The Witches’ Pyramid of Four Pillars


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

The “Four Pillars of the Witches Temple” are;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Dare (audere)

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

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

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

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

To Keep [the] Silence (tacere)

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

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

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

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

To Go (ire)
-corresponds to Spirit

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

Conclusion

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

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

sources:

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

30
Mar

Definition

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Wic·ca (w¹k”…) n. 1. A pagan nature religion having its roots in pre-Christian Western Europe and undergoing a 20th-century revival, especially in the United States and Great Britain. 2. A group or community of believers or followers of this religion. [Old English wicca, necromancer. See WITCH.]1

Wic·can (w¹k”…n) adj. 1. Of or relating to Wicca: the Wiccan religion; a Wiccan ritual. –Wic·can n. A believer or follower of Wicca; a witch. 1

witch (w¹ch) n. 1. A woman popularly believed to have supernatural powers and practice sorcery, and often believed to be aided by spirits or a familiar. 2. A believer or follower of Wicca; a Wiccan. 3. A hag. 4. Informal. A woman or girl considered bewitching. 5. One particularly skilled or competent at one’s craft: “A witch of a writer, [she] is capable of developing an intensity that verges on ferocity” (Peter S. Prescott). –witch v. witched, witch·ing, witch·es. –tr. 1. To work or cast a spell on; bewitch. 2. To cause, bring, or effect by witchcraft. –intr. To use a divining rod to find underground water or minerals; dowse. [Middle English wicche, from Old English wicce, witch and wicca, wizard, sorcerer; see weg- below.] –witch”er·y (-…-r¶) n.
–witch”y adj. 1

1The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

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I am a witch.

Signifigator (Your innate characteristics):

Strength

You face trials ahead but with head held high, you are able to grasp firmly your destiny. You will master the forces within you.

Objects in Your Dream:

Poster from the movie “Blow”:

10 of Cups

You fear that your former life of abusing drugs or being associated with the drug world will destroy your happiness

Broken Headboard:

10 of Pentacles (rev)

You have a hard time letting go of things that no longer serve your best interests: e.g. broken relationships, things you’ve lost but may never find again, your own doubts and fears.

Oreos & Milk:

5 of Swords (rev)

In your past there was a conflict and while you were victorious you paid a high price for your victory—loss of childhood innocence or something that represents former happiness.

Transition Card (influences People in Dream):

Queen of Swords (rev)

Trying to find meaning and even demanding that there must be a meaning to what happened to you in the past is a fruitless endeavor.

People in Your Dreams

You smoking marijuana:

Knight of Cups (rev)

Be wary of falling into old habits for doing this could jeopardize future happiness. Or, this could simple be a fear of that happening. You seem to have a lot of emotional baggage from your past.

Your Friend, Amanda:

Queen of Pentacles

Amanda represents a time when you were happier and things seemed simpler and everything made sense. Now, you are feeling very confused and are unsure of what to do.

You & Amanda:

9 of Swords (rev)

Here again, Amanda represents something from your past or a sense of loss. I feel that you are almost nostalgic about something and are desperately trying to regain it. Your heart is crossed and you can’t see your way to solve this problem or resolve some old conflict. Until you are able to do this you will be blocked from true wisdom and emotional calm.

Transition Card (influences Symbols or the Deepest Meanings of your Dreams):

Knight of Pentacles (rev)

You need a rest or currently are in limbo about something. However, don’t hang on to the past too long or spend too much time searching for meaning in your past for your future will require your attention for your future holds abundance or fertility if only you can adapt to your changing environment.

Symbols in Your Dreams

A Wall (appeared twice):

The Devil

You have misplaced blame. Take responsibility for what happened and move forward. You’ve been using these feelings like a wall to prop up a false sense of being a victim thus creating an imbalance in your life. The wall is a barrier you must move through to create a new you.

Castle:

The Emperor

A castle and an emperor or a king appears in your dream. But the emperor like the castle has decayed and fallen into ruin. You have weakened the foundation of your life or perhaps your relationship with a father-figure has deteriorated. You recognize this and wish for more stability in your life.

Shattered Windows in Castle:

The Fool

The Fool represents you and the new beginning and everything before you on a journey to a new life, and all you are hoping for but the broken windows suggest you must first move beyond the shattered halls of your past. While it is good to seek answers about the past the future and present are more important. Make a radical change in your life in the face of conventional wisdom.

Hunger (for Oreos and milk):

Temperance

Seek balance in your life and beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself—cut yourself some slack.

Haunted Buildings:

The Empress

You have some unfinished emotional business with something or someone from your past—possibly your mother or a mother-figure or perhaps even with yourself.

