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Rites of Passage

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Birthing Dedication
 
Holding the child to face the heavens say:

O Lady of the starry heavens, wise All-Father, behold this lovely child, (name). Conceived and brought forth in love. Bless and protect him/her and grant the gifts of wisdom, inspiration and wonder.

Holding the child to face the ground say:

Hail Earth, Mother of all. This is my infant, my love, and my jewel. Bless and protect him/her, granting your enduring and eternal strength and steadfastness. May he/she ever have a spirit that seeks the stars and roots deep within thy loving breast.

Hold the child close to your heart and join heartbeats.

 
Handfasting Ritual
 
Cast Circle

Hps: ( opens doorway with staff, place staff across threshhold of door) There are two who would be joined together as one. Let them enter into this place of love and begin their union together.

(bride and groom enter and stand in center of circle)

( to others outside of the circle) The gate stands open to the temple of love. There is no challenge, for all are welcome here, who enter with joy and love for this sacred union.

(any who enter are annointed with celtic cross and told:) blessing be upon you!

Watchtowers: hp: Hear me Raphael, Lord of air- you who rules over the realms of birth and new beginnings. We call thee forth to witness our rite, and guard this circle with your love and light!

Hear me michael, lord of fire- you who shines so brightly over our lives, filling them with the love that is yours, so that it may shine forth from within. We call thee forth to witness our rite, and to guard this circle with your love and light!

hps: hear me gabriel, lady of water- you who reigns over all endings, that which without, there could be no beginning. We call thee forth to witness our rite, and guard this circle with your love and light.

Hear me ariel, lady of earth- you who are the body and myster, from which all life begins. We call thee forth to witness our rite, and guard this circle with your love and light.

(hps- lite Lady Candle hp- Lite Lord Candle)

Both: (hps) Gracious Goddess (hp) Mighty Lord Give to these before us, we do ask; your love and protection from all that would try to harm their union. Blessed be!

( handmaiden and summoner bring forth bride and groom from center of circle and place her before priestess and him before priest)

Handmaiden: HERE WE BRING FORTH THE BRIDE.

Summoner: AND ALSO THE GROOM.

hps: Is it your wish, <bride's mundane name>, to become one with this man in the bond of handfasting?

Bride: It is.

hp: Is it your wish, <groom's mundane name>, to become one with this woman in the bond of handfasting?

Groom: it is.

hp: Air, Be with us here, oh beings of air, With your clever fingers, tie closely the bonds between this pair.

Fire, Be with us here, oh beings of fire, Give their love and passion, your all consuming ardor.

hps: Water, Be with us here, oh beings of water. Give them the deepest of love, and richness of body and soul and spirit.

Earth, Be with us here, oh beings of earth. Let your strength and consistancy be theirs through out this union for this life time.

(priestess places brides ring on wand and hold end in left hand. priest places grooms ring on wand and holds end in right hand. present wand to couple)

hp: place your right hands on this wand, his hand over hers.(pause while do so) Above you are the stars, below you the stones, as time does pass remember...... like a star, should your love be constant, like a stone, should your love be firm

hps: be close, yet not too close. possess one another, yet be understanding. have patience, each with the other, for storms will come, yet also will they pass. be free in giving of affection and warmth. make love often, and be sensuous with each other.

hp: Have no fear, and let not the words of the unenlightened give you unease, for the God and goddess are with you and have blessed this union with their love and presence.

hps: take now your rings and place them on each others hand. remembering as you do so, that they include a small portion of this circle to remind you always of your love for each other and your union that is made here today.

(*couple may choose to exchange vows they have written to each other*)

(remove rings and give to couple, who then place them on each others fingers. )

hps: as you have chosen to mingle your lives, so now do you mingle your love....the two becoming as one.

(hp hands her the ribbons and they are bound to each other in this manner)

hp: Then as the Lord and Lady and all the ancient and mighty ones are witness to this rite, thus are thy hands fasted, the two are one, the work of joy is done, and yet.... just begun.

(priestess and priest take broom to center of circle, while maiden and summoner direct /lead couple to center in front of broom. Priestess holds bushy end of broom and priest holds handle end, keeping broom about a foot above the ground.)

(Couple jump the broom)(priestess takes broom and sweeps away all negitivity and traces of their past life apart from around and beind them, out the door of the circle)

(couple picks up their own tapers and light from power candle, then together, light their single candle)

hps: the candle of life is lit.....

hp: likewise, the candle of the soul...

both: together, they combine to form the eternal light of love.

hps: may the lord and lady recognize the bonds drawn between this couple by their own strength of love and will. let the ties between them be strong, yet supple and let none strive to break this bond that they have set forth in the presence of the Lord and lady for this lifetime.

hp: let those of you here with this pair, lend your love and light to thier union.

both: I now declare thee...husband and wife! blessed be!

( hps and hp pick up cup for the inside of circle, maiden and summoner hold cup for outside of circle and bride and groom hold their own cup. maiden and summoner need not kiss to charge wine)

hps: and the goddess said, these be the five points of fellowship.

<all females>: foot to foot

<all males>: knee to knee

<females>: lance to grail

<males>: heart to heart

<females>: lip to lip

<all>: joined together, they bring blessedness.

