Altar set up at the Center of the circle facing East

Oak Priestess: RUNE
High Priest: FORESTIERE
Holly Priestess: RUNE

Arranged on the Altar are:
Rabbit fur.
The mother earth candle and a yellow candle.
The Green man chalice of red wine or mead
The wand, and the HP’s and HPS’s Athame’s
A small bowl of water
A small bowl with of salt
The white Bone knife
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.

 

Music.

The Ritual

HPS and HP then take their places by altar.

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. 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.

RUNE: draws the circle clockwise while envisioning the power going into the Circle while Crone reads following invocation

“I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou be a meeting place of love, 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 this circle. Wherefore do I bless and consecrate you, in the names of Inanna and Dimuzi.” CRONE replaces sword in front of altar and HPS .

GOMORY then lights the candle in the East and says:

I turn to the East. There sits Kristin Anderson. Since I’m in Chicago I feel the water from the lake. May we feel the power of Michigan within you Kristin! Let us bathe in you in the morning Kristin before we start our day. May you buffer us during our challenges! Bring us peace. We Welcome you Kristin! Cacama!

She lights the candle in the South and says:

I turn to the South to Brazil. There sits Malu! Maria De Lourdes Mattos our little fire priestess. She sits ready in her youth and her expectation to feed you her fire, her passion! I welcome you Malu!!!! Motivate us, bring us energy to get through our ritual and our every day! Cacama

She lights the candle in the West and says:

I turn now to the West. There sits Teresa! Teresa Castagna. Logical, Analytical, through her, we resolve the problems that might confront us in our day, in our ritual. Please join us Teresa with your wisdom to crack our lives puzzles! Cacama

She lights the candle in the North and says:

I turn now to the North. There sits Lyn! Lynette Oberhouse We need the power of Earth to MANIFEST! We need to take of our day to day money, health, meals, work, school, cloths, all that sustains us. Welcome Lyn as you bring us your Earth to help us manifest our intent and be able to take care of our earthly needs to better serve the gods! Cacama.

FORESTIERE:

Litha Tradition

The summer solstice or Litha has long been a time when cultures celebrated the lengthening year. It is on this day that there is more daylight than any other time; Opposite to the darkness of Yule. Throughout the world, cultures have connected with some form of sun Deity. Here are some of them.

  • Aten: In Egypt, this god may have at one point been a facet of Ra and was represented by the disc of the sun, with sun beams emanating from it. Aten became known as the creator of mankind. In the Book of the Dead, he is praised with “Hail, Aten, thou lord of beams of light, when thou shinest, all faces live.”
  • Apollo: In Greece, the son of Zeus, Apollo was not only the god of the sun, but  also of music, medicine and healing. He was also worshipped by the Roman empire and spread to Britain, where aspects of him can be seen in many Celtic deities, seen as a god of the sun and of healing.
  • Juno: The Romans also called her Juno Lunaand Juno blesses women with the privilege of menstruation. The month of June was named for her, and because Juno was the patroness of marriage, her month remains an ever-popular time for weddings and handfastings.

Litha marks the longest day of the year, where the sun seems to be just motionless in the sky. The word solstice comes from Latin and literally translates to “Sun stands still”

Stone circles such as Stonehenge were primarily set to mark the sun on this particular day, when the Sun would rise at it’s earliest.

In Celtic times this time also known as Midsummer, was celebrated with hilltop bonfires recognizing and honoring the space between the earth and the heavens.

Also, Litha is a time to find a balance between fire and water where crops thrive from the heat of the sun, but the heat is tempered with the right amount of water in order to maximize growth, and prevent drought.

For some, Litha is a time at which there is a battle between light and dark. The Oak King is seen as the ruler of the year between winter solstice and summer solstice, and the Holly King from summer to winter. At each solstice they battle for power, and while the Oak King may be  in charge of things at the beginning of June, by the end of Midsummer he is defeated by the Holly King. Though traditionally the Preist is associated with the Sun and the Priestess the moon, COVEN BABYLON is using the time of the solar solstices to pass the wand from RUNE the Crone to Coven Babylon’s High Priestess, GOMORY. Even as this is a day of inner power and brightness, this is how we meditate on the darkness and the light both in the world and in our personal life. Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year with fire and water, night and day, and other symbols of the opposition of light and dark.

FORESTIERE:

Litha Prayer to the Sun

The sun is high above us
shining down upon the land and sea,
making things grow and bloom.
Great and powerful sun,
we honor you this day
and thank you for your gifts.
Ra, Helios, Sol Invictus, Aten, Svarog,
you are known by many names.
You are the light over the crops,
the heat that warms the earth,
the hope that springs eternal,
the bringer of life.
We welcome you, and we honor you this day,
celebrating your light,
as we begin our journey once more
into the darkness.

THE WORKING:
RUNE announces the intent of the Coven over the next 6 months as being the Changing of the Guard. GOMORY and RUNE did an I-CHING on Wednesday, The Summer Solstice. We got 2 unchanging – K’un: The Receptive. The interpretation of this has been included in our printout. I have also posted it on Facebook. Please read it before we come to circle on Saturday and discuss it.

