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Morgan’s Wiccaning

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Morgan’s Wiccaning

Morgans
Wiccaning

 

6 . 15. 2011

 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

 

 


You will need these items:

 

  • The usual tools, candles, paraphernalia for ritual

 

Items specific to the Ritual

  • A bird-feather fan (optional)
  • Sage
  • Anointing Oil
  • A white candle with the child’s mundane name and Wiccan name carved into it (optional)
  • Water
  • Wine
  • Salt

 

Preparation:

 

Cleansing Sacred Space

 

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


Cleansing Sacred Space

 

(Maiden sweeps—with circular widdershins motions—widdershins about the ritual area.
When she is satisfied that enough negativity has been removed she sets the besom aside. Next, she lights the black crone/resolutions candle.
Finally, the maiden checks the layout of the altar making sure that the black candle is at
least near the cauldron.

Except for the above mentioned exceptions, the maiden ensures that the altar should be
divided between male objects on the right—God candle, censer, salt dish, HP’s
athame/sword/wand, and besom— and female objects on the left—Goddess candle,

cauldron, bowl of water, chalice, libation plate (if used), bell, and the HPS’ athame/wand/sword. The pentacle should be placed forward and between the Goddess and God candles.

The maiden also ensures that the chalice is filled and the ‘cakes’ are on the plate. When these tasks are completed, she assists the HPS in any other way deemed necessary. )

 

Call to the Circle

 

HPS: (Rings bell to call everyone to the circle.)

 

HPS: This time is not a time; this place is not a place; today is not a day;

and this night is not a night. I stand at the threshold between the worlds. I stand ready to part the veil of mysteries may the Ancient Ones help and protect us on this mighty journey.

 

Blessed be.

 

Coveners: So mote it be.

 


Consecration of the Elements

 

Charge at the Pentacle

 

(HP and HP kneel before the altar. The HP is on the right. Both of them place their right hands upon the pentacle. After a moment, they rise.)

 

Blessing the Salt

 

HPS: (places dish of salt upon the pentacle)
HPS: I consecrate thee O creature of salt from the Earth,
magickal aid, and seasoning for Brighid’s Cauldron of rebirth.

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
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 Air

 

(HP places the censer containing incense upon the pentacle)

 

HP: I consecrate thee O creature of Air—force of the full moon that

brings the imagination 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—force 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 holds the scabbard while the HPS draws the sword. HPS and HP proceed around the circle. While walking about the circle, HPS holds sword pointed at the perimeter. )

 

HPS: (Traces the about the circle with her athame or sword. If “increasing magick” is to be done she walks deosil about the circle otherwise she travels widdershins if banishing magick is being performed. If mother and child are amenable, they may accompany the HPS as she conjures the magick circle. )

 

HPS: This sacred knife today we take in hand,

To cut the cord of newborn memory

Of sorrows; cut the fears and birthing pains.

You’ll start anew with newborn wings set free.

 

We scribe this holy Circle; sacred space

Within the holy temple blessed with mirth.

Come forth in childhood, my sweet, to learn

Of Air and Water, Fire and holy Earth.

 

We set the stage, oh little one, today’s

The day to come and meet the universe.

This blade doth circle and these words do make

A temple sweet and fine as any verse.

 

This magick circle is both a rampart and protection against all wickedness that shall both contain and entertain the powers that shall be raised within.

 

Wherefore do I consecrate thee in the name of Lugh and Hecate.

 

 

Strengthening the Circle

 

By Water

 

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

Protect us from wickedness, and make our magick sound.

 

(Sprinkles the salt and water mixture around the circle)

 

By Air

 

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

Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.

 

(Takes incense around circle)

 

By Fire

 

Witch 3: Fire, shine true and bright,

Aid, grant clarity of sight,

Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

 

(Takes candle around circle)

 

 


Calling the Quarters

 

Note: if the coven plans to perform “increasing magick,” the quarters should be called in usual deosil order of East, South, West, and then North.

 

However, if the coven plans don’t include a working, or banishing magick is being performed, then, the quarters should be called in widdershins order of East, North, West, and then South. For the purposes of this document, the quarters will be presented in traditional dark moon widdershins order.

