Ritual Working

Simple Altar Set-Up

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One example of a simple, basic altar.

This is one way of setting up a simple altar for spellwork and rituals being done in a sacred circle. Some Witches leave their altars set up at all times and some do not. It is a personal choice whether you do or not. You can set your altar on a table, the floor anywhere you can walk completely around it to make your sacred circle. As you get more comfortable on your path it will reflect in how you do your altar and what you put on it.

We will start at the top or North/element of Earth – here you need a bowl of dirt or regular table salt or stones or a piece of wood or a green candle.

Next going clockwise (dorsil) is East/element of Air – here you need incense or feathers (real ones not store bought ones) or a yellow candle.

Moving to the bottom is South/element of Fire – here you need either a red or orange candle or a lighter or some matches. The above illustration shows a charcoal burner, but you don’t need that yet and it might be you never use one.

Next is West/element of Water – here you need a bowl of water or some sea shells or a statue of some kind of sea or ocean life or a blue candle.

For spirit, they have a God and Goddess candle. You can also use a statue or something that to you show the element of Spirit and you can put just one thing in either between Water and Earth or Between Earth and Air.

At this point, you might not have a wand or Atheme (ceremonial knife) yet which is fine. So do even concern yourself with that part of this above illustration. If you do have one then place them as shown on the altar.

You should have one taper candle that you have inscribed your name on, this is your personal candle. You need to cleanse it before inscribing it of all energy but your own (there is a post up on here about how to do that) If you have an Atheme use that to do the inscription. If not a favorite sharp kitchen knife will work. It sets on the altar one side of Fire or the other. It should be on the side your power hand is on. Your power hand is the one you write with. You will use it to light the incenses and/or other candles on the altar from.

Have your Book of Shadows and something to write with; with you always when doing spellwork and/or a ritual so you can either read the spell or ritual from it or want to write down something that happened in your circle. This sets on the opposite side of Fire from your personal candle.

Copyright 2015 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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WOTC Extra – Steps of the Ritual


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 Steps of the Ritual

 

First of all, you must cast a circle to open up the portal. When casting a circle, you can use your wand or finger to draw a circle, or simply walk around in a circle; just make sure that you draw the circle clockwise, three times, and starting from the north. Keep your mind focused on drawing your circle and imagine the energies swirling surrounding you.

After drawing your circle, you have to state your purpose. As much as possible, you should speak loud and clear to ensure that the gods and goddesses hear you. Ideally, you should perform one ritual per request. However , if you wish to request for more than one thing, you may do so as well. You can write them down on a piece of paper so you will not forget them.

Once you have stated your purpose, call upon your chosen deity. You can actually call upon a variety of gods and goddesses from different traditions. You can seek assistance from Greek, Celtic, Norse, and Egyptian deities. Make sure that you invoke the presence of the right god or goddess. For instance, if you are casting a love spell, you should call upon Aphrodite or Venus.

It would also be helpful to have some sort of offering to the gods and goddesses. In general, wine, bread, and milk are valid offerings. Nonetheless, you may choose to offer something specific if you are requesting the presence of a particular god or goddess. If you are invoking Aphrodite, you may offer roses. If you are invoking Cato for agricultural prosperity, you may offer wheat, lard, and meat.

Likewise, you may offer lavender and honey to other gods and goddesses of love and passion. If you are invoking a god or goddess of prosperity and abundance, you can offer beer, catnip, grains and dairy. If you need help from a goddess of fertility and childbirth, you can offer eggs, apple blossoms, and baked goods. If you are calling upon a god or goddess of the hearth and home, you can offer cider and thyme.

During the invocation of the deities, you should request their presence or ask them to enter your body. You may also request to communicate with them in the form of an apparition or vision. Throughout this step, see to it that you focus all of your energy. Prevent your mind from wandering off.

After the offerings is the time to perform magick. Performing magick is a major part of any ritual. It is during this time that you cast your spells or ask the deity a special favor. See to it that you provide every crucial bit of information; be as detailed as possible. Once you state your request, do not forget to thank the deity and give your offerings.

Finally, you have to close the circle to seal the portal. Just as you have done when you cast the circle, you can use your wand or finger to trace the circle in a counter-clockwise direction. You can also walk around counter-clockwise three times. Closing the circle is very important step. You need to free up the energies and the deities that you have called upon during your ritual.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Performing a Ritual


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Performing a Ritual

 

Rituals play a huge part in the Wiccan religion . When performing a ritual, you have to make sure that you have the right tools . An altar, for instance, is essential. It is a focal point that contains all the tools that you may need during the ritual. Your altar can be simple or elaborate. It can be made of any material, but wood is preferable. You can decorate it with ornaments, cloth or jewelry.

