The HP stand in the East and the High Priestess to the West, facing each other across the cauldron. The High Priestess carries the phallic wand in her right hand the coven distribute themselves around the perimeter of the Circle.

HPS: We kindle this fire today
In presence of the Holy Ones,
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy,
Without fear of aught beneath the Sun
But the High Gods.
Thee we invoke, O Light of Life
Be thou a bright flame before us, Be thou a guiding star above us, Be thou a smooth path beneath us;
Kindle Thou within our hearts
A flame of love for our neighbours
To our foes, to our friends, to our kindred all,
To all men on the Broad earth.
O merciful Son of Enki
From the lowliest thing that liveth
To the Name which is highest of all.

The HPS holds the phallic wand on high and walks slowly deosil round the cauldron to stand in front of the HP.

She says:
O Sun, be Thou armed to Conquer the Dark!
The HPS presents the phallic wand to the HP and then steps to one side.

The HP holds up the phallic wand to salute and replaces it on the altar.

The Maiden lights the taper from one of the altar candles and presents it to the HP. The Maiden then steps to one side.

The HP carries the taper to the cauldron and lights the cauldron candle with it. He gives the taper back to the Maiden, who blows it out and replaces it on the altar, picking up the cords instead.

The Maiden gives the cords to the HP.

The HPS arranges everybody round the cauldron, man facing woman as far as possible. The HP hands out the ends of the cords in accordance with her instructions retaining one end of the final cord himself and handing the other end of it to the HPS. If there is an odd number of people, with more women than men, he retains two cord ends himself or if more men than women, hands two cord-ends to the HPS; in either case, he must be linked with two women or she with two men.

When everyone is holding a cord, they all pull the cords taut, with the central knot above the cauldron. They then start circling deosil in the wheel Dance, to the Witches’ Rune, building up speed, always keeping the cords taut and the knot over the cauldron.

The Wheel Dance continues until the HPS cries “DOWN!” adn the coven all sit in a circle round the cauldron. The HP gathers up the cords (being careful not to let them drop on to the candle-flame) and replaces them on the altar.

‘The cauldron is then moved to beside the East candle, and the Great Rite is enacted.

After the Great Rite, the HP names a woman witch as the Spring Queen and stands her in front of the altar. He crowns her with the chaplet of flowers and gives her the Fivefold Kiss.

The HP then calls forward each man in turn to give the Spring Queen the Fivefold Kiss. When the last man has done so, the HP presents the Spring Queen with her bouquet.

The cauldron is replaced in the center of the Circle, and, starting with the Spring Queen, everyone jumps the cauldron, singly or in couples, not forgetting to wish.

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