Ritual Working

Computers and the Craft

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Witches have taken to computers like ducks to water because the technology is incredibly useful. But are you applying your witchcraft to your computer?

Fro example, do you use magic to protect your computer? To physically protect your computer, use a guardian figure,  like a small dragon statue or a small protective goddess or god image. Set this on top of your CPU or monitor [Double sided tape works well to keep it where you put it]. Invoke the spirit or deity and ask it to protect your computer and other equipment. Do not burn incense or sage around your computer, however. Smoke of any sort contains particles than clog up moving parts, which can reduce air circulation and cause overheating. If you must use incenses, do it when computer is off. If you have a laptop with no place to put such a guardian, you can find a picture to put somewhere on your laptop or carry a small figurine in your laptop case. You could even have your wallpaper display a protective image. [You can also get covers for laptops, netbooks, tablets, etc with dragons and other symbols on them to use. ]

If you are keeping your Book of Shadows or other materials related to your Craft practices on your computer, you should consider either password protecting or encrypting those files. This is especially important if you share your computer, but useful even if you have your own. Computers may get stolen, and eventually you will upgrade or recycle your old computer. Check the help files for your word processing program for details on how to password protect your special files. Many programs that compress files so that you must have a password to read them.

Your passwords can provide magical as well as mundane protection. Mix numbers and letters, and, if application is case sensitive, mix upper and lower case. To avoid words found in an ordinary dictinary, go to an old grimoire or other book of magic the uses unusual words. Pick a few names that are associated with communication or protection. Associations with Mercury or Mars are good, but avoid evil or chaotic names, Change passwords on a regular basis, at least every holiday if not every New Moon. If you use numberology, the numbers may also be chosen according to your intent.

Of course you do regular backups. Wednesday, the day of Mercury, is connected to communication, so it’s a good day if you do weekly backups. Do an extra set of backups a day or two before Mercury goes retrograde, when communication will be more difficult and more likely to get quirky.

Defragmenting the hard drive, of just called defragging, gets rid of the extra dead space, allowing you to store more information on your hard drive and enabling your computer to find that information more quickly and easily. Because this is a form of banishing, I would recommend that you defrag your hard drive during the waning Moon.

My favorite thing about computers is e-mail, I can e-mail my coven about as idea I’ve had for a ritual, or ask who left behind a baking dish, even though it’s nearly midnight. I don’t have to worry about who is awake, and I can tell everyone the same thing at the same time. (There are also file-sharing programs that can enable your group to share the writing and revisiting of rituals online.) One etiquette note: if you are sending e-mails to a larger group then your coven or other small group of friends, ise”:bcc,” blind carbon copy so the e-mail addresses of the recipients aren’t displayed. It keeps people’s e-mail address private, which is very important to some people in the Craft. It also keeps the display smaller.

Since e-mail is all about communication, during Mercury retrograde be sure to reread everything before you send it to ensure it says exactly what you mean. Also, be sure to pause before responding to any e-mail sent. As you follow up, even if a message seems somewhat alarming, be prepared to cut other people more slack about what they intended to say during this time because Mercury retrograde affects everyone, whether they know about astrology or not.

If you are online, you have to decide how much you want other people to know about you and your practices. Would you prefer that people like your employer or your landlord not know you are a Witch? Pick a pseudonym that resembles neither your legal name nor your Craft name. Get a separate e-mail account from a free service such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail [There is also Aol and many other free email services on the web.] Give as little information as you can, such as giving only the city you live in, or the general area. Since online site want your name and e-mail address use it only for suffering, to keep your main e-mail address from attracting so much spam as to make it unusable.

Other things you can do to protect yourself online, besides the usual mundane warnings, including spells to keep away viruses and other malware, and against spam. Make a talisman in the shape of your cursor icon, an arrow for example. Color it bright red, or make it out of red paper. In bleack letters, write the word “advert.” Chant “avert. virus, advert spam, advert harm,” several times, ending with “Advert!” shouted as loudly as you cas to the upper right corner of your monitor, with the arrow pointing toward the center of the acreen.

