Imbolc Ritual

COVEN BABYLON

04 February 2017

Officiating:

Crone: Rune
High Priestess: Gomory
High Priest: Forestiere
Guardian: Heldrastock

Arranged on the Altar are:
North candle
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 GOMORY places her athame in the bowl of water, and the FORESTIERE places his athame in the bowl of salt.

Both lift their bowl high and place back upon the altar. The FORESTIERE 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. FORESTIERE:S 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.

GOMORY and FORESTIERE then takes their place by altar.

RUNE 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.”

RUNE replaces sword in front of altar and GOMORY names each element while saying aloud what the element is for.  MARA takes the element, lights the candle for the direction calls down the directions watchtower.

Introduction of our Dedicant

FORESTIERE Reads:  Today we are welcoming a Dedicant within our coven and she is Maria de Lourdes Mattos, also known as Ma Lu. She is our friend in Brazil, and will be with us today in spirit. “Dedicant” is the phase where an individual dedicates himself or herself to learning the basic workings of our coven, and together we work towards the decision of initiating into 1st degree.  Together we will experience the wheel of the calendar, and the workings and meanings associated with each holiday, while working towards discovering both your inner and outer spiritual strengths, and how they work in concert with the Covens own spiritual workings. Let us all extend a Welcome to Malu.

FORESTIERE Continues: GOMORY will now announce the intent of the Coven through the interpretation of both the Tarot drawn, and the I-Ching that was thrown on the New moon.  The reading is found on the last page of this ritual, and a more in depth analysis may follow after the ritual.

Imbolc Meditation

FORESTIERERE Reads: Grace Mary will lead the group through a meditation, focused on the meaning and intent surrounding Imbolc. Following the meditation we ask that you write down words or thoughts inspired by the meditation for discussion after our ritual.

 

 

1st. Degree Initiation

FORESTIERE: Reads: Today we initiate into our coven Alina Tirlea, and Dana Olteanu into 1st degree

The purpose of this ritual, is to pass both the Gardnerian and Pagan Way lineage, along with their respective keys, to Babylon coven’s new Witches

FORESTIERE: takes Binding Cords from Altar and binds each Candidates’ wrists behind their back.

FORESTIERE: (First to one initiate, then followed by the other) Why are you here?

FORESTIERE: points to Initiate: (she answers) I have come here seeking to dedicate myself to Inanna and Dimuzi, the guardians of this Coven.

FORESTIERE: Tell us your magikal name. (FORESTIERE:S records it on each candidates copy of their rite.)

FORESTIERE: Do you know our rule?

Initiate answer: Harm none, do what thou will?

FORESTIERE: And do you swear to keep all secrets that which you shall learn inside our Circle?

Initiate: I swear

FORESTIERE:   By what passwords do you seek admittance into our rituals?

Candidate: Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Repeat for second Initiate :

FORESTIERE:   Guardian! Unbind these Initiates! and let  them stand!

HELDRASTOCK unbinds them.

FORESTIERE:   (Holds chalice up) intones: Inanna and Dimuzi, look down upon these initiates who swear complete devotion to the work of Coven Babylon.  They are strong in the ways of the wise. Protect and nurture them.

FORESTIERE:   (turns, sips wine, and hands chalice to each Initiate, who also sip. Returns chalice to Altar, picks up necklaces, slips them over Initiate(s) head.) These humble necklaces are symbols of the Circle of Rebirth. They should be worn by you each time you are going into a Circle. Now, please be seated.

FORESTIERE:   Returns to Altar.  (Holds up hands) Inanna and Dimuzi, today we are honored by Your presence as we extend the lineage of our Gardnerian and Pagan Way traditions into these Initiates inside our Circle today. Together, with these future Witches, we can begin the initiation.

FORESTIERE:  (Turns to face Initiate(s)) Please stand now.

FORESTIERE: Do you have the courage and power to continue this initiation?

Initiate(s): Yes

FORESTIERE:  Now tell me what you know!

Initiate(s): Perfect love and Perfect Trust!

FORESTIERE: You are welcome to this Circle!

FORESTIERE: (stands in front of Initiate and raises his arms out.)

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.

FORESTIERE: (hugs initiate(s)) I pass on my lineage to you today.

Now sit down facing the Altar as the High Priestess throws the I-Ching coins – and records the reading on your copy of the rite.

The High Priestess will briefly discuss, their I-Ching thrown on this blessed day.

As before, let us please postpone a more in depth discussion until after the ritual.

FORESTIERE:  I now invite us all to return to our places so that the Crone may dismiss our Deities, and open the Circle.

RUNE: dismisses Deity takes the sword and traces the Circle counterclockwise as the FORESTIERE: sings once:

May the circle be 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

 

I-Ching and Tarot for the New Moon, January 28th 2017

 

This Saturday we are under the influence of our last New Moon which was Reversed Hierophant. The last description Mary Greet gives for the reversed hierophant is being efficient at occult rituals.  So whatever we do, we should take heed to conserving energy and time with every action being more meaningful. I think we’ve been very serious about this.

 

When Emi, Silvano and Amanda came together for the I-Ching advice regarding this initiation, we got 30 Synergy 5th line changing to 13 Community.

 

When two elements approach each other in such a way that the scope of what they can achieve together far surpasses the total of what they could achieve separately, they are acting with synergy. Synergy in this case takes the effectiveness of cooperation beyond normal expectations. 

 

This hexagram suggests that you and the initiates are dependent upon each other. Working together, the interaction of your spheres of influence can achieve significant deeds. These synergetic interactions will provide ideas and inspirations, generate surplus energy for continued growth, and refine communications and perceptions. 

 

Keep in mind that as an individual your relationship with the cosmos is conditioned. By nature, the earth is a place of limitations … The best way to achieve your aims within the limitations of your situation is to depend upon, and to synergize your energies with the forces of the cosmos. 

 

Changing line 5: A true change of heart is recurring. Such dramatic change is sometimes accompanied by a deep grief. Yet with this grief comes good fortune because the change will bring better times for all concerned. (When you put out your email to the group, ask us to bring our thoughts on this changing line to the circle. It’d be interesting to see what all of us get from this line).

 

Society functions at its very best when each member finds security in his place within the social structure (Emi throwing i-ching re: Dana and Alina’s role within the coven). When all members can be gainfully employed, yet have individual initiative, when they can excel in their own craft, and in doing so contribute to the overall goals of society, then there exists harmony and a sense of COMMUNITY. When the members have an interest in the continuity of this COMMUNITY, great deeds can be accomplished. This is because the many work for the one.

 

… You are affected by all social considerations: by the traditions of the COMMUNITY, by its economy and by its laws. In the overall scope of evolution, the desirability of becoming self-sufficient and independent and living outside of society is as infeasible as it is archaic. The benefits of isolation at this time are questionable. Therefore you must now evaluate your life and your goals in the light of the needs of your COMMUNITY. 

 

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