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` Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of

humankind, it behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the

Old Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the Craft, and to themselves.

Therefore, be it noted that:

1. Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must

be lived by all who follow the old ways.

2. It must be kenned that thoughts and intent put forth on this Middle Earth will

wax strong in other worlds beyond and return… bringing into creation, on this

world, that which had been sent forth. Thus one should exercise discipline, for “as

ye plant, so shall ye harvest.”

3. It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain

godhead.

4. “This above all… to thine own self be true…”

5. A Witch’s word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus,

give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.

6. Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the

matter may be known.

7. Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large

part, a thing of falsehoods.

8. Be thou honest with others, and have them know that honesty is

likewise expected of them.

9. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one’s

head is a virtue.

10. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others.

Strive not to do harm.

11. Diverse covens may well have diverse views of love between members

and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should

discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.

12. Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.

13. As a Witch, thou has power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom

increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.

14. Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the

mountains have crumbled to dust.

15. Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen

others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.

16. Thou shalt not reveal the secrets of another Witch or Coven. Others have labored

long and hard for them, and cherish them as treasures.

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17. Though there may be differences among those of the Old Ways, those

who are once-born must see nothing, and must hear nothing.

18. Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the

world.

19. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within

reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.

20. Have pride in thyself and seek perfection in body and in mind. For

the Lady has said, “How canst thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself

first?”

21. Those who seek the Mysteries should consider themselves the select

of the Gods, for it is they would lead the race of humankind to the highest of

thrones and beyond the very stars.


1
Apr

The Witches’ Pyramid

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The Witches’ Pyramid of Four Pillars


There are many tools used in Modern Witchcraft. According to some Wiccan systems, the first four are not physical, but rather are qualities which must be developed within the witch.

The “Four Pillars of the Witches Temple” are;

To Know (nescere)
-corresponds to Air
-represents the witch’s reason/intellect/intuition/wisdom and other more mystical understandings…

Basically this has to do with the gaining of knowledge, whether it be from books, teachers, or from experience. This also includes anything having to do with organising said knowledge: remembering, analyzing, dissecting, logical reasoning, imagining, linking, and many more. This is shown in many kinds of knowledge needed to do ritual: from remembering the words to invocations, to knowing when to cast the circle, to knowing what incense to use, to remembering how it feels when one grounds correctly.

In witchcraft knowledge is power. No knowledge is ever wasted, and you may find that your fifth grade Creative Writing class taught you things useable for creating invocations, or that your Aunt Jean’s gardening tips are helping you with your herb growing, or your Tai Chi class helped get the idea of centering across.

The admonitions “Know Thyself”, “Know your Craft”, “Learn” and “Apply you Learning” are all included in the pillar.

To Will (velle)
-corresponds to Fire
-represents the witch’s Will/Discipline/her skills in the arts of magic and life.

This can be split into two categories: the mundane and the Magickal. The mundane is where a with tries to keep their life in good order, and to follow through on promises and commitments. The magickal version refers to the Will to see a spell or ritual to its completion, keeping the intent clear without letting onself get distracted.
Concentration, Discipline and Drive are definitely a part of this, as well as Enthusiasm for doing ritual in the first place.

Placing one’s will in tandem with Divine Will is also incuded.

“Keep you thoughts and deeds in good order” and “Breathe and Eat correctly” belong here (though really just the act of living up to all the Goals could be listed inder “To Will”)

To Dare (audere)

-corresponds to Water
-represents the witch’s Emotions/Heart since the word courage derives from a word that means “heart”

“To Dar” encompasses the acts of facing fears, especially with regards to doing magick. Dare to experiment with what one has learned to gain more experience, like trying out that new astral travel technique or trance working. Dare to meet the Gods and interacte with them. Dare to deal with inner darkness.

This is not to say that one must never feel fear. Fear must be felt and examined before it can be dealt with. The more one tries to hide one’s fear from one’s self, the more power that fear will have over one’s self. Facing the Shadow within can be more traumatic than facing the most awe-inspiring Deity. However, Starhawk mentions in her book The Spiral Dance, “Where there’s fear, there’s power.” One’s greatest fear can mask one’s greatest strength.

