Imbolc 2010

First Speaker (raise dish of salt):
“Goddess bless this creature of Earth into your service.”

Second Speaker (raise bowl of water):
“Goddess bless this creature of Water into your service.”

Both Together (add salt to water, set salt dish down then raise bowl of saltwater together):
“Salt and Water join to purify our bodies for the Goddess.
Salt and Water join to purify this sacred space for the Goddess.”
Place saltwater on altar.

Third Speaker (raise unlit incense):
“God bless this creature of Air into your service.”

Fourth Speaker (raise lit candle):
“God bless this creature of Fire into your service.”

Both Together (light incense with candle, set candle down and raise incense together):
“Air and Fire join to purify our spirits for the God.
Air and Fire join to purify this sacred space for the God.”
Place incense on altar.

High Priest or Priestess says:
I cast this circle hand to hand, in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.
Each person take hands one by one clockwise saying:
Hand to hand in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

When complete – High Priest or Priestess says:
“I consecrate this circle to the Goddess and God.
Here may They manifest and bless Their children.”
Raise Hands, still linked – High Priest or Priestess, or Guide says:
“This is a time that is not a time, in a place that is not a place, on a day that is not a day.
We stand at the threshold between the worlds, before the veil of Mysteries.
May the Divine help and Protect us on our journey.”

First Speaker takes salt water from the alter and participants are one by one anointed with the salt water on the brow as the remainder of the circle chant:
“Be anointed. Be purified.”
When everyone has been anointed the Second Speaker takes the salt water and anoints the First Speaker.

Third Speaker takes the incense and feather from the alter and participants are one by one ‘smudged’ with the incense (the incense smoke is wafted at the person with the feather)  as the remainder of the circle chant:
“Be anointed. Be purified.”
When everyone has been anointed the Fourth Speaker takes the incense and anoints the Third Speaker.

Call Quarters:
All face the East and raise arms, Eastern Caller says:
“Hail East and Dawn,
Hail Spring,
Hail Element of Air!
We welcome you and all your mastery.
Join us in our rites.
Merry Meet!”

All face the South and raise arms, Southern Caller says:
“Hail South and Noon,
Hail Summer,
Hail Element of Fire!
We welcome you and all your mastery.
Join us in our rites.
Merry Meet!”

All face the West and raise arms, Western Caller says:
“Hail West and Twilight,
Hail Autumn,
Hail Element of Water!
We welcome you and all your mastery.
Join us in our rites.
Merry Meet!”

All face the North and raise arms, Northern Caller says:
“Hail North and Midnight,
Hail Winter,
Hail Element of Earth!
We welcome you and all your mastery.
Join us in our rites.
Merry Meet!”

Call to the Goddess & God:
All face the center and raise arms, Preistess says:
“Lady Brigid!
Your children call;
Join us in celebration of the coming light.
Bright Arrow guide us true!
Be with us as we dance the cycles.
Your poetry on our lips,
Healing in our hearts,
Craft in our hands.
Lady Brigid,
Be you adored!
Merry meet!”

All face the center and raise arms, Preist says:
“Angus Mac Og!
Your children call;
Join us in celebration of the coming light.
Young Son brighten our days!
Be with us as we dance the cycles.
Your music on our lips,
Love in our hearts,
Beauty about us.
Angus Mac Og,
Be you adored!
Merry meet!”

Sabbat Invocation:
“The earth flutters with the beginnings of new life at Imbolc. We see her stir from the slumber of winter. Awake, Maiden, your Young Lord calls. Join him in the dance of renewal. Make ready the fields and forests with your dawning abandon. Prepare us for the coming of spring.
We have traveled the caves of winter, deep in planning and introspection. Now we see the growing light. It beckons to us, come, join the new cycle. First we must purify ourselves, our minds and our spirits. Cleansed and refreshed we will greet the Maiden and Young Lord.”

Crafts & Spellwork

Cakes & Ale:
Lift the plate of cakes and say:
“May the Goddess bless these cakes as the fruit of her womb.”

Lift the chalice of wine and say:
“May the God bless this wine as the fruit of his body.”

Priest or Preistess Says: (from http://heartsongshymnal.blogspot.com)
“My wish for you…
May you know enough sadness
to deepen your joy.
May you experience fear
that you may know your own courage.
May you feel loneliness
that you may cherish company.
May you be acquainted with death
that you may live fully.
May you experience hunger
that you may understand enough.
May you thirst just enough
to sweeten your cup.”

Pass the plate of cakes around the circle clockwise. The person handing the cakes off says:
“My sister/brother (as appropriate), may you never hunger.”
The person receiving the plate takes a cake and replies:
“May you always be sustained.”
The plate continues around the circle in this manner.

Pass the chalice around the circle clockwise. The person handing the chalice off says:
“My sister/brother (as appropriate), may you never thirst.”
The person receiving the chalice takes a drink and replies:
“May you always be sustained.”
The chalice continues around the circle in this manner.

When everyone has partaken in the cakes and ale say (from The Spiral Dance by Starhawk):
“All life is your own,
All fruits of the earth
Are fruits of your womb,
Your union, your dance.
Goddess and God
We thank you for blessings and abundance.
Join with us,
Feast with us,
Enjoy with us!
Blessed be.”

Thanks to Goddess & God:
All face the center and raise arms, Preist says:
“Angus Mac Og!
The thanks of your children.
Continue with us as we dance the cycles.
Your presence and blessings upon our days.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Angus Mac Og,
Be you adored!
Blessed Be!”

All face the center and raise arms, Preistess says:
“Lady Brigid!
The thanks of your children.
Continue with us as we dance the cycles.
Your presence and blessings upon our days.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Lady Brigid,
Be you adored!
Blessed Be!”

Thanks to Quarters:
All face the North and raise arms, Northern Caller says:
“Our thanks to you North and Midnight,
Our thanks Winter,
Our thanks Element of Earth!
Our thanks to your presence and your mastery.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Blessed Be!”

All face the West and raise arms, Western Caller says:
“Our thanks West and Twilight,
Our thanks Autumn,
Our thanks Element of Water!
Our thanks to your presence and your mastery.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Blessed Be!”

All face the South and raise arms, Southern Caller says:
“Our thanks South and Noon,
Our thanks Summer,
Our thanks Element of Fire!
Our thanks to your presence and your mastery.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Blessed Be!”

All face the East and raise arms, Eastern Caller says:
“Our thanks East and Dawn,
Our thanks Spring,
Our thanks Element of Air!
Our thanks to your presence and your mastery.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Blessed Be!”

Open Circle:
Join hands.
High Priest or Priestess says:
“This is blessed by the Goddess and God. The circle is open yet it ever remains a circle. Around us and through us always flows its magical power. As around us and through us always flow the blessings and love of the Divine. In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust we depart.”

Hands are released starting with the Guide and going counter-clockwise. As each person releases say:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

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