17 September 2016  

Altar set up at the North

Arranged on the Altar are:
8 pointed star
North candle behind the star
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 bowl with a little salt in it
the cords (1st degree white, 2nd degree black, 3d degree red)
The white-handled knife
each witch’s individual athame
incense burner; hand bell
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.

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.) 

Music.

The Ritual

The HPS places her athame in the bowl of water, and the HP places his athame in the bowl of salt.

Both lift their bowl high and place back upon the altar. The HP takes salt and places in the water, and both stir the salt into the water with their athame’s.

Both go to where they will be welcoming other members into the circle. HPS admits the first male with a kiss while spinning him clockwise (deosil).  The man then turns and admits the next woman the same way. Alternate male/female/male.

 HPS and HP then takes their place by altar. Crone draws the circle clockwise while envisioning the power going into the Circle while reciting the following invocation:

“I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou best 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 Crone replaces sword in front of altar and HPS names three witches and hands each one their element while saying aloud what the element is for.  The witch then takes the element around once to strengthen the Circle.

Four members will call in the watchtowers while pointing with their athame accordingly.  Words are spoken by each individual as inspired.

 

The HP speaks the following:

Mabon is a time when the earth is dying a little each day, and we welcome the harvest. We honor the darker aspects of the goddess/mother earth.

With food on the altar, we celebrate the second harvest, and the autumn equinox. We show gratitude and are thankful for the things we have, both material and spiritual.

 

The equinox is a time to meditate on harmony and Balance.

Also, we call upon the gods to help protect our Hearth and Home.

Finally, this Mabon we will celebrate the Full Moon.

 

(HP Picks up the chalice of wine and holds it upward toward the sky and says) –

“Blessed be this season of Mabon,

 Time of the Second Harvest –

 The harvest of fruit and wine,

 Blessed be the Lady!”

 

(Place the chalice back on the altar and now pick up your athame and say) –

“Today all things are in balance,

 Both night and day and Goddess and God are equal

 as are life and death –

Blessed be the Lord!”

 

(Place athame back on the altar and say)-

“But tonight darkness conquers the light,

 taking us into the dark of the year,

 It is a time to reflect upon those who have passed

 and those who are yet to come.”

 

In honor of those we wish to remember, I will recite the following poem

 

Mabon Lament

 

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond’s glint on snow

 

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn’s rain

When you wake up in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

 

Of quiet birds in circled flight,

I am the soft star that shines at night

*I am the ocean’s calming waters,

Which carries Earth Mother’s sons and daughters

 

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there, I did not die

*And do not stand at my grave and mourn,

I am not there, I have been reborn

 

*Original author unknown

(Pick up an apple, symbol of the Goddess, from the basket and hold it close to your heart, reflecting on the events passed and people whom you wish to remember at this time. When you are ready, say) –

“Tonight I mourn the loss of life and light,

 But just as the apple which I hold in my hand gives both life and death,

 So do our beloved deities –

 Those who have passed shall return as surely as shall the light.”

 

(Place the apple back into the basket to give back to the Earth later. Pick up the chalice once again and say)-

“Just as we have sorrow,

 We also have joy –

 For this is the time of the wine harvest!”

 

(Now, bless the chalice of wine by placing your athame inside it while saying) –

“I bless this wine of the harvest in the name of our Mother Earth and Father God.”

 

(Take a drink from the chalice in toast of the Goddess and God. When finished, set aside a portion to give back to the Earth later)

The HPS announces the intent of the Coven before throwing and interpreting the I-Ching. Each member then picks a tarot card and we interpret how that card defines their role for the period of time defined.

The Crone dismisses Deity

The Crone takes the sword and traces the Circle counterclockwise as the HP sings once:

The circle is open, but unbroken, may the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart.

Merry meet, and merry part and merry meet again.

He sings it again as the member joins the second time before we all leave.

Cacama

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