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2
Apr

Witchcraft & Christianity

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(*)During my years as a practicing Wiccan, or “witch” or gasp “warlock” (yes I use the ‘W’ word), I have had occasion to ask myself this question many, times. With the recent political controversy where the repugnicans would have you believe that Jesus hates liberals and only bible-thumpin’ funda-mentals curry the Divine’s favor, the question suddenly has more than its usual immediacy for me and for my brothers and sisters in Wicca.

First, let me get the usual questions out of the way. Wicca is a real religion, born in the 1950s as a recreation of the Old Religion of Northern Europe, which some believe dates back about 25,000 years. In the mid-1980s, the U.S. Courts accepted Wicca as a legitimate religion and granted us first Amendment rights and freedom from taxation. Therefore, the point is moot, really. The same U.S. Constitution that protects Christianity protects our religious freedom – and a good thing, too. Wicca is the fastest growing religion of the 20th Century.

Wiccans do not believe in an evil deity, and would not worship one if they did—well, I might. Wiccans do not practice human or animal sacrifice—although I am making a list should human sacrifice ever come back into vogue. The most sacred commandment our religion demands of us is to harm no one. If you think about that last statement carefully, it pretty well covers most of the Biblical Ten Commandments – the important parts, anyway. Even more importantly, we do not attempt to convert our friends and neighbors to Wicca. Our faith teaches us that when they are ready for what we have to teach, they will seek us out.

What about me, personally? Am I a New Age nut? Well, that depends on what you mean—or whom you ask. I’m an environmentalist, certainly—rabidly so. On the other hand, I do not partake in illegal drugs of any kind. I am a database administrator working on air force base for one of the largest Native American SB 8A set aside employers in the United States. I am a college graduate. I am a published novelist (“Is Wanting Enough”). I am a licensed pilot with multiple ratings. My favorite hobbies include running/walking with my dogs, bicycling, reading all sorts of books on Magick and Wicca, anthropology, and other religions (Wiccans are some of the best-read people on the planet). Alas, I haven’t the time to read as much fiction as I’d like—I’m still finishing, “The Deathly Hallows.” I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I currently hold a secret clearance. In what way am I such an evil and dangerous neighbor?

Where does this knee-jerk hostility to the word “witch” come from?

It doesn’t come from the word, certainly. “Witch” is a corruption of “witcraft,” or “craft of the wise.” In fact, the Wiccan religion is sometimes called “The Craft of the Wise,” or just “The Craft.” There is nothing sinister there. Do Wiccans practice magick? Yes—resounding so for those of us in The Dark Moon Tradition—most Wiccans do practice some magick if only in ritual. Do Wiccans have supernatural powers? Yes they do but only those ‘supernatural’ powers innate in everybody and everything in an interconnected Creation. Oddly enough, those same Christians who believe the practice of magick is so evil are often those who most sincerely believe in faith healing. On the other hand, what most Christians fail to realize is that prayer is also a petitionary form of magick. Just think about that for a moment and try to explain the difference between me invoking Hekate or constructing a thoughtform to alter my reality or a Christian praying for their God to grant them a favor. Ahem, I’m waiting .

Let’s get back to the Craft of the Wise. During the Christian Inquisition, nobody really knows how many accused witches were burned at the stake. It is known, however, that a number of village wise women were accused of witchcraft and burned for curing fevers with nasty stuff like moldy bread. Were they followers of the Old Religion? Probably. Were they wise? You bet they were. Did you ever hear of penicillin? I wonder how many centuries of medical knowledge were lost because of a bunch of frightened priests? Can anyone say, “The Dark Ages?”

So where did the idea come from that we were (and are) Satanists?

The most obvious answer is that the moldy bread cure worked, and was unexplainable. A number of other herbal and common sense remedies were surprisingly effective, as “alternative” medicine is re- discovering today. The only way the church could admit these cures worked (and it was a little too obvious to deny) without admitting this was a really good thing was to make the claim that the women practicing these cures had made a pact with the Devil. Heavens, they couldn’t be physicians! Medicine was firmly in the hands of the priests, and the practice of medicine was expressly forbidden to women. At the time I write of, formal medicine consisted mostly of applying leeches to the sick.