If you want to attract people to your Web site, come up with a short phrase that sums up your desires: “Buy my magaical herbs,” or “Join my group.” Reduce th ephrase to one “word” made up of nonduplicate letter, for example, “readmyblog.” Place those letters in the html or other code for the page in such a way that it doesn’t display. Another way is to come up with a sigil of attraction, and place it in the background of your Web page nearly–but not quite the same–color as the background. As an added bonus, doing this will also enable you to find out if someone is copying your Web pages and using them without your name.

There are many Web sites for Witches, Pagans, and other magical folks. Like eveything else on the web, you have to use common sense when reading them. It helps to know what lind of site you are viewing. For example, the suffix of a site tells you what kind of site you are viewing. For example, the suffix of a site tells you what sort of organization runs the site. Dot com, “.com” means it’s a commercial site. If it is suppose to be a commercial site, for example http://www.Llewellyn.com that makes sense because it’s a business. SOme large nonprofit organizations are also .com. A smaller nonprofit will be .org or .net for example, hhtp//paganpride.org, which is  organizing site for Pagan Pride nationwide. Here are a few sites I have found useful.

Witchvox

The Witch’s voice, http://www.wicthvox.com, is the best networking site for Witches and Pagans on the Web. The content consists of news stories, srticles, editorials, and book reviews, as well as extensive database of networking contacts. This is the place to start when looking for resources, such as covens to join and events to attenf. The site has been up for more then ten years and has an amasing amount of information.

Pagan Pride

This event happens every fall all over the United States and Canada, in Europe, and at facilitees for military personnel. Some local groups also sponsor fall equinox rituals and other events. These are free and open to the public. Most also sponsor charitable work such as food shelf drives. The main site, http//paganpride.org/, can help you find an event in your area.

Lleweylln Worlwide

Lleweylln’s Web site, http://www.llewellyn.com, has an abundance of free information, as well as the opportunity to order the latest books, get a tarot reading, check the Moon’s sign, and many other useful features.

The Covenant of the Goddess

Information about The COvenant of the Goddess, one of the largest and oldest Wiccan religious organizations, can be found at http://www.cog.org. The Covenant is an umbrella organization of cooperating autonomous Witchcraft covens, groups, and individual practitioners, and has the power to confer credentials on qualified clergy, It fosters cooperation and mutual support among Witches and provides legal recognition as a religion.

Isaac Bonewits

The author of Real Magic, has an excellent informativie site with lots of links at http://www.neopagan.net His Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (ABCDEF) is very useful in determining if a group is potentially harmful.

There are also a number of Pagan magazines available both in print and online. Check out http://www.pangaia.com for Pangaia and links to New Witch and Sage Woman.

Blogging is very popular in the Pagan community as elsewhere, If you are practicing alone, it can give you a sense of community, sharing with other Witches whether they are nearby or across the country. It’s a great way to share rituals with the rest of your coven; somecovens keep a group blog, each member adding to it as they will. Blogsd are a way to get feeddback from a wide audience as was as to keep many people up to date on your activites with one post. There are so many blogs and they change so quickly that there is no point in listing them here.

Blessed computing!

Copyright Maganeta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2010 Pages 14-18

 

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WOTC Extra – How to Do the Rooting Ritual

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How to Do the Rooting Ritual

 

Rooting is a great ritual for flowing Earth energies deep into the ground, releasing excess energies of any kind, pulling Earth energies into the body and mineralizing the body. To perform this ritual, follow these instructions:

1. Place your palms or heels on the ground. These are the parts of your body from which you will extend “roots.”

2. Extend your roots out of your body, through the carpet or tile, into the sub floor and down into the Earth. Just imagine or “see” roots growing from your palms or heels and reaching into the Earth. If you are in a multi-level building, you will need to go through each level until you reach the Earth. If you are wearing shoes with thick soles, you may have to extend the roots out the sides of your shoes to avoid the soles.