The Past Influences:

The Page of Pentacles (rev)

Carelessness in the past has caused you grief in the present. Pay more attention to practical matters. Seek new challenges or studies and don’t rest on your laurels. Be warned you don’t know as much as you think you do.

The Present Influences:

The World (rev)

You feel as though your world has literally been turned upside down and are languishing. But chaos and change are all part of growth. You lack confidence about your present and it’s not really all that bad. You tend to see the worst possible outcome in every situation.

The Future Influences:

The Mage (rev)

You have all you need at your disposal if only you will start to apply yourself and have a little faith. Continue your studies whether they be a magickal ones or mundane ones at a school. However do not let your blossoming abilities lead you down the path of manipulation and overly controlling others for that is an addiction as bad the other you suffered.

What it all Means:

The Hierophant

Through studies both magickal and mundane you will find what you seek but more importantly to you, you will come through this difficulty. You will learn (so make sure you keep studying), you will find some of the answers your looking for (others you will never know and must accept this as fact), and finally society will accept you and you will find contentment within structures others might find too confining but will make you happy.


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Background

This spread was a remote reading for a friend. I’ll refer to her as ‘R’. Typically when asking a question about a situation, I like to use the Celtic Spread. I use the full 78-card deck for readings; therefore, I sometimes yet need to peek at the card interpretations. However, I look at the symbolism on the card and add my own thoughts as well. One must do that otherwise, there would only be a finite number of unique readings possible (albeit still a large number—something like (78! / [number of cards used]) if my memory of statistics serves me.) The deck I currently favor is the Gilded Tarot.

R is a fellow guildmate of the online game I play. She asked me for a reading and I consented, curious to find out how accurate I’d be without being close to the querent. She lives in Texas with her boyfriend who recently lost his job. I also know that things have not been all quiet on the home front.

The cards definitely echo her situation and unfortunately, unless R alters her present course, I don’t see much improvement of her situation. For a card-by-card analysis, see my comments below each card listed.

The Reading

Significator (Self)

The World

This card, usually chosen by the querent represents how they see themselves. Since this was a remote reading, I chose by cut of the cards using my left hand since the left hand represents spiritual matters.

A woman stands atop a pedestal surrounded by a wreath. Her demeanor is proud and confident. She wears a lion mask and her hair is blown back as though it were a mane. She holds in each hand a silver wand. The wand is a symbol of air and intellect. The two wands together suggest mastery of the unconscious and conscious.

R believes that she is captain of her own ship and master of all she surveys. This card could also indicate a victory or a completion of task. But does the reflection in the mirror always tell us the truth?

1. Self (Present Situation)

The Emperor (reversed)

The emperor is a leadership card. In this position and reversed the card indicates that the querent arrived at the present place through some poor judgments or miscalculations. Possibly, because the querent was too stodgy and unwilling to let go of autocratic rules or adhered to strongly to ingrained habits.

2. Self (Immediate Influences)

Five of swords

A man holds aloft a sword in triumph on a battlefield strewn with the dead, dying, and injured. The sword is the symbol of fire and passion.

Was whatever victory R won worth the cost? Sometimes the best battles are those waged in the halls of diplomacy.

With the Significator, this card also suggests that R is at an end of a cycle or period in her life.

3. Self (Recent Influences)

Ace of Cups (reversed)

The cup or chalice is the symbol of feminine nurturing and is of the element water. Water signs such as Cancer are homebody nurturers. The chalice or grail is also a symbol of the depth of universal gifts of romance, love, and idealism.

Because this card is reversed, (the cup is upside down and hence emptied), it means that R’s journey for whatever this particular grail stands for is at an end and combined with the previous card’s influence it would indicate possible dissatisfaction with a quest’s result.

Whatever R was looking for, she didn’t find it or it wasn’t worth the price she paid. The moon phases depicted above the cup, again point to feminine influences but since they are ‘below’ the reversed cup it could mean that the moon’s pull is at a low ebb as are R’s feelings. She must feel as though the bounty of the universal grail’s gifts have all ‘run out’ on her.

4. Self (Past Influences)

Four of Cups (reversed)

This card echoes the negative side of the Emperor and in conjunction with the previous card indicates that R may be seeking an ideal that does not exist. She ignores what has been laid at her feet while following an internal dogma that dictates that something better is out there but she’s not exactly sure what it is. This is a negative manifestation of the truism that the grass is always greener…

5. Self (Possible Goal or Outcome)

The Sun (reversed)

This card is never negative—even when reversed. Reversal merely diminishes the Sun’s effect. The sun is pictured above a zodiac circle with Jupiter and Saturn figured prominently. The other planets in the orbits are also pictured.

It’s important to this reading that Jupiter is pictured since R is currently under some financial distress and Jupiter is generous and expansive when it comes to money matters.