Were the village wise women the only problem? No. During this early medieval period, when the Christians were converting Northern Europe at sword point, a lot of dirty tricks were played. The country folk, whom we believe to be the ancestors of modern Wicca, worshiped a Goddess we consider the Mother of Life, and a God we call the Horned Hunter, or God of Death. For us, death is merely a door to rebirth, so there is nothing at all fearful for us in a God of Death. In an effort to make non-Christianity something horrible, the monks who drew the medieval Biblical illustrations “borrowed” our Horned Hunter when they drew depictions of the Christian Devil. You needn’t take my word for this. Any educated person knows that the Greek Pan predates Christianity by some considerable period of time. Take a good look at a drawing of Pan in your nearest encyclopedia. Look familiar? He should. You’ve been looking at him in biblical illustrations dating back to your first Sunday school. Pan is the Greek form of our Horned Hunter. They are one and the same god. Read your mythology. Pan was never evil, just playful.

If all that weren’t enough, Exodus 22:18 was horribly mistranslated in the King James Version of the Christian Bible. The original “Suffer not a poisoner to live among you” became “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Some pretty bloodthirsty fundamentalist preachers want to enforce that mistranslation literally, even today. In August of 1999, Rev. Jack Harvey of Killeen, Texas, was quoted as stating publicly that all witches should be killed. He organized a “March Against Wickedness” for that Labor Day Monday in Killeen (which flopped pitifully), and I believe he was hoping and praying it would erupt into real violence, because he advised members of his congregation to carry guns, in case some of us witches decided to snatch his kids.

Other reasons for fear again date back to medieval times. The reasons have mostly been forgotten, but the fear remains. During medieval times, life was unpleasant. In fact, it was downright horrible for the peasants. Christianity taught the peasants that it didn’t matter, that the material world was to be shunned in favor of a reward in the Christian Heaven. Wiccans did not, and do not, agree. I can still remember my first teacher telling me that it would be difficult to cultivate my spiritual nature until at least my basic physical needs – as in food, shelter, warmth – were met. We are taught that achieving success at another’s expense is wrong (remember we are permitted to harm none!), but success in itself is actually a virtue. In medieval times, daring to hope and work for success was dangerous thinking. It might even have led to a collapse of feudalism. So the Christian hatred of that tenet of Wicca was one part envy, one part fear.

Another envy/fear combination had to do with the fact that Wicca is fun. The Old Religion is filled with laughter and playfulness. Our ceremonies are wonderful parties, full of happy tipsiness and flirtation. By comparison, medieval Christian practices were rather grim. Somehow, the Christians who were trying to convert us had to convince us that slipping off into the woods for a bonfire and a roaring good time wasn’t such a good idea. Do what they would, though, they couldn’t get us to give up our fun. Quite logically under the circumstances, they “borrowed” from us. The use of song and chants in ritual (although why the church couldn’t manage happy song, I can’t say), incense (borrowed from Mithraic ritual)- even some actual elements of ritual itself. You can hear echoes of our cakes and ale ceremony in Christian Communion. Oh, I don’t doubt that Jesus of Nazareth had bread and wine during his Last Supper! That’s as may be, but I don’t think the contents of his last meal became a central part of Christian ceremonies until Christianity clashed with the Old Religion in Europe.

Where did Jesus get the idea in the first place? Mithras, who died following a ritual meal of bread and wine? Or the cakes and ale of the Old Religion? Scary question, isn’t it? For the record, I believe it was Mithras, as he was the secret god of many of the Roman troops occupying Palestine at the time of Jesus of Nazareth. Nevertheless, enough Roman troops were European “barbarians” that it is just possible that some elements of our faith were known to Jesus himself.

20th Century Christian practices never struck me as being a barrel of laughs, either. Wiccans are still having fun. So there is bound to be some ongoing envy, if not outright fear.

I wonder how many Christians know how many of their holidays were originally ours.

Samhain, our New Year celebration, when the walls between the worlds are at their thinnest and our beloved dead walk and feast among us, became Christian All Hallows or Halloween. One ceremony used by pagans to encourage a rich crop (although not at Samhain, which is after the harvest) was the sweeping of brooms over the planted fields. To early Christians watching from a distance, it must have looked like the witches were riding on the brooms or trying to do so. Since Samhain was known to be the witches’ most important holiday, witches riding on broomsticks became the symbol of Halloween. Not so surprising at all.

Yule, or the winter solstice, when we celebrate the birth of the Sun God to Mother Earth and Father Time, was borrowed for the birthday of the Christian Jesus. Most Christian scholars agree that Jesus was actually born in the spring. The Yule log, the tree, and even the Nativity Crèche were originally pagan customs. If you have Wiccan friends, and you thought they were only protecting themselves by displaying a Nativity Crèche at Christmas, you were wrong. Wicans had Nativity Crèches long before you xtians came along to convert us.

Imbolc, our festival of light, when we celebrate the start of the Mother’s return to us, along with the birth of new lambs and flowers awakening under the snow, became Christian Candlemas.

