A Generic Self-Initiation Ritual
(Modified from Janet & Stewart Farrar)

Circa 9/97

(This is the sort of Ritual that might be used for a personal
self-initiation by a Solitary. It would be customized to align
with your particular history and situation. Remember that the
symbolism is rebirth.)

The Cleaning of the Space:

With this water and with this salt, I cast out from this space all
the impurities and uncleanness of the spirit, in the names of the
God and Goddess.

Casting the Circle:

I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou beest a meeting-place
of perfect love and perfect trust; a shield against all wickedness
and evil; a boundary between the world of humankind and the realms
of the Mighty Ones; a protection that shall contain the power that
we shall raise within thee.  Wherefore I bless thee and consecrate
thee, in the names of the Goddess and the God.

Calling the Towers:

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Ladies of Air; I do
summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard
this Circle.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Ladies of Fire; I do
summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard
this Circle.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Ladies of Water; I do
summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard
this Circle.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Ladies of Earth; I do
summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard
this Circle.


Drawing down the Moon:

I invoke thee and call upon thee, Mighty Mother of us all, bringer
of all fruitfulness; by seed and root, by stem and bud, by leaf and
flower and fruit do I invoke thee to bless this rite, and to be
with me one of thy Hidden Children.

Charge of the Goddess:

Gentle Goddess, powerful God; I am your child, now and always. 
Your breath is my life.  Your voice, Great Mother, and yours, Great
Father, speak within me, as they do in all your creatures, if we
will only listen.  Therefore, here in your Magic Circle, which
stands between the world of humankind and the realm of the Mighty
Ones, do I open my heart to your blessing.

The Dedication:

I have been in the Temple of the Goddess.  I have been in her ways. 
I come now to dedicate and consecrate myself to the Art of the "Old
Religion."

I measure myself with a blue cord and knot it at each end to mark
my height from head to heel.  I am ready and willing to pledge my
mind to learning, my heart to love, my body to life, my life to
peace as the Goddess and God so will it?

(Kneeing and holding blue cord outstretched between hands.)

Here is my measure to remind me of the promise I make to learn,
love and live fully, work for peace and respect and care for Mother
Earth.  As the Goddess and God will it, I pledge that all between
my two hands, which represents my total being, will be henceforth
used for the betterment of all.  So mote it be.

Meditation:

I spread before me symbols of the steps along my spiritual journey. 
Some, I draw closer to me.  Others, I push away.

Take heed, ye Ladies and Lords of the East, that I, __________, am
properly prepared to become a priest and witch.

Take heed, ye Ladies and Lords of the South, that I, __________, am
properly prepared to become a priest and witch.

Take heed, ye Ladies and Lords of the West, that I, __________, am
properly prepared to become a priest and witch.

Take heed, ye Ladies and Lords of the North, that I, __________, am
properly prepared to become a priest and witch.

(Holding Athame against chest.)

I, __________, in the presence of the Mighty Ones, do of my own
free will and accord most solemnly swear that I ever keep secret
and never reveal those secrets of the Craft which shall be
entrusted to me, except it be to a proper person; and that I will
never deny the secrets to such a person if she or he be properly
vouched for by a sister or brother of the Art.  All this I swear by
my thirst for connection to the life around me; and may my weapons
turn against me, if I break this my solemn oath.

I hereby sign myself with the Triple Sign.  I consecrate myself
with oil.

I anoint myself with wine.

I consecrate myself with my lips...priest and witch.

Now I take up the Working Tools.  First the Athame.  This is the
true witch's weapon, and with this, I can form all magic circles,
dominate, subdue and punish all rebellious spirits and demons, and
even persuade angels and good spirits.  With this in my hand, I am
the ruler of the Circle.

Next I take up the Magic Sword.  This is the marker of the Magic
Circle, and has all the power of the Athame.

Next I take up the White-Hilted Knife.  Its use is to form all
instruments used in the Art.  It can only be used in a Magic
Circle.

Next I take up the Wand.  Its use is to call up and control certain
angels and genii to whom it would not be meet to use the Athame.

Next I take up the Cup.  This is the vessel of the Goddess, the
Cauldron of Cerridwen, the Holy Grail of Immortality.  From this,
sisters and brothers of the Art drink in comradeship, and in honor
of the Goddess.

Next I take up the Pentacle.  This is for the purpose of safety and
the calling up appropriate spirits.

Next I take up the Censer of Incense.  This is to encourage and
welcome good spirits and to banish evil spirits.

Next I take up the Scourge.  This is the sign of power and
domination.  It is also used to cause purification and
enlightenment.  For it is written, "To learn you must suffer and be
purified.

Next I take up the Bell.  This is the sweet sound of passage.  The
passage of time, passage of events, passage of transition.

Next and lastly I take up this Cord.  Cords are of use to bind the
signs of the Art.

And with this Necklace, which is the Circle of Rebirth, I seal my
commitment to the Craft of the Wise.

Hear ye, Mighty Ones of the East.  I, __________, have been duly
consecrated Priest, Witch, and Hidden Child of the Goddess.

Hear ye, Mighty Ones of the South.  I, __________, have been duly
consecrated Priest, Witch, and Hidden Child of the Goddess.

Hear ye, Mighty Ones of the West.  I, __________, have been duly
consecrated Priest, Witch, and Hidden Child of the Goddess.

Hear ye, Mighty Ones of the North.  I, __________, have been duly
consecrated Priest, Witch, and Hidden Child of the Goddess.

Banishing the Circle:

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Ladies of Air; I do
thank you for attending our rites; and ere ye depart to your
pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell...Hail and
farewell.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Ladies of Fire; I do
thank you for attending our rites; and ere ye depart to your
pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell...Hail and
farewell.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Ladies of Water; I do
thank you for attending our rites; and ere ye depart to your
pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell...Hail and
farewell.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Ladies of Earth; I do
thank you for attending our rites; and ere ye depart to your
pleasant and lovely realms, I bid you hail and farewell...Hail and
farewell.

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