces from practically every woman’s neck in my office.

Some people in my have expressed genuine curiosity and shown an open mind willing to learn about other religions, but for the most part, people here in the bible-thumpin’ belt are too stupid or too brainwashed by the religious Reich to be worth the effort to educate about Wicca. And forget telling them that the Godforms I worship and the Godforms they worship come from the same Source of All Things and therefore it’s really stupid to antagonize someone over the Gods they worship because by attacking someone else’s beliefs they are in fact attacking their own god.

My own company has wondered aloud why everything here in the south has to be a religious issue and there is only one narrow-minded view as in the case where these holier-than-thou, righteous-rightwing, arm-waving, halleluiah-hollering, religious zealots forced my company to cancel its annual Halloween Masquerade Ball. Apparently these people feared that they would drop through the ballroom floor straight to their Christian hell should they so much as step foot inside the doorway of the ballroom. Of course, most people in my office can’t even say, “Halloween” without choking and crossing themselves.

I’m not angry about the party being cancelled as much as I’m angry about the reason it was cancelled. For once again, the few, the pulpit-pounding, the religious racist forced their beliefs on the whole instead of just their twisted little flock. One person said had my company called the event a “Hallow Him”, or “Fall Festival” then they could have sanctioned allowing the people in the office to attend. I looked at her and said, “Really? You can put away the crack pipe now.”

She replied, “Well you’re just against the one true god.” I’m not against the Christian God, just His idiotic followers.

The text of the aforementioned article follows:

A top US Air Force official, in an attempt to ensure the Air Force adheres to the Constitution as well as its own regulations and policies, issued guidelines that calls on “leaders at all levels” to take immediate steps to maintain “government neutrality regarding religion.”

In his policy memorandum dated September 1, but sent Tuesday to all major commands, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz said, “Leaders … must balance Constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and its prohibition against governmental establishment of religion.”

The First Amendment establishes a wall of separation between church and state and Clause 3, Article 6 of the Constitution specifically prohibits a “religious test.”

The memo was issued a month after Truthout published an exclusive report revealing how, for two decades, the Air Force used numerous Bible passages and religious imagery to teach nuclear missile officers about the morals and ethics of launching nuclear weapons, a decision that one senior Air Force officer told Truthout last month should have “instantly” resulted in the firing of the commanders who allowed it to take place.

The Air Force suspended the mandatory Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare training immediately following the publication of Truthout’s report. David Smith, a spokesman for the Air Education and Training Command told Truthout last month the ethics training “has been taken out of the curriculum and is being reviewed.”

“The commander reviewed it and decided we needed to have a good hard look at it and make sure it reflected views of modern society,” Smith said.

The decison angered Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) who fired off an angry letter to Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley criticizing the move and demanding Donley provide him with a report detailing “actions taken” by the Air Force that led to the suspension of the ethics training.

But the Air Force went further, pulling all of its training materials “that address morals, ethics, core values and related character development issues” pending a “comprehensive review,” Smith told the Air Force Times.

That decision was made after a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) instructor, who read Truthout’s report, sent the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), a civil rights organization, copies of ROTC leadership training materials, which also contained Christian-themed citations from the Bible. The PowerPoint slides in that presentation the unnamed instructor sent MRFF are used in all colleges and universities that have an ROTC program.

While Schwartz does not state whether any particular incident prompted him to issue the memorandum, it would appear the media attention surrounding the revelations about the ROTC leadership training and the “Jesus loves nukes” ethics course, which is how one former nuclear missile officer referred to it during an interview with Truthout, played a significant part.

UPDATE: Lt. Col. Sam Highley, a spokesman for Schwartz, told the Air Force Times Friday, “we have seen instances where well-meaning commanders and senior noncommissioned officers appeared to advance a particular religious view among their subordinates, calling into question their impartiality and objectivity. We can learn from these instances.”

Schwartz said commanders and supervisors, “must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.”

“Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectify,” Schwartz added. “The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order and discipline.”

Furthermore, he advised Air Force leadership who may have concerns “involving the preservation of government neutrality regarding religious beliefs” to speak with a chaplain and staff judge advocate “before you act.”

Mikey Weinstein, MRFF’s president and founder, referred to Schwartz’s memorandum as a “damn good line drive single to potentially start a rally of Constitutional religious freedom compliance, which has been scandalously lacking in the entire Defense Department for decades.” [Full disclosure: Weinstein is a member of Truthout’s Board of Advisers.]

Weinstein had provided Truthout with copies of the PowerPoint presentation used during the nuclear ethics training course taught by chaplains at Vandenberg Air Force base in California. MRFF obtained the materials from an Air Force officer who received the documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Weinsten said Schwartz is the “most senior Pentagon official to date to ever send this strong a mandate of Constitutional religious compliance to our United States armed forces members.”

“While MRFF wishes that such a letter had been sent by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force a very long time ago, the old adage ‘better late than never’ most certainly applies,” Weinstein said in an email. “Gen. Schwartz has the Air Force at least now ‘talking the talk.’ Whether the Air Force can ‘walk the walk’ will depend upon many factors, not the least of which is whether ANYONE in the Air Force is EVER punished for violating its clear mandates of Constitutional recognition for BOTH the No Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the Bill of Rights’ First Amendment.” (Weinstein’s emphasis.)

Systemic Issues

That Schwartz, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was forced to issue such an edict underscores how widespread the issues pertaining to commanders who appear to endorse religion, particularly fundamentalist Christianity, have become within the Air Force.

Indeed, some examples over the past few years include an email circulated in 2009 by military command and staff officers to all personnel stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada inviting them to attend a Bible study class in which the topic of discussion referred to Jews as “whiners.”

Air Force Capt. Melissa Danley, the military personnel chief at Creech, sent the initial announcement from her official government email account at the request of a chaplain. The 432nd Wing Commander’s Office sent out another announcement soon after.

In December 2008, Chris Rodda, MRFF’s director of research, reported that a presentation titled “Purpose Driven Airmen,” which incorporated the teachings of megachurch leader Rick Warren and creationism as a means of suicide prevention, was sent by commanders from an official government email account to 5,000 servicemen and women stationed at RAF Lakenheath, the largest US Air Force base in England.

In January 2009, senior command officers again used a government email account to send an announcement, at the request of a chaplain, to base personnel asking them to attend a screening of the Christian movie “Fireproof.”

When commanders use their official government email accounts to send out such announcements, it implies that the events are officially endorsed by the United States Air Force.

