C: Entering the Ethereal
Visualization is one very important key of casting. Reinforce your visualization of the circle at every quarter. It is good practice to visualize the circle once around without speech and then a second time with speech, keep practicing until you can both visualize and speak at the same time clearly and strongly.
As you cast the circle-speak [all bold-italics] loudly, firmly and clearly...
"I conjure thee, o'circle of power, that thou beest a meeting place of strength, truth and knowledge. To be a shield against all wickedness and malevolence; a boundary between the world of human beings and Tir Na Scaith. A rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the powers that shall rise within thee. Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee in the names of Lugh Lámhfhada and Danu ."
Return to the altar. Place the salt container on the pentacle-disc, hold the athame with both hands-tip down toward the salt and lower onto the salt and speak...
"Blessings be upon this creature of salt; let all hindrance be cast forth hencefrom, let all beneficence enter herein; wherefore do I bless thee, that thou mayest aid me in the name of the Goddess Danu."
Set the salt aside or have an assistant hold the container as you 'purify' and 'charge' the water. Fill a chalice half-way with water, place the chalice of water on the pentacle disc. Hold the athame firmly with both hands-point down and lower the tip into the water and speak...
"I exorcise thee, o'creature of water, that thou cast out from thee all impurities and uncleanliness of the spirits-phantasm; in the name of the Goddess Danu."
Pour the salt into the chalice of water. Stir the mixture with the athame and place athame on the pentacle disc. Stand (if kneeling) hold chalice with both hands face the North-west and speak...
"O' Great Danu, mother who guides and protects us, we honor and praise thee."
Either sprinkle the mixture around the perimeter of the circle or have the assistant do it for you. Do not use all the mixture, as it will be used later for consecrations. Return mixture to altar. As above, purify the incense.(Place on pentacle-disc put tip of athame into it) and speak...
"Blessing's be upon this creature of air; let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hencefrom, let all beneficence enter herein; wherefore do I bless thee in the name of the God Lugh Lámhfhada [Nuada Argatlámh*]."
Place the incense container aside (or give it to the assistant). Place burner on altar, place athame over the burner and lower it over the burner and speak...
"I bless thee o'creature of fire and consecrate thee in the name of the God Lugh Lámhfhada [Nuada Argatlámh]."
Clean off the athame and return it to the altar. Sprinkle some incense into the burner and cover it. Holding the burner by a chain, rise face the North-east and speak...
"O'Great Lugh Lámhfhada [Nuada Argatlámh], father who gives us strength and wisdom, we honor and praise thee".
Holding the chain circle the perimeter of the circle. Swing and interweave between all persons present after circling perimeter then circle self and assistant. Return the burner to altar replenish incense as needed.
D: Create Bridge to Otherworld
The ritual leader faces West, steps forward (1'ft or so) raises arms in welcome and speaks...
"We call to thee O' Great Manannan Mac Lir, Lord of Tir fa Thon. We ask of thee-let the four castle gates be opened. Here within this sacred temple may the Tuatha de Danaan manifest and be made welcome. O' Great Oirbsean, grandfather we honor and praise thee."
E: Consecration of the Four Treasures
The four treasures are magic
tools of focus and concentration. The presence of these tools
invoke great power into our subconscious minds. The four treasures
have a place both in Irish and Arthurian mythology, the holy
grail, the sword Excalibur, even the spear of Longinus. Can easily
be related to the Irish treasures of the Tuatha de Danaan. In
the Leabhar Gabala (book of invasions) there is a story called
the coming of the people of the Goddess Dana (or the God Don).
In this story the Tuatha de Danaan come to Ireland from the North
'shrouded in a druid mist'. They brought four treasures
from their ' cities of knowledge, where they fight their battle
of learning' From Gorias came the Spear of Lugh, from Findias
the Sword of Nuada, from Murias the Cauldron of In Daghda and
from Falias came the Lia Fal-or stone of destiny.
Each treasure is consecrated and placed in it's proper place at the respective direction point (Spear=East, Sword=South etc.). To insure that the consecrated treasures are physically and psychically protected, some precautions are advised:
1. When the items have been
initially consecrated and associated with a particular Coven,
that item stays with the Coven forever. Should a more suitable
representation be found to replace another the old item should
be ceremonially 'separated' from the Coven-as not to leave any
psychic-magickal connection between the item and the Coven.
1. Consecration of the four treasures.
The priest uncovers the [Sword, Spear, Chalice] and places it on the pentacle, laying his(her) right hand on the treasure speaks...
