Ritual of the Thunder Moon

July 24, 2002
UU SUUSI
Rhyming by Shining Spirits

Meeting on the night of the Full Moon in July,
This Moon is known to some as the Thunder Moon.
HPS and HP lead procession carrying black candles:

Be ye far from us, O ye profane, for we are about to
invoke the power of the goddess and the god.  Enter
their temple with clean hands and a pure heart, lest
ye defile the source of life.

(HP & HPS lead in the processional and chant. If the
weather is good, each should carry a lit
candle--lighted when we step outside. At entrance to
the circle there is a cauldron of incense for
cleansing as we enter circle.)

  Goddess of the Moon, of Thunder
  Guide us on this night of wonder.

(When all are assembled into a circle, HP & HPS place
their candles on the alter.)

HP:  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.

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
God and the Goddess, by all Their names, and in
growing, we grow in brightness, following the cycles
of Sun and Moon, and glowing in Divine Radiance.

HP/HPS: And now, let us begin.

(HPS rings bell three times.)

Casting of the Circle:

HP:  By the air that is her breath and the fire that
is her bright spirit; 
By the water that is her living womb and the earth
that is her body,  
We shall cast a Circle and  make this place sacred
and apart.

(HP cast Circle with athame.)

Chant:

  "Neath thunder moon we cleanse this place.
   We sanctify our Sacred Space."

(HP returns to alter.  Places point of athame in salt
and as he adds three portions of salt to the water HP says:)

HP:  Salt and Water
     Inner and Outer
     Soul and Body be cleansed.

HPS:  Salt and Water
      Purity and Power
      May goodness never end.

(HPS takes up salt water and proceeds around circle.) 


Chant:

"Beneath the thunder moon this hour
 We fill our Circle with your power."

(After HPS returns to alter. HP takes up censer or cauldron of
incense and proceeds around Circle.)

Chant:

"North and South and East and West.
 All by Mother Earth are blest."

(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 our Ritual has begun.

(HP taps altar three times with Athame)

QUARTER CALLS:

HP:      By her sweet breath which is air,
         By the fire, her spirit fair,
         By water which fills her place of birth,
         And by her body, our sacred Earth.
         By these names, our quarters call,
         May the Spirits join us all.
     
(Calling the Directions: With athames, wands, or hands
raised, all draw invoking pentagram, starting from the
top, then down to left; gives the salute and kisses
blade.)

East:
Spirit of the East, of Air,
Be with us and hear our prayer.
As Air is charged before the rain,
Let that charge be not in vain.

South:
Spirit of the South, of Fire,
Join with us is our desire.
Lightening be our Fire tonight,
Painting the Earth with your light.

West:
Spirit of the West, of Water,
Come to us, Creator-Daughter.
We honor now the rain and storm
As sights like clouds form and reform. 

North:
Spirit of the North, of Earth,
Be a part of our rebirth.
A storm within our spirit grows
To be released just as we chose.

HP:  Guardians of each Watchtower bright
     Our thanks that you are here tonight.

HPS: In no way may these spells reverse,
      or place upon us any curse.

(The HPS stands in front of the altar, assumes the
Goddess position [arms crossed, head bowed]. HP kneels
in front of her, draws a pentacle and invokes.)

HP:   I invoke and beseech Thee, 
      O mighty Mother of all Life and Fertility.
      By seed and root, by stem and bud,  
      by leaf and flower, by fruit and gourd,  
      by Life and Love, 
      I call upon thee to descend, gracious Goddess, 
      into the body of thy High Priestess, Shining Spirits.
     
      See with her eyes, 
      speak with her voice, 
      kiss with her lips, 
      that your hidden children 
      may receive your wisdom.
     
      Now listen to the words of the Great Mother 
      who was of old, also called,
      Isis, Astarte, Diana - Hecate, Demeter, Kali-Inanna.

(HP steps aside.)

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

    I invite and invoke my Consort the God 
     to be present in your High Priest, Spelcastor.

(HP steps beside HPS.)