No one was held accountable in either of those cases and Schwartz doesn’t say whether Air Force commanders and supervisors who violate the policy would be punished or held accountable.

Schwartz does, however, state that while commanders are responsible for certain Chaplain Corps programs, “including activities such as religious studies, faith sharing and prayer meetings … they must refrain from appearing to officially endorse religion generally or any particular religion.”

“Therefore, I expect chaplains, not commanders, to notify Airmen of Chaplain Corps programs,” he wrote.

Chaplain’s Column Scrubbed

But, like the nuclear ethics training course taught by chaplains, there are other instances in which chaplains appear to be speaking on behalf of the Air Force, even unintentionally. For example, last month, some Air Force officers complained to Truthout and MRFF about a column they read written by a chaplain, Lt. Col. Curtiss Wagner of the 179 Airlift Wing, that was posted on the command’s official web site.

The August 16 column, “The Dignified Transfer,” centered around Wagner’s six-month deployment to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base. A portion of Wagner’s column discussed the pain he saw in the eyes of family members who went to Dover to witness the return of their loved ones’ remains. Wagner wrote that during his “deployment to mortuary affairs he was reminded … just how important faith and a spiritual foundation is.”

“It was very apparent who had a strong faith and who didn’t.” Wagner wrote. “Of course those who had a strong spiritual foundation still grieved at their loss, but they had hope and strength through that difficult time because of their relationship to God. I am reminded what the Apostle Paul stated in 1 Thess. 4:13 when he said that those who are Christ followers do not ‘grieve like the rest of men,’ who have no hope.”

Several Air Force officers who contacted Truthout said they were deeply offended by the Biblical passage, “those who are Christ followers do not ‘grieve like the rest of men,'” because it suggests family members of other faiths who do not worship Christ, as well as nonbelievers, “have no hope” and unless you accept Christ you grieve differently. Moreover, because it was published on an official government web site, it led them to believe that the Air Force endorsed Wagner’s position.

Truthout contacted Holli Snyder, a spokeswoman for the Air Force’s 179th Airlift Wing based out of Fort Campbell Kentucky, about whether Wagner’s use of the Biblical passage in a column published on a government web site amounted to a policy violation. Snyder responded a week later and said Wagner column was “removed” from the170th Airlift Wing’s web site “upon realization that his comments could be perceived as offensive and hurtful.”

A link to the column, now goes to a page not found. Wagner’s column was also removed from Google’s cache and can no longer be found on the web.

“Our most sincere apologies go out to any of those individuals who were offended by this commentary and will [sic] ensure in the future that statements published on our website could not be perceived as such,” Snyder said. “With that being said, one must take into consideration that Lt. Col. Wagner was writing a commentary, a personal narrative, meaning it was his own thoughts and beliefs, on his tour of duty at Dover Air Force Base. Wagner was not expressing the thoughts and beliefs of the 179th Airlift Wing, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, but I can see how that could have been misconstrued by being posted on the official base website for the 179th AW. There should have been a statement attached with his commentary that stated the following:

The views expressed in this commentary are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Air Force, the 179th Airlift Wing or Airmen assigned to the 179th AW.

Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff, goes on to say in his memo that chaplains are “trained to provide leadership on matters related to the free exercise of religion and to help commanders care for all of their people, regardless of their beliefs.”

 

 

Merry Meet, Students

 

F

irst, I’d like to welcome you to the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven & School of Wicca, Wytchecrafte, & Magick as a prospective student. We’re always excited whenever someone new joins as I’ve found over the years that we learn as much from our students as they do from us.

 

You asked about classes. The Circle of the Dark Moon holds both in-person classes (we’re located in Warner Robins, GA) and online classes. For now, I’ll address the online classes. For both the online and in person classes we use the following books:

 

  • The Real Witches Craft by Kate West,
  • The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penzak,
  • Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
  • Wicca: the Complete Craft by DJ Conway.

     

    The book list varies by year to year and depends on the degree program. It’s not necessary buy any of the books; I rarely give reading assignments. While I base my lectures on the above listed books, lecture content is not exclusively from said sources.

     

    Should you decide to participate in online classes, those classes are held via Skype. To use Skype, you’ll have to download the client program from http://Skype.com. Skype is a program which allows student and teacher to converse and to see each other over the internet. You don’t need a webcam to attend classes (but if you want to use one that’s fine) but a good microphone/headset is a must as well as a computer and a broadband connection to the internet.

     

    Once you have Skype installed and configured, please send a contact request to our Skype id: circleofthedarkmoon. As soon as we receive this request, we’ll add you to the appropriate degree class.To attend class, simply log onto Skype at class time and await a call from cirlceofthe darkmoon.

     

    Generally classes are held every other week. Class duration is usually one hour long. The class format is a mixture of lectures based on reading material and our own experience coupled with teachings specific to the Dark Moon Tradition and student participation. Additionally, we try to be as hands-on as possible when it comes to things like herbalism, divination, and other ‘crafty’ types of activities. As part of their training, our second-degree students will from time to time teach a class. One of the students will also be assigned to mentor you. Not to say you won’t be able to email or call me with questions should you want to do so.

     

    Class schedules are as follows:

     

    First-Degree In-person classes:     October 22, 2011 at the covenstead at 1:00 pm.

    Second-Degree In-Person classes: October 22, 2011 at the covenstead at 2:00 pm.

    Second-Degree Online classes:     October 22, 2011 via Skype at 3:00 pm.

    Third-Degree Classes    October 23, 2011 at the covenstead at 7:30 pm.   

     

        Private Classes in-person/online:    available by special arrangement   

     

     

    Best of luck on your quest, Seekers.

     

    Regards, and Merry Part,

     

     



     

14
Oct

Full Hunters’/Blood Moon

   Posted by: Scrivener


Full Hunters’ Moon

Full Hunters Moon

 

Oct 11, 2011

 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

        Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

 


You will need these items:

  • Incense
  • Cakes and Ale or Juice
  • Quarter Candles
  • God and Goddess Candles
  • Athame, Sword or Wand

 

You will need these specific to the ritual:

  • antlers

 

Cleansing Sacred Space

 

Sweep the area with besom.

 

Attunement

 

All:    Hear me Mother from high above,

I stand before Ye tonight in light and love,

    With ancient rights and ancient blood,

    to guide and guard thy primal flood.

From this thy moon of bloody beast,

    We find the strength to share the feast,

    With harvest blood upon our hands,

May she guide us from whence she stands.