If Jupiter is expansive, then Saturn is restrictive. Saturn is the astrological taskmaster that admonishes us to knuckled down and get to work.

As a possible goal or destination, and in combination with the previous card, I’d say that with a little hard work, R can reverse her economic misfortunes but maybe not to the degree she’d like.

6. Self (Future Influences)

Two of Pentacles (reversed)

The two of pentacles shows a man effortlessly balancing two pentacles. This card relates to having mastery and balance in one’s life—especially where work is concerned. As I see it R is lacking in this balance. The ship and the dolphin in the background of the card indicates travel. I see R moving to some place where she can achieve balance in work and home life.

7. Fears

The Lovers (reversed)

This card is not always about relationships. Actually, it deals more with choices. The original card depicted a man choosing between two women.

However, in R’s case, I think it is about a relationship. In the fears position, this card tells us that her biggest fear is damage to their relationship because of economic turmoil or decisions they’ve made in the past.

8. Outside Influences

Three of Pentacles (reversed)

The three of pentacles is about career and pride in workmanship. R feels unappreciated or at least under appreciated in her job. This card shows a craftsman admiring his work. He takes delight and joy in his work or his creation. I feel that R has lost this joy in her work and needs to try to recapture that feeling or move on to something else.

9. Hopes and Ideals

Eight of Swords

A maiden (appropriate since R is female—this goes double for the Significator card) blindfolded, and bound is surrounded by eight swords. This would seem a predicament for most people, but the maiden exhibits a calm, if not confident air.

If the Significator shows how the querent views themselves, then, this card shows the reality of that perception. In this case we have a match between self-perception and reality. If only R can find it within herself to let go of past influences, unrealistic expectations, and yes even a stubborn clinging to romantic ideals which can never come to fruition, she’ll soon find her bonds broken.

10. Outcome

Four of Pentacles (reversed)

The four of pentacles (pentacles are an Earth suit concerned with career, wealth, and possessions) is an extreme or intensifier of the Emperor (which was drawn for the present position card.) When the emperor (in the upright position) provide authority and order for the betterment of life, all is well. However, when reversed, as is the case for this reading, it is merely order for orders sake.

Rather than a warning about an impending financial loss (that’s already occurred), the card seems to echo the Three of Pentacles drawn in the outside influences position. This draw reinforces the fact that R has lost sight of the fact that money / jobs are mere abstractions and only a means not an end. Also she should not be so fixated on current financial difficulties as to miss some opportunities (remember the Sun drawn in possible outcome position?) that will present themselves. She just needs to be flexible enough to recognize these opportunities and open to taking an unexpected (or even unwanted) path.

Overall Analysis

Since at least four major arcana cards were drawn for this reading, that fact indicates strong forces are at work.

The preponderance of pentacle and cups cards drawn is also interesting. These cards indicate trouble at home and at work and or trouble with financial matters. Moreover, since there is actually a run of cards from the pentacles suite (two, three, and four) However, with a little hard work, these difficulties can be overcome.

Another bit of good news for R is that while she may still hold some unrealistic expectations (Three of Cups and Five of Swords) her basic perceptions of herself are spot on as indicated by the Significator, and Eight of Swords. She is a strong and confident person and if she can marshal the strength necessary to change her current course then her situation will improve.


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Dream Spread Tarot Reading

For Myself

Signifigator

The Hierophant (rev)—my thinking has been too rigid. Or, I’ve been overly critical. Or I need to devote more attention to my teaching.

Objects in Dream

Cars in enclosed junkyard

3 of Swords—I am not dealing well with being out of work. I’m looking at the situation in the wrong way. This seems to reinforce the message of the Hierophant above.

The junkyard

10 of Pentacles (rev)—face the changes awaiting you. Discard what you don’t need; it’s time to leave this place of broken dreams and seek things elsewhere.

Crashed cars opening a hole in the junkyard fence


Ace of Wands—Out of this difficulty, a gift of the universe and an opportunity shall arise. This opportunity will be creative in nature most likely.

Transition

Strength—Use your power. Listen to your Middle Self. Higher Self cannot manifest from Middle Self—that is a pretense. You must get Younger Self to channel your desires. Accept a gift of strength from Higher Self.

People in Dream

Me on a White Horse

King of Cups—Seek a new outlet for your energies. You will then soon be riding to better fortunes.

Transition

Wheel of Fortune—Younger Self is scared—reassure it. This is just another cycle. Lay aside your negativity and bitterness so that Younger Self may channel to Higher Self.

Dream Symbols

White Horse

Temperance—All things in moderation. Practice being less negative.

White wall around the junkyard

The Magician—Think outside the box. You have all you need to reinvent yourself.

Weird candy misfit bullets

The Moon (rev)—my negativity is blocking my intuition. What I see as a source of power is really impeding me.