Beltane, our famous (and infamous) fertility celebration when we leap the bonfires in joy at the arrival of summer, became May Day, famous for playful fertility celebrations throughout the Christian world.

Lammas, or August 1st, when we celebrate the fruitfulness of the land – well, how many Christians have celebrated the rich harvest to come down through the centuries?

There are many, many more examples of “borrowing.” And therein lies the real root of the problem. The thing fanatical Christians fear most of all is being forced to admit our kinship.

(*) reprinted with additonal comments/edits

24
Sep

Happy Mabon (Autumnal Equinox)

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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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4
Jul

Happy 4th of July

   Posted by: Scrivener

Merry meet and happy Independence Day in the United States.

Here is a Horned God’s Salute (Mano Cornuto) for all you Witches, Wiccans, and other Pagans who serve our country. You serve our country with the added difficulty of serving Gods who are maligned, misunderstood, and misinterpreted by the religious reich. This can make your job of defending our country all the more difficult. Therefore, I’d like to take a moment, and from one marine who served a long time ago to all of you serving today to extend a heartfelt thanks:

May the Horned God of the Wild Hill’s Way watch over you this and every day.

May the Triple Goddess protect you and yours from harm’s way

May Spirit’s wisdom light and guide you on all your pathways.

 

With your strength, defend right from wrong.

You are the heroes of story and song.

Here’s hoping that all return home before too long.

 

With Water and Earth, you perform works of great worth;

Fire and Air imbue with passion and imagination to dare;

Thank you, Pagan Patriots everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

16
Jun

Morgan’s Wiccaning

   Posted by: Scrivener


 

Morgan’s Wiccaning

Morgans
Wiccaning

 

6 . 15. 2011

 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

 

 


You will need these items:

 

  • The usual tools, candles, paraphernalia for ritual

 

Items specific to the Ritual

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

 

Preparation:

 

Cleansing Sacred Space

 

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


Cleansing Sacred Space

 

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

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

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

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

 

Call to the Circle

 

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

 

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

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

 

Blessed be.

 

Coveners: So mote it be.

 


Consecration of the Elements

 

Charge at the Pentacle

 

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

 

Blessing the Salt

 

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

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

 

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

 

Blessing the Water

 

HPS: I consecrate thee O creature of water
life giving, whether swiftly flowing or falling from the firmament.
I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity, so that in my works of
magick you may well serve me.
All: So mote it be.

Blessing the Air

 

(HP places the censer containing incense upon the pentacle)

 

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

brings the imagination to dare.

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

All: So mote it be.

 

Blessing the Fire

 

(HP lights the incense)

 

HP: I consecrate thee O creature of Fire—force of Magick’s pyre.

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

 

All: So mote it be.

 

(HP sets the censer aside.)

 


 

Circle Casting

 

By Earth

 

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

 

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

 

HPS: This sacred knife today we take in hand,

To cut the cord of newborn memory

Of sorrows; cut the fears and birthing pains.

You’ll start anew with newborn wings set free.

 

We scribe this holy Circle; sacred space

Within the holy temple blessed with mirth.

Come forth in childhood, my sweet, to learn

Of Air and Water, Fire and holy Earth.

 

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

The day to come and meet the universe.

This blade doth circle and these words do make

A temple sweet and fine as any verse.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Strengthening the Circle

 

By Water

 

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

Protect us from wickedness, and make our magick sound.

 

(Sprinkles the salt and water mixture around the circle)

 

By Air

 

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

Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.

 

(Takes incense around circle)

 

By Fire

 

Witch 3: Fire, shine true and bright,

Aid, grant clarity of sight,

Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

 

(Takes candle around circle)

 

 


Calling the Quarters

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the East

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

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


 

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)

 

 

 

 



 

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

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the South

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

Salamanders, thou art the gatekeepers of the Southern Portal.


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire)

 

 

 


 

 

West: Hail and welcome ye Undines of the Waters,

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the West

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

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


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water)

 

 

 


 

 

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

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the North

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

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


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

Drawing Down the Dark Moon

 

Invocation to the Goddess

 

(HPS & HPS return to the altar)

 

HPS : (Assumes the Goddess position)

 

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

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

 

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

You are maiden, mother, and crone,

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

Admirable queen of the starry night,

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

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

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

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

 

O Brighid be with me on this moonlit night.

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

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

and descend upon me, your priestess tonight.

 

(HPS lights the Goddess Candle)

 

(HP stands before the HPS)

 

HPS: (draws invoking pentagram before the HP)

 

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

(HP: stands aside)

 


 

The Charge of the Goddess

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and more
and mine is also Joy on Earth;
for my law is love unto all beings.
Keep pure your highest ideals;
strive ever towards them,
let nothing stop you or turn you aside.

