Ritual for Imbolc Gathering on Monday, February 1, 2016

For information on when and where the ritual is taking place see post further down this page.

Items Needed

1 ribbon any spring color 20 inches or 50 cm long and, at least a half an inch or 1 cm wide If you do not have time to get the ribbons use strips of paper and then as soon as you can replace the paper with ribbons. Pieces of clear tape to tape paper to planter or wherever and to attach the natural object to the paper.

 
1 permanent marker-white or any brightly colored marker
2 natural items that can easily be tied into the ribbon and will not slip out of the knot holding it (examples shells or feathers or trees sprigs or sturdy flowers or flat stone)
1 Small planter ready to plant seeds of your choice in – OPTIONAL

A few Seeds of Your Choice – OPTIONAL

1 white candle
A drum or use a plastic bowl and wooden spoon or your hand
 
A tasty treat to eat after the blessings
Before Ritual Discussion – Starts at 6:00 PM CT
High Priestess Streggga – Imbolc has arrived and out of the darkness of the winter solstice.  Imbolcs hope for the future is essential -it is a very turning of the wheel and the life force itself . This ritual is  to celebrate Imbloc the beginning of spring. Our intention today is to invoke blessings for the year that’s unfolding
Imbloc arrives with the realization that winter will come to an end and is traditionally associated with the lambs and the first Snow Drop flower. it symbolizes hope, wishes, and all new beginning’s. -Open discussion about this Festival of youth and growth.
At 6:14 PM CT one minute to Circle Time – Let’s take a minute to ground ourselves.
(Ground and think about your growth) hold that thought and lets began!
H.P. Stregga and the rest of the Coven Life staff wish to thank you Sisters  and Brothers for coming. The circle will now be cast.
Lady Beltane: I cast this circle with the Sun God and Mother Earth. The Earth we stand on is now a sacred space out of time and place with any physical plain. This circle will protect all within it and keep out anything that would harm us.
Las Belane – Northeast – Imbolc,  stirrings of new life, breeze and the soil awakening
Ms Dani – East     winds bringing fresh air and change
 Loki’s Little Hippie Witch –  Southeast   sap rising, stirred by the sun
 Loki’S Ltitle Hippie Witch – South    warming sun, promise of light lengthening
 SunRay – Southwest – Seeds that are  sprouting that will become grains and crops
SunRay – West      Rains, feeding life
 Lady Beltane –  Northwest    pattern of life and growth, encoded in each living creature
Lady Beltane – North    renewal of the earth, as life awakens
All Attending – Above and below
H.P. Stregga – Introduction to the Imbolc
Imbolc is the festival opposite to and balancing the Lammas.  the agricultural themes of growth and death especially in the lifecycle of seeds this is the season of youth the birth of animals -the hatching of birds -sprouting of new plant life and the renewal of plants that been dormant through the winter.
(What does it mean to you) moment of discussion:
Grab your drums and let’s chant
Light the candle while chanting the chant above
Plant your seeds in the planter you tied the ribbon around while chanting the chant above

Chant to yourself

Breathing in, singing out
Birth  of new we bring about
Singing out, breathing in
Live the dream, Let the change begin
Blessing of the Ribbons
Taking your own ribbon write a blessing/wish -what you would like to see come true for this new year ?  Now tie that ribbon around the planter you brought or tree or anything that will be a daily reminder (you can even tape it to your bathroom mirror if you do not have a planter or anything else to tie it to) for you look at your blessing call upon your blessing and manifest your dreams and your desires and watch the new beginning of your life take place (You can do this with as many pieces of ribbon you want to tomorrow on Imbolc.
Light the candle while chanting the chant above
Plant your seeds in the planter you tied the ribbon around while chanting the chant above
Everyone share one blessing you asked for please.
Everyone responds “Blessed Be” after each person shares their blessing.
(Blessing from Stregga and any other High Priestess or Elder of the coven)
Closing the circle;
Below and Above
Lady Beltane – North    Renewal  of the earth, as life awakens
Lady Beltane  – Northwest   Pattern of life and growth, encoded in each living creature
SunRay – West    Rains,  feeding the growth of life
 SunRay – Southwest    Seeds  that are sprouting, that will become grain and crops
 Loki’s Little Hippie Witch – South   Warming  of the sun, promise of light lengthening
 Loki’S Ltitle Hippie Witch – Southeast   Sap rising, stirred by the sun
Ms Dani – East     Winds bringing in fresh air and change
 Lday Beltane – Northeast    Imbolc, this games of new life, breeze and the soil awakening
Lady Beltane – The circle is open but remains unbroken may the Gods and Goddesses bless each of us as we go our seperate ways. I return you to our physical plain and time.
H.P. Stregga -Thank you all for attending this ritual it is my hope and desire you all have what you wish for – may your new year be full of love and New life – may you bring forth all those beautiful things that you yourself have the power to manifest – may you strive this year to plant new seeds and may your fruit grow- may your life be full of happiness thank you for allowing me to be part of this gathering in this beautiful Coven. May you be blessed merry part until we merry meet again and so it it!    Mote it be!!!
Now take your cake and eat of it, remember to take some outside as an offering.
Copyright 2016 High Priestess Elder Stregga

