Opens a magick circle
Casting Instructions for ‘Opening a Circle’
The High Priestess goes to each of the four directions in turn, and draws a Banishing Pentacle, saying:
Guardians of the East (South, West, North), Powers of Air (Fire, Water, Earth), we thank you For joining in our circle And we ask for your blessing As you depart May there be peace between us Now and forever. Blessed be.
She raises her athame to the sky and touches it to the earth, then opens her arms and says,
The circle is open, but unbroken,May the peace of the Goddess Go on your hearts, Merry meet, and merry part. And merry meet again. Blessed be.
Blessing, Consecration, and Procession of the Components (Four members of the coven that have been chosen beforehand currently approach the Priestess. Each holds one of the following: an incense burner, a candle, a vessel of water, and a vessel of salt. Each subsequently approaches the Priestess, recites their piece, receives her blessing, and then processes deosil around the perimeter of the circle when stopping to bow at each of the quarters.) (Celebrant with the incense burner symbolizing the element of air) :
I am everywhere. I fill the fleshy pouches of your lungs, I stir everything from the smallest blade of grass to the tallest tree. I cool you with my breezes and destroy you with my storms. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise?
(Celebrant with the candle symbolizing the element of fire):
I live in the guarded embers of campfires and the pilot lights of stoves, I spring from the lightning and the hands of men, I warm you and I destroy you. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise?
(Celebrant with the water vessel symbolizing the element of water):
I grow from the moist crevices of the Earth, I conquer the beaches of Her body, I fall from the heavens in silver sheets. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise? (Celebrant asperges the circle with water)
(Celebrant with the salt vessel symbolizing the element of earth):
I am your Mother. From me come the grain and fruit and animals which feed you. I’m your support, and my pull in your bodies keeps you held firmly to me. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise?
Invocation of the Goddess (High Priest)
Come to us Moist Mother Earth. Come to us and take your ease. You have labored long and hard to bring forth your own school, so that we your children may survive. Come and relax, for well have you earned your rest. Eat and drink your fill, sing, dance, and be merry, for you have done well, and there is plenty for all. And, if it pleases you to ask for the favors of among us as well, may you find satisfaction there too. We shout your praises, for you are the essence of fulfillment, love, and joy. You are the most beautiful, and beyond measure is your grandeur and greatness. May we never forget that we are part of your Sacred Body, and may we work to preserve it in all of its myriad forms. All hail the Great Mother!
All hail the Great Mother!
Invocation of the God (High Priestess)
Come to us Lord of the Hunt, Sacred Herdsman, and Divine Smith. Put by your horn, then lay aside your crook, stow your hammer, and quit your forge for today. Wipe your brow, and come find your leisure in the middle of our good company. Have a seat, put up your feet, and pour yourself a cold draught. By the virtue of your job have you got a rest, for well have your cared for the wild beasts and domesticated flocks. And a lot of time has your forge burned long into the night with you hard at work producing lightning bolts of such exquisite beauty and terrible power as we’ve ever beheld. Join us Great Lord, and indulge yourself to the fullest. May you know no want in our presence, for thanks to you and the Goddess, we know no need. We raise our glasses high and toast your greatness. All hail the God of the Wild Magicks.
All hail the God of the Wild Magicks.
Guided Meditation by Priest (Meditation will be about our own spiritual harvest. This will conclude with a personal empowerment chant) Empowerment Chant (Holding hands, the coven members repeat the following chant until the high priestess decides that enough energy was raised, and upon her sign everyone will direct some of the energy to themselves to assist them to develop the inner strength to attain personal spiritual targets.)
Ripen fruit, ripen seed Harken to my internal need.
Communion (Fruit and Wine, songs, and a fantastic time. Additionally, each member of the coven will be asked to describe something which they have done in the last liturgical year that has borne fruit.) Quarter Banishings (High Priest) Facing East:
Guardians of the watchtower of the east, return now to the lively Autumn breezes that are brimming with the excitement of the years orgasm. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!
Hail and farewell!
Guardians of the watchtower of the south, return to the dying fires of Autumns heat soon to give way to Winters chill. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!
Hail and farewell
Guardians of the watchtower of the west, return to the Autumn rains which cool the Earths fevered brow baked in the heat of Summer afternoons. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!
Hail and farewell!
Guardians of the watchtowers of the north, return now to the Earth where worms burrow deeper and seeds nestle anticipating the long sleep of Winter. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!
Hail and farewell!
Circle Banishing (High Priestess)
Equal night and equivalent day Soon the light will fade away Equal day and equal night This circle fades as does the light Thus the magick we invoke Fades anon like wisps of smoke Until we then decide to play SO MOTE IT BE!