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Below is the text of our Litha ritual we held last Wednesday. Since we are somewhat of a bardic tradition, what better way to celebrate the Summer Solstice than by reenacting something from the Bard himself. We chose a small part of Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” as the central theme for our Litha ritual. We hope you enjoy the ritual. Additionally, since WP does such a poor job of formatting Word documents, a link to download this ritual in PDF format is included at the end of this post. Now, on to the ritual.

 

Summer Solstice 2012

 

June 20, 2012

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

    Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

 



You will need these items:

 

General

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

Specific to the Ritual

  • Faery Dust

Preparation

 

  • Usual ritual preparations


 

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 a total of three breaths.

 

Consecration of the 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 seasoning for Cerredwen’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.

 

All:                   So mote it be.

 

(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 Lady’s sacred element—life giving, whether swiftly flowing or softly 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—bringer of summer breezes fair, storm clouds, and faeries on the flight everywhere.

 

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—signifier of the Sun.

Warm and light the way ‘till the spell is cast and our work is 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 sets the censer aside.)

 

Entry into Sacred Space

 

Maiden:          (Sweeps the area with besom then smudge with violet-sage.)

 

(HPS rings bell three times)

 

HPS:    Attention. Harken for the bell and gather in thy assigned places. Prepare for admission into the circle.

 

HP:      (After being admitted into sacred space, the covener approaches the HP who then smudges the covener with sage or lavender. When this action is completed, the covener moves to their place about the altar.)

 

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:                With this magick circle scribed, may the Fae come into this circle tonight.

                        May we merry meet and merry part with blessings bright.

 

With magick ring and circle of power, I invite the Fairies

Of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth to be here now

And join with us this Midsummer’s Eve.

This Magic Circle is 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.

Fireflies or is it faeries that light the night.

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 Fae of the Air, Sylphs and Sprites

Please grant me the breath of life

I invite you to our circle on this Midsummer’s night

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South              Hail, Fae of light, Salamanders and newts,

Please grant us your drive and creative fire

I invite you to our circle on this Midsummer’s night

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.

 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire

 


West               Hail, Fae of the waters, Nymphs, Undines, and Merpeople,

Please grant us deep emotions and feelings.

I invite you to our circle on this Midsummer’s night

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.

 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water


North              Hail, Fae of the Earth, bright Sidhe (pronounced Shee), dwarves, and gnomes.

Please grant us solidarity, stability, and treasures of great worth.

I invite you to our circle on this Midsummer’s night

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.

 

 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)

 

 

 

Drawing down the Moon

 

Invocation to the Goddess

 

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

 

HPS:                O Lady of the Ferny Brae
We call to you to come to us
To  hold us close and hear us say
Asleep and awake, oh how we dream of you
 
Oh Lady of the fleet white steed
We call you to come to us
To honor you, all wildness freed
Asleep and awake, oh how we dream of you
 
Oh Lady of the rising mist
We call you to come to us
To hold us near and share your kiss
Asleep and awake, oh how we dream of you

 

Mist-clad in the light of the moon
Starspun seekers – I search for thee!
Faery light – I ask thy boon
Of branch and thorn and Elder tree!

Wood woven creatures, shadow weavers
River keepers – come to me!
Just beyond reaching, never in keeping
Spirits of Faery – I call unto thee!

Wind-hewn wildness, and dark and brightness
Spiral enchantments – born of the sky,
Cradle me with elven hands,
Abide with me, thy human child!

 

(HPS lights the Goddess candle.) 

 

The Charge of the Goddess

 

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

 

HP:                  Listen to the words of the Great Mother, she who

                        of old was called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Dana, Arianhod, Isis, Bride, Flidais, Titania, and by many other names too numerous to name.

 

HPS:                I am the harmonious tune of the songbird
And the laughter of a gleeful child.
I am the bubbling sound of the running brook
And the scent of the flowers wild.

I am the floating leaf upon the breeze
And the dancing fire in the forest glade.
I am the sweet smell of rains upon the soil
And the rapture of passion when love is made.

I am the germination of see in the Spring
And the ripening of wheat in the sun.
I am the peaceful depth of twilight
That soothes the soul when day is done.

I am found in the twinkling of an aged eye,
And found in the birth of a newborn pup,
Yes, birth and growth and death am I
I am the gracious Earth, on whom you sup.

I am your sister, your mother, the wise one.
I wrap you gently in the warmth of my love.
That which you seek you shall find within
Not without, not below, not above.

Remember always, my children, be reverent.
Be gentle, loving and kind to each other
And hold sacred the Earth and its creatures
For I am the Lady: Creatrix and Mother!

Drawing down the Sun

 

Invocation to the God

 

HP:          Oh, playful one, with pipe you prance,

The goat-foot Pan, lord of the dance.

With feral joy in ancient wood

You embue life with mirth and good.

 

Of seed and beast and plant and tune

We seek your form under this moon.

The woodland king, the lord of trees,

Friend to the moon and stars and breeze.

 

Hear us, horned one, your priest’s cry,

And bring your song of life nearby.

Give us your fertile and creative force

And help to return us to wildness, our source.

 

Wild wond’rous Pan, the forest’s sire

Enter this circle and this priest—that is my desire.

Enclose us all, be with us today

Magically join me and our sacred play.

 

IO Pan! The fertile tide, the Nature Spirit, gather thy nymphs and satyrs and come unto me, great Bacchus!
I am Pan!
From in the forests of Arcadia and across the sea I come unto thee!
I am Pan!
My Spirit enfleshed, within thyself and nature they find me best,
Out of writhsome lust, I manifest, I am Pan! God made flesh!

 

 (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;

Cernunnos/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.

Statement of Purpose

 

HP:      Welcome everyone. Tonight we celebrate the summer solstice—the longest day of the year and the beginning of the shortening of days toward the fall equinox.

The summer solstice sabbat is also known as Litha, or midsummer.

Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a romantic comedy with thinly veiled pagan references is an excellent corollary to tonight’s celebration. The play is replete with references to subjects the church considered taboo. Some of these references referred to Puck (aka Robin Goodfellow, aka Robin of the Green, aka Robin Hood), to the solstice celebration itself under the guise of St. John’s day, and especially to fairies.

Power Raising

(HPS & HP lead the coven in the Faerie Dance Rune)

Faerie Dance Rune

By Unknown

The forest was asleep at night,
With dew upon each leaf,
Through cloudy mist I saw a sight
Beyond my own belief.

Two fairies danced upon a frond
And shone a lantern’s beam
And as it’s glow fell on a pond
I thought I’d seen a dream.

They wanted me to see the place
Where Lady Moonlight walked,
When she appeared they saw her face,
Excitedly they talked.

They flew into her open hand
With stardust on each wing,
They did a jig upon it and
She smiled as they did sing.

Her beauty I could never glean
Or what their faerie chant meant
But until then I’d never seen
A thing of such enchantment.

 

 

 

 

Main Working

 

HPS:                For tonight’s working, we’ll be reading an Act from Shakespeare’s play,

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

 

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

By

William Shakespeare

ACT IV—S CENE I.

TITANIA

Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed,
While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head,
And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.

 

BOTTOM

Where’s Peaseblossom?

 

PEASEBLOSSOM

Ready.

 

BOTTOM

Scratch my head Peaseblossom. Where’s Monsieur Cobweb?

 

COBWEB

Ready.

 

BOTTOM

Monsieur Cobweb, good monsieur, get you your
weapons in your hand, and kill me a red-hipped
humble-bee on the top of a thistle; and, good
monsieur, bring me the honey-bag. Do not fret
yourself too much in the action, mounsieur; and,
good mounsieur, have a care the honey-bag break not;
I would be loath to have you overflown with a
honey-bag, signior. Where’s Monsieur Mustardseed?

 

 

MUSTARDSEED

Ready.

 

BOTTOM

Give me your neaf, Mounsieur  Mustardseed. Pray you,
leave your courtesy, good mounsieur.

