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      by Micheal Hall
      distributed by PAN - the Psychic Awareness Network -
      Note - by Matrika, co-sysop - this ritual was written by someone I knew
      from the Boston MA. area a couple of years back.  It is based on a
      combination of the lore of the Wicca and some of the afro-caribbean
      diaspora traditions of Paganism and Magick.
      On your altar should be placed a circle of 13 stones and, within the circle
      of stones, a circle of 13 candles.  Within the circle of candles should be
      spread some maize - i.e. corn meal - and in that a waxen female candle to
      symbolize the Goddess on your altar. On the eastern side of the altar
      should be placed a small sheaf of grain with a candle inserted inside it.
      You should dress in your usual ceremonial garb for Magickal rites or
      skyclad, as you prefer.
      Retire to bathe in salt-water (use sea salt) before the ritual.  As you do
      so picture the water cleansing the soul and spirit, just as it cleanses the
      body.  When you have dressed, anoint yourself with a holy oil.  When you
      have prepared yourself, sit in a dim quiet place and light a candle - ONE
      THAT IS NOT BEING USED IN THE RITES - and meditate on how at this time of
      year the Goddess in her fiery aspect AS LIGHT was welcomed back into the
      Temples and the Homes of the land.
      Take this candle and walk slowly to your altar.  Place it in the circle of
      the 13 candles.   Then light the two altar candles, which are separate from
      the circle of lights also, and the incense.  (Incense should be stick or
      powdered incense on charcoal in a swinging burner.)  Then light all the
      quarter candles in the 4 directions, starting in the east and going
      cast your circle in the usual manner, but Invoke the Goddess with the
      "Sacred womb, giver of the secrets of Life,  Mother of all that exists in
      the Universe, I ask your guardianship of this gathering and your assistance
      in my work.  I am gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most
      holy. SO MOTE IT BE"
      and Invoke the God in the following manner:
      "Fire of the sky, guardian of all that exists in the Universe, I ask your
      guardianship of this gathering and your assistance in my work.  I am
      gathered in celebration of your gifts and my work is most holy.  SO MOTE IT
      (continue with the circle casting if it is not already finished)
      Light the 13 candles and then the Goddess candle in the center and say:
      "Warm and quickening Light
      awaken and bring forth beauty
      for thou art my pleasure and my bounty
      LORD and LADY
      OSiRIS AND ISIS"  (or you may substitute whatever names your circle uses
      for the God and the Goddess - or those you personally prefer)
      Reflect a moment on the coming of the light and offer up the incense.
      "O ancient Ones
      Timeless Goddess and Sacred King who art
      the heralds of springtime and it's bounties
      be with me now in celebration
       Hail to Osiris and Isis
       Harvest giver and blessed Lady
       Let this be a time and a place sacred to your power and your beauty
       SO MOTE IT BE"
      Light the candle in the sheaf of grain and hold it up with the loaf of
      bread in the other hand and say
      (or the cakes - whatever you or your tradition uses for the cakes and
      wine/juice ceremony)
      "My Lord and Lady, as the seed becomes the grain, so the grain becomes the
      bread, Mark the everlasting value of our seasons and their changes. "
      Break a piece of the bread or cakes off and burn it as an offering in the
      central candle.
      Then say
      " IN the deepest Icy Winter the seed of the Earth lies deep within the womb
      of the Great Mother.  The Spring brings the heat of the Father and with
      their joining comes new life.  The completion of the cycle brings
      food to the children of the world.  As I taste the food I shall know the
      wisdom of the cycles and be blessed with the food of wisdom throughout my
      consecrate cakes and wine/juice in the usual manner and partake of them,
      but first raise your chalice or drinking horn and say
      "Hail to thee ISIS
       Hail to thee Osiris
       For thou art blessed"
      After this commune in meditation with the Lord and lady for a while, then
      close the circle in your usual manner.

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