3. Once your roots reach the Earth, keep extending them down through the topsoil and deeper layers until you reach bedrock. You will feel the bedrock as a more solid sensation than burrowing through the soil.

4. When you reach bedrock, dig your roots in, and lock them in.

5. With each exhalation, push excess tension, anger, frustration, sadness, distraction, or other unwanted energies through your roots into the bedrock. The Earth will easily accept these energies.

6. With each inhaled breath, pull up minerals and energies from the Earth for stability and balance.

7. Once you feel relaxed and nourished, pull your roots back up into your body. Just see the roots retracting and going back into your body. If you stand up without pulling in your roots, you will feel a slight “popping” sensation, and your body might be sore for a few days.

8. This is a very simple but highly useful magic ritual during times like these. If you are under a great deal of stress, do this ritual at least once per day to relieve daily tension and negativity.

Enjoy the relaxing sensations of connecting with Mother Earth. Don’t worry about affecting the Earth negatively— she can handle any and all kinds of energies!

 

 

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Alan G. Joel

 

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Let’s Talk Witch – The Magic Ritual of Getting Grounded

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The Magic Ritual of Getting Grounded

 

One of the best ways to weather the ups-and-downs of the current world change is to practice rituals that connect you with Mother Earth. These are rituals that ground you into the Earth, and they work because the Earth is huge and absorbs just about anything you throw at it. Any magic ritual that grounds you, and connects you with the element Earth, will help you weather the storm. Now why is this? Because there are already a lot of Air, Fire, and Water energies zinging around, and these combined energies can often lead to fear, reactivity, negativity, and other junky emotions. Magically, these three elements represent the following:

Air

Thinking, planning, and communication. In a highly-charged situation, this could lead to arguments, negative thoughts, or plans for revenge.

Fire

Movement, action, desire, and will. If you are stressed, increasing your Fire energy by doing a Fire-based magic ritual could lead to road rage, frenetic but useless action, or a fist-fight.

Water

Emotions, feelings, and the language of Spirit. If you already feel down about your situation, doing a magic ritual that is too Watery can make you feel even sadder, triggering negative emotions.

For all of these reasons, rooting rituals that ground you and connect you with Mother Earth are definitely useful during these topsy-turvy world changes!

 

 

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Alan G. Joel

 

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How To Cast a Circle – Solitary Style

 

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How To Cast a Circle – Solitary Style

 

In modern Paganism, one of the facets common to many traditions is the use of a circle as a sacred space. While other religions rely on the use of a building such as a church or temple to hold worship, Wiccans and Pagans can cast a circle pretty much any place they choose. This is particularly handy on those pleasant summer evenings when you decide to hold ritual out in the back yard under a tree instead of in your living room!

Bear in mind that not every Pagan tradition casts a circle – many Reconstructionist paths skip it altogether, as do most folk magic traditions.

Start by determining how big your space needs to be. A ceremonial circle is a place in which positive energy and power are kept in, and negative energy kept out. The size of your circle will depend on how many people need to be inside it, and what the circle’s purpose is. If you’re hosting a small coven meeting for a few people, a nine-foot-diameter circle is sufficient. On the other hand, if it’s Beltane and you’ve got four dozen Pagans preparing to do a Spiral Dance or a drum circle, you’ll need a space significantly larger. A solitary practitioner can work easily in a three- to five-foot circle.

Figure out where your Circle should be cast. In some traditions, a Circle is physically marked on the ground, while in others it is merely visualized by each member of the group. If you have an indoor ritual space, you can mark the Circle on the carpet. Do whichever your tradition calls for. Once the Circle is designated, it is usually navigated by the High Priest or High Priestess, holding an athame, a candle, or a censer.

Which direction will your circle face? The circle is almost always oriented to the four cardinal points, with a candle or other marker placed at the north, east, south and west and the altar in the center with all the necessary tools for the ritual. Before entering the circle, participants are purified as well.

