SP Full Wolf Moon: Ritual

Normally, I’d wait a while between the intro and the ritual to give people time to comment, but A) I want to post on the waxing side of the Full Moon (14 Jan, 0948 UT or 1:48pm PST if I’ve converted right), which I thought I’d missed but haven’t, and B) I’ve got a family waiting for me to spend part of Saturday with them :-). So here goes.

Brief reminders: All participation is voluntary. One does not have to participate to read this, but I ask that no negative energies be injected. “Salute” generally means “hug.” 🙂

Please keep comments to this diary specifically “in circle.” Questions, comments, etc. can be posted in the intro post.

Casting the Circle

Priest: We come to celebrate the full moon. Be it known the Circle is about to be invoked. Let none be here but of their own free will.

The Priest and Priestess move to the East and light the candle there, then move to the South and on around the circle, calling the quarters.

Priestess: Here do I bring light and Air in at the East, to illuminate our circle and bring it the breath of life. O soft and whispering winds from afar, we greet thee in the names of the Old Gods. Blow clear and fresh and free. Blessed Be!

Priest: Here do I bring light and Fire in at the South, to illuminate our circle and bring it warmth. O warming and quickening light from afar, we greet thee in the names of the Old Gods. Grant the warmth that brings forth life. Blessed Be!

Priestess: Here do I bring light and Water in at the West, to illuminate our circle and wash it clean. O cool waters of lake and stream, we greet thee in the names of the Old Gods. Flow clear and pure and swift. Blessed Be!

Priest: Here do I bring light and Earth in at the North, to illuminate our circle and to build it in strength. O far lands and wild places, we greet thee in the names of the Old Gods. Bring forth life and riches and beauty. Blessed Be!

Priest “casts circle with steel,” tracing the perimeter of the circle with his ritual blade. The Priestess then anoints each participant on the forehead with oil, followed by a hug. Either blessing may be politely declined.

Priestess: I consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and the Lady, bidding you welcome to this Circle.

Once everyone has been welcomed:

Priestess: May we all be here in peace and love.

Priest: All hail the four Quarters and all hail the Gods! We bid the Lord and Lady welcome and invite that they join with us, witnessing these rites we hold in their honor. All hail!

Priestess: Now is the Circle invoked. Let none leave but with good reason, till the Circle is cleared. So mote it be.

Priestess: We come to raise power, to send to our progressive leaders to support their strength and courage in defending our values. We do not force this energy on any who would not want it, but offer it freely.

All join hands in a circle. Feel the power from the earth beneath you, the spirits around you, the sky above you. Call on that power as we chant, and focus it into a cone of light above us.

Liberty and justice for all.
Liberty and justice for all.
Liberty and justice for all.

All continue the chant, raising power. When the power has reached a peak, the Priestess calls out “Liberty and justice for all!” and sends the power to those who will accept and use it.

Closing

Priest: Now is the time for us to give thanks for that which sustains us.

Priestess: Share and give thanks. So mote it be.

Priest: This food and drink is the blessing of the All to our bodies. Let us partake of it freely. And, as we share, let us remember always to see to it that aught that we have, we share with those who have nothing.

Priest takes up a cookie (this is Street Prophets {g}) and offers it to Priestess, saying “Will you share this food with me in the name of the Lord and Lady?” The Priestess responds, taking a bite from the cookie (about half). The Priest eats the remainder, saying “Blessed Be.” The Priestess takes the plate, and repeats the process with the person to her left. The plate continues thus around the circle.

Once the Priestess’ hands are free, the Priest takes up the goblet, asking “Will you share this drink with me in the name of the Lord and Lady?” The process repeats as with the plate, until all who wish have shared (the goblet will automagickally contain ale, wine, juice, water — whatever feels best for each person. Gotta love cyberspace {g}).

Polite refusal is acceptable, in which case the person with the plate/goblet shares with the next willing person in the circle.

When the plate and goblet return to the Priest, the Priestess pours the remaining drink and crumbles a bit of the food on the ground as a libation.

Priestess: Hail Earth, Mother of All! May your fields increase and flourish, your forests grow and spread, and your waters run pure and free. Accept our offering, O Earth Mother. Bring forth that which is good and sustaining for every living thing. Blessed Be!

Priestess: We came together in love and friendship; let us part the same way. Let us spread the love we have known in this Circle outward to all; sharing it with those we meet.

Priest: We have received the blessings of the Source. But now our closing draws near. Let us now dismiss those whom we have called.