Past Influences

The Sun—I’m coming from a place where for a long time I haven’t had a real difficulty and now that I am I’m having a hard time dealing with it.

Present Influences

The Empress—Look to Mother Earth or your wife for nurturing to help you manifest the changes you need to perform during this time.

Future Implications

Death—Change. Spiritual growth at the expense of having to let go some old ways.

What will happen if I continue on this course

8 of Wands (rev)—If I don’t change or adapt, I won’t get the outcome I want.

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Manifestation to the visible?

The below journal entry is from our historical archives, circa March 2008, at the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven & School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, and Magick.

“The full moon last night overshadowed by a total lunar eclipse combined to make a magickal night. The Goddess through the Moon showed all three of Her aspects, but the two aspects most prominent were the bright fullness of motherhood, and the wisdom of the dark crone.

I was still in Ohio, so my wife and high priestess, Kris conducted ritual for the coven in our home. I was planning to just do a meditation, but Kris “guilted” me into doing the ritual solo in my apartment.

I began ritual around the time the eclipse started and completed it at about halfway to totality. After a short call from Kris informing me that her ritual had gone well, I went outside to perform another drawing down of the moon.

While outside, something made me look upward, and when I did, I saw, centered over my apartment building, a phosphorescent orange glow reminiscent of a monochromatic aurora borealis. There were four distinct areas of glowing amorphous energy stationary over where I had just dismissed the watchtowers (quarter guardians) from my ritual space. Or perhaps they were other entities who had been attracted by the cone of energy generated by my ritual magick circle.

When considering this magickal phenomenon a few facts are important to remember.

  • It was a cloudless night. Therefore, the orange glowing areas could not have been reflected city lights from low clouds.
  • There were no reports of auroras in the area for that night (I checked—besides March is a bit late for that kind of activity in those Ohioan latitudes.
  • In fact, there were no reports at all of anomalous weather activity of any kind in the Akron area.
  • There were no UFO reports or reports of any strange lights or anything strange at all in the night sky over Akron by any news agency, local UFO clubs, or amateur astronomers.
  • Everyone I asked, said they had not seen any strange lights in the sky that night. Perhaps these beings of light were only visible to me.
  • While I was in the presence of these lights, I felt an outpouring of empathy, compassion, love, and happiness and the source came from those lights.

Therefore, I am left with the following conclusion that what I witnessed were Luminaria (Beings of Light—BOLs) that had been attracted by the ritual occult energy created by my sphere of power. What I saw when I looked upward, was the energy of my circle illuminating these beings. On the other hand, perhaps because of the circle energy, these being were able to manifest to the visible. And finally a last possibility remains that it was I who was so affected by the energy from the magick circle, that for a short space of time I was able to see beyond my normal perceptions and thus was able to see these Luminaria.

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30
Mar

Wiccan Q & A

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Listed below are some recent questions posed by new students at The Circle of the Dark Moon School of Wicca, Witchecraft, and Magick.

1. What are the bare minimum altar tools required?

The bare minimums are nothing. Nevertheless, as I said people don’t like that answer because it removes the justification for buying tools. However, if you’re looking to set up a standard altar, then you would want a pentacle, God & Goddess candles, censer (or something to burn incense in), a chalice (or cup), libation dish (you could use an ordinary dish for this), salt and water dishes. You can use common household items for many of your altar tools.

2. What pantheon as a coven do we work with? (it seems like I have heard names from more than one pantheon.)

I can’t say as a coven since we’ve never sat down and discussed that—but what I do when writing the rituals is try to work with some of the better known goddesses so that the people in circle have a common reference visualization. That’s important for energy-raising.

But to answer your question, we work mainly with the Celtic pantheon. Lugh, is a god I have a personal relationship—despite the fact that Beth thinks Loki is my patron god. You have also probably heard Kris evoke, Cerredwen (the Goddess in her mother aspect), Hecate (as the Goddess in her crone or dark aspect), and occasionally, Flidais, Arianhod, or even Brigit (as the Goddess in her maiden aspect). A Celtic equivalent of Hecate would be Aradia or Morrigan. Aradia is the Queen of the Witches and Morrigan is mostly too terrible to evoke for casual rituals. While Aradia and Hecate are known best as the Queens of sorceries, Morrigan, or The Morrigan as she is sometimes known

3. How do you choose your own pantheon? Do you just pick one or do you go by ancestry?

You have to search your own heart. Meditate on that question, and then listen for the answer. You could use ancestry but ancestry from which lifetime would you use?

