We all have primal cravings to satisfy,
Ours is a prowling hunger,
Stalking dangerous prey,
Attempting to sate the insatiable.

If your desires have ever paced
The length of an invisible cage,
Then you understand.
Sometimes unorthodox arrangements
Must be made to feed the beast within.

Whether you wish to consume,
Or be consumed,
You are starving to be
With your own kind,
An extended family of the psyche,
Brave enough
To Journey with you,
Into Terra Incognita.

copyright by Oryter

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.

Amanda Athame (6)

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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What is my magickal name and why did I choose it?

Adult Amanda

My magickal name is Rune. Years ago, as David, my husband after struggling with whether or not I was really a mystic or delusional, nicknamed me Runie when he bought me a ring of runic symbols. Later, when we were presented with Buckland’s challenge of choosing a name that numerically equaled our birth number, he suggested “Rune.” At first I thought it silly, but as I consciously allowed it to settle into my reality, I felt better especially as it perfectly fit my birthday. I can read Runes some, but my oracle of choice are the Tarot as my mother gave me my first deck when I was 10 so it is odd that David is so fascinated with the Nordic stones.

Why are you so interested in Coven Babylon?

I’ve been practicing chaos magick with a very small core through Terra Incognita. This is an opportunity to actually do the craft with other witches. Circling with my close friends has always been a fantasy and now, after close to 15 years, Terra Incognita has finished its mission and I can practice magick with those that have more in common with me. I am so excited!

What do you feel you can contribute? Personal talents you bring to the table.

I’m a chaos magician as well as a mystic so have models, vision and experience to offer a wider context. I’ve never before been able to work with a High Priest who was witchy. This is so much fun. Thank you Norman!!!!

Traditions that you have experience? OLD WOMAN IN THE SHOE

Perhaps not so much a tradition, but when I was 3 years old I had my first transcendental experience when our family went to a Mother Goose Theme Park. One of the exhibits was the Old Woman’s Shoe which consisted of a small single room with wallpaper print of a flight of stairs ending at a printed balcony overhead that ostensibly led to a doorway on the right. When I’d entered, there was a man with his daughter. The shoe wasn’t built to accommodate adults so they quickly exited and I was left alone staring at a small empty space without anything fun to play with.

Turning to leave I heard, “Psst, Amanda.” I looked around to see who called my name and there on the bottom of the stairway – printed on the wallpaper – 3 little girls about 6-7 years old in play dresses, waving at me and teasing each other while scampering up the stairs. Again they called “Amaaaandaaaa!” and there they were at the bannister over my head waving, leaning over to reach further out toward me before scampering out the door on the 2nd floor. Shocked, I rushed outside to my mother who snapped a picture with her Brownie camera as I left the shoe behind. This moment defined my life and motivated my every decision.

In 1999, my husband, David and I began channeling Aylward, who claimed to be a transcendant being who claimed to have always been a part of my life, whether as a specter or an imaginary friend. Using David’s body, he explained we had been on a mission and that we were going to be asked to bring in others. That was the beginning of Terra Incognita. Terra Incognita has been actively involved in community and magick for almost 15 years and we are now morphing. I am presently hoping to begin a new circle with Norman and those of my friends that I’ve been with for over a decade.

What are you looking to get out of participating in Babylon?

Community, more importantly Tribe, broaden my magickal knowledge, but more than anything? Share magick with those I’ve loved for all this time.

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