Sekhmet's Mid Summer Ritual

August 4th, 2002
By Sophia


Ritual: Mid Summer. First Harvest. Banishing/New Beginnings (transition) 
ritual. Life that dies so that life may live. It is common ritual to bake 
special ceremonial breads to honor the Goddesses and Gods. The grinding of the 
grain represents the harvest and death (or transition), adding sprouted wheat 
and yeast represents resurrection, and the consumption of the food represents 
the cycles of nature and new life. Honors the Grain Harvests and the Goddesses 
and Gods of Death and Resurrection. 

The August Full Moon is the Corn moon on August 22, 2002, 5:29pm. 
Sun is 15 degrees in Leo on August 7, 2002. 
Halfway between Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox. 

This eclectic ritual will be in honor of the Goddess Sekhmet. 
There will be elements of Egyptian, Wicca, and Strega rituals.

Goddess: Sekhmet
The heliacal rise of Sirius just before dawn was an extremely important event 
for the ancient Egyptians. This coincided with the flooding of the Nile which 
fertilized the land. The occasion was seen as the birthday of the gods and the 
Egyptian New Year. August 1st now is the first day of the Egyptian calendar. 

Mid Summer and Mid Autumn are the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet's ritual times. 
There was great feasting, drinking, and merry making in the fields during her 
rituals to celebrate the harvest. She is a Sun Goddess as well as the Goddess 
of destruction, rebirth, and healing. She is called the Lady of the place of 
the beginning of time. One who was before the Gods were. She holds an Ankh in 
one hand and a Lotus Wand in the other; She wears a red dress. The God Ptah is 
her consort and Nefertem is their son who is also closely associated with 
healers and healing.

Her Name is derived from the Egyptian word 'Sekhem', which means "power" or 
"might". The word 'sekhem' is literally inseparable from Sekhmet and Her 
worship.

The mantra Sa Sekhem Sahu can be chanted to balance and increase your inner 
power. Sa Sekhem Sahu is pronounced Sa (Sah) Sekhem (Say-Kem) Sahu (Sah-Hoo); 
Sa means the breath of life; Sekhem means power or might; Sahu is the realized 
human.

Sekhmet's main cult center was located in Memphis (Men-nefer) and was part of 
the Divine Triad there, which was made up of Sekhmet, Ptah, and Nefertem.

Sekhmet's action is always the right, or 'appropriate action'. When She 
destroys it is an appropriate destruction or vengeance. It is never chaotic or 
random. It is always what is needed at the time. She removes threats and 
punishes those who do wrong against Ma'at.

As a destroying element, and in texts of all periods she plays the part of a 
power which protects the good and annihilates the wicked. 

She is generally depicted in the form of a woman with the head of a lioness 
which is surmounted by the solar disk encircled by an uraeus, but sometimes 
the disk is omitted, and a uraeus only is seen upon her head.

God: Ptah: 
Consort of Sekhmet.
The 'Creator' Netjer of the Ancient Egyptians. God of the month of Paopi of 
the season of Akhet (Inundation), which was from approximately mid August to 
mid September. 

Goddess of the 
East: Bast.
South: Nekhebet.
West: Sekhet.
North: Uatchet.

In comparatively late dynastic times Sekhet and Bast were identified with 
forms of Hathor, and were regarded as the Goddesses of the West and the East 
respectively, just as Nekhe-bet and Uatchet were the goddesses of the South 
and the North respectively. Each goddess had the head of a lioness, but the 
body of Sekhet is said to have been draped in a red garment whilst that of 
Bast was arrayed in a green garment.

Alter:
Facing the north covered with a red cloth.
Decorated with barley, corn, apples, green/yellow squash

Red Goddess Candle placed to the northwest, 
Green God Candle placed to the northeast. Icons next to each. 

Pentacle placed in center with the Spirit bowl and candle set upon it.

Placed to the north: Utility knife, and Bowl contains stones to represent 
earth.

