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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore, be it noted that:

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

be lived by all who follow the old ways.

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

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

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

ye plant, so shall ye harvest.”

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

godhead.

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

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

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

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

matter may be known.

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

part, a thing of falsehoods.

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

likewise expected of them.

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

head is a virtue.

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

Strive not to do harm.

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

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

discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.

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

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

increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.

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

mountains have crumbled to dust.

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

others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.

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

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

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

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

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

world.

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

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

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

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

first?”

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

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

thrones and beyond the very stars.


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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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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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Mar

Wiccan Q & A

   Posted by: Scrivener    in wicca

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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