Special Supplies: 2 black candles, cauldron, paper and pencil
Place cauldron in centre of altar, paper and pencil besdie it. Cast circle counterclockwise. Stand at altar, face North, say:
"The Moon is dark. She hides her true face. I know the secrets of the Dark Mother for she is a part of each woman. Wise One let me feel your presence and power. I have need of your wisdom."
Move counterclockwise, go east, say:
"Remove all negatives from my thoughts and mind dark Mother. Let them bear no fruit in my life."
Go North, say:
"Remove all negatives from my body dark Mother. Let them bear no fruit in my life."
Go West, say:
"Remove all negatives from my emotions Dark Mother. Let them bear no fruit in my life."
Go South, say:
"Remove all negatives from my spiritual life dark Mother. Let them bear no fruit in my life."
Return to altar, face North, say:
"I accept no negatives thoughts, words of deeds from others. They are destroyed by the power of the Dark Mother. If these negatives come from within myself let them turn into lessons of god. Help me become balanced a true Goddess-child of light and wisdom."
Write out what you wnat to be removed. As you read each one, release it to the Dark Mother. Light paper from candle, drop in cauldron, say:
"I release these to your keeping. Show me how to move beyond these negatives into a position of light and power."
Raise arms in reverance, say:
"Dark Mother, Crone, Goddess, Wise and Elder One teach me your mysteries! Guide and protect me Dark Mother."
Raise wine chalice, say:
"To Odin, Freya and all the Gods!"
Close circle when ready.
Held prior to circle casting
Breathe deeply, ground and center.
Raise hands in Goddess position (spread in a V over your head
feet apart), then slowly lower them and cross them into the God
position (arms crossed over your chest, feet together)
feeling the power coursing down your arms throughout your body.
Light an illuminator candle.
Light the incense at the East, clap hands over the flame to extinguish
"Creature of Air
I cleanse and consecrate thee
to remove all negativity in this world
So mote it be"
Pass your hand over the incense three times to banish all negativity,
imagine a sparkling light around the incense
Light the candle at the South
"O creature of Fire
I cleanse and consecrate thee
to remove all negativity in this world
So mote it be"
Pass your hand over the flame three times, as above
Do the same for West and North, with water and a bowl of salt, respectively
Beginning North, move your hands over the altar five times, mixing
the powers of the elementals. Tap the hilt of the knife on the altar
at your right five times to seal.
Your altar is prepared. You are now ready to cast the circle and begin
workings of magic.
(Alternative Verse Version of Priest's Declamation)
Assist me to build
As the Mighty Ones willed
An altar of praise
From beginning of days.
Thus doth it lie
'Twixt the points of the sky
For thus was it placed
When the Goddess embraced
The Horn'd One, her Lord,
Who taught her the Word
That quickened the womb
And conquered the tomb.
Be thus as of yore,
The shrine we adore, [kiss]
The feast without fail,
The life-giving Grail. [kiss]
Before it uprear
The Miraculous Spear [touches own phallus]
And invoke in this sign
The Goddess divine! [kiss]
Thou who at noon of night doth reign
Queen of the starry realms above,
Not unto thee may we attain
Unless thine image be of love. [kiss]
By moon-ray's silver shaft of power,
By green leaf breaking from the bud,
By seed that springeth into flower,
By life that courseth in the blood, [kiss]
By rushing wind and leaping fire,
By flowing water and green earth,
Pour us the wine of our desire
From out thy Cauldron of Rebirth. [kiss]
Here may we see in vision clear
Thy secret strange unveiled at length,
Thy wondrous Twin Pillars rear
Erect in beauty and in strength. [kisses on the breasts]
Altar of mysteries manifold,
The Sacred Circle's central point
Thus do I sign thee as of old;
With kisses of my lips anoint. [kisses of the Third Degree Sigil]
Open for me the secret way,
The pathway of intelligence
beyond the gates of night and day,
Beyond the bounds of time and sense.
Behold the Mystery aright;
The five true points of fellowship,
Here where the Lance and Grail unite,
And feet and knees and breast and lip.
*Do it once you know what you have learned the basics and are most sure*
1. Set up your temporary altar and quarter points. The quarters can be stones or candles but stones have the advantage of not blowing out if there's a breeze.
2.Cast a circle of protection
3. Undress-remove all jewlery watches etc and put into a bag with your purse and other items that are easily lost.
4.Consecrate the circle.
5.Summon the guardians with these words, and donn't forget to pause to visualize the element for your self dedication:
"Guardians of the North, sacred spirit of the Earth. Into the stillness of your cold dar womb shall you except my death, the death of my former self. I shall bid you hail and welcome.
Guardians of the East, sacred spirits of the air. As the sun rises in the east so shall you guide my rebirth into my new life as a witch. I bid you hail and welcome.
