Friday Form A Circle – Litha Ritual

May 21, 2010 at 10:15 am (Banish, Circle, Friday, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Ritual, Solitary, Witch)

Litha Ritual
From
Garden of the Midnight Moonchild

Shield 
Envision a spiral blaze of sparks from a comet’s tail.

"Protect this child and guard her aim
from any evil, harm, or bane."

Center 
When ready, step into your ritual space.
Cast Circle Envision the same comet tail that formed your shield at the tip of your hand, wand, or athame as you cast from your projective hand beginning at the southern quarter and moving deosil (clockwise).

"Now mystify midsummer magic and satisfy midsummer charms.
Midsummer power charge my spirit waxing as the summer warms."

Call Quarters Facing south

"Flames of the midsummer bonfire. Heat of the midsummer sun. Heart of the midsummer starlight. Your purity holds me guides and enfolds me. Welcome Spirit of Fire to my rite."

light the red candle.
Call Quarters Facing west

"Cascading midsummer rivers. Powerful midsummer tides.
Wellspring of midsummer delights. Your empathy holds me
guides and enfolds me. Welcome Spirit of Water to my rite."

light the blue candle.
Call Quarters Facing north

"Towering midsummer mountains. Fertile the midsummer field.
Unyielding midsummer earth-might. Stability holds me guides and enfolds me. Welcome Spirit of Earth to my rite."

light the green candle.
Call Quarters facing east

"Wind of midsummer sirocco. Midsummer mantle of life. Breath of the midsummer twilight. Your clarity holds me guides and enfolds me. Welcome Spirit of Air to my rite."

light the yellow candle.
Invoke the Sun raising projective hand in the symbol of the sun (first finger and Little finger extended, like horns, other fingers folded beneath thumb)

"Midsummer Sun King of wisdom and might. The power of summer and life at its height. Your energy holds me guides and enfolds me. Welcome Sun King to my rite."

light the gold candle
Invoke the Moon raising receptive hand in the symbol of the moon (hold your whole hand in a "c" shape like the crescent moon)

"Midsummer Mother. Queen of the night. The power of magic
fulfilled in moonlight. Your spirit holds me guides and enfolds me.
Welcome Midsummer Queen to my rite."

light the silver candle
Invoke your Guardian Invoke your Guardian tracing a pentagram in the air before you with your hand, wand, or athame

"Spirit within me empower me now with your charge. Stir midsummer memories. Rouse midsummer mysteries. Awaken midsummer magic. Guide me, hold me, teach me, enfold me.
My hands in yours. Your heart in mine. Be with me now."

light the incense
Complete the circle with your purpose sit or stand as you please

"The circle is cast and we stand between the worlds
beyond the bounds of time. Joy and sorrow, day and night,
The past and tomorrow, death and life meet here as one.
Blessed be. "I come now between the worlds to celebrate the power of love, the power of midsummer, and the power of magic with this turn of he wheel."

Light the Cauldron candle.

"No longer day shall turn. No brighter candle burn. No wish shall be denied on this midsummer night."

Take the candle which represents your self and carve your name and any appropriate symbols upon it. Anoint it with your favorite scent, stub to wick, and light it from the cauldron candle

"I am (say your name). The power of light is mine. The power of midsummer is mine."

Set that candle in a holder and take the candle which represents your trouble and carve the name of your trouble and any appropriate symbols upon it. Anoint this candle with saltwater, wick to stub, and light it from the cauldron candle.

"You are my trouble. You are (name your trouble). I banish you and now… you are gone."

When the trouble candle burns past your carvings blow it out as you say "you are gone" and wrap that candle stub (to be buried off your property) in a mixture of salt and sand.

Now take the candle which represents your desire and carve the name of your desire and any appropriate symbols upon it. Anoint it with your favorite scent, stub to wick, and light it from the cauldron candle.

"I am (say your name). I come between the worlds with my desire. My desire is (name your desire). All powers that be, grant me this desire. Harming none, this be done."

Watch this candle burn, holding your desire firmly in your mind, until this candle burns out of it’s own accord.

"On Midsummer all desires are granted."

Wrap this candle stub, along with your "self" candle stub, in soil and sand and bury them somewhere on your property where they will remain undisturbed.

"Now it is done with no reverse to bring upon me any curse."

Ground (touch something from the earth with your projective hand, or just feel the excess energy drain from your body back through your feet to replenish the earth below you)

Simple Feast: Herbal tea or Fruity Juice and fruits from whatever summer bounty is available and freshest. Make liquid offerings to the elements. Thank the Guardian Make the sign of the pentagram with smoke from the incense stick (if it is still burning) or trace it in the air before you with your wand, or hand

"Spirit within my spirit, my thanks for the blessing of your attendance at my simple and solitary rite. Stay or go as you shall please. Hail and farewell."