For mine is the secret door
which opens upon the Land of Youth,
and mine is the cup of the of the wine of life,
and the Cauldron of Cerridwen,
which is the Holy Grail of Immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess,
who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;
and beyond death, I give peace and freedom,
and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand sacrifice for behold,
I am the Mother of all living,
and my love is poured out onto the Earth.

I am the beauty of green earth,
and the white moon among the stars,
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man.
Call unto thy soul, arise, and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature.
Who gives life to the universe.
From me all things proceed,
and unto me all things must return;
and before my face, beloved of Gods and men,
let thine innermost divine self
be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth;
for behold all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Therefore, let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion, honor and humility,
mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinketh to seek for me,
know thy seeking and yearning
shall avail thee not unless thou knoweth the mystery;
that if that which thy seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never it without thee.

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning;
and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.


 

Drawing Down the Sun

 

Invocation to the God

 

HP: I invoke thee and call upon thee, Father of us all.

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

 

You are the stag of seven tines.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Though the oak grows and the holly is wan,

 

 

You are the stag of seven tines.

 

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

 

Come at my call and show Yourself to men.

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

Lead thy flock from night into day.

 

Forgotten are the ways of sleep and night—

Men seek for them whose eyes have lost the light.

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

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

O, Lugh, answer unto me.

 

(HP lights the God candle.)

 

(HPS: stands before the HP)

 


HP: (draws invoking pentagram before the HPS)

 

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

 

(HPS: stands aside)

Charge of the God

 

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

 

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

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

other names:

 

HP : Listen to my words,

The Guardian of all things wild and free,

Keeper of the Gates of Death,

Whose Call we all must Heed:

 

I am the fire within your Heart,

The yearning of your Soul.

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

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

 

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

Beckoned forth to Thee,

To learn the secrets of Death and Peace,

Come thou unto me.

 

I am corn at harvest and fruit on the trees.

I am He who leads you home.

With Scourge and Flame, Blade and Blood,

These are mine own gifts to thee.

 

Call unto me in the forest wild and hilltop bare,

And seek me in the Darkest Night.

I, who have been called;

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

 

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

Come live and love; behold this is worshiping.

 

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

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

to be reborn and to return again to seek .

 

Know me, I am the untamed wind,

the fury of storm.

Seek me with pride and humility,

and passion in your Soul.

 

HPS & HP: Akhera goti—akhera beiti

 


Statement of Purpose

 

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

 


Power Raising

 

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

 

Preparing to visit the Watchtowers

 

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

The secrets found within the Mystery.

For untold ages all have known the lore:

The Mystery of life within the Four

Some people know the four as winds above

While others call them Unicorns, with love.

No matter how they’re seen nor by what name

For Four are Universal, just the same.

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

The secrets found within the Mystery.

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Wiccaning

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mother: His hidden name is _________________ .

 

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

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

(repeats the above action with wine)

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

(repeats the above action with water)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

 

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


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

 

 

West: (water is sprinkled over the baby.)


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

 

 

North: (salt is sprinkled over the baby.)


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


HPS: I will join you.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

HP: The God and Goddess have blessed him;

The Lords of the Watchtowers have acknowledged him;

We his friends have welcomed him;

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

Whose hidden name is ____________.

So Mote it Be!   �

 

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

 

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


 

Consecration of the Wine and Cakes (Symbolic Great Rite)

 

The Great Rite (Symbolic)

 

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

 

(HP holds the blade aloft)

 

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

 

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

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


(She holds the chalice aloft)

 

HPS: Chalice of my heart and my intent

Help us all to remember

That what is received must be given back three times

Help us all to remember

To give as graciously as we receive

 

HP: As the athame is the male.

 

HPS: So the Chalice is to the female.

 

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

 

 

Consecration of the Wine

 

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

 

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

 

Consecration of the Cakes

 

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

 

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

Cakes and Ale

 

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

 

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

 

HPS: To the Gods.

 

Coveners: To the Gods.

 


 

Closing the Circle

 

Release of Deities

 

Release of the Goddess

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

We thank you for your attending and witnessing these rites.

 

 

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

 

 

 

For this boon, and glimpse

 

 

Of your magick, and mystery,

 

 

We salute and thank Thee.

 

 

 

Alas, our time together now is past.

 

 

We bid thee farewell.

 

 

Stay if you will and join our repast.

 

 

Leave us if you must.

 

 

Ere you leave us, know that all who met here

 

 

Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.
					