HP/HPS:  May you all be here in peace and love.
          We bid you welcome.

HPS: (Charge of the Star Goddess Starhawk version)

I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white 
moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters..
I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for
behold -- all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and
humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking
and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery:
For if that which you seek, you find not within
yourself, you will never find it without.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning,
and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

HP: (Call of the God Scott Cunningham)

I am the radiant King of the Heavens, 
flooding the earth with warmth 
and encouraging the hidden seed of
creation to burst forth into manifestation.  
I lift my shining spear to light the lives of all
beings and daily pour forth my gold upon the Earth,
putting to flight the powers of darkness.
I am master of the beasts wild and free. I run with
the swift stag and soar as a sacred falcon against the
shimmering sky.  The ancient woods and wild places
emanate my powers, and the birds of the air sing of my sanctity.
I am also the last harvest, offering up grain and fruits
beneath the sickle of time so that all may be nourished. 
For without planting, there can be no harvest;
without winter, no spring.  
Worship me as the thousand-named Sun of creation, 
the spirit of the horned stag in the wild, the endless harvest.
See in the yearly cycle of festivals, my birth, death
and rebirth -- and know that such is the destiny of all creation.
I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun,
the giver of peace and rest, and I send my rays of blessing
to warm the hearts and strengthen the minds of all.

THE MAGICKAL WORKING:

HPS:   We have all come together in this sacred place.
       We are each here on a spiritual journey.
       We join together now to ask the Goddess and the
       God for guidance and help on that journey.

HP: The Thunder Moon is a view of our life's path.
Thunder storms are about change and renewal. 
The rain they bring supports the next cycle of life. 
The violence of the winds rips and destroys, bringing more change.
The lightening burns away what is no longer needed,
in order to make a place for new growth. 
The thunder storm tells us that there are times to
let go of our past or a part of it, and to seek new beginnings.

HPS: Here in our circle we have the opportunity to
look at ourselves and at our lives, to see if there
is a part of our selves we would cast into that
violent wind, would burn in that lightening, to let
it be gone from us, that newness of spirit may come
forth with the healing rains. 

HP:  As a focus for that part of our journey, we have
before us some Tarot cards. 

(HP picks up each suit to show as he speaks.) [Or I
can do a Vanna White thing, and hold them up as you
speak. That way you could concentrate on your script.]

We have the suit of wands, symbolizing the thunder
and lightening, and also the fires of passion and
creativity. And we have the suit of cups,
symbolizing the rain, water, emotions, and our
intuitive selves. 

(HPS shuffles the decks together 3 times. HP cuts deck
into 3 piles. HPS joins them into one deck and strews
them on the tray.)

HP:The cards shall speak to you. Each of you may draw
one card. It will hold a message for you. 

HPS: As you look at your card, look beyond merely the
words written there. Look to the imagery. See it
only in the upright position. Seek the message that
the card brings to you. The message may tell you 
what you need to cast aside. It may warn of something
to avoid. It may tell you what renewal you shall
seek or something toward which you shall strive. You
may share your card with others later and discuss
its possibilities. Remember, though, that the message
is yours alone, and you alone will be the final interpreter.

(As the HPS moves her wand over the tray of cards, HP speaks:)

HP:  Lord and Lady now we seek 
to hear your message in cards that speak.
May each card tell a message true
that we may know what is best to do.

HPS:   I invite each of you now to come forward and draw a card. 
As we draw our cards, let us, in silence, focus
upon our card, and upon change and renewal.

(After all have drawn their cards and after a moment
of silence--)

HPS:   The Lady and Lord have heard your need.
       Your answer will come with due speed.
       Insure that the magick will come true
       By helping it happen in all that you do.
       An it harm none, do what thou will.
       The Wiccan Rede you must fulfill. 

HP:  Sun and Moon and Stars, this hour,
Grant us now your focused power.
The spell is cast; our paths we see,
Let magick reign; so mote it be!