Thank the Moon raising your receptive hand in the symbol of the moon (hold your whole hand in a "c" shape like the crescent moon)

"Queen of the midsummer night, my thanks for the blessing of your attendance. Stay or go as you shall please. Hail and farewell."

quench the silver candle
Thank the Sun raising your projective hand in the symbol of the sun (first finger and Little finger extended, like horns, other fingers folded beneath thumb)

"Mighty midsummer King, my thanks for the blessing of your attendance. Stay or go as you shall please. Hail and farewell."

quench the gold candle
Thank the Quarters taking the appropriate positions as you thank and release them and quench their candles as you bid them farewell.

"Midsummer winds of clarity, Spirit of Air. Midsummer stones stability, Spirit of Earth. Midsummer tides of empathy, Spirit of Water. Midsummer flames of purity, Spirit of Fire. My thanks for your attending me. Stay or go as you shall please. Hail and farewell, and blessed be."

Release the Circle beginning at the Southern quarter and moving widdershins (counterclockwise) draw the energy into your receptive hand, wand or athame. When you have finished re-calling the energy, compress it into a little version of the comet you started with in your receptive hand and absorb it into your body.

"The circle is open yet still unbroken. Merry met, and merry part, and merry meet again."

Ground (touch something from the earth with your projective hand, or just feel the excess energy drain from your body back through your feet to replenish the earth below you)

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Friday Form A Circle – Midsummer Solitary Ritual

May 7, 2010 at 9:56 am (Circle, Friday, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Ritual, Solitary, Witch)

Midsummer Solitary Ritual
Source Unknown

Anoint your third eye with a citrus oil, such as orange, neroli, or lemon.

Say:

I enter this sacred space with the brightness of the sun in my heart. I am surrounded by the glory of the sun, inside and out. Blessed be!

Smudge your sacred space. Place some sand in an incense burner and light a block of incense charcoal. Sprinkle a bit of lemongrass on the charcoal and waft the smoke over the sacred space using a white feather. Say:

I cleanse and purify this space with the essence of the sun. This space is cleansed and purified, ready for my use. Blessed be!

Cast a Circle with a red candle. Starting in the south, walk deosil around the Circle, carrying a lit candle. Say:

I cast this Circle with the holy element of fire. Let this Circle be a blazing wall of protection, guarding me and keeping me safe. Let none but good enter here. Let none but good go from here. So mote it be.

Face South and say:

I call the blazing heat of the sun, Noon time. Fiery desert lion, I claim your strength! Be here and be welcome!

Face West and say:

I call the warm waters of a sun-warmed lake, Evening. Warm waters of the hot mineral springs, I claim your healing powers! Be here and be welcome!

Face North and say:

I call the searing sands of the desert, Midnight. Land of sparse barrenness, I claim your ability to burn away unnecessary details!

Face East and say:

I call the hot desert winds, Morning. Warm chinook winds, I claim your ability to blow away the chaff in my life!

Raise your arms and say:

My Lady of the Sun, Ameratsu, Sunna; My Lord of the Sun, Ra, Sol, I call upon you to help me illuminate my life And show me my strengths. Blessed be!

Light a red candle and place it in front of a mirror. Sit where you can gaze into the candle, and have the flame reflected back to you in the mirror. Gaze into the candle and say:

I ask the power of the flame and the power of the sun to illuminate my life and show me the hidden strengths within. So mote it be!

Watch the movement of the flame as it flickers and dances. Let the flame carry you into a light trance. Clear your mind of all extraneous thoughts. If stray thoughts try to intrude, just dismiss them. Just concentrate on the play of the fire. When you are done with your meditation, take a few minutes to write down the things you learned from your trip in the desert. Snuff the candle as you say: .

I thank the power of the flame and the light of the sun for showing me my strengths. Go with my gratitude. Blessed be!

Raise your arms and say:

My Lady of the Sun, Ameratsu, Sunna; My Lord of the Sun, Ra, Sol, I thank you for helping me illuminate my life and showing me my strengths. Blessed be!

Face South and say:

I thank the strengthening power of the sun, Noon time. Fiery desert lion, I claim your strength and I thank you for showing me the hidden strengths within. Go with my blessing and my gratitude. Hail and farewell!

Face West and say:

I thank the healing waters of the sun-warmed lake, Evening. Warm waters of the soul, I claim your healing powers and I thank you for showing me the hidden strengths within. Go with my blessing and my gratitude. Hail and farewell!

Face North and say:

I thank the searing sands of the desert, Midnight. Land of strong insights, I claim your ability to burn away unnecessary details and I thank you for showing me the hidden strengths within. Go with my blessing and my gratitude. Hail and farewell!

Face East and say:

I thank the hot desert winds, Morning. Fresh purifying winds, I claim your ability to blow away the chaff in my life and I thank you for showing me the hidden strengths within. Go with my blessing and my gratitude. Hail and farewell!