 

 

(Extinguishes the Goddess candle)

 

Release of the God

 

HP: (Assumes the Osiris position)

 

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

For this boon, and glimpse
Of your magick, and mystery,
We salute and thank Thee.

Alas, our time together now is past.
We bid thee farewell.
Stay if you will and join our repast;
Leave us if you must.
Ere you leave us, know that all who met here
Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

Quarter Dismissals

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Earth)



 

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

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

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


(Draw the banishing pentagram of Water)


 

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

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

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

 

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Fire)

 

 

 


 

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

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

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


(Draw the banishing pentagram of Air)


 

 


Grounding the Circle

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Blessed be.

 

Coveners: Blessed be.

 

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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.

 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

& School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, & Magick

 

 

 

 

 

   

Third-Degree Minimums for Initiation

 

  1. Build upon, meet, and exceed all the requirements of second-degree initiation.
  2. Pick a specialty from the following categories and become proficient in it.
    1. Divination
      1. Tarot
      2. Scrying
      3. Astrology
      4. Dowsing
      5. Student Choice (requires instructor approval)
    2. Magick (select from the following sub-categories)
      1. Spell casting
      2. Candle Magick
      3. Charms/Amulets/Talismans
      4. Kabala
      5. Thought forms
      6. Student Choice (requires instructor approval)
  3. Pick at least one of the following specialties which are not necessarily magick-related but do relate to skills a witch should cultivate.
    1. A healing art
    2. Herbalism
    3. Pastoral Counseling
    4. Candle making
    5. Some other craft (requires instructor approval)
  4. Learn and practice at least five different magickal techniques which may be performed without ritual tools (wands excepted.)
  5. Design and lead a large group ritual
  6. Discover your True Will
  7. Serve your local, regional, state, or national Wiccan community.
    1. Prepare a project and get instructor approval.
    2. Execute project plan
    3. Keep your instructor updated.
  8. Regularly (once a month) teach a coven class.
  9. Regularly (once a month) teach an online class.
  10. Continue to master a chosen psychic skill such as
    1. Channeling
    2. Divination
    3. Aural Readings
    4. Psychometry
    5. Cartomancy
    6. Chakra alignments
    7. Student Choice (requires instructor approval)
  11. Continue to cultivate relationships with your younger/middle/higher selves.
  12. Participate in at least 75% of coven rituals and events—including Group Mind Exercises.
  13. Regularly (once a month) lead a Group Mind Exercise.
  14. Receive the endorsement of the High Priest/High Priestess and or Elders.
  15. Attend class lectures and complete coursework as directed by your instructor.
  16. Support the growth and continued success of the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven & School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, & Magick especially when it comes to the Dark Moon Tradition.
  17. Earn the agreement of the coven that you live by the Wiccan Rede, that you have not broken your Second-Degree vows, that your participation in the coven brings it closer to the ideals of perfect love and perfect trust. And finally that your life exemplifies the Wiccan ideal.
  18. Pass the initiation interview by the coven High Priest/High Priestess.
  19. Complete a paper on what you believe a Third-Degree is, how you have searched your soul and your faith and arrived at the desire to advance to that level.

 

` 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.



Dark Moon of The

First-Degree Initiation

4 December 2010

Circle of the Dark Moon

Coven



You will need these items:

  • The usual tools, candles, paraphernalia for ritual

Items specific to the Ritual

  • Blindfold
  • A length of twine/rope at least 8 feet long
  • Anointing Oil
  • Hand bell
  • 3 lengths of red cord (1 of 9 feet and 2 of 4 feet 6 inches)
  • A scourge
  • A boline

Preparation:

Cleansing Sacred Space

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


Cleansing Sacred Space

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

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

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

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

Call to the Circle

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

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

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

Blessed be.

Coveners: So mote it be.


Consecration of the Elements

Charge at the Pentacle

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

Blessing the Salt

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

(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—force of the dark moon that

brings the imagination to dare.

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

All: So mote it be.

Blessing the Fire

(HP lights the incense)

HP: I consecrate thee O creature of Fire—force of Magick’s pyre.

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

All: So mote it be.

(HP sets the censer aside.)


Circle Casting

By Earth

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

HPS: (Traces the about the circle with her athame or sword. If “increasing magick” is to be done she walks deosil about the circle otherwise she travels widdershins if banishing magick is being performed.)

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.

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

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

Strengthening the Circle

By Water

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

Protect us from wickedness, and make our magick sound.

(Sprinkles the salt and water mixture around the circle)

By Air

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

Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.