You do not necessarily have to have every single tool associated with the Craft. An athame or sword, for instance, may not be needed if you are performing a simple love spell. Nonetheless, this small knife may be necessary if you are performing a rite for a Sabbat. The same rule applies with the boline, another kind of knife. If you do not need to cut anything during your ritual then you can make do without the boline.

Some of the most common tools used by witches during rituals include wands , besoms, chalices, bells, cauldrons, sensors, crystal balls and tiles. While witches or wiccans are not exactly required to wear a specific kind of clothing, you may want to wear something that is comfortable such as a robe with flared sleeves and a hood. If you do not have a robe, your casual clothes are fine.

On the other hand, if you prefer to perform your rituals in the nude, you may do so. Some witches actually perform rituals naked, although most are solitary practitioners. As for your jewelry and accessories, you can wear a necklace, ring, or bracelet that features a symbolic gemstone or even your birthstone. You can also wear an amulet or a celestial symbol if you want.

Anyway, see to it that your altar is ready before you begin your ritual. When everything is ready, you can begin. Make sure that you complete each step in the right order. If you are a beginner, you should write down the ritual steps as well as your spells on a piece of paper to serve as a guide. You can also write down the names of the deity you wish to call upon.

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How to do a Basic Sacred Circle

The Sacred Circle described here is for those beginning on their Pagan or Witchcraft path. It is just one way of doing a circle. I make modifications to how I set my altar and do my circle at times to suit what I will be working on in the circle and for Sabbats or Esbats. Please consider reading different books and/or talking to other Witches for more information as to how the they do their circle. As with all workings of The Craft different people have different ideas and by reading and/or listening to others besides myself will help you to try new things to see what works best for you. There are very few hard set rules when it comes to this type of Spirituality as it is as diverse as we are as people.

In a coven the High Priestess or High Priest or Priestess or Priest might a sighing a task for member to do with setting up the altar, bring the food and/or drink for the celebration, call Watchtowers or even open/close the circle. Usually the highest ranking person makes the actual sacred circle. I most of the time would rotate between coven members who did what including making the Sacred Circle, I figured how better to learn than by doing something. Yes I would check to make sure the circle was put together
right before we began whatever the circle had been made for.

This circle is what I use as a teaching tool for those who I can’t do a demonstration in person for. There is very little if any chance that you won’t do it right. When I start a circle I say I’m closing it and when I’m done that I’m opening it, I know this the opposite of what is usually taught but for me it makes more sense. Because when I start I’m closing myself off from the physical plain we live in, putting myself into a Spiritual Plain and then reopening myself to our physical when I’m done. Any questions please write
to me any time. The traditional way is Opening a circle when it is made and Closing it when you are through with whatever you made the circle for.

I always start in the East, this is the way Native Americans and the Celtic do their Circles, other places around the world may start at a different compass point. So if starting at a different point feels more right for you then do it.

The reason for making a Circle is it helps hold the extra Energy raised as well as keeping whom ever or whatever you call upon to help contained so they can not just do whatever they want, where ever they want or whenever they want to on this plain when called to you to help you with something specific. Remember the Wicce Rede “Do as ye will, less it harm none.” You can call in the different Elements-Air, Fire , Water and Earth to lend power to the spell or Ritual you are performing. You can also call upon
Goddesses and/or Gods or both that lend power to the specific thing you are doing. A few examples Kwan Yin or Sirona for any type of healing, or Hecetate when blessing your home or The Green Man or Mother Earth to help with growing things, Epona to help with any domestic animal, etc.

Before you start your Circle bless a candle to represent you. To do this get a long taper-color of it is an individual choice write your name on it-use whatever alphabet seems right for you-for example: English, Runes, Ogham,etc. Then bless it with sandalwood or what ever oil feels right for you. Put the oil on the candle by wetting the index finger of your power hand with the oil ( Your power hand is the hand you write with) and make a Pentagram three times while turning the candle so some of the oil gets on all the sides. This candle you will use to represent you when working any type of Magick until it burns all the way down. Then just make a new one. You will use this candle to light the
incense and candle at the Pentagram points and for most everything else that you may need or want to burn during Ritual and spell work.