Picture the Circle melting into the Earth, being absorbed and turned into healing energy to heal the Earth and all the creatures on it. Say:

I thank and dismiss this Circle of fire. Let this Circle of protection now melt into the earth, to be transformed into healing energy for the earth and all of the creatures living here. Go with my blessing and my gratitude. Hail and farewell!

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Friday Form A Circle – Solitary Beltane Ritual

April 30, 2010 at 9:57 am (altar, Ancestors, Beltane, Circle, Friday, Magic, May Day, pagan, Ritual, Solitary, Witch)

Solitary Beltane Ritual
Found at
Spells Of Magic

A low altar should be built partially or entirely of stones at the middle of the ritual area.

What you will need:

  • God & Goddess candles
  • four spring-colored candles
  • 3 foot piece of wood to be used as a pole
  • fruit, flowers, bright ribbons to decorate the pole
  • 1/2 cup of wine
  • Beltane incense***
  • Your ritual tools (wand, bell, athame, etc)
  • parchment
  • writing implement

Place the God & Goddess candles on the altar, and arrange the altar as you usually do. (if the ritual is performed outdoors, the candles may be replaced be torches. These may be stuck in the ground on either side of the altar.)

Place the other four candles (or torches) before the altar to be lit later. The  pole should be erected on the far side of the altar: it should be decked with fruits, flowers, and bright ribbons. A half full cup of wine should be placed before the image of the Goddess.

Before dressing for the ceremony, take a ritual cleansing bath. For this ritual one should dress brightly and strikingly, wearing flowers and greenery according to taste. When ready to go on with the rite, meditate for a while before going into the ritual area, thinking strongly on the old pagan ways and trying to imagine the rituals which took place on this night in ages passed. Go alone to the ritual place. Kneeling before the altar, light the candles or torches on the altar, and the incense. Set alight the four candles before the altar and place them 3 to 5 feet from the altar at the North, then going deosil, saying:

Here at this spot do I create a place Sacred to the Gods of old. For a while, here and now shall the ancient ways live again!

Take the wand and hold it out and salute toward the East, saying:

Oh winds of the East blow sweet and pure! For the Lady reigns again!

Hold the wand out and salute toward the South, saying:

Oh warmth of the South bring forth life from the earth! For the Lady reigns again!

Hold the wand out and salute toward the West, saying:

Oh waters of the West glisten clear and fresh! For the Lady reigns again!

Hold the wand out and salute toward the North, saying:

Oh lands of the North grow rich and bounteous! For the Lady reigns again!

Replace the wand and hold your arms out over the altar, saying:

Gracious and lovely Lady of the moon, of joy and love, Protecteress of forests and wild things, this place is consecrated to Thee.

Take up the wine cup, hold it out at arm’s length, and pour out a few drops, saying:

To the Great Ones of old and to the joyous times to come!

Drink some of the wine (or if you cannot drink alcohol, use an appropriate substitute). After a brief pause, rap three times on the altar with the wand saying:

As woods and meadows flower forth I celebrate the ancient rite, as the Ancients did before me. I cast the words into the mists of time and space and otherwhere: Where one stays now, in years to come, may scores of others revel there. So may it be!

Rap once upon the altar. (More incense should be added now. Ad-lib additions are appropriate at this time – meditations, poetry and the like.) (If a source of proper music is available, a solitary Dance of the Winds may be improvised.)

Draw the Fertility talisman on the parchment, suffumigate it thrice, bow humbly and say:

Friends of the nether worlds Now, come and assist us in our humble workings. Follow us to another sacred place of ours, and join your forces with ours, on this Fertilization Day.

Bury the talisman into the ground under an oak tree (if available), saying an ad-lib statement on the meaning of the talisman and its correspondences. Go back to the circle. When all is done, close by rapping four time with the wand, saying:

Friends of the nether worlds who have been about me for a while you may, with thanks, return from whence you came.

Hold out arms and say:

Blessed Lady of joy and laughter I thank Thee for Thy presence. May some of your love and power remain with me. Blessed Be!

Put out the lights about the altar. As the two on the altar itself are darkened, say:

This rite is ended…

Note: Alter this ritual as needed to fit your circumstance. Note that many Beltane celebrations extend roughly one week past the May 1’st date, so any time in early May is appropriate to celebrate, in case you miss celebrating it on the May 1st date.

***Beltane Incense
from
Mooncrafts

Ingredients:

  • 3 Parts Frankincense
  • 2 Parts Sandalwood
  • 1 Part Woodruff
  • 1 Part Rose petals
  • a few drops Jasmine oil
  • a few drops neroli Oil

Burn during rituals on Beltane or May Day for fortune & favors & to attune with the changing of the seasons.

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Friday Form A Circle – Ribbon Ritual for Beltane

April 9, 2010 at 9:37 am (Beltane, Circle, Friday, Healing, Life, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Solitary, Spring, Witch)

Ribbon Ritual for Beltane
Found at My Thing Links

This is a ritual binding of life and the beauties of life to the Earth plane/the self ….

