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To attain to this sublime degree, it is necessary to suffer and be purified. Art thou willing to suffer to learn? I purify thee to take this great Oath rightly. The bell is rung thrice and purification follows: Scourge and bell are returned to the altar as Hierophant says: I now give thee a new name, N What is thy name?

My name is N When all have put the question, all return to their places and H. Repeat thy new name after me: All this I swear by my hopes of salvation, my past lives and my hopes of future ones to come; and I devote myself and my measure to utter destruction if I break this my solemn oath. I will all my power into thee. Hierophant takes up oil and anoints C.

And lastly kisses Candidate in the same pattern: The blindfold and cable-tow are now removed and the Initiate is congratulated by coveners. You will now show the use of each of the Working Tools in turn. First the Magic Sword. Initiate silently redraws Circle and returns Sword with a S. Initiate again recasts Circle in silence. For learn, in Witchcraft you must ever give as you receive, but ever triple. So where I gave thee three, return nine; where I gave thee seven, return twenty-one; where I gave thee nine, return twenty-seven; where I gave thee twenty-one, return sixty-three.

Though hast obeyed the Law. But mark well, when thou receivest good, so equally art thou bound to return good threefold. Hear ye, Mighty Ones of the East [S. Having learned this far, you must know why the Wicca are called the Hidden Children of the Goddess. Proceed with the Legend of the Descent of the Goddess.

Generally Initiate and Hierophant act the appropriate parts. She who will portray the Goddess removes her necklace and places it upon the altar, donning veils and jewellery in its stead. He who will portray the God dons the Horned Crown and stands before the altar with scourge and blade in the God position. S he who portrays the Guardians bears the Sword. Each will act out their parts as the Narrator reads:. In Ancient time, out Lord, the Horned One, was as he still is, the Consoler, the Comforter, but men knew him as the dread Lord of Shadows - lonely, stern and just.

Now our Lady the Goddess had never loved, but she would solve all the Mysteries, even the mystery of Death; and so she journeyed to the Underworld. The Guardians of the Portal challenged her: Strip off thy garments, lay aside thy jewels; for naught mayest thou bring with thee into this our land. So she laid down her garments and her jewels, and was bound, as are all who enter the Realms of death, the Mighty One. Such was her beauty, that Death himself knelt and kissed her feet, saying: Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways.

Abide with me; but let me place my cold hand on thy heart. I love thee not. Why dost thou cause all things that I love and take delight in to fade and die? Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time, I give them rest and peace, and strength so that they may return.

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Return not; abide with me! An thou receivest not my hand upon thy heart, thou must kneel to Death's scourge. It is fate - better so, She said. And she knelt, and Death scourged her tenderly. I feel the pangs of love. And he taught her all his Mysteries, and they loved and were one. And she taught him her mystery of the sacred cup which is the cauldron of rebirth. And he gave her the necklace which is the circle of rebirth, and taught her all the magics.

For there are three great events in the life of man: Love, Death and Resurrection in the new body; and Magic controls them all. For to fulfill love you must return again at the same time and place as the loved one, and you must meet, and know, and remember, and love them again. But to be reborn, you must die and be made ready for a new body; and to die, you must be born; and without love, you may not be born; and this is all the Magics.

HPS sits upon the altar, facing South, in the Osiris position. HP kneels before her, kisses both knees, extends arms along thighs, and adores. HP then fetches filled chalice and celebrates Wine and Cakes. HP again kneels before HPS, kisses knees and extends arms in adoration as before.

HPS takes up a red cord and binds his arms, then taking up the cable-tow, leads him once about the Circle. HP kneels facing altar. HP rises and is unbound whereupon he binds HPS as she bound him, leads her about the Circle and scourges her as she kneels before the altar. HPS binds him, leads him about the Circle and Scourges him kneeling before the altar, as before.

He stands and is unbound and says: Now I must reveal a great mystery. HPS stands before altar in God Position. HP gives her Fivefold Salute. HPS then sets scourge and athame aside and lies in the middle of the Circle with her head to the East and her womb in the shekinah point. HP kneels beside her facing North. Assist me to erect the ancient altar, At which in days past all worshipped, The Great Altar of all things; For in old times, Woman was the altar. Thus was the altar made and placed; And the sacred point was the point within the centre of the Circle.

As we have of old been taught that the point within the centre is the origin of all things, Therefore should we adore it. For thou art the point within the circle [kiss] which we adore, [kiss] The fount of life without which we would not be, [kiss] And in this way are erected the Holy Twin Pillars. O Secret of Secrets, That art hidden in the being of all lives, Not thee do we adore, For that which adoreth is also thou.