It must be stated that any emotion or personal attribute brought into a magickal circle will be increased and strengthened. This explains the admonition at the gateway “Better to fall upon this knife/Than enter here in fear, or strife”. Give strength to your courage.

To Keep [the] Silence (tacere)

-corresponds with Earth
“To Keep the Silence” is often interpreted as “To Keep Silent”: that is, to keep secret knowledge of witchcraft, of membership and places of meetings etc., except in cases of voucher-for persons. “To Keep Silent” is probably a good general practice since it keeps the foolhardy from trying things that might be dangerous or from getting flack from less sympathetic neighbours. This is, however, not the whole story.

“Silence” represents the ‘still point’… the silence within… The correspondence with Earth here also gives another hint of this interpretation, since in order to begin to work magick, we generally “ground” and “center” ourselves. It is difficult to keep clear one’s intent if other extraneous thoughts keep flitting by and being distracting.

Listening to the Gods and Nature (and other people for that matter) is also intimated since one cannot hear unless there is silence first.

Again, “Keeping your thoughts in good order” as well as “Meditate” come under this heading

To Go (ire)
-corresponds to Spirit

Some traditions use the fifth Element of Spirit as embodying the power “To Go”: to go forth, to journey, to make manifest, to evolove. Most traditions assign Spirit to the Gods, making spirit a combination of the other four elements in perfect balance.

Conclusion

If one sees each of these qualities written on a four-sided pyramid, “To Keep the Silence” would be on the base, with the other three (To Know, To Will, To Dare) rising from the base (ie. Earth, foundation) to meet at the top. All things begin and end in Silence.

All of these qualities must be developed to gain proficiency in magick. (Remember “Achieve Balance”)Sources:

sources:

The Way of the Goddess by Ly Warren-Clarke
Dalukah’s Notes
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

19
Feb

Wowstara

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Wowstara logo design by Terry J Kunkel



A World of Warcraft© Guild


You will need these items:

  • Altar facing east.
  • Bell
  • Incense (jasmine)
  • Ritual cakes (hot crossed buns)
  • Wine or Ale (a white wine or light-colored ale)
  • God/Goddess candles
  • Red (fire) illumination candle
  • Quarter Candles – Green (North), Yellow (East), Red (South) and Blue (West)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Athamé
  • Besom
  • Chalice for Libation for God and Goddess
  • Libation Plate
  • Cauldron
  • A wreath of flowers for the Spring Queen.
  • As many cords as there are witches present.
  • Spring flower decorations for the altar.

Preparation

  1. A bowl of hardboiled, scarlet-dyed eggs should be nearby for the choosing of the Spring Queen.
  2. The wreath of flowers should be on the altar for the choosing of the Spring Queen.

Cleansing Sacred Space

(Maiden sweeps. Next, she lights the Goddess and God candles, the illumination candles candle)







Entry into Sacred Space


The Challenge

(HPS rings bell three times)

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

Blessed be.

Coveners: So mote it be.

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.

HPS: (Admits covener 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.)






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 from Qaballistic ceremonial magick.


Stand relaxed but upright with your spine straight.

Inhale, then exhale.


Visualize the energy of the moon as bright while stream of light shining down upon your head


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


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

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


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


Let’s do this for three breaths.









Consecration of Water and Salt


Charge at the Pentacle

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

Blessing the Salt

HPS: (places dish of salt upon the pentacle)

I consecrate you, creature of salt to service of the Goddess,

Seasoning for magick, element of Earth, added to the waters of rebirth,

Serve us now so that we may complete the Great Work.


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 you, creature of water to service of the Goddess.

In this way, recall the seas, the Cauldron of Life, the vessel of our birth and rebirth,

And spring rains which bring life to the earth, aid us now in our works.


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 to service of the God,

Bringer of both spring breezes fair, and March’s changeable weather,

Your power of intellect we call now upon you to share.


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 to the service of the God.

