I: Sabbat

K: Calling the Prime Energies

The prime energies are creation (female) and destruction (male), combined they create the sacred third--synthesis (birth/life). As with the Chinese Yin & Yang the primes hold a droplet of the opposite: Destruction holds creation (female-the anima). Creation holds destruction (male-the animus). Only the sacred third synthesis combines both in perfect harmony. Calling the prime energies is named by many Covens as; Drawing Down the Moon and Drawing Down the Sun. Respectively they symbolize not only the miracle of life through ecstasy (sex) they also symbolize the great universe that creates and destroys every moment of our lifes.

K1. Fire (Male)--Destruction, woman's animus:

For this ceremony during the light half of the year {March Equinox - September Equinox} the hallowed Spear is consecrated as Section 1.3 E.3: The Spear During the dark half of the year {September Equinox - March Equinox} the hallowed Sword is consecrated as Section 1.3 E.1: The Sword

For this ceremony, the priest stands to the South. The assistant carries the Spear/Sword after consecration to the priest. The priest holds the Spear/Sword firmly with both hands (point/blade upwards--middle of body). The assistant then consecrates the Musk oil turns to face the East and kneels before the priest. Anointing the right foot then the left, assistant speaks...

"Blessed be thy feet, that shall walk the earth."

Anoints both knees; right then left and speaks...

"Blessed be thy knees that shall kneel before the altar."

Anoints the spear Spear/Sword handle closes to the naval of the priest and speaks...

"Blessed be phallus; without which we would not be."

Anoints the right then left breasts and speaks...

"Blessed be thy breast, formed in strength."

Anoints the forehead of the priest and speaks...

"Blessed be thy mind always open and clear."

The assistant steps back; kneels and then speaks...

"Deep calls up high, the Goddess on the God,
on he who is the flame that quickens her;
That he and she may seize the silver reins
And ride together in the twin horsed chariot.
Let the hammer strike the anvil!
Let the lightning embrace the earth!
Let the Spear [Sword] meet the Grail.
Let the magic come to birth!"

The assistant steps back and speaks toward the priest...

"In her name do I invoke thee, mighty father of us all-Nuada Argatlámh [Lugh Lámhfhada]. Come in answer to my call. Descend, I pray thee in thy servant and priest."


End of Drawing Down the Sun


K2. Water (Female)--Creation, mans's anima:

The priest uncovers the chalice and places it on the pentacle, laying his(her) right hand on the Chalice and (s)he speaks...

"Danu and Lugh deign to bless and to consecrate the hallowed Chalice that it may obtain the necessary virtues through you for all acts of power and protection."

The priest sprinkles the chalice with saltwater mixture. Then passes it through incense, replace on pentacle disc and speak...

"Danu and Lugh, bless this Chalice prepared in your honor."

The priestess walks to the West, faces East--holding the Chalice with both hands at womb level. The assistant (a man) consecrates a vial of Violet oil then stands before the Priestess facing toward the West.
The Priest (assistant) then invokes...

"I invoke thee and call upon thee, Mighty mother of us all, bringer of fruitfulness; by seed and root, by bud and stem, by leaf and flower and fruit, by life and love do I invoke thee to descend upon the body of this--thy servant and priestess."

The priestess spreads her legs apart slightly (about 3'ft) so that a triangle could be drawn from each of her feet to her head. The assistant bends down before the priestess and moistens his fingertip with some oil; anoints the right foot of the priestess and speaks...

"Blessed be thy foot that walks the land of the living."

The left foot is anointed, the assistant speaks...

"Blessed be thy foot that walks the land of the spirits."

The assistant rises up and anoints the forehead of the priestess and speaks...

"Blessed be thy mind always open and clear. Sacred home of the spirit where all things begin and all things end."

The assistant bends down to his knees and beholds the chalice. With emotion and authority the assistant speaks...

"O' Blessed Chalice symbol of rebirth, wisdom, abundance and life. Sacred womb of creation from where all things begin. Source from where all creation was born, great Goddess of a thousand and one names. Blessed be thy vehicle that connects us. Blessed be thy servants voice that shall utter the words of the great Goddess."

End of Drawing Down the Moon

The charge can be read after G. Raising the Temple by a female member chosen prior to the ritual or it can be read by the HPS after Drawing down the Moon. For a history of the charge see the notes section.

L. The Charge.

With the Chalice in hand the Priest/ess speaks...

