Litha 2011

Circle Casting, High Priestess:
“Hand to hand we cast the circle,”
The priestess walks to the next person in the circle and takes the hand to her left.
“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 consecrate this circle of power to the Goddess and God.
Here may they manifest and bless their children.
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 come now to celebrate Litha!
We stand before the veil of mysteries.
May the Lord and Lady help and protect us on our magical journey.”
Unlink hands.

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

Greeting to the Goddess, Priestess:
“We give greetings to the Goddess of things wild, of trees, of skies and of waters.
We do call upon you, lovely Lady, to be here with us and witness our rites.
Be with us in our celebrations of the turning of your year.

Greeting to the God, Priest:
“We give greetings to the God of the wild, of beasts, of vine, of skies and of fire.
We do call upon you, gracious Lord, to be here with us and witness our rites.
Be with us in our celebrations of the turning of your year.”

Invocation, Priestess:
“When the soggy Spring has ended,
And the sun is riding high,
And the Summer King’s a father
With no clue he’s soon to die,
Then the people of the RedeTake a rest from daily toil
To laugh and dance and run bare feet
Through briefly sacred soil.
The May Queen’s now a Mother;
The Yule Queen’s now the Crone;
And last year’s May Queen is reborn
And waits year’s end to claim her own.
The planting is well ended,
And the harvest’s far away;
There’s no war on the horizon
To spoil a poor man’s day.
Spend a moment in the moment
Underneath the summer sky
And dream of endless summer
While the sun is riding high.

Marriage of Qualities Bouquets, High Priestess:
“June is the most popular month for marriage in the United States. Many people want their weddings outdoors at a time that the world is beautiful and warm. In our traditions we have the Goddess and God combining their powers and love with the height of the Summer Solstice. To mimic this union, I invite you all to create bouquets of flowers. The flowers here correspond with summer and with the solstice. Many of them feature prominently in modern weddings as well.”
“We have also gathered ribbon. Once you have your bouquet take the time to think on two qualities you would like to have married in your life. Whether they are harmonious or opposites that you need to manifest write them out on the ribbons and wrap or tie them to your bouquet.”

“Now that we have our bouquets, let us infuse them with the energy of the Solstice.”

Group chants:
“Mimic,
Manifest,
Gather,
Grow.”
When the power is at it’s peak, the Priestess says:
“Power Peaks, now release!”
On –release- point palms at the flowers pushing the energy into them.

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:
“My wish for you…
May you know enough sadnessto deepen your joy.
May you experience fearthat you may know your own courage.
May you feel lonelinessthat you may cherish company.
May you be acquainted with death that you may live fully.
May you experience hungerthat you may understand enough.
May you thirst just enoughto 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.”

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.”

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.”

Thanks to Goddess & God:
All face the center and raise arms, Priest:
“Lord, Father, God,
Your children thank you.
Our rites and our lives are more sacred because of your presence in them.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Know you are always welcome in our lives.
Blessed Be.”

All face the center and raise arms, Priestess:
“Lady, Mother, Goddess,
Your children thank you.
Our rites and our lives are more sacred because of your presence in them.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Know you are always welcome in our lives.
Blessed Be.”

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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