How do you actually cast the circle? Methods of casting the circle vary from one tradition to another. In some forms of Wicca, the God and Goddess are called upon to share the ritual. In others, the Hight Priest (HP) or High Priestess (HPs) will begin at the north and call upon the deities of the tradition from each direction. Usually this invocation includes a mention of the aspects associated with that direction – emotion, intellect, strength, etc. Non-Wiccan Pagan traditions sometimes use a different format. A sample ritual for casting a circle might take place like this:

Mark the circle upon the floor or the ground. Place a candle in each of the four quarters – green to the North to represent Earth, yellow in the East to represent Air, red or orange symbolizing Fire in the South, and blue to the West in association with Water. All necessary magical tools should already be in place upon the altar in the center. Let’s assume that the group, called Three Circles Coven, is led by a High Priestess.

The HPs enters the circle from the east and announces, “Let it be known that the circle is about to be cast. All who enter the Circle may do so in perfect love and perfect trust.” Other members of the group may wait outside the circle until the casting is complete. The HPs moves clockwise around the circle, carrying a lit candle (if it’s more practical, use a lighter instead). At each of the four cardinal points, she calls upon the Deities of her tradition (some may refer to these as Watchtowers, or Guardians).

As she lights the candle in the East from the one she carries, the HPs says:

Guardians of the East, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of knowledge and wisdom, guided by Air, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

The HPs moves to the South, and lights the red or orange candle, saying:

Guardians of the South, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of energy and will, guided by Fire, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

Next, she circles around to the West, where she lights the blue candle and says:

Guardians of the West, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of passion and emotion, guided by Water, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

Finally, the HPs goes to the last candle in the North. When lighting it, she says:

Guardians of the North, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of endurance and strength, guided by Earth, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

At this point, the HPs will announce that the circle is cast, and other members of the group can ritually enter the circle. Each person approaches the HPs, who will ask:

How do you enter the circle?

Each individual will respond:

In perfect love and perfect trust or In the light and love of the Goddess or whatever response is appropriate to your tradition.

Once all members are present within the circle, the circle is closed. At no time during ritual should anyone exit the circle without performing a ceremonial “cutting.” To do this, hold your athame in your hand and make a cutting motion across the line of the circle, first to your right and then to your left. You are essentially creating a “door” in the circle, which you may now walk through. When you return to the circle, enter it in the same place you exited, and “close” the doorway by reconnecting the line of the circle with the athame.

When the ceremony or rite has ended, the circle is usually cleared in the same manner in which it was cast, only in this case the HPs will dismiss the deities or Guardians and thank them for watching over the coven. In some traditions, the temple is cleared simply by having all members raise their athames in salute, thanking the God or Goddess, and kissing the blades of the athame.

If the above method of casting a circle seems boring or dull to you, that’s okay. It’s a basic framework for ritual, and you can make yours as elaborate as you like. If you’re a very poetic person who likes lots of ceremony, feel free to use creative license – call upon “the weavers of the wind, the breezes that blow from the East, blessing us with wisdom and knowledge, so mote it be,” etc, etc. If your tradition associates various deities with the directions, call upon those Gods or Goddesses in the ways that they expect you to do so. Just make sure that you don’t spend so much time casting the Circle that you don’t have any time left for the rest of your ceremony!

Tips:

Have all your tools ready ahead of time — this will save you from scrambling around during the middle of the ritual looking for things!

If you forget what you mean to say when casting the circle, improvise. Talking to your deities should come from the heart.

If you make a mistake, don’t sweat it. The universe has a pretty good sense of humor, and we mortals are fallible.

What You Need:

Athame

Candles

Censer

Other tools of your tradition

 

 

By Patti Wigington

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Casting the Circle [Coven]

Set up: place a candle in each of the four cardinal directions. Lay the rest of the tools on the altar cloth or near it. The altar can be on the ground, a table, a rock or a stump. The altar should be in the center or just north of center of the Circle. Light the six candles and the incense, start the music and begin the ritual.