 

Charge at the Pentacle

 

(HPS and HP with athames over their hearts and the other hand on the pentacle, bend in silence for a moment. During this time, they silently ask the Lord and Lady for strength and guidance.)

 

Blessing the Salt

 

HPS: (places dish of salt upon the pentacle)

 

HPS:    I consecrate thee O creature of salt—of the Earth,

magickal aid, and seasoning for the Lady’s cauldron on the hearth.

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

 

(HPS removes the dish of salt from the pentacle and then places the dish of water upon the pentacle. Then she takes the salt and using her

athame drops into the water three measures o salt. She stirs the water three times with the tip of her athame. HPS sets the salt aside.)

 

Blessing the Water

 

HPS:     I consecrate thee O creature of water—the Lady’s sacred element—life giving, whether swiftly flowing or falling from the firmament.

 

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

 

All:     So mote it be.

 

Blessing the Fire

 

HP:     I consecrate thee O creature of Fire—signifier of the weakening Sun—your dimming light let’s us know the harvest and the slaughter are done.

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

 

All:     So mote it be.

 

(HP lights the incense)

 

Blessing the Air

 

HP:     I consecrate thee O creature of Air—cool breezes remind us that we are nigh of winter.

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

 

All:     So mote it be.

 

(HP sets the censer aside.)

 

Circle Casting

(by Earth)

 

(HP and HPS take their athames and trace the sacred circle. If desired, they may leave a doorway in the northeastern quadrant. They walk together with the HP’s hand upon the HPS’ shoulder.)

 

HPS:     I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, to be a meeting place of love, joy and truth—a boundary between the worlds of men and the Realms the Mighty Ones.

A rampart and Protection against all wickedness that shall both contain and entertain the powers raised within—wherefore do I consecrate thee in the name of The Lord of the Sun and the Lady of the Moon.

 

Strengthening the Circle

(by Water)

 

(Witch 1: Sprinkles the salt and water mixture around the circle)

 

Witch 1: Rain of water and salt sprinkled upon the ground,

This blessed water sprinkled round and round.

Protect us from wickedness and make our magick sound.

 

(Witch 1: When their circuit is completed, they replace the water upon the altar.)

 

(by Air)

 

Witch 2:     Into the night sky, incense smoke, roil, rise, and writhe,

    This smoke takes our intentions to the skies

    Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.

 

(Witch 2: When their circuit is completed, they replace the censer upon the altar.)

 

(by Fire)

 

(Witch 3: takes a candle and walks about the circle)

 

Witch 3:     Fire, shine true and bright,

    Aid, grant clarity of sight,

    Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

 

(Witch 3: When their circuit is completed, they replace the water upon the altar.)

 

Calling the Quarters

East:    O, guardians of the Airs: Sylphs from the East,

Come, teach us and sanctify our feast.
At dawn of day your winds blow free,
Hail and welcome; blessed be.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)


 

All : Hail and welcome; blessed be .

South: O, guardians of Fire, salamanders from the South,

Bring your heat of desire, will to act within and without.

By flame, lightning, and burning tree,
Hail and welcome; blessed be.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire)

 

All :     Hail and welcome; blessed be.

West:     O guardians of the Waters: Undines of the West.
Attend and bring with your daring thus allowing us to be our magickal best.
By rain, river, and lake, deep blue sea,
Hail and welcome; blessed be.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water)



All:     Hail and welcome; blessed be .

North:     O, guardians of the Earth: Gnomes and Fae of the North.

Come from your silent halls, to teach us your craft of manifesting great worth.
By stone, pick, and iron, and bud, branch, and leaf,
Hail and welcome; blessed be.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)


 

 

Drawing down the Moon

 

Invocation to the Goddess, Artemis

 

(HPS assumes the blessing position with her back to the coven.)

 

HPS:     O thou beautiful lady, Artemis of the Moon, most revered, mysterious, and triune, who bearest a bow, and a quiver of splendor with elegant arrows made of glittering silver.

   

    Thou art the protectoress of trees,

    and all the forest animals gathered at thy knees.

 

Thou art triple Goddess of the ageless Moon, Lady of the nocturnal and mystic swoon. Admirable queen of the starry night, Show me the mysteries and clear my sight.

 

Thou art the Holy priestess and huntress, Mighty protectress, full Moon and in darkness,

 

I invoke thy lunar ecstasy, and thy mystic trance. I invoke thy magick sovereignty, and thy initiated guidance.

 

    On this full moon night bright as day

    O come, unto me, moonlight Goddess, Artemis,

    Descend upon me riding your chariot drawn by deer,

    Enter me upon this moonlight clear.

 

I invoke thee to enrich my soul’s power, Come, O come, onto me in this enchanted and sacred hour.

 

(HPS lights the Goddess candle.)

 

The Charge of the Goddess

 

(HPS as the Goddess Herself, the HPS turns to face the coven.)

 

HPS:     Listen to the words of the Great Goddess, who the ancients called Diana the huntrees, Ishtar, Astarte, Aphrodite, Venus, Cerridwen, the Morrigu, Freya, the White Lady, and many other names including Flidais, and Brighid.

 

Whenever you have need of my aid, assemble in a secret place at least once a month, especially at the Full of the Moon. Know that my laws and love shall make you free, for no one can prevent your worship of Me in your mind and heart and spirit. Listen well when you come into My presence, and I shall teach you of deep mysteries, powerful and ancient. I require no sacrifices or pain of your bodies, for I am Mother of all things, the Creatrix who made you out of My love, and the One who endures through all time.

 

I am the One who is the beauty of the Earth, the green of growing things. I am the white Moon, whose light is full and bright among the stars, soft upon the Earth. From Me all things are born, to Me all things, in their season, return. Let my joyous worship be in your hearts, for all acts of love and pleasures are My rituals. You see Me in the love of man and woman, the love of parent and child, the love of humans to all My creations. When you create with your hands, I am there. I blow the breath of life into the seeds you plant, whether of plant or child. Always I stand beside you, whispering soft words of wisdom and guidance.

 

All seekers of the Mysteries must come to Me, for I am the True Source, the Keeper of the Cauldron. All who seek to know me, know this. All your seeking and yearning will avail you nothing unless you know the Mystery: for if what you seek you find not within, you will never find without. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I will gather you to my breast at the end of your earthly existence.