Needed:

  • some lengths of ribbon to braid during the Magic making portion of your ritual the idea here is that you (your body) symbolically becomes the shamanistic tree – that you see yourself as the shaman on the tree (in your body), able to bring forth a variety of things from the Otherworld into manifestation here on Earth.

Each ribbon will represent one aspect of your life that you’d like to bind closer to you (while realizing the constraints that doing so might imply). Choose the ribbon colors accordingly. For example, if you want to bring financial security into your life and bind it to you, have a green ribbon on your altar. (Or perhaps you find  silver or gold might work better for you here.) If you’d like your life to be constantly surrounded by love, add a pink (or red) ribbon to the array on your altar. If you’d like peace of mind/emotional stability to be a constant in your life, add a light blue ribbon to the mix, etc.

I’d recommend each ribbon be as long as you are tall. Symbolically then, each ribbon represents your physical self. Be sure your altar set-up includes a symbol/tool associated with each of the four elements. Now light your candles and incense and create your sacred space in your usual manner. Invoke – Whom you feel is appropriate. Ask [this being] to join you in your dance of life. Include movement in your invocation if you like.

You’ll now need to bless each ribbon by the four elements. Take your time in doing this. Pass each one through the incense smoke (Air), over a candle flame (Fire), sprinkle each with water (Water), and pass each through a bowl of sea salt (Earth).  Or, think of the smoking censer as representing Air and Fire. Put some sea salt in your water vessel, stir, and think of it as representing Water and Earth. Then just pass each ribbon through the smoke and sprinkle it with the water mixture, thereby blessing each by all four elements. However you decide to do it, take some time to think about just exactly what it is each ribbon represents to you. What it is you’d like to bind to you/bring to the fullness of life within your life? What benefits will accrue to you in so doing? What is the down side in each case, and how will you handle it?

Now gather all ribbons together and tie a knot at the top to hold them together. Meditate on bringing all these things forth in your life and on how they will interact with each other to turn your life into a beautiful braid of happiness and well-being. Remember to envision yourself enmeshed in this braiding as it progresses. When you near the end, tie it off in similar fashion to your beginning knot.

End the Magic by blessing the finished braid with your body. After all, your body symbolically lies at the heart of the braid. Breathe on it (Air). Gather it to your heart (Fire). Spit on it or lick it (Water). Coil it up and stand with it under your foot for a few moments (Earth). Now call the blessing of the Goddess into it.

Wear your braid now, or carry it on your person for the rest of the day and/or night. Keep the braid in some secret and safe place away from the prying eyes and possible ill wishes of others. Or, if you’re not worried about that, keep it on your altar for the coming seasons of growth and harvest

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Friday Form A Circle – Celli Laughing Coyote’s Beltane – A Solitary Ritual

March 26, 2010 at 9:45 am (Ancestors, Beginnings, Circle, Earth, Friday, Garden, Magic, pagan, Plants, Ritual, Solitary, Witch)

Celli Laughing Coyote’s Beltane – A Solitary Ritual
by Celli Laughing Coyote
Found at
Tarna’s Mystic Realm

 

This can be done indoors or outdoors, please choose your plant accordingly. This is a good time to do your yearly tree planting also.

Needed:

  • altar set up
  • crystal
  • feather
  • tobacco or sage
  • fertilizer
  • tree
  • plant or seeds
  • some soil and a pot or prepared ground
  • water
  • a pan or basin of some sort – if you are inside in an area that is big enough to do some repotting and watering.

Pre-wet the potting soil so you don’t need to do much watering or dig hole for plant or tree. Cast circle in the usual way, Then say:

"I have come here to nurture and replenish our Mother, the Earth, by planting and caring for one of her children. So I show my love of her and Humanity. I have come here to bring forth a new life unto our Mother’s and Father’s service. For the greatest of blessings is service."

Smudge plant, crystal, potting soil and any fertilizer, feather and anything that will be placed into the soil/hole. Then meditate with the crystal for a few moments upon the purpose of this ritual. Then: (substitute your own deities if you wish), add small amount of soil to pot and say:

"Grandfather Eagle, Bless this Child of Earth with clean air for growth."

Place feather in pot/hole and say:

"Grandmother Rabbit, Bless this Child of Earth with passion for growth."

Place ash from smudge holder in hole [make sure it is out]. Then place plant in pot with dirt about 1/2 the way up and say:

"Grandfather Bear, Bless this Child of Earth with sufficient water for growth."

Pour Water into hole – save some water for the end of the ritual, and say:

"Grandmother Buffalo, Bless this Child of Earth with sufficient food for growth."

Place fertilizer in hole or pour a little more water in if it is the kind that you mix with water. Say:

"Great Spirit, Bless this Child of Earth with your protection."

Place Tobacco/sage in hole. Say:

"Mother Earth, Bless this Child of Earth with your Nurturing Love."

Place what Crystal in hole. Say:

"Ancestors and Totem Spirit, Bless this Child of Earth with growth and your Guidance."