The Ritual

Facing North, the High Priest and Priestess kneel in front of the altar with him to her right. She puts the bowl of water on the altar, places the point of her athame in it and says:

    “I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water, that thou cast out from thee all impurities and uncleanliness of the world of phantasm; in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia”

She then puts down her athame and holds up the bowl of water in both hands. The High Priest puts the bowl of salt on the altar, puts his athame in the salt and says:

    “Blessings be upon this Creature of Salt; let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hence, and let all good enter herein; wherefore so I bless thee, that thou mayest aid me, in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.”

He then puts down his athame and pours the salt into the bowl of water the High Priestess is holding. The High Priest then stands with the rest of the Coven outside the Circle. The High Priestess then draws the Circle with the sword, leaving a gap in the Northeast section. While drawing the Circle, she should visualize the power flowing into the Circle from off the end of the sword. She draws the Circle in a East to North or deosil or clockwise direction. She says:

    “I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou beest a meeting place of love and joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a boundary between men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within thee. Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee, in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.”

The High Priestess lays down the sword and admits the High Priest with a kiss while spinning him deosil and whispers “Blessed Be”. He then admits a woman the same way. Alternate male/female/male. Then the High Priestess finishes closing the Circle with the sword. She then names three witches to help strengthen the Circle. The first witch carries the bowl of consecrated water from East to East going deosil, sprinkling the perimeter as she/he goes. They then sprinkle each member in turn. If the witch is male, he sprinkles the High Priestess last who then sprinkles him. If female she sprinkles the High Priest last, who then sprinkles her. The bowl is replaced on the altar. The second witch takes the incense burner around the perimeter and the third takes one of the altar candles. While going around the perimeter, each person says:

    “Black spirits and white,
    Red spirits and grey,
    Harken to the rune I say.
    Four points of the Circle, weave the spell,
    East, South, West, North, your tale tell.
    East is for break of day,
    South is white for the noontide hour,
    In the West is twilight grey,
    And North is black, for the place of power.
    Three times round the Circle’s cast.
    Great ones, spirits from the past,
    Witness it and guard it fast.”

All the Coven pick up their athames and face the East with the High Priest and Priestess in front, him on her right. The High Priestess says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Lords of Air; I do summon, stir, and call you up to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

As she speaks she draws the Invoking Pentagram of Earth in the air with her athame. The High Priest and the rest of the Coven copy her movements with their athames. The High Priestess turns and faces the South and repeats the summoning:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Lords of Fire; I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

She does the same pentagram and then faces West and says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Lords of Water, ye Lords of Death and Initiation; I do summon, stir, and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

She faces North with rest of the Coven and says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Lords of Earth; Boreas, thou gentle guardian of the Northern Portals; thou powerful God and gentle Goddess; we do summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

The Circle is completed and sealed. If anyone needs to leave, a gate must be made. Using the sword, draw out part of the Circle with a widdershins or counterclockwise stroke. Immediately reseal it and then repeat the opening and closing when the person returns.

  • Farrar, Janet and Stewart; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983
  • Valiente, Doreen; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985

From: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos033.htm

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Wiccan Beltane Sabbat Solitary Ritual Guide

Prior to this rite you should have made ready a wooden wand. This should be a branch from an oak or hazel tree, peeled of its bark, and about 13 inches long and half an inch thick. Place the wand upon your altar within the Circle.

Prepare a dish of earth and place it upon the altar beside the wand.

Cast the Circle and invoke the Goddess and the God. After the invocation, dance and chant to raise power for magical activities and then earth the power into an unlit candle, placed inside the cauldron, at the center of the circle. Chant the following (or make up your own!):

Beltane!
I dance with delight
on Beltane’s night.
All senses freeing,
I dance for being.
The flower and the flame
of love’s own rite
shall blossom. Sun
embrace Earth, bright.

Light the candle to the Sun. This is the Beltane fire, our modern substitute for the hilltop bonfires of our ancestors. The Bel fire is an invocation to the Sun God to bring blessing and protection for the coming year. This is sacred fire with healing and purifying properties. As you light the candle, be aware of its power and significance. Say:

I light this candle to the Sun.