Thou art That, and That am I. I am life, and the giver of life. Yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death. I am alone, the Lord within ourselves, Whose name is Mystery of Mysteries. Make open the path of intelligence between us; For these truly are the Five Points of Fellowship - Foot to foot, knee to knee, Lance to Grail, Breast to breast, Lips to lips. By the great and holy name Cernunnos; In the name of Aradia; Encorage our hearts, Let the light crystalize itself in our blood, Fulfilling of us resurrection.

For there is no part of us that is not of the Gods. HP rises and goes to each Quarter in turn saying: Be thus as of yore, The shrine we adore, [kiss] The feast without fail, The life-giving Grail. Behold the Mystery aright; The five true points of fellowship, Here where the Lance and Grail unite, And feet and knees and breast and lip. Darksome night and shining moon, Hearken to the witches' rune. East, then south, west then north, Here come I to call the forth.

Earth and water, air and fire, Work ye unto my desire. Wand and Pentacle and Sword Hearken ye unto my word. Cords and Censer, Scourge and Knife, Waken all ye into life. Powers of the Witches Blade, Come ye as the charm is made. Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell, Lend your aid unto the spell. Horned Hunter of the Night, Work my will by magic rite.

By all the power of land and sea, As I do will, so mote it be. By all the might of moon and sun, Chant the spell and be it done. Darksome night and shining moon, East, then south, west then north, Hearken to the witches' rune. Here come I to call the forth. It seems to have been changed fairly early in its history. At her altars the youth of Lacedaemon in Sparta made due sacrifice.

Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all the witcheries. There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these will I teach things that are yet unknown. And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise.

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is joy on earth; for my law is love unto all beings. Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let naught stop you or turn you aside. For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth, and mine is the cup of the wine of life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man. Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace and freedom and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand aught in sacrifice; for behold, I am the Mother of all living, and my love is poured out upon the earth. Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess; she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, and whose body encircles the Universe.

I who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the desire of the heart of man, call unto thy soul. Arise, and come unto me. For I am the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe. From me all things proceed, and unto me all things must return; and before my face, beloved of Gods and of men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.

And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you. And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thee findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire. All ye assembled in my sight, Bow before my spirit bright.

Artemis and Cerridwen, Hell's dark mistress, Heaven's Queen. Ye who would ask of me a rune, Or who would ask of me a boon, Meet me in some secret glade, Dance my round in greenwood shade, By the light of the full moon. In a place wild and lone, Dance about mine altar stone; Work my holy mystery. Ye who are feign to sorcery, I bring ye secrets yet unknown. No more shall ye know slavery, Who give true worship unto me. Ye who tread my round on Sabbat night, Come ye all naked to the rite, In token that ye be really free.

I teach ye the mystery of rebirth, Work ye my mysteries in mirth. Heart joined to heart and lip to lip, Five are the points of fellowship, That bring ye ecstasy on earth, For I am the circle of rebirth. All things living are mine own, From me they come, to me they go.

HP kneels before HPS and salutes her with the Fivefold kiss as he kisses her womb, she opens into blessing position. HP invokes the Goddess, saying:. HP stands and takes a step back. All adore in silence as HPS traces invoking Earth pentagram in air before them with athame, saying:. Bagabi laca bachabe Lamac cahi achababe Karelyos! Lmaca lamac bachalyos Cabahagi sabalyos Baryolas! Lagoz atha cabyolas Samahac atha famyolas Hurrahya! HP leads a ring dance deosil about HPS who stands in the center. Coveners are arranged man and woman alternately, facing inwards and holding hands left plams up, right palms down.

All dance and chant either the Witches' Rune or the call of the ancient Mysteries:. All shall drop to the ground in a circle facing the HPS. If there is coven work to be done, now is the appropriate time to do it. Or a meditation upon the Moon's season, or such other matter as may be fitting or needful. HPS stands in God position before altar. HP fills a Chalice with red wine and offers it up to her from his knees. Laying athame aside, HPS accepts cup of HP kiss , sips, and returns it to him kiss - who also sips and arises to pass it to a woman kiss to sip and hence from woman to man kiss and man to woman kiss about the Circle.

If more work is to be done, the cup makes the round but once and is returned to the altar, else it is replaced in the center of the Circle. To consecrate cakes, HPS picks up athame again as HP kneels before her, holding up the dish of cakes. HPS draws invoking pentagram of earth over the cakes saying:.