Place the extra smudging sage in hole. Fill in the pot with dirt. If you have a song or poetry say it at this time. pour the rest of the water over the plant (please don’t drown the plant in water) and say:

"Blessed Be!"

Bless and eat your cakes and wine. If your plant is outdoors give your offerings to the plant – if it is indoors or in a pot just leave a crumb and a drop and take the rest outdoors. Cake tends to have sugars in it and it could cause mildew or encourage bugs to live in your plants. Close your circle as usual.

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Tuesday Try A New Taste has been interrupted for Imbolc – Solitary Imbolc Ritual

February 2, 2010 at 10:24 am (Brid, Bride, Brighid, Brigit, Imbolc, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Solitary, Tuesday, Wishing)

Solitaire Imbolc Ritual
by Micheal Hall

Needed:

  • 13 stones
  • 15 candles
  • quarter candles
  • maize (corn meal)
  • female candle
  • small sheaf of grain
  • candle
  • Imbolc incense*
  • loaf of bread (homemade is best)

On your altar place the 13 stones. Within the circle of stones, create a circle using 13 of the candles. Within the circle of candles spread some maize and in that place the female candle to symbolize the Goddess. On the eastern side of the altar place the sheaf of grain with one of the candles inserted inside it.

Dress in your usual ceremonial garb for Magical rites, or skyclad, as you prefer. Before beginning your ritual, bathe in salt-water (using sea salt). As you do so picture the water cleansing your soul and spirit, just as it cleanses your body. When you have dressed, anoint yourself with oil.

When you have prepared yourself, sit in a dim quiet place and light a single, separate candle – not one of the 13 in the circle – and meditate on how at this time of year the Goddess in her fiery aspect as light was welcomed back into the Temples and the Homes of the land. Take this candle and walk slowly to your altar. Place it in the circle of the 13 candles, then light the two altar candles, which are separate from the circle of lights also, and the incense. (Incense should be stick or powdered incense on charcoal in a swinging burner.) Then light all the quarter candles in the 4 directions, starting in the east and going clockwise. Cast your circle in the usual manner, but Invoke the Goddess with the following:

"Sacred womb, giver of the secrets of Life, Mother of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work. I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy.
So Mote It Be
"

And Invoke the God in the following manner:

"Fire of the sky, guardian of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work. I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy.
So Mote It Be
"

(Continue with the circle casting if it is not already finished). Light the 13 candles and then the Goddess candle in the center and say:

"Warm and quickening Light awaken, and bring forth beauty,  for thou art my pleasure and my bounty Lord Osiris and Lady Isis" (or you may substitute whatever names your circle uses for the God and the Goddess – or those you personally prefer).

Reflect a moment on the coming of the light and offer up the incense. Say:

"O Ancient Ones, Timeless Goddess and Sacred King, who art the heralds of springtime and it’s bounties, be with me now in celebration! Hail to Osiris and Isis! Harvest giver and blessed Lady, let this be a time and a place sacred to your power and your beauty.
So Mote It Be
"

Light the candle in the sheaf of grain and hold it up with the loaf of bread in the other hand and say (or the cakes – whatever you or your tradition uses for the cakes and wine/juice ceremony). say:

"My Lord and Lady, as the seed becomes the grain, so the grain becomes the bread. Mark the everlasting value of our seasons and their changes. "

Break a piece of the bread off and burn it as an offering in the central candle. Then say:

"In the deepest Icy Winter the seed of the Earth lies deep within the womb of the Great Mother. The Spring brings the heat of the Father and with their joining comes new life. The completion of the cycle brings food to the children of the world. As I taste the food I shall know the wisdom of the cycles and be blessed with the food of wisdom throughout my life."

Consecrate bread (or cakes) and wine/juice in the usual manner and partake of them, but first raise your chalice or drinking horn and say:

"Hail to thee Isis!
Hail to thee Osiris!
For thou art blessed"

After this, commune in meditation with the Lord and lady for a while, then close the circle in your usual manner.

(Distributed by PAN – the Psychic Awareness Network: 1-703-362-1139 Note by Matrika, co-sysop: this ritual was written by someone I knew from the Boston, MA area a couple of years back. It is based on a combination of the lore of Wicca and some of the afro-Caribbean Diaspora traditions of Paganism and Magic.) (I tried to link the above, but couldn’t find anything on it Sad)

* Imbolc Incense

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Dragon’s Blood
  • 1/2 part Red Sandalwood
  • 1 part Cinnamon

directions to make incense here

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Friday Form A Circle – De-Anna Alba’s Solitary Yule Ritual

December 25, 2009 at 10:55 am (Christmas, Circle, Friday, Lore, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Solitary, Solstice, Winter, Witch, Yule)