Now take up a dish of earth. Bless it in the name of the Goddess. Lay your hands upon it and say:

I bless, consecrate, and set apart this earth,
in the name of the Triple Goddess. May this
be sacred earth, set apart for magic. For
earth is of the Goddess, being her sacred body.

Remember that the Goddess is not only of the Moon, but also of the Earth and of the farthest stars. She is the Triple Goddess of the Circle of Rebirth, the Mother of All Life.

Decorate the dish of earth with flowers.

Now, take a wooden wand and oil it with vegetable oil. Bless it in the name of the Lord of the Day, the youthful, ardent one, the Lord of Life, the God of the greenwood. Pass it swiftly through the candle flame, the Bel fire, so that it becomes magically imbued, ‘charged’, with power. Place the wand upon the dish of earth, saying as you hold it there:

As the wand is to the earth,
so the male is to the female
and the Sun to our blossoming world.
Joined, they bring happiness.
May the God of Life give ___
{something you want, for example, peace on Earth)
May the Goddess bring it forth!

Sit quietly for a while, and picture the blossoming of what you have desired in life. The spells and invocations of all of us, all working on themes like these, must eventually bear fruit, because life is on the side of peace. Leave the earth and wand upon the altar.

Walk deosil three times around the circle, then spiral into the center. Go evenly, with grace, meditatively. Sit beside the candle flame, allowing yourself to feel peaceful. Gaze into the flame.

The last part of the ritual is different depending on whether you are man or woman.

For a Woman: Visualize a red rosebud in your womb. Always your womb is the source of your creative power, whether you are pregnant with a child, an idea, a work of art or an intention. Close your eyes and picture the light from the candle streaming into your womb so that the rosebud blooms, unfolds. Hold the image for a while, feeling the silkiness, smelling the scent, the freshness, seeing the color of the fully open rose within you. Feel the strength and power of your own fully blossomed capabilities. Say:

I am woman,
strong to conceive and to create,
to give birth and to tend.
As I am daughter of the Goddess,
and blessed by the God, may I ___
{name what you wish to bring forth in life. For example, bring healing to others or write my book whatever matters to you}

Feel the strength and creative force within your womb, the center of your being. See the power being channeled, flowing into the desire you have just voiced. Open your eyes. Always, the rose is within you.

For a Man: Visualize a bright flame. This burns within your sexual center, a point at the base of the stomach, just above the pubic hairline. It is your own male strength and energy which may rise through your body to be released as giving, fertilizing power, in any form, or may be the potency which impregnates, creating a physical child. It is the force which blesses and bestows, a healing and creative energy, like the shining Sun. Visualize also that you are sitting in a garden and that a rose tree is in front of you, the roses in bud. Say:

I am man,
and in my passion is beauty,
in my warmth is life.
As I am son of the Goddess,
and blessed by the God,
I offer my strength and vitality to ____
{name the area of life, the place, activity, or commitment you choose}

Visualize the light streaming from you to a rose upon the tree causing it to unfold, to blossom. Your flame is lowered by this effort. Much has gone out of you, the flame sinks down. Wait and watch, until a pink light streams from the rose towards your body. At its touch the flame resurges. It burns higher and stronger than before. Open your eyes. The flame is always within you.

From: http://www.wiccanway.com/Beltane-Solitary-Ritual-Guide_c_204.html

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Wiccan Samhain Sabbat Ritual Guide For Covens

Supplies
1 silver taper candle for the Goddess
1 gold taper candle for the God
Apple
Pomegranate
Black votive candle
Cauldron
Boline
Altar pentacle
Salt water
Frankincense
Protection oil
Enough fresh dirt, black salt or black cord to outline the circle
Any divination supplies you may want to use after invoking the dead
Plate of fruit, vegetables & bread
1 pot of earth for each participant [each pot should be planted with three seeds – either rue or lavender]
Pictures of loved ones and/or mementos from loved ones

PREPARATION:

Prior to the ceremony, do a ritual bath or shower for purification. If you have magical jewelry or jewelry passed on to you by departed loved ones, this is the time to wear it.
Place the apple and pomegranate on the altar. If there’s ample altar space, arrange the pots on the altar as well. Instruments of divination may be placed within the Circle perimeter for use during the ritual if you wish. Arrange the altar as usual and decorate with Autumn leaves, pumpkins, etc.