O Queen, most secret, bless this food unto our bodies; bestowing health, wealth, strength, joy and peace, and that fulfillment of love which is perfect happiness. HP refills cup and offers it to HPS, inviting her to join them. When done relaxing and chatting, close the Circle. By the flame that burneth bright, O Horned One! We call thy name into the night, O Ancient One! Thee we invoke by the Moon-led sea, By the standing stone and the twisted tree.

Thee we invoke, where gather Thine own. By the nameless shore, forgotten and lone. By moonlit meadow, on dusky hill, Where the haunted wood is hushed and still. Come to the charm of the chanted prayer, As the Moon bewitches the midnight air. Evoke thy powers that potent bide In shining stream and the secret tide.

In fiery flame by starlight pale, In shadowy host that rides the gale. And by the ferndrakes, faerie haunted, Of forests wild and woods enchanted. To the heartbeat's drum! Come to us who gather below, When the broad white Moon is climbing slow. Through the stars to the heavens' height, We hear thy hoofs on the wind of night! As black tree branches shake and sigh, By joy and terror we know thee nigh. Besom, besom long and lithe Made from ash and willow withe Tied with thongs of willow bark In running stream at moonset dark. With a pentagram indighted As the ritual fire is lighted; Sweep ye circle, deosil, Sweep out evil, sweep out ill.

Make the round of the ground Where we do the Lady's will. Besom, besom, Lady's broom Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom. Rid ye Lady's hallowed ground Of demons, imps and Hell's red hound; Then set ye down on Her green earth By running stream or Mistress' hearth. In the centre or just south of centre of the Circle stands the Cauldron of Cerridwen wreathed about with pine boughs, holly, ivy and mistletoe and therein is laid a balefire of nine woods: The altar is decorated as is the Cauldron and bears two red candles as well as an unlit red candle or torch for each covener present.

There should be no other light except the altar candles and those about the Circle. HP then moves to the north, before the altar, as the HPS stands in the south with the coveners in a circle, alternately man and woman, about the Cauldron between them. The circle now moves slowly deosil once about the Circle. As each passes the HPS they kiss her upon the cheek; as they pass the HP, he hands each one a candle which is lit from the balefire. Darkness and tears are set aside when the Sun shall come up early.

Golden Sun of hill and mountain, Illumine the land, illumine the world, Illumine the seas, illumine the rivers, Sorrows be laid, joy to the world! Blessed be the Great Goddess, Without beginning, without ending, Everlasting to eternity. All raise their tapers high and repeat twice the last line. HPS joins the dance, leading it with a quieter rhythm.

The burning cauldron is pushed into the centre and the dancers jump over it in man and woman couples. The last couple over the fire should be well purified, three times each, and may pay an amusing forfeit as the HPS may ordain. Cakes and wine follows and, after the Circle has been closed, much merriment, feasting, dancing and games.

HP then enters the Circle, with a Sword in his right hand and a Wand in his left. He lays these on the altar. Descend, we pray thee, upon thy servant and priest. Any initiations to be done are done at this point. The ceremony of Cakes and Wine follows. The Great Rite is done if at all possible. Feasting, dancing and games follow the closing of the ritual. A Symbol of the Wheel is on the altar, flanked with burning candles, or with fire in some form - torches, or small tripods with fire in their cups. The Symbol of the Wheel may be a plain disc, or an eight spoked wheel, or the pentacle.

Alex and Maxine Sanders used a circular mirror with a broad frame, also circular, decorated as a twelve-pointed star. In the centre of the Circle is either a cauldron full of inflammable material, or out of doors a bonfire ready to be lit. Thee we invoke, O Light of Life; Be thou a bright flame before us, Be thou a guiding star above us, Be thou a smooth path beneath us; Kindle thou within our hearts A flame of love for our neighbours, To out foes, to our friends, to our kindred all, To all men on the broad earth; O merciful Son of Cerridwen, From the lowliest thing that liveth, To the Name which is highest of all.

HPS then draws invoking pentagram before the HP and then hands the Wand to him, together with the scourge. The Maiden strikes a light and hands it to the High Priest, who lights the cauldron or bonfire. He carrying a wand and the High Priestess carrying a sistrum lead the dance, with the rest following in couples. Each couple must leap over the fire. The last couple over the fire before it goes out must be well purified. The man must then give a fivefold kiss to each of the women, as the woman to the men, or any other penalty the HPS shall decide.

HPS leads the coven, riding poles if possible, about the Covenstead with a quick, trotting step, singing:. O do not tell the priests of our Art, For they would call it sin; But we will be in the woods all night, A-conjuring summer in. And we bring you good news by word of mouth, For woman, cattle and corn, For the sun is coming up from the south With oak and ash and thorn. All Partake of Cakes and Wine followed by feasting and dancing and singing and the Great Rite, if at all possible, in token or truly.

