Invoking the Morrigan - a Samhain Ritual
MoonPath CUUPS
October 27, 2007

Usher the guests through the Memorial Garden and out to the Main
Circle.

Visitors receive candles as they exit the Memorial Garden.

Drummers drum.

Spirit dancers and faeries dance about the Main Circle and guide
audience into a tighter ring. The idea is to herd the visitors into
a uniform, tight circle. Fire Twirlers twirl.

HP and HPS move around Circle greeting the audience. Then they
return to the altar.

HP & HPS position themselves at High Altar.

HP:  Welcome to this, the Otherworld.
Be it known that the ritual is about to begin.
Let none be here but of their own free will.
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.
Shut off your cell phones, beepers, and NO CAMERAS. 
Some of us here are still closeted.

HPS: You have not arrived here by chance.
You have put yourself on this Path long ago.
We shall walk some of it together and rejoice.
We first began in past sorrows, in past lives.
We were of the Wicca,
gazing at the stars, feeling deep unnamed secrets;
touching the Earth in joy and sensing life within;
seeing birth and knowing that it was a miracle,
a Mystery, a joy;
being still in the forest,
being warm in the water...
We are all lights,
and we follow the Path through the Goddess and the God, 
by all Their names,
and in growing, we grow in brightness,
following the cycles of Sun and Moon, 
and glowing in Divine Radiance.

HP: And now, let us begin.

(HPS rings bell three times.)

Casting of the Circle:

HPS: Minions, close the Gates. Let us now cast our Circle.

(Minions cast Circle with sword, chain, axe, and other props.
Drummers drum.)

Chant:  "We cast this Circle round and round,
         By its magick we are bound."

(Minions return to their stations.)

(HPS places point of athame in salt and adds three portions of salt
to the water and hands it to Minion #1.)

HPS: Minion, make yourself useful. Cleanse our Circle with Water
and Salt.

(Minion #1 takes up salt water and proceeds around circle. Drummers
drum.) 

Chant:   "First with water, then with salt,
          I cleanse our space within this vault."

(Minion #1 returns to his station.)

(HP lights cauldron of sage, lets it flame and then smothers it.)

HP: Minion, make yourself useful. Cleanse our Circle with Smoke and
Fire.

(HP takes up smoking cauldron of sage and hands it to Minion #2.
Minion #2 proceeds around Circle. Drummers drum.)

Chant:   "Air and smoke fill this place
          Make our circle sacred space."

(Minion #2 returns to her station.)

(HP rings bell.)

HPS:
       The Circle is cast!
       The Bell is rung,
       The Candles are lit,
       The Chant is sung.
       The Book is opened,
       The Altar is set, 
       The Cauldron is stirred,
       The Group is met.

       We now proclaim to everyone
       That this, our Ritual, has begun.

(HP taps altar three times with Athame)

QUARTER CALLS:

The Morrigan: My fine visitors, we here in the Otherworld
call the quarters a bit differently.
Starting in the West, let the drums sound!

(The West Caller and troop walk around the circle and up to the
high altar.)

The Morrigan: Let the words be spoken!

West: "Come energies of Morgan La Fey
White face, raven hair, 
with soft gray eyes she gloomed and glowered
with soft red lips she sings a song
queen of shadowland
healer and dark magician, enchanted weapons,
scaly denizens of the River Styx,
You who lurk in the stream of no return.
You who watch the lonely barques glide by,
We feel your damp spray in our blood,
In the waves that roar within our hearts."

The Morrigan: Let the drums sound!

(West Caller and troop return to their station. The North Caller
and troop walk around the circle and up to the high altar.)

The Morrigan: Let the words be spoken!

North: "Come Energies of Merlin
Enchanter, prophet, counsellor of kings, advisor, scholar.
Stony gargoyles that stare upon the earthly plane,
You watch from the depths, eyes glowing red,
Not venturing out of this cavern to the earth.
We feel your gaze deep in our bones,
Within the marrow of our souls."

The Morrigan: Let the drums sound!

(North Caller and troop return to their station. The East Caller
and troop walk around the circle and back to the high altar.)

The Morrigan: Let the words be spoken!

East: "Come Energies of Medea
Priestess of Hecate, magical herbs and poisons with skill,
stay the course of rivers, Hail and Welcome!
Come, Medea, Princess of Colchis and High Priestess of Hecate.
Your world is veiled in the Shadows of the Past.
Come hither, as we draw back the mist for you,
and partake in the glories that were once Ancient Greece.

The Morrigan: Let the drums sound!

(East Caller and troop return to their station. The South Caller
and troop walk around the circle and back to the high altar.)

