Imbolc Sabbat 2008
at MoonPath CUUPS, Ft. Lauderdale
January 26, 2008
Rev. Sandra Richardson, High Priestess and Mark Foley, High Priest
Candle Blessing and Honoring Winter's Peak
Consecrate the circle. Bless the altar, symbols and tools of the ritual. The High Priest anoints the High Priestess with Holy Oil. The High Priestess anoints the High Priest with Holy Oil. The Herald calls forth the members of the Covenant, saying, "GATHER AROUND THE SACRED GROUND THOSE WHO WOULD STAND IN SPIRIT TONIGHT. COME IN STRENGTH AND GOODNESS AND PEACE. COME TO REMEMBER THE LIGHT OF LIFE." A chant begins (We all come from the Goddess?). CUUPS members with palm fans, smudge sticks, and Holy Water stand in 2 lines. The attendees go through the 2 lines for cleansing. Then they form a circle while changing as everyone enters the circle. The High Priest rings bell 3 times. The High Priestess raises arms and says, "DARKNESS IS DARKNESS, AND LIGHT IS LIGHT. BUT LIFE IS ETERNAL BE IT DAY OR NIGHT." All repeat. Call to honor the Spherical Directions. East - Lady Irene South - Lady Cinnamon West - Lady Black Diamond North - Lord Barlowe The High Priest says, "BEHOLD THE CIRCLE OF THE MOONPATH CHAPTER OF CUUPS GATHERED TO MARK THE PEAK OF WINTER IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE OF OUR WORLD." All say: "GLORY TO THE ETERNAL AND SACRED POWER BEHELD IN ALL THINGS SEEN AND UNSEEN, WHO IS KNOWN BY MANY NAMES." The High Priestess says: "BEHOLD, THY SOUL IS CAST FROM A LIVING STAR. THOU ART SHINING AWARENESS, OBSERVER OF LIFE." All say: "MAY I LOOK UPON MY LIGHT AND MY SHADOW AND WALK IN THE TRUENESS OF SELF, AND IN KNOWLEDGE OF OUR GREATER CONNECTION WITH THE COSMOS." The High Priest says: "WE ARE PURE BEINGS. OUR LIFE FORCE IS PURE. OUR FORMS ARE PURE. WE GATHER TO ALIGN OUR HOLY SELVES WITH THE GREATER AND LESSER SYSTEMS WE ARE AN INSEPARABLE PART OF." May all repeat the Articles of Faith I believe in the Sacred Goddess Mother of Heaven and Earth And of all things visible and invisible, And in the Great Lord who stands by Her side, Master of Life and Death, Protector and Father Divine, And in the Holy Guardians of the Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, The greater and lesser spirits, The continuity of life And the sanctity of the earth. From my feet to my crown, In thought, word, and deed, I am the covenant and the power Manifest unto the world. So mote it be. The High Priest says, "THE SACRED GOD IS THE PRIMORDIAL BREATH OF LIFE. HE, WHO IS BEYOND HUMAN GENDER, IS BEHELD IN ALL EXPRESSIONS OF LIFE. MAY YOU JOIN ME IN PRAYER WITH YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS AS I INVOKE OUR GOD." Invocation of the God The High Priestess says, "THE SACRED GODDESS is the PRIMORDIAL WOMB OF BEGINNINGS. SHE, WHO IS BEYOND HUMAN GENDER, IS BEHELD IN ALL EXPRESSIONS OF LIFE. MAY YOU JOIN ME IN PRAYER WITH YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS AS I INVOKE OUR GODDESS." Invocation of Goddess The High Priestess rings bell 3 times. The High Priest calls forth the Sabbat Instrument of Cleansing - AND ASKS EVERYONE TO PASS IT AROUND AND SMOKE THEIR NEIGHBORS AS THE REST OF THE RITUAL CONTINUES. SABBAT RITUAL: High Priest says: As you sage one another, we will begin the Sabbat Ritual to honor the Peak of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere of our planet the Earth. (I like the simultaneous action as it blends the sense of participation in ritual). High Priestess rings the bell 3 times. High Priestess: Great Goddess, Temple of Life, before You I honor the experience of my incarnation as Woman. I am humbled by the ingenious complexity beheld in Your planetary and Universal organism. May the essence of the Womb be honored, in its potential power to bring forth life anew. High Priest: Great God, Breath of Life, before You I honor the experience of my incarnation as Man. I stand in awe at Your masterfully, creative hand as the manifestation of Life has been renewed for eons. May the essence of the Seed be honored, in its potential power to bring forth life anew. (High Priestess sweeps the circle with a broom (or a wand) and then kneels in front of the altar, whereupon the High Priest places a veil (or a wreathe) upon