Imbolc 2011

High Priestess, sweeping widdershins around the ritual area:
“We sweep away all negativity from this circle and from ourselves.
We release negativity from our thoughts.
Within this circle, only positive energy remains.
We are safe and guarded within this sacred space.”

Priestess, asperging desoil with salt/water:
“We purify this circle with earth and water.
We purify with the blessed earth.
We purify with the cauldron waters of rebirth.
We purify this circle with the gifts of our Goddess.”

Priest, smudging desoil with lit incense:
“We purify this circle with fire and air.
We purify with the fire of creation.
We purify with the spirit winds.
We purify this circle with the gifts of our God.”

All stand at the edges of the ritual space.
High Priestess:
“Hand to hand we cast the circle,”
The priestess walks desoil to the next person in the circle and takes their hand saying:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

They continue around the circle, walking to the next person and as each person clasps the hand to their left they say:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

High Priestess, raising her hands, still linked, group follows:
“We cast the circle round and round,
from earth to sky,
from sky to ground.
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 consecrate this circle of power to the Goddess and God.
Here may they manifest and bless their children.
As we stand before the veil of mysteries.
May the Lord and Lady help and protect us on our magical journey.”

Unlink hands.

All face West, West Caller:
“Elements of Water,
Healing river,
Power of mystery.
We call you to witness our rites and guard this circle.”

All face North, North Caller:
“Elements of Earth,
Eternal strength,
Power of life.
We call you to witness our rites and guard this circle.”

All face East, East Caller:
“Elements of Air,
Tower of knowledge,
Power of intuition.
We call you to witness our rites and guard this circle.”

All face South, South Caller:
“Elements of Fire,
Force of will,
Power of creation.
We call you to witness our rites and guard this circle.”

All face center, High Priestess:
“This circle is bound,
With power all around.
Between the worlds we stand,
With protection close at hand.”

Call to the Goddess & God:
All face the center and raise arms, Priestess 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 (High Priestess):
“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 (Priest):
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.”

Priestess 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 (Priestess):
“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, Priest 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, Priestess 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 South, South Caller:
“Elements of Fire,
Force of will,
Power of creation.
We thank you for your presence.
Go if you must, stay if you will.
Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.”

All face East, East Caller:
“Elements of Air,
Tower of knowledge,
Power of intuition.
We thank you for your presence.
Go if you must, stay if you will.
Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.”

All face North, North Caller:
“Elements of Earth,
Eternal strength,
Power of life.
We thank you for your presence.
Go if you must, stay if you will.
Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.”

All face West, West Caller:
“Elements of Water,
Healing river,
Power of mystery.
We thank you for your presence.
Go if you must, stay if you will.
Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.”

Join hands. Priestess:
“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 Priestess and going counter-clockwise. As each person releases say:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

 

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