The Morrigan: Let the words be spoken!

South: "Come Energies of Cornelius Agrippa
Unholy minions who stoke the fiery pits,
Your blazing passions of intensity and desire,
Burning in a whirlpool of liquid fire.
We hear your roaring along our nerves,
Dancing in flames that leap within our will."

The Morrigan: Let the drums sound!

(South Caller and troop return to their station.

HP:     We are between the worlds,
        Beneath the Fullness of the Moon,
        Beyond the bounds of time,
        Where day and night,
        Birth and death,
        Joy and sorrow,
        Meet as one.

HPS: We greet you, Great Lady, Queen of the Otherworld.
Open wide, I pray thee, our eyes to the crossroads 
on the paths we trod.
Share with us your key to the Dark World.
It is to grasp these sacred mysteries
that the knowledge of death makes us complete in life.

(Charge of the Dark Goddess from Doreen Valiente)

The Morrigan: "I am the Darkness behind and beneath the shadows.
I am the absence of air that awaits at the bottom of every breath.
I am the ending before life begins again,
the decay that fertilizes the living.

I am the bottomless pit,
the never-ending struggle to reclaim that which is denied.

I am the key that unlocks every door.
I am the glory of discovery,
for I am that which is hidden,
secluded and forbidden.

Come to my fiery Cauldron of Wisdom
and see that which can not be seen,
face the terror that is yours alone.

Swim to Me through the blackest oceans
to the center of your greatest fears ---
the Dark Goddess will keep you safe.

HP: The spirit dancers will now light your candles.

(Quarter teams light candles within their quarters. Spirit dancers
deliver candles to those who do not have one.)

HPS: Let our dear ones who have gone before,
return this night to make merry with us.
Stare into the fire and see the Otherworld
and your path to rebirth.

(Drummer drum.)

HP: We stand between the worlds.
We face the womb of the Great Goddess
from which all things are born and reborn again.
CALL OUT THE NAMES of your departed loved ones
while tonight the veil between the worlds is especially thin.

HPS: Let it be in this same place and this same time
that we may meet and know our departed loved ones,
and love them once again.
I am the Opener of the Doorway to Awareness.

HP: We will meet our departed loved ones here tonight.
We will also meet our own darker selves.

HPS: Look into your dark self. See it for what it is.
Your dark self is a part of you. Deny it no longer.
Accept the darkness and let it join with the light,
that you may be made whole.

(Drummers drum. Spirit dancers circle about widdershins inside the
circle. The people call out names.)

HP: Dancers stand still!
People come forward, one by one, two by two,
and toss your candle into our fire,
the Cauldron of Transformation.

(Leaders and quarter teams advance to fire to toss in their
candles. Then they turn around to encourage others.)

(Wait for everyone to finish tossing candles into the fire.)

HPS: We have not even to risk this adventure alone,
For the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The maze is thoroughly known.
We have only to follow the thread of the hero path,
And where we had thought to find an abomination,
we shall find a God.
And where we had thought to slay another,
We shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought to travel outward,
We shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone,
We shall be with all the world.

HP: And now it is time for cakes and ale.

(Cakes are distributed.)

HPS to the Morrigan: Great Lady, our thanks to you. 
                     We give you back what is your due.

(HP picks up one cake from the altar and crumbles it to the
ground.)

(HP then picks up a cake and feeds it to the HPS.

(All eat.)

(Quarter teams distribute cups and ale ( root beer with strawberry
soda ) )

(The bell is rung three times.)

(HPS pours a small amount of ale onto the earth. HPS holds the
chalice. The HP places his athame in the goblet.)

HP:  Athame to chalice makes them one,
Goddess of Moon and God of the Sun.
A symbol we have for the Great Rite.
May its magick continue by day and by night.
The message is there for all the Earth
to unite in a way that will bring us mirth.
Joining together now we celebrate
as Goddess and God, as mate to mate.

HP & HPS together:
Thus through these symbols we unite,
For we are one all on this night.

(Both salute the visitors and drink.)

HPS: Life is a Circle, 
Our ties last forever,
We pass through the Cauldron,
And go 'round together.

HP: Eat, drink, and be happy, as happy as we.
 Share and give thanks. So mote it be.

(Drumming.)

HP: Paper cups into the fire!

The Morrigan: The Triple Goddess is every woman:
the Mother who bears man;
the Nymph who lies with him;
the Crone who initiates him into the secrets of life
and eventually buries him.
Man forever seeks behind the veiled face for the nymph,
is disconcerted when he finds he has embraced a mother,
then is appalled when he finds the crone.
Only if he can swallow the hysterical scream of the crone,
or hag, will he discover the eternal feminine,
Hagia Sophia, Holy Wisdom.