Priestess: Soft and whispering winds from afar, we thank you for your presence, and ask that you return to your own fair realm, harming none as you pass. Blessed Be!

Priest: Warming and quickening light from afar, we thank you for your presence, and ask that you return to your own fair realm, harming none as you pass. Blessed Be!

Priestess: Cool waters of lake and of stream, we thank you for your presence, and ask that you return to your own fair realm, harming none as you pass. Blessed Be!

Priest Far lands and wild places, we thank you for your presence, and ask that you return to your own fair realm, harming none as you pass. Blessed Be!

Priest raises blade in salute. All members raise their athames, or hands, in salute.

Priestess: Lord and Lady, our thanks to you for sharing this time together. Our thanks for watching over us; guarding and guiding us in all things. Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.

Priest: Let us return to the world renewed by our communion with the Source.

Priest moves to the east and cuts Circle.

Priest: The Circle is now cleared. So mote it be.

All salute.

11 comments

Namaste (4.00 / 3)

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by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Sat Jan 14th, 2006 at 21:56:40 PDT

Very nice! (4.00 / 4)

Even in cyberspace, I could feel the energy of community working.

The greater the circle, the more the love grows.

by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Jan 14th, 2006 at 22:13:59 PDT

It was surprising to us, too (4.00 / 3)

Of the two styles of “sacred space” I do (depending on the circumstances), I didn’t think the closed-circle one would work as well in cyberspace as the open-circle one. But it has. Roland and I both felt in as we did the final read-through and hit the “submit” button.

by Morgan on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 12:41:05 PDT

Thank you — (4.00 / 4)

the energy of this full moon has been kind of wild — this ceremony was very helpful for us all.

I loved the part with the cookie.

by Rain on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 00:15:06 PDT

ouldn’t doa ritual since it’s been forbidden us, (4.00 / 3)

sow e settled for holding hands and contemplating our Inner WOlf…with Ben wearign the fuzzy wolf head slippers he got for Christmas.

by irishwitch on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 10:43:05 PDT

Thank you! (4.00 / 3)

and blessed be.

Always we begin again – John McQuiston

by fennster on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 11:08:46 PDT

Ah (4.00 / 3)

Thanks for doing this.  The Wolf Moon is…something.

“As scientific knowledge advances, it does not mean that religious knowledge retreats.”
– horse69 on the bnet recon C&C board

by lonespark on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 11:28:15 PDT

Isn’t it just? (none / 0)

😉

I am That, you are That, all of this is That, and That is all there is.

by shakti on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 15:39:25 PDT

Thank you all (4.00 / 6)

I suppose this can be a belated tip jar :-).

May the energies we sent (will send? time is flexible in cyberspace {g}) have a positive effect.

Blessed Be.

by Morgan on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 12:42:13 PDT

when I read this ritual (none / 1)

my thoughts turned to Avebury, the neolithic site in England. Just a few miles from Stonehenge in Wiltshire (Southwest England), Avebury has never gotten its due. But I and other aficionados much prefer Avebury! Unlike Stonehenge, Avebury is spread out over many acres, with a medieval town built in the center of it. There’s just no way Avebury can easily be summarized by a postcard image. (That Avebury is slightly off the beaten tourist path is just fine with me… you can walk around without any restrictions, wondering at the peacefulness…)

I would recommend Avebury — its great circle cut into the white chalky Wiltshire ground, with inner circles of standing megaliths, all dating from 2600 BCE or older — to anyone interested in ancient ritual. Though Stonehenge was constructed centuries afterward to serve what were probably more priestly (elite) rituals, Avebury is a palpably more democratic place. It was a gathering place for the entire community of ancients, and it’s estimated that more than four thousand people could fit into the largest of the three stone circles on the site. Much of England’s ancient civilization, in fact, could have been (and very probably was) united in one place to celebrate, and consecrate, common spiritual aspirations.

I’m very drawn to Avebury… it’s like a magnet for me. The years I spent living in England included many pilgrimages. In my mind’s eye, I can see the people who built Avebury, though archeologists have little knowledge of their customs, dress, and religious practices….

All of which is to say: though I can’t quite put a finger on it, something about the ritual you have outlined above (and not just the notion of priests and priestesses inside the circle) seemed to touch old strings. Surprising even myself, I feel far more comfortable in this practice than I imagined. It rang true. I felt at home.

So thank you, and blessed be…

form is emptiness, emptiness is form

by QuickSilver on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 22:49:22 PDT

Thank you (none / 0)

Higher praise I find difficult to imagine :-).

by Morgan on Mon Jan 16th, 2006 at 20:33:42 PDT

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