(Takes incense around circle)

By Fire

Witch 3: Fire, shine true and bright,

Aid, grant clarity of sight,

Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

(Takes candle around circle)


Calling the Quarters

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

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

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

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

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the East

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

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


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)



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

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the South

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

Salamanders, thou art the gatekeepers of the Southern Portal.


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire)


West: Hail and welcome ye Undines of the Waters,

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the West

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

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


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water)


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

I do summon, stir, and call you up.

Bring with you the hosts of the watchtowers of the North

to guard our circle and to witness our rites.

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


(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)



Drawing Down the Dark Moon

Invocation to the Dark Goddess

(HPS & HPS return to the altar)

HPS : (Assumes the Goddess position)

I invoke thee and call upon thee, Dark Mother of us all.
Thy names are too numerous to tell: Hecate, Artemis, Lilith, and the
Queen of Hell.

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.

(HPS lights the Goddess Candle)

(HP stands before the HPS)

HPS: (draws invoking pentagram before the HP)

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

(HP: stands aside)


The Charge of the Dark Goddess

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

HPS: Whenever you seek wisdom, at the time of the Darkening Moon, come together in love and trust and learn of Me, who am the Wisest of Crones. You who search the mysteries of the Earth, the secrets of air and darkness, of blood and fire, the silence of the uttermost stars, come unto me, and I shall whisper to you in the depths of midnight.

You shall approach Me in silence, and as a sign that you are free from fear, your breast shall bare to My blade, for fear has no place in My mysteries, and that which you seek of me will destroy you if you fear it.

For I am the dolmen arch beyond which stretch the mysteries of infinity. I am the silence before birth and after death. I am the clouded mirror in which you scry your own soul. I am mist in the twilight, the vast and starry sky of midnight, shadows on the Moon. All things come to Me in the end, and yet I am the beginning of all. I meet you at the crossroads; I lead you through the darkness, my hand you grasp in the passage between the worlds. To those that toy with Me, I am an instrument of self-destruction. Yet to the true seeker do I bring knowledge beyond mortal comprehension.

Of you shall I demand the utter truth of all that you are, and in return shall I give you all that you may be, all that I am. For My wisdom is beyond the Ages, and knowledge of My secrets is power over self, over fear, over death. Nor do I demand aught of you, which you cannot give. For I am the Mother of Mysteries, and as you know Me so shall you learn to know yourself.


Drawing Down the Sun

Invocation to the Dark God

HP: I invoke thee and call upon thee, Dark Father of us all.

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

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 Dark Father, be with me on this dark moon 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 dark moon night, for those brave enough you banish
sleep and grant the sight.

O Lugh please come unto me at this dark moon night and grant me
your wisdom’s might.

(HPS: stands before the HP)

(HP: lights the God Candle)

HP: (draws invoking pentagram before the HPS)

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

(HPS: stands aside)

Charge of the 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.

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

HP/HPS: The dark moon is a time for beginnings and endings. Tonight, our dedicants have reached childhood’s end and are ready to be reborn as first-degree witches.

Blessed be.


Power Raising

(HPS and HP lead any others in the New Moon Rune)

Dark Moon Rune

Meditate upon the waxing of the moon.
According to Celtic tradition,
from new to full the waxing of Lady Lune,
is a time of inner transformation.

In the dark, listen to the heightened light.
Your awareness soars—your soul’s voice so bright.
Meditate on the moon and not on this rhyme.
During the waxing moon, spend five minutes time.

See Hecate, Lady of the new moon,
Come to assist you and offer a boon.
At the witching hour when her magick peaks,
Channel her wisdom and hear your soul speak.


Main Working

Initiation of Postulants as First-Degree Witches

Cabalistic Cross

Initiator: Ateh             (touches forehead)

Malkuth        (touches breast)

Ve-Geburah        (touches right shoulder)

Ve-Dwdulah        (touches left shoulder)

Le-Olam        (clasps hands at breast level)

Initiator: (Turning to the East draws an invoking pentagram)

Power of Air to Dare,

Initiator: (Turning to the South draws an invoking pentagram)

Power of Fire to fuel Desire,

Initiator: (Turning to the West draws an invoking pentagram)

Power of Water to Know,

Initiator: (Turning to the North draws an invoking pentagram)

Power of Earth to transform rebirth,

As Above so Below; So mote it be.

(Extending the arms in the Osiris position )

For around me flames of the pentagram burn.

The Initiation

Initiator: O thou who standest at the threshold between the pleasant world of the mundane and the magickal domain of the Lords and Ladies of the Outer Planes. Hast thou the courage to make the journey to make the crossing?

Initiator: (Places the point of the athame against the postulant’s heart)

For I say verily, it would be better for you to rush upon my blade and seek death than to enter herein with fear in your heart.