Placed to the east: Wand, Bell, and Bowl contains incense (smoking) to 
represent air. 

Placed to the south: Athame, and Bowl contains votive candle (burning) to 
represent fire.
Placed to the west: Chalice, and Bowl contains purified water to represent 
water.

Other items: Ankh, Censer with chain, bowl of salt, four quarter candles, 
libation bowl, broom, one utility candle, and cauldron.

Mundane tools: Utility knife, scared bic lighter, candle snuffer.

Bread and beer: Barley bread and Red beer (root beer and red soda)


The Ritual

Drummers: (all who bring drums within the circle area)
Drum beat for the gathering.

Volunteer will pass out paper and tell everyone to write two things on it.

"One that you want to banish from and one that you want to bring into your 
life." 

These papers will be burned on the fire. 

Fire Tender:
will build and start the fire.

Procession:
Leader to carry banner and lead everyone into circle.

Volunteer to lead the chant. 
"She changes everything She touches and Everything She touches changes"

Drummers:
Drum beat for the chant.

Blessing coming into the circle while smudging: Smudger will smudge everyone 
and say:

"Welcome to this Lammas rite, may your life always be bright".

HPS lights the utility candle.

Grounding meditation:
Volunteer will lead the meditation. 

"Relax, breath deeply. Take a breath for the count of 3, hold for the count of 
3, exhale for the count of 3. Plant your feet firmly on the ground. Think of 
your feet growing roots into the ground and getting relaxing energy from the 
earth. Now think of a brilliant white light over your head. That white light 
is shining down upon you. 

Imagine that you are being bathed in that white light. That light is pouring 
down upon you. That brilliant white light is love and healing. Let that light 
be within you, and you be within that light. You are getting relaxing energy 
from the earth and love and healing energy from the brilliant white light. Now 
take a minute and see yourself on a big screen. 

You are exactly how you want to be. Picture yourself with everything you want, 
wherever you want to be, surrounded by people who love you. This is the you 
that you can become. (Pause.) Now when you are ready come back to this place, 
keep the relaxing, love, and healing energy with you, and open your eyes."

Consecrate the salt and water (HP places point of athame in salt)

HP: 
"As Salt is Life, let it purify us in all ways we may use it. Let it cleanse 
our bodies and spirits as we dedicate ourselves in these rites to the glory of 
the Goddess and the God."

(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."

Drummers:
Drum beat for casting the circle.

Cast the Circle:
With blade: (HPS casts the Circle with athame moving deosil.)
"I cast the circle round and round, by it's magic we are bound".

With water and salt: (Volunteer takes up salt water. Follows HPS around the 
Circle):

"Salt and water purify, Strength and Dreams, never die".

With incense: (HP takes up censer and follows Volunteer around the Circle.)

"Air and fire purify, Imagination and Magick fly".

They return to alter and HPS rings bell three times.

Invite the Spirit, Goddess, and God of the Universe.

HPS: "Let the Drums beat." 

HP: "Let the words be spoken".

HPS lights the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl from the utility candle.

"Hail Great Spirit, Spirit of the Universe, I bid you come, join us in this 
rite and lend us your wisdom".

HPS lights the Goddess candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl.

"Hail Great Goddess, Goddess of the Universe, I bid you welcome." 

HP lights the God candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl.

"Hail Great God, God of the Universe, I bid you welcome." 

Invite the elements: 

HP: "Let's Invite the elements starting with the north".

NORTH:
HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".
Volunteer for north will stand in the south facing north.
North - (earth - Goddess Uatchet - Mountain Lioness)
"Hail Goddess Uatchet of the North and Earth, great Mountain Lioness,
I bid you, join us and give us strength. So Mote it be".
HPS: lights the north quarter candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit 
bowl.

EAST:
HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".
Volunteer for east will stand in the west facing east.
East - (air - Goddess Bast - Winged Lioness)
"Hail Goddess Bast of the East and Air, great Winged Lioness,
I bid you, join us and give us insight. So Mote it be".
HPS: lights the east quarter candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl.

