Calling the Quarters
Cakes & Wine
Drawing Down the Moon
1. Wine-- or if preferred, a nonalcoholic beverage, such as grape juice
2. Bread/cookies/pastry, etc.
If this is made especially for the ritual, you could add a pinch of an herb connected with a particular god/goddess, or an herb associated with the type of ritual you’ll be celebrating when you have cakes & wine.
3. A plate to hold the bread or pastry
1. The Priestess stands at the altar and acknowledges the sacredness of god and goddess, saying:
The time has come, the day is here, to cement your devotion and commitment to the path of witch. You will have prepared the area of your sacred space for this ritual the day before, not only cleansing it mundanely, but reiving it of negative energy. You will decorate the altar and this space with those flowers, herbs, stones, statuary, and articles that ring with your vibrations and your personal inspirations.
The morning of your special day you will bathe with intent, cleansing not only your body, but your mind and your spirit as well; paving the way for purity of intent and application of personal power.
You will wear a long loose robe, one that can be easily shifted aside to expose those areas of the body to be anointed; or you will perform this ritual skyclad (naked). You will have purchased a silver pendent necklace as a symbol of your new position in life. This pendent may be a pentacle, or it may be a symbol that resonates more closely with your own energy.
When you have bathed and dressed yourself, and after you have taken some time to ground and center yourself, you will begin.
1. Cast your circle.
“I, (name), have entered this circle in perfect love and perfect trust. I am ready to commit myself to the way of witch. I place myself now before the altar of the Goddess and the God, before the altar of the Ancient Ones, before the altar of the Powers that Be.”
5. Stand before the altar now and prepare to anoint yourself. Taking the bottle of oil from the altar, put some oil on your fingers and touch them to the tops of your feet, saying:
“Bless these feet,
Apply the oil to your knees, saying:
“Bless these knees,
Apply the oil to your genitals, saying:
(Note: If the initiate is a male, say:
Apply the oil to your breasts, saying:
“Bless these breasts and the heart beneath,
Touch the oil to your forehead, tracing a pentagram upon it, and set the bottle of oil back upon your altar.
6. Take up your initiation pendent, holding it aloft, stand before the altar, saying:
“I, (name), do solemnly swear upon the blood of my ancestors to devote the rest of my days to living the way of witch.
I swear loyalty to the Ancient Ones, the gods and goddesses who always were, are now, and shall forever be.
I swear loyalty to my fellow witches; my sister-witches of the past, as well as those who touch my life today, and those I have yet to meet. I vow to keep their secrets, to learn from them as well as teach, to respect our differences, and to celebrate our journey together upon this sacred path.
I freely take upon myself the life of witch. As I turn the corner to live my destiny, I declare to the Powers present here that my magical name is (craft name).”
7. With your pendent in your hands, go now and stand before the gate of Earth. Raise your pendent aloft, saying:
“By the powers of Earth,
Guardians of the Gateway of Earth,
I am (craft name)!”
Go now and stand before the gate of Air. Raise your pendent aloft, saying:
I am (craft name)!”
Go now and stand before the gate of Fire. Raise your pendent aloft, saying:
I am (craft name)!”
I am (craft name)!”
Upon this day, a witch is born--
So Mote It Be.”
The following ritual will allow you to re-connect with the Goddess and rediscover the magic and mystique of the feminine divine.
1. To connect with moon energy, you must place yourself beneath its light, allowing your body to bathe within its silver sheen. As you do so, ground and center yourself.
3. Stand with your feet slightly parted; raise your arms to the sky, hands open and receptive. Say:
“I stand before You now, Mother of the Earth,
The magic of the moon,
4. Stand for a few minutes where you are. You may feel physical sensations that are unique to this ritual and goddess energy, or you may feel sensations that are common during the movement of energy and the acquisition of power. Don’t be disappointed, however, if you have no physical sensations at all; not everyone is sensitive enough to pick this up. This does not mean that energy has not been moved or power acquired.
1. White pillar wiccaning candle
2. Elemental candles for the quarters-- green, yellow, red, & blue;
I know these items fall under the title of ‘general ritual tools’ and would be included as a matter of course, but these candles have a special significance for this ritual and so I’ve listed them.
3. Small bowl of salt, placed at the north gate
4. Incense, placed at the east gate
5. Small bowl of water, placed at the west gate
2. Three ribbons, approximately 6 feet long, tied together in a knot at one end, preferably white, red, and black
3. Handfasting rings, or another piece of magical jewelry to be exchanged by the couple during the ritual
4. A handfasting broom, decorated as you wish for the occasion
1. The handfasting ritual may be performed inside a cast circle, with the quarters called. This would be the perfect opportunity to include participation of friends or family members by assigning an individual to each of the four quarters, to invoke the element and light the elemental candle.
1. A black candle to represent the Crone
2. A white taper candle for the maiden and a holder for this candle
3. A red taper candle for the mother and a holder for this candle
4. A special piece of jewelry, perhaps a pendent or a ring, that commemorates this occasion and will be presented as part of the ceremony
“Who comes today to represent this woman and her journey to this point?”
Let the celebrations begin!
1. A white pillar candle representing the deceased
2. A photo of the individual
By the element of Earth, you were grounded in the physical world.
By the element of Air, you were open to knowledge and communication. By the element of Fire, you were inspired with passion. By the element of Water, you could dream your dreams. So now, by Earth, by Air, by Fire, by Water…shall you pass to the next stage of your existence.”
Merry we meet,
And merry we part,
Until we merry meet again.”
6. The Priestess will then extinguish the flame of the white pillar candle. She may step forward and present this candle to the deceased’s closest relative, spouse, or partner.