Guardians of the South, sacred spirits of Fire. you shall be my protector as I go forth from here along my new path. I bid you hail and welcome.
Guardians of the West, sacred spirits of Water. Clense my spirit and keep it ever pure from now and into the future."
6. Now for your symbolic death:
Lie on the floor on your back. you can lie with your head to the altar(North) if you wish to be close to the God and Goddess or to the East if the principle of rebirth is more important to you.
Recite the words again:
"I am entering the stillness before creation
I am entering the ground of the God and Goddess
May my body be still
May my mind be peaceful
May by heart be ready"
7. Now be at peace; feel the peace of the Goddess flow into you. Feel yourself merge with the cold earth beneath you. Chant this slowly and quietly:
Dark Mother and Father take me in
Let me be reborn."
Keep chanting until you feel yourself melting into the Goddess.
8. When you feel the time is right get up and begin to walk around the circle chanting the God and Goddess chant:
"We all come from the God and Goddess,
And to them we shall return,
Like a drop of rain,
Flowing to the ocean."
Walk gradually faster and chant faster round and round the circle. Faster and faster until you get dizzy. Don't stop even then. After a while you'll get tired, but don't stop. Go on the same time again until you drop exhausted to the floor. Why? Because chanting and dancing raise power.
9. Lay again on your back as you regain your breath. As soon as you have your breath back stand in front of the altar and annoint yourself thus:
Dip a finger in the oil and mark a cross on the left brease (male or female) then on the right breast then just above the pubic hair. This is the sigil of the first degree, the downward pointing triangle. Say:
"I annoint myself priest/ess of the old religion, and I take the name (speak your magical name quietly)"
"I (real name) in the presence of the forces of the Universe and the Divine, do of my own free will and mind most solemnly swear that I will ever abide by the religion and science of the Craft of the Wise.
I shall neither harm my fellow humans with the secrets that I learn nor shall I flaunt my beliefs or powers before them.
From this day on I shall be reborn as (magical name) and shall honor, respect and cherish the oath I have taken."
10. Kneel up in front of the altar. Pour a little wine into the goblet and place it at the front of the altar. Now take your atame and holding it with both hands, pointing down and arms outstretched plunge the blade into the wine.
"As the cup is to the female so the blade is to the male."
"And so conjoined bring blessedness."
11. Now say to yourself:
" I am reborn. I am a Witch. I am a priest/ess"
Rise to your feet and say as loud as is safe bearing in mind that sound travelsL "I AM A WITCH!"
12. Now consecrate the wine and cakes as you have already learned. Take some wine and eat a cake. Close the circle and dismiss the quarters, remembering to thatnk them. Get dressed and eat and drink some more and remember to keep some back for the libation which you make on the very site of your self initiation before you leave.
Stand in the area you have chosen for your ritual. Still your thoughts.
Breathe deeply half a minute or so until composed and calm. Turn your mind
to your Deities.
Face North. Lift both hands to waist height, palms down. Press your fingers
together creating two solid, flat planes. Sense solidity, foundation,
fertility. Invoke the powers of Earth through the gesture.
Moments later turn toward the East. Raise your hands a foot higher, your
palms facing away from you (no longer parallel with the ground), and elbows
slightly bent. Spread your fingers and hold this position, sensing movement
and communication. Invoke the forces of Air through this gesture.
Face South. Life your hands fully above your head. Keeping the elbows
straight, grasp your fingers into tight fists. Feel force, power, creation
and destruction. Invoke the forces of Fire through this gesture.
Turn to the West. Lower your hands a foot or so. Bend the elbows, turn your
palms upward and cup them, pressing the thumbs against the forefingers.
Sense fluidity, the ocean, liquidity. Invoke the force of Water through the
Face North again. Throw your head back and raise both hands to the sky,
palms up, fingers spread. Drink in the essence of The One, the unknowable,
unapproachable ultimate source of all. Sense the mysteries within the
Lower your projective hand but keep your receptive hand high. Pressing the
third, fourth and fifth fingers against the palm, lift the forefinger and
thumb to create a rough crescent shape. Sense the reality of the Goddess.
Sense her love, her fertility, her compassion. Sense the powers of the Moon
in the gesture; the force of the eternal seas - the presence of the Goddess.
Lower your receptive hand, lift your projective hand. Bend down the middle
and fourth fingers toward the palm, and trap them with the thumb. Lift the
forefinger and little finger up to the sky, creating a horned image. Sense
the reality of the God. Sense the power of the Sun in the gesture; the
untamed energies of the woodlands - the presence of the God.
Lower your projective hand. Lay down flat. Spread your legs and arms until
you've created the pattern of a pentagram. Sense the powers of the elements
running through you; merging and coalescing into your being. Sense them as
emanations from the One, the Goddess and God.
Meditate. Commune. Communicate.
When finished, simply stand up. Your ritual is over.
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