SOUTH:
HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".
Volunteer for south will stand in the north facing south.
South - (fire - Goddess Nekhebet - Lioness)
"Hail Goddess Nekhebet of the South and Fire, great Lioness,
I bid you, join us and give us magic power. So Mote it be".
HPS: lights the south quarter candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit 
bowl.

WEST:
HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".
Volunteer for west will stand in the east facing west.
West - (water - Goddess Sekhet - Sea Lioness)
"Hail Goddess Sekhet of the West and Water, great Sea Lioness,
I bid you, join us and give us new beginnings. So Mote it be".
HPS: lights the west quarter candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl.

Invite the Goddess Sekhmet:
HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".

HPS: 
"As it was at Memphis, So be it now! Hear me, I beseech Thee, O Powerful One! 
Hail Sekhmet, 
Bright Mother, Dark Mother... Goddess of rebirth and healing. We call to you, 
your children call to you. 
Come, be with us, and give us guidance".

"Sekhmet, Lady of the Place of the Beginning of Time, Sekhmet, Whose Essence 
is Fire, Tempestuous, Forever, Great one of Magick, Grant me success in my 
endeavor! Blessed be the Name of Sekhmet,
Beloved Her Image! Possess me now, O Great One".

HP: Says SEKHMET'S OWN PRAYER OF PROTECTION
SEKHMET, Awakener, Lady of Transformations, Great One of Magic, Opener of 
Ways, One Before Whom Evil Trembles,Protectress of the Divine Order, Over 
comer of All Enemies, Bring the Strength of your Divine Fire To protect your 
Beloved Children, Those whom you have gathered to your Breast.

Our Hearts are Pure, Our Minds Clear, Let all Here be Accomplished For the 
Glory of Sekhmet, So we may better Delight in the Breadth Of Your Divine 
Presence within Our lives.
Amen - So Mote It Be

Invite the God Ptah:
HP: "Let the Drums beat". HPS: "Let the words be spoken".

HP:
"Hail Ptah, God of Memphis and life, he who set all the Gods in their places 
and gave all people, all cattle, and all creeping things that live the breath 
of life, patron of masons, sculptors, painters, builders and carpenters, 
consort of Sekhmet, we call to you. Come, be with us, and give us new life".

Explain the purpose of the Lammas ritual:

HP: 
"This is the first harvest. We now reap what we have sown. A time for 
rejoicing. We invite you to share our harvest. The first of three harvests 
before winter is upon us. The first crops are cut in the fields. The plants 
die as the fields are reaped. Look at the fields of your life. This is the 
time to look within yourself. Look at what you have sown and are now reaping. 
You are harvesting the sowing of your past deeds and words. This is the time 
to cultivate positive deeds and words for the future".

HP: "Have you sown well?"

HPS: "Have you tended your fields with care?"

HP: "What do you fear?"

Chant three times by everyone:

"Hoof and horn, Hoof and horn, All that dies shall be reborn.
Wheat and grain, Wheat and grain, All that falls shall rise again".

HPS: Explain the Banishing/NewBeginnings Ritual:
"This is a Banishing/NewBeginnings ritual. This is the time to rid yourself of 
deeds, words, feelings, and emotions that produced ineffective harvest. Now is 
the time to replace those deeds, words, feelings, and emotions, with ones 
which will be effective to bring success, happiness and joy into your life. 

Everyone has written something on paper that you want to banish from your life 
and bring into your life. Think hard about what you want to replace in your 
life and what you want to replace it with. Banish the things that are keeping 
you from becoming what you want to be. 

Think about what and who you want to become. Put those thoughts into the paper 
in your hand. The energy will be in the paper even if nothing is written on 
the paper. These will be burned in the fire and as they burn the energy will 
go into the universe. We will start a chant. During the chant when you are 
ready come forward and light the paper from the candle and drop it into the 
cauldron to finish burning. As you leave the cauldron then join us as we will 
then have a spiral dance".