Start by laying out your Altar:
Use what ever size table you have or the floor if you want to sit to do whatever you are making the circle for. If you have a pre-made Pentagram set it in the middle of the table with the top most point facing Northeast. If you don’t’ have one I will be posting the directions for making your own from sticks from trees in your yard or a favorite park or something like that and your own hair (you can just use what comes out in your hair brush) or use your imagination to form a Pentagram the representations for each Element when setting up your Altar.  ( Right now my Altar has a bird’s nest with some tiny flowers, leaves and a bird in the Northeast for Mother Earth and a small metal Sun in the Northwest for Ra because these are the two deities I work with most often)

Next you set up the Elements by going clockwise around the points of the Pentagram starting with Spirit,which is represented with some type of little statue or whatever you may have the represents a Deity to you, in the Northeast or Northwest point. Next will be Air, which is represented by incense or a feather or a yellow candle set this in the Eastern point. Next is Fire, this is represented with usually a red or orange candle, placed in the Southern tip. Water in the West with a container of water (size doesn’t matter) or a blue candle and Earth in the North use a container with salt or dirt or some stone or sticks or a combo nation of any or all of these or a green candle. Place whatever you chose to use to represent each of the Elements inside the point or to the right of it or at the tip. When you look at them from above you should be able to roughly draw in your minds eye a Pentagram (star shape).

To the right of Spirit place an object representing the Goddess you will be working with, to the left place an object representing the God you will be working with or your Patron God and Goddess (if you do not all ready know who they are it will come to you as you work with Deities. You will usually find yourself drawn to one certain God and/or Goddess you like to work with the most. I have also used a chalice (wine glass) to represent a Goddess and pine cones or a small deer statue to represent a God) To the right of Spirit place an object representing the Goddess you will be working with, to the left place an object representing the God you will be working with or your Patron God and Goddess

To make the circle to contain the energy you will be raising and to hold the Goddess and God or Elements you many call upon to help you with whatever you are working on.

Call the Watchtowers first they protect the circle (If you scroll through older posts there is one just on Calling the Watchtowers). Kind of a first line of defense against anything or one you do not want close to you while working a spell or doing a ritual. Fill in the blank with who or whatever name you are calling to them to help with whatever you are doing in the Circle. For this your Arch Angels will be in East and West and Spirit Guides in the North and South or an Arch Angel to each position or each Element in their proper direction (working with the Elements themselves can be tricky at time and send then back from way they came is EXTERMELY important because they can cause all kinds of havoc when released from the Circle into your home) or use Arch Angels for all four directions. Using the Angels and/or your Spirit Guides is easiest and to safest thing to use when you are just starting out and/or unsure of what you are doing). I have at times when doing something I needed to draw more power for called Goddesses to the North and South and Gods to East and West. Calling on Goddesses and Gods to be in the Watchtowers is not a thing a novice should try until their mentor/teacher feel they are ready to work with that much power. The day will come when you will be able to do this safely. If calling the Archangels ( the safest thing to work with the first few times you do a Scared Circle) Auriel to the East, Gabriel to the South, Raphael to the West and Micheal to the North,

To the Watchtower of the East I call _______ to help protect this Circle and empower my work within this circle.

To the Watchtower of the South_________to help protect this Circle and empower my work within this circle.

To the Watchtower of the West__________to help protect this Circle and empower my work within this circle.

To the Watchtower of the North_________to help protect this Circle and empower my work within this circle.

After they have come you will then make the actual circle:. (While I use a different Magickal tool for the different circle levels you do not have to do this you can use your power hand/sword/staff/atheme/wand for all of them.) You might also have a glass or chalice with wine or juice or even water in it and a plate with something little to eat on it. This is for the celebration part of rituals after they are completed. You can choose to drink and eat before you open/close your circle or after you have opened/closed it.

Pick up whatever tool you are going to use or point your index finger to channel the energy through to do each layer of the circle. Most Witches I know only make their circle at ground or waist level. I do my in a series of layers on top of each other with all the Elements. Why? Because that is what feels right to me.

Starting in the East, walking clockwise or dorsal, with it in your power hand (hand that you write with), pointing towards the ground say, “I close or open, which ever sounds and feels right for you, this circle with Earth that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.” You need to walk the 360 degree circle big enough to be able to move around in it if you have without crossing the magickal wards you are putting up.

Hold your tool or power hand and point upward towards the sky or ceiling. Again starting in the East walk 360 degrees while saying “I close this circle with Air that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.”

Starting in the East, with your tool or your power hand at shoulder height draw a circle of flames (try to see the flames coming out of the end of your staff/finger connecting Air and Earth) while saying “I close this circle with the power of Fire that no harm may come those inside or outside this circle.”

