Sekhmet's Lammas Ritual
                          July 30, 2000
                    UU Church of Ft Lauderdale

HPS  Sophia
HP   Spelcastor

Ritual: Lammas Sabet.  Sun is 15degrees in Leo.  Halfway between
Litha (summer solstice) and Mabon (fall equinox). Moon enters Leo
8:23am.  Waning Moon.  

New Moon 9:25pm.  Banishing/NewBeginnigns ritual.  Write something
on paper that you want to banish from and bring into your life. 
These papers will be burned on the fire.  August 1st is first day
of Egyptian calendar.  .

(Volunteer to pass out paper and tell everyone to write something
on it)

Goddess:
Sekhmet: Lammas and Samhain are Sekhmet's ritual times. Great
feasting, drinking, and merry making in the fields during her
rituals to celebrate the harvest.  Sun Goddess.  Goddess of
destruction, rebirth, and healing.

Lady of the place of the beginning of time.  One who was before the
gods were.

She holds an Ankh and Lotus Wand.  She wears a red dress.

God: Ptah: Ptah is the God of the month of Paopi of the season of
Akhet (Inundation), which was from approximately mid August to mid
September. Consort of Sekhmet.

Alter:
Decorated with corn, apples, green/yellow squash
Candles: Goddess, God, Sprit  (red in color)
Incense: Frankincense & Myrrh, Sage, Amberdust
Theme: First harvest.  Life that dies so that life may live.

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

Procession:
Ken to carry banner and lead everyone into circle.
Star 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:
Sher will smudge everyone and say “Welcome to the Lammas rite, may
your life always be bright”.

Grounding meditation:
Jenny 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:  (MaryJo takes up salt water.  She follows her
around the Circle):

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

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

“Air and fire purify, Imagination and Magick fly”.

They return to alter and HPS rings bell three times.

Invite the elements: Drum beat before each quarter

Drummers:
Drum beat for the East (4 times).

Adam for east will stand in the west facing east.
East  - (air   - Winged Lioness)
”Hail Winged Lioness, Goddess of the East and Air, I bid you, join
us and give us insight”.

Drummers:
Drum beat for the South (4 times).

Star for south will stand in the north facing south.
South - (fire  - Lioness)
”Hail Lioness, Goddess of the South and Fire, I bid you, join us
and give us magic power”.

Drummers:
Drum beat for the West (4 times).

Sher for west will stand in the east facing west.
West  - (water - Sea Lioness)
”Hail Sea Lioness, Goddess of the West and Water, I bid you, join
us and give us new beginnings”.

Drummers:
Drum beat for the North  (4 times).

Ken for north will stand in the south facing north.
North - (earth - Mountain Lioness)
”Hail Mountain Lioness, Goddess of the North and Earth, I bid you,
join us and give us strength”.

Drummers:
Drum beat for the Spirit (4 times).

Invite the Spirit.

HPS: ”Hail Great Sprit, Sprit of the universe, I bid you come, join
us in this rite and lend us your wisdom”.

Drummers:
Drum beat for the Goddess (4 times).

Invite the Goddess and God.

HPS  Invite the Goddess:

“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

Drummers:
Drum beat for the God (4 times).

HP   Invite the God:

“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”.

HP   Explain the purpose of the ritual:

”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 Ritual:

“This is a Banishing/NewBeginnings ritual.  
This is the time to rid yourself of deeds, words, feelings,
emotions that produced ineffective harvest.  Now is the time to
replace those deeds, words, feelings, 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 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.   We will then have a spiral dance”.

Drummers:
Drum beat for raising energy during the chanting and the spiral
dance.

Banishing chant as everyone comes forward to burn their paper:

“Magick, Magick, what we claim.
Into the Paper into the flame”.

Volunteer leads everyone in a spiral dance as the drummers’ drum.

After the dance is done all say:

“And As We Will It, So Mote It Be!”

HPS & HP  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”.

HP & HPS  Dedicate the Apple Juice:

HPS  “Behold the Juice of Life,
      Drink of the Juice of Life, that you might live through the
long winter's Night.”

HP   “Drink of the Juice of Life, 
that you might live through the long winter's Night”.

HP & HPS  finish the Dedication of the Bread and Apple Juice:

HPS  “The bread and juice that is left, offer to Her, Mother Earth,
so that Her creatures may live though the long nights ahead too”.

HP   Fills Alter goblets and libation dish.

HP   takes up plate of cakes.

HPS  touches each with athame and puts one in the libation dish.

HPS & HP offer each other the cakes and ale (bread and juice)

"Will you share the bounty of the Goddess and God with me?”

HPS (as HP hands cakes and ale to volunteer)

"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."

Drummers:
Drum beat while cakes and ale are distributed.

CAKES AND ALE passed out by Merlin, Jesse, and other volunteers

     “Will you share the bread of life with me?”
     “Will you share the juice of life with me?”

(All drink) (All eat)

Farewell to the God:

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 the Goddess:

HPS: “Hail Goddess Sekhmet.

Thank you for being with us tonight...for the Blessings you have
given us, 
the gift of guidance. Hail and farewell.  Blessed Be”

Farewell to the spirit:

HPS: ”Hail Great Sprit, Sprit of the universe. Thank you for being
with us tonight... for the gift of wisdom.  Hail and Farewell. 
Blessed Be”.

Farewell to the elements:
Drum beat before each direction

North - (earth - Mountain Lioness)

”Hail Mountain Lioness, Goddess of the North and Earth.  Thank you
for attending our rite.  Hail and Farewell.  Blessed Be”.

West  - (water - Sea Lioness)

“Hail Sea Lioness, Goddess of the West and Water.  Thank you for
attending our rite.  Hail and Farewell.  Blessed Be”.

South - (fire  - Lioness)

“Hail Lioness, Goddess of the South and Fire.  Thank you for
attending our rite.  Hail and Farewell.  Blessed Be”.

East  - (air   - Winged Lioness)

”Hail Winged Lioness, Goddess of the East and Air.  Thank you for
attending our rite.  Hail and Farewell.  Blessed Be”.

Close the circle:  Star 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!

Blessed Be”

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