Sweep the area moving in a widdershins manner. (counterclockwise). The circle area should be cleansed before the participants arrive. Outline your circle with fresh dirt, black salt or black cord. Place the goddess candle to top left of the altar. Place the God candle on the top right of the altar. Place the plate of fruit, vegetables and bread in between the God and Goddess candles. Place the black votive candle in the cauldron, positioned on the floor in front of the altar. The boline should be placed in the center of the altar with the apple on a pentacle if possible. Pictures of loved ones and mementos of loved are placed on the altar as well.

Arrange the rest of your tools and props according to personal preference.

Casting the Circle

Samhain is done widdershins to represent the turning of the wheel and the dropping of the veil between the worlds, so this entire ritual will be done widdershins.

Each participant is cleansed with salt water and frankincense before entering the cleansed area. Question for each participant:

“How do you enter the Circle?”

Response:

“In perfect love and perfect trust.”

Anoint each person with protection oil.

When everyone has been cleansed and all participants are in the room begin casting the Circle.

Call Quarters Widdershins

Beginning in the West

“Hail Guardians of the West, element of Water, keeper of the Veil between the worlds. We ask that you lift the silvery realm of the Veil and we invite you into our sacred space to reveal your secrets of the coming year. We ask that you cleanse our hearts and open our Souls to your Watery energy. Welcome and Blessed Be.

Hail Guardians of the South, element of Fire, keeper of the flames that burn this night to honor our loved ones, to keep the hearth warms and to honor Vesta, Goddess of the hearth. We invite to you into our sacred space to warm our hearts and ignite our Souls. Welcome and Blessed Be.

Hail Guardians of the East, element of Air, keeper of new ideas, home of the Faeries and sprites, keeper of the Wheel. We invite to our sacred space this night to guide us in the coming year, to enlighten us with your insight. Welcome and Blessed be!

Hail Guardians of the North, element of Earth, keeper of all earthly elements, we invite to our sacred space to guide us with your wisdom for the new year. To embrace us with your strength and open the gates of the underworld. Welcome and Blessed Be!”

Invocations

The Priestess invokes the Crone, saying:

“Dark Mother, ruler of the night, Goddess of death and rebirth, Wise Hecate, Hear and behold Your children this night as we honor Thee and Thy realm. We stand humbly before thee asking for Thy blessing and favor. Lift, now the Veil between the worlds, as this time out of time begins. Guide us in communing with my ancestors as they journey to the Summerland’s. So mote it be!”

Light the Goddess Candle. Proceed only after the flame has risen and flickered indicating the Goddess is with you. Concentrate on your wish to commune with your loved ones, calling on their energy.

The Priest invokes the Dark Lord, saying:

“Dark Father, aged Consort of the Crone, Lord of the Underworld, Hear and behold your children this night as we honor Thee and Thy realm. We stand between Thee and Thy Lady, asking for blessing and favor. As this time out of time approaches, stand ever guard as the Veil lifts, Keep safe my ancestors, and all of my loved ones, as they journey to the Summerland’s. So Mote it Be!”

Light the God Candle. Proceed only after the flame has risen and flickered indicating the Goddess is with you. Concentrate on your wishes that your loved ones be kept safe on their journey.

Dancing deosil around the Circle in a shuffle step, all chant three times:

“The Moon is bright, the Crone is old
The body lifeless – the bones so cold
We all live and pay our dues
To die in ones and threes and twos.