 

MUSTARDSEED

What’s your Will?

 

BOTTOM

Nothing, good mounsieur, but to help Cavalery Cobweb
to scratch. I must to the barber’s, monsieur; for
methinks I am marvellous hairy about the face; and I
am such a tender ass, if my hair do but tickle me,
I must scratch.

 

TITANIA

What, wilt thou hear some music,
my sweet love?

 

BOTTOM

I have a reasonable good ear in music. Let’s have
the tongs and the bones.

 

TITANIA

Or say, sweet love, what thou desirest to eat.

 

BOTTOM

Truly, a peck of provender: I could munch your good
dry oats. Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle
of hay: good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.

 

TITANIA

I have a venturous fairy that shall seek
The squirrel’s hoard, and fetch thee new nuts.

 

BOTTOM

I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas.
But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me: I
have an exposition of sleep come upon me.

 

TITANIA

Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms.
Fairies, begone, and be all ways away.

 

So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist; the female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!

 

OBERON

Welcome, good Robin.
See’st thou this sweet sight?
Her dotage now I do begin to pity:
For, meeting her of late behind the wood,
Seeking sweet favours from this hateful fool,
I did upbraid her and fall out with her;
For she his hairy temples then had rounded
With a coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers;
And that same dew, which sometime on the buds
Was wont to swell like round and orient pearls,
Stood now within the pretty flowerets’ eyes
Like tears that did their own disgrace bewail.
When I had at my pleasure taunted her
And she in mild terms begg’d my patience,
I then did ask of her her changeling child;
Which straight she gave me, and her fairy sent
To bear him to my bower in fairy land.
And now I have the boy, I will undo
This hateful imperfection of her eyes:
And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp
From off the head of this Athenian swain;
That, he awaking when the other do,
May all to Athens back again repair
And think no more of this night’s accidents
But as the fierce vexation of a dream.
But first I will release the fairy queen.
Be as thou wast wont to be;
See as thou wast wont to see:
Dian’s bud o’er Cupid’s flower
Hath such force and blessed power.
Now, my Titania; wake you, my sweet queen.

 

TITANIA

My Oberon! what visions have I seen!
Methought I was enamour’d of an ass.

 

OBERON

There lies your love.

 

TITANIA

How came these things to pass?
O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!

 

 

OBERON

Silence awhile. Robin, take off this head.
Titania, music call; and strike more dead
Than common sleep of all these five the sense.

 

TITANIA

Music, ho! music, such as charmeth sleep!

 

PUCK

Now, when thou wakest, with thine
own fool’s eyes peep.

 

OBERON

Sound, music! Come, my queen, take hands with me,
And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be.
Now thou and I are new in amity,
And will to-morrow midnight solemnly
Dance in Duke Theseus’ house triumphantly,
And bless it to all fair prosperity:
There shall the pairs of faithful lovers be
Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity.

 

PUCK

Fairy king, attend, and mark:
I do hear the morning lark.

 

OBERON

Then, my queen, in silence sad,
Trip we after the night’s shade:
We the globe can compass soon,
Swifter than the wandering moon.

 

TITANIA

Come, my lord, and in our flight
Tell me how it came this night
That I sleeping here was found
With these mortals on the ground.

 

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:                As the athame is to the male.

 

(HP lowers his athame into the wine)

 

HP:                  The chalice is to the female.

 

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)

 

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 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 moonlight, on this Midsummer’s 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)

 

Thou art the playful one, with pipe you prance,

The goat-foot Pan, lord of the dance.

With feral joy in ancient wood

You embue life with mirth and good.

 

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, Faeries, Dwarfs and Gnomes of the Earth.

On this Midsummer’s night, that marks the height 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West               Hail, Faeries, Nymphs, Undines of the Waters,

On this Midsummer’s night, that marks the height 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)


 

South              Hail, Faeries and Salamanders of Fire,

On this Midsummer’s night, that marks the height 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)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East                 Hail, Faeries, Sylphs, and Sprites of the Air,

On this Midsummer’s night, that marks the height 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)

 

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 night passes into day and this Midsummer’s Night must 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. Now, the High Priest will leave you with Puck’s words of parting as a means of wishing you a merry meeting and a merry parting:

 
HP:                   If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber'd here While these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend: if you pardon, we will mend: And, as I am an honest Puck, If we have unearned luck Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, We will make amends ere long; Else the Puck a liar call; So, good night unto you all. Give me your hands, if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends.

HP/HPS:     Blessed be.
 
Coveners:   Blessed be.

 

click this link, 2012 Litha Summer Solstice, to download the ritual in PDF format with all included graphics.
 

 

 

 

5
Jun

Beltaine Ritual for 2012–Posted a bit a late

   Posted by: Scrivener

I’m still running behind on my postings. What can I say? Sometimes, despite our intentions and magickal workings, life and the universe just get in the way of doing what we set out to do earlier. You know what they say, if you want to hear the Gods laugh tell them your plans. I know that’s an old one borrowed from our Christian compatriots. Anyway below is the link to view and download the ritual.

 

2012 – Beltaine

24
Sep

Happy Mabon (Autumnal Equinox)

   Posted by: Scrivener


 

Mabon Autumnal Equinox

Mabon Autumnal Equinox

 

Sep. 23, 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 needed specific to working:

  • Indian Corn
  • A napkin or other such cover for the corn.

 

Preparation:

 

Cleansing Sacred Space

 

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

 



Consecration of Water and Salt & Elements

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 Cerredwen’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.

All: So mote it be .

(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 Lady’s sacred element; life giving, whether swiftly flowing like salmon swimming upstream 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, bringer of cool autumnal nights rare. Like the seasons all things change and at the end, the Lord of the wild will be there.
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, signifier of the Sun. Burn brightly this Fall night so that we might chant by the balefire s light.

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: 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)



All : Hail and welcome; blessed be .

HPS : O, Spirit and guardians of the quarters all;
Hearken unto our call this first evening of fall .
Protect our circle tonight,
And lend your powers to the rite .
So mote it be .

(Draw the active invoking pentagram of Spirit)

All : So mote it be .

 


 

Drawing down the Moon

Invocation to the Goddess


(Note: normally the HP would/should perform the fivefold kiss before the Goddess invocation . However since this is a solar Sabbat the Drawing down of the moon is omitted. (HPS assumes the blessing position with her back to the coven.)

HPS : I invoke thee and call upon thee,
Mighty Mother of us all, bringer of grain, grasses, and fruited trees.

For, she brings the buds in spring and the flowers .
In summer, she laughs among the leafy bowers .
Come fall, she cuts the cane and gathers the grain .
In winter cold as graveyard stone, she exudes wisdom of the Crone .

By seed, by Hawthorn leaf, by bud and stem, by flower and root and leaf, I call upon thee, to descend upon thy servant priestess and to show forth your presence and love .

( HPS lights the Goddess candle.)

The Charge of the Goddess

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

 

HPS: I am the harmonious tune of the songbird
And the laughter of a gleeful child .
I am the bubbling sound of the running brook
And the scent of the flowers wild .
I am the floating leaf upon the breeze
And the dancing fire in the forest glade .
I am the sweet smell of rains upon the soil
And the rapture of passion when love is made .

I am the germination of see in the Spring And the ripening of wheat in the sun .

I am the peaceful depth of twilight that soothes the soul when day is done.

I am found in the twinkling of an aged eye, And found in the birth of a newborn pup.

 

Yes, birth and growth and death am I: I am the gracious Earth, on whom you sup.

I am your sister, your mother, the wise one .

I wrap you gently in the warmth of my love.

That which you seek you shall find within Not without, not below, not above.

Remember always, my children, be reverent. Be gentle, loving and kind to each other And hold sacred the Earth and its creatures For I am the Lady: Creatrix and Mother.