The cauldron, filled with water and decorated with flowers, is placed before the altar. HPS casts the Circle and then stands before the Cauldron, wand upraised. HP stands in North behind the altar; coven is in a circle, facing inwards, alternately man and woman. Lift up thy shining spear of light to protect us.

Put to flight the powers of darkness. Give us fair woodlands and green fields, Blooming orchards and ripening corn. Bring us to stand upon thy hill of vision, And show us the lovely realms of the Gods. HPS traces an invoking pentagram upon the HP with her wand. He comes desoil about the altar picking up his own wand and the scourge.

He plunges the wand into the cauldron and holds it up, saying:. Saluting HPS with wand, he joins the Coven in their circle. HPS picks up a sprinkler and stands by the cauldron, saying: Dance ye about the Cauldron of Cerridwen, the Goddess, and be ye blessed with the touch of this Ccnsecrated water; even as the Sun, the Lord of Life, ariseth in his strength in the sign of the Waters of Life.

HP leads a slow circle dance deosil about the Cauldron. As each passes, HPS sprinkles them with water from it. Cakes and wine follow and dances, rites and games as the HPS shall direct. A balefire may be lit and leaped. Poles should be ridden in a ring dance about the Covenstead, singing the Ancient Call. The casting of the Circle follows. O Mighty Mother of us all, Mother of all things living, give us fruit and grain, flocks and herds and children to the tribe, that we may be mighty.

By thy Rosey Love, do thou descend upon thy servant and priestess here. HPS draws down the Moon upon herself and all salute Her. The altar is decorated with the symbols of autumn: After the Circle has been cast, the coven stands in a ring facing inwards, men and women alternately. The High Priest stands to the west of the altar and the High Priestess to the east, facing each other. The High Priestess recites:. Farewell, O Sun, ever-returning Light, The hidden God, who ever yet remains, Who now departs into the Land of Youth Through the Gates of Death To dwell enthroned, the Judge of Gods and men, The horned leader of the hosts of air - Yet even as he stands unseen about the Circle, So dwelleth he within the secret seed - The seed of newly-ripened grain, the seed of flesh; Hidden in earth, the marvellous seed of the stars.

In him is Life, and Life is the Light of man. That which never was born, and never dies. Therefore the wise weep not, but rejoice. The Candle Game is played, followed by cakes and wine and any other games the High Priestess decides on. The men form a ring facing inwards, either sitting or standing. The women stand in a ring outside them, standing on something if too short. The men pass a lighted candle from hand to hand, deosil, while the women lean forward and try to blow it out.

The man who holds it when it is blown out gets three flicks of the scourge from the successful blower, and must give her the Fivefold Kiss in return. The candle is relit and the game proceeds. There are lots of variants possible. Two black candles upon the altar. A red candle in each of the Quarters. A wreath of autumn flowers and the crown of the Horned One are upon the altar. O Gods, beloved of us all, bless this our Sabbat that we, thy humble worshippers, may meet in love, joy and bliss.

Bless our rites this night with the presence of our departed kin. Facing north with arms upraised, coveners hand-linked in a semicircle behind him, the HP invokes the Horned One. HP gives each an unlit candle and brings up the rear of the dance. The candles are each lit from the balefire before the outward spiral. When it is done the HPS assumes the Goddess position saying:. Yet as the knowledge ofthee is Death, open wide, I pray thee, the gates through which all must pass.

Let our dear ones, who have gone before, return this night to make merry with us. And when our time comes, as it must, O thou the Comforter, the Consoler, the Giver of Peace and rest, we will enter thy realms gladly and unafraid; for we know that when rested and refreshed among our dear ones, we will be reborn again by thy grace, and the grace of the Lady Cerridwen.

Let it be in the same place and the same time as our beloved ones, and may we meet, and know, and remember, and love them again! Descend, we pray thee, on thy High Priest and Servant, N HP kneels and HPS places the crown upon his head. Fresh incense is cast into the thurible. HPS strikes the bell and HP says:. Hear ye my witches, Welcome to our Great Sabbat.

Welcome we the spirits Of our departed kin. HP takes chalice to first witch, giving it with his right hand whilst taking the taper with his left kiss , then extinguishing the taper before accepting back the chalice. Repeat with each witch present. Listen, my witches, to the words of the Horned One, Drink, dance and be merry in the presence of the Old Gods and the spirits of our departed kin.