her brow.) High Priest: We gather this Winterpeak's night to honor the fruit of Your womb, where in the frozen north new life rests in potential to be awakened anew. All may repeat: "Glory to the Sacred Goddess. May She be the abundant Earth forever." The High Priest lifts the High Priestess to her feet and removes the veil. Then he removes his black cloak and the High Priestess's black cloak and lights a candle from the altar candle. High Priest: "The light of My seed I have given forth, so that it may be nurtured and grown anew." High Priestess lights her candle from the High Priest's candle. High Priestess: "Your seed I have received and within life grows throughout the Earth as rivers melt and waters flow. To all I shall give blessings in abundance. By the rising of coming moons, may it wax true." High Priestess blesses the basket of candles: Purpose of the blessing - to mark Winter's Peak and give the blessing of Abundance to all within the rite. "I bless the creatures of wax and light Serve this purpose, flaming bright Infused with magick, you shall be Wick and wax, delivering pure energy. I give you life of needed length Instruments now of clarity and strength If Candlemas day be long, be bright Winter will have another flight. But if the day is dark with rain, Winter will be gone again! For I am Brigid, known by many names, With this light, you become my living flame. Burn this candle and sing me praise As it was done in elder days! For I am Brigid, both here and there, I bless the hearths and hearts so that none may despair. In fertile darkness life grows into birth Thus with this light do we banish Winter from the Earth Behold! Earth awakens from Her slumber, Light falls across the Artic tundra. Behold! The Sun lengthens His presence Fertility is bound within matter and Light's essence. Be ever mindful of the law of three I bless these candles, So Mote It Be!" High Priest rings the bell 3 times. May all repeat the Affirmation of Power I am at the center of all things, Born of the Most High The Earth and the Water are at my feet. Thy bounty and goodness are with me. Thy power and wisdom are in the Wind, And the Fire at my grasp. I lift my spirit to Thee, And Thy glory shines upon my face. Holy art Thou, And blessed are Thy children. So mote it be. The High Priest: "WE ARE ALL CENTERS TO ALL THINGS. THERE IS DIVINITY IN ALL OF NATURE." The High Priestess: "THE TREE AND THE OCEAN ARE CENTERS TO ALL THINGS. THE LIVING AND THE DEAD ARE CENTERS TO ALL THINGS." The High Priest SAYS: "THERE IS ONLY ETERNAL CHANGE IN WHICH WE PLAY AN INTEGRAL PART. THE EARTH BELOW US IS SACRED, TOUCH IT AND KNOW IT IS YOUR BODY. (give folks a moment to touch it if they wish) THE SKY ABOVE US IS SACRED, TOUCH IT AND KNOW IT IS THE BREATH IN YOUR LUNGS. (give folks a moment to lift their arms to the sky if they wish). INHALE THIS BEAUTIFUL OXYGEN DEEPLY, AND EXHALE TOGETHER IN A UNIFIED AND EXTENDED OM, ALLOWING YOUR VOICE TO BLEND WITH THE VOICES OF EVERYONE. KNOW THAT THIS IS THE SOUND OF THE UNIVERSAL LIFE WE ARE ALL A PART OF.. (encourage the circle to OM together for a few times, and I would even encourage this to take its own form and continue for a while. It is a wonderful group meditative opportunity.)" The High Priest says: LOOK INTO THE EYES OF YOUR NEIGHBOR AND HONOR THEIR DIVINITY. LET US EMBRACE IN JOY FOR OUR OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THIS LIFE TOGETHER AND WITH ALL THINGS GREAT AND SMALL." May all repeat the Affirmation of Faith Thou art a lamp unto my feet, Though the road be narrow, And rocks bar the way, My footing is sure, For Thou art with me In all that I do. So mote it be. Cakes and Ale. The High Priestess and the High Priest bless the cakes and ale, plus the other food and drink to be consumed after the ritual. The High Priest rings bell 3 times. Dismiss the Goddess Dismiss the God Closing salutations to the Holy Guardians of the Watchtowers of the: North- Lord Barlowe West- Lady Black Diamond South- Lady Cinnamon East- Lady Irene Clear Temple with High Priestess and High Priest: Health, happiness and love from us to thee Have a Happy Imbolc, So Mote It Be. Everyone claps 3 times. The High Priest rings bell 3 times.