 

Drawing down the Sun
Invocation to the God


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

 

HP: You are the stag of seven tines.
You are the Lord of all things wild, and 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 Lugh the Longhand, Loki, Draug, Faunas, Puck or Pan.
Though the holly grows and the oak is becoming wan,
Today you begin to lose some of your might for Autumn is nigh tonight.

 

You are the stag of seven tines .
In your honor, we light the balefires until the smoke climbs to the stars from a thousand sparking spire .
Strike the harp . Gather the flutes, drums, sing, and dance in honor of you and a fruitful harvest.

You are the stag of seven tines.
Great Father, 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, answer unto 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, 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 Autumnal equinox once again day and night are equal in length but now the days grow colder and shorter.

 

Power Raising

 

Sir John Barleycorn’s Rune

 

All : There were three women came out of the West,
Their fortunes for to scry,
And these three women made a solemn vow,
That John Barleycorn should die .
They plowed and sowed, they harrowed him in,
They threw clods upon his head.
And, these three women made a solemn vow
That John Barleycorn was dead.
They let him lie for a very long time,
’till the rains from heaven did fall.
Then, little Sir John sprung up his head,
Soon amazing them all.
They let him stand ’till Midsummer’s Day
’till he looked both pale and wan.
And, little Sir John grew a long, long, beard,
Thus becoming a man.

 

They rolled him and tied him by the waist, serving him most barbarously.
They hired men with sharp pitchforks,

Who pricked him to the heart .
And the loader he served him worse than that, For he bound him to a cart.
They wheeled him round and round the field, ”till they came to a barn.
And there they made a solemn vow, on poor old John Barleycorn.
They hired men with crab tree sticks, to cut him skin from bone.
And the miller he served him worse than that, For he ground him between two stones.

 

So, here’s little Sir John in a nut brown bowl, and he’s brandy in a glass;
And little Sir John in the nut brown bowl Proved the stronger man at last.
For the huntsman, he can’t hunt the fox, nor so loudly blow his horn,
And the tinker he can’t mend kettles or pots, Without a little John Barleycorn.

 

Main Working

HPS: Now is the time of balance, when Day and Night face each other as equals. Yet at this season, the Night is waxing and the Day is waning. For, nothing ever remains without change in the tides of Earth and Sky, Fire and Water, know and remember, that whatsoever rises must fall, and whatsoever falls does so only to rise again . In toke of which, let us dance the Dance of Going and Returning.

HPS: (Leads coveners in a Widdershins procession about the circle. If room permits, the procession should spiral in close to but not at the center. When she is ready the HPS : raises the dish for all to see and declaims .)

HPS: Behold the mystery : in silence is the seed of wisdom gained .

 

HPS: (uncovers the dish . She then instructs all to meditate a moment.)

(When they are ready, the HPS goes to the eastern candle and the HP goes to the western candle.)

HPS: The harvest is fully reaped; the God gives of Himself

And journeys to the Higher Planes and the Sky grows dark.

Chilled winds blow in from the North as the plants turn brown and whither.

But, in the face of seeming extinction,

The Goddess sends forth Her Power, and by it we are sustained.

And thus, in the dark days of Winter we are comforted

By the knowledge that all is a cycle; Birth and Death, Spring and Winter, the end of all things and rebirth of all things.

Blessings and honor to the Great Goddess.

Blessings an honor to the Fallen God who journeys to the Summerland and Underworld.

Blessings and honor Goddess who as Persephone descends into the Underworld to love and bring forth to us the Sun God when Winter’s dark days are done.

 

HPS: Farewell, O Sun, ever returning light,
The hidden God, whoever yet remains,
Who now departs to the land of Youth
Through the Gates of Death to dwell enthroned,
The Judge of Gods and man.
The Horned Leader of the hosts of Air
Yet, even as he stands unseen about the circle,
So dwelleth he within the secret seed .

All : The seed of newly ripened grain the seed of flesh;
Hidden in earth, the marvelous seed of the stars .
In him is Life, and life is the Light of man,
that which was never born and never dies.
Therefore the wise weep not but rejoice!

HPS: Let us prepare for the coming of winter. Mabon is upon us.

The harvest is done; time to bid farewell to Horned God and the waning

sun.

 

Do not to despair, for even after the harshest winter follows a springtime fair. The wheel of life is ever turning, blessed be!

 

All: Although the season of plenty draws to a close, the Gods are ever with us.
The Lord and Lady watch over us.
We give thanks to the Gods for this joyful harvest!

(The HPS raises her arms in a blessing and the HP responds in kind. They resume their normal places and then the HPS leads the coven in an outward spiral deosil procession. When she is ready, the HPS sends everyone back to his or her place.)

 

 


Elemental Balancing Ritual (optional)

(This ritual is ideally suited for five participants. It is conducted in a ‘Round Robin’ style, with participants moving around the circle to experience each element, with one person at each of the Quarter points and one in the center.

The ritual moves in an anti-clockwise direction—widdershins (Southern Hemisphere Deosil).

The purpose of the ritual is to balance the elements within each participant as well as to gain an understanding of each element from both a personal and an outside perspective. It also requires participants to work with both receptive and projective energies, visualisation and sensing.

Before the circle cast, each participant chooses an element as their starting position, usually whomever is leading the ritual will take the Spirit position. Elements can also be assigned by the leader or drawn from a cauldron randomly. It really depends upon the group’s preference.)

HP/HPS: Before me is Air

Behind me is Water

At my left is Fire

To my right is Earth

Above me the Zenith

Below me the Nadir

And all around me shines the Six-Rayed Star.

 

(When all of the connections are established, each Quarter person turns to face the center. They then direct their perception and experience of their element along the beam to Person A in Spirit.

The HP/HPS receives a message of understanding of each element. This is the receptive part for the person in the center. Each person that stands at a Quarter is projecting.

The HP/HPS absorbs the understanding and energy of each element and then moves to speak privately with each person at the Quarters – starting with Person A at Air, then moving around to Person B at Fire etc. The HP/HPS describes to each Quarter person what they have felt or understood of that element and the aspect being projected. They gift their new perspective to each person. Depending on how deep the trance, Spirit may have an elemental message for some of the participants.

Next, the HP/HPS returns to the center.

Everyone then takes a moment to absorb what they have just experienced and then the next phase – the Round Robin – begins.

Everyone moves one position Deosil around the Circle and the round robins continues. It is the HP/HPS choice whether they move out into the circle to Air and proceed with visiting each elemental quarter. If this is the case the person at the Earth quarter moves into the Spirit position.

When this exercise is complete returns to their original places. Everyone will have experienced both the reception and projection aspects of each of the elements and gained different perspectives by connecting with each element from the Quarter points and from Spirit.)


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 spear of Lugh, the Sun.

(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 autumn’s first night,
we gathered to bid farewell to your Sun’s warmth and light. 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.
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?
We bid thee farewell as well as the sun and its warming rays, But the harvest was plentiful and we thank you for this boon 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 first autumn’s 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 first autumn’s 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 first autumn’s 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 first autumn’s 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.

HPS: Hail and farewell, Spirit and guardians of the quarters all;
you hearkened unto our call this first evening of fall.
Thank you for protecting our circle tonight,
and lending your powers to this rite.
So mote it be.

(Draw the active banishing pentagram of Spirit)

All : So mote it 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.

(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)

 

Just as the oak must yield to the holly, so must warmer days yield at the harvest’s end.

Just as the Autumnal equinox signals summer 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.

2
Aug

Happy Lughnasadh

   Posted by: Scrivener

In honor of Lughnasadh and the recent Black Moon, I’ve posted the custom ritual we, performed last night.

 

 


 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

 

Black Moon / Lughnasadh Ritual

Black Moon / Lughnasadh Ritual

 

July 31, 2011

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

You will need these items:

 

General items

  • Altar facing East.
  • Bell
  • Incense (dragon’s blood, galangal, or any incense good for expanding psychic abilities)
  • Ritual cake (dark bread)
  • Honey
  • Wine or Ale (dark ale or red wine)
  • God/Goddess candles
  • Black Crone Goddess Candle
  • 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

    Ritual specific items

  • A black candle for the Dark Aspect of the Goddess
  • Incense Mix
  • 1 pt. Mugwort
  • 1 pt. Yarrow
  • 1 pt. Copal Negro
  • 1 pt. Galangal
  • A Cauldron
  • A black “Nocturnal Candle”
  • A Scrying Mirror (you may substitute a black, glassy plate


     

    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.