Strength, endurance, commitment, responsibility, thoroughness, practicality, wisdom, patience, sense of timing. Dullness, lack of conscience, melancholy, boredom, inertia, stagnation, hoarding of resources including information. Emotions, love, sorrow, courage, astral planes, clairvoyance, tides, oceans, pools, streams, wells, womb Melancholic; Feeling; strong, excitatory. Compassion, tranquility, tenderness, forgiveness, modesty, fluidity in creativity, receptivity, influence.

Self-indulgence, negligence, cowardice, indifference, instability, moodiness, infatuation, easily put upon, delusions. Force, energy, spirit, heat, mental plane, blood, sap, life, will, surgery, destruction, purification, hearth fires, volcanoes, explosions, Choleric; Intuitive; lively. Courageous, self-assertive, chivalrous, enthusiastic, passionate, experienced, virile. Mind, essential qualities, spiritual plane, knowledge, abstract learning, theories, windy or high places, breath, speech, Phlegmatic; Thinking; weak inhibitory.

Gregarious, diligent, optimistic, dexterity, joie-de-vivre, persuasive, friendly, healthy, knowledgeable. Frivolity, boasting, absent mindedness, rootless, easily distracted, loquacious, tends to intellectualize emotions rather than experience them. Hence , there are 5 things necessary before you can start, and then 8 Paths or Ways leading to the Centre. For instance, you can combine 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 together in one rite; or 4, 6 and 7 together with 1 and 2, or with 3 perhaps. The more ways you can combine, the more power you produce. It is not meet to make offering of less than two score lashes to the Goddess, for here be a mystery.

The fortunate numbers be 3, 7, 9 and thrice 7 which be And these numbers total two score, so a less perfect or fortunate number would not be a perfect prayer. Also the Fivefold Salute be 5, yet it be 8 kisses; for there be 2 feet, 2 knees and 2 breasts. And five times 8 be two score. Also there be 8 Working Tools and the Pentacle be 5; and five eights be two score. Power is latent in the body and may be drawn out and used in various ways by the skilled. But unless confined in a circle it will be swiftly dissapated. Hence the importance of a poroperly constructed circle. Power seems to exude from the body via the skin and possibly from the orifices of the body; hence you should be properly prepared.

The slightest dirt spoils everything, which shows the importance of thorough cleanliness. The simplest way is by dancing and singing monotonous chants, slowly at first and gradually quickening the tempo until giddiness ensues. Then the calls may be used, or even wild and meaningful shrieking produces power. But this method inflames the mind and renders it difficult to control the power, though control may be gained through practice. The scourge is a far better way, for it stimulates and excites both body and soul, yet one easily retains control. The Great Rite is far the best.

It releases enormous power, but the conditions and circumstances make it difficult for the mind to maintain control at first. It is again a matter of practice and the natural strength of the operator's will and in a lesser degree those of his assistants. If, as of old, there were many trained assistants present and all wills properly attuned, wonders occur. Sorcerors chiefly used the blood sacrifice; and while we hold this to be evil we cannot deny that this method is very efficient.

Power flashes forth from newly shed blood, instead of slowly exuding as by our method. The victim's terror and anguish add keenness and quite a small animal can yield enormous power. The great difficulty is in the human mind controlling the power of the lower animal mind. But sorcerors claim they have methods for effecting this and that the difficulty disappears the higher the animal used and when the victim is human disappears entirely.

The practice is an abomination, but it is so. Priests know this well; and by their auto-da-fe's, with the victim's pain and terror the fires acting much the same as circles , obtained enormous power. Of old the Flagellants certainly evoked power, but through not being confined by a circle most was lost. The amount of power raised was so great and continuous that anyone with knowledge could direct and use it; and it is most probable that the classical and heathen sacrifices were used in the same way. There are whispers that when the human victim was a willing sacrifice, with his mind directed on the Great Work and with highly skilled assistants, wonders ensued - but of this I would not speak.

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For initiation, tie hands behind back, pull up to small of back and tie ends in front of throat, leaving a cable-tow to lead by, hanging down in front. Arms thus form a triangle at back. When initiate is kneeling at altar, the cable-tow is tied to a ring in the altar. A short cord is tied like a garter round the initiate's left leg above the knee, with ends tucked in.

Another is tied round right ankle and ends tucked in so as to be out of the way while moving about. These cords are used to tie feet together while initiate is kneeling at the altar and must be long enough to do this firmly. Knees must also be firmly tied. This must be carefully done. If the aspirant complains of pain the bonds must be loosened slightly; always remember the object being to retard the blood flow enough to induce a trance state.