Postulant: I have two passwords: perfect love and perfect trust.

Initiator: All who have such are doubly welcome. I now give thee a third password to pass through this dread doorway.

(Lays down the athame and kisses the postulant on the cheek. The initiator then goes behind the postulant and pushes them into the circle.)

HPS: (seals the doorway)

Initiator: (leads the postulant to the eastern quarter)

Take heed ye Mighty Ones, Eastern Spirits of Air that Postulant name is properly prepared to be initiated as priestess and witch.

(leads the postulant to the southern quarter)

Take heed ye Mighty Ones, Southern Spirits of Fire that Postulant name is properly prepared to be initiated as priestess and witch.

(leads the postulant to the western quarter)

Take heed ye Mighty Ones, Western Spirits of Air that Postulant name is properly prepared to be initiated as priestess and witch.

(leads the postulant to the northern quarter)

Take heed ye Mighty Ones, Northern Spirits of Earth that Postulant name is properly prepared to be initiated as priestess and witch.

(leads the postulant to the center of the circle and the rest of the coven walk slowly deosil around the postulant while chanting in low voices)

Coveners: (chant in low voices)

Eko Eko Azarak
Eko Eko Zomelak

Eko Eko Azarak
Eko Eko Zomelak

Eko Eko Lugh

Eko Eko Hecate

(Initiator signals the coveners to return to their places)

Initiator: In other religions, the postulant kneels while the priest towers over them. But in the Arts Magickal we are taught to serve first, and be humble and welcome the newcomer.

Five-fold Kiss

Initiator:
(administers the five-fold kiss—right foot, left foot, right knee, left knee, womb, right breast, left breast and lips)

Blessed be thy feet, that have brought me in these ways.

Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.

Blessed be thy womb/penis, without which we would not be.

Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty/strength.

Blessed be thy lips, which shall utter the sacred names.

Taking of the Measure

Initiator: Now we are going to take your measure.

HPS: (HPS takes the measure of the postulant with the twine or ribbon. First, she measures from feet to crown and cuts off that length. Then using the cut length, measures around the forehead of the postulant and ties a knot in the length. Next the HPS measures around the heart and ties a knot in the measure to mark it. Finally, the HPS measures around the hips and marks that measurement with a knot.

When she’s finished the HPS winds up the measure and lays it on the altar.)

The Test

Initiator: Before thou art sworn, art thou ready to pass the ordeal and suffer for the knowledge?

Postulant: I am.

HPS: (Helps the postulant to kneel and lower their head. She then loosens and removes the leg bindings. She then ties the postulant’s knees and ankles together. Next, the HPS fetches the scourge from the altar.)

HPS: (rings the bell 3 times)

Three.

Initiator: (scourges the postulant with 3 light strokes.)

HPS: Seven.

Initiator: (scourges the postulant with 7 light strokes.)

HPS: Nine.

Initiator: (scourges the postulant with 9 light strokes.)

HPS: Twenty-one.

Initiator: (scourges the postulant with 21 light strokes.)

Initiator: Thou hast bravely passed the test. Are you ready to swear that thou wilt always be true to the Arts?

Postulant: I am.

The Oath

Initiator: Art thou ready to always help, protect, and defend thy brothers and sisters of the Arts?

Postulant: I am.

Initiator: Then repeat after me phrase by phrase.

I, Postulant name, in the presence of the Elder Gods do of my own free will and accord, and without reservation,

most solemnly swear, that I will ever keep secret what I’m asked to keep secret, and never reveal, the secrets of the Arts Magickal, except it be to a proper person, properly prepared within a Circle such as I am in now;

And, that I will never deny the secrets to such a person if he or she be properly vouched for by a brother or sister of the Art.

That I will learn to master the Art Magical; but ever remember the rune: “What good be the tools without the inner light? What good be magick without wisdom’s sight?”

That in due course I will strive to find a worthy pupil in magick, to whom in future years I can hand down the knowledge I acquire.


That I will never use the Art Magickal merely to impress foolish persons. Nor shall I invoke magick for any wrongful end.


That I will help the Craft of the Wise, and hold its honor as I would my own.

This I swear before the Elder Gods and those of the Art gathered here and by my hopes of a future life, mindful that my measure has been taken. May my weapons turn against me, and Karma reward me justly should I break this my solemn oath.

Postulant: (repeats each phrase)

HPS: (Helps the postulant to their feet. She then retrieves the anointing oil and the chalice of wine.)

Initiator: (takes a bit of oil)

I hereby sign thee with the Triple Sign. I consecrate thee with oil.