4. How do you come up with your wiccan name?

Numerology is one way to make your name even more special to you. There are two simple steps to choosing your name using numerology;

One method is to use numerology. Begin by finding your birth number by adding the digits of your birth eg. 8.6.1989�

8 + 6 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 9 = 41. Break that number down to a single digit thus:

4 + 1 = 5. Your birth number is 5. If the numbers still add up to a double digit number, just break them apart again.

Next, pick a name that has the same number as your birth number (use the grid at the bottom to find the number that goes with each letter). I believe Buckland discusses this technique in the Big Blue Book.

Example numerology chart

1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9

A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I

J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R

S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z

E.G. DIANA = ( (D=4) + (I=9) + (A=1) + (N=5) + (A=1) ) = 20 = 2 + 0 = 2.

If you really like the name you’ve picked and you want it to match your birth number then add another letter or letters or subtract a letter to the name you’ve picked (sometimes you’ll like the name you make up better than the one you picked in the first place).

Sometimes, your name will be assigned by the coven. Otherwise if you have a name that you really like or have another system of correspondences that you want to use (such as letters from decomposing a sigil—especially powerful, or for instance let’s say you lived near the sea and developed a special rapport with the water element, then maybe Oceania would be an appropriate name.)

I wrote a program to help with using this method. The program uses two input boxes, one is where you input your birth date or other correspondence, and the other is where you input your proposed name. You then click the button and the program tells you whether you have chosen a numerologically balanced name.

By the way, the origin of using coven names stemmed from days of persecution when it was dangerous for a person to go by their ‘real’ name in the case of capture or others in the circle being captured.

The use of a magickal name (a name known only to yourself and the gods) is yet another name you need to choose. Typically, a person upon initiation or completing their first degree chooses or is given a name. Then upon completing your second and third degrees, you may also pick another name. Or, upon passing a particular milestone in your life, you may pick a name to reflect your changing attitudes about yourself or your evolving relationship to Deity.

Perhaps Bouncy Moonbeam fit you in college, but now as a HPS you prefer Selene Shadows. I do not believe in attaching a title such as Lord or Lady to your name. I believe the titles of lord and lady should be reserved for the Lord and Lady. I would also avoid actual deity names—to me it seems presumptuous.

As I said, if you don’t like the numerology, sigil decomposition (taking the letters that make up a sigil), look for some magickal correspondence that “speaks” to you and take a name from that. For instance, my full name Duir Gwalchmai, in Gaelic duir means oak, gwalch mai means may hawk. Oak is a sacred wood, and I’m pilot (hence I’ve always admired hawks) and I choose a Celtic name since while my immediate ancestry is not Celtic, I’m a Celt at heart.

We’ll be holding a class on name selection but that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking about your magickal name in the meantime.


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22
Feb

Snow Day

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“Anything is Possible on a Snow Day”

Just as the above tag line from the movie says, anything is possible on a snow day. Recently, Mother Nature, with the help of the ‘snow dance’, treated us to a rare middle Georgia snow day, thus proving that anything is possible—even for hell (if we witches believed in hell) to freeze over.

The storm gains strength, spreads, and grows.

Let the temperature drop and icy Boreas blow.

Let it snow; let it snow; let it snow.

Or, something along those lines read the operative part of the spell. Someone asked to see this ‘snow dance’ of mine, which brought such cold and snow to the hellish Georgia clime. To that request I demurred because sure, I show you, you show someone else, then that person shows someone else, and on and on until the next thing you know, we’re in the middle of another ice age. Wait. That’s not a bad thing.

Last week, schools closed; people, as though they were swarm of locusts, stripped bare supermarket shelves; and masses donned parkas and mukluks at the mere threat of snow. So while soccer moms with their 1.3 units of precious cargo, panicked, crashed, and rolled SUVs (because people in Georgia can’t drive on dry pavement let alone wet or icy roads), the local media warned of impending disaster comparable to Armageddon (stay inside; don’t go out if you don’t have to; it’s extremely cold and treacherous out there), I waited.

I waited.

Nary had a flake fallen yet from the slate gray sky.

Then it started: rain mixed with snow.

That turned to snow falling on Georgia pines.

The next day, the world had changed; for, anything is possible on a snow day. Like a little girl, my wife made a snowman; and, I decided to go for a walk with my dog.

We, my dog, Gaia, and I, entered a cathedral of white, and silence of the mind. The cold damp air, and the warm and moist exhalations of breaths mingled steamily in the air. The silent snow insulated us in this new world as though sound itself couldn’t penetrate the threshold of the forest cocoon. I could finally hear the silence.