De-Anna Alba’s Solitary Yule Ritual
by De-Anna Alba

Yule is perhaps the easiest Pagan holiday for the solitary to celebrate. Practically all of the trappings of Christmas have Pagan origins. This enables you to utilize them without anyone wondering what you are doing. Begin with the tree itself. Of course you can have one if you wish. If you don’t want to sacrifice a tree to the holiday, an artificial one will do. Or, you could buy a small potted tree, use it for the season, and transplant it out in the Spring. It may or may not survive the transplant. If the use of a cut tree is OK with you, I highly recommend cutting your own. That way you can choose one using your Magical intent. Focus on your mission on your way to the grower’s and ask your inner self to recognize the tree that has agreed to sacrifice itself on your behalf. (It may have a special glow, an inner voice may tell you, you may just get a sense that you’ve found the right one.) Take along on offering of some sort to leave at the stump. An offering of herbs or wine would be appropriate. Be sure to thank it for its sacrifice before you start sawing.

Once you get it home, and are ready to do so, decorate it. Here again use your Magical intent and be aware of the symbolism inherent in what you are doing. The tree is an evergreen, reminding us that life is continual. Its color demonstrates that there is life even in this season of death and rest. As you put the lights on the tree remember that they are a bit of Magic encouraging the light of the Sun to return to the world at this, the season of deepest darkness. If you are decorating your tree prior to Yule itself you may wish to leave the lights unlit until Solstice eve in keeping with this symbolism.

If possible, choose or make ornaments in keeping with the seasonal symbolism. Glass ornaments are nice because the lights from the tree will shine through them. Snowflake, solar and lunar ornaments, infant and birthing symbols, reindeer and other animal representations (particularly any totem animals that you might have) are all appropriate. Any ornaments that are family heirlooms or have been given to you by members of your family serve as a reminder of ancestral connections you may have to particular places, cultures, or people. If you ordinarily string popcorn or cranberry garlands for your tree, you could turn this into a Magical act as well. Make each piece, or every so many (say, 13?) represent a wish or a piece of Magic that you’d like to see manifest in the world. Separate each wish/spell with a marker of some sort-a cranberry if stringing popcorn, 3 pieces of popcorn if stringing cranberries, whatever suits your fancy. Put the completed work on the tree. Then, when you turn on the tree lights for the first time, imagine/visualize all those wishes being released into the world to do their work as the Sun begins its return. Know that the spells will gain in strength and power as the Sun increases the light. (After Yule keep what you can of the garlands in a jar. Then burn the contents in your Midsummer fire-the time of the Sun’s greatest strength-in order to end the spells.) Give your gifts to others on the actual day of Yule if you can. You needn’t insist that they open them then if they are Christians and would prefer to wait until Christmas day. Likewise, if you have received any presents from friends or family already, you may wish to open your gifts on Yule. If this would upset family in any way, i.e. if they’re expecting you to open presents with them on Christmas eve or morning, then a good alternative would be to buy yourself a present on Yule. Make it something really nice in honor of the holiday.

The advent wreath is another major part of Christmas trappings that we can reclaim. After all, it’s shaped in a circle, it has four candles which in our case will represent the quarters, and it has a candle in the middle which can represent spirit or the Sun child. If you live alone the four candles can be of the appropriate quarter colors (Air-yellow, Fire-red, Water-blue, Earth-green in most systems, or whatever colors you choose to represent the quarters). The spirit/Sun child candle can be white, purple, or gold, depending on what you think best. If you live with a Christian family you’ll have to make do with the colors they choose. In that case it will be the thought that counts and the words you say in your head that matter. I see the weekly lighting of an advent candle as representing the formation of the Sun child’s body within the pregnant body of the Mother. As each candle is lit, a different portion of the baby’s body is formed and imbued with Magic, strength, and perfection, and I say (or think) words to that effect. A candle is lit each Sun-day for the 4 Sundays preceding Yule. Light the spirit or Sun child candle on Solstice Eve just prior to lighting your tree if you can. If you are a part of a Christian family, light a spirit candle in your room on Solstice Eve to complete the advent spell.

What follows is an example of what you could do and say in lighting the advent wreath if you find it appropriate. If not, say (or think) what you like. The ritual is taken from my book, The Cauldron of Change, Myths, Mysteries and Magick of the Goddess (IL: Delphi Press, ’93), p. 161. In the book the Sun child is seen as female. If you are uncomfortable with that, just change the gender of the pronouns. Prior to the lighting of the first (North) candle, the following prayer to the Goddess is made:

"Dark Shining One, Magna Mater, within Whose womb lies our hope and all possibility, deliver us from darkness into light. Grow great with child and bring to us the child of promise. Re-birth the world."

As the North candle is lit:

"From the mountain’s craggy peaks take rocks to form Her frame. From the subsoil of the plain take clay to flesh it full."

As the East candle is lit:

"From the four winds gather the wisps of a perfect mind."

As the South candle is lit:

"From the volcano’s fiery depths pump blood into Her veins."