 

The Individual quarter calls themselves are presented on separate pages for ease of changing calling order. Page numbers have also been removed on the quarter call pages so that all one needs to do is reorder the pages to correctly reflect the type of magick being performed during the ritual.

 

 

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)

 

 

 


 

 

North: 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 Dark Moon

 

Invocation to the Goddess

 

(HPS & HPS return to the altar)

 

HPS : (Assumes the Goddess position)

 

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 Chaste 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.

 

O Brighid be with me on this moonlit night.

Mistress of all sorceries, to those brave enough, you grant the sight.

O Goddess please come unto me; grant me your wisdom’s might

and descend upon me, your priestess tonight.

 

(HPS lights the Goddess Candle)

 

(HP stands before the HPS)

 

HPS: (draws invoking pentagram before the HP)

 

Of the Mother darksome and divine,
Mine is the scourge and mine is the kiss;
The five-point star of love and bliss-
Here I charge you, in this sign.

(HP: stands aside)

 


 

The Charge of the Goddess

 

HP: Listen to the words of the Dark Mother, who of old was called Hecate, Nuit, Morrigan, Banba, Erda, Macha, MotherNight, Sekhmet and many other names.

 

HPS: (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 the witches.

 

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deeper secrets;
to these will I teach all things that are as yet unknown,
And ye shall be free from slavery;
and as a sign ye be truly free,
you shall be naked in your rites,
and ye shall dance, sing and feast,
make music and love, all in my praise.

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and more
and mine is also 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 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,
and my love is poured out onto the Earth.

I am the beauty of 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 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. 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 thy seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never 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: I invoke thee and call upon thee, Father of us all.

Thy names are too numerous to tell: Anubis, Osiris, Hades,
Cernunnos, Lugh, and the Lord of the Underworld.

 

You are the stag of seven tines.

 

 

You are the Lord of all things wild, the consort of She whom we adore and before, you were her child.

 

 

 

You have many names but those who know your playful side call you Loki, Puck or Pan.

 

 

 

Though the oak grows and the holly is wan,

 

 

You are the stag of seven tines.

 

Great Father, Lugh the Longhand return to Earth, again.

 

Come at my call and show Yourself to men.

Shepherd of goats, upon the wild hill’s way,

Lead thy flock from night into 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 men come to thee.

Shepherd of goats, ruler of wild things, descend upon thy servant and priest.

O, Lugh, answer unto me.

 

(HP lights the God candle.)

 

(HPS: stands before the HP)

 


HP: (draws invoking pentagram before the HPS)

 

HP: I am the stag of seven tines, Lord of the Underworld, darksome, and divine, Mine is the realm of shadow sublime. Mine is the scourge and mine is the kiss; The five-point star of love and bliss- Here I charge you, in this sign.

 

(HPS: stands aside)

Charge of the God

 

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

 

HPS: Listen to the words of the God, who was of old called Donn,

Anubis, Hades, Loki, Cernunnos, Lugh and by many

other names:

 

HP : Listen to my words,

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, 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, 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.

 

HPS & HP: Akhera goti—akhera beiti

 


Statement of Purpose

 

HP/HPS: Tonight, we’re gathered here to celebrate Morgan’s Wiccaning.

 


Power Raising

 

(HPS and HP lead any others in a catchy rune)

 

Preparing to visit the Watchtowers

 

All: Oh come with me, my child, and we will see

The secrets found within the Mystery.

For untold ages all have known the lore:

The Mystery of life within the Four

Some people know the four as winds above

While others call them Unicorns, with love.

No matter how they’re seen nor by what name

For Four are Universal, just the same.

Oh come with me, my friend, as we will see

The secrets found within the Mystery.

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Wiccaning

 

HP/HPS: Today, we meet in the Circle to ask the blessing of the Mighty Horned God, and the Gentle Goddess on Morgan the son of Jessa and Thomas, so that he may grow in beauty and strength, in joy and wisdom, and in sight and protection of the Gods.