Everywhere branches ‘boughed’ low over the trail, forming hanging vaults of green and snow. Whereas sound was hushed, I gained secret knowledge of the world hitherto unseen and known only to my dogs nose. In the snow, beneath bushes, or following the now mostly hidden trail, were signs of life, or at least life that had passed that way. There were rabbit tracks, mice, raccoon, squirrels, and some that I wasn’t quite sure what they were, and one mysterious path worn down in the snow. My dog enthusiastically sniffed these signs, trying to follow whatever animal had made those tracks and I for once had a glimpse into her personal world of scents. The snow allowed me to see what only she could smell and allowed me to understand why she finds each pile of leaves, every tuft of grass, and mounds of pine needles so intriguing.

Our walk took us along a two-mile loop of this private world apart from the mundane. That park was not place, and that time we walked was not time; we were between worlds—separate yet connected to all. My dog, and I met other shamanic souls walking the along the park trail plane, seemingly friendlier, happier, at least for a time, caught as we were in the spirituality of the moment.

However, all things must end—even a snow day.

For with the warming and brightening of the day, the snow was melting, receding into memory, like the remembrance of trees long ago felled, or the sighs of lost lovers, and missed chances, stories that you would never tell and the cacophony of everyday existence was bleeding into my consciousness. Suddenly, I could again hear constant background traffic noise; the noncommittal grunts of non-acknowledgement of passersby once again caught up in their own mean little cell phone melodramas, and a growing stale taste in my mouth of waste and stagnation that we call progress. I arrived home to find my wife’s snowman, mostly gone in the climate-changed sun, bent low, and leaning on a stick arm for support, a wasted vestige of his former self.

I believe more was lost on this day than just one snowman. I think with him, the last of our childhood memories of a simpler and fairer world, of a time when time hadn’t worn down our ideals and dreams, of what we could have been, or at least would have like to be, that is what was lost. Like the melting snows, trickling down into the earth below, these remembrances seeped away leaving us bent a little bowed, and perhaps even a little broken. But, like the snow which will return someday when the sky turns cold, slate, and gray to once again deliver to us a soul-saving snow day. Perhaps on that day, we’ll remember, we’ll hope, we’ll dream, we’ll dare to say:

“On a snow day anything is possible.”

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   Posted by: Scrivener   in Ostara, wicca, Wiccan, Wiccan Rituals, witchcraft

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You will need these items:

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

Preparation

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

Cleansing Sacred Space

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







Entry into Sacred Space


The Challenge

(HPS rings bell three times)

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

HPS: This time is not a time; this place is not a place; today is not a day; and this night is not a night. I stand at the threshold between the worlds. I stand ready to part the veil of mysteries. May the Ancient Ones help and protect us on our journey.

Blessed be.

Coveners: So mote it be.

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

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

Covener: In perfect love and perfect trust.

HPS: (Admits covener into the circle)

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






Attunement


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


Stand relaxed but upright with your spine straight.

Inhale, then exhale.


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


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


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

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


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


Let’s do this for three breaths.









Consecration of Water and Salt


Charge at the Pentacle

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

Blessing the Salt

HPS: (places dish of salt upon the pentacle)

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

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

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


I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity,

So that in my works of magick you may well serve me.


All: So mote it be.

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


Blessing the Water


HPS: I consecrate you, creature of water to service of the Goddess.

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

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


I cast from thee all hindrance and malignity,

So that in my works of magick you may well serve me.


All: So mote it be.

Blessing the Air

(HP places the censer containing incense upon the pentacle)


HP: I consecrate thee O creature of Air to service of the God,

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

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


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

All: So mote it be.

Blessing the Fire


(HP lights the incense)

HP: I consecrate thee O creature of Fire to the service of the God.

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

Burn brightly this spring night so we might know wisdom’s light.


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

All: So mote it be.


(HP sets the censer aside.)



Circle Casting


(by Earth)


HPS: (Addressing the coven)


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


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

HPS: I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, to be a meeting place of love, joy, and truth—a boundary between the worlds of men and the Realms of the Mighty Ones, a rampart and Protection against all wickedness that shall both contain and entertain the powers raised within. Wherefore do I consecrate thee in the name of Cenarius, the Lord of the spring Sun and Elune, the Lady of the Moon.



Strengthening the Circle


(by Water)


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

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

This blessed water sprinkled round, and round.

Protect us from wickedness and make our magick sound.


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


(by Air)


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

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

This smoke takes our intentions to the skies

Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.


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



(by Fire)


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

Witch 3: Fire, shine true and bright,

Aid, grant clarity of sight,

Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

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




Calling the Quarters

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

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

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

To witness and protect our sacred rites.





(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air)



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

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

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

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.



(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire)



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

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

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

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.




(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water)


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

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

I invite you to our circle on this Equinox night,

To witness and protect our sacred magickal rite.



(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth)







Drawing down the Moon



Invocation to the Goddess


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

Elune, triune nature’s Queen.

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

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

Denies Thy magick nor Thy ageless grace.