(More Drumming.)

HPS: It is now time for the Dismissal.

HP: Spirits of the departed.
Thank you for joining us at this time when the veil is so thin.
Be on your way now. The dawn soon approaches.

HPS: Great Lady. Thank you for your presence here at in the
Otherworld this evening.

HPS: Let the drums sound!

HP: And now it is time to dismiss the elementals, moving
widdershins, starting with the North.

HPS: Let the drums sound!

(North Caller and troop circle to high altar.)

HP: Let the words be spoken!

(North)
"Farewell, Stony gargoyles that stare upon the earthly plane,
Remain in your caverns and your caves,
We thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
Trouble us no further, now or forever."

HPS: Let the drums sound!

(North Caller and troop return to their station. West Caller and
troop circle to high altar.)

HP: Let the words be spoken!

(West)
"Farewell, scaly denizens of the River Styx,
Return to your watery abyss,
We thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
Trouble us no further, now or forever."

HPS: Let the drums sound!

(West Caller and troop return to their station. South Caller and
troop circle to high altar.)

HP: Let the words be spoken!

(South)
"Farewell, Unholy minions who stoke the fiery pits,
Return to your whirlpool of liquid fire,
We thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
Trouble us no further, now or forever."

HPS: Let the drums sound!

(South Caller and troop return to their station. East Caller and
troop circle to high altar.)

HP: Let the words be spoken!

(East)
"Farewell, Wispy elementals that ride the noxious vapors,
Fly on the wind that whirls between the worlds,
We thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
Trouble us no further, now or forever."

HPS: Let the drums sound!

(East Caller and troop return to their station.)

HP: Now we return from the Otherworld.
We ascend through the East Portal as does the rising sun.

HPS: We have been transformed and we return to Middle Earth.
Behind us, we hear the sweet song of our new connection.

(HP & HPS exit to East.)

The Morrigan: "May the Circle be open, but unbroken
 May the peace of the Goddess be ever in your heart,
 Merry Meet and Merry Part, and Merry Meet again."

The Morrigan: "Merry Meet, and Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again."
"The Circle is now open, but never broken."

It is our tradition that, following each Ritual, we hug one
another.


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Cast:                         Props:
HP - Spel                     Candles
HPS - Melanie                 Cauldron w/ sage
The Morrigan - Lisa           Sword
Minion #1 - Marty             Root Beer & Strawberry Soda for Ale
Minion #2 - Valan             Cakes
More Minions
East Quarter 
North Quarter
West Quarter 
South Quarter
Spirit Dancers 
Drummers

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         Sheets for Quarter Callers:

(West)
"Come energies of Morgan La Fey
White face, raven hair, 
with soft gray eyes she gloomed and glowered
with soft red lip[s she sings a song
queen of shadowland
healer and dark magician, enchanted weapons,
scaly denizens of the River Styx,
You who lurk in the stream of no return.
You who watch the lonely barques glide by,
We feel your damp spray in our blood,
In the waves that roar within our hearts."

(West)
"Farewell, scaly denizens of the River Styx,
Return to your watery abyss,
We thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
Trouble us no further, now or forever."


(North)
"Come Energies of Merlin
Enchanter, prophet, counsellor of kings, advisor, scholar.
Stony gargoyles that stare upon the earthly plane,
You watch from the depths, eyes glowing red,
Not venturing out of this cavern to the earth.
We feel your gaze deep in our bones,
Within the marrow of our souls."

(North)
"Farewell, Stony gargoyles that stare upon the earthly plane,
Remain in your caverns and your caves,
We thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
Trouble us no further, now or forever."


(East)
"Come Energies of Medea
Priestess of Hecate, magical herbs and poisons with skill,
stay the course of rivers, Hail and Welcome!
Come, Medea, Princess of Colchis and High Priestess of Hecate.
Your world is veiled in the Shadows of the Past.
Come hither, as we draw back the mist for you,
and partake in the glories that were once Ancient Greece.

(East)
"Farewell, Wispy elementals that ride the noxious vapors,
Fly on the wind that whirls between the worlds,
We thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
Trouble us no further, now or forever."


(South)
"Come Energies of Cornelius Agrippa
Unholy minions who stoke the fiery pits,
Your blazing passions of intensity and desire,
Burning in a whirlpool of liquid fire.
We hear your roaring along our nerves,
Dancing in flames that leap within our will."

(South)
"Farewell, Unholy minions who stoke the fiery pits,
Return to your whirlpool of liquid fire,
We thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
Trouble us no further, now or forever."
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