HPS: "Let the Drums beat".
Drummers:
Drum beat for raising energy during the chanting and the spiral dance. 

Volunteer to lead banishing chant as everyone comes forward to burn their 
paper:

"Magick, Magick, what we claim. Into the Paper into the flame".

Volunteer leads in a spiral dance as the drummers' drum.

After the dance is done all say:

"And As We Will It, So Mote It Be!"
Dedicate the Bread:
HPS: "Behold the Bread of Life, Eat of the Bread of Life, that you might live 
through the long winter's Night".

HP: "Eat of the Bread of Life, that you might live through the long winter's 
Night".

Dedicate the Red Beer:
HPS: "Behold the Beer of Life, Drink of the Beer of Life, that you might 
live through the long winter's Night."
HP: "Drink of the Beer of Life, that you might live through the long winter's 
Night".

HPS: "The bread and beer that is left, offer to Her, Mother Earth, so that 
Her creatures may live through the long nights ahead".

HP Fills Alter chalice and libation dish with the red beer.

Great Rite:
HPS holds chalice. HP places athame into chalice.
HPS: "As the chalice is to Goddess
HP: "The athame is to the God
HPS HP: "In like fashion may male join with female for the happiness of both".

HPS holds athame. HP holds up plate of bread.
HPS Touches each with athame and puts one in the libation dish.
HPS & HP: offer each other the bread and beer (bread and bear)
"Will you share the bounty of the Goddess and God with me?"

HPS: "Will the volunteers please come forward for the bread and beer?"
HPS and HP hand: cups to Volunteers. ; beer to Volunteers ; bread to 
Volunteers. 

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 that we share with those who have 
nothing."

HPS: "Let the Drums beat".
Drummers:
Drum beat while bread and beer are distributed.
Cups passed out by 4 Volunteers BEER poured by 4 Volunteers BREAD passed out by 4 
Volunteers

"Will you share the bread of life with me?" "Will you share the beer of life 
with me?"
(All drink) (All eat) (announcements)

Farewell to Ptah:
HP: "Hail God Ptah. Thank you for being with us tonight, for the gift of life 
that you have given us. 
Hail and farewell. Blessed Be."

Farewell to Sekhmet:
HPS: "Hail Goddess Sekhmet. Thank you for being with us tonight, for the 
Blessings you have given us, and the gift of guidance. Hail and farewell. 
Blessed Be."

Farewell to the elements
HPS: "Let's bid Farewell to the elements starting in the west"

HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".
West: "Hail Goddess Sekhet of the West and Water, great Sea Lioness, Thank you 
for attending our rite. 
Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the West quarter candle is extinguished)

HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".
South: "Hail Goddess Nekhebet of the South and Fire, great Lioness, Thank you 
for attending our rite. 
Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the South quarter candle is extinguished)

HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".
East: "Hail Goddess Bast of the East and Air, great Winged Lioness, Thank you 
for attending our rite. 
Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the East quarter candle is extinguished)

HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken".
North: "Hail Goddess Uatchet of the North and Earth, great Mountain Lioness, 
Thank you for attending our rite. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the North 
quarter candle is extinguished)

Farewell to the Spirit, Goddess, and God of the universe:
HP: "Let the Drums beat". HPS: "Let the words be spoken".
HP: "Hail Great God, God of the universe. 
Thank you for being with us tonight. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be".(the God 
candle is extinguished)
HPS: "Hail Great Goddess, Goddess of the universe. 
Thank you for being with us tonight. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be".(the 
Goddess candle is extinguished) 
HPS& HP:"Hail Great Spirit, Spirit of the universe. Thank you for being with 
us tonight, for the gift of wisdom that you have given us. Hail and Farewell. 
Blessed Be". (the Spirit candle is extinguished)

Close the circle: Volunteer to lead in singing (Three times)
"The circle is open but not unbroken. May the love of the Goddess be ever in 
your heart,
Merry Meet, and Merry Part And Merry Meet again!"
 

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