Signifier of the Sun, and light of magick’s pyre,

Burn brightly this spring night so we might know wisdom’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)


HPS: (Addressing the coven)


While we cast the circle, I want all of you to concentrate and focus your energy on erecting the temple. Pull the energy, from the ground, from air, from the moon, from anywhere. Concentrate it within you, and then send it unto the sword or athame, or to me. Sense and see the glow and blue flame from athame tip to ground below and know that when I pass the circle is cast.


(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 of 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 Cenarius, the Lord of the spring Sun and Elune, the Lady of the Moon.



Strengthening the Circle


(by Water)


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

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

This blessed water sprinkled round, and round.

Protect us from wickedness and make our magick sound.


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


(by Air)


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

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

This smoke takes our intentions to the skies

Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.


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



(by Fire)


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

Witch 3: Fire, shine true and bright,

Aid, grant clarity of sight,

Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

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




Calling the Quarters

East Hail, Guardians of the East: Elemental Spirits of Air,

Spring breezes fill the air, bringing fragrance of new growth, and insight fair.

I invite you to our circle on this Equinox of the lengthening light,

To witness and protect our sacred rites.





(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)



South Hail, Guardians of the South: Elemental Spirits of Fire,

Increasing light warms, flares, igniting our passion to dare.

I invite you to our circle on this Equinox of the lengthening light,

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.



(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire)



West Hail, Guardians of the West: Elemental Spirits of the Waters,

Moonshine and spring rains upon my windowsill; new strength of will flows from thy waters.

I invite you to our circle on this Equinox of the lengthening light,

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.




(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water)


North Hail, Guardians of the North: Elemental Spirits of the Earth.

Your quiet, patient tending, never ending, helps our gardens grow plants of worth.

I invite you to our circle on this Equinox night,

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.



(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)







Drawing down the Moon



Invocation to the Goddess


HPS: (HPS in mortal aspect begins the invocation to the Goddess)

Elune, triune nature’s Queen.

Who walks among the lands between.
From moonless dark of night to spring sunlit day,

You lead Thy children and teach the mysteries of the way.
No man, no elf, nor any other child of Azerothian race,

Denies Thy magick nor Thy ageless grace.

Or takes offense to winter’s cold,

For through Her rest spring is born into summer gold.
So take my hands by crafted light.

Take my arms with cunning might.

Take my voice and be my words.

Take my soul of triple thirds.
Become my flesh and fill my blood.

Infuse my bones with mystic flood.

And speak we two as name’s invoked.

Thy will in me. Thy will evoked.


(HPS is now aspected as the Goddess)

I am Bright Elune, Goddess who brings forth life anew.

From winter slumber in the spring I rise renewed.


Through my voices, my many names are told.
As Tyrandes I hunt as the Earth Mother I hold.
As Fauna, and, Therazane, and Neth,
I am eternal beyond even Death.

Though at times clothed in shadow, I never die,

To teach you the way of the light, I’ll be with you during your magick rites.

The likeness I steal from my Lover, Cenarius, and Son.
His image and death in My eyes are one.

But through My embrace, My children shall rise.
No emerald dream shall enslave. No fate can disguise.
All those among them, the weak and the strong.
The wise and the lost, to Me all belong.

And need Ye to find Me, Ye need only call.
On sabbat or moon, in winter and spring, I listen to all.
My wings are the wind. My blood is the seas.
My womb is the earth. My arms are the trees.

And these Mine own gifts to all I bestow.
Of magick and sight to cure and to grow.
But mark Ye this well when dark aims invade.
From evil of heart, My teachings soon fade.

So go Ye in love and take what Ye need.
My flesh be Thy feast though take not with greed.
And those of the Wise whose beckon I know,
May balance preserve Thee, above and below.


(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 Azerothians, by names to many to name including the White Lady, Elune, Earth Mother, and the Goddess of the Moon.


HPS: Whenever ye have need of any thing, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me, who is Queen of all witches.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these I will teach things that are yet unknown. And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites (under your clothes if you like); and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in My praise. For Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and Mine also is joy on earth; for My law is love unto all beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let naught stop you or turn you aside. For I am the secret door which opens upon the land of youth and Mine is the cup of wine of life, and the Cauldron of Rebirth, which is the Holy Grail of immortality.