We are mad of 70% water so for that reason I do not use the element of Water in making my circle. I have tried to do a layer of it between Fire and Air put the room got very humid from the Fire heating the Water and Air moving it around. When I tried it between Earth and Fire it felt like the ground below me was washing away so I felt unsteady on my fee. The humidity was indoors during the coldest part of the year and it felt like a hot humid summer day. The unsteadiness was outdoors in my backyard.

Welcome each Element individually into your circle Starting with Air going clockwise around the Pentagram .At this time you will light the incense if you are using them for Air and the candle you are using for Fire. I also touch the containers of Water and Earth and whatever I am using for Spirit.

Next you will call the Goddess and/or God who you want to ask for help from into the circle individually. Wait to do anything further until you can feel energy starting to rise in the circle when you feel it has hit its peak. This is the time you start your spellwork or ritual. You may feel their presence strongly or it may just be a little it depends on the person and/or how many times you have worked with whoever you invoked.

When you are through with your spell and/or ritual that you made this circle for; you will dismiss the God and/or Goddess individually by saying “________ return from where you came with my thanks and gratitude for power and energy that helped me with my work here today/tonight.” Next you dismiss the Watchtowers in the opposite order from which you called them in starting in the North and ending with the East by saying, “______ return from where you came with my thank you for your power and energy that helped me with my work here today/tonight.” Once they are all dismissed then you will open your circle staring from the top to the bottom walking counter-clockwise or withershins say, ______ return from where you came thank you for protecting me inside my circle from harm and let nothing done within this circle cause harm to anyone else inside of it or outside of it.

Once all the circles are opened or closed, again use which ever seems right to you, then ground the unused energy still lingering VERY IMPORTANT (excess Energy can build up over time and cause any number of problems in your home.) give it to Mother Earth and/or her water ways to help heal them. To ground the energy start with your arms raised above your head and slowly bring them down in front of you until your palms are facing the floor or ground and say “I freely give this energy to you Mother Earth to help heal you So mote it be.”

Another quirk of my when I have put everything back where it stays when not on my Altar is to say even when by myself, “Merry part until we Merry meet again,” because I’m talking to the Elements, Gods and/or Goddess. I always start in the East because of the pull I feel towards Celtic and Native American traditions, you may also start in the North or even the West. DO NOT start in the South as that is where all dark sides of The Old Ways start. Also feel free to embellish this however feels right to you. Just remember to make sure your circle is tightly closed so no extra energy or anything else can have free reign of your home and/or property outside.

Copyright 2011 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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House Magic for Spring

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Using the Elements for the Watchtowers

The Watchtowers are also known as the Guardians of the Cardinal/compass points. The
coincide with the four major compass points North, East, South and West.

Some covens use a single person positioned at each point to call all four Watchtowers.
While others use a group of three and in others the priestess and/or priest call them. It
mainly depends on the covens own traditions.

Solitary witches call the Watchtowers themselves.

When working with the Elements ALWAYS be sure to thank them and send them back from
whence they came. If you fail to release them you will usually find many unexplained things
happening to you, your family and/or in your home, yard or where ever it was you called
them to. Such as a lot of interference with electronic things, sort of background noise you
can’t pin point while on the phones or a host of other things.

You can change the wording to make if feel more your own. In a coven you would call
them however the Priestess and/or Priest teach you to cal; them for that particular coven. I
sometime use the following words and other times something else will come out of my
mouth. I try to let my guides lead me when doing anything magickal as they usually know
more of what I need at any given time better than I do.

The Watchtowers are called in for protection just before the Scared Circle is closed )
opened). The Elements are dismissed before the Circle is closed (opened) at the end of the
ritual. First is a formal way to call the Elements to the Watertowers; followed by a casual
way.

Most covens and solitary witches start at the East Watchtower/cardinal/compass point then
walk clockwise to each of the other directions. It is fine if it feels more comfortable to you to
start at a different point but always walk clockwise after calling the first direction.

Formal way of calling:

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty east

Come forth, O guardians of Air.

Let your wings of intelligence my protection be

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty south

Come forth, O guardians of Fire.

May your firey breath cleanse my work.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty west

Come forth, O guardians of Water.

May your sweeping waters bring protection all around.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty north

Come forth, O guardians of Earth.

Let the North Star crown your brow.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Causal way of calling:

I call Air to protect the Watchtower of the East and ask to lend your power to my circle.

I call Fire to the Watchtower of the South and ask you to lend your power to my circle

I call Water to the Watchtower of the West and ask you to lend your power to my circle.

I call Earth to the Watch tower of the North and ask you to lend your power to my circle.

I ask the Elements to guard my circle from your Watchtower.