There are many paths one may walk to truth and each must find their own. Therefore, we do not seek to bind Morgan to any one path while he is still too young to choose. Rather do we ask the God and Goddess, who know all paths and to whom all paths lead, to bless, protect, and guide Morgan through the years of childhood so that when at last he is grown he shall know which is the way of his True Will and shall gladly walk that path.

Jessa, and Thomas, parents of Morgan,
bring him forward that he may be blessed.

 

Parents: (Arise and bring the child to the waiting HP/HPS)

 

HP/HPS: Jessa, does your child also have a hidden name?

 

Mother: His hidden name is _________________ .

 

HP/HPS: (anoints the forehead of the child with oil tracing a pentagram)

I anoint thee, Morgan, with oil and give you the hidden name of ____________ .

(repeats the above action with wine)

I anoint thee, Hidden Name, with wine in the name of the Mighty God Lugh.

(repeats the above action with water)

I anoint thee, Hidden Name, with wine in the name of the gentle Goddess Brighid.

 

HP/HPS: (Gives the child back to the parents and leads them and the child to each Quarter in turn—beginning in the east.)

 

HP/HPS: Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the (East/South/North/West) we do bring before you, Morgan, whose hidden name is ________________, and who has been duly anointed within the magick circle. Hear Ye, therefore, that he is under the protection of Lugh and Brighid.

 

(In turn, after the child is introduced to each quarter, the caller of that quarter offers a blessing)

 

East: (smoke from the burning sage is wafted around the baby using the bird’s wing fan.)


By the Air which is Her breath, may you live long and prosper!

 

 

South: (the quarter candle flame is passed before the child.)


By the Fire which is Her radiant spirit, may you live long and prosper!

 

 

West: (water is sprinkled over the baby.)


By the Water which is Her blood, may you live long and prosper!

 

 

North: (salt is sprinkled over the baby.)


By the Earth which is Her body, may you live long and prosper!

 

 

HP: (The HPS and HP take their places back at the altar with the parents and child standing between them)

 

Lugh, lord of all the arts and ruler of the wild places, bestow upon this child the gift of strength.

 

HPS: Gentle Brighid, bestow upon this child the gift of wonder and awe of the natural world.

 

HP: Lugh, the Longhand master of all the arts, bestow this child the gift of wisdom.

 

HPS: Brighid, Goddess of home and hearth, bestow upon this child the gift of love.

 

(HP/HPS invite first the parents and the others attending to step forward and bestow their own blessings upon the child. When all have blessed the child, the HP and HPS, and the parents and the child turn to the others in the circle)

 

HP: Are there two in the circle who will stand forth as godparents? Who will stand for this child with me?

 

(At this time the god parents make their intentions known. If no godparents are present, the HPS answers the HP)

 


HPS: I will join you.

 

(If present, the godparents now come forward. Otherwise, the HP and HPS may stand in their stead. If no godparents are present, the HP and HPS stand facing each other and answer each other’s questions)

 

HP: Do you, ___________, promise to be a friend to _____________ throughout his childhood, to aid and guide him as needed, and in accord with his parents, to watch over and love him as if he were your own blood, till by the grace of Lugh and Brighid he shall be ready to choose his own way?

 

HPS/GM: I, ________, do so promise.

 

HPS: Do you, ___________, promise to be a friend to _____________ throughout his childhood, to aid and guide him as needed, and in accord with his parents, to watch over and love him as if he were your own blood, till by the grace of Lugh and Brighid he shall be ready to choose his own way?

 

HP/GF: I, ________, do so promise.

 

HP: The God and Goddess have blessed him;

The Lords of the Watchtowers have acknowledged him;

We his friends have welcomed him;

Therefore, O Circle of Stars, shine in peace on ___________,

Whose hidden name is ____________.

So Mote it Be!   �

 

HP: (Now invites all who want to come forward and offer their own blessings for the child)

 

(When all the blessings have been bestowed, the HPS directs everyone to return to their places and ceremony proceeds with Cakes and Ale)   �


 

Consecration of the Wine and Cakes (Symbolic Great Rite)

 

The Great Rite (Symbolic)

 

HP: For in the Days of Old, the Body of Woman was the altar. Come, let us all share the loving cup of the God and the Goddess

 

(HP holds the blade aloft)

 

HP: Blade of my heart and my intent Help us all to remember That what is given is received back threefold Help us all to remember To receive as graciously as we give.