     

     

     

    The Challenge and Entry into Sacred Space

     

    HPS: (Challenges each covener by pointing her athame against their breast)

     

    Better you should run thyself through on mine blade than to enter here with malignity or fear in your heart. What say you? How dost thou come here?

     

    Covener: In perfect love and perfect trust.

     

    HP: (After being admitted into sacred space, the covener approaches the HP who then smudges the covener with sage or lavender. When this action is completed, the covener moves to their place about the altar.)

     


     

    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 projective 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 the black cauldron upon the hearth.

     

    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.

     

    (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—dark bubbles in the cauldron of rebirth—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—blow forth 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: 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 of the Mighty Ones.

     

    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

     

    (Sprinkles the salt and water mixture around the circle)

     

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

    Protect us from wickedness and make our magick sound.

     

     

    By Air

     

    (Takes incense around circle)

     

    Witch 2: Into the night sky, incense smoke, roil,

    rise, and writhe,

    Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.

     

    By Fire

     

    (Takes candle around circle)

     

    Witch 3: Fire, shine true and bright,

    Aid, grant clarity of sight,

    Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

     


     

    Calling the Quarters

     

    East: Hail, guardians of the East: Sylphs of the Airs.

    High above in your cloud mansions of the atmosphere,

    your winds whisper of the imagination to dare.

    Come to this circle tonight, to witness and protect our Lughnasadh rite.


     

    (Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    South: Hail, guardians of the South: salamanders of Fire,

    From your lava pools and realms of fire,

    you ignite within us our desire.

    Come to this circle on tonight, to witness and protect our Lughnasadh rite.

     


     

    (Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire)

     


    West: Hail, guardians of the West: Undines of the Waters.

    Shallow and deep, your tides ebb and flow;

    From stream to ocean, you hold depths of emotion, and mysteries to know.

    Come to this circle tonight, to witness and protect our Lughnasadh rite.

     


    (Draw the invoking pentagram of Water)

     


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

    Keeping silent beneath mountains you materialize stone into fantastic works.

    Come to this circle tonight, to witness and protect our Lughnasadh rite.

     

    (Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

    (HPS & HP move to the altar)

     


     

    Drawing Down the Black Moon

     

    HPS: Oh Lady of the dark moon, crone, wise-woman, lady of knowledge
    Impart to me your wisdom, teach me your secrets
    deep in the womb of the Goddess
    lies the spark of life, and the seed of knowledge.

    Your face is veiled, but not turned from me
    hidden , but not withheld, I am your priestess, be one with me
    Answer my desire, teach me
    Lend me your sight empower me.

    Oh lady of the dark moon
    wise-woman, destroyer, creatrix, tear away the veil before my eyes
    wash away my jaded ideas and prejudices
    purify my intentions, show me the true path.
    My mind is open, my soul is pure, blow away the clouds of fear and inhibition

    I am your priestess, reside in me,
    show me your desire, teach me
    lend me your sight, empower me.

    Protector of witches, within the darkness you are the light.
    At the crossroads, I await thee; please heed my call.
    O Hecate, be with me on this dark moon night.

    Where the veil is thinnest, new beginnings begun, and banishments done,
    you teach us the mysteries on the dark moon night.
    Mistress of all sorceries, to those brave enough, you grant the sight.
    O Hecate, please come unto me; grant me your wisdom’s might.

    (HP stands before the HPS while she makes the invoking pentagram of Earth)

     

    HPS: Of the Mother Darksome and divine

    Mine the scourge, and mine the kiss;

    The five-point star of love and bliss—

    Here I charge you in this sign.

     

    (HPS lights the Goddess Candle Candle)



     

    The Charge of the Dark Goddess

     

    HP: Listen to the words of the Great Mother, she who

    of old was called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Dana, Arianhod, Isis, Bride, Flidais, Brighid and by many other names too numerous to name.

     

    HPS: Hear me child, and know Me for who I am. I have been with you since you were born, and I will stay with you until you return to Me at the final dusk.

    I am the passionate and seductive lover who inspires the poet to dream. I am the One who calls to you at the end of your journey. After the day is done, My children find their blessed rest in my embrace.

    I am the womb from which all things are born.

    I am the shadowy, still tomb; all things must come to Me and bare their breasts to die and be reborn to the Whole.

    I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled, the Weaver of Time, the Teacher of Mysteries. I snip the threads that bring my children home to me. I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood of the heartless. Swallow your fear and come to me, and you will discover true beauty, strength, and courage.

    I am the fury which rips the flesh from injustice.

    I am the glowing forge that transforms your inner demons into tools of power. Open yourself to my embrace and overcome.

    I am the glinting sword that protects you from harm.

    I am the crucible in which all the aspects of yourself merge together in a rainbow of union.

    I am the velvet depths of the night sky, the swirling mists of midnight, shrouded in mystery.

    I am the chrysalis in which you will face that which terrifies you and from which you will blossom forth, vibrant and renewed. Seek me at the crossroads, and you shall be transformed, for once you look upon my face, there is no return.

    I am the fire that kisses the shackles away.
    I am the cauldron in which all opposites grow to know each other in Truth.
    I am the web which connects all things.

    I am the Healer of all wounds, the Warrior who rights all wrongs in their Time. I make the weak strong. I make the arrogant humble. I raise up the oppressed and empower the disenfranchised. I am Justice tempered with Mercy.

    Most importantly, child, I am you. I am part of you, and I am within you. Seek me within and without, and you will be strong. Know me. Venture into the dark so that you may awaken to Balance, Illumination, and Wholeness. Take my Love with you everywhere and find the Power within to be who you wish.

    HP: Listen to the words of the Star Goddess; she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven and whose body encircles the universe.

    HPS: I, Who 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, calls 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 feared of 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 thinkest to seek Me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that mystery that is attained at the end of desire.


     

    Drawing Down the Sun

     

    Invocation to the Dark God

     

    HP: I invoke thee and call upon thee, Father of us all, Lugh, the Longhand, master not of one art but of them all.

     

    To men lost in the dark you provide you provide succor and light.

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

     

    O Lugh, be with me on this your night.

     

    Where the veil is thinnest, new beginnings begun, and bindings and banishments done,

    you teach us the mysteries and how all are connected as though one.

     

    Master of the wild hunt upon moonlit night, for those brave enough you banish sleep and grant the sight.

     

    O Lugh please come unto me this Lughnasadh ritual night and grant me your wisdom’s might.

     

    (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)

     

    (HP lights the God candle)

     


     

    Charge of the Dark God

     

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

     

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

    Anubis, Hades by many

    other names:

     

    HP : I am the shadow in the bright day, I am the reminder of mortality at the height of living.

     

    I am the never ending veil of Night where the Star Goddess dances.

    I am the Death that must be so that Life may continue, for behold, Life is immortal because the living must die.

     

    I am the strength that protects, that limits; I am the power that says No, and NO further, and That Is Enough. I am the things that cannot be spoken of, and I am the laughter at the edge of Death.

    I am a stag: of seven tines,
    I am a flood: across a plain,
    I am a wind: on a deep lake,
    I am a tear: the Sun lets fall,
    I am a hawk: above the cliff,
    I am a thorn: beneath the nail,
    I am a wonder: among flowers,
    I am a wizard: who but I
    Sets the cool head aflame with smoke?

    I am a spear: that roars for blood,
    I am a salmon: in a pool,
    I am a lure: from paradise,
    I am a hill: where poets walk,
    I am a boar: ruthless and red,
    I am a breaker: threatening doom,
    I am a tide: that drags to death,
    I am an infant: who but I
    Peeps from the unhewn dolmen, arch?