"Danu and Lugh deign to bless and to consecrate this hallowed [Sword, Spear, Chalice] that it may obtain the necessary virtues through you for all acts of power and protection."
The Priest sprinkles the item with salt+water mixture. Then passes it through incense. It is replaced on pentacle disc, and the priest speaks...
"Danu and Lugh bless this item prepared in your honor."
The item is then carried to it's proper quarter (Sword is South, Cauldron is West, etc) where it is placed on a stand covered in the proper color. The priest raises hands in welcome and speaks...
Sword: "We call upon thee lord Uscias, master of poetry of Findias. To evoke within our circle poetic inspiration. So that our words may endow us with lordly rule. Behold the Sword of Nuada!"
Cauldron: "We call upon thee lord Senias, master of knowledge of Murias. To evoke within our circle wisdom and knowledge. So that we may feast upon the nine hazels of inspiration. Behold the cauldron of In Daghda!"
Spear: "We call upon thee lord Esras, master of noble nature of Gorias. To evoke within our circle certain victory. So that we may overcome all obstacles and win all battles; physical, mental and spiritual. Behold the Spear of In Lugh Lámhfhada!"
The priest returns to the altar, turns a complete circle, with left palm open toward front and pointing down with index and middle finger and right palm open toward back and pointing upward with index and middle fingers deosil and speaks...
"As above, so below."
The Lia Fal: "We call upon thee lord Morfessa, master of virtue of Falias. To evoke within our circle ultimate protection and destine power, so we may ground and center all energies raised within this our sacred temple. So that we may overcome all obstacles and win all battles; physical, mental and spiritual. Behold the Lia Fal, the stone of destiny!"
F. Calling the Elemental Spirits.
Light a designated tapered candle from altar. Hold until well lit and proceed to walk clockwise and light the East candle and speak...
"Ye spirits of An Caislean na aer, [e(N)/kus-l-a:N/Ne/e:r] ye Sylphs of air. We do summon, stir and call you forth to evoke our rite and to guard this circle." -Draw invoking Air pentigram (see figure 1.4A) in space between you and the candle. Begin just below eye level from your right shoulder (1) follow an imaginary line across to your left shoulder (2) angle downward to your right hip (3) continue upward to your forehead (4) then downward to your left hip (5) and finally back to your right shoulder connect the pentacle (6)--coven copies gestures. Continue clockwise with tapered candle and light the South candle and speak...
"Ye spirits of An Caislean na tine, [e(N)/kus-l-a:N/Ne/t-in-e] ye salamanders of fire. We do summon, stir and call you forth to evoke our rite and to guard this circle." -Draw invoking pentigram (see figure 1.4F) in space between you and the candle. --coven copies gestures.
"Ye spirits of An Caislean na uisce, [e(N)/kus-l-a:N/Ne/is-k-ee] ye Nereids of water. We do summon, stir and call you forth to evoke our rite and to guard this circle." -Draw invoking pentigram (see figure 1.4W) in space between you and the candle--coven copies gestures.
"Ye spirits of An Caislean na talamh, [e(N)/kus-l-a:N/Ne/ta:Le] ye Gnomes of earth. We do summon, stir and call you forth to evoke our rite and to guard this circle." -Note: No invoking pentigram is drawn in front of altar.
Wait a second or two, relax-then evoke the Major Deities: Lugh Lámhfhada (or Nuada Argatlámh) and Danu.
*In ACS the male god is divided into two faces of the same god; a God of light and harvest, the corn god: Lugh Lámhfhada and a God of war, winter, death and decay: Nuada Argatlámh. For further information visit the Sabbats page.
Light the right (male-black candle) and speak...
Lugh Lámhfhada: "We call to the sidh of Rodruban-and evoke thou powerful God, Lugh Lámhfhada, great 'Shining One' we do call thee here to bring within this circle your great strength and guidance. An mohr Ollathair; our great father we welcome thee with great honor".
Nuada Argatlámh: "We call to the sidh of Almu-and evoke thou powerful God, Nuada Argatlámh, great 'Cloudmaker' we do call thee here to bring within this circle your great strength and guidance. An mohr Olluncail; our great uncle we welcome thee with great honor".
Light the left-white candle and speak...
Danu: "We call to the mountains Da Chich Anann-and evoke thou beautiful Goddess, Danu, we do call thee here to bring to this circle protection and wisdom. An mohr Ollmathair; our great mother we welcome thee with great respect."