Coven Babylon Chicago


An altar
Vessel of water
Vessel of salt
Vessel of oil (that tastes ok)
Vessel of wine (red)
the coven athame (or any athame)
the coven wand (I have one we can use)
the coven scourge / flogger
a sharp knife (in case the rope knots don’t want to come undone)
2 candles for altar
incense /censer for altar
short, thin (1/2 to 3/4) rope about 36″ long, with a knotted loop in one end like a lasso)
long, thin rope (same) about 60″ to 72″

hooded robe for Postulant (if they have none)

2 copies of the final draft of the Second Degree Gardnerian Ritual (remember, Postulate is blind-folded for most of this ritual, so using cue cards isn’t an issue, if needed at any point.)

Pentacle (5 Gardnerian, and 8 sided Babylon pentacle)
White-handled knife (if no human bones available, wrap a butter knife with medical white adhesive tape around handle)

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Altar set up at the North

Arranged on the Altar are:
Pentacle in the Center
North candle behind the pentacle
a pair of altar candles, one at each side
the chalice of red wine or mead
the wand, the scourge of leather cords
a small bowl of water
a small bow with a little salt in it
the cords (black, red, white, nine feet long)
The white-handled knife
each witch’s individual athame
incense burner; a small hand-bell
a dish of cakes or biscuits
the sword, on the floor in front of the altar, or on the altar itself.

A supply of chosen incense, and matches or a cigarette-lighter, should be handy by the altar. (We find a taper useful for carrying flame from candle to candle).

A candle is placed at each of the East, South and West points of the circumference of the Circle, completing the four elemental candles which must burn throughout the ritual. (The elemental placings are East, Air; South, Fire; West, water; and North, Earth.)


The Ritual

She puts the bowl of water on the altar, places the point of her athame in it and says:

“I exhort thee, Apzu, O Creature of Water, that thou cast out from us all impurities and uncleanliness of the world of phantasm; in the names of “Inanna and Dimuzi”

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 Tiamat, O 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 Inanna and Dimuzi.”

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 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 Inanna and Dimuzi.”

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. Orishas carries the bowl of consecrated water from East to East going deosil, sprinkling the perimeter as he goes. He then sprinkles each member in turn. If the witch is male, he sprinkles the High Priestess last who then sprinkles him. The bowl is replaced on the altar. Niles takes the incense burner around the perimeter and Rune takes one altar candle. 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 members 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 guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, ye spirits 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 Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Spirits 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 Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Spirits 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 Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Spirits 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.”

All the coven replace their athames on the altar,and all but the HPS and HP go the South of the Circle where they stand facing towards the altar.

The HP give the HPS the Fivefold Kiss, kissingher on the right foot, left foot, right knee, left knee, womb, right breast, left breast adn lips, (When eh reaches the womb, she opens her arms to the blessing position’). As he does so, he says:

Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee to this Circle.
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred Altar.
Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be.
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty and strength.
Blessed be thy lips, which shall utter the sacred Names.

The Initiate’s wrists and arms should be properly prepared and bound with the binding Cord (as in 1st degree) and left standing.

High Priestess (HPs) or Magus (M) then circles around once, proclaiming at each of the Quarters:

“Hear Ye, God and Goddess of the South), a duly consecrated Priestess and Witch is now properly prepared to be made a (High Priest and Magus) (or) (High Priestess and Witch Queen.)” (Invokes 5-star pentagram in each)

Repeat this in West, North and finally, East.

M or HPs Circle 3X with bound Initiate in a dance-step and chant.

Initiate then kneels before the Altar (on a small pillow) and ankles / feet are secured with cords (Gardner liked tying his coven members to a ring bolted into the Altar, or to the floor.)

High Priestess or Magus: “To attain this sublime Degree it is necessary to suffer and be purified. Art thou willing to suffer to learn?”

Initiate: “I am.”

P (or ) M: “I purify thee to take this great oath rightly.”

Strikes with Scourge 8 times on each buttock.

P or M: Returns Scourge to Altar, holds out arms and hands. “I will now announce to the Gods and Goddesses your chosen new name.  (Kneels down and kisses Initiate on facial lips)

P or M: Back at Altar, arms raised: “Repeat thy new name after me, saying, I, _____________,

swear upon my mother’s womb
(Initiate repeats each of these lines after spoken by HPs or M)
and by mine honor among men,
and my Brothers and Sisters of the Art,
that I will never reveal to any at all,
any of the secrets of the Art,
except it be to a worthy person,
properly prepared,
in the center of a Magick Circle
such as I am now in.
Thus I swear by my hopes of salvation,
my past lives and my hopes of future ones to come,
and I devote myself if I break this my solemn Oath.”

