A Solitary Ritual
October 30, 1997

CLEANSING THE CIRCLE

Ring bell three times, facing East. 
Take the Alter Candle and light the East
Candle from it saying,

Here do I bring light and air in at the
East, to illuminate this Circle and
bring it the breath of life.

Move and light the South Candle,

Here do I bring light and fire in at the
South, to illuminate this Circle and
bring it warmth.

To the West,

Here do I bring light and water in at
the West, to illuminate this Circle and
wash it clean.

To the North,

Here do I bring light and earth in at
the North, to illuminate this Circle and
build it in strength.

Replace Altar Candle on altar.  Take up
athame and trace the Circle starting at
the East.  Return to altar and ring bell
three times.  Place point of athame in
Salt and say,

As Salt is Life, let it purify me in all
ways I may use it.  Let it cleanse my
body and spirit as I dedicate myself, in
this rite, to the glory of the Goddess
and the God.

Drop three portions of Salt into the
Water saying,

Let the sacred Salt drive out any
impurities in the Water, that I may use
it throughout these rites.

Walk the Circle sprinkling the Salt
Water.  Walk the Circle again censing
with the Thurible.

Drop a pinch of Sail into the Oil, stir
it with finger and anoint oneself
saying,

I consecrate myself in the names of the
Goddess and the God, bidding them
welcome to this Circle.

Move to East and draw an invoking
pentagram,

All hail to the Ladies of Air, Lords of
the Watchtower of the East.  May you
join me in strength, ever watching over
this Circle.

Kiss blade, move to South and repeat,

All hail to the Ladies of Fire, Lords of
the Watchtower of the South.  May you
join me in strength, ever watching over
this Circle.

Kiss blade, move to West and repeat,

All hail to the Ladies of Water, Lords
of the Watchtower of the West.  May you
join me in strength, ever watching over
this Circle.

Kiss blade, move to North and repeat,

All hail to the Ladies of Earth, Lords
of the Watchtower of the North.  May you
join me in strength, ever watching over
this Circle.

Kiss blade, return to Alter and raise
athame high.

All hail the four Quarters and all hail
the Gods.  I bid the Lady and Lord
welcome and invite that they join with
me, witnessing these rites I hold in
their honor.  All hail!

Take the goblet and pour a little wine
onto the ground (or into libation dish),
then drink saying the names of the gods.

The Circle is now cast.  We are between
the worlds, beyond the bounds of time,
where night and day, birth and death,
joy and sorrow, meet as one.  So Mote It
Be!


THE ESBAT:

Once more do I come to show my joy of
life and re-affirm my feelings for the
old gods.  The Lady and Lord have been
good to me.  It is right that I give
thanks for all that I have.  They know
that I have needs and they listen to me
when I call upon them.  So do I thank
the Goddess and the God for those favors
they have bestowed upon me.

Add here personal thanks and/or requests
for help.

Ring bell three times and say,

"An' it harm none, do what thou wilt." 
Thus runs the Wiccan Rede.  Whatever I
desire; whatever I would ask of the
gods; whatever I would do; I must be
assured that it will harm no one - not
even myself.  And as I give, so shall it
return threefold.  I give of myself - my
life - my love - and it will be thrice
rewarded.  But should I send forth harm,
then that too will return thrice over.

Here, sing a song, chant a chant, play
an instrument.

Beauty and Strength are in the Lady and
the Lord both.  Patience and Love. 
Wisdom and Knowledge.  As Above, So
Below.


THE SEASON OF THE DAY:

Here, insert what fits the Season.


CAKES AND ALE:

Now it is time for me to give thanks to
the gods for that which sustains me. 
May I ever be aware of all that I owe
the gods.

With goblet in left hand, lower athame
in right hand into it,

In like fashion may one join with
another, for the happiness of both.  Let
the fruitfulness of union promote life
and rebirth.  Let wealth spread
throughout all lands.

Lay down athame.  Drink from goblet and
replace it on altar.  Touch  cakes with
point of athame saying,

This food is the blessing of the gods to
my body.  I partake of it freely.  Let
me remember always to see to it that I
share with those who have nothing.

Eat a cake and pause saying,

As I enjoy these gifts, let me remember
that without the gods I would have
nothing.  So Mote It Be!

CLOSING THE CIRCLE:
As I came into this Circle, in perfect
love and perfect trust, let me leave it
in the same way.  Let me spread this
love outward to all those I meet.

Raise athame high in salute and say,

Lords of the Watchtower of the East,
Ladies of Air, my thanks for watching
over me; guarding and guiding me in this
Circle.  Depart in peace.

Lords of the Watchtower of the South,
Ladies of Fire, my thanks for watching
over me; guarding and guiding me in this
Circle.  Depart in peace.

Lords of the Watchtower of the West,
Ladies of Water, my thanks for watching
over me; guarding and guiding me in this
Circle.  Depart in peace.

Lords of the Watchtower of the North,
Ladies of Earth, my thanks for watching
over me; guarding and guiding me in this
Circle.  Depart in peace.

Lady and Lord, my thanks for sharing
this time with me.  Love is the Law and
Love is the Bond.

Merry do I come and Merry do I part, to
merry come again.

The Circle is now open, but unbroken.  

So Mote It Be!

Kiss blade of athame.

Adopted from Raymond Buckland's "Complete Book of Witchcraft"

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Tools to remember:

Athame
Alter Candle
Quarter Candles
Salt
Water
Oil
Cakes
Ale

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