Croning Ritual for Mary Jo
performed on the Labyrinth
January 24, 2002
by Sophia Linus

Alter in the north of  labyrinth center - 4 red candles 4 yellow candles as
well as all other alter tools
Participants form circle on the labyrinth - everyone but mary jo - circle 
size will vary on #people
Someone to escort Mary Jo into circle as hps and hp  introduce her as the 
new crone and she will be honored  as part of this evenings full moon 
ritual.

Cast the circle

Invite quarters
	East - 	Goddesses and guardians of the east, keepers of 
                knowledge, champions of justice, eyes  of the mind,
                with your breath grant us new beginnings so we may
                know our truths
        South - Goddesses and guardians  of the south, of the warm 
                lands, impart the fires of your desires, stir our
                hearts with your flaming will.  Awaken fires within.
	West -  Goddesses and guardians of the west, waters of her living 
                womb, serpents of the endless sea, birth us with the
                waters of your living womb.
	North - Goddesses and guardians of the north , cornerstones of all 
                earth magic power.  Home of the old and wise ones.  Find
                us a place in your stone circle.

Invite the goddess :
        Hail to the center, direction of the spirit.
	Goddesses of the void, place out of time. Spiraling  out to hold you
	The center is calm and still.  You dive into the unknown. Like in a 
        trance. It is hypnotic.
	The goddess appears between the worlds.  Keeper of the gates.  She 
        turns her key.
	Opening them for you, opening you enter.  You are illuminated 
        with the light of all colors.
	You dive into the unknown world.  Phoenix rising to the sky.   Void 
        out of time.

Invite the god:
        Hp Spelcastor will do a wonderful job inviting the god.

Hps and hp make mention of the full moon and the transition of the 
waxing to waning moon.

Hps: "This is also the time of life when there is a transformation from 
maiden/mother to the crone and wisdom".

Hp: "Who is the crone?"

Hps: " A crone is a woman who has reached wisdom in her heart, who is 
called on to arbitrate disputes, who is called on to soothe the wounds of 
despair.

Hp: "Who else is the crone?"

Hps: "She is the goddess in her third aspect; she is magaera, hecate, the 
goddess of unbound power. Folklore has it that crones bring good luck 
when you see them on the street; if they smile on you, you will have a 
very good day.  They appear in important times to show the grace of the 
goddess.  Crones' wishes must be respected, for the goddess demands 
this of the younger generation. Crones enjoy special favors;  their magic 
is stronger; their spells are faster; their loves are stronger.

Hps:  "Would all the men turn to face outward and guard our circle while 
the women will bring mary jo for her ritual anointing to receive the 
clothes and name she will carry during her next phase of life as a crone."  

(No patchouli for the anointing).

Mary Jo will take off her outer clock and the women will anoint her with 
oil as we ask her what name she would like to be called in her new life as 
a crone.  She will tell us her new name (Moonstruck).

Hps and Hp will say to Mary Jo: "We give you the 
name of Moonstruck, by the power of the goddess 
of ten thousand names".   

hps and Hp will introduce Moonstruck to everyone
in the circle. "we present to you Moonstruck, may 
the goddess bless moonstruck with good health, 
happiness and long life.

The men come and knell before moonstruck and the women bow.

Moonstruck will light the red candles on the alter:
	"I light this first candle for the bloods that are gone.
         The second candle for the children and heath the flow brought me.
         The third for the flowering of my womanhood.
         And the fourth for the labors ended in glory."

Hps:
	"I release you, said the goddess of the red.
         I accept you, said the goddess of the yellow ray.
         I call you into my wisdom to grow in, I call you like a new maiden,
         into my sciences, into my knowledge, into dreams to be manifest."

Moonstruck will light the yellow candles on the alter:

	"I light this first yellow candle for the release from the reds.
         This second one for the flowering of my skills.
         This third one for friends and support.
         And this fourth one for the blessings from above".

Hps:  "Jennifer and Mary Kay, do you have something to say to your mother?"
       Jennifer and Mary Kay will do their thing.

When they are finished then the men lift moonstruck up and take her to 
each of the four directions  to be blessed by the goddesses of each 
direction and to be given strength, protection, and guidance by them.   
While this is being performed all in the circle are laughing and shrieking 
and drumming.  

Then the men lay Moonstruck face down on the ground before the alter, 
and all participants in the circle press her down into the ground..    
Gradually, the pressings changes to stroking. Then all participants in the 
circle start to stroke her and call her by her new name moonstruck  Then  
all get up and start to circle/dance/walk around moonstruck chanting 
her new name:

Chant:
"We are the  Changers,  you are the changed
 Moonstruck  Moonstruck  Moonstruck "

Raising a cone of power over her, giving her power to open her awareness 
and work magic.

When everyone is finished, do the cakes and ale. And lots of well wishes for 
Moonstruck

Cakes and Ale

Thank the goddess and the god
	Great Goddesses of the void, of the center,  and of the spirit, Thank 
        you for joining with us and blessing us and Mary Jo this evening in
        our rite.

	Great God, Thank you for joining with us and 
        blessing us and Mary Jo this evening in our rite.

Thank the goddesses and guardians of each directions
	North - Goddesses and guardians of the north , Thank you for 
                watching over and being with us this evening in our rite.
	West -  Goddesses and guardians of the west, Thank you for 
                watching over and being with us this evening in our rite.
                The circle is open but not unbroken.
        South - Goddesses and guardians  of the south, Thank you for 
                watching over and being with us this evening in our rite.
	East - 	Goddesses and guardians of the east, Thank you for 
                watching over and being with us this evening in our rite.

The circle is open but unbroken!


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