"Whenever ye have need of anything, when the moon is full, ye shall form a sacred circle in a secluded place. To adore the spirits who are known by many names. There shall ye assemble, ye who are to learn all sorcery, to thou will I teach things that are yet unknown.
Ye shall not be afraid, not suffer harm from the ignorant and hateful. Ye shall be free: to dance, to sing, to feast, make music and love--all in my praise. For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and mine also is joy on earth. In return you will ever strive; to be stronger, to create beauty, to be wise, more knowledgeable, true and just. Keep pure your highest ideals; strive ever towards them; let nothing stop you or turn you aside. For mine is the secret door which opens to Tír n'Og and mine is the cauldron of transformation, renewal and knowledge. I am the gracious Goddess who gives the gift of joy in the heart of all.
Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those who have gone before. From my waters all things proceed and continue and unto me all things must return, I do not demand sacrifice; for I am the mother of all living and my love is poured out upon earth for all. I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters and the desire in the heart of all call unto thy soul.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices for behold all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals and therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you and thou who thinkest to seek me, know that thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findeth not within thy self thou wilt never find it without thee. For I have been with thee from the beginning; for I am the truth. Seek the truth and you shall see me. Follow your instincts and you shall find me. Know thyself and thou shall know me."

End of The Charge

The priest/ess after delivering the Charge, consecrates the wine and the food.

1. Consecration of Wine and Cakes:

A male Witch kneels before a woman Witch in front of the altar. He holds up the chalice of wine to her; she holds her athame point downwards, and lowers the point into the wine,

Woman: "As the blade is to the God, so the cup is to the Goddess; and conjoined, they become one in unity."

The woman then lays down her athame on the altar and accepts the chalice from him (he remains kneeling). She sips the wine, kisses the man again and passes the chalice back to him. He sips the wine, rises and gives it to another woman with a kiss. The chalice is passed in this way around the whole coven, man-to-woman and woman-to-man (with a kiss) until everyone has sipped the wine.

To consecrate the cakes, the woman picks up her athame again, and the man, kneeling before her, holds up the dish of cakes. She draws the Invoking Pentagram of Earth in the air above cakes with her athame, while the man says:

Man: "O' Queen most secret, bless this food into our bodies; bestowing health, wealth, strength, joy and peace, and the fulfillment of love which is perfect happiness."

She lays down her athame on the altar, kisses the man and takes a cake from the dish, She kisses him again, and he takes another cake. He then rises and passes the dish to another woman with a kiss. The dish is passed in this way round the whole coven, man-to-woman and woman-to man (each time with a kiss), until everyone has taken a cake

M. The Great Rite

The Moon and the Sun has been 'drawn' down. The forces now unify into the sacred third, the balance. The priestess lays in the center of the circle, in the pentigram position. Her head is to the North, left arm and leg is to the West, the right arm and leg are to the East. The priest calls to a female assistant, who holds the athame and stays about 1 yard to the West (near the priestesses arm). the priest calls to a man assistant to hold the Chalice filled with wine. He sits about 1 yard to the East. The priest covers the priestess with a thin veil of colored cloth from her breasts to her thighs, he then speaks...

"Assist me to erect the ancient altar, at which in days past all worshiped; the great altar of all things. For in old times the woman was the altar; thus was the altar made and placed in the center of the sacred circle. As we have been taught from old, that the point in the center is the origin of all things, therefore should we adore it; whom we adore we also invoke.
O' circle of stars, where our father is but the younger brother. Marvel beyond imagination, soul of the infinite. Before whom time is ashamed, the mind bewildered and the understanding dark, not unto thee may we attain unless thine heart be true.
Therefore; by seed and roo, stem and bud, leaf, flower and fruit do we invoke thee. O' queen of space--jewel of light. Continuous one of the heavens; let it be ever thus that we speak not of thee at all, since thou art continuous, for thou art the point within the circle, which we adore; the point of life, without which we would not be.In this way truly are erected the holy twin pillars in beauty and strength."

The priest removes the veil, then the priestess rises up and kneels facing priest. She takes the chalice from the man assistant. After a moment the priest speaks...

"Altar of mysteries manifold, the sacred circle's secret point--thus do I sign as of old, with kisses of my lips anoint."

The priest then kisses the priestess on the forehead then the chalice and continues speaking...

"Open for me the secret way, the pathway of knowledge, beyond the gates of night and day, beyond the bounds of time and sense."

The priest then takes the athame from the woman assistant, raises it above head toward the West and speaks...

"Behold the mystery aright--the five true points of fellowship."

1. Consecration of Wine and Cakes:

The HP hands the athame to the male assistant. Places both hands around the hands of the HPS and the Chalice. HP kisses the HPS; she drinks from the chalice, HPS kisses HP and HP drinks from the chalice. The HP rises and gives the chalice to another woman with a kiss, who sips it then passes in to another man with a kiss who passes it to another man with a kiss etc. Till all have sipped from the chalice, the HPS will replace the chalice in the center of the circle when it has gone around the circle once.

The HPS takes athame and the HP kneeling before her holds up the dish of cakes. The HPS draws the invoking pentagram of earth in the air above the cakes with athame while the HP speaks...

HPN: "O' Queen most secret, bless this food into our bodies; bestowing health, wealth. Strength, joy and peace and fulfillment of love which is perfect happiness."

The HPS lays down her athame on the altar, kisses the HP and takes a cake. HP then rises and passes the dish to another woman with a kiss. The dish is passed in this way round the whole coven, man-to-woman and woman-to-man (each time with a kiss), until everyone has taken a cake.

End of The Great Rite

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