As the West candle is lit:

"From the ocean’s vast expanse draw the waters for Your womb and rock Her gently, safe within You."

As the Spirit/Sun child candle is lit:

"Impart to Her a spark from Thy spirit and, at Her birthing, breathe life into Her lungs."

Then say:

"Return to us Thy darling daughter; Return to us the light; Return to us the green and growing and end this lifeless night."

Other than that you’re on your own. Be creative and have fun. If you have children, the myth of Santa Claus is important. He is a remnant of the Lord of Winter, the Horned God, Whose horns are now only apparent on His totemic animal the reindeer or stag. Your children are lucky. Santa Claus can remain real for them all their lives.  Yule is also a good time to stock up on real mistletoe. (Dried, it can be used in a variety of herbal/Magical preparations.) Just be sure to keep it out of the reach of children and pets. It’s poisonous if ingested. In fact, I would recommend not having it in the house at all if your children are under the age of 5. It’s amazing what they get into when you’re not watching, and you want to be sure they are old enough to clearly understand the danger involved in eating the berries. Enjoy the season. Enjoy it all the more knowing that practically everything everyone is doing was first done by Pagans! (Written by De-Anna Alba; from her book The Cauldron of Change, Myths, Mysteries and Magick of the Goddess;

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Friday Form A Circle – StormWing’s Solitary Yule Ritual

December 4, 2009 at 11:46 am (Christmas, Circle, Friday, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Solitary, Winter, Witch, Yule)

StormWing’s Solitary Yule Ritual
By StormWing – this page seems to have disappeared…StormWing if you have a new page, please let me know so I can link 🙂

This Ritual shall be performed during the evening hours, sometime after Sunset. Sweep area, starting in the North and moving deosil, with your magical broom to cleanse the Circle area and "sweep away" any lingering negative energies. Set up the Quarter candles (North-Green, East-Yellow, South-Red, West-Blue) and/or other items symbolizing the elements at the Four Quarters. Set up your altar as desired, and face it to the North, covering it with a red or green altar cloth. Place all of the items listed below in their proper places upon it. For this ceremony, decorate the altar with holly, mistletoe, evergreen, pine cones, ivy, berries, ribbons, and whatever else feels right. Having a Yule Tree nearby the altar will add a lot to the ritual. Along with your usual ritual tools and items, have upon the altar:

  • Red or Green Altar Cloth
  • Holly Sprig (placed upon the altar)
  • Mistletoe Sprig (placed underneath the altar, for use later)
  • Three Candles in Holders for the Triple Goddess (1 White, 1 Red, and 1 Black – arranged around the Cauldron)
  • Cauldron with a Green Candle inside
  • Incense – Any of the following either alone or mixed together to make a Winter Blend: Cinnamon, Myrrh, Cloves, Frankincense, Aloes Wood, and Saffron

When all is set up, take a shower or bath for purification and don your Ritual Robe or other ritual attire. Be sure to wear your Magical jewelry, if you have any. Sit quietly and meditate for a little while – to ground and center. When you feel ready to begin, play some quiet peaceful music for the ritual.

Cast the Circle… Light the God and Goddess candles. Leave all the other candles unlit until the appropriate time within the ritual. Have the green candle placed inside the Cauldron, surrounded by the white, red, and black candles. Also have the sprig of Holly upon the altar, and the Mistletoe sprig tucked away underneath the altar. Sit quietly meditating within the cast Circle for a little while… When you feel ready, begin your ceremony with these words:

"Blessed be the season of Yule. This is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Darkness reigns triumphant, yet gives way and changes to Light. The Sun King has gone into the realms of Death – yet, within the Sacred Cauldron of Rebirth, he is once again transformed into the Newborn Divine Child of Light. Blessed be the young Virgin Goddess who gives to her people tonight a Newborn God. Blessed be the Newborn Sun King."

Pause and reflect on the meaning of this spoke in the Wheel of the Year for a few moments, then continue… saying:

"All is cold, and I await the coming of Dawn. As the Sun rises, the Triple Goddess once more gives birth to the Divine Child. In silence and wonder I stand before the Sacred Cauldron of Rebirth, knowing that one day I too must pass through the Cauldron to be reborn. For this I now give honor to the Triple Goddess."

Light the White candle near the Cauldron, saying:

"White is for the Maiden. Blessed be the Virgin, innocent and fresh. May you plant your seeds of joy and new beginnings within my life."

Light the Red candle near the Cauldron, saying:

"Red is for the Mother. Blessed be the Mother, fertile and loving. May you grant me gifts of creative ideas and the strength to bring them to completion."

Light the Black candle near the Cauldron, saying:

"Black is for the Crone. Blessed be the Crone, powerful and wise. May you give me wisdom to understand the Magical Mysteries."

Light the Green candle inside the Cauldron, saying:

"Green is for the Newborn Lord of the Forests, the Divine Sun Child who comes once more into the world I welcome you, Child and Consort of the Triple Goddess."

