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                               Dragon Trad and the Holy Grail 
                                     Cameron Mandrake   
           Recently we have discovered the significance of sharing water in our 
           circles.   This ritual should be warm  and meaningful.  This being the
           case  it should only  be shared by  members of the  coven and visitors
           should be excluded unless the visitor is VERY close to the group. 
           Someone  reads the  following  poem or  one that  is  written for  the
                                    Quest for the Grail 
                                      by C.J. Mandrake 
            I have sailed the seven seas. 
           I have walked the deserts of this world, 
           searching for clues and kin; 
           always awed by the stories that they told. 
           Time my only enemy, 
           every stone my friend; 
           carried by myth's fluid words, 
           looking for a gold cup 'round every bend. 
           Mountains loom before me: 
           The path, all but lost behind. 
           Arthur's song plays deep within me! 
           The Merlin's words dance within my mind! 
           ``The blessed cup that you seek, 
           it is the Mother's womb. 
           It has poured out all our world 
           and it will be your tomb.'' 
           Grail of Love 
           Grail of Light 
           Grail of Truth 
           Grail of Might 
           carry me to the very Fount of life. 
           I threw a coin in a wishing well: 
           My wish, the Grail to see. 
           When the waters stilled again 
           I beheld the Mystery. 
           The Cup is made of flesh and blood. 
           The secret of deep peace it lends. 
           I drink from it every day 
           and I share it with my friends. 
           One and one and one is three: 
           Three by three is nine. 
           The heart of the world I see, 
           the secret of the Grail is mine. 
           The Cup, it is a lotus flower 
           deep within my soul, 
           flaming with the love of Her: 
           The Goddess and I made whole. 
           The reader takes the chalice of water and drinks and the cup is passed
           around the  circle deosil, each person  taking a drink in  turn.  Each
           person may offer a thought before they drink.  This may be a thanks or
           an observation or anything that seems significant to the moment.  When
           the cup makes it  back to the reader,  he/she again drinks of  the cup
           and pours the remainder as a libation.  With the libation is said... 
           I partake of the Cup of Abundance.  I share this Cup with those around
           me.   I return what  is left to  the earth. <pours water  out onto the
           ground> And my Cup remains full. <holds cup to heart>  Blessed Be. 
           This rite is very good  for group binding.   Last time we did this  we
           drank water from the Chalice Well in Glastonbury that one of the coven
           members brought back from vacation. 
           Enjoy!  And Bright Blessings. 
           ... Copyright 1992 - DragonHart Coven - All Rights Reserved 

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