31 October 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 Crone reads 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:

Samhain is our New Year. At sunset on October 31st it is the beginning of the New Year. We need to let go of the old and prepare to bring in the new. Take a look at where you have been over the last year. Is there anything you wish to finish? Make a list of what you wish for in the New Year.

This is one of the two times during the year where the Veil is at it’s thinnest, and communication with those who have crossed becomes easier. This is the time for communication with your ancestors and loved ones who have already crossed. We feast and honor those who have gone before us. It is also a time of increasing psychic awareness. Energy is shifting all around us. If you want to work on your psychic powers this is the time.

Today we celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the year. We say goodbye to our crops as we have completed our final harvest. We get ready for the cold weather which is beginning to come down upon us. The Mother Earth is preparing for a long sleep, and the plants and animals are responding accordingly. Our Sun God is not with us as he is readying to be reborn at Winter Solstice, and we call upon the Crone to assist us.

Samhain is a fire festival. Traditionally it has been celebrated with bonfires, and large feasts. When doing magickal workings focus on releasing bad habits, any banishing work, divination, astral projection, past life regressions, clearing obstacles, and contacting those who have departed.

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

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, you whose child I am and on whose foundations I build, because of you I have life. Join this circle, I ask, and add your blessings to this rite. Accept this offering of food and drink, given in hospitality and in love.

 

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

“Today, may the slide into darkness bring you light…

May the memories of what has been, keep you strong for what is to be…

May this Samhain cleanse your heart, your soul, and your mind!

Blessed be”

 

(Place athame back on the altar and say)-

Today is the time of year when

the veil between the realms is thinnest.

 It is a time to reflect upon those who have passed

 and those who are yet to come.”

 

Today I tcall out those who came before.

I honor our ancestors.

Spirits of our fathers and mothers, I call to you,

and welcome you to join me for this rite.

You watch over us always,

protecting and guiding us,

and I thank you.

Your blood runs in our veins,

your spirit is in our hearts,

your memories are in our souls.

With the gift of remembrance,

we remember all of you.

You are dead but never forgotten,

and you live on within us,

and within those who are yet to come.

 

(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 –

 

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

“I bless this wine 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