Samhain 2009

Casting the circle:
We cast this circle thrice about,
As above, so below.
We stand at the threshold between worlds,
In a time that is not a time,
In a place that is not a place,
On a day that is not a day.
Before the Veil of Mysteries.

We consecrate this circle to the Dark Goddess and Master of The Hunt.
She who takes life and prepares us for rebirth.
He who is sacrifice and eternity.
Here may they manifest and bless their children.
This circle is now sealed.
So mote it be.

Quarter Calls:
Hail Guardians of the West,
Element of Water,
We welcome your mystery
And your intuition.
Join and watch over us,
Merry Meet!

Hail Guardians of the North,
Element of Earth,
We welcome your stability
And your creativity.
Join and watch over us,
Merry Meet!

Hail Guardians of the East,
Element of Air,
We welcome your breath
And your knowledge.
Join and watch over us,
Merry Meet!

Hail Guardians of the South,
Element of Fire,
We welcome your lust
And your inspiration.
Join and watch over us,
Merry Meet!

Invocation to the Goddess:
Dark Goddess,
Hear us this Samhain night!
Mother of death and cauldron of rebirth.
Be with us for the start of a new cycle, new circle, new year.
Help us wash away the old and welcome the new.
Welcome Lady!
Blessed Be!

Invocation to the God:
Master of The Hunt,
Hear us this Samhain night!
Collector of souls and spiral guide.
Be with us for the start of a new spiral, new cycle, new year.
Help us sacrifice that which is gone to welcome the new.
Welcome Lord!
Blessed Be!

Purpose:
Samhain is the final harvest sabbat of the year.
It also marks the end of the old year and the beginning of the new for the ancient celtic and norse peoples.

Tonight we give our thanks to the Dark Goddess.
We see her everywhere this time of year, stooped over her cauldron of knowledge and rebirth.
This is the waning year and the Dark Goddess rules in her guise as the crone, the wicked witch.
If you fear death then she is wicked, but she is there as the guardian of rebirth, and not to be a nightmare’s image, she is the path to more, she is the path of all knowledge.
Just as the maiden must become the mother, the mother must become the crone, and the crone must enter the cauldron to be reborn.
So we give thanks to the Dark Goddess for the knowledge she offers.

Tonight we give our thanks to the Master of The Hunt.
Tonight he rides across the sky and brings together the souls of the departed to take them back to the cauldron, through the spiral of rebirth.
He is the harvest, and this is his final for the year.
As the sun wanes so does his power, but he shall be reborn soon, bringing with him the sun and new crops.
He is the guide, not the harbinger of death, it is he who helps the departed navigate to be reborn.
So we give thanks to the Master of the Hunt for the harvest he offers.

Thanks:
As this is a harvest festival and the end of the year it seems appropriate to give thanks.
As we pass around the cauldron lift it high and say what you are thankful for this year.
Don’t be shy, the cauldron can go around and around.

Cakes and Ale:
-lift the place high and say:
We eat these cakes in praise to the Goddess, created from the grains of her earth. May you never hunger!

-lift the chalice high and say:
We drink this wine in praise of the God, created from the fruits of his summer. May you never thirst!

Blessings for the New Year:
The weather is getting colder and it begins time for introspection. Look inside and look to the Goddess and God for counsel in the coming winter months. This year is over, and the new year is full of possibilities. Spend the cold season planning so that in the spring you can plant all your well incubated desires and bring them to a fruitful harvest.
(clockwise annoint each persons forehead with apple essential oil and draw an invoking pentagram in front of them.)

Thanks and Farewell to the God:
Master of The Hunt,
We thank you for joining in our circle.
We thank you for being our guide on the spiral.
Go if you must,
stay if you will.
Blessed be!

Thanks and Farewell to the Goddess:
Dark Goddess,
We thank you for joining in our circle.
We thank you for your wisdom and knowledge.
Go if you must,
stay if you will.
Blessed be!

Dismiss the Quarters:
Guardians of the South,
Powers of Fire,
We thank you for joining in our circle.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Blessed Be!

Guardians of the East,
Powers of Air,
We thank you for joining in our circle.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Blessed Be!

Guardians of the North,
Powers of Earth,
We thank you for joining in our circle.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Blessed Be!

Guardians of the West,
Powers of Water,
We thank you for joining in our circle.
Go if you must,
Stay if you will.
Blessed Be!

Close the Circle:
Our circle is now open,
But always remains unbroken.
Our blessings made,
Our will heard.
To new beginnings!
To wisdom and inspiration!
Blessed Be!

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