 

HPS: For in the days of Old, the body of Man was the power

Come, let us share the loving cup of the Goddess and the God.


(She holds the chalice aloft)

 

HPS: Chalice of my heart and my intent

Help us all to remember

That what is received must be given back three times

Help us all to remember

To give as graciously as we receive

 

HP: As the athame is the male.

 

HPS: So the Chalice is to the female.

 

HPS/HP: And the two are conjoined as one in truth.

 

 

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

 

(HP holds the platter of cakes before the HPS. She touches each cake in turn)

 

HPS: This food is the blessings gods to our bodies. Let us Partake of it freely. And, as we share, let us remember always to see to it that aught that we have we share with those who have nothing.

Cakes and Ale

 

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 cusThomas or the HPS and HP proceed from covener to covener serving them and finally 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 with athame—and recites)

 

 

Queen of the Universe who wears a mantle of stars and shadow'd moonlight, on this full Chaste 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.
					

 

 

(Extinguishes the Goddess candle)

 

Release of the God

 

HP: (Assumes the Osiris position)

 

Thou art the Stag of Seven tines.
He who’s power is wide as the flood on a plain.
Your wisdom stretches like a hawk across the sky.
Who but you with smoke sets our heads afire?
You taught us the secrets of the unhewn dolmen.

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.

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.)

 

 

 

North: Hail, Gnomes, Dwarves, and Trolls who toil in rock and dirt, on this moonlit night, we thank you for witnessing and protecting these sacred magickal rites.

Lead the hosts of the Watchtowers of the North and return to your Realms of Earth, Borean snow and ice.

 

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Earth)



 

West: Hail, Undines of the Rivers, Lakes, and Seas, on this moonlit night,

we thank you for witnessing and protecting these sacred magickal rites.

Lead the hosts of the Watchtowers of the West and return to your Realms of Water.


(Draw the banishing pentagram of Water)


 

South: Hail, Salamanders of heat and light, on this moonlit night,

we thank you for witnessing and protecting these sacred magickal rites.

Lead the hosts of the Watchtowers of South and return to your Realms of Lava, Heat, and Fire.

 

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Fire)

 

 

 


 

East: Hail, Sylphs of the atmospheres, on this moonlit night,

we thank you for witnessing and protecting these sacred magickal rites.

Lead the hosts of the Watchtowers of East and return to your Realms of Air.


(Draw the banishing pentagram of Air)


 

 


Grounding 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 doesil it should be undone in a widdershins direction.

 

An Athame or sword may be used; but I prefer the sword for reasons you shall see later. Assuming it was the HPS who cast the circle, we’ll let her undo it.)

(HP holds the scabbard while the HPS draws the sword. HPS and HP proceed around the circle. While walking about the circle, HPS holds sword pointed at the perimeter.)

 

HPS: O Circle of Power, as I have conjured thee I now release thy 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.

 

(When three widdershins circuits have been completed, the HP remains at the altar while the HPS walks to the center of the circle and grounds the sword—this is why I said that I prefer using a sword.)

 

HPS: This energy I return unto Mother Earth. May it help assuage her hurts in some small fashion.

 

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

 

HPS: The circle is open but remains unbroken. Brothers and sisters, we are children of the Lord and Lady. May they always live within our

hearts, our magick, and our lives. Merry did we meet, and merry do we part. Merry may we meet again.

 

Blessed be.

 

Coveners: Blessed be.

 

2011 – Wiccaning _Morgan_pdf file

 

2011 – Wiccaning (Morgan) Word 2007 File

Once again it’s time for the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Those of you who have joined our coven for these yearly trips to the realm known as Fairburn, GA. for this yearly fest of fun, frolicking, fighting, and feudalism–and that’s just in the carriage ride up to the fairgrounds–know that this is a coven event not to be missed.

The fair runs on the weekends from April 16/17 through June 4/5. Advance ticket purchases (that means tickets bought by April 17) are $16.95/person or  $6.95 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under are free (we plan to give away several ourselves.) That’s a savings of either $3 or $2 per ticket respectively. 

