Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Spell for A Lost Item

I found this in "Green Witchcraft" by Ann Moura. I've used this & it worked.

On a piece of paper, write down the name Benedida*.
Crease it, wave it through the air and snap it closed.
Fold the paper up, saying, "Benedida, I have you here & I will not let you go until you return the missing ________."
Hold the folded paper tightly and place under a leg of a heavy chair (you don't want Benedida to escape).
Go back to looking for what you lost...it will be found.
Thank Benedida for returning your item and unfold the paper & bury it.

*Benedida is the Thracian Moon Goddess

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Casting a Ritual Circle

Casting circle requires that we reenact creation. It takes the tools on the altar and empowers them as the elements of creation - earth air fire water and spirit. Combining them creates the womb of life (water/chalice and salt/earth) and the spark of creation (blade/will and air/consciousness). The element of Spirit may be our Gods or it may be our own divine spark. Together they create the circle of life and our sacred space.

Light the incense and say:
Blessed be thou creature of Air.

Fill chalice with water or red wine, hold up to sky and say:
Blessed Be thou creature of Water.

Pick up dish of salt and hold up to sky and say:
Blessed Be thou creature of Earth.

Pick up athame with right hand (two fingers extended) and say:
Blessed Be thou creature of Fire.

With athame mix three blades/pinches of salt into the chalice. With left hand pick up chalice (feminine principle). Stir with athame (masuline principle) and say:

Salt and Water, Inner and Outer, Body and Soul, Be cleansed!
Cast out all that is harmful! Take in all that is good and healing!
By the Powers of the Triple Goddess! By the Powers of the Dual God!
So Mote it be.

Using the athame sprinkle the altar and the tools with the blessed water saying:

May this athame be purified.
May these tools and this altar be purified and consecrated.

Take up the chalice. Visualize energy and thoughts as a stream pouring from your third eye into the water. When there are no more, picture the blessed water transforming the water into an intense blue. The blue glows. When the blue radiance is bright, sip of the water and feel the radiance within you. This is now the pure Waters of Life.

Blessed Be!

Optional: You may use the salt water to purify those entering into the in the circle. Sprinkle some on their crown chakra...

Be purified for this ritual.

TRACING THE CIRCLE
Now that you have the tools of creation you may use them to create your sacred space - a place of balance between our world and the divine world.

Pick up the athame and trace the circle clockwise. This is your sacred area. Visualize energy - your will - running out of your hand and through the tip of the athame creating a protective sphere of energy.

As you stop at each Watchtower you invoke the corresponding elemental guardian. Use your energy as a silent call to the powers of that element (Guardians or Elementals) to protect and watch over you.

ELEMENTAL INVOCATIONS
Face East. Raise Athame to the sky, trace an East invoking pentagram with athame…

Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East
Powers of Air, I invoke you and call you.
Rising sun of hope, come!
By the air that is Her breath, send forth Your light!
Be with me now!

Trace circle in air to the South, trace a South invoking pentagram with athame…

Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South
Powers of Fire, I invoke you and call you.
Flaming ones, Spark of life, come!
By the fire that is Her spirit, send forth Your flame
Be with me now!

Trace circle in air to the West, trace a West invoking pentagram with athame…

Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West
Powers of Water, I invoke you and call you.
Whelming waves, water of life, come!
By the waters of the Living Womb, send forth Your flow
Be with me now!

Trace circle in air to the North, trace a North invoking pentagram with athame…

Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North
Powers of Earth, Cornerstone of all power I invoke and call you.
Fertile field, towering mountain come!
By the earth that is Her body, send forth Your strength
Be with me now!

(Complete the circle)

PURIFICATION OF THE WATCHTOWERS
Place the athame on the altar. Pick up the chalice trace circle again draw invoking pentagram at each Power

With salt and water I purify the east/south/west/north

CHARGING OF THE WATCHOTERS
Place chalice on altar and pick up incense. Trace circle a last time. Draw invoking pentagrams at each Power

With fire and air I charge the east/south/west/north

Place incense on altar.

INVOKING THE GOD AND GODDESS
The universe is a balanced place. Of Birth and Death, of Male anf Female. The circle is complete when both potentials are present. We see this as calling in the Divine which used the elements of creation to give birth and at the same time was creator of the elements.

Approach the main altar and pickup up the athame in right hand and the Wand in left hand.

    Great Eternal Mother,
    Source of all Life,
    Earth and Center of the Universes,
    Hear the voice of one who loves you.

    Be with me, Wise Mother
    Teach me Your secret wisdom
    Hold me in Your star swept arms
    Infuse me with the power of Your all-loving spirit
    I die, I am born with You, and I die
    The cycle never ceases, and so I am fulfilled

    Join me in this Circle. Guide my heart and mind to union with You
    I call You Mother of All, be with me now!


    Gentle Dummuzi,
    God of Life and Sacrifice
    who dies each year that we might be nourished,
    Son and lover of the Mother,
    Hear the voice of one who loves You.

    Be with me Eternal Father
    Teach me Your compassion.
    Protector and warrior; keep me safe from harm
    Send us the grain from the fields and the rain from the clouds
    Infuse me with the power of Your all-loving spirit and so I am fulfilled.

