Elaine joined us this Valentine's Season for this Ritual at the UU Church of Fort Lauderdale on February 16, 2002.
Just as there are books from which we learn, there are tapes and CDs containing lessons, stories, and insights into the Craft. When one speaks in song or story, the vows of secrecy are not so near.
Elaine drew from her CDs, Faerie Goddess, Divine Favorites, Lady of the Lake, and a new release scheduled for June, 2002. These tapes is available on Elaine's website where you can also listen to selected sound clips.
Elaine is truly into faeries. Her references are to earth symbols and non-specific pantheons of goddesses. Earth below, sky above, are female and male symbols.
Love Spells & Ritual - 2/16/02 Set up an altar beside Elaine with one Goddess candle in the center, tea candles and a red candle at each side. Four quarter candles encircle the room. HP introduces Faerie Elaine and the Ritual: Sit back, relax, enter a time for magick. It's time to remember the old ways. #1: Tis Time to Remember the Old Ways: Envision a Covenor walking through the mists in a valley towards the high ground where the evening ritual will be held. She is eager to be with her friends gathering in communion. HPS enters from the rear of the church carrying a candle. As the music plays, she slowly moves down the aisle and joins HP at the altar. #2: Divine Emotion: And now we invite the quarters. We use earth symbols. As the directions are named, we light each quarter candle: East, South, West, North. See the reference to the North Star as a symbol for direction and guidance. #3: Calling All Directions: The Circle is cast by 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. Dance dosile with a step befitting a waltz. Each full moon has a name. June is the "Faerie Moon." The second full moon in a zodiac sign is called a Blue Moon and occurs "one in thirteen." #4: The Blue Moon Song/Faeries (June) Moon: We draw down the Goddess to be in our presence. Here we show a reverence for creation. As the song begins, we light the Goddess candle. She is now among us. Contemplate the Goddess candle. #5: I Can See Perfection: (Here begins the magical workings.) We light a pair of red candles for love magick The Goddess offers a blessing to those present: maid, matron and crone; youth, warrior and sage. We are so bold in our early years until our confidence is assaulted. The Goddess assures us that we are always beloved and connected. #6: How Could Anyone: The Goddess don't make any trash. Remember that your body is a temple. Here we might slide into raucous celebration. We are worthwhile. #7: Don't You Know: Legend has it that there were more peaceful times before invading tribes came from the West bringing weapon of iron. This is a history lesson reminding us of the shorter people who were here first. In remembrance, some pagans include no iron in their altar tools, except the athame. #8: In Days Gone By - The Age of the Faeries: During the next song, our HPS will joyfully grind rose peddles and rosemary. She will use mortar & pestle, dunk them in extra virgin olive oil, strain them and then (a la Martha Stewart) pull out the completed scented love oil for anointing. Here is a song of handfasting. The theme is that lovers might be together through successive incarnations. #9: One True Love - A Wedding Song: We call upon our ancestors to empower us. HPS and HP will anoint those who want during this song with the magickal oil we have made. #10: Grandmother Moon: And now we shall raise some energy with a chant and a song. Call on the Moon, when she is round, Love with you it shall abound, What you seek, it shall be found, In sky and sea and solid ground. #11: Call on the Moon: For love, all we need is to make ourselves lovable, and then to make time enough for love. We give you all a parting gift. We will pass out sprigs of the herb thyme. #12: Time in a Bottle: And now we close as we open our Circle: #13: By the Earth - Opening the Circle: Using a snuffer, extinguish first the Goddess candle and then the four quarters starting with the north and moving widdershins. The ritual is ended, go in peace. We thank "Faerie" Elaine Silver for her wonderful music for our rite. Thank you, Elaine Silver. Go in peace! Special Lyrics: Time in a bottle by Jim Croce (C) If I could save time in a bottle the first thing that I'd like do is to save everyday till eternity passes away just to spend them with you If I could make days last forever if words could make wishes come true I'd save everyday like a treasure and then again, I would spend them with you If I had a box just for wishes and dreams that had never come true the box would be empty except for the memory of how they were answered by you But there never seems to be enough time to do things you want to do once you find them I've looked around enough to know that you're the one I want to go through time with.