The Autumnal Equinox 2010
We meet to celebrate the Second Harvest, Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox. The First harvest, Lammas, is of grain, bread is baked and shared. This is the Wine Harvest and the new made Wine, Beer and Mead are shared. The third is the Harvest of Meat and that is shared at Samhein.
Here and now, as is our custom, we form a circle to call the energy of the Goddess and God for our needs and desires.
EAST: Hail Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air, Power to learn, to think. Come. Bring the autumn leaves to dance with us. Morning lark, humming bird, bee, breath of the Goddess, song of the God, celebrate with us, be with us now!
SOUTH Hail Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, powers of Fire, Power to do, to change. Come, bring the Harvest Fires to warm our hearts. Lioness at noon, Fox and Wolf. Warmth of the Goddess, passion of the God, Celebrate with us, be with us now!
WEST: Hail Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Power of the waters, power to care, to understand, to love Dolphin dancing in the evening seas, Seabird calling in the waning light Passion of the Goddess, Ecstasy of the God, Celebrate with us, be with us now!
NORTH: Hail Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of the Earth, the power to change the world around us. Come, bring the Harvest of wisdom to strengthen us. Huntercat and owl, great bear and wolf, breast of the Goddess, phallus of the God, Celebrate with us, be with us now!
HP/HPS: The Circle is cast, we are between the worlds!
Women: I am the Beauty of the White Moon
Women: I am the Dark Mother, Shadowed and Terrible
Women: I am the Mother of All Living
Women: I am the Queen of Air and Darkness
Women: I am the Spirit of the Green Earth
Women: My Voice is heard in the thunder, My touch is felt in the
Women: In My Eyes are all the Stars of the Heavens. In my arms are
the Dreams of love.
Women: I am Goddess, beautiful and terrible
Women: I am Goddess, wonderful and frightening.
HPS: Listen to the wind in the trees. See the horned Hunter in the shadows. Listen to the beating of your heart. Air touches the Circle, East wind, South wind, West wind, North wind.. The Circle is the eye of the storm.
HP: Flame touches the Circle. Candles burn at the compass points to light our way. This is the Goddess' Hearth.
HPS: Mists touch the Circle with the power of Water, cleansing us of the cares of the day. This is the promise of the cauldron of rebirth, the Kiss of the Goddess.
HP: Remember the scent of the Earth beneath your feet. Remember the scent of growing things and be grateful for their gifts.
HPS: Breathe in feel the air filling you, let it out slowly Let the sound of your own breathing grow into the sound of the winds, call to them!
Let the warmth of your caring grow into the festival fires, call to them!
Feel the ebb and flow of the inner tides you share with the Waters of the Earth. Call to them!
Now the strength of the earth within your body, evoke it from deep within your body! Remember .
(sheets of paper will be handed to each person.) Note something that was special to you this harvest season. Fold the papers and place them in the cauldron. Add a pinch of incense.
HPS: Bring to the altar the joys, the things you have harvested. Here within the magic of the circle, in this place, outside of time, you are wrapped in the many colored leaves of Autumn. You join them in the Spiral dance.
(I suggest burning the papers outside the building. Depending on the number of people we have we'll move through the area into the spiral and then back into our working area.)
HP: Her Names can not be counted,
All: Life is, Change is Change is, Life is
HPS: Cycles of Becoming
ALL; Life is, Change is Change is, Life is
HP: Be the Lady's Daughter,
All: Life is, Change is Change is, Life is
HPS: In the silver moonlight
ALL: Life is, Change is Change is, Life is
ALL: She charges everything she touches and
Change is touch is
Touch is, Change is
Everything lost is found again,
HPS: From traditions hidden in the mists of time, from tales passed down in precious fragments, from the promptings of our own hearts, come our rituals. Our people have always shared food and wine, dancing and tears in the love of the Goddess and the knowledge that joys shared are multiplied; sorrows shared are halved.
So, now do we share the Cup of Healing and Rebirth. This is the Promise that all will be renewed, that cycles are unending.
HPS: We raise the Chalice to salute the Goddess!
HPS: "Mine the Cup, the Wine of Life, drink deeply and with joy!"
See the Horned One, Lover and Sacrifice, "Taste Abundance, born of love; share the promise of renewal."
In this joining is the energy of Creation!
(Pass the Chalice and plate of Cakes. )
HPS/HP: Let this sharing set the seal of the Goddess on our gathering.
Guardians of the East, Wind's Children
Lady, Queen of Times, Past, Present and Time to come
We thank you for your presence and protection, as you return to your Ancient realms, remember us, our needs, our goals
Let there be love and trust, peace and joy between us always.