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Breaking Spells 01

"In the names of Hecate and Herne, welcome and Blessed Be."

Charge Salt:

"Salt is Life, Let it purify in all ways that we may use it."

Exorcise Water:

"May the Sacred Salt drive out any impurities in this Water so that we may use it throughout these rites."

Cast Circle:

"We conjure thee O Circle of power that thou be a boundery between the world of man and the realms of the Mighty Ones. A guardian and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within thee. Wherefore do we Bless and Consecrate thee in the most sacred names of Hecate and Herne."

Cast Circle with Incense.

Cast Circle with Water.

Call Quarters:

East, "Through the Athame and the Topaz we call up the Ancient Ones. King Paralda with thy Zephyrs and Eurius the East wind. We do summon, stir and call ye up to guard this circle and join us in these rites, We bid you welcome."

South, "Through the Wand and the Fire opal we call up the Ancient Ones. King Djinn with thy Salamanders and Notus the South wind. We do summon, stir and call ye up to guard this circle and join us in these rites, We bid you welcome."

West, "Through the Water Crystal and the Cup we call up the Ancient Ones. King Niksa with thy Undines and Zephyrus the West wind. We do summon, stir and call ye up to guard this circle and join us in these rites, We bid you welcome."

North, "Through the Earth Crystal and the Pentacle we call up the Ancient Ones. King Ghob with thy Gnomes and Borius the North wind. We do summon, stir and call ye up to guard this circle and join us in these rites. We bid you welcome."

Elements are shared with everyone in the circle.

Parents and Child(ren) are called forward.

"Who is the Mother of this child?"

Mother:

"I_______ am the mother."

"Who is the Father of this child?"

Father:

"I_________ am the father."

"_______ and _________ parents and guardians, we come here to welcome your young charge into the world of the Goddess and her Horned Consort."

Priest and Priestess take the child to be presented to the Elements and to the Gods.

East; "Mighty King Paralda and Zephyrus the east wind. Behold, this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you bestow your intellect and knowledge upon this child, to be known in this life as___________."

South; "Mighty King Djinn and Notus the south wind. Behold, this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you bestow your fiery passion and creativity upon this child, to be known in this life as_________."

West; "Mighty King Niksa and Zephyrus the west wind. Behold, this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you bestow your wisdom and inspiration upon this child, to be known in this life as_________."

North; "Mighty King Ghob and Borius the north wind. Behold, this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you bestow your strength and steadfastness upon this child, to be known in this life as_________."

Priest and Priestess return to the altar and present child to the Gods.

"Great Hecate, Mighty Herne. Behold,this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you guide and protect this child so that he/she may grow in the ways of the old religion, to love and respect all life. This child shall be known in this life as________."

Priest and Priestess anoint the child and return him/her to the parents.

"______and _________ are you ready to assume the responsibilities of spiritual, mental and physical growth of this child as parents and guardians?"

Parents:

"We are."

"Then are you ready swear an oath by sword before the Gods?"

Parents

"We are."

"Then repeat after me."

"We the parents of __________ do swear before the Gods and the Old Ones, that we shall bring this child up in the love of the Gods and life, with an open mind, tolerant of the beliefs of others, with an awareness of how sacred all life is. We swear to be patient and understanding as this child grows. Should we ever fail at our responsibilities of this oath, shall we parrish by this blade that we hold. So Mote It Be! "

"Have you chosen Godparents and found them worthy of this responsibility?"

Parents:

"We have. _______ and __________ are the Godparents."

Godparents step forward.

"_________ and __________ you have been chosen and found to be worthy to be Godparents. Are you then ready to assume this responsibility?"

Godparents

"We are."

"Then are you ready to swear an oath by sword before the Gods?"

Godparents:

"We are."

"Then repeat after me."

"We, the Godparents of ___________, do hereby swear an oath before the Gods and the Old Ones that if the need should ever arise, we would continue to raise this child in the ways of the Old Religion that the parents have chosen, to nurture and teach to the best of our ability. Should we ever fail at our responsibilities of this oath, shall we parrish by this blade we hold. So Mote It Be!"

"You have all sworn an oath by sword of great responsibility. May the growth of this child bring you all great joy, and may ___________ grow up to find his/her path through freedom of choice and free will."

"Let it be known to all that ___________ is now and always a child of the Gods. So Mote It Be!"

Any gifts and congratulations are given at this time.