I am the gracious goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of all. Upon earth, I gave the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before.

Nor do I require sacrifice for behold, I am the mother of all living things, and all life is precious to Me therefore, I pour my love out upon the earth.

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 mysteries of the waters,

I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.


For, I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.

From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.

Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold-

All acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.


Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,

Honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you who seek to know Me, know that your

Seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless

You know the Mystery:


For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself,

You will never find it without.

For behold, I have been with you from the beginning;

I am that which is attained at the end of desire.




Drawing down the Sun


Invocation to the God

HP:     You are the stag of seven tines.


You are the Lord of all things wild,


the consort of She whom we adore and soon again, you'll be her child.


You have many names, Nozdormu, Ursol, and Ursoc, or Malygos,


but most know you as the Sun of She whom we adore, Cenarius.



Although the oak grows, and the holly is becoming wan,


Today you begin to gain your might on this equinox and the lengthening of the light.



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 spires.


Strike the harp. Gather the flutes, drums, sing, and dance in honor of you for Spring is here to banish winter darkness.



You are the stag of seven tines.

Great Father, return to Earth, again,

Come at my call and show Yourself to men.

Bear, Cheetah, and Panther, upon the wild hill’s way,

Lead us from winter’s night into spring 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.

Ruler of wild things, Descend upon thy servant and priest;

O answer unto me.


(HP lights the God candle.)

Charge of the God

HPS:
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:

HP: 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.

HPS: Listen to the words of the Horned God, he who rules the wild places and at whose feet D Èth shall place you when you reach life’s rest.

HPS: 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 by many names including Ursol, and Ursoc, Malygos,

And Cenarius.

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: Once more, again and again, eon after eon, the wheel of the year turns from darkness to light. Today is the celebration of the spring equinox: the first time this year that the sun shares an equal amount of the day with the dark of the night. However, from this day forward until the summer solstice the days will lengthen and warm.

Therefore, to honor the God and the Goddess, we have gathered here to celebrate the sabbat of Ostara—the spring equinox.




Main Working

Rekindling the Fire

HP: (stands in the East)

HPS: (stands in the West facing the HP across the cauldron. The HPS carries the wand in her right hand.)

Coveners: (array themselves about the circle.)


HPS: We kindle this fire today

In the presence of the Holy Ones, without malice, without jealousy,

Without envy, without fear of aught beneath the Sun,

But the High Gods, the Old Ones, and the Wise Ones.


Thee we invoke, O Light of Life,

Be Thou a bright flame before to light the night,

Be thou a guiding star above us;

Be thou a smooth path beneath us;

Blaze forth in our hearts a flame of love,

For neighbor, and kindred, foe and friend,

Let our compassion shine as though the sun above,

And for the beasts and birds of the wild places you love.


O radiant Son God of the Goddess divine,

From the lowliest to highest of all,

Show forth thy wisdom’s warming light to shine,

For us, for kindred kind, for all creatures great and small.


HPS: (Holds the wand aloft while walking slowly deosil around the cauldron until she is standing in front of the HP.


HPS: O Sun, be thou armed to conquer the dark.


HPS: (Presents the wand to the HP and then stands aside.)


HP: (Accepts the wand)


I am here to light your way.


(Holds the wand high in salute and returns it to the altar.)


Maiden: (Presents lighter or a lit taper—which she lit from the altar—to the HPS. The maiden steps aside.)


HP: (Lights the cauldron candle with the taper/lighter and then hands the taper/lighter back to maiden who replaces it on the altar.)


Power Raising

HPS: (Leads the coveners in a power raising chant before the seeds of magick working)

Within the earth a tiny seed

sends shoots towards the Sun

The Maiden sings her song of spring

And the blooming has begun


Call the seed, the root, the bud

Call the Sun so bright

Sing your song and bid farewell

To the cold of winter’s night.


O lady of the scented leaves

Lay your cloak of vibrant green

Dance the wheel and dance the world

At the blooming of the land.