    Guard me in this Circle. Guide my heart and mind to union with You.
    I call You Gentle God, be with me now!
    Blessed Be

Light the candle in the cauldron (this represents the prescence of spirit)

I am between worlds and between time.
Where life and Death,Day and Night, Joy and Sorrow
Meet as One.
The circle is cast,
The fire is lit,
The ritual is begun.

ENDING THE RITUAL/CLOSING THE CIRCLE

Thank the Lord and Lady: Approach the altar and state the following:

Lady and Lord,source of all, I thank you
For Your presence,
For Your circle,
For light and love,
For this night of change.
I ask Your blessing as You depart.
Blessed Be!

Extinguish the spirit candle.

Dismiss the Watchtowers: Go to each direction and state the following while taking down Circle

Hail and farewell Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East ,South, West, North
Powers of Air, Fire, Water, Earth, I thank you for joining this Circle
I ask Your blessings as you depart
May there be peace between us, now and forever. Blessed Be!

Opening circle: Gather all participants together, grasp hands and state the following

The circle is open, but unbroken
May the peace of the Goddess
Go in my(our) heart(s)
Merry meet, merry met, and merry meet again!
Blessed Be.

Esbat Rit for Solitaries


(Entries below in bold are to be spoken.)

Enter the circle from the northeast and move deosil (clockwise) while singing the chant:

We all come from the Goddess And to her we shall return Like a drop of rain Flowing to the ocean.

Chant and dance round the circle thrice.
Light the God and Goddess candles, reciting:

R: Our Lord is the Sun. He brings forth light. He has dominion over all; he is power and might.
L: Our Lady is the Moon. She brings forth the night.
She controls man’s soul. She is wisdom and insight.

Bless the elements and consecrate the altar/tools:

Salt and water, Earth and life,
Spirit and body be blessed and cleansed.

Consecrate the elements, holding each overhead before placing on pentacle:

Creature of Water, cast away all that is impure and unclean.
Creature of Salt, cast out all malignity and let only good enter this space.

Hold athame above head, pointing toward sky, then pointing to altar:


Blessed and purified be this athame and all the tools upon this altar. So mote it be.


Mix three scoops of salt into the water while they are each on the pentagram, then recite:


Ever mind that water and salt purify the body. So Mote It Be.


Cast the Sacred Circle:

I conjure and create thee, O circle of power, that shall be a boundary between the world of men and the realm of the might ones, a sphere of protection that shall preserve and contain all powers raised within. I bless and consecrate thee O circle of power, to be a place of peace and love. So mote it be!


Ring the bell thrice.

Call the quarters, invite the Guardians, drawing invoking pentagrams (shown below) at the end of each call and then intone the names of the directions: Notus, Eurus, Zephyrus, Boreus.
Invocation prayer:

Lunar Mistress, sweet and mild,

I am your priest[ess], but still your child.

Enter here on this your night

And bless the working in this rite.


Cerridwen [or whatever Goddess you may want to work with], I seek your presence at my side.

Once more time the moon has turned

And through your guidance much is learned,

We hear your whispers on night winds

As your light above us shines down again.


Cerridwen, come join me now in this rite.

You know all, without and within,

Your mysteries unfold if we dare take them in.

For you are Goddess, mother of all,

I pray thee now to come as I call.

Cerridwen, walk this circle at my side.

Descend and join me in this hour,

So we may walk in your light and power,

As you are queen of the heavens and earth,

I thank you for my spirit and my birth.

Cerridwen, let us proceed together.


Now the intention, or 'petition,'' of the ritual and any planned magickal working is stated.
Once the working is in place, raise energy through chant and dance around the circle. As you proceed, imagine and see in your mind's eye what you are trying to accomplish already existing in the form you seek. As you finish, send your wave of energy to the deities on their planes.

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innna

Ground remaining energy.


The Right of Union is now performed.

Holding the chalice, filled with liquid of choice recite:


My Lord is the power and force of all life, Through my Lady all life flows.

Hold blade of athame inside the chalice.

As the lance is to the male, So the grail is to the female, Together they are joined and become one, In truth, power and wisdom.

Take a sip. Now place the plate on the pentacle.


Heavenly Lord and Lunar Lady, Honor me now and bless this [whatever it is]. So Mote It Be!

Eat and drink, but it's important to place some of your treat aside for offering to the spirits. Usually, this can best be done by pouring them onto the earth outside in some appropriate spot.


Share your thoughts with the deities in some moments of refection before beginning to close the rite.


Dismiss the deities. If you have invoked specific Gods or Goddesses, you may want to thank and dismiss them separately.


Goddess and God, as ere we part,
I thank you now with all my heart, We shared much tonight In our circle and in sacred rite. Now I bid ye, stay if you will, leave if you must. Hail and farewell! Blessed Be!

Begin to close down the circle. Extinguish the God and Goddess candles, stating:


L: Our Lady the Moon brought forth the light. She now recedes into the night. R: Our Lord the Sun brought forth his power. He now claims the darkness from this hour.

Ring the bell.

Dismiss the Guardians and close the quarters, starting with Earth (north) and proceeding widdershins (counterclockwise), drawing banishing pentagrams in the air with athames or fingers (banishing pent shown above) above each quarter.

Take up the circle, stating:


O circle of power that has been a boundary between the world of men and the realm of the Mighty Ones, that has served to preserve and contain all energy raised within, I now recall and take up your force and power. So mote it be!

The circle is open but never broken.
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