    I am the womb: of every holt,
    I am the blaze: on every hill,
    I am the queen: of every hive,
    I am the shield: for every head,
    I am the tomb: of every hope.

    Come with me into the warm enfolding dark; feel my caresses in the hands, in the mouth, in the body of one you love, and be transformed.

    Gather in the moonless night and speak in unknown tongues; the Dark Mother and I will listen. Sing to us and cry out, and the Power will be yours to wield.

    Blow me a kiss when the sky is dark, and I will smile, but no kiss return, for my kiss is the final one for all mortal flesh.

     

    HPS & HP: Akhera goti—akhera beiti

     


     

    Statement of Purpose

     

    Tonight the Circle of the Dark Moon gathers to honor the Lady and Lord in celebration of Lughnasadh.

     


     

    Power Raising – The Wytches’ Creed

     

    ALL: Hear now the words of the witches,

    The secrets we hid in the night,

    When dark was our destiny’s pathway,

    That now we bring forth into light.

     

    Mysterious water and fire,

    The earth and the wide-ranging air,

    By hidden quintessence we know them,

    And will and keep silent and dare.

     

    The birth and rebirth of all nature,

    The passing of winter and spring,

    We share with the life universal,

    Rejoice in the magickal ring.

     

    Four times in the year the Great Sabbat

    Returns, and the witches are seen

    At Lammas and Candlemas dancing,

    On May Eve and old Hallowe’en.

     

    When day-time and night-time are equal,

    When sun is at greatest and least,

    The four Lesser Sabbats are summoned,

    And Witches gather in feast.

     

    Thirteen silver moons in a year are,

    Thirteen is the coven’s array.

    Thirteen times at Esbat make merry,

    For each golden year and a day.

     

    The power that was passed down the age,

    Each time between woman and man,

    Each century unto the other,

    Ere time and the ages began.

     

    When drawn is the magickal circle,

    By sword or athame of power,

    Its compass between two worlds lies,

    In land of the shades for that hour.

     

    This world has no right then to know it,

    And world of beyond will tell naught.

    The oldest of Gods are invoked there,

    The Great Work of magick is wrought.

     

    For the two are mystical pillars,

    That stand at the gate of the shrine,

    And two are the powers of nature,

    The forms and the forces divine.

     

    The dark and the light in succession,

    The opposites each unto each,

    Shown forth as a God and a Goddess:

    Of this our ancestors teach.

     

    By night he’s the wild winds rider,

    The Horn’d One, the Lord of the Shades.

    By day he’s the King of the Woodland,

    The dweller in green forest glades.

     

    She is youthful or old as she pleases,

    She sails the torn clouds in her barque,

    The bright silver lady of midnight,

    The crone who weaves spells in the dark.

     

    The master and mistress of magick,

    That dwell in the deeps of the mind,

    Immortal and ever-renewing,

    With power to free or to bind.

     

    So drink the good wine to the Old Gods,

    And Dance and make love in their praise,

    Till Elphame’s fair land shall receive us

    In peace at the end of our days.

     

    And Do What You Will be the challenge,

    So be it Love that harms none,

    For this is the only commandment.

    By Magick of old, be it done!

     

     


     

    Main Working

     

    HPS/HP: (Begins by drawing four (4) tarot cards for the Dark of the Moon Spread )


    Card #1: What can’t I see in the darkness?

    Card #2: What must I pierce through?
    Card #3: Give me a glimmer of light
    Card #4: Where should I place my next step?

     

    HPS: (Invites the coveners to pass the cards—deosil—and take a plate. While the coveners take their places she tells them to meditate upon the meaning of the cards)

     

    Maiden: (Makes sure everyone has a dark scrying Mirror—i.e black plate)

     

    HPS: (removes the night candle from the cauldron)

     

    HPS: As the darkness from the light,

    Feel how dark crowds the circle of the light,

    Call it to yourself and touch the ether of the night.

     

    HPS: (Walks deosil three times around the circle and instructs the coveners while she

    walks)


    HPS: Visualize how the darkness presses against the edge of the sacred space, which

    now stands between the worlds. The energy generated within the sphere of power has drawn the attention of some beings that inhabit the dark spaces between realms.

     

    HPS: (lights the nocturnal candle and holds it aloft)


    HPS: Into this candle, I draw the power of night.

    Behold the tangible ether of the night,

    In the dark, aid grant clarity of psychic sight


    Dark within the light holds all possibilities.

    This candle, dark and bright, manifests my needs.

    This is my will; this is my spell; so mote it be.

     

    HPS: (further instructs the coveners to turn and face outward to the circle, and then sit

    or stand as is their pleasure. She instructs the maiden to kill the lights.)


    HPS: You will now make the invoking pentagram (Earth.) The scrying mirror will serve

    as a portal and a shield. You control the amount of dark energy you let manifest in the scrying mirror. Enter now a meditative state and gaze (not stare) just beyond the black of the mirror.


    What do you see? Are you receiving pictures or visions? On the other hand,

    perhaps some astral being is gazing back at you. They are curious about you. In

    your mind, talk to them. Ask from them a boon—if you dare. However, do not try to pull the dark ether, or the energy of these beings into yourself. Only feel the energy, and see the visions within the mirror, using your scrying mirror to

    regulate the energy flow.

     

    If you asked for a boon, see it being fulfilled. See yourself already having whatever it is you’re about to ask for (but do not imagine any steps that may result in having your need fulfilled.) Try to imagine for a moment that the flame of the candle is sending out both the absorbed essence of night and the charge that you put into the candle. But don’t think of your need at this point, or any more this evening, in fact.

     

    HPS: (Allows the meditation to continue as long she feels it needs to. When she’s ready, the HPS gives the coveners their final instructions)

     

    HPS: The meditation is ended; release the dark energies and bid the astral entities

    farewell. Tell them as you came in peace so must they now go in peace back to

    their realms.

     

    (The HPS instructs the maiden to turn up the lights and takes the nocturnal

    candle and walks widdershins three times around around the circle to close the

    working.)

     

     

    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)

    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)

    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

    HPS: You are the spear of Lugh,

     

    HPS: And, thou art the Grail of the Moon.

     

    HPS/HP: And the two 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

     

    (HPS goes to the table holding the food and touches each plate in turn)

     

    HPS: This food is the blessings of the Gods to our bodies. Let us partake of it freely. Moreover, 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 custom 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 moonlight, on this Lughnasadh night,
    
    We gathered, to celebrate the first harvest in summer's on this Black 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. The banishing pentagram of Earth shall be used for all dismissals.)

     

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

    On this later summer, we thank you for witnessing and protecting our Lughnasadh 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, guardians of the West, Undines of the Waters.

    On this late summer, we thank
    you for witnessing and protecting our Lughnasadh 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, guardians of the South, Salamanders of Fire,

    On this late summer, we thank you for witnessing and protecting our Lughnasadh 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)

     


     

    East: Hail, guardians of the East, Sylphs of the Airs,

    On this late summer night, we thank you for witnessing and protecting our Lughnasadh 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)

     

     


     

    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 heal 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.

 

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Jun

A Midsummer’s Night Ritual (Litha)

   Posted by: Scrivener


 

Litha / Summer Solstice

Litha / Summer Solstice

 

 

Jun. 21, 2011

 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

 




You will need these items:

 

General

  • 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

Specific to the Ritual

  • Faery Dust

Preparation

 

  • Usual ritual preparations

 


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 a total of three breaths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consecration of the 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 seasoning for Cerredwen’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.

 

All: So mote it be.

 

(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 Lady’s sacred element—life giving, whether swiftly flowing or softly 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—bringer of summer breezes fair, storm clouds, and faeries on the flight everywhere.

 

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—signifier of the Sun.

Warm and light the way ’till the spell is cast and our work is 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 sets the censer aside.)

 


Entry into Sacred Space

 

Maiden: (Sweeps the area with besom then smudge with violet-sage.)

