Cone of Ritual Protection
SWIM 2003
December 30, 2003
Compiled by Shining Spirits

Participants form a Circle and stand in readiness.

HPS: Be ye far from us, O ye profane,
for we are about to invoke the power of the goddess and the god. 
Enter their temple with clean hands and a pure heart,
lest ye defile the source of life.

Chant:
We are a Circle within a Circle
With no beginning and never ending.

HPS rings bell.

HPS: By the air that is her breath 
and the fire that is her bright spirit; 
By the water that is her living womb 
and the earth that is her body,  
We shall cast a Circle 
and  make this place sacred and apart.

HP takes up athame and casts Circle.

Chant:
     We cast our Circle round and round.
     By its power we are bound.

HPS casts the Circle with besom.

Chant:
    We cleanse our Circle to purify
      our sacred space twixt earth and sky.

HP takes up incense stick and casts the Circle.

Chant:
    Smoke and fire in the air
      we see witches everywhere.

HPS: 
      The Circle is cast!
       The Bell is rung,
       The Candles are lit,
       The Chant is sung.
       The Book is opened,
       The Altar is set, 
       The Cauldron is stirred,
       The Group is met.
     
       We now proclaim to everyone
       That our Ritual has begun.

HP taps altar three times with Athame

QUARTER CALLS:

HP:  By their names, our quarters call,
      May the Spirits join us all.

North:
Spirit of the Earth, of North,
Be here as we call you forth.

East:
Spirit of the East, of Air,
Join us with your spirit fair.

South:
Spirit of the South, of Fire,
Be with us is our desire.

West:
Spirit of Water, of the West, 
Join us now with all the rest.

HP: In this night and in this hour,
     I call upon the Ancient Power,
     Oh Goddess Bride and Consort Bright,
     I ask you now to bring your light.

HPS: In no way may these spells reverse,
       or place upon us any curse.

Charge of the Goddess and the God

HPS: The Goddess and the God speak to us thus...
HPS:    I am the Lady of springtime.
HP:    I am the Lord of night.
HP/HPS:   Together we balance dark and light.
HP:    I am the Sun God, the Lord of many names.

HPS:    I am the Goddess of the Moon, countless names have I.
HP:    I am the Sun which warms the Earth,
                and creates the spark of life within.
HPS:    I am the Earth which nurtures all living beings.
HP:    I am everything, yet I am nothing without you.
HPS:    I am everything, yet I am nothing without you.
HP:    I am God.
HPS:    I am Goddess.

HP/HPS:  May you all be here in peace and love.
          We bid you welcome.

HPS rings bell.

Cone of Protection

HP:  We meet together to share our joy of life and of the Earth,
and to reaffirm our feelings for the Goddess and the God.  
We ask them to favor us now as we crate a Cone of
Protection to keep us safe--in this place, as we
return to our homes, and throughout our lives.  
We recognize the need to continually revisit and
strengthen this Cone of Protection.

HPS: I ask you each, now, to close your eyes. 
Visualize a cone surrounding yourself.  
When you see that cone and feel it around you, breathe in deeply.  
It is safe here within our Circle.  
We have created a space sacred and apart.   
The air you breathe is safe.  
Breathe that safe air in, and then out and into your cone.  
Continue to fill your cone with air 
from the safety of our Circle, breathing in and out.  
The air from our Circle contains the energy to make
your cones strong and safe and protecting.
Continue in silence, filling your Cone of Protection
with the warm breath of the safe air from our Circle.

Allow a bit of time to pass, then HP and HPS say together, softly:

HP/HPS:
I am protected by your might,
Lord and Lady, day and night.
Group takes up chant and the energy builds.

HPS:  We give thanks to the Goddess and the God 
for their love and protection 
this day and throughout our lives.  
As they care for us, so do we honor them.

HP: And now we all kneel to touch the Earth 
     and ground the excess of the energy we have raised.

HPS rings chime 3 times.

DISMISSAL

HPS:  We came together in love and friendship.
       Let us part the same way, spreading the love we have known 
         in this Circle outward to all.
HP:  Let us now dismiss the Quarters widdershens, 
      starting with the North:

Farewell, Spirits of the North,
We thank you.  Now you may go forth.

Farewell, Spirits of the West,
We thank you. You may go and rest.

Farewell, Spirits of the South,
Our truth be spread by word of mouth.

Farewell, Spirits of the East,
We thank you.  You may go and feast.

HPS: 
The light of the maiden surrounds you.
The love of the lady enfolds you.
The wisdom of the crone empowers you.
Where ever you are, the Goddess is,
And all is well.

HPS and HP:  The Circle is open but unbroken,
May the Peace of the Goddess,
And the Strength of the God,
Be ever in your hearts.

Merry Meet and Merry Part, And Merry Meet Again.

HP:  It is a part of my tradition
that we hug one another following a Circle.

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