Spinner’s Moon Cycle #2

o   Smudge with sage

Smudging is done to create sacred space, to cleanse ourselves of our mundane worries, and to get in touch with the sacred within ourselves.

o   Chant as we walk into Circle:

Earth My Body

o   Intro

Last month, we talked about one of the first aspects of creating a ritual- setting an intention. This month, we will be talking about creating sacred space and various ways to do that.

There isn’t one perfect way to create sacred space and ritual, it should be personal to the crafter. One of the first things that we do to prepare is to ritually cleanse ourselves and the space. Often we simply smudge, using various methods such as sage smoke, rose water, salt water, sound to cleanse ourselves, which both helps us separate from the mundane and “wash away” our worries. When I have enough time, I really enjoy ritual baths – to which I add salt and sometimes oils or herbs known for cleansing properties, and often draw runes or symbols in the water.

Tonight, we’re going to have a more formal set-up for ritual than we usually do. It’s heavily influenced by Wicca as one example of how you can prepare for your own rituals.

Ask for 3 volunteers to cleanse the circle- 1 with water & salt, 1 with smoking incense, 1 with broom.  Each goes thrice around the circle clockwise, and afterwards says “by the power of earth & water/fire & air/spirit, the circle cleansed”

We cast the circle to designate a sacred space and as a vessel to contain our energy until we are ready to release it.

Cast Circle

Starting with HPE, each woman turns to her left, and at heart level, clasps hands with the woman next to her, saying “Hand  to hand”, then place their hands over the other’s upper chest/shoulder, saying  “heart to heart, the circle is cast in love”. Kisses on the cheek after optional.

We are now between the worlds. Blessed Be.

We call the quarters to acknowledge the qualities symbolized by the 4 elements. (give brief elements description)

o   Call Quarters and Center/God and Goddess

(done clockwise, lighting candles as each Quarter is called)

East: I greet the East, direction of Air;

Gentle breezes and strong winds,

Realm of the beauty of clouds and birds,

Bearer of the weather that touches us all.

The breath of Life I inhale and exhale.

Come, be here now.  Blessed be.

South: I greet the South, direction of Fire;

Candle flame, bonfire, starlight and sunlight,

The energy that warms me and gives life to the world I inhabit,

The energy that pulses along my nerves.

Come, be here now.  Blessed be.

West: I greet the West, direction of Water;

Rain, snow, rivers and lakes,

The great encircling ocean from which all Life first came,

The blood which flows through my veins

Still bearing the saltiness of that original home.

Come, be here now.  Blessed be.

North: I greet the North, direction of Earth;

Metal and stone, hill and valley,

Mother who bears and nourishes all Life –

Root and leaf, fur and feather and scale and skin,

Muscle and bone and brain cell.

Come, be here now.  Blessed be.

Center/God and Goddess:

By the Earth that is Her body,

By the Air that is Her breath

By the Fire of Her bright Spirit

And by the living Waters of her womb,

Goddess we know that you are always with us

Even if we are not always with you,

So it is only formally we say:

Come, be here now.  Blessed be.

*(We only call Goddess because this is a Full Moon ritual. In all other rituals we would call both God and Goddess.)

o   Check In

o   Questions for all the women in the Circle:

§  Your name and magickal name if you have one

§  Who’s your mama?  Your matriarchal lineage

§  What day of your cycle you’re on

§  Question for this Moon: Do you have a sacred space of your own?

Setting up an altar- Briefly discuss the objects on the altar, bring Sacred Round (pg 9) for reference on magickal tools.

Read the Charge of the Goddess

o   Meditation – grounding and inspiration

Tree centering meditation

o   Chanting/Singing

This can be a great way of raising energy or meditating.

Share some of the Full Circle favorites: We all come from the Goddess, Every step I take, The River is Flowing, Magick is alive/Goddess is afoot; finish with Goddess hokey pokey

o   Thank Quarters and Center/God and Goddess

(done counterclockwise, blowing out candles as each Quarter is thanked)

East: Farewell to the East, direction of Air;

Gentle breezes and strong winds,

Relam of the beauty of clouds and birds,

Bearer of the weather that touches us all.

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here.  Blessed be.

South: Farewell to the South, direction of Fire;

Candle flame, bonfire, starlight and sunlight,

The energy that warms me and gives life to the world I inhabit,

The energy that pulses along my nerves.

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here.  Blessed be.

West: Farewell to the West, direction of Water;

Rain, snow, rivers and lakes,

The great encircling ocean from which all Life first came,

The blood which flows through my veins

Still bearing the saltiness of that original home.

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here.  Blessed be.

North: Farewell to the North, direction of Earth;

Metal and stone, hill and valley,

Mother who bears and nourishes all Life –

Root and leaf, fur and feather and scale and skin,

Muscle and bone and brain cell.

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here.  Blessed be.

Center/God and Goddess:

By the Earth that is Her body,

By the Air that is Her breath

By the Fire of Her bright Spirit

And by the living Waters of her womb,

Goddess we know that you are always with us

Even if we are not always with you,

So it is only formally we say:

Go if you must, stay if you will,

But know that you are always welcome here.  Blessed be.

o   Close Circle

We’re going to release the energy and open the circle with a group clap on the count of 3.

The circle is now open, but unbroken.

Singing:

“May the circle be open, but unbroken

May the love of the Goddess

Be ever in our hearts.

Merry meet, and merry part

And merry meet again!”

o   Feasting!

Songs:

Breath In Breath Out

The River is Flowing

Woman Am I (you can sing this song while doing the Hokey Pokey)


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