Death, dance and play the harp
Piercing silence in the dark
The Woman’s old with withered limbs
Death beckons Her to dance with Him

As She accepts the Dance of Death
The Earth is cooled by ghostly breath
To lie in dormancy once more
To have Her strength and life restored”

Go to the Western Quarter and draw an invoking pentagram with the athame to open the gate. Then evoke the dead by saying:

“All ye spirits who walk this night –
Hearken! Hearken to my call!
I bid you in our Circle join!
Enter! Enter – one and all!

Come ye, spirits of the dead
Be ye spirit of plant or pet
Or human being who still roams!
Into this Circle you are let!

Speak to us of things unknown!
Lend your energies to this rite!
To speed your journey, we have joined
On this sacred Samhain night!

All ye spirits who walk this night –
Hearken! Hearken to my call!
I bid you in our Circle join!
Enter! Enter – one and all!”

Bestow blessings upon the dead, saying:

“Oh Mighty Pan of the Summerlands:
Guardian of the beloved dead
We pour forth love on those you keep
Safely, in your peaceful stead
We bless those who have walked the path
That someday, we as well, shall rove
We offer peace unto their souls
While resting in your arms, below”

Divination

Now is the time for divination (Ouija Board, pendulum, cards, etc.) and communication with those who have gone on before us. Allow plenty of time for this.

Closing The Gate

After divination, the Priestess goes to the Western Quarter and draws the banishing pentagram, saying:

“Blessings be upon thee, oh wondrous Spirits of the Summerlands. We humbly thank thee for your presence in our Circle and honor you in celebration this sacred night. We beseech thee, oh Pan, keeper of the sacred dead, embrace once again those souls within your keep and hold tightly to your breast those which have been lost and wandering. Grant them safe passage to the Summerland, where they may rest peacefully in your strength until they are refreshed and reborn again in perfect love. We bid thee all a fond farewell. So mote it be!”

The gate is now closed.

The Priestess goes to the altar and holds up the pomegranate, saying:

“Behold the pomegranate, fruit of Life…”

The athame is plunged into the pomegranate, splitting it open to display the seeds. She says:

“Whose seeds lie in the dormancy of Death!”

The Priestess eats one of the seeds, saying:

“I Taste the seeds of Death.”

The pomegranate is then passed hand to hand through the participants of the ritual, each eating a seed and saying to the next person:

“Taste the seeds of Death.”

The Priestess then holds up the apple, saying:

“Behold the apple: fruit of wisdom, fruit of Death…”

She then cuts the apple crosswise, saying:

“Whose symbolism rewards us with life eternal!”

She holds up the apple, displaying the inner pentagram, and says:

“Behold the five-fold star – the promise of rebirth!”

Consecrate the fruit and wine. Each person then tastes of the apple and sips the wine, saying to the next person:

“Taste the fruit of rebirth and sip from the cup of wine of Life.”

After libation, the Priestess presents each member of the group with a pot. She briefly explains to the group that this is the season of the seed – it is a time of dormancy, but also a time of re-generation for growth. Further, as the seed rests in the earth, they should also take time to rest and re-evaluate their lives, metaphorically planting only those values which will enrich and enhance the growth within the Divine Self. She then instructs them to name the seeds within their pots with three values they wish to incorporate into their lives, knowing that as the seeds sprout with new life, their lives will be new, as well.

After the presentation, all join hands and hold them skyward.

Priestess:

“Thus is the Circle of Rebirth.
All pass from this life through the great god, Pan
But through My love you are all reborn
In the cycles of nature – through the Cosmic Plan.

In living we die – in dying we live
The fruit is first seed, yet seed comes from the fruit
In the mystery of life and death and rebirth
The Circle turns ever, and I am its root.”

All Respond:

“The Sun conceived in Darkness, cold
In the Shadow of Death, a Life unfolds
A shred of Light begins to burn
From Death comes Life – the Circle turns.”

Dismiss Quarters and Dissolve Circle.

Priestess:

“The rite is ended.”

All:

“Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!”

Outdoor libation to the Lord and Lady, and the spirits of the dead.

From: http://www.wiccanway.com/Samhain-Ritual-Guide-For-Covens_c_199.html

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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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