HP: Be it known that the Esbat is about to begin. Let none be here but of their own free will. HPS: Be it known that the practice of our religion involves secrets. Be reminded to share with no one on the outside the names of those gathered in this Circle tonight. HP/HPS: And now, let us begin. (Priestess and Priest invite the others to gather, cleanse, process, and form a circle. Proceed with chant. ) "We all come from the Goddess, And to her we will return, Like a drop of rain - flowing to the ocean." (HP rings chimes three times.) (HPS casts the Circle with athame moving deosil.) Chant: "We cast the Circle Round and Round By its power, we are bound." (HPS returns to altar and HP rings bell three times.) (HPS places three portions of salt in the water with her athame.) HPS: "Let the Sacred Salt drive out any impurities in this Water, that we may use it throughout these rites." (HPS takes up salt water and proceeds around Circle.) Chant: "Purify with Water and Salt If it rains, itūs not our fault." (HP takes up censer and proceeds around Circle.) Chant: "Fire and Smoke in the Air, We see Witches Everywhere." QUARTER CALLS: HP: "Cleanse the Circle with Water and Salt, If it rains, it's not our fault." (Calling the Directions: With athame raised, covener draws invoking pentagram, starting from the top, then down to left; gives the salute and kisses blade.) Spirits of the East. Oceanids, ocean nymphs splashing and singing, Come be with us this evening, And join our Circle." Spirits of the South, Mermaids, charmers and tempers of sailors, Come be with us this evening, And join our Circle." Spirits of the West. Nereids, water nymphs dancing upon the waves, Come be with us this evening, And join our Circle." Spirits of the North, Silkies, have woman, have seal, from the coasts of Scotland, Come be with us this evening, And join our Circle."HPS Guided Meditation Breathe deeply and relax completely. You take in the sea air. Your body sinks into the sand beneath you and you feel one with the earth. The moon above shimmers on the water and you sense protection and love as you bask in her light. Know the power of the moon, source of divine wisdom, giver of fantasies, dreams and visions. Bringer of creativity, originality, divinity, shine on us now. (Pause) Drawing Down the Moon: HP: 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: HP: Gentle Goddess: We are your children, now and always. Your breath is our life. Your voice, Great Mother, and yours, Great Father, speak within us, 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 we open our hearts to your blessing. Blessing from the Goddess: HPS: One night I had a wondrous dream, One set of footprints there was seen, The footprints of the Goddess they were, But mine were not along the shore. But then some stranger prints appeared, and I asked Her, "What have we here? These prints are large and round and neat, But much too big to be from feet." "My child," She said in somber tones, "For miles I carried you alone. I challenged you to walk in faith, But you refused and made me wait." "You would not learn, you would not grow, The walk of faith, you would not know, So I got tired, I got fed up, And there I dropped you on your butt. "Because in life, there comes a time When one must fight, and one must climb, When one must rise and take a stand, Or leave their butt prints in the sand." HP: "May you all be here in peace and love. We bid you welcome. HPS: "We are between the worlds, Where day and night, Life and death, Light and dark are one. The candles are lit, The Circle is cast. Let the Ritual begin." (HP takes up the Oil and anoints HPS, outlining Celtic Cross on forehead.) HP/HPS: "I consecrate thee in the names of the Goddess and the God, bidding you welcome to this their Circle. Merry Meet." (They salute and HPS anoints HP with the same words and Celtic Cross. HP and HPS then move together to anoint the Coveners with oil: males by HPS, females by HP.) HP/HPS: "I consecrate thee in the names of the Goddess and God, bidding you welcome to this their Circle. Merry Meet." (HP ring bell three times.) DEDICATION RITE (For one beginning their year and a day of study.) (Here, we started to adlib.) Present the Dedicant. Ask, "Are you prepared?" Explain the "Year and a Day." Explain taking measure with the Blue Cord. Members of the Circle describe: Working Tools and the importance of knowledge of Herbs, Runes, Tarot Cards, and the Stars. Others are asked to share their beginnings. Gifts are presented to the Dedicant. The Oath: To out no other witch, to maintain confidences. HP/HPS anoint the dedicant. Presentation of the Dedicant to the Quarters, as one who will become a witch, priest, and hidden child of the goddess. CAKES AND ALE (HP pours a small amount of ale for everyone. He pours a little into the libation dish. All salute the Gods. The bell is rung three times.) HPS: "Now is the time for us to give thanks to the Gods for all that sustains us. May we ever be aware of all that we owe the Gods." (HP takes up plate of cakes. HPS touches each with athame and puts one in the libation dish.) HPS: "This food is the blessing of the Gods to our bodies. Let us partake of it freely. And as we share, let us remember always to see to it that all that we have, we share with those who have nothing." (All eat) (The HP places his athame in the HPS goblet) HP: "In like fashion may male join with female, friend with friend, for the happiness of both." HPS: "Let the fruits of union promote life. Let all be fruitful and let wealth be spread throughout the lands." (All drink) HP: "As we enjoy these gifts of the Goddess and the God, let us remember that without the Goddess we would have nothing." HPS: "Eat and drink and be happy. Share and give thanks. So mote it be." DISMISSAL HPS: "We came together in love and friendship; let us part the same way. Let us spread the love we have known in this Circle outward to all; "Sharing it with those we meet." (Dismissing the Quarters: With athame raised, covener draws banishing pentagram, starting from the bottom left and moving up; gives the salute and kisses blade.) "Farewell, Spirits of the East, Oceanids, ocean nymphs splashing and singing, We give you thanks for your presence here. Stay if you will, go if you must. Go in peace." "Farewell, Spirits of the South, Mermaids, charmers and tempers of sailors, We give you thanks for your presence here. Stay if you will, go if you must. Go in peace." "Farewell, Spirits of the West, Nereids, water nymphs dancing upon the waves, We give you thanks for your presence here. Stay if you will, go if you must. Go in peace." "Farewell, Spirits of the North, Silkies, have woman, have seal, from the coasts of Scotland, We give you thanks for your presence here. Stay if you will, go if you must. Go in peace." HPS: "Lady and Lord, our thanks to you for sharing this time together. Our thanks for watching over us; guarding and guiding us in all things. Love is the Law and Love is the Bond. HPS: "The Circle is open but unbroken, May the Peace of the Goddess, And The Strength of the God, Go in your hearts. Merry Meet and Merry Part, And Merry Meet again.