Or takes offense to winter’s cold,

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

Take my arms with cunning might.

Take my voice and be my words.

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

Infuse my bones with mystic flood.

And speak we two as name’s invoked.

Thy will in me. Thy will evoked.


(HPS is now aspected as the Goddess)

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

From winter slumber in the spring I rise renewed.


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

Though at times clothed in shadow, I never die,

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

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

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

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

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

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


(HPS lights the Goddess candle.)


The Charge of the Goddess


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


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

of old was called among Azerothians, by names to many to name including the White Lady, Elune, Earth Mother, and the Goddess of the Moon.


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

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

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

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

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

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

HPS: I who am the beauty of the green earth

And the white moon among the stars

And the mysteries of the waters,

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


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

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

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

All acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.


Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,

Honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you who seek to know Me, know that your

Seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless

You know the Mystery:


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

You will never find it without.

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

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




Drawing down the Sun


Invocation to the God

HP:     You are the stag of seven tines.


You are the Lord of all things wild,


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


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


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



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


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



You are the stag of seven tines.


In your honor, we light the balefires until the smoke climbs to the stars from a thousand sparking spires.


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



You are the stag of seven tines.

Great Father, return to Earth, again,

Come at my call and show Yourself to men.

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

Lead us from winter’s night into spring day.

Forgotten are the ways of sleep and night—

Men seek for them whose eyes have lost the light.

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

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

O answer unto me.


(HP lights the God candle.)

Charge of the God

HPS:
Listen to the words of the Horned God,

The Guardian of all things wild and free,

Keeper of the Gates of Death,

Whose Call we all must Heed:

HP: I am the fire within your Heart,

The yearning of your Soul.

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

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

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

Beckoned forth to Thee,

To learn the secrets of Death and Peace,

Come thou unto me.

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

HPS: I am corn at harvest and fruit on the trees.

I am He who leads you home.

With Scourge and Flame, Blade and Blood,

These are mine own gifts to thee.

Call unto me in the forest wild and hilltop bare,

And seek me in the Darkest Night.

I, who have been called by many names including Ursol, and Ursoc, Malygos,

And Cenarius.

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

Come live and love; behold this is worshiping.

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

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

to be reborn and to return again to seek .

Know me, I am the untamed wind,

the fury of storm.

Seek me with pride and humility,

and passion in your Soul.



Statement of Purpose

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

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




Main Working

Rekindling the Fire

HP: (stands in the East)

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

Coveners: (array themselves about the circle.)


HPS: We kindle this fire today

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

Without envy, without fear of aught beneath the Sun,

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


Thee we invoke, O Light of Life,

Be Thou a bright flame before to light the night,

Be thou a guiding star above us;

Be thou a smooth path beneath us;

Blaze forth in our hearts a flame of love,

For neighbor, and kindred, foe and friend,

Let our compassion shine as though the sun above,

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


O radiant Son God of the Goddess divine,

From the lowliest to highest of all,

Show forth thy wisdom’s warming light to shine,

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


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


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


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


HP: (Accepts the wand)


I am here to light your way.


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


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


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


Power Raising

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

Within the earth a tiny seed

sends shoots towards the Sun

The Maiden sings her song of spring

And the blooming has begun


Call the seed, the root, the bud

Call the Sun so bright

Sing your song and bid farewell

To the cold of winter’s night.


O lady of the scented leaves

Lay your cloak of vibrant green

Dance the wheel and dance the world

At the blooming of the land.


Within the egg the serpent sleeps

before the break of day

In colours bold he cracks the shell

And wakens all the fae


The ground is split by growing things

That weave upon the hills

The vines and flowers join the dance

To clothe the winter’s chill


O lady of the scented leaves

Lay your cloak of vibrant green

Dance the wheel and dance the world

At the blooming of the land.

Planting the Seeds of Magick


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


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


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


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


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


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


(HPS pauses again for a few moments.)


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


(HPS pauses again for a few moments.)


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


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


I am the flow and I am the ebb;

I am the weaver and I am the web.


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


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

I am the weaver and I am the web.


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

HPS: I am the flow and I am ebb;

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

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

We are the weavers and we are the web.

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



Consecration of the Wine and Cakes (Symbolic Great Rite)


Great Rite (Symbolic)


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

HPS: You are the bright sun and staff of Cenarius.

(HP lowers his athame into the wine)

HP: And you are Elune, the Grail of the Moon.

HPS/HP: And together we are one.

(HP replaces his athame upon the altar.)

Consecration of the Wine

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

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

Consecration of the Cakes

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

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

Simple Feast (Cakes and Ale)

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

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

HPS: To the Gods.

Coveners: To the Gods.