 

Drawing down the Sun

Invocation to the God, Lugh

 

(HP assumes the Osiris position with his back to the coven.)

 

HP:     You are the stag of seven tines.

    You know Dagda’s cauldron, and the stone of Fál.

You are the Lord of all things wild, and the consort of She whom we adore and the father of us all.

 

    You are the stag of seven tines,

    and in your honor, from a thousand sparking spires,

    we light the balefires.

   

    Around and around the spiral dance goes,

    We honor the harvest, and a good hunt before winter’s woes.

 

    You are the stag of seven tines.

    Great God of Erin, Lugh of many arts,

    Enter the circle to inspire our hearts.

   

    Open my eyes and uncover my sight.

    You wield the Tuatha’s treasures: sword, spear, and light.

    Come at my call and show yourself to men.

    Forgotten are the ways of sleep and night—

    Men seek for them whose eyes have lost the light.

   

    Open the door of dreams, whereby men come to thee.

    Horned God, ruler of wild things, Descend upon me,

    thy servant and priest. O answer unto me.

 

(HP lights the God candle.)

 

Charge of the God

 

HP:     Listen to the words of the Horned God,

    the ruler of wild places, beasts, and wonders to be awed.

I am the radiant King of the Heavens, flooding the Earth with warmth and encouraging hidden seeds of creation to burst forth into manifestation.

 

I lift my shining spear to light the lives of all beings and daily pour forth my golden rays upon the Earth, putting to flight the powers of darkness.

I am the spirit of all beasts wild and free. I run with the stag and soar as a sacred falcon against the shimmering sky.

 

The ancient woods and wild places emanate my powers, the birds of the air sing of my sanctity.

I am the harvest, offering up grain and fruits beneath the sickle of time. To all death is inevitable, you need not ask why.

 

For without planting there can be no harvest without winter there can be no spring.

I am the thousand-named Son of creation. Know that by all names I am the same.

    I am the spirit of the horned stag in the wild, the endless harvest.

Seek me in the yearly cycle of festivals: my birth, death, and rebirth, and know that such is the destiny of all.

 

    I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun, the giver of peace and rest.

 

Statement of Purpose

 

Welcome to the hunter’s full moon.

 

Power Raising

 

All:     Darksome night and shining moon,
     Hearken to the witches’ rune.
     East, then south, west then north,
     Here come I to call thee forth.
     Earth and water, air and fire,
     Work ye unto my desire.
     Wand and Pentacle and Sword
     Hearken ye unto my word.
     Cords and Censer, Scourge and Knife,
     Waken all ye into life.
     Power of the Witches Blade,
     Come ye as the charm is made.
     Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell,
     Lend your aid unto the spell.
     Horned Hunter of the Night,
     Work my will by magic rite.
     By all the power of land and sea,
     As I do will, so mote it be.
     By all the might of moon and sun,
     Chant the spell and be it done.

 

All:     Eko Eko Azarak

    Eko Eko Zomelak

    Zod Ru Koz E Zod Ru Koo

    Zod Ru Goz E Goo Ru Moo

    Eeo EEo Hoo Hoo

    Eko Eko Azarak

    Eko Eko Zomelak

    Eko Eko Artemis

    Eko Eko Lugh

 

Main Working

 

Honoring the Beasts, their Wild places of natural magick and

wondrous feats

 

HP:     (holds the deer antlers in the Osiris position)

HPS:     (extends her hands in the blessing position)

HPS:         Blessed be the beasts wild and domesticated where

        in their wild places of magick and wondrous feats,

        of their lives they share so that we might eat.

 

It is the end of the Harvest. The crops are in from the fields, and the animals are preparing for the coming winter. Our ancestors would now turn from farming to hunting to gather meat for coming cold.

Or because they were unable to feed all the animals during the long winter, they were forced to kill some of them: the weakest, or the old.

Tonight, we honor the animals in our lives.
Some have died that we may eat.
Some have provided us with love.
Some have protected us from that which would do us harm.

Some have served as faithful servants on the farms.

Tonight, we thank them all.

 

Blessed are the animals,
Those who die that we may eat.
Blessed are the animals,
Those we love and who love us in return.

 

As the Wheel of the Year continues to turn,
The harvest has ended, and the grain has been threshed.
The animals sleep for the winter.

    Mediate now and honor the wild beasts sacrifices, services, and gifts.

 

(When it appears that everyone has meditated long enough, the HPS continues with the consecration of the cakes and ale.)

 

 

 

Consecration of the Wine and Cakes (Symbolic Great Rite)

 

(HPS takes the chalice and the HP stands before her holding his athame.)

 

HPS:     You are the spear of Lugh.

 

(HP lowers his athame into the wine)

 

HP:     And you are the Artemis, the Goddess of the Moon.

 

HPS/HP:     And together we are one.

 

(HP replaces his athame upon the altar.)

 

Consecration of the Wine

 

HPS:     (lays her athame down and places the chalice on the pentacle.)

 

HPS:     May this offering to the God and Goddess keep us from ever knowing thirst.

    Consecration of the Cakes

 

HPS:     (removes the chalice and replaces it with the plate of cakes before the. She touches each cake in turn with her athame.)

 

HPS:     May this offering to the God and Goddess keep us from ever knowing hunger.

 

Simple Feast (Cakes and Ale)

 

(HPS takes the plate and offers the plate to the first covener located deosil to her.)

 

Note:     The ceremony of Cakes and Ales now proceeds according to the HPS’ wishes: either the plate and chalice is passed from covener to covener and they serve themselves or each other according to coven custom or the HPS and HP proceed from covener to coverner serving them and at least each other.

 

HPS:     (When all of the coveners have partaken of the simple feast, the HPS places some food and drink in the libation bowl. HPS raises the libation plate in salute.)

 

HPS:     To the Gods.

 

Coveners:     To the Gods.

 

Closing the Circle

 

Release of Deities

 

Release of the Goddess

 

HPS:     (faces the altar, assumes the Goddess position—or alternatively salutes wth athame—and recites)

 

Queen of the Universe who wears a mantle of stars and moonlight, on this blooded Hunter’s Full Moon night,

 

    We gathered to honor the beasts and to remember them and their plight.

    We thank you for your attending and witnessing these rites.

    With your help, we shall start down the path to wisdom’s light.

 

    For this boon, and glimpse

    Of your magick, and mystery,

    We salute and thank Thee.

 

    Alas, our time together now is past.

    We bid thee farewell.

    Stay if you will and join our repast.