(Touches the postulant above the pubic hair, on the right breast and then the left breast)

(Moistens his lips with a bit of wine)

I consecrate thee with my lips…

(Kisses the postulant in the same places as he/she touched with oil.)

…Priestess and Witch.

HPS: (Removes the postulant’s bindings.)

(Members of the coven now may congratulate the Universe’s newest witch)

Introduction of the Tools


(The Initiator removes each tool from the altar with a kiss and hands it to the new initiate. The initiator explains each tool in turn and when he is finished with an explanation, the initiate gives the tool to HPS who returns it to the altar with a kiss.)

Initiator: First, I present the Magic Sword. With this, as with the athame, thou canst form all Magic Circles, dominate, subdue and punish all rebellious spirits and daemons, and even persuade angels and good spirits. With this in thy hand, thou art ruler of the Circle.

Next, I present the Athame. This is the true witch’s weapon and has all the powers of the Magic Sword.

Next, I present the White-hilted knife. Its use is to form all instruments used in the Art. It can only be used in a Magick Circle.

Next, I present the Wand. Its use is to call up and control certain angels and genii to whom it would not be meet to use the Magick Sword.

Next, I present the Cup. This is the vessel of the Goddess, the Cauldron of Cerridwen, the Holy Grail of Immortality. From this we drink in

Comradeship, and in honor of the Goddess.

Next, I present the Pentacle. This is for the purpose of calling up appropriate spirits.

Next, I present the Scourge. This is the sign of power and domination. It is also used to cause purification and enlightenment. For it is written: “To learn you must suffer and be purified.” Art thou willing to suffer to learn?”

Postulant: I am.

Initiator: Next, and lastly I present the cords. They are of use to bind the Sigils of The Art; also to bind the material basis; also, they are necessary in the Oath.

In the name of Lugh, Cernunnos, Brighid and Hecate, I now salute thee, newly consecrated Witch and Priest/ess of the Goddess.

(Acknowledges this achievement in some way—i.e. handshake, kiss, hug, etc.)

Reintroduction of to the Quarters

Initiator: (leads the postulant to the eastern quarter)

Take heed ye Mighty Ones, Eastern Spirits of Air that postulant name is consecrated as priestess, witch, and hidden child of the Goddess.

(leads the postulant to the southern quarter)

Take heed ye Mighty Ones, Southern Spirits of Fire that postulant name is been consecrated as priestess, witch, and hidden child of the Goddess.

(leads the postulant to the western quarter)

Take heed ye Mighty Ones, Western Spirits of Water that postulant name is been consecrated as priestess, witch, hidden and child of the Goddess.

(leads the postulant to the northern quarter)

Take heed ye Mighty Ones, Northern Spirits of Earth that postulant name is been consecrated as priestess, witch, and hidden child of the Goddess.


Consecration of the Wine and Cakes (Symbolic Great Rite)

The Great Rite (Symbolic)

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

(HP holds the blade aloft)

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

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

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


(She holds the chalice aloft)

HPS: Chalice of my heart and my intent

Help us all to remember

That what is received must be given back three times

Help us all to remember

To give as graciously as we receive

HP: As the athame is the male.

HPS: So the Chalice is to the female.

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

Consecration of the Wine

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

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

Consecration of the Cakes

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

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

Cakes and Ale

Note: the ceremony of Cakes and Ales now proceeds according to the HPS’ wishes: either the plate and chalice is passed from covener to covener and they serve themselves or each other according to coven 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)

Hecate, Queen of all Sorceries,
Your magick, terrible to behold, thou art cloaked in the mysteries,
On this dark moon night,
You have taught us that even in the Underworld there is light.
Past the crossroads, beneath the moonless dolmen arch,
Protector of witches, you walk with us along path of wisdom’s start.

For this boon, and glimpse
Of your magick, and mystery,
We salute and thank Thee.

Alas, our time together now is past.
We bid thee farewell.

Stay if you will and join our repast;
Leave us if you must.
Ere you leave us, know that all who met here
Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

(Extinguishes the Goddess candle)

Release of the God

HP: (Assumes the Osiris position)

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

For this boon, and glimpse
Of your magick, and mystery,
We salute and thank Thee.

Alas, our time together now is past.
We bid thee farewell.
Stay if you will and join our repast;
Leave us if you must.
Ere you leave us, know that all who met here
Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

Quarter Dismissals

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

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

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

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Earth)



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

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

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


(Draw the banishing pentagram of Water)


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

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

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

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Fire)


East: Hail, Sylphs of the atmospheres, on this Dark Moon night,

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

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


(Draw the banishing pentagram of Air)



Grounding the Circle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessed be.

Coveners: Blessed be.

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