This involves slight discomfort; but great discomfort prevents the trance state, so it is best to spend some little time loosening and tightening the bonds until they are just right. The aspirant alone can tell you when this is so. This, of course, does not apply to the initiation, as then no trance is desired; but for the purpose of ritual it is good that the initiates be bound firmly enough to feel they are absolutely helpless but without discomfort. Height, round neck, across the heart and across the genitals.

The old custom is, if anyone were guilty of betraying the secrets, their measure was buried at midnight in a boggy place, with curses that "as the measure rots, so they will rot. The Maiden should lead. A man should place both hands on her waist, standing behind her, and alternate men and women do the same, the Maiden leading and they dance following her.

She at last leads them into a right-hand spiral. When the center is reached and this had better be marked by a stone she suddenly turns round and dances back, kissing each man as she comes to him. All men and women turn likewise and dance back, men kissing women and women kissing men. All in time to music, it is a merry game, but must be practiced to be done well.

Note, the musician should watch the dancers and make the music fast or slow as is best. For the beginners it should be slow, or there will be confusion. It is most excellent to get people to know each other at big gatherings. Of old there were many chants and songs used, especially in the dances. Many of these have been forgotten by us here; but we know they used cries of IAU, HAU, which seems much like the cry of the ancients: Much dependeth upon the pronunciation if this be so.

This may be but the way to prolong it to make it fit for a call; but it suggests that these may be the initials of an invocation, as AGLA used to be. And of sooth the whole Hebrew Alphabet is said to be such and for this reason is recited as a most powerful charm. At least this is certain, these cries during the dances do have a powerful effect, as I myself have seen.

Emen hetan and Ab hur, ab hus seem calls; as Horse and hattock, horse and go! Horse and pellatis, ho, ho, ho! Thout, tout a tout tout, throughout and about and Rentum tormentum are probably mispronounced attempts at a forgotten formula, though they may have been invented by some unfortunate being tortured, to evade telling the real formula. This was the old way. The circle was marked out and people stationed to whip up the dancers. A fire or candle was within it in the direction where the object of the rite was supposed to be.

Then all danced round until they felt they had raised enough power. If the rite was to banish they started deosil and finished tuathil, so many rounds of each. Then they formed a line with linked hands and rushed towards the fire shouting the thing they wanted. They kept it up 'til they were exhausted or until someone fell in a faint, when they were said to have taken the spell to its destination. Learn of the spirit that goeth with burdens that have not honour, for 'tis the spirit that stoopeth the shoulders and not the weight.

Armour is heavy, yet it is a proud burden and a man standeth upright in it. Limiting and constraining any of the senses serves to increase the concentration of another. Shutting the eyes aids the hearing. So the binding of the Initiate's hands increases the mental perception, while the scourge increaseth the inner vision.

So the Initiate goeth through it proudly, like a princess, knowing it but serves to increase her glory. But this can only be done by the aid of another intelligence and in a circle, to prevent the power thus generated being lost. Priests attempt to do the same with their scourgings and mortifications of the flesh. But lacking the aid of bonds and their attention being distracted by their scourging themselves and what little power they do produce being dissipated, as they do not usually work within a circle, it is little wonder that they oft fail. Monks and hermits do better, as they are apt to work in tiny cells and caves, which in some ways act as circles.

The Knights of the Temple, who used mutually to scourge each other in an octagon, did better stil; but they apparently did not know the virtue of bonds and did evil, man to man. Sight cometh to different people in divers ways; 'tis seldom it cometh naturally, but it can be induced in many ways. Deep and prolonged meditation may do it, but only if you are a natural, and usually prolonged fasting is necessary. Of old the monks and nuns obtained visions by long vigils, combined with fasting and flagellation til blood came; other mortifications of the flesh were practiced which resulted in visions.

In the East 'tis tried with various tortures whilst sitting in a cramped position, which retarded the flow of blood; these tortures, long and continued, gave good results. In the Art, we are taught an easier way, that is, to intensify the imagination, at the same time controlling the blood supply, and this may best be done by using the ritual. Incense is good to propitiate the spirits, also to induce relaxation to the aspirant and to help build up the atmosphere which is necessary for suggestibility.

The circle being formed, and everything properly prepared, the aspirant should first bind and take his tutor into the circle, invoke suitable spirits for the operation, dance round till giddy, meanwhile invoking and announcing the object of the work, then he should use the flagellum. Then the tutor should in turn bind the aspirant - but very lightly, so as not to cause discomfort - but enough to retard the blood slightly. Again they should dance round, then at the Altar the tutor should use the flagellum with light, steady, slow and monotonous strokes.