HPs or M: “I now charge you with the energies of the Circle.” Moving behind Initiate, HPs or M grasps Initiate’s head around both temples and frontal lobes, then will’s the Circle’s instant energy into the Initiate.

M or HPs now loosen and remove the ankle Binding Cord, then assists Initiate in standing again (facing the East / the Altar).

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Eight-Fold Consecration

HPs or M: faces Altar, picks up Vessel of Oil; holds it up in blessing, says, “I consecrate thee with oil.”

(Uses two fingers to dip into vessel, then anoints both feet, both knees, genitals, both breasts and facial lips)

“I consecrate thee with wine.”

(same consecration as above)

I consecrate thee with my lips”.

(same consecration as above)

HPs or M removes wrist / arms Binding cord. (kisses facial lips)

Purpose of Coven

HPs or M: “It is now time for you to begin to learn how to use the working tools of Babylon coven”.

“First is the Magick Sword. With this you can form the Magick Circle. It is also a tool used in Ritual Magicks. Go now – walk about the Circle one time, visualizing the Sword strengthening the wall between us and the worlds.”

Initiate returns, and hands back Sword. M or HPs replaces it on Altar.

“Second is the Athame, another tool for forming and controlling the Circle. Make one orbit about our Circle with it, imagining the strength of our Circle growing larger with each step you take.”

Initiate returns, hands back Athame, and it is placed on the Altar.

“Third is the White-Handled Knife, which we use for special occasions that will be explained to you later. Simply feel it’s power for now.”

Initiate holds White-handled knife and feels the power of it. Then it too is brought back to its place on the Altar.

“Fourth is the Wand, another tool of great powers, and used in Moon Magick and elemental workings as well. Take it and feel its unique power.”

Initiate feels it, then it is returned like the rest, to the Altar.

“Fifth has two sides: on one side, the Pentacle, which can hold as much power as is needed. It can also attract energy from more than one elemental working, making it extremely valuable in magickal practice. The other side, the Eight Pointed Star – The Morning and Evening Star which aided journiers a sense of direction.”

Hold it out to the Four Quarters to energize it now. ”

Initiate holds pentacle out to Four Quarters, then returns it and M or HPs places it back on Altar.

“Sixth is the Censer, which purifies the Air of this Circle as we work within it.”

Initiate can either circle with the censer, or, if too hot to hold, can simply bless themselves by waving the smoke into their face and breast.

“Seventh are the Binding Cords, of which you are now familiar. Take these two, and wrap them around you as if a belt, so you can wear them while contemplating your relationship to them and to the Circle as well.”

Initiate takes Cords and ties them across the waist.

“Lastly, eighth in line is the scourge: for you are already learning, that in witchcraft you must give of yourself for everything you receive, but always more, and up to triple the count. So when I give thee 5 scourges, you should return 10 or 15; where I give 8, you should return 16 or 24, and when I give you 10, you should return with 20 or even 30. Will you always give more than you receive?”

Initiate: “I will.”

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 Applicant tells their mythic story. (Rune: the Story of Orpheus and Eurydice)


HPs or M: “Having passed the physical tests of this degree, it is now imperative that you know something of our history, and learn why the Wicca are called the Hidden Children of the Goddess. You can now join me here at the Altar and help keep this Circle safe and strong as I tell you a short story.”

M or HPs stands before Altar, (script open on it), and the Initiate right next to the HPs or M. (Throughout this reading, the Initiate can take the Athame or one of the other Tools and circle with it as needed, or add incense to the censer, or simply hold arms out and help share this story with the Gods and Goddesses of the Four Quarters that are here to listen to the tale once more. M or HPs can also request specific services be performed as intuited, but nothing here is as powerful as everything, if not more so.)

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The High Priestess or Magus then replaces all other tools upon the Altar, then taking the new Initiate by the hand and holding the Athame in the other, passes once around the Circle, proclaiming at the Four Quarters, “Hear, Ye, Gods and Goddesses, _____________, here, hath been duly consecrated High Priest and Magus, or (High Priestess and Witch Queen).”


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