 

(HPS rings bell three times)

 

HPS: Attention. Harken for the bell and gather in thy assigned places. Prepare for admission into the circle.

 

HP: (After being admitted into sacred space, the covener approaches the HP who then smudges the covener with sage or lavender. When this action is completed, the covener moves to their place about the altar.)

 


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: With this magick circle scribed, may the Fae come into this circle tonight.

May we merry meet and merry part with blessings bright.

 

With magick ring and circle of power, I invite the Fairies

Of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth to be here now

And join with us this Midsummer’s Eve.           �

This Magic Circle is 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.

Fireflies or is it faeries that light the night.

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 Fae of the Air, Sylphs and Sprites

Please grant me the breath of life

I invite you to our circle on this Midsummer’s night

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Hail, Fae of light, Salamanders and newts,

Please grant us your drive and creative fire

I invite you to our circle on this Midsummer’s night

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.


 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire)

 


West Hail, Fae of the waters, Nymphs, Undines, and Merpeople,

Please grant us deep emotions and feelings.

I invite you to our circle on this Midsummer’s night

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.

 

 


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water)

 


North Hail, Fae of the Earth, bright Sidhe (pronounced Shee), dwarves, and gnomes.

Please grant us solidarity, stability, and treasures of great worth.

I invite you to our circle on this Midsummer’s night

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.

 


 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)

 


 


Drawing down the Moon

 

Invocation to the Goddess

 

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

 

HPS: O Lady of the Ferny Brae
We call to you to come to us
To  hold us close and hear us say
Asleep and awake, oh how we dream of you

Oh Lady of the fleet white steed
We call you to come to us
To honor you, all wildness freed
Asleep and awake, oh how we dream of you

Oh Lady of the rising mist
We call you to come to us
To hold us near and share your kiss
Asleep and awake, oh how we dream of you

 

Mist-clad in the light of the moon
Starspun seekers – I search for thee!
Faery light – I ask thy boon
Of branch and thorn and Elder tree!

Wood woven creatures, shadow weavers
River keepers – come to me!
Just beyond reaching, never in keeping
Spirits of Faery – I call unto thee!

Wind-hewn wildness, and dark and brightness
Spiral enchantments – born of the sky,
Cradle me with elven hands,
Abide with me, thy human child!

 

(HPS lights the Goddess candle.)

 

The Charge of the Goddess

 

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

 

HP: Listen to the words of the Great Mother, she who

of old was called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Dana, Arianhod, Isis, Bride, Flidais, Titania, and by many other names too numerous to name.

 

HPS: I am the harmonious tune of the songbird
And the laughter of a gleeful child.
I am the bubbling sound of the running brook
And the scent of the flowers wild.

I am the floating leaf upon the breeze
And the dancing fire in the forest glade.
I am the sweet smell of rains upon the soil
And the rapture of passion when love is made.

I am the germination of see in the Spring
And the ripening of wheat in the sun.
I am the peaceful depth of twilight
That soothes the soul when day is done.

I am found in the twinkling of an aged eye,
And found in the birth of a newborn pup,
Yes, birth and growth and death am I
I am the gracious Earth, on whom you sup.

I am your sister, your mother, the wise one.
I wrap you gently in the warmth of my love.
That which you seek you shall find within
Not without, not below, not above.

Remember always, my children, be reverent.
Be gentle, loving and kind to each other
And hold sacred the Earth and its creatures
For I am the Lady: Creatrix and Mother!


Drawing down the Sun

 

Invocation to the God

 

HP: Oh, playful one, with pipe you prance,

The goat-foot Pan, lord of the dance.

With feral joy in ancient wood

You embue life with mirth and good.

 

Of seed and beast and plant and tune

We seek your form under this moon.

The woodland king, the lord of trees,

Friend to the moon and stars and breeze.

 

Hear us, horned one, your priest’s cry,

And bring your song of life nearby.

Give us your fertile and creative force

And help to return us to wildness, our source.

 

Wild wond’rous Pan, the forest’s sire

Enter this circle and this priest—that is my desire.

Enclose us all, be with us today

Magically join me and our sacred play.

 

IO Pan! The fertile tide, the Nature Spirit, gather thy nymphs and satyrs and come unto me, great Bacchus!
I am Pan!
From in the forests of Arcadia and across the sea I come unto thee!
I am Pan!
My Spirit enfleshed, within thyself and nature they find me best,
Out of writhsome lust, I manifest, I am Pan! God made flesh!

 

(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;

Cernunnos/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.

 


Statement of Purpose

 

HP: Welcome everyone. Tonight we celebrate the summer solstice—the longest day of the year and the beginning of the shortening of days toward the fall equinox.

The summer solstice sabbat is also known as Litha, or midsummer.

Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a romantic comedy with thinly veiled pagan references is an excellent corollary to tonight’s celebration. The play is replete with references to subjects the church considered taboo. Some of these references referred to Puck (aka Robin Goodfellow, aka Robin of the Green, aka Robin Hood), to the solstice celebration itself under the guise of St. John’s day, and especially to fairies.


Power Raising

(HPS & HP lead the coven in the Faerie Dance Rune)

Faerie Dance Rune

By Unknown

The forest was asleep at night,
With dew upon each leaf,
Through cloudy mist I saw a sight
Beyond my own belief.

Two fairies danced upon a frond
And shone a lantern’s beam
And as it’s glow fell on a pond
I thought I’d seen a dream.

They wanted me to see the place
Where Lady Moonlight walked,
When she appeared they saw her face,
Excitedly they talked.

They flew into her open hand
With stardust on each wing,
They did a jig upon it and
She smiled as they did sing.

Her beauty I could never glean
Or what their faerie chant meant
But until then I’d never seen
A thing of such enchantment.

 

 

 

 


Main Working

 

HPS: For tonight’s working, we’ll be reading an Act from Shakespeare’s play,


A Midsummer’s Night Dream

 

 

 

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

 

 

By

 

 

William Shakespeare

 

ACT IV—S CENE I.

TITANIA

Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed,
While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head,
And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.

 

BOTTOM

Where’s Peaseblossom?

 

PEASEBLOSSOM

Ready.

 

BOTTOM

Scratch my head Peaseblossom. Where’s Monsieur Cobweb?

 

COBWEB

Ready.

 

BOTTOM

Monsieur Cobweb, good monsieur, get you your
weapons in your hand, and kill me a red-hipped
humble-bee on the top of a thistle; and, good
monsieur, bring me the honey-bag. Do not fret
yourself too much in the action, mounsieur; and,
good mounsieur, have a care the honey-bag break not;
I would be loath to have you overflown with a
honey-bag, signior. Where’s Monsieur Mustardseed?

 

 

MUSTARDSEED

Ready.

 

BOTTOM

Give me your neaf, Mounsieur Mustardseed. Pray you,
leave your courtesy, good mounsieur.

 

MUSTARDSEED

What’s your Will?

 

BOTTOM

Nothing, good mounsieur, but to help Cavalery Cobweb
to scratch. I must to the barber’s, monsieur; for
methinks I am marvellous hairy about the face; and I
am such a tender ass, if my hair do but tickle me,
I must scratch.

 

TITANIA

What, wilt thou hear some music,
my sweet love?

 

BOTTOM

I have a reasonable good ear in music. Let’s have
the tongs and the bones.

 

TITANIA

Or say, sweet love, what thou desirest to eat.

 

BOTTOM

Truly, a peck of provender: I could munch your good
dry oats. Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle
of hay: good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.

 

TITANIA

I have a venturous fairy that shall seek
The squirrel’s hoard, and fetch thee new nuts.

 

BOTTOM

I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas.
But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me: I
have an exposition of sleep come upon me.

 

TITANIA

Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms.
Fairies, begone, and be all ways away.

So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist; the female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!