Wiccan Samhain Sabbat Ritual Guide For Covens

Supplies
1 silver taper candle for the Goddess
1 gold taper candle for the God
Apple
Pomegranate
Black votive candle
Cauldron
Boline
Altar pentacle
Salt water
Frankincense
Protection oil
Enough fresh dirt, black salt or black cord to outline the circle
Any divination supplies you may want to use after invoking the dead
Plate of fruit, vegetables & bread
1 pot of earth for each participant [each pot should be planted with three seeds – either rue or lavender]
Pictures of loved ones and/or mementos from loved ones

PREPARATION:

Prior to the ceremony, do a ritual bath or shower for purification. If you have magical jewelry or jewelry passed on to you by departed loved ones, this is the time to wear it.
Place the apple and pomegranate on the altar. If there’s ample altar space, arrange the pots on the altar as well. Instruments of divination may be placed within the Circle perimeter for use during the ritual if you wish. Arrange the altar as usual and decorate with Autumn leaves, pumpkins, etc.

Sweep the area moving in a widdershins manner. (counterclockwise). The circle area should be cleansed before the participants arrive. Outline your circle with fresh dirt, black salt or black cord. Place the goddess candle to top left of the altar. Place the God candle on the top right of the altar. Place the plate of fruit, vegetables and bread in between the God and Goddess candles. Place the black votive candle in the cauldron, positioned on the floor in front of the altar. The boline should be placed in the center of the altar with the apple on a pentacle if possible. Pictures of loved ones and mementos of loved are placed on the altar as well.

Arrange the rest of your tools and props according to personal preference.

Casting the Circle

Samhain is done widdershins to represent the turning of the wheel and the dropping of the veil between the worlds, so this entire ritual will be done widdershins.

Each participant is cleansed with salt water and frankincense before entering the cleansed area. Question for each participant:

“How do you enter the Circle?”

Response:

“In perfect love and perfect trust.”

Anoint each person with protection oil.

When everyone has been cleansed and all participants are in the room begin casting the Circle.

Call Quarters Widdershins

Beginning in the West

“Hail Guardians of the West, element of Water, keeper of the Veil between the worlds. We ask that you lift the silvery realm of the Veil and we invite you into our sacred space to reveal your secrets of the coming year. We ask that you cleanse our hearts and open our Souls to your Watery energy. Welcome and Blessed Be.

Hail Guardians of the South, element of Fire, keeper of the flames that burn this night to honor our loved ones, to keep the hearth warms and to honor Vesta, Goddess of the hearth. We invite to you into our sacred space to warm our hearts and ignite our Souls. Welcome and Blessed Be.

Hail Guardians of the East, element of Air, keeper of new ideas, home of the Faeries and sprites, keeper of the Wheel. We invite to our sacred space this night to guide us in the coming year, to enlighten us with your insight. Welcome and Blessed be!

Hail Guardians of the North, element of Earth, keeper of all earthly elements, we invite to our sacred space to guide us with your wisdom for the new year. To embrace us with your strength and open the gates of the underworld. Welcome and Blessed Be!”

Invocations

The Priestess invokes the Crone, saying:

“Dark Mother, ruler of the night, Goddess of death and rebirth, Wise Hecate, Hear and behold Your children this night as we honor Thee and Thy realm. We stand humbly before thee asking for Thy blessing and favor. Lift, now the Veil between the worlds, as this time out of time begins. Guide us in communing with my ancestors as they journey to the Summerland’s. So mote it be!”

Light the Goddess Candle. Proceed only after the flame has risen and flickered indicating the Goddess is with you. Concentrate on your wish to commune with your loved ones, calling on their energy.

The Priest invokes the Dark Lord, saying:

“Dark Father, aged Consort of the Crone, Lord of the Underworld, Hear and behold your children this night as we honor Thee and Thy realm. We stand between Thee and Thy Lady, asking for blessing and favor. As this time out of time approaches, stand ever guard as the Veil lifts, Keep safe my ancestors, and all of my loved ones, as they journey to the Summerland’s. So Mote it Be!”