Next, each member picks a tarot card that GOMORY helps us interpret how that card defines our role for the next 6 months.

FORESTIERE (PARTING PRAYER):
“Great God, Father of the Earth,
Shine down on this, your strongest day.
Blessed Goddess who gave us Birth,
Bless us who honor your ancient way.
As Summer’s light falls to the ground,
lending crops and trees it’s power,
the Summer winds blow warm and round,
touching the corn silk and the flowers.
We give you thanks, our Mother Earth,
We praise you, fire of the Sun.
We dance this Solstice day with Mirth,
from dawns’ first light ’till the day is done.”

All Hail, Farewell, and Blessed Be!

GOMORY asks MARA to release quarters. RUNE dismisses Deity and GOMORY takes the coven wand and traces the Circle counterclockwise as FORESTIERE sings:

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 members join the second time before we all leave.

Cacama

I Ching Hexagram 2
K’un (The Receptive)

Action: Reflect

Hu Gua (hidden influence) 2 Receptive: Yield

Zong Gua (underlying cause) 1 Creative: Initiate

Reaction is how you defend the past against the future.

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. – Ovid

Reading at a Glance: K’un calls for a period of patience and reflection. Where you may have been reactive in the past, it is time to learn how to be responsive. Reaction is a defensive position to uphold the known while responsiveness is open to the unknown. K’un encourages you to yield to the way each day is a creative awakening. A sense of openness and the release of clinging to structure and form will be necessary to give birth to this energy. The difference between reaction and response is your ability to use your senses and not the memory mind while observing. Stand in the moment with a sense of openness to what is unfolding without defending the past. Connect with each sense: Are you listening? Are you seeing how life speaks to you? Remove preconceptions and judgment. All things change in time and a period of action, reflected by the underlying cause of the Creative must give way to its opposite: Reflection. Like winter it is time to turn within and reinvigorate your inner world in preparation for a spring time to come. Embodying an open field in any activity – you are called to put your needs aside to serve, open and reflect before acting. K’un’s power of success comes from within. Move into the world from the inside ~ out. The Receptive is the womb holding the energy of attraction by way of intention that requires the development of sincerity and patience.

“The Receptive is in harmony with the boundless; it embraces everything and illuminates everything in its greatness.” K’un is composed of all Yin lines and coaches you to become more still, observant and less reactive. By ‘not doing anything’ you become a spectator to see how circumstances unfold to guide you.

The master said: “when closely related things do not harmonize, misfortune is the result.” Misfortune is simply how you fight against necessary change. Sometimes K’un can be a message about letting the past go and opening to something new. You may be too attached to what you believe you want, when Tao is bringing you what you need. Look around to see what life is saying to you right now. Pay more attention to your dreams to uncover the profound guidance that comes from within.

When you cultivate a natural response to what unfolds, you react less and observe more. It is often in the things that you cannot change that you discover Tao’s power to guide you the most.

Circumstances urge you forward, although reaction is how you defend the past against the future. A natural response means that you respond to life without defending anything.

We may find it odd that mystics deny the reality of the outer world, yet more people deny the immense power and reality of their inner world. Like the time of autumn when all things turn back to be renewed, you are coached to turn inward to reinvigorate your inner garden.

When you compose your inner world and control its gusts and storms, you will discover wellness and harmony in the outer world. Tao prods you forward, but misfortune is how “those who go against the Way are called unlucky.”

If you are searching for direction, you will find it through your dreams, intuition and inspiration. When these inner clues are measured against events, synchronicity will validate your pathway. Be still and have patience so that you may begin to cultivate your personal connection to what unfolds.

There are times to push forward and times to remain still, as you “move inward and outward according to fixed rhythms.” Stand in the moment and observe your reaction to what unfolds around you. When you stop reacting, you will find yourself simply doing, and you can move forward with a new sense of ease and power.

Unchanging: The quiet perseverance of the mare = do not lead, but follow. Without changing lines it is important to be open and acquiesce to others. There is not a lot you can do to change the situation, but your patience and receptivity is all that is required. If you are open and truly interested in serving and not taking, you can make something out of the fertile valley. Like the Creative unchanging, there is potential but it may be blocked for now. The confusion is real and serves the purpose of unleashing a more realistic perspective. Like a deep ravine, emotion is stirring but there may be no way to actualize it. This can happen when a relationship hits an impasse. The feeling is there but it can’t be acted upon for some reason, at least not now. The energy that flows through the openings can suggest that what you think is happening is happening and you want to grasp your desire, but time is just passing by. Trust this time of flowing with something you have no control over. Without a true understanding of your motives, the question can be thrown back at you: “Have you considered where this action would lead? What purpose does your desire serve? Does what you want serve the other person’s interests too? Can you make a commitment and follow through?” Therefore, examine your motives to ensure that you can be receptive enough to proceed. You may be meeting the moment with a lot of plans that won’t have any effect on the outcome, so let them go. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, you may need to simply reflect another’s power and light rather than competing or defending something. It is okay to be vulnerable and to be the valley, or take the lowly position without feeling any sense of failure. Your perseverance will be recognized, and another may be opening to you because of your undying loyalty.

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