Another bargain is If we attend the opening weekend (April 16/17). On that weekend tickets are two for one. You’ll pay the full price of $19.95/ticket and receive one free adult admission or buy one child admission and receive another child admission ticket for free.

Given our past experiences I believe the best deal is the two-for-one opening weekend deal. Our coven went last year on opening weekend and had a great time.

If you’re interested in attending the Renaissance Faire, please get in touch with a coven member through our website by using our contact page at http://circleofthedarkmoon.org/contactus.asp or contact the site administrator via our wytcheboard forums. You should check the forums anyway and vote in the poll there for your choice of weekend and weekend day to attend the Renaissance Faire.

Even if you’re not a member of the Circle of the Dark Moon, but would still like to attend, contact us anyway–you’re more than welcome to join us and what better way to get to know our coven than to spend a day with some of our members.   

Foreword

It is not the intent of this notice to chastise, scold, or take a harsh tone. Nay, it is to the contrary. I first want to thank and congratulate each of you who have given of your time and resources these past years. It’s through your kind contributions that you have made the Circle of the Dark Moon as successful as it has been.

I know that at the last coven meeting we discussed the below points, this missive is merely the ‘official’ notification and justification.

Background

An early, informal incorporation of the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven & School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, and Magick (CotDM) known as the Circle of Cerredwen’s (CoC) was formed in 1996. In 2002, the founding members approved an official coven charter for the CotDM declaring the coven now to be a teaching coven. Shortly thereafter, the CotDM began in person classes as well as online classes. In 2008, the CotDM received 501(c) status. Since then, the CotDM has been in continuous operation making it one of the most active covens in middle Georgia. Also since its inception, the founding members of the CotDM have financed coven operations from their own resources.

Charging coven members dues and charging students for classes is an issue coven officers have struggled with at the CotDM for quite some time. It’s not that we didn’t need the financial assistance. Quite the contrary, as the founders continued to finance coven operations even while unemployed. However, the fear was that by charging for services, more attention would be paid to the bottom line and that members and students would suffer as a result. Alas, economic realities now dictate otherwise.

Let’s Do the Math

Each year, without fail, the CotDM holds open rituals for the eight Sabbats (Samhain, Yule, Imbolg, Ostara, Bealtaine, Litha, Lughnasadh, and Mabon.) in addition to the eight Sabbats, the CotDM celebrates 12 full moon Esbats and 12 dark moon Esbats in addition to Blue and Black Moon Esbats. For each ritual (Sabbat or Esbat), we produce a professionally designed program. Our programs usually run around 26 to 30 pages so let’s take an average length of 28 pages.

28 pages X $.18 per page (the average cost per page for operating an ink jet computer) = $5.04 = the cost to produce one program. The cost per page was derived based on the published estimated yield per cartridge of 170 pages at on average $30 per cartridge comes out to $.1764 per page rounded to $.18. This figure does not take into account amortization of the original purchase cost of the printer.

$5.04 x (8 Sabbats + 12 Full Moon rituals + 12 Dark Moon rituals + 2 special rituals = $5.04 x 34 = $171.36 / year which is the cost to produce programs for just one person. If we discount Blue and Black Moon rituals (because we don’t always have a Blue or a Black Moon every year), the cost drops to a paltry $161.28 per person per year.

After ritual there are always refreshments served. At Sabbats, we serve full meals and at Esbats, simpler snacky type foods are served. While people have been very good about pitching in with the food costs, I add those estimated costs here for the sake of accurate accounting. We estimate the average cost per person per after ritual meal is $3.64 (based on USDA figures for Oct. 2010.)

$3.64 x 32 Sabbats and Esbats = $116.48 per person per year.

$161.28 (printing costs) + $116.48 (food) = $277.76 per person per year expenses thus far.

Another cost that’s difficult to calculate, therefore we won’t provide a figure, is the temple room (a room at our covenstead which is devoted exclusively to ritual.)

Other miscellaneous expenses include ritual supplies (candles, herbs, incenses, altar cloths, etc.) We estimated those expenses to be around $42 per year.

