The Dedication of Cafell
August 31, 2006
UU Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Magical Name: Cafell [-au, f.] Welsh\, feminine; (n.) Oracle, Cell, Sanctuary,
Deities: Woden, Odin (German, Woden; Norse Paganism, Odin): In Germanic religion and mythology, the supreme god. God of magic, poetry, prophecy, victory, battle, wisdom, and death. Odin can make the dead speak to question the wisest amongst them. Odin was also a shapechanger, able to alter his form in any way he liked. He was said to travel the world without being recongnized. Odin is said to be a healer, hinting at shamanistic origins, as he is god of magic and prophecy.
Goddess Brigit (Ireland) Goddess of the Sun and of Fire; Goddess of healers, inspiration, learning divination, occult knowledge, poetry, prophecy Goddess of Poets, Smiths, Childbirth and Inspiration
Goddess Rhiannon (Wales) Goddess of The Moon; Goddess of Birds, Horses, Inspiration Enchantment, Fertility and the Otherworld.
Maeve: (Irish) ’Queen of Intoxication’, in ancient times she was said to hold the entrance to the Otherworld, which is now called the Cave of the Cats. This Goddess conferred sovereignty on the many Kings by a ritual of intoxication and then a 'marriage' to them. Goddess of fertility and the Otherworld.
Sacred Focus: Spiritual Healing
Continuing the Writing of Autobiography
Respect and Care of Nature
Focus of Interest, Reading or Study:
Celtic History and Cultural Philosophy
Nutrition, Healing Foods and Nutrients
Magickal Number: Three
Astrological Sun Sign: Leo
This is the Ritual of Dedication for Cafell to proclaim a rite of passage to a new identity; the beginning of the year and a day of study and practice on their chosen path as Wiccan:
I. Casting a circle of purification and blessing: Cafell enters ceremony tied at the wrist with purple cord, later to cut with knife by Spel.
All walking around the circle, Using smudge stick and Sacred Water, the circle is cast by each walking around the outside of the circle, waving the smudge stick and
sprinkling water as we go. WE can either chant or drum. Circling inside the circle, all participants are cleansed, with smudge stick and sea water. Spelcastor saying:
"Powers of the Sun and Moon, Elements of Nature, Bequests of our Ancestors and Gifts of the Other world, come into this circle of love, peace and tranquility to share your qualities of wisdom, clarity, and knowledge so that we, together may further query the vast wonders of the Heavens".
Incense of Frankincense around Circle or Sage Wand
Drum Chant in Rhythm to Chosen Celtic Music
II. Calling the four directions.
Great Father, we give you honor.
THE EAST: I call upon you powers of Air to witness this rite and to guard this circle.
THE SOUTH: I call upon you powers of Fire to witness this rite and guard this circle.
THE WEST: I call upon you powers of Water to witness this rite and guard this circle.
THE NORTH: I call upon you powers of Earth to witness this rite and guard this circle.
So Mote it be.
III. Calling the Goddesses and the Gods
Blessed Be Lady moon, mother of all life. I invite your
presence in our circle tonight. Join with us in joyous enchantment
of this night. For behold, we stand here in the light of your love
to worship in the ancient way and to spin moon magick
Hear me now, my mother, as I bless your bounty and your goodness.
Bless me in turn with you eternal tenderness.
Wrap us in your warm silvery light.
Hold us forever in the protective embrace of your boundless arms.
So mote it be!
Lord of the Night, join us now in this sacred space. Your
Lady rides high in the starry sky and will soon be in and of us.
Come now to join us in the ancient holy rites. So mote it is.
IV. Presentation of Cafell by Elders and Deities
Sophia, Spelcastor and dragnfli present Cafell to the community.
These Elders and the community ask Cafell some questions. She answers well.
V. Presentation and dedication of tools and gifts to alter.
Cafell: Now I take up my Working Tools:
I unbind and offer this cord (as it is cut from
wrist). This is the sign of power and
And with this Gown and Veil which surround my body, I seal
VI. Meditation and Visualization: by dragnfli:
"On the evening of Cafell's Dedication, I thought it would be appropriate to do a
guided meditation on New Beginnings. Now is the waxing, or growing, phase of the Moon, and this dedication is a new step for Cafell, as she begins the next leg
of her journey on her newly chosen path to God, self-discovery, joy and peace.
Perhaps some of you also have new beginnings that would benefit from a little focused and intentional meditation....So let us
begin. Now everybody please relax and stand comfortably. feel yourself to be centered and connected to
Mother Earth and Father Sky. Close your eyes and begin taking deep breaths. in through the nose and out through the
mouth. breathe in the positive, clean, new air that surrounds you. and breath out the negative and the
old. releasing anything that is holding you back from true connection with the Divine on this next step of your
journey. Breath in and breath out."
VII. Song of Transition: ‘Bend Little Willow’ Pre-recorded music is played
By Paul McCartney
Bend little willow
‘Winds going to blow you
Hard and long tonight
Life, as it happens…
Nobody warns you
Willow, hold on tight
Nothing’s going to shake your love
Take your love away
No one’s out to break your heart
It only seems that way…hey
Sleep, little willow
Peace gonna follow
Time will heal your wounds
Grow to the heavens
Now and forever
Always came too soon.
VIII. Dedication of Cafell
Spelcastor holds athame to Cafell’s throat.
I, Cafell, come into this sacred place willingly. I come to dedicate my myself to the pagan ways and to the Craft of the "Old Religion, whose power is still strong and vital. "Here I give my word-bond to follow the ancient paths that lead to true wisdom and knowledge. I will serve the Great Goddess and give reverence to the Great God. I am a pagan, a stone of the ancient circle, standing firmly balanced upon the Earth, yet open to the winds of the heavens, and enduring through time. May the Old Celtic Gods witness these works.
By my own free will, I most solemnly swear that I ever never reveal those secrets of the Craft which shall be entrusted to me, except it be to a proper person; and that I will never deny the secrets to such an ethical person whom has taken honorable oath of the Craft. All this I swear by my unity to the life around me.
to the Quarters
Sophia, Spelcastor, and dragnfli present Cafell to each of the Quarters as Witch, Priestess, and Hidden Child of the Goddess. Then they present her to the community, with much applause.
X. Ceremony of Bread & Wine
Cafell leads and anoints those in circle with essence oil as bread and wine are served…
By D.P Leitch
Donovan, Vocal and acoustical guitar;
Graham Nash, Leslie Duncan and Mike McCartney, Vocals
XI. Cafell Thanks the Deities, Dismisses the Quarters, and Opens the Circle.
“Thanks be given to Brigit, Rhianon, and Odin”
NORTH: Depart in peace, powers of Earth. My thanks and blessings.
WEST: Depart in peace, powers of Water. My thanks and blessings.
SOUTH: Depart in peace, powers of Fire. My thanks and blessings.
EAST: Depart in peace, powers of Air. My thanks and blessings.
The Circle is open, but unbroken. Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again!
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