Closing the Circle

Release of Deities

Release of the Goddess

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



Queen of the Universe who wears a mantle of stars on this first spring night,


We gathered to bid hail to your Sun's warmth and light.


We thank you for your attending and witnessing these rites.


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



For this boon, and glimpse


Of your magick, and mystery,


We salute and thank Thee.



Alas, our time together now is past.


We bid thee farewell.


Stay if you will and join our repast.


Leave us if you must.


Ere you leave us, know that all who met here


Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.
					
HPS:  (Extinguishes the Goddess candle)

Release of the God


HP: (Assumes the Osiris position)

Thou art the Stag of Seven tines.

He who’s power is wide as the flood on a plain.

Your wisdom stretches like a hawk across the sky,

Who but you with smoke and fire sets our heads alight?

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

And, we thank you for this spring boon which brings the lengthening days.


For this boon, and glimpse


Of your magick, and mystery,


We salute and thank Thee.



Alas, our time together now is past.


We bid thee farewell.


Stay if you will and join our repast.


Leave us if you must.


Ere you leave us, know that all who met here

Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

HP:  (Extinguishes the God candle)

Quarter Dismissals

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

North Hail, guardians of the North, Elemental Spirits of Earth.

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

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

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



(Draw the banishing pentagram of Earth)



West Hail, guardians of the West, Elemental Spirits of Water.

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

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

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




(Draw the banishing pentagram of Water)


South Hail, guardians of the South, Elemental Spirits of Fire,

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

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

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



(Draw the banishing pentagram of Fire)



East Hail, guardians of the East, Elemental Spirits of Airs,

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

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

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



(Draw the banishing pentagram of Air)






Opening the Circle


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

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

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

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

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


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


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



HPS:        The circle is open, but remains unbroken.


            Blessed be.


Coveners:    Blessed be.


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5
Feb

Group Mind Exercises

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Group Mind, Health, Physical Fitness

Group mind exercises are another way the Circle of the Dark Moon distinguishes itself from the crowd of blessed-wannabes. Our tradition stresses the use of magick; and magick is hard work. Hard work requires that our bodies be in the best possible physical condition—or at least that we’re making strides in that direction. If indeed we are reflections of the Gods, or at the very least stewards of this human coil gifted to us by the Divine, then it certainly behooves us to take good care of our bodies. However, group mind exercises are more than just physical conditioning; otherwise, marines would be the most powerful wizards ever. Group mind exercises also cultivate mental and magickal harmony.

Have you ever been in a room with multiple tuning forks vibrating? The forks vibrate at perfect pitch filling the room with rich harmonics. Now imagine someone walks into the room and drops a glass. The glass shatters. A discordant crashing cacophony jangles and smashes the soothing tones until they, like the once whole glass, lie crushed and broken upon the floor. A similar discordant note in a magickal circle, either physical or mental, can be the difference between a successful working and working with a magickal dud.

I’ll admit that my physique could use a little bodywork too. I’ve gone from being in marathon shape to needing to lose 20 or more pounds. In keeping with leading by example, I’ve added supplemental workouts to my daily regime of 2 to 4 mile walks. These activities are in addition to a daily meditation. In fact, I usually use the daily walks with my dog, Gaia, as a type of moving meditation. Additionally, I do a sitting meditation each day.

The military calls it “team building,” social scientists call it “collective intelligence,” and the magickal community refers to it as “group mind.” No matter whether it’s bonding with squad members, or combining individuals into something larger than themselves to overcome social bias and groupthink, or standing inside a magickal circle during ritual or spell work, it is proven that those who share activities together perform better together. With that in mind, and some of those New Year resolutions as well, the Circle of the Dark Moon invites you join in its group mind exercises held each Saturday afternoon prior to the first-degree classes.

Tai Chi, gentle yoga (no pretzel poses), nature walks, and guided meditations are some of the proposed activities. We plan to rotate the type of activity in order to try to offer exercises that everybody likes. Sometimes, this activity may be combined with class time for field trips. However, you do not necessarily need to be a registered student to partake in the group mind exercises and are always welcome to remain afterward and take in a class.

In the future, we might expand the list of activities to include bike rides, runs, and physical training that is more strenuous. However, for now, we’re going to stick with less arduous exercises as the point to these exercises is to increase rapport among our members, thereby making you a more effective member of the Dark Moon Circle, and making you more successful in your own magickal practice, and not necessarily to raise your heart rate.

It is suggested that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes early so that we are ready to start precisely at 2:00 PM as classes start at 3:00 PM and there won’t be time for a delayed start of this activity.

It is recommended that you wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes. Bring whatever equipment and refreshments you feel you’ll need after the exercises, as spare equipment and refreshments may not be available since this a free activity.

The activity of the week will be announced beforehand via email. If you have any questions, contact the organizer of this event.

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