Sekhmet, Lioness Goddess Of Egypt 

              Samhain 2012 - Ritual to Sekhmet


(Participants receive candles from Minions as they gather in Circle.)

(Drummers drum.)

(Spirit dancers spin about the Circle and guide audience into
a tighter ring. The idea is to herd the visitors into a uniform,
tight circle. Smudgers move around smudging participants.)

(HP and HPS move around Circle greeting the participants. Then they
return to the High Altar.)

HP: "Welcome to this our honoring of Sekhmet, 
      Lioness Goddess of Ancient Egypt.
 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 FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!
 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 sometimes the God,
 by all Their names,
 and in growing, we experience the darkness,
 and we grow in brightness,
 following the cycles of Moon and Sun,
 for light and dark are one."

HP: "And now, let us begin."

(Ring bell three times.)

CASTING THE CIRCLE:

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

(Minions from the Quarters cast Circle all moving clockwise with
systrums, rattles, bells, and other noise makers. Drummers drum.)

Group Chant:  "We cast this Circle round and bold,
               From Egypt comes both new and old."

(Minions return to their Quarters.)

(HPS places point of athame in salt and adds three portions of salt
to the water.)

HPS: "We cleanse our Circle with Water and Salt."

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

Group Chant:   "Water of river and salt of earth,
                Cleanse the old, make room for birth."

(Minion returns to High Altar.)

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

HP: "We cleanse our Circle with Smoke and Fire."

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

Group Chant:   "Air and smoke twist towards the sky,
                We'll work some magick low and high."

(Minion returns to High Altar.)

(Ring 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!"

(Tap altar three times with Athame.)



HP: "Be welcome here as we gather to honor Sekhmet,
       Fierce Lion Goddess of Ancient Egypt.
     Destroyer, vanquisher of Evil,
       with a rage like the burning heat of the sun.
     Protectress of all women,
     Drinker of red beer,
     Sovereign of merriment and song,
     Feel her presence with us here tonight,
     as we work our magick of transformation."


QUARTER CALLS:

HPS: "Drawing upon a tradition from Ancient Egypt, we call upon
energies from the directions and each embodies a Lioness.
Now, starting in the East. Let the drums sound!"

(The East Caller and troop walk around the circle and up to the
High Altar.)

HP: "Let the words be spoken!"

East: "Hail Winged Lioness, Goddess of the East and Air, we bid you,
join us and give us your insight. You stand tall at the doorway
and protect us on the physical plane as we work though the changes
in our lives."

HPS: "Let the drums sound!"

(East Caller and troop return to their Quarter. The South Caller
and troop walk around the circle and up to the High Altar.)

HP: "Let the words be spoken!"

South: "Hail African Lioness, Goddess of the South and Fire, we bid you,
join us and give us your magic power. You focus our anger
into productive energy and release the magick within ourselves."

HPS: "Let the drums sound!"

(South Caller and troop return to their Quarter. The West Caller
and troop walk around the circle and back to the High Altar.)

HP: "Let the words be spoken!"

West: "Hail Sea Lioness, Goddess of the West and Water, we bid you,
join us and give us new beginnings. You banish our fears and hesitations
as we stand up to those who would oppress us."

HPS: "Let the drums sound!"

(West Caller and troop return to their Quarter. The North Caller
and troop walk around the circle and back to the High Altar.)

HP: "Let the words be spoken!"

North: "Hail Mountain Lioness, Goddess of the North and Earth, we bid you,
join us and give us your strength. You feed our willpower and give us
courage, power, and sexual energy."

HPS: "Let the drums sound!"

(North Caller and troop return to their Quarter.)

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


INVOCATION OF SEKHMET:

HP: And now we invoke the Goddess Sekhmet.

(Four bearers enter carrying Sophia on a chair and process around
the Circle. They deliver Sekhmet to the High Altar.)


SEKHMET'S OWN PRAYER OF PROTECTION, HEALING & DISCERNMENT

HP: SEKHMET,
 Awakener,
 Lady of Transformations
 Great One of Magic,
 Opener of Ways,
 One Before Whom Evil Trembles,
 Protectress of the Divine Order,
 Overcomer of All Enemies,
 Bring the Strength of your Divine Fire
 To protect your Beloved Children,
 Those whom you have gathered to your Breast.

HPS: SEKHMET,
 Great One of Healing,
 Flaming One,
 Lady of Enchantments,
 Mother of Nefer-Tem, the God of Physicians,
 The One who Holds back Darkness,
 Bring the Strength of your Divine Fire
 to Bear on the Forces that Destroy
 the Ma'at (Truth) of our Bodies,
 the Ma'at of our Minds,
 and the Ma'at of our Spirit.


HP: SEKHMET,
 Lady of All Powers,
 Victorious One,
 Bountiful One,
 Beloved Teacher,
 Join us, Bless us, Work through us...
 Grant us the Courage to Share our Personal Convictions
 And the Patience to Discern the Wisdom of Others
 So that Our Understanding of You can Deepen.
 Also, Grant us the Strength to show Kindness and Compassion
 Towards ourselves and others of Sekhmet's Own.