    Leave us if you must.

 

    Ere you leave us, know that all who met here

    Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

HPS:     (Extinguishes the Goddess candle)

 

 

 

Release of the God

 

HP:     (Assumes the Osiris position)

 

    Thou art the Stag of Seven tines.

    Thou art Lugh, of the many arts.

    He who’s power is wide as a flood upon the plain,

    And known by many names yet all of you are the same.

   

    Your wisdom stretches like a hawk across the sky.

    Who but you with smoke sets our heads afire?

    We bid thee farewell beneath the Hunter’s Full Moon rays.

But the animals we honor gave us meat to eat and we thank you and them for this food to last us through winter’s darkening days.

 

    For this boon, and glimpse

    Of your magick, and mystery,

    We salute and thank Thee.

 

    Alas, our time together now is past.

    We bid thee farewell.

    Stay if you will and join our repast.

   

    Leave us if you must.

    Ere you leave us, know that all who met here

    Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

HP:     (Extinguishes the God candle)

 

Quarter Dismissals

 

(The HP follows the HPS around the quarters except where noted while the rest of the coven remain in place around the circle but mimic the HPS’ gestures. At each quarter, the HPS and HP salute the quarter with their athames. After the dismissal, the HPS, HP, and coveners, draw the banishing pentagram. The banishing pentagram of Earth shall be used for all dismissals.)

 

North:     Hail, guardians of the North, Gnomes and Fae of the Earth.

On this full hunters’ moon night, that marks the decline of the Sun’s might,

We thank you for witnessing and protecting our sacred magickal rite.

Go if you must; stay if you will; but know that we met in perfect love and perfect trust.

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Earth)

 

All:     Hail and farewell Gnomes and Fae of the Earth. Blessed be.

 

West:     Hail, guardians of the West, Undines of the Waters.
On this full hunters’ moon night, that marks the decline of the Sun’s might,

We thank you for witnessing and protecting our sacred magickal rite.

Go if you must; stay if you will; but know that we met in perfect love and perfect trust.

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Water)

All: Hail and farewell Undines of the Waters. Blessed be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South:     Hail, guardians of the South, Salamanders of Fire.
On this full hunters’ moon night, that marks the decline of the Sun’s might,

We thank you for witnessing and protecting our sacred magickal rite.

Go if you must; stay if you will; but know that we met in perfect love and perfect trust.

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Fire)

 

All:     Hail and farewell Salamanders of Fire. Blessed be.

East:     Hail, guardians of the East, Sylphs of the Airs.
On this full hunters’ moon night, that marks the decline of the Sun’s might,

We thank you for witnessing and protecting our sacred magickal rite.

Go if you must; stay if you will; but know that we met in perfect love and perfect trust.

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Air)



All :     Hail and farewell Sylphs of the Airs . Blessed be.

 

Opening the Circle

 

(HPS and HP face the altar together. The Deities have been thanked and the Quarters dismissed, therefore, the next action is to ‘take down’ the circle. Since the circle was thrice cast, it should be thrice unwound. Also, because the circle was cast deosil it should be undone in a widdershins direction.)

 

HPS:     O Circle of Power, as I have conjured thee I now release your energies into this blade.

 

    Note:    In your mind’s eye, see the circle dissolve into a wispy energy smoke, which the glowing blade readily absorbs

 

HPS:    Where there once existed a rampart between this world and the Otherworld, the rampart is no more. Once again, our realms are separate. However, the love and joy with which we met here tonight remains undiminished.

 

HPS:    (Rejoins the HP at the altar and then together they face the rest of the coven)

 

HPS:     Just as the oak must yield to the holly, our time together is at an end. It is time for us to leave this realm of magick, mystery, and the circle of our ancestors and friends.

 

All:     Glory to the Hunters Moon! Her final rest precedes winter’s cold but shell not allow the chain to be broken. Instead she leaves the seeds of rebirth deep within her womb where they may return tomorrow to be nurtured by the young of today.

 

Coveners: Blessed be.

 

 


 

29
Sep

Watch Out—The Church is out to save teen souls

   Posted by: Scrivener

Watch out. The Bible-thumpin’ Baptist Religious Reich is worried about the souls of teenagers. Apparently the idea of teens turning to Wicca (prompted, allegedly, by too much Harry Potter) is so abhorrent that the Wave-your-flabby-arms-in-the-air-halleluiah holier-than-thous are exhorting the ‘family values’ of reading and practicing the techniques in a published guide to converting witches to Christianity.

The guide, called Wicca and Witchcraft: Understanding the Dangers, is written by Elizabeth Dodd. Alas, Amazon isn’t offering a “look inside this book” feature for the title, but other news outlets have quoted a few handy phrases from the book, such as:

Recognition that Wiccans are on a genuine spiritual quest can provide the starting point for dialogue.

Okay, so far, so good. She also claims that 70 percent of Wiccans are young women seeking some form of spirituality. I’m not sure where this Margaret Mead wannabe gets her statistics, but she has missed the point that according to the American Religious Identification Survey, Wicca is the fastest growing religion period—gender notwithstanding. This survey lists gives Wicca an average annual growth of 143% / 11,454 for the period 1990 to 2001 (8,000→134,000 – U.S. data / similar for Canada & Australia).

At another point, Dodd says:

“Whether spellwork is effective or not has no bearing on the psychological damage that can be done to a young person who is convinced that they have summoned the dead, or have performed a spell that has hurt or injured another.

Wait, what? Wiccans don’t typically summon the dead—except for me—and their core tenet is the threefold rule, which staunchly discourages people from casting harmful spells, specifically because the effort will come back upon them three times over. Well, the previous statement is an oversimplification of the Wiccan Rede, but you get the idea.

And then, according to Dodd:

“Behind the glamour there [are] ‘grave dangers’ because of its link to the occult and the sinister movement championed by Satanist, Aleister Crowley.

There are so many things wrong with this statement I don’t know where to begin. Crowley wasn’t really involved with the creation of Wicca even though it does borrow heavily from the Golden Dawn and to a lesser extent Thoth. I’m not sure what “sinister movement” Crowley championed exactly. And he wasn’t a Satanist. The only semi-truthful statement here is that Wicca and the occult sometimes go hand in hand, but the only reason that would be seen as a “grave danger” is because divination and the like are forbidden by the Catholic Church.

So then we come to:

“The use of magic, the practice of witchcraft, offends God because it is rooted in our sinful and fallen nature. It attempts to usurp God.

