C: Entering the Ethereal

The altar is prepared with the appropriate color and decorations, then the sacred tools are placed on it. Place the element candles near the altar.
The circle should be drawn out before the ritual begins. Measure out a 13' ft circumference (6.5' ft radius) circle and find true North, using a compass can help. Place the green candle at the edge of the circle at it's North point, continue and place the yellow candle at the East point, red at the South and blue at the West. Before the circle is cast-light the charcoal, when it is burning well, place it in the burner. Make sure everything is ready. Read the ritual carefully and make sure all items needed are within the circle area. When ready use the athame begin in the North (Start at the altars far left edge) and using the candles as markers 'draw' the circle enclosing the sacred space. Visualize a light blue sphere surrounding the circle that penetrates the floor and extends above you. (see figure below) complete a 360 degree turn. (Finish at the altar's far right edge)

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.

The magick sphere Cast circle clockwise

Figure 1.2

Figure 1.3

Orthographic veiw

Aerial veiw
Visualizing the circle Casting the circle

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."

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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.

These four treasures among other things represent the seasons, the elements, the directions, the four arts and hold four magickal powers:

1. The Spear: Guidance and direction, Straight and victorious; removes all obstacles.
2. The Sword: Strength and power. War, rulership and destruction of opposition.
3. The Cauldron: Wisdom and renewal. Initiation, rebirth, health, knowledge and transformation.
4. The Lia Fal: Protection and kingship. Sovereignty, truth, justice and destiny.

 Treasure  Season  Element  Direction  Art
 The Spear  Spring  Air  East-Gorias  Nobility
 The Sword  Summer  Fire  South-Findias  Poetry
 The Cauldron  Autumn  Water  West-Murias  Inspiration
 The Lia Fal  Winter  Earth  North-Falias  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.
2. The hallow when uncovered should only be touched by one or two persons throughout the ritual.
3. The hallow should never touch the lowest point of the circle.

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!"

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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...

Invoking Air Pentigram   Invoking Fire Pentigram Invoking Water Pentigram
Invoking Air Pentigram Invoking Fire Pentigram Invoking Water Pentigram
Figure 1.4A Figure 1.4F Figure 1.4W

"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".

- - or - -

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".

- - then - -

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."


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