Face the North, raise your arms and say:

"Rejoice, O Powers of Earth! Welcome the Divine Child."

Face the East, raise your arms and say:

"Rejoice, O Powers of Air! Welcome the Divine Child."

Face the South, raise your arms and say:

"Rejoice, O Powers of Fire! Welcome the Divine Child."

Face the West, raise your arms and say:

"Rejoice, O Powers of Water! Welcome the Divine Child."

Take up your Athame and banish the Old Year by drawing a banishing Pentagram in the air, saying:

"Farewell to the Old Year. Farewell to the Holly King."

Now draw an invoking Pentagram in the air and say these words:

"Welcome to the New Year. Welcome to the Oak King."

When you are done, replace your Athame on the altar. Next, remove the Holly from the altar and place it out of sight. Then place the Mistletoe, the symbol of the Oak King, on top of the altar in a place of honor. Say these words:

"Blessed be the King of the Waxing Year. I pray you will guide your children safely through to the season of warmth and light."

Take the Goddess candle in your left hand and the God candle in your right, saying these words:

"Tonight the Goddess and God are reunited. Tonight Life begins anew, and Light begins anew. Blessed be the One Light. Blessed be the Divine Force of Creation."

Move the candle flames together so that they are one. Spend a moment reflecting on its meaning, and then replace the candles side by side on the altar. Continue with these words:

"Hail, O God of the Woodlands and New Life! I give you honor and ask your blessing."

Sit in silence to receive His blessing… then continue, saying:

"Hail, Triple Goddess, bringer of Light out of Darkness and New Life out of the Cauldron of Rebirth. I give you honor and ask your blessing."

Again sit in silence to receive Her blessing. Drink from the Chalice, pour a libation to the Lord and the Lady and save some to be put outside for the little people. When you are finished, proceed with the Cakes and Ale Ceremony. followed by Releasing the Circle in your usual manner. The ritual is now over.

(By StormWing, who says: "Portions of the words and actions in my online Wiccan Rituals are inspired by the works of the following authors: Silver RavenWolf, D.J. Conway, Edain McCoy, Scott Cunningham, Starhawk, Margot Adler, Laurie Cabot, Ray Buckland, Amber K, and Pauline & Dan Campanelli, and possibly others…";

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Friday Form A Circle – Stay Up All-Night Yule Ritual

November 27, 2009 at 11:06 am (Christmas, Circle, Crone, Friday, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Solitary, Solstice, Winter, Witch, Yule)

Stay Up All-Night Yule Ritual
by Zyalia, the crone, found on The Dance

At the moment of Solstice light a large (either pillar or tall floor) candle. I use red as it is the Holly King’s time. This should burn itself out towards dawn (hopefully).

"As the long shadows fall
In the dark of Winter’s thrall
Let flame to wick alight
And illume the longest night."

At dusk – light the three candles of the Yule Log. Different Trads use different colored candles. Some use Black, Red and White. I Use Red for the Holly King, White for the Goddess, and Green for the Oak King. From now until dawn, the candles must be kept burning, light each replacement from its predecessor – don’t fall asleep – have company in to keep you awake. Have a party – that’s what I do. Sing, eat, tell stories… be creative…

"Watch we all ’til morn
When the Light shall be reborn
And in creeping measure, day
Replaces night’s cold sway."

At dawn, you may extinguish the Yule Log candles. Greet the fledging Sun … outdoors if possible, as He rises on the first Winter morning.

"As God is of the Goddess born
Upon this first of Winter’s morns
Let Time’s great Wheel turn
And the candle bright flame burn
With the first Great Light ascending
Let the long, dark night be ending."

 

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Friday Form Circle Ancestors Invocation

October 16, 2009 at 10:34 am (Ancestors, Friday, Halloween, Lore, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Saturday, Solitary, Witch)

Ancestors Invocation
By Jennifer Ellison

"We hear your whispered voices
Speaking words of wisdom
Into our unconscious minds.
Your whispers awaken our dreams,
Our hearts,
Our desires.
You who are our ancestors
Who once walked upon the earth
And were part of our shared life eternal,
We praise you with all that is sacred in our lives.
You who planted the seed of knowledge,
You who sought inner peace,
You who claimed your love for the Gods and Goddesses of old,
We give you honor and praise your name.
Grandmother,
Without you I would not be here.
Grandfather,
Without you I would not be here.
People that have come before and gone ahead,
Without you I would not be here.
I give you honor and praise your name.
We ask you for guidance,
For you have the power of knowledge.
You have been born in us,
Part of our being.
We draw upon your strength so that we may move ever forward.
Your footsteps,
We follow as all children will.
You are our family and with all the love in my being,
I give you honor and call your names.
Ancestors,
I praise you with the earth in my palm.
I praise you with the fire in my heart.
I praise you with my breath as I give offerings to your greatness.
I praise you with the blood and water of life within my body.
I call forth for you with honor for all eternity."

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