Well, at least that’s consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, and it explains why, even if they recognize Wicca as a “spiritual quest,” they view it rather differently than, say, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, and so on. Those faiths don’t involve the use of magic, so the Catholic Church isn’t out to convert their followers necessarily. Wicca doesn’t get that kind of respect. To that, all I can ask is the Christian god-form really that insecure?

Unfortunately, such a guide is presumptuous. It assumes that conversion is the right thing. It’s true that many Wiccans are looking for spirituality. They’re often looking for a spirituality that gives them hands-on experience with the divine, rather than the mediated, top-down dogma they find within hierarchical and patriarchal churches. They may also be looking for a celebration of the feminine beyond the (admittedly very important) Virgin Mary. Teens, in particular, may break away from the church because they see it as hypocritical or judgmental. They want something welcoming and empowering, not harsh and off-putting.

Maybe it’s time to put away the how-to-covert guides and just sit down and listen to teens who are questioning faith. And give them real credit for that questioning — rather than blaming it on a fictional wizard.

13
Sep

Full Harvest Moon Ritual

   Posted by: Scrivener


Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

 

Full Harvest Moon

Full Harvest Moom


 

 

 

 

September 12, 2011

 

You will need these items:

 

General Items

 

  • The usual altar accouterments
  • Items that are required for every ritual or working
  • Altar facing east.
  • Bell
  • God/Goddess candles
  • Red (fire) illumination candle
  • Quarter Candles – Green (North), Yellow (East), Red (South) and Blue (West)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Athamé, Sword, or Wand
  • Besom
  • Chalice for Libation for God and Goddess
  • Plate for libation for God and Goddess
  • Cauldron
  • Crescent or sugar cookies
  • Mead or some other clear and sweet non-alcoholic beverage.

 

Items Specific to Ritual

 

  • A corn dolly/wheat chaff/wheat bread etc.

 

Preparation

 

  • No special actions are needed except for standard ritual practices of cleansing and temple preparation.

 

Cleansing Sacred Space

 

Sweep the area with besom then smudge with violet-sage.

 

 


 

Attunement

 

HPS:     This is an exercise, which shall help us to combine and harmonize our energies. It is simplified version of the middle pillar exercise.

 

Stand relaxed but upright with you spine straight.

 

Inhale, then exhale.

 

Visualize a bright beam of streaming light shining down upon your head

 

Begin to breathe in slowly to a count of three; hold this breath for a count of three, and then slowly exhale to a count of three. Then hold at the bottom for a count of three and then begin again.

 

While you are breathing, pull this light energy into your body. Let the light fill you until you are translucent and fairly glowing. Then let the light go and sink into the ground at your feet.

 

Let’s do this visualization for a total of three breaths.

 

Now let’s do this again but instead of grounding the energy, let it circulate around your aura in a circle. Visualize this energy coming out of the top of your head and going around the outskirts of your energy field, one stream going to the left and the other stream going to the right. The two streams should reconnect at the feet and enter back into the center of your body.

 

Let’s do this for three breaths.

 

 

 


 

Consecration of Water and Salt

 

 

Charge at the Pentacle

 

(HPS and HP with athames over their hearts and the other hand on the pentacle, bend in silence for a moment. During this time, they silently ask the Lord and Lady for strength and guidance.)

 

Blessing the Salt

 

HPS: (places dish of salt upon the pentacle)

   

    I consecrate thee O creature of salt—fruit of the Earth,

    Magickal aid, and seasoning for the Lady’s cauldron on the hearth.

 

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

 

(HPS removes the dish of salt from the pentacle and then places the dish of water upon the pentacle. Then she takes the salt and using her athame drops into the water three measures of salt. She stirs the water three times with the tip of her athame. HPS sets the salt aside.)

 

Blessing the Water

 

HPS:     I consecrate thee O creature of water—the Goddess’ sacred element: life giving, whether swiftly flowing or gently falling from the firmament.

 

    I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

 

All:         So mote it be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessing the Air

 

(HP places the censer containing incense upon the pentacle)

 

HP:     I consecrate thee O creature of Air element that blows within the will to dare.

 

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

 

All:         So mote it be.

 

Blessing the Fire

 

(HP lights the incense)

 

HP:     I consecrate thee O creature of Fire—element of desire and the flame of magick’s pyre.

 

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

 

All:         So mote it be.

 

(HP sets the censer aside.)

 

 


 

Circle Casting

 

(by Earth)

 

(HP and HPS take their athames and trace the sacred circle. If desired, they may leave a doorway in the northeastern quadrant. They walk together with the HP’s hand upon the HPS’ shoulder.)

 

HPS:     I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, to be a meeting place of love, joy and truth—a boundary between the worlds of men and the Realms the Mighty Ones.

   

A rampart and Protection against all wickedness that shall both contain and entertain the powers raised within—wherefore do I consecrate thee in the name of The Lord of the Sun and the Lady of the Moon.

   
 

 


 

Strengthening the Circle

 

(by Water)

(Witch 1: Sprinkles the salt and water mixture around the circle)

 

Witch 1:    Rain of water and salt sprinkled upon the ground,

This blessed water sprinkled round and round.

Protect us from wickedness and make our magick sound.

 

(Witch 1: When their circuit is completed, they replace the water upon the altar.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(by Air)

(Witch 2: takes the censer and walks about the circle)

 

Witch 2:    Into the night sky, incense smoke, roil, rise, and writhe,

This smoke takes our intentions to the skies

Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.

 

(Witch 2: When their circuit is completed, they replace the censer upon the altar.)

 

(by Fire)

(Witch 3: takes a candle and walks about the circle)

 

Witch 3:    Fire, shine true and bright,

Aid, grant clarity of sight,

Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

   

(Witch 3: When their circuit is completed, they replace the water upon the altar.)

 


 

Calling the Quarters

 

East        Hail and welcome ye Sylphs of the Airs and realms of the Atmosphere,

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the East

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

Sylphs, thou art the gatekeepers of the Eastern Portals of Knowledge and Intellect.

 


 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

South        Hail and welcome ye Salamanders from your realms of Fire,

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the South

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

Salamanders, thou art the gatekeepers of the Southern Portal.


 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire)

 


 

West        Hail and welcome ye Undines of the Waters,

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the West

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

Undines, thou art the gatekeepers of the Western Portals to Death and Initiation.

