Faerie Elaine Silver presents a Musical Ritual
MoonPathCUUPS, March 6, 2004, under the Full Moon
The night of the Full Moon. Here is the text of the Musical Ritual we presented with Faerie Elaine Silver and sponsored by our MoonPath Chapter of CUUPS. The music is drawn from her five CDs: G1 I Choose Love G2 The Lady of the Lake G3 Divine Favorites G4 Faerie Goddess G5 Faeries, Dreams & Other Friends (We will have a fire circle and Elaine in the east with mics, guitar and reading light. HP and HPS are Narrators. There is an altar to the right of Elaine with a mic, reading light and props. The Moon is full and the circle is otherwise dark.) (HP welcomes audience to this ritual.) HP: "`Tis time to return to the Old Ways. Relax. Let your mind wander. We take a step outside of the mundane, and enjoy the magick of faerie Elaine Silver. We will invoke, the Goddess in her many aspects, the Goddess of the Moon." G2/8: `Tis Time - Now We Take a Step Outside the Mundane: HP: "The Moon is full, and it is time for the Gathering. Envision a lone Covenor who enters walking through the mists in her valley towards the high ground where the evening ritual will be held. She is eager to be with her friends gathering in communion." (As the music plays, HPS enters circle carrying a torch and slowly circles docile twice around before stepping up to the Altar. She gives the torch to HP who positions it for extra reading light.) G4/1: Divine Emotion - a Call to Worship: HP: "Next we will call the quarters to our sacred Circle. As the directions are named, the HPS will light each quarter torch: East, South, West, North." G4/2: Calling All Directions - Blessing the Circle: HPS: "Now that we have prepared our space, we invite the Goddess to extend to us her blessing and guidance." (HP and HPS extend arms in Goddess position to Elaine as she begins singing. Fire tender lights central fire, heavily soaked with charcoal lighter. Whoosh!) G1/4: Call on the Moon - The Goddess joins us HPS: "Legend has it that there were more peaceful times before invading tribes came from the East. The shorter people were here first. The invaders brought with them weapons of iron. Tools of bronze were no match. In remembrance of the little people, some spiritual traditions include no iron among their altar tools." (HPS and HP dance around circle inviting children, wee faeries, and others to join them.) G4/8: In Days Gone By - The Age of the Faeries: HP: "We now share a history lesson. We look back to the time of the tyranny of patriarchy. We invoke the Goddess in seven aspects as she was known in ancient times." HPS: "Isis - Egyptian Goddess, she enfolds us within her wings." HP: "Astarte - Canaanite Goddess of the sacred groves." HPS: "Diana - Roman Goddess of the Hunt, champion of women and with a taste for men." HP: "Hekate - Greek, maybe Celtic, Goddess of the crossroads." HPS: "Demeter - Goddess of the Earth, the harvest, and the return of spring." HP: "Kali - Hindu Goddess of War, destruction, and transformation." HPS: `Inanna - Mother Goddess of Mesopotamia who descended into the Underworld to meet her Dark Sister" HP: Join us as the chant comes around: Isis, Astarte, Diana - Hekate, Demeter, Kali - Inanna. Isis, Astarte, Diana - Hekate, Demeter, Kali - Inanna. Isis, Astarte, Diana - Hekate, Demeter, Kali - Inanna. G4/10: Burning Times - A History Lesson or Guided Meditation: HPS: "The Goddess offers a blessing to the Children of the Moon, and a story of magick." (During the song, HP and HPS will empower some Moon Water. They circle around to the front of the alter. HP raises up a glass punch bowl. With great flourish, HPS pours a glass pitcher of rose-scented water into the punch bowl. Together they raise the bowl towards the moon and then to each of the quarters.) G1/9: The Faerie Blessing Song HP: "The Goddess offers an anointing to the Children of the Moon. We are so bold in our early years. Our confidence is perhaps later dashed. The Goddess assures us that we are beloved and connected." HPS: "We will pass among you and bless you with a dash of moon water." (During song, HP carries bowl and HPS with sweeping gesture sprinkles everyone for the anointing. [Dabbing individual foreheads would take far too long.]) G4/5: How Could Anyone - A Song to Children of the Moon: HP: "You might visualize angels at the quarters and a healing light restoring you. The full moon of each month has a name. March is the Storm Moon. June is the Faerie Moon. The second full moon in a month is called a Blue Moon and occurs `one in thirteen.'" The next Blue Moon will be in July." HPS: "We raise energy through dancing. Stand with left hand up - right hand down. Receive energy from the person on your left and pass it to the person on your right. We will dance dosile (clockwise) with a step befitting a waltz." (Right hand up - Left hand down. HP and HPS step about the Circle inviting others to join in and take their hand. What follows is a spiral dance.) G4/3: The Blue Moon Song/Faeries (June) Moon - Raising the Energy: HPS: "The Goddess bids us farewell. But she is always with us. We are each a Child of the Moon. When you might feel disconnected, remember, we are not alone." G1/11: I Will (Move right into next song. Using a snuffer, HPS extinguishes the four quarter torches starting with the north and moving widdershins. She returns to the altar and HP for final blessing.) G4/13: By the Earth - Opening the Circle: HP: "The ritual is ended, go in peace. We thank "Faerie" Elaine Silver for her wonderful music for our rite." "Stay if you will, leave if you must, go in peace."