It is very important that the pupil should see the strokes coming, as this has the effect of passing, and helps greatly to stimulate the imagination. It is important that the strokes be not hard, the object being to do no more than draw the blood to that part and away from the brain; this, with the light binding, slowing down the circulation of the blood, and the passes, soon induce a drowsy stupor. The tutor should watch for this, and as soon as the aspirant speaks or sleeps the flagellum should cease.

The tutor should also watch that the pupil becomes not cold, and if the pupil struggles or seems distressed he should at once be awakened. Be not discouraged if no results come at the first experiment - results usually occur after two or three attempts. It will be found that after two or three attempts or experiments results will come, and soon more quickly; also soon much of the ritual may be shortened, but never forget to invoke the Goddess or to form the circle, and for good results 'tis ever better to do too much ritual rather than do too little at first.

It has been found that this practice doth often cause a fondness between aspirant and tutor, and it is a cause of better results if this be so. If for any reason it is undesireable there be any great fondness between aspirant and tutor this may easily be avoided by both parties from the onset, by firmly resolving in their minds that if any fondness ensues it shall be that of a brother and sister, or parent and child, and it is for this reason that a man may only be taught by a woman and a woman by a man, and that man and man or woman and woman should never attempt these practices together, and may all the curses of the Mighty Ones be on any who make such an attempt.

Remember, the circle properly constructed is ever necessary to prevent the power released being dissipated; it is also a barrier against any disturbing or mischievious forces; for to obtain good results you must be free from all disturbances. Remember, darkness, points of light gleaming amid the surrounding dark, incense and the steady passes by a white arm, are not as stage effects but rather they are mechanical instruments which serve to start the suggestion which later unlocks the knowledge that it is possible to obtain the divine ecstacy, and so attain to knowledge and communication with the Divine Goddess.

When once you have attained this, ritual is needless, as you may attain the state of ecstacy at will, but 'til then or, if having obtained or attained it yourself, you wish to bring a companion to that state of joy, ritual is best. The same ritual as to gain the Sight may be used, but have a comfortable couch.

Kneel so that you have your thigh, belly and chest well supported, the arms strained forward and bound one on each side, so that there is a decided feeling of being pulled forward. As the trance is induced, you should feel a striving to push yourself out of the top of your head. The scourge should be given a dragging action, as if to drive or drag you out. Both wills should be thoroughly in tune, keeping a constant and equal strain. When trance comes, your tutor may help you by softly calling your name. You will probably feel yourself drawn out of your body as if through a narrow opening, and find yourself standing beside your tutor, looking at the body on the couch.

Strive to communicate with your tutor first; if they have the Sight they will probably see you. Go not far afield at first, and 'tis better to have one who is used to leaving the body with you. This will cause the return to take place. There are no magical supply shops, so unless you are lucky enough to be given or sold tools, a poor witch must extemporise. But when made you should be able to borrow or obtain an Athame.

So having made your circle, erect an altar. Any small table or chest will do. There must be fire on it a candle will suffice and your book. For good results incense is best if you can get it, but coals in a chafing dish burning sweet-smelling herbs will do. A cup if you would have cakes and wine and a platter with the signs drawn into same in ink, showing a pentacle. A scourge is easily made note, the scourge has eight tails and five knots in each tail.

Get a white-hilted knife and a wand a sword is not necessary. Cut the marks with Athame. Purify everything, then consecrate your tools in proper form and ever be properly prepared. But ever remember, magical operations are useless unless the mind can be brought to the proper attitude, keyed to the uttmost pitch. Affirmations must be made clearly and the mind should be inflamed with desire. With this frenzy of will you may do as much with simple tools as with the most complete set.

But good and especially ancient tools have their own aura. They do help to bring about that reverential spirit, the desire to learn and develop your powers. For this reason witches ever try to obtain tools from sorcerers, who being skilled men make good tools and consecrate them well, giving them mighty power. But a great witch's tools also gain much power; and you should ever strive to make any tools you manufacture of the finest materials you can obtain, to the end that they may absorb your power the more easily.

And of course if you may inherit or obtain another witch's tools, power will flow from them. It is an old belief that the best substances for making tools are those that once had life in them, as opposed to artificial substances. Thus, wood or ivory is better for a wand than metal, which is more appropriate for swords or knives. Virgin parchment is better than manufactured paper for talismans, etc. And things which have been made by hand are good, because there is life in them.

Take a glazed pan half full of grease or olive oil. Put in sweet mint leaves bruised. Place pan in hot water bath. After four or five hours pour into linen bag and squeeze grease through into pot again and fill with fresh leaves. Repeat until grease is strongly scented. Do same with marjoram, thyme and pounded dried patchouli leaves, an you may have them for they be best of all. When strongly scented, mix all the greases together and keep in a well-stoppered jar. Anoint behind ears, throat, breasts and womb.