Within the egg the serpent sleeps

before the break of day

In colours bold he cracks the shell

And wakens all the fae


The ground is split by growing things

That weave upon the hills

The vines and flowers join the dance

To clothe the winter’s chill


O lady of the scented leaves

Lay your cloak of vibrant green

Dance the wheel and dance the world

At the blooming of the land.

Planting the Seeds of Magick


Maiden: (Distributes packets of seeds… When all coveners have a seed packet, the HPS continues speaking.)


HPS: Spring is the time of renewal, growth and of planting. It is the time of year when the dark months are behind us and we look forward to the lengthening days of spring and the eventual warmth and abundance of summer.


In times past when we have stood in this circle, we’ve raised power for change in our lives and tonight we’re going to do much the same with a twist. Instead of focusing our energy on the mundane we’re going to push our magickal envelopes. Tonight, explore your wildest magickal imaginings. Think about what magickal feat you’d like to accomplish in the coming springtime. Maybe you want to raise dragons. Maybe you want to join a faery ring. Maybe you finally want to find the courage to meet your animal or spirit guide. I don’t know—but whatever task you choose make it magickal, and make it bold. Stretch your imaginations!


Now, focus your intent of the magickal transformation or action you want to perform upon your packet of seeds. Be very clear about what it is you want.


(HPS pause for few moments to let the coveners focus their intent.)


Next, reaffirm and believe in yourself and your power. Remember if what you seek you do not find within, then you shall never find it without.


(HPS pauses again for a few moments.)


Finally, just as a tree grows, blooms, and then bears fruit, visualize your magickal endeavor come to fruition and how you’ll enjoy the fruits of your success.


(HPS pauses again for a few moments.)


But like any good spell, a plant must be cared for and nurtured. Therefore, take these seeds when you leave this circle and plant the seeds of magick. Know that as your seeds grow, and thrives as plant, so does your power. Each day when you see your seeds growing it shall be a talisman and testament to your power of will and magick. Take good care of these seeds so that your magick may grow.


Now to give these seeds a good start, to emphasize that the power and the magick reside within us, we’re going to do a circle chant. Beginning with the person to my left, each of you in turn shall say the following:   �


I am the flow and I am the ebb;

I am the weaver and I am the web.


(The HPS indicates who should start the chant then each covener in turn chants the above refrain.)


Covener: I am the flow and I am the ebb;

I am the weaver and I am the web.


(The chant continues around the circle, each covener trying to say their piece more intently than the last until like a wave, it reaches the HPS/HP.)

HPS: I am the flow and I am ebb;

HP: I am the weaver and I am the web.

All: We are the flow and we are the ebb.

We are the weavers and we are the web.

HP: (Next, the High Priest names one of the women to be the Spring Queen and stands her in front of the altar. He crowns her with the chaplet of flowers .The High Priestess then presents the Spring Queen with her bouquet. Then, starting with the Spring Queen, everyone jumps over the fire, singly or in couples, not forgetting to wish.)



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 bright sun and staff of Cenarius.

(HP lowers his athame into the wine)

HP: And you are Elune, 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)

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 on this first spring night,


We gathered to bid hail 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 and fire sets our heads alight?

We bid thee farewell as well as welcoming the sun and its warming rays,

And, we thank you for this spring boon which brings the lengthening 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, Elemental Spirits of Earth.

On this first day of spring light, beneath the Sun’s light,

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, guardians of the West, Elemental Spirits of Water.

On this first day of spring light, beneath the Sun’s light,

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, guardians of the South, Elemental Spirits of Fire,

On this first day of spring light, beneath the Sun’s light,

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, guardians of the East, Elemental Spirits of Airs,

On this first day of spring light, beneath the Sun’s light,

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 the holly must yield to the oak, and the stars set when dawn begins,


Just as the spring equinox signals winters's end, it is time for us to leave this realm of magick, mystery, and the circle of our ancestors and friends.



HPS:        The circle is open, but remains unbroken.


            Blessed be.


Coveners:    Blessed be.


5
Feb

Imbolg 2010

   Posted by: Scrivener

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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