To dismiss the Elements at the end of the ritual and before the Scared Circle is closed:

Starting in the East or which ever direction you called first move counter-clockwise
around to each Watchtower. Saying “_________(name of Element) go back
from where you came with my thanks and gratitude for your protection and help.” When
you have released the last element you would then close (open) your circle.

Copyright 2013 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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Flashback 2002 Ostara Celebration

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Just One Type of Altar Idea

Ostara

“Ostara or SPring Equinox brings a waxing Sun. The forces of night are held at bay for the
moment, and indeed will contiune to give way to the power of the Sun. The Sun enters
Mercury on MArch 20, the day of Mercury, and in the hour of the MOon, and begins its
circumnavigation of the zodiac. The Moon is skipping ahead of the Sun at 14 degrees
Gemini, and Mercury energy dominates this day. Only easlily completed projects should be
started. Althought the Sun and Moon are fire and air this is the ferility festival and it is
symbolized by the egg.

Celebrate at sunrise, using pink, pale green, lavendar, and butter yellow at the four corners
of your altar. Decorate the altar with an egg tree, or search out a pysanki egg with
approperiate symbols and nestle it in a bird’s nest. FOllow with a breakfast brunch; serve
eggs!

Creat ritual incense for fire and air symbolism. Blend rue, fennel seed, red sandalwood, and
cinnamon; add an equal amount of frankincense and several drops of rose oil. Cover and
store for two weeks before using.”

COpyright 2002 K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn Witches Datebook Page 55

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How To Draw Down the Moon

How To Draw Down the Moon

By Patti Wigington

Wicca Pagan Expert

In this beautiful and powerful rite, the practitioner invokes the Goddess directly into herself (or himself, as the case may be). In some variations, a High Priestess (HPs) may go into a trancelike state and speak the words of the Goddess, or it may be a formal monologue calling upon the Goddess in her many forms. Regardless of how you practice it, Drawing Down the Moon is best performed on the night of the full moon, or on one of the nights immediately before. While it’s more suitable to be performed outside, if the weather is inclement or your neighbors are easily startled, you can hold the ritual indoors.

Stand at your altar with your arms crossed over your chest, and feet together. Face towards the full moon. Say:

Goddess of the Moon, You have been known by many names in many lands in many times. You are universal and constant. In the dark of night, You shine down upon us and bathe us in Your light and love. I ask You, O Divine One, to honor me by joining with me, and allowing me to feel Your presence within my heart.

Move your feet apart to about shoulder width, and raise your arms up and out to welcome the Goddess into you. The next part is one that you can memorize and learn, or you can speak spontaneously from the heart. You will begin to feel a surge of energy, a palpable tingle – don’t worry, that’s the Goddess making Herself known to you. Feel free to change these words as you like. You are speaking for Her, in Her voice, so let Her say what She wishes. Say:

“I am the Mother of all life, the One who watches over all. I am the wind in the sky, the spark in the fire, the seedling in the earth, the water in the river.

Continue:

“I am the vessel from which All Things spring forth.

Honor Me from within your heart! Remember that acts of love and pleasure are My rituals, and that there is beauty in all things.

Honor Me on this night of the full moon! I have been with you since the moment you were created, and shall remain with you always.

Let there be beauty and strength, wisdom and honor, humility and courage within you. If you need Me, call upon Me and I shall come to you, for I am everywhere, always.

Honor Me as you seek knowledge! I am the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, and I live within you

Feel the power of the Goddess within you. When you are ready, conclude with:

I look down upon the sands of the desert, I crash the tides upon the shore, I shine on the mighty trees of the forests, and watch with joy as Life continues every cycle.

Be true to Me, honoring that which I have created, and I shall be true to you in return.

With harm to none, so it shall be.”

Take a few moments to stand and bask in Her glow, and to meditate upon that which you have just experienced. Once the energy surge has subsided, lower your arms, and proceed with your ceremony as you normally would at the conclusion of a ritual.

Tips:

Drawing Down the Moon is an altered state of consciousness, a ritual possession by the Divine. It is not uncommon to feel the energy of the Goddess for quite some time following Drawing Down the Moon, so don’t be alarmed if you feel a heightened sense of clarity over the next few days. You may also feel extremely emotional — it’s not uncommon to cry or laugh spontaneously during this rite.

The above ritual is one that I created myself, but for more variations on Drawing Down the Moon, there are excellent versions in Wicca For One by Raymond Buckland (pp. 87 – 89 and The Grimoire of Lady Sheba (pp. 167- 168).

 

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Author: Patti Wigington, Pagan/Wicca Expert

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