 

 

 


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water)

 


 

 

 

    Hail and welcome ye Gnomes, Dwarves, and Trolls of the Earthen Realms,

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the North

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

Gnomes, Dwarves, and Trolls thou art the gatekeepers of the Northern Portal of Boreas.

 

 


 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

Drawing down the Moon

 

Invocation to the Goddess

 

HPS:    O thou beautiful, Lady of the Moon,
most revered, mysterious, and triune,
Round and full above, yet hidden from our sight.

You glide through a starry sky this Full Harvest Moon night.

 

Thou art the Holy priestess, the triple Goddess,
Our mighty protectress during the full Moon in darkness.

You are maiden, mother, and crone,

At once, beautiful, full, dark and terrible to behold.



Admirable queen of the starry night,

Show me the mysteries and clear my sight.
I invoke thy lunar ecstasy, and thy mystic trance.
I invoke thy magick, and thy initiated guidance.

I invoke thee to enrich my soul’s power,
O Mother, Brighid come, onto me in this enchanted and sacred hour.

    I invoke thee and call upon thee, bright Mother in Shadows of us all.

At the crossroads, I await thee; please heed my call.

 

I invoke thy lunar ecstasy,
and thy mystic trance.
I invoke thy magick sovereignty,
and thy initiated guidance.

On this full moon night bright as day

O Brighid, moonlight Goddess, come unto me this day,

 

Descend upon me riding your chariot drawn by deer,

Enter me upon this moonlight clear.

I invoke thee to enrich my soul’s power,
Come, O come, onto me in this enchanted and sacred hour.

 

 

(HPS lights the Goddess candle.)

 

The Charge of the Goddess

 

(HPS as the Goddess Herself, the HPS turns to face the coven.)

 

HPS:         Whenever ye have need of anything,

Once in the 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 all things that are as yet unknown.

 

And ye shall be free from slavery;

And as a sign that ye be truly free,

You shall be naked in your rites;

And ye shall 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 ideals;

Strive ever towards them,

Let nothing stop you or turn you aside.

For mine is the secret door which

Opens upon the Land of Youth,

And mine is the cup of the wine of life,

And the Cauldron of Cerridwen,

Which is the Holy Vessel 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,

And my love is poured out upon the Earth.

 

I am the beauty of the green earth,

And 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 of men,

Let thine innermost divine self be enfolded,

In the rapture of the infinite.

 

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices,

For behold all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.

Therefore, let there be beauty and strength,

Power and compassion, honor and humility,

Mirth and reverence within you.

 

And thou who thinketh to seek for me,

Know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not,

Unless thou knoweth the mystery;

That if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee,

Thou wilt 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.

 


 

Drawing down the Sun

 

 

Invocation to the God

 

HP:     By the flame that burneth bright,
O Horned One !
We call thy name into the night,
O Ancient One !

Thee we invoke by the Moon-led sea,
By the standing stone and the twisted tree.
Thee we invoke, where gather Thine own.
By the nameless shore, forgotten and lone.

Come where the round of the dance is trod,
Horn and Hoof of the Goat Foot God !
By moonlit meadow, on dusky hill,
Where the haunted wood is hushed and still,

Come to the charm of the chanted prayer,
As the Moon bewitches the midnight air.
Evoke thy powers that potent bide
In shining stream and the secret tide,

In fiery flame by starlight pale,

In shadowy host that rides the gale.
And by the ferndrakes, faerie haunted,
Of forests wild and woods enchanted.

Come, O Come !
To the heartbeat’s drum !
Come to us who gather below,
When the broad white Moon is climbing slow.
Through the stars to the heavens’ height,
We hear thy hoofs on the wind of night !
As black tree branches shake and sigh,
By joy and terror we know thee nigh.
We speak the spell thy power unlocks,

    At Solstice Sabbath and Equinox !
Mighty God, Honored Sacrifice,
With all your strength and all your love,
Descend among us,

Bring your light one more time to banish the dark
By love and life, I do invoke Thee
To descend upon the body of this thy servant and priest!

 

Great God Lugh, return to Earth again!
Come at my call and show thyself to men.
Shepherd of Goats, upon the wild hill’s way,
Lead thy lost flock from darkness into day.

Forgotten are the ways of sleep and night –
Men seek for them whose eyes have lost the light.
Open the door, the door which hath no key,
The door of dreams, whereby men come to thee.
O Mighty Stag, O answer to me.

 

(HP lights the God candle.)

 

Charge of the God

 

HP:     Listen to the words of the Horned God,

The Guardian of all things wild and free,

Keeper of the Gates of Death,

Whose Call we all must Heed:

 

I am the fire within your Heart,

The yearning of your Soul.

I, the Hunter of Knowledge, Seeker of the Holy Quest

I, who stand in the darkness, am He whom you call Death.

 

I, the Consort and Mate of Her whom we adore,

Beckoned forth to Thee,

To learn the secrets of Death and Peace,

Come thou unto me.

 

I am corn at harvest and fruit on the trees.

I am He who leads you home.

With Scourge and Flame, Blade and Blood,

These are mine own gifts to thee.

 

Call unto me in the forest wild and hilltop bare,

And seek me in the Darkest Night.

I, who have been called;

Lugh/Lugh, Pan, Hades, Hermes, Puck, Loki, and Osiris Bright.

 

Speak to thee in thy search, Come to dance and sing;

Come live and love; behold this is worshiping.

 

I am thy Father. You are my children. On swift night wings,

it is I who lay you at the Mother’s feet;

to be reborn and to return again to seek .

 

Know me, I am the untamed wind,

the fury of storm.

Seek me with pride and humility,

and passion in your Soul.

 


Statement of Purpose

HP:     Welcome everyone. Tonight we celebrate the full Harvest Moon.

 


Main Working

Power Raising

(HPS & HP lead the coven in Power Raising)

 

HP:    Your hay it is mow’d and your corn it is reap’d.
Your barns will be full and your hovels heap’d
Come, boys, come,
Come, boys, come.
And merrily roar out our harvest home.
And merrily roar out our harvest home.

 

All:    Harvest home, harvest home!
And merrily roar out our harvest home.
And merrily roar out our harvest home.

 

HPS:    We’ve cheated the parson, we’ll cheat him again,
For why should a blockhead have one in ten?
One in ten, one in ten,
For why should a blockhead have one in ten?
For why should a blockhead have one in ten?