$277.76 + $42 = $319.42 per year per covener so far. However, to be fair, since technically, the food will be a shared expense (see below), let’s drop the cost of the food so that the cost per covener is now $161.28 again.

Web hosting costs for the Circle of the Dark Moon website divided by the number of active members comes to about $12.87 per year.

$319.42 + $12.87 = $332.23 is estimated cost per covener per year now.

Finally, for those attending classes there are additional costs associated with class handouts. Not to mention the time spent by the founders to prepare and give classes, write rituals, and prepare food. In the past, the CotDM never charged anything for classes. However, it has been our experience some people decide on a whim to become ‘wiccan’ but then after a while attend classes only sporadically or not at all. A teacher/student relationship is a sacred trust and both teacher and student must do their part to make the relationship successful. Therefore, the charging a nominal class fee is one way to ensure that the aspiring seeker has at least some modicum of dedication to the craft.

How Much Will All This Cost Me.

That depends.

Coven Dues

  • Beginning in January 2011, coven dues for dedicants and initiated members will be assessed.
  • $75.00 per person (not family) per year is the amount.
  • Dues may be paid in a lump sum due on the full moon in January.
  • Or you may pay $7 monthly for a total of $84/person/year
    • If paying monthly, one must have paid at the minimum, the quarterly amount of $21 by Ostara, Litha, and Mabon. For instance, if paying monthly one must have paid at least $21 by Ostara, at least $42 by Litha, and at least $63 by Mabon with the remaining $21 due by December 31 for a grand total of $84.
    • If you provide services or materiel to the CotDM the reasonable and proper cost of those services and or materiel will be deducted from your coven dues.
    • For those choosing to pay their dues monthly, payment is due on the full moon of each month.

Classes

  • Classes are always free for coven members.
  • Students, currently enrolled in a degree program (in-person or online) or who have already contacted the CotDM about January enrollment may complete their present degree for no cost. Any following classes will be subject to enrollment fees. If you have questions whether or not you are subject to the new class fee structure please email your inquiries to the CotDM.
  • Otherwise, in-person classes will cost $55.00 / student per degree.
    • For instance, the cost for someone taking classes through the Third Degree would be $165 = $55 (First-Degree) + $55 (Second-Degree) + $55 (Third Degree.)
    • Of course, if you become an initiated member as opposed to just taking classes then these classes would be free.
  • Online classes will cost $30.00 / student per degree.
  • Beginning in January, once classes have begun, students who miss more than three consecutive classes will be dropped from the student roles. What that means is if you are dropped and wish to resume classes, you will have to pay another enrollment fee (or a first enrollment fee if you are a student being grandfathered in under the old rules.)
  • Again, if you are currently enrolled in classes or a coven member these class fees do not apply but you must check with your instructor before classes begin in order to have the class fee waived. Otherwise you will be considered a new student and subject to enrollment fees.
  • Check with your instructor to make sure that you are not dropped from the rolls and charged a fee for classes.

Non-member Costs

  • Dedicants and coven members are welcome to sponsor guests who would like to attend rituals and coven events. However, if these guests become regular attendees at coven events, it would behoove their sponsor to suggest that they might contribute in some way to defray costs—especially if said guests have been attending rituals thus requiring extra printing.
  • Spouses or significant others of dedicants or coven members will never be expected to contribute any additional monies.

Food

  • It has and will continue to be customary for refreshments to aid in grounding to be served after rituals.
  • In the past, an informal approach was taken towards scheduling who was to bring what and what happened was that certain people always ending up bringing something and the founders also ending up organizing everything.
  • Please see our calendar page for a schedule of when rituals are being held and who will be responsible for organizing and bringing the evening’s treats.
  • For Esbats we usually have just snacks and for Sabbats a full meal.
  • For Esbats the person in charge will be responsible for bringing the snacks and for arranging the bringing of other items such as drinks, silverware, or other snacks, etc.
  • For Sabbats, the person in charge will be responsible for bringing the main course and for coordinating with other members as to who is bringing what side dish, utensils, or drinks.
  • If you are the person in charge of food for a particular event and you cannot make that event, it is YOUR responsibility to either trade dates with another member or make other arrangements.