On Saturday, March 10, 2001, the Full Moon Shines above Us.
Here is a draft of the Musical Ritual we will present with Faerie Elaine Silver sponsored by our MoonPath Chapter of CUUPS. The music is drawn from three CDs: G1 Faerie Goddess G2 Divine Favorites G3 The Lady of the Lake (We will have Elaine center stage with guitar and mic. She will have a boom mic for voice and a pickup for guitar. HP and HPS are Narrators. There will be an altar to the right of Elaine.) The first song is the bridge from the concert into the Ritual. HP will explain what is about to happen and introduce Elaine, and then step to the altar on the right. During the song, without being a distraction, he will fiddle with a wand, salt & water, and incense or sage. The initiated will see that he is creating sacred space. G3/8: Tis Time - Now We Take a Step Outside the Mundane: HP: (Lights a candle and places it in the altar.) "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 will enter from the rear of the room carrying a candle and slowly walk up the center aisle. She will end up facing Elaine and then step off to the right placing her candle on the altar.) G1/1: Divine Emotion - a Call to Worship: HPS explains that next we will call the quarters to our sacred Circle. As the directions are named, she will light each quarter candle: East, South, West, North. She will end up on the left side. G1/2: Calling All Directions - Blessing the Circle: HP: Now that we have prepared our space, we invite the Goddess to extend to us her wisdom and guidance. (HP and HPS extends arms in Goddess position to Elaine and step further aside.) G3/9: Goddess Guide Us - The Goddess Joins us (Here begins the magickal workings.) HPS: "Legend has it that there were more peaceful times before invading tribes came from the East. They brought with them weapon of iron. The shorter people were here first. In remembrance, some spiritual traditions include no iron among their altar tools." G1/8: 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." (HP and HPS softly join into the chanting of the seven goddess names.) G1/10: Burning Times - A History Lesson or Guided Meditation: HPS: "There is hope with each rising of the moon. The half moon is a time of strengthening energy. The new moon is a time of beginnings. A blue moon, one in thirteen moons, is a special time upon the Wheel of the Year." G2/8: Half Moon Rising HP: "The Goddess offers a blessing to the Women Children present. They are so bold in their early years. Their confidence is often dashed during puberty. Who recalls the recent book, saving Ophilia? The Goddess assures them that they are beloved and connected." G1/5: How Could Anyone - A Song to a Woman Child: 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. Dance dosile (clockwise) with a step befitting a waltz. Cakes and ale will appear. Our space is too tight for a full circle, but we can dance, share, laugh and hug." (Trays of cakes and cups of ale will be brought from behind the altar and passed as far as they will go.) HP: "You might visualize angels at the quarters and a healing light restoring you. The full moon of each month has a name. June is the Faerie Moon. The fourth full moon in a quarter is called a Blue Moon and occurs `one in thirteen.'" G1/3: The Blue Moon Song/Faeries (June) Moon - Raising the Energy: HPS: "The Goddess bids us farewell. We are each a Hidden Child of the Goddess. Some of us are disconnected, perhaps orphaned. We have been given a new family. We are not alone." G2:/12 Angel Orphan (Bio - Bio) (Using a snuffer, HPS extinguishes the four quarters starting with the north and moving widdershins. She takes her candle from the altar and slowly works to the rear of the church. At the end of the song, HP extinguishes the candle remaining on the altar.) G1/13: By the Earth - Opening the Circle: HP: "The ritual is ended, go in peace. We thank "Faerie" Elaine Silver for her wonderful basis for our rite." "Stay if you will, leave if you must, go in peace."