Light the God Candle. Proceed only after the flame has risen and flickered indicating the Goddess is with you. Concentrate on your wishes that your loved ones be kept safe on their journey.

Dancing deosil around the Circle in a shuffle step, all chant three times:

“The Moon is bright, the Crone is old
The body lifeless – the bones so cold
We all live and pay our dues
To die in ones and threes and twos.

Death, dance and play the harp
Piercing silence in the dark
The Woman’s old with withered limbs
Death beckons Her to dance with Him

As She accepts the Dance of Death
The Earth is cooled by ghostly breath
To lie in dormancy once more
To have Her strength and life restored”

Go to the Western Quarter and draw an invoking pentagram with the athame to open the gate. Then evoke the dead by saying:

“All ye spirits who walk this night –
Hearken! Hearken to my call!
I bid you in our Circle join!
Enter! Enter – one and all!

Come ye, spirits of the dead
Be ye spirit of plant or pet
Or human being who still roams!
Into this Circle you are let!

Speak to us of things unknown!
Lend your energies to this rite!
To speed your journey, we have joined
On this sacred Samhain night!

All ye spirits who walk this night –
Hearken! Hearken to my call!
I bid you in our Circle join!
Enter! Enter – one and all!”

Bestow blessings upon the dead, saying:

“Oh Mighty Pan of the Summerlands:
Guardian of the beloved dead
We pour forth love on those you keep
Safely, in your peaceful stead
We bless those who have walked the path
That someday, we as well, shall rove
We offer peace unto their souls
While resting in your arms, below”

Divination

Now is the time for divination (Ouija Board, pendulum, cards, etc.) and communication with those who have gone on before us. Allow plenty of time for this.

Closing The Gate

After divination, the Priestess goes to the Western Quarter and draws the banishing pentagram, saying:

“Blessings be upon thee, oh wondrous Spirits of the Summerlands. We humbly thank thee for your presence in our Circle and honor you in celebration this sacred night. We beseech thee, oh Pan, keeper of the sacred dead, embrace once again those souls within your keep and hold tightly to your breast those which have been lost and wandering. Grant them safe passage to the Summerland, where they may rest peacefully in your strength until they are refreshed and reborn again in perfect love. We bid thee all a fond farewell. So mote it be!”

The gate is now closed.

The Priestess goes to the altar and holds up the pomegranate, saying:

“Behold the pomegranate, fruit of Life…”

The athame is plunged into the pomegranate, splitting it open to display the seeds. She says:

“Whose seeds lie in the dormancy of Death!”

The Priestess eats one of the seeds, saying:

“I Taste the seeds of Death.”

The pomegranate is then passed hand to hand through the participants of the ritual, each eating a seed and saying to the next person:

“Taste the seeds of Death.”

The Priestess then holds up the apple, saying:

“Behold the apple: fruit of wisdom, fruit of Death…”

She then cuts the apple crosswise, saying:

“Whose symbolism rewards us with life eternal!”

She holds up the apple, displaying the inner pentagram, and says:

“Behold the five-fold star – the promise of rebirth!”

Consecrate the fruit and wine. Each person then tastes of the apple and sips the wine, saying to the next person:

“Taste the fruit of rebirth and sip from the cup of wine of Life.”

After libation, the Priestess presents each member of the group with a pot. She briefly explains to the group that this is the season of the seed – it is a time of dormancy, but also a time of re-generation for growth. Further, as the seed rests in the earth, they should also take time to rest and re-evaluate their lives, metaphorically planting only those values which will enrich and enhance the growth within the Divine Self. She then instructs them to name the seeds within their pots with three values they wish to incorporate into their lives, knowing that as the seeds sprout with new life, their lives will be new, as well.

After the presentation, all join hands and hold them skyward.

Priestess:

“Thus is the Circle of Rebirth.
All pass from this life through the great god, Pan
But through My love you are all reborn
In the cycles of nature – through the Cosmic Plan.

In living we die – in dying we live
The fruit is first seed, yet seed comes from the fruit
In the mystery of life and death and rebirth
The Circle turns ever, and I am its root.”

All Respond:

“The Sun conceived in Darkness, cold
In the Shadow of Death, a Life unfolds
A shred of Light begins to burn
From Death comes Life – the Circle turns.”

Dismiss Quarters and Dissolve Circle.

Priestess:

“The rite is ended.”

All:

“Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!”

Outdoor libation to the Lord and Lady, and the spirits of the dead.

From: http://www.wiccanway.com/Samhain-Ritual-Guide-For-Covens_c_199.html