 

OBERON

Welcome, good Robin.
See’st thou this sweet sight?
Her dotage now I do begin to pity:
For, meeting her of late behind the wood,
Seeking sweet favours from this hateful fool,
I did upbraid her and fall out with her;
For she his hairy temples then had rounded
With a coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers;
And that same dew, which sometime on the buds
Was wont to swell like round and orient pearls,
Stood now within the pretty flowerets’ eyes
Like tears that did their own disgrace bewail.
When I had at my pleasure taunted her
And she in mild terms begg’d my patience,
I then did ask of her her changeling child;
Which straight she gave me, and her fairy sent
To bear him to my bower in fairy land.
And now I have the boy, I will undo
This hateful imperfection of her eyes:
And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp
From off the head of this Athenian swain;
That, he awaking when the other do,
May all to Athens back again repair
And think no more of this night’s accidents
But as the fierce vexation of a dream.
But first I will release the fairy queen.
Be as thou wast wont to be;
See as thou wast wont to see:
Dian’s bud o’er Cupid’s flower
Hath such force and blessed power.
Now, my Titania; wake you, my sweet queen.

 

TITANIA

My Oberon! what visions have I seen!
Methought I was enamour’d of an ass.

 

OBERON

There lies your love.

 

TITANIA

How came these things to pass?
O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!

 

 

OBERON

Silence awhile. Robin, take off this head.
Titania, music call; and strike more dead
Than common sleep of all these five the sense.

 

TITANIA

Music, ho! music, such as charmeth sleep!

 

PUCK

Now, when thou wakest, with thine
own fool’s eyes peep.

 

OBERON

Sound, music! Come, my queen, take hands with me,
And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be.
Now thou and I are new in amity,
And will to-morrow midnight solemnly
Dance in Duke Theseus’ house triumphantly,
And bless it to all fair prosperity:
There shall the pairs of faithful lovers be
Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity.

 

PUCK

Fairy king, attend, and mark:
I do hear the morning lark.

 

OBERON

Then, my queen, in silence sad,
Trip we after the night’s shade:
We the globe can compass soon,
Swifter than the wandering moon.

 

TITANIA

Come, my lord, and in our flight
Tell me how it came this night
That I sleeping here was found
With these mortals on the ground.

 


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: As the athame is to the male.

 

(HP lowers his athame into the wine)

 

HP: The chalice is to the female.

 

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)

 

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 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 moonlight, on this Midsummer's 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)

 

Thou art the playful one, with pipe you prance,

The goat-foot Pan, lord of the dance.

With feral joy in ancient wood

You embue life with mirth and good.

 

 

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, Faeries, Dwarfs and Gnomes of the Earth.

On this Midsummer’s night, that marks the height 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)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Hail, Faeries, Nymphs, Undines of the Waters,

On this Midsummer’s night, that marks the height 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)


 

South Hail, Faeries and Salamanders of Fire,

On this Midsummer’s night, that marks the height 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)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Hail, Faeries, Sylphs, and Sprites of the Air,

On this Midsummer’s night, that marks the height 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)

 


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 night passes into day and this Midsummer's Night must 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. Now, the High Priest will leave you with Puck's words of parting as a means of wishing you a merry meeting and a merry parting:

 

 

 

HP:        "If we shadows have offended,Think but this, and all is mended,That you have but slumber'd hereWhile these visions did appear.And this weak and idle theme,No more yielding but a dream,Gentles, do not reprehend:if you pardon, we will mend:And, as I am an honest Puck,If we have unearned luckNow to 'scape the serpent's tongue,We will make amends ere long;Else the Puck a liar call;So, good night unto you all.Give me your hands, if we be friends,And Robin shall restore amends."
						

 

 

 

HP/HPS:        Blessed be.

 

 

 

Coveners:   Blessed be.

 

2011 Litha Summer Solstice .pdf version. This version will retain all the fonts and layout. Use this version if you just want to make copies for distribution or to use as a script for your own ritual.

 

2011 Litha Summer Solstice MS Word 2007 version. This version will retain all the fonts and layout. Use this version if you want to customize this ritual.

 

19
Jun

Leaving Offerings for Fairies on Litha

   Posted by: Scrivener

Litha is the Wiccan term for summer solstice–which varies between June 20 and June 24, depending on the year. It entails a number of different celebrations and observances, many centering on children and notions of play. Faeries, too, become a part of the Litha celebration–the day supposedly brings us closer to the supernatural world, which William Shakespeare celebrated in his famous play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can leave offerings for the faeries in many ways, either as means of securing their blessings (and not being bewitched like Bottom or Rip Van Winkle), or just as a fun activity for you and your kids.

  • Find a suitable place to leave offerings for the faeries. Faerie folk tend to congregate in wooded areas, in the hollows of trees and near water. If you have a garden, you can prepare an altar for your offerings by planting flowers they might like, such as roses, bluebells, or lilacs. A fountain or small pool in your garden works well as an altar too.
  • Locate a place inside where you can leave offerings. If you live in an apartment or urban area, you can still find a place to honor the faeries on Litha. Household faeries such as brownies inhabit people’s homes, no matter where they are. Clear a section of countertop, dresser, or fire hearth for your altar and leave the offering in a saucer or a wicker basket.
  • Prepare food as an offering yourself. Faeries don’t usually like processed or pre-packaged foods, though they do enjoy milk and/or honey when served in a saucer. Baked goods such as bread and small cakes make much better offerings, especially if you prepare them in your own oven.
  • You can use flowers and summer herbs as offerings as well. Faeries appreciate them. If possible, plant the flowers so that they will grow and bloom, rather than presenting cut flowers.
  • Leave the offerings at least one night. Check the calendar and make sure you have the correct date for Litha or Midsummer’s Night (June was midsummer in the old calendars). It varies from year to year and astronomical sites will tell you exactly when Litha falls on the year in question.
  • Sing and dance when you leave your offerings. Faeries love chanting music and dancing and will be more inclined to approach your offerings.
  • Thank the faeries before you leave. If you want to ask them for help, Litha is a good time to do it, but try to ask for unselfish things, such as good health for your friends and families. Faeries turn their noses up at selfish requests for help.
  • Don’t be worried if the faeries don’t eat the food (or your kids ask why the faeries haven’t taken their offerings). They can absorb the essence of the food without actually eating it or appear as an animal and consume it that way.
  • Remove the food after is has been sitting a day or two. The faeries have likely removed all sustenance from it and even if they haven’t, it will begin to turn.
19
Jun

Happy Litha

   Posted by: Scrivener

Directly opposite of Yule, on the Wheel of the Year, is our Pagan Holy Day called Midsummer, the Summer Solstice or Litha, and in Christian times was known as St. John’s Day. Midsummer is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere between June 20th and 26th. (The festivities can actually go on for a week in some places!) This is the longest day of the year, and the day when we honor our God (as represented by the Sun) as He makes His ascent into the highest point of the Heavens before beginning His great decline towards His death (Winter). He was called by many names in every religion and land on Earth. To the Greeks He was Helios and then Apollo, to the Celts he was Lugh, to the Egyptians He was Ra and to the Christians He was Jesus Christ. He is also known to many of us modern Neo-Pagans and Wiccans as the Oak King, who rules over the light half of the year. In some cultures He, (the Sun) was even a She; such as the case of the Japanese Sun Goddess Amaterasu.

At this time in the cycle the Mother Goddess (the Earth) is now heavily pregnant with the Divine Child, who will be born at the Winter Solstice, 6 months from now. This Divine Child will be the rebirth of Her Dead Consort, who will be slain by His brother the Holly King (who represents the the dark half of the year) on this night to symbolize the death of the Sun’s reign of power on the Earth. The child growing in Her belly represents the bounty ripening on the trees and in the fields at Midsummer. This is the peak of the year. This is the height of not only the the growing season, but also of the waxing energy cycle of the year.