[Insert Esbat or Sabbat at this time.]

Cakes and Ale

"Thanks be to the Gods and thanks be to the Old Ones for sharing this time and sacred space with us. Our thanks for watching over us, guarding and guiding us in all things. Love is the Law, Love is the Bond. "

Dismiss Quarters

East; "Mighty King Paralda and Eurius the east wind. We thank you for your attendance. Stay if you will go if you must. We bid you hail and farewell."

South; "Mighty King Djinn and Notus the south wind. We thank you for your attendance. Stay if you will go if you must. We bid you hail and farewell."

West; "Mighty King Niksa and Zephyrus the west wind. We thank you for your attendance. Stay if you will go if you must. We bid you hail and farewell." North; "Mighty King Ghob and Borius the north wind. We thank you for your attendance, Stay if you will go if you must. We bid you hail and farewell."

"The Circle is open yet unbroken. Merry have we met, Merry have we been, Merry let us part, and Merry Meet again!"

A Wiccaning-Welcoming Ceremony

This rite was originally written to have less of a non-secular feel

Materials needed:

rose petals

lavender and a sprig of parsley to create circle

frankincense and cedar or rosemary incense

chamomile tea for libation (can be placed on baby's lips)

HPS and HP cast circle

HPS invokes the Goddess, reciting the Prayer to the Moon Goddess:

"Diana, queen of night, in all your beauty bright, shine on us here.

And with your silvery beams, unlock the gates of dreams; rise bright and clear.

On earth, and sky and sea, your magic mystery, it's spell shall cast.

Where e're leaf my grow, where e're tide may flow, till all be past.

Oh secret Queen Of Power, at this enchanted hour, we ask your boon...

May fortunes flavor fall on true witches all, O Lady Moon!

HPS Recites the Parents' Oath of Promise and

Responsibility:

(Parents', or Parent's name), as long as this child is under you influence, will you be a beacon for (Child's name) of love, kindness, and generosity of spirit as well of purse; holding all the kingdoms of the nature, the earth, the plants and trees and the animals as a sacred trust; knowing that all life, no matter what it's form, is an integral part of God/dess's plan and worthy?

Will you be for this child the ultimate role model, loving and caring of all people regardless of color, race, creed cast or sex?

Please answer, "I will."

HP: (Parents', or Parent's name), will you teach (Child's name) to love the Divine Creator will all his/her heart; to honor and walk in ways of the Goddess; to be responsible for his own thoughts, words and deeds; to love himself and in turn to love all others, and to honor all life as Sparks of the Divine?

Please answer, "I will."

HPS: Recitation of the God/dess-Parents' Oath of Promise and Responsibility:

(God/dess-Parents' names), as the God/dess parents of (Child's name), in the event of the relinquishing of the physical like of (parent), will you BOTH continue (Child) spiritual development in this fashion, will you be a beacon for (Child) of love, kindness, and generosity of spirit, as well of purse, holding all the kingdoms of nature, the earth, the plants and trees and the animals as a sacred trust; knowing that all life, no matter what it's form, is an integral part of God/dess's plan and worthy?

Will you be for this child the ultimate role model, loving and caring of all people regardless of color, race, creed cast or sex?

Please answer, "We will."

HP: (God/dess-Parents' names), will you also teach (Child's name) to love the Divine Creator will all his/her heart; to honor and walk in ways of the Goddess; to be responsible for his own thoughts, words and deeds; to love himself and in turn to love all others, and to honor all life as Sparks of the Divine?

Please answer, "We will."

(God/dess-Parents' names), are there any other thoughts you wish to share at this time about this responsibility?

HPS recites the Baby Blessing Invocation:

A canopy of eventide spreads dark from out of the glen,

With raven's wings, a rising moon, and blessings that we send.

To you, our friends, we build a bridge to span the air and sea,

With beams of light and lavender that magic might move free.

To touch the hearts whom now, we bless

WIth songs of hope and harmony, sealed with a holy kiss

(sprinkle rose petals on the child)

We call upon the Goddess Minne, to hold (Child) in her arms,

With hands of warmth and comforting,

And keep you ever safe from harm.

HP gives Blessing Affirmation: (Child), may you walk with the Goddess, One in thought and purpose. Divine Will inspires you to greater service. The Inner Voice is awake, it guards, guides and sustains you for ever and ever. So mote it be.

HPS and HP close circle.