(HP takes up candle and HPS takes up bowl of water.
They speak their chant first to entire group, then
move around the circle deosil. At each individual HP
cleanses with candle and HPS anoints with water, saying:)

   "She is the thunder; She is the rain.
    You are the Earth; Refreshed again."

(After they have gone around the circle and have
returned to the alter, returning candle and bowl, the
entire group repeats the chant with energy three
times, changing "you are" to "we are." ) [I'll go over
this in the pre-ritual bit.]

   "She is the thunder; She is the rain.
    We are the Earth; Refreshed again."

HP:  And now we all kneel to touch the Earth and
ground the excess of the energy we have raised.

CAKES AND ALE

(Cakes and ale are brought out. The bell is rung three times.)

(HP takes up basket of cakes which HPS touches with wand.)

HP:  May we now and ever know
All to the Lord and Lady we owe.
They sustain us through good and bad
Our thanks to them for all we’ve had.

HPS: (Picks up one cake and crumbles it to the ground saying:)

  Lady and Lord, our thanks to you.
  We give ye back what is your due.

(Cakes are distributed, and all eat.)

HPS: Now feast we together one and all.
May blessings on every one befall.
Food for your bodies, good women and men,
Bright blessings to you and all of your kin.
We thank Lord and Lady, for we have a lot.
May we always be mindful of those who have naught,
And share what we have with all of the rest.
Thanks to you, Lord and Lady, for we have been blest.

(The HP places his athame in the HPS 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 magic continue by day and by night.
The message is there for all the Earth
to unite in a way that will bring us mirth.
Fertility now we celebrate
as goddess and god, as mate to mate.

HP & HPS together:
Thus symbolically we unite
For we are the god and the goddess tonight.

(HP pours a small amount of ale into HPS' chalice,
and pours a little onto the earth.  Both salute the
Gods, drink, and distribute ale around Circle.)

HPS: Let the fruits of union promote all life.
May we do our best to banish strife.
May we all be fruitful each in our own way.
as we celebrate life here today.
 
HP & HPS: Eat, drink, and be happy, as happy as we.
 Share and give thanks. So mote it be.

DISMISSAL

HPS:  We came together in a spirit of love
  meeting beneath the sky above.
  As we go forth, this love we will share
  with others, thus making them more aware.

HP:    Gracious Lady, 
       our thanks to you for sharing this time together.
       Our thanks for watching over us; 
       guiding us in all things.  
       Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.

(HPS steps back against the altar and bows her head as
the goddess departs from her. HP steps to side.)

HPS:  My Lord, our thanks to you for sharing this time together. 
       Our thanks for watching over us; guarding us in all things.
       Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.

(HP bows, pauses as the god departs from him, and then returns to
side of HPS.)

(Dismissing the Quarters: With athame raised, all draw
banishing pentagrams, starting from the bottom left
and moving up; gives the salute and kisses blade.)

HP:  Let us now dismiss the Quarters, starting with the North.

North:
Spirit of the North,
Powers of Earth, we thank you
For joining our circle on this night of the thunder moon.
We bid you well as you depart.
May there be peace between us.

West:
Spirit of the West,
Powers of Water, we thank you
For joining our circle on this night of the thunder moon.
We bid you well as you depart.
May there be peace between us.

South:
Spirit of the South,
Powers of Fire, we thank you
For joining our circle on this night of the thunder moon.
We bid you well as you depart.
May there be peace between us.

East:
Spirit of the East,
Powers of Air, we thank you
For joining our circle on this night of the thunder moon.
We bid you well as you depart.
May there be peace between us.

HPS:
The light of the maiden surrounds you.
The love of the lady enfolds you.
The power of Gaia flows through you.
Wherever you are, the goddess is.
And all is well.

HP:  The Circle is open but unbroken,
 May the Peace of the Goddess,
 And the Strength of the God,
 Be ever in your hearts.

HP and HPS and group together:  
 Merry Meet and Merry Part, And Merry Meet Again.

HP: It is a part of my tradition that we hug one another following
a Circle.


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