All:    For prating so long, like a book-learn’d sot,
Till pudding and dumpling are burnt to the pot:
Burnt to pot, burnt to pot
Till pudding and dumpling are burnt to pot.
Till pudding and dumpling are burnt to pot.

HP/    We’ll toss off our garments in the greenwood and drink ale till we cannot stand;

HPS:    And heigh for the honour of Gods when They come again;
And heigh for the honour of Gods when They come again

And heigh for the honour of Gods when They come again

 

All:    Harvest home, harvest home
And heigh for the honour of Gods when They come again

And heigh for the honour of Gods when They come again

 

Harvest Offering Ritual

HPS:    (Walks deosil around the altar while chanting)

 

HPS:    Fur and feathers and scales and skin
Different without but the same within.
Many a body but one the soul
By all creatures are the Gods made whole.

 

HPS:    (Moves to the cauldron, raising corn-dolly/vegetable bundle/grain overhead)

 

HPS:    Behold, this is the mystery. This is our body; this is our blood.

 

Coveners:     Blessed be.

 

East:         Semele, seed sower, be with us.

 

South:         Ceres, grain on stalk, be with us.

 

West:         Demeter, harvest grantor, be with us

 

North:         Gaia, ground of our being, be with us.

 

HPS:
(lights the offering flame)

HPS:    Mother Goddess, who brings forth fruits, Father God, dying and reborn that we not die, we thank you for the gifts of the season. We return you to you, and watch as the wheel turns again.”

 

HPS:    (Places the grain offering into the cauldron or candle flames. Ideally this offering is the corn dolly)

HPS:     (Next, the HPS pours a libation onto the earth at the base of the altar. This is literally a drink for the Earth.)

 

HPS:    Earth and Sun, by your eternal dance, we live. Blessed Be.

 

Coveners: Blessed be.

 


 

Consecration of the Wine and Cakes (Symbolic Great Rite)

 

Great Rite (Symbolic)

 

(HPS takes the chalice and the HP stands before her holding his athame.)

 

HPS:         You are the One the Sun shines through.

 

(HP lowers his athame into the wine)

 

HP:         And you are the Grail of the Moon.

 

HPS/HP:     And together we are one.

 

(HP replaces his athame upon the altar.)

 

Consecration of the Wine


 

HPS:     (lays her athame down and places the chalice on the pentacle.)

 

HPS:    May this offering to the God and Goddess keep us from ever knowing thirst.

 

Consecration of the Cakes

 

HPS:     (removes the chalice and replaces it with the plate of cakes before the. She touches each cake in turn with her athame.)

 

HPS:        May this offering to the God and Goddess keep us                         from ever knowing hunger.

 

Simple Feast (Cakes and Ale)

 

HPS:     (When all of the coveners have partaken of the simple feast, the HPS places some food and drink in the libation bowl. HPS raises the libation plate in salute.)

 

HPS:         To the Gods.

 

Coveners:     To the Gods.

 


 

Closing the Circle

 

Release of Deities

 

Release of the Goddess

 

HPS: (faces the altar, assumes the Goddess position—or alternatively salutes with athame—and recites)

 

Queen of the Universe who wears a mantle of stars and moonlight, on this full moon night,

We thank you for your attending and witnessing these rites. 

With your help, we shall start down the path to wisdom's light.  

 

For this boon, and glimpse

Of your magick, and mystery,

We salute and thank Thee.

 

Alas, our time together now is past.

We bid thee farewell.

Stay if you will and join our repast.

Leave us if you must.

Ere you leave us, know that all who met here 

Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.
					

 

HPS:  (Extinguishes the Goddess candle)

 

Release of the God

 

HP: (Assumes the Osiris position)

 

Sun King, Lord of Summer, who sets our heads afire on this full moon night,

We thank you for your attending and witnessing these rites. 

With your help, we shall start down the path to wisdom's light.  

 

For this boon, and glimpse

Of your magick, and mystery,

We salute and thank Thee.

 

Alas, our time together now is past.

We bid thee farewell.

Stay if you will and join our repast.

Leave us if you must.

Ere you leave us, know that all who met here 

Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

HP:  (Extinguishes the God candle)

 

Quarter Dismissals

 

(The HP follows the HPS around the quarters—except where noted—while the rest of the coven remain in place around the circle but mimic the HPS’ gestures. At each quarter, the HPS and HP salute the quarter with their athames. After the dismissal, the HPS, HP, and coveners, draw the banishing pentagram. The banishing pentagram of Earth shall be used for all dismissals.)

 

North    Hail ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North,

Ye Lords of Earth, ye Lords of transformations of great worth,

On this full moon night we thank you for witnessing and protecting our sacred magickal rite.

Go if you must; stay if you will; but know that we met in perfect love and perfect trust.


 

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Earth)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West    Hail ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West,

Ye Lords of Water, ye Lords Death, Succor, and Rest,

On this full moon night we thank you for witnessing and protecting our sacred magickal rite.

    Go if you must; stay if you will; but know that we                    

    met in perfect love and perfect trust.

 


 

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Water)


South    Hail ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South,

Ye Lords of Fire, ye Lords of Passion and Desire,

On this full moon night, we thank you for witnessing and protecting Go if you must; stay if you will; but know that we met in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Fire)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East    Hail ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East,

Ye Lords of Air, ye Lords of Rebirth, Initiation, and Knowledge fair, On this full moon night we thank you for witnessing and protecting our sacred magickal rite.

    Go if you must; stay if you will; but know that we                

    met in perfect love and perfect trust.


 

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Air)

 


 


 

Opening the Circle

 

(HPS and HP face the altar together. The Deities have been thanked and the Quarters dismissed, therefore, the next action is to ‘take down’ the circle. Since the circle was thrice cast, it should be thrice unwound. Also, because the circle was cast deosil it should be undone in a widdershins direction.)

 

HPS:     O Circle of Power, as I have conjured thee I now release your energies into this blade.

 

(In your mind’s eye, see the circle dissolve into a wispy energy smoke, which the glowing blade readily absorbs)

 

Where there once existed a rampart between this world and the Otherworld, the rampart is no more. Once again, our realms are separate. However, the love and joy with which we met here tonight remains undiminished.

 

HPS:     (Rejoins the HP at the altar and then together they face the rest of the coven)

 

Just as dark yields to light at night's end, it is time for us to leave this realm of magick, mystery, and the circle of our ancestors and friends. 

 

The circle is open but remains unbroken. 

            

        Blessed be.

 

Coveners:        Blessed be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


				

 

 

 

 

 


 

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