HPS: 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 Her Divine Presence within Our lives.

HP & HPS: Blessed Be.


REMEMBERING THE DEPARTED:

HPS: "You are the light behind and beyond the shadows.
 You are the renewal that awaits at the bottom of the dark.
 You are the ending before life begins again,
 You are the never ending struggle to reclaim that which is denied.
 You are the key that unlocks every door.
 You are the glory of discovery,
 We come to your glowing fire.
 You are the Goddess who sets us free."

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,
 join us this night to make merry with us.
 Stare into the fire and see to the inside of the Underworld."

(Drummers drum.)

HP: "We stand between Middle Earth and The Underworld.
 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 you
may meet and know your departed loved ones, and love them once again."

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! Bring forth the Casket of the Departed!"

(Minions carry casket up beside the fire.)

HPS: "This casket carries with it the notes you tossed onto it in
 Remembrance of your departed. Into the fire!"

(Minions toss casket into fire.)

HP: "People come forward, one by one, two by two,
 and toss your candle into our fire,
 the Fire 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 Goddess.
 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 red beer."


(Cakes, cups, and red beer { root beer with strawberry soda } are
distributed by the Minions.)

HP (gesturing upward): "Great Lady, our thanks to you.
    We give you back what is your due."

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

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

(All eat.)

(Ring the bell three times.)

(HPS pours a small amount of red beer 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 circle 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!"


WORKING MAGICK:

HPS: "We are not done yet! Minions, bring forth the enchanted stones."



( Four sets of red and black glass tokens are wrapped in aluminum foil,
receiving energy from the fire. The are placed onto four trays
in two piles: red and black. )

We offer to you two energies from Sekhmet: Amulet and Talisman.
An Amulet pushes something away and a Talisman draws something to us.
Which will you select?

The Red Amulet contains the power of Sekhmet to protect.
Choose the Red Amulet and be safe in your own space.
Take unto yourself the energy of Sekhmet to do what you must do.

The Black Talisman of Sekhmet draws to you the power of Sekhmet's
destructive force. Perhaps you have barriers in your way.
Perhaps you have enemies.
The Black Talisman brings with it the power to destroy those
who oppose you.
Choose the Black Talisman if you must confront those who stand in your way.

The Quarter teams will come forward and receive their trays of red
and black tokens.


(Quarter Teams come forward and receive trays of two piles of stones
warmed by the fire.)

Come forward, one by one, two by two. Make your choice of the energy
you will receive from Sekhmet. Keep your token with you as you travel
through your week. Draw upon its energy, as needs arise.


DISMISSAL:

HPS: "It is now time for the Dismissal. 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: "Let the drums sound!"

HP: "And now it is time to dismiss the energies of the elements,
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, Mountain Lioness, Goddess of the North and Earth.
We thank you for your strength. Go if you will, stay if you must,
blessed be.

HPS: "Let the drums sound!"

(North Caller and troop return to their Quarter. West Caller and
troop circle to High Altar.)

HP: "Let the words be spoken!"

(West)
"Farewell, Sea Lioness, Goddess of the West and Water,
We thank you for the New Beginnings you bestow upon us. Go if you will,
stay if you must, blessed be.

HPS: "Let the drums sound!"

(West Caller and troop return to their Quarter. South Caller and
troop circle to High Altar.)

HP: "Let the words be spoken!"

(South)
"Farewell, African Lioness, Goddess of the South and Fire.
We thank you for your magical power. Go if you will, stay if you must,
blessed. be.

HPS: "Let the drums sound!"

(South Caller and troop return to their Quarter. East Caller and
troop circle to High Altar.)

HP: "Let the words be spoken!"

(East)
Farewell, Hail Winged Lioness, Goddess of the East and Air.
We thank you for your insight. Go if you will, stay if you must,
blessed be.

HPS: "Let the drums sound!"

(East Caller and troop return to their Quarter.)


CLOSING:

HP: There is a curious paradox,
 that no one can explain.
 Who understands the secret 
 of the reaping of the grain?
 Who understands why spring is born
 out winter's laboring pain?
 Or why we must all die a bit,
 before we grow again.


HPS: Fire, seal this Circle Round,
 Let it fade beneath the ground,
 Let all things be as they have been,
 When long before, All did begin.

HP: "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."

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


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Cast:
HPS- 
HP - 


Smudgers - 
Spirit Dancers - 
East Quarter - 
North Quarter - 
West Quarter - 
South Quarter - 
Quarter Minions - 
Altar Minions - 



Props:

Candles in baskets                Red Table Cloth
Cauldron w/ sage                  Lions
Sword                             
Bell                              
Plates & Cups                     
Candles                           
Cakes                             
Root Beer & Strawberry Soda
4 Pitchers
4 Baskets



Quarter Props:

Extra Candles
Bic
Post-Its
Cakes
Strawberry Root Beer Ale
Cups
Red Gems on Tray
Black Gems on Tray

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