Couples living in the Old Ways often would wait until after they had a baby on the way before they wed. Because fertility was such an important factor in the marriages of country folks, because they needed children to work the farm, business or carry on the family line- that often the young couple needed to prove their ability to bear children before entering into a marriage. Otherwise, the marriage would not be considered to be blessed by the Gods. (Thank Goddess that such things are not a criteria for ‘wholeness in marriage’ in these days of infertility and overpopulation!) This Pagan tradition is the reason why the Goddess is pregnant at Beltane and the couple is not married until Midsummer. If a couple who was Hand fasted at Beltane the previous year, had prospered during their “Year and a Day” trial period of marriage- they would usually be Hand fasted again the next Midsummer’s in a more formal and binding ceremony to proclaim their commitment to each other and the family.

 

Because Midsummer is a cross quarter point of the year, it is a time of great power, magick and a time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. This is why it is considered an auspicious time for divinations, harvesting magickal and medicinal herbs and for Otherworldly Faerie and Spirit contact. The Faeries are said to rise from the hills and mounds on this night, because of this time in between times. These Faeries are not always light and fluff- the stuff of story books and New Age Bookstores. They can be mischievous and at times quite frightening. When working with them one must remember that they are not of this realm, and they do not operate by the same morality or laws as us who live on this plane.

If you would like to make contact or even friends with these Nature Spirits, you might like to make a Faerie Altar or Shrine in a secluded outdoor area. Preferably in your backyard, or somewhere on your own property; that way you can begin to attune with the Faeries and Land Devas that share your space with you. A Faerie Shrine can be something as simple as a flat rock to leave offerings on, or even a small birdhouse, decorated with growing flowers, and complete with a tiny nest. Faeries are known to enjoy small trinkets and nature objects like shells, rocks and crystals. They also like offerings of bread and honey. After leaving the food out overnight, toss it into the yard for the birds or animals to eat.

Midsummer’s Eve and Morning is also the time to harvest many Spring and early Summer herbs, and also to gather branches for making wands, staffs and stangs. It is best to precede this gathering with a moment of asking permission to partake of the plant’s bounty. Many Magickal Folks like to draw a circle in the Earth around the plant, to symbolically concentrate the energy before cutting into the plant. Then you harvest the greenery with your boline, or another sacred knife used only for this purpose. Afterwards, it is nice to leave a small offering as a token of appreciation and an energy exchange. The best thanks would be a nice long watering, and maybe some fertilizer; however, any small coins, trinkets or even bits of food or a libation are good too. Many times when I have been unprepared, I will leave a strand of my hair on a branch for the birds, and spit at the roots. (The spit is in lieu of water and also is a physical energy exchange from me to the plant.) When gathering branches to use for Wands, it is traditional to use branches from a ‘virgin’ tree, that is one who has not yet born fruit.

The traditional colors of this holiday are the reds, oranges yellows and golds of fire and the sun. The ancient Celts used to make giant Solar Wheels and set them ablaze while sending them down a hill. A more modern variation on this, to make with the children, would be to make Solar Wheels out of Ivy or other malleable branches and vines. First make the wreath and then the cross in the center. These can be hung outside with yellow, orange and red ribbons. For the littlest participants, a paper plate makes a great surface for these Solar Disks, and you could use paint and glitter along with ribbons instead of the more cumbersome wreath weaving. You can also take two sticks and tie them into a cross. Then, punch two tiny holes on either side of the sticks in a few key spots, and use yarn to attach them to the paper plate. That way, you can still have the ‘Nature’ effect along with the easy creation. Or, just keep it super simple and use paint or popsicle sticks! Either way, the turn out pretty and the kids love them.

This is a traditional time for creating and empowering Amulets, Talismans, and other Charms for use during the year. I also like to use the high waxing energies of this day to bless and empower my crystals in a Sun Bath. You do this in exactly the same way you cleanse and empower them in a Moon Bath, except this is done throughout the day, instead of the night. Three days in the Sun is even better than 1; but remember to bring them in at night, as they are supposed to be absorbing pure Solar energy. Traditional crystals to use for rituals or workings on this Sabbat are Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Red Jasper, Pyrite, and any other gemstones with Solar correspondences.

This night is a great night for a bonfire (or a BBQ). As you sing or chant some jaunty Midsummer tune in thanks of the God and Goddess, throw a mixture of purifying herbs (such as lavender or sage) onto the fire for a purification smudge. Then catch fireflies in glass jars and spend some time divining with Tarot, Runes or scrying in inky water. Spend time with family and friends eating good food and enjoying some good drinks and music.

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May

The Beltane Rune

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From our Beltane Ritual:

Bealtaine Rune

A Maying, a Maying we come between April and June.
Hearken ye unto the Bealtaine Rune.
East then South, West then North,
Dance about the Maypole then sally forth!

A nutting, a nutting we will go,
from sunset ’till Beltane morn’s first glow.
We’ll look for nuts ‘neath streamers of the Maypole.
If we can’t find any, off to the greenwood we’ll go.

Out of sight, we’ll pick flowers by the dim light.
Don’t look for us; we’ll be out all night.
We’ll gather hawthorn and alder decorated with balls bright,

Twined like lovers laying the night’s delights.

It’s so very dark here in the greenwoods.

We might meet Little John Maid Marian, or Robin Hod.

Come harvest will be a new crop to remember this May Eve:

Hodsons, Robinsons, Johnsons more than you might believe.

Horned hunter of the night,
with the Goddess by his side,
Embrace and smile to see such a sight,

Couples everywhere beyond the balefire’s light.

 

Back to the fire for one last run.

Bid farewell to the Goddess and the Horned One.

By the power of the Moon and Sun,

Jump the flame for luck and because it’s fun.

 

By the morning light we’ll parade our charade.
With woven boughs and garlands we made,
We’ll leave flowers and nuts in each doorway,
As a pretense for spending May Eve in the glade.

 

All: Eko Eko Azarak
Eko Eko Zomelak

Eko Eko Azarak
Eko Eko Zomelak

Eko Eko Lugh

Eko Eko Lilith.

 

5
Feb

Imbolg 2010

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What do groundhog s and the lactation of ewes have in common?

In this day probably nothing, but once upon a fairer time, both pointed reassuringly (at least as long as the groundhog didn’t see its shadow) to the lengthening of days and a return to springtime warmth. A quite literal translation of the Celtic—Old Irish— word, Imbolg (actually, Óimelc), is the lactation of ewes. Some also claim the word means, in the belly, but I believe that definition is probably a debasement of the word’s true meaning. I any of you reading this are more expert in Gaelic than me, feel free to correct my assumptions. Finally, since the Wiccan Sabbat, Imbolg, and Groundhog Day celebrations occur on the same day, you now know the connection between the two events.

Our coven, the Circle of the Dark Moon, like so many other Wiccans celebrated Imbolg this past Tuesday evening. Barb, one of our second-degree students, led the ritual. She also did a fine job of writing said ritual. The main working of the ritual was an Earth-healing dance and chant, which was appropriate since our tradition focuses more on the agricultural aspects in this the first of the fertility Sabbats.

Afterwards, we had a potluck dinner that featured many traditional Celtic foods. Scott, Barb’s son, and one of our first-degree students, prepared an Irish stew with a curry kicker. He also brought freshly baked bread. Michelle (first-degree student), brought a warm milk prepared with turmeric and cinnamon. The only way that drink could have been more appropriate for the Sabbat was if she had used ewe’s milk. Even though she was not assigned anything for this food rotation, Elaine (first-degree student) volunteered to bring the paper plates and plastic ware so that cleanup was a breeze—a fact that was not lost on my grateful wife. For dessert, there was chocolate cake. Okay, nothing traditional there, but hey, it was chocolate.

Thanks to everyone who attended, and brought food or consumables, and especially to our guest, Jess, who quite literally and quite appropriately—after all, Imbolg is a fertility Sabbat—had something “in the belly.” Jess informed us that she was five months pregnant and that she’s looking forward to her upcoming wedding. Finally, congratulations to Barb for a fine job in writing the ritual and in performing the Priestess duties. It was a pleasure conducting the ritual with you.

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