(bride and groom kiss to charge cup)

hps: let us drink from the loving cup and the joy of this union.

( bride and groom drink from their cup, pass all other chalices)

hp: from spirit we come, and to spirit we go, from their union, the power of love will flow.

hps: the winds of reason will stir the air, and temper their quarrles with respectful care.

hp: their bond is forged upon the fire and love will fill their hearts with steady desire.

hps: the waters of understanding will fill them up and they will drink together from wisdom's cup.

hp: the earth in her glory will smile upon this pair health, harmony and happiness will be theirs to share.

both: for what goes around, returns again, to those who love. for the spirit of union reflects the pattern above.

hps: as these two hearts have combined like the flame of their candles, made strong by love. may the light of their love become a beacon by which they may always find one another. These children of the gods have lit a candle in the darkness of the world. May it always burn with a steady light and if it should flicker or threathen to go out, may both raise a hand to guard and shield it. For the candle of thier love may well assist other travlers on the road of life. So Mote It Be Blessed Be

both: circle rippleout to forever echo and preform the act of magick with which you are charged. so mote it be!

( as couple leaves, hp and hps silently and quickly dismiss lord and lady and watchtowers)

 
Passing Over
 
Priest and Priestess light the four candles of the elements saying:

O elements of earth, air, fire and water, grant release from pain, heal those who remain here, in this more lonely world. And speed the soul of the one who is loved into the beautiful realms of the Gods.

PRIEST: (lighting the central white candle) Lovely, somber Lady of the Declining Moon, strong and silent Lord of the Far Realms beyond, be with us here at this time of loss.

Priest and Priestess stand on each side of the altar facing south.

Priest: O, {friends name}, we do call on thee in spirit to stand here with us, and before the Gods.That we may give honor and love to one whom you have known who has passed beyond.

PRIESTESS: Good friend, you have for a while lost one who is dear to you, and we all feel your loss.But it is only for a time, and we bid you to have no sorrow. there is a reason for being here and a reason for going. The Summerland,and the places beyond are warm pleasing and beautiful.With all ills gone, and youth anew, so let us all be truly happy for the one you love knows true joy at last!

PRIEST: Dying is only a mode of forgetting. A way of rest, a way of returning to the eternal Source. To be renewed and made strong.To rest and finally to return.

PRIESTES: We of the Old Ways know that when a person dies the soul returns again to earth. This has been a tenet of loving faith taught since long before history began.

PRIEST: It is said in our lore: Arrayed in some new flesh disguise, another mother gives birth. With sturdier limbs and brighter brain the old soul takes the road again.

PRIEST (pouring wine for all present and all face north) calls: "O gracious Lady who gives rest, O Lord of the twilight realms we do thank thee for guiding our friend to the golden portals of the beauteous lands beyond.

ALL: we do ask, the love and good wishes for {departed's name} and for those good friends who yet remain behind.

PRIEST turns to the circle and says: I propose a toast...To the Gracious and Lovely Lady...... Blessed Be!

ALL: Blessed Be!

PRIEST: And also do I propose a toast...... To {departed's name}, who now revels in the glory and beauty of the Summerlands..... Blessed Be!

ALL: Blessed Be!

 
Passing Of A Pet
 
Place the interred pet site in the center of the circle you cast, if not possible maybe a picture or favorite toy. In this case, it may be wise to forego flaming objects/shoes/etc. Do a quarter call to each of the elements:

Hail to the seed moon, round in fullness and fertility. Lend your power here to my actions as I leave my pet to you!

East:
O winds that carry wild calls
From eastern watchtowers' echoing halls
Come stand at circle here and bless
and welcome now my friend and pet
As_____ Comes to you in Summerland

South:
O fires that stir the seasons changes
From southern watchtowers flickering ranges
Come stand at circle here and bless
and welcome now my friend and pet
As_____ Comes to you in Summerland

West:
O rivers that mix the earth and sky
From western watchtowers low and high
Come stand at circle here and bless
and welcome now my friend and pet
As_____ Comes to you in Summerland

North:
O soil that roots and soil that wanders
From nothern watchtowers here do saunter
Come stand at circle here and bless
and welcome now my friend and pet
As_____ Comes to you in Summerland

Invocation:
Herne, father of the wild things
I call to you
Come look upon your child
That I am leaving to your care
I invoke you, and ask your blessing
that my pet may be comfortable in it’s new home
That s/he may live in a loving and safe environment
So mote it be!

(What? Can’t carry the pet?Stand near the site)

Pick up the pet if possible,(or representation) and walk to the East:
Powers of the Wind, I present ______ to you!
Move my friend kindly, and keep her/him in your care!

to the South:
Powers of Fire, I present _____ to you!
Ease my friend through the transformations of life,
and keep her/him in your care!

to the West:
Powers of Water, I present __ to you!
Surround my friend with love
and keep her/him in your care!

to the North:
Powers of Earth, I present ______ to you!
See that my friend may never want
and keep her/him in your care!

I present _____ to Herne!
Blessed Father, watch over my friend
and help him/her acclimate Summerland!
So mote it be!

Do the thanks yous and unbind the circle.
 

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