Mabon Ritual with the Band Dionysos
MoonPath CUUPS
September 23, 2000

The Non-Musical narrators for the Dionysos Ritual

Dionysos has prepared musical segments for the is ritual.
Here is what I see June and Spelcastor doing as narrators between the
musical part of the Pagan Pride Day program:

We go on five times where they insert the "Narrators" between their parts.

We call the group together with words like:

HP: Be it known that the Sabbat is about to begin.  Let none be
here but of their own free will.

(The people are smudged as they enter the Circle.)

HPS: Be it known that the practice of our religion involves
secrets, even in this, the Outer Court.  Share with no one on the
outside the names of those gathered in this Circle tonight.

HP: In Ritual, we "suspend disbelief," as in a play.  The casting
of our Circle is an enacted meditation.  

HPS: We come to honor the Ancient Ways. We meet here together in a
sacred place. We shall stand outside of time and space.  Blessed 
Be.

Paganism is the Old Religion, growing up out of the soil and the 
hunt. Its roots extend back through the mists of time.  Only
lately, has it become overshadowed by Patriarchal traditions.

Pagan is a Roman term.  It refers to the pagani, the people of the
country. Paganism is the religion of the country people, whatever
people. It has to do with cycles, the wheel of the seasons, the
rhythm of life.

The first pagan ritual was enacted long ago, before technology had
conquered the world,  Using the tools available at that time, our
distant ancestors developed percussive rituals for religious
observance and magical practice. 

Here we combine the ancient concept of ecstatic musical ritual with
the instruments of the twenty-first century.

Let us journey, in our minds, to the cave of the first Pagans,
about to enact such an early Ritual.  Here we shall encounter music
and chanting and drumming and dance.  Here, we shall find the
Goddess between the beats. Here, we shall all be shamans.

Let the Ritual begin!

(Music)

Narrators announce the God and the Goddess are near:

HP: At this point, we draw down the Goddess and the God.  

HPS: The Goddess has many names in many cultures: 

Isis Astarte Diana - Hecate Demeter Kali - Inanna.

To invoke her is sometimes called, "The Drawing Down the Moon."


HP: The Male God, the God of the Hunt, is often visualized with
horns. (During the Church-inspired Inquisition, he was slandered as
a demon.)  In Latin we know him as Cernunos, the Horned One.  Over
the cycle of each year, he died and was reborn.Narrators explain the meaning of Mabon:

HPS: "We are between the worlds,
      Beyond the bounds of time,
      Where day and night,
      Birth and death,
      Joy and sorrow,
      Meet as one."

HP: The season is Mabon, the Second of the Three Harvests, the
Autumn Equinox. Our ancestors were tied closely to the Earth.  As
Winter approached, they knew they were dependent upon the
harvests...

HPS: Today we celebrate Pagan Pride Day.  The word pagan derives 
from pagani, the country people. Pagan means too, the religion of
the people.  Any religion, not just the Wicca of pre-Christian
Northern Europe.  Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Shinto, Native
American, any religion of our roots.

HP: The last of the Anti-Witchcraft Laws in Britain were repealed
in 1951.  Forward came Gerald Gardner with his tales of connection
with the past.  Other names, like Doreen Valiente, Dion Fortume, 
Janet and Stewart Farrar, and Raymond Buckland hold meaning and
reverence for some of us.  They opened up our way, back to the Old
Religion.

HPS: Today we know Margo Adler, Starhawk, Scott Cunningham, Silver
RavenWolf, and Phyllis Curott.  They are the "second generation" of
the emerging Craft. You and I are the Second Harvest.  Look around.
It is you and I who spread the return of the Old Religion.

HP: At the time of harvest, we reap the rewards of what we have
sown.  The time is not over.  The Third and Final Harvest, Samhain,
is yet to come.

HPS: We shall now raise some energy. We wish to draw power into our
own spiritual growth.

(Music)

Cakes and Ale:

Narrators again:  

HP: We touch the ground to drain off the excess energy from what we
have raised.  We return it to the earth, our Mother.

HPS: This ceremony is known as "Cakes and Ale,"  We give thanks for
the bounty that we have been given.

HP: We take cakes, made from the grain grown from the Earth. 
(Touch trays of cakes with athame and pass them among crowd.)

(All eat)

HPS: We take ale, beverage of life (and in this case cider. (Pour
ale into chalice and insert athame into it.)

HP:  "In like fashion may male join with female 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 Gods, let us remember that
without the Goddess and the God we would have nothing." 

HPS: We share what we have with those who have less.  (Point to
donated food.)  "Eat and drink and be happy.  Share and give
thanks.  So mote it be."

(Music)

Narrators at close:

The Circle is Open but Unbroken. It is our personal tradition that
we hug one another and enjoy some fellowship.

Merry Meet My Lady - Merry Meet My Lord - Merry Meet! 

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