The Wedding Rite of Starwind and (Dr) Mikal
May 10, 2003
at Florida Pagan Gathering

St. Petersburg, FL
(with Selena Fox and Spelcastor priesting)

Ritual needs: A small table or stand upon which will sit a bowl filled 
with water for anointing and a chalice filled with water to exchange the
waters of life.

The Priest and Priestess stand at the center of the space, with couple 
facing them.

Priest announces the Rite is to begin to silence the crowd.
(Spelcastor's standard ritual opening)

Priest:
Before us stand Starwind and Mikal, two souls who would be one,
To publicly declare their vows before the Moon and Sun.

Priestess:
So let us now transform this place for Gods and human kind,
As we create our Sacred Space, leave mundane thoughts behind.

Circle casting, alternated by HPS/HP:
Three times round the circle's cast
As was done in times gone past
Between the worlds a boundary
May this circle blessed, be.

Priest walks to the East, and says:
By air which fills our lungs with breath, and lifts the birds in flight,
I Bless and Consecrate this place and all who've joined our Rite.
(slight pause) 
May thoughts of Love be ever present.

Priestess walks to South and says:
By fire which flames our hearts and souls, and floods our mind with light,
I Bless and Consecrate this place and all within our sight.
(slight pause)
May Love shine always.

Priest walks to West, and says:
By water coursing through our veins, from Oceans and the Sky,
I Bless and Consecrate this place and all who have drawn nigh.
(slight pause) 
May the Love that flows over us now flow freely forever.

Priestess walks to North, and says:
By Earth of which our flesh is formed, through which we find good cheer,
I Bless and Consecrate this place and all those gathered here.
(slight pause)
May Earthly Love bring eternal pleasure.

(Priest and Priestess return to the center.)

Priestess:
There is magic to be done here, the magic of Love.
This place is calling you, O Goddess.
Come to us here from your own land of beauty to this holy place.

Priest says:
There is magic to be done here, the magic of Love.
This place is calling you, O Horned One.
Come to us from your wild land of sunshine and forest to this holy place.

Priest:
Dips into the chalice and anoints the foreheads of the couple, saying:
You are consecrated by the Lord.

Priestess:
Dips into the chalice and anoints the foreheads of the couple, saying:
You are consecrated by the Lady.

Priest:
You have said that you wish to be legally married before the Gods,
is this so?

Couple answers: It is so.

Priest says: Then face each other and receive the charge.

Priestess:
Stands behind the couple and raises her hand behind the couples heads,
saying:
In the many names of the Lady--Artemis, Selene, Hecate, Isis, Ishtar, 
Aphrodite, Persephone, Diana, Arionrhod, Rhiannon, and Cerridwyn--I
give you the magic of the Moon, dreams to rule your destiny and the
secrets of the plants. Be my followers and protect my children and this
sacred Earth.

Priest:
Stands behind the couple and raises his hand behind the couples heads,
saying:
In the many names of the Lord--the Horned One, Pan, Horus, Tammuz, Robin
Goodfellow, Jack, Herne, and Cernunnos--I give you the magic of the forest
creatures, the wonder of the stars, the desire to fire your soul. Be my
followers and protect my children and this sacred Earth.

Priest says:
Starwind, repeat these words after me:
O Father God, Master of light,
answers to all mysteries and mysteries yet unanswered,
in this place of power I ask of you this:
As I breathe your energies into my body,
mixing them with mine that I may see the divine in all,
O Great God grant me the hand of he who I have sought and found.
Allow me, Father God, to take my place as his wedded mate,
and to care for him as my own.
Allow me the heart that beats strongly within his chest.
Allow me to accept his love.

Priestess says:
Mikal, repeat these words after me:
O Mother Goddess, Lady to us all,
answers to all mysteries and mysteries yet unanswered;
in this place of power I ask of you this:
As I breathe your energies into my body,
mixing them with mine that I may see the divine in all,
O Great Goddess grant me the hand of she who I have sought and found.
Allow me, Mother Goddess, to take my place as her wedded mate,
and to care for her as my own.
Allow me the heart that beats strongly within her chest.
Allow me to accept her love.

The Priest holds the rings or other symbols in his right hand.
The couple covers it with their right hands

The Priestess covers all with her left hand and says:
Bless and Consecrate these symbols. May they ever be reminders
of the Love shared here today.

The symbols are given to Starwind and MIkal

Priest says:
Starwind, repeat these words after me:
By seed and root, by bud and stem,
By leaf and flower and fruit,
By life and love,
In the name of the Goddess and the God,
I, Starwind, take thee, Mikal, to be my husband.
Nor shall death part us, for in the fullness of time
We shall be born again at the same time,
And in the same place as each other,
And we shall meet, and know, and remember, and love again.

Starwind: (Places ring on finger.)
Thou art God, Mikal Evensong, and I love thee.

Priestess says:
Mikal, repeat these words after me:
By seed and root, by bud and stem,
By leaf and flower and fruit,
By life and love,
In the name of the Goddess and the God,
I, Mikal, take thee, Starwind, to be my wife.
Nor shall death part us, for in the fullness of time
We shall be born again at the same time,
And in the same place as each other,
And we shall meet, and know, and remember, and love again.

Mikal: (Places ring on finger.)
Thou art Goddess, Starwind Evensong, and I love thee.

(The hands of the couple are joined.)

The Priest says:
Know that it is in the decree of the fates, that you are forever united. 
Under the blessing of the Goddess, the Earth Mother, 
and the God, the Keeper of the Forests, 
and by the power invested in me by the State of Florida 
as ordained clergy in good standing and an Elder in Communion with
the Covenant of the Goddess, 
I pronounce you husband and wife. 
May your lives be so joined as long as life shall last.
So Mote It Be!

Priestess raises the chalice of water and says:
I raise my cup to the Heavens and it is filled from the rains, the dew - 
The rivers and seas all share the essence of life.
(Turns and offers to the couple) I give you the waters of life, may you 
always drink deeply.

(Starwind and Mikal drink from the chalice)

Priest:
Before our ceremony ends and we return to the worlds beyond, 
let us share in the joy that we have witnessed. 
Let us lift our thoughts to the powers 
that offer us life and inspiration, 
knowing that the gifts of beauty and love 
received in this rite are ours to share, 
as blessings of healing, protection and abundance, 
for this sacred planet and all creatures that live upon her. 
Let us all focus for just a few moments on this thought.

(After a minute or two)
Priestess: May the world be filled with love, beauty and harmony.
ALL: So mote it be.

Priestess:
Out of all the billions here on Earth, these two have come, have looked 
into each other's eyes, and are now made one. Their ways have converged
and shall now be together. In our deepest being we hope that their path
may be pleasant and the sky fair where they reside, but if sorrow comes,
as it can surely come to all, may the pressure of the trial only bring 
them more closely together. With clasped hands and united hearts, may
they bear life's troubles together and share its joy together.

Priest says:
Now open wide this holy place, let the feasting begin, and let all here
present wish them Blessed Be your Love.

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