In rites where Blessed be A note upon the ritual of the Wine and Cakes. It is said that in olden days ale or mead was often used instead of wine. It is said that spirits or anything can be used, "so long as it has life" i. All are brothers and sisters, for this reason; that even the High Priestess must submit to the scourge. The only exception to the rule that a man only be initiated by a woman and a woman by a man, is that a mother may initiate her daughter and a father his son, because they are part of themselves.

Ever remember, if tempted to admit or boast of belonging to the cult, you may be endangering your brothers and sisters. For though now the fires of persecution have died down, who knows when they may be revived? Many priests have knowledge of our secrets and they full well know that much religious bigotry has died down or calmed down, that many people would wish to join our cult if the truth were known of its joys and the churches would lose power. So if we take many recruits we may loose the fires of persecution against us again. So ever keep the secrets.

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Those taking part in a rite must know exactly what results they wish to attain and must keep all their minds firmly fixed on the desired result, without wavering. Nowadays used to raise the Cone of Power, this old dance may be used alone or in full coven. It is better if the Drawing Down of the Moon has gone before, for then the Gods shall fuse with the energies raised in the ecstacy of the dance and thereby accomplish your will. All join hands to form a ring about the HPS. Heads turned left and eyes tightly shut, will a flowing river of power about the circle, moving from one through the next, from man to woman and woman to man, about the circle without beginning or end, gathering strength as it goes.

When the circle is set thus, in motionless intensity, the HPS begins to clap to the rhythym of the heart-beat. And upon this signal all open their eyes and step widdershins; slowly at first but with a quickening step as the HPS quickens the beat of her clap, until three rounds are complete. And this must be accomplished smoothly and without awkwardness.

Now change direction and dance deosil to the Witches' Rune or some other tune; slowly at first, but faster and ever faster until, the Power being at its peak, the HPS shall release it crying: Thus also was the Cone of Power raised of yore. Tryskelion A Pagan Resource Site.

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Table of Linked Contents. Various Aphorisms For witches this be Law - Where ye enter in, from there withdraw. An ye will secure the spell, Cast some silver in the well. Enhance thy trance With drug and dance. Vervain and dill lend aid to will. Upon the clock, dependeth not. Success pursueth the persistent. Guilt flees when none pursueth.

A Ka Dua - A sacred chant in ancient Egyptian

Power shared is power lost. Seek thine enemy in secret. No one person can accomplish all. Danger is never overcome without danger. The past is fixed, yet the future may be bent. Where communication fails, confusion follows. Some things cannot be understood by mortal man. Many such must simply be accepted.

Rush in where angels fear to tread: As a man thinketh, so is he. If you think small, you become small. You are never less alone than when you think you are alone. Fear not, for fear is failure and the forerunner of failure. The Law was made for the Wicca, to advise and help in their troubles.

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As a man loveth a woman by mastering her, So should the Wicca love the gods by being mastered by them. And the Wicca shall be properly prepared and purified to enter into the presence of the gods. As has been taught of old. And the High Priest shall support her as the representative of the God. For, as the God Himself kissed Her feet in the five-fold salute, laying His power at the feet of the Goddess because of Her youth and beauty, Her sweetness and kindness, Her wisdom and justice, Her humility and generosity, So He resigned all His power to Her.

But the High Priestess should ever mind that the power comes from Him. It is only lent, to be used wisely and justly. But in these unhappy times we must celebrate our sacred mysteries in secret. So be it ordained that no Coven shall know where the next Coven bide. Or who its members be, save only the Priest and Priestess and messenger. And only if it be safe may the Covens meet in some safe place for the great festivals. And while there, none shall say whence they came nor give their true names. To this end, that if any be tortured, in their agony, they may not tell if they do not know.

Nor may he tell where the Covendom be. Or where the meetings be. She will heed all complaints of all Brothers and strive to settle all differences among them. These are not necessarily evil. And they oft have good ideas and such ideas should be talked over in council. But if they will not agree with their Brothers, or if they say, "I will not work under this High Priestess," It hath ever been the old Law to be convenient to the Brethren and to avoid disputes.

Those of the craft who dwell outside both Covendoms may join either but not both. Though all may, if the Elders agree, meet for the great festivals if it be truly in peace and brotherly love, But splitting the Coven oft means strife, so for this reason these Laws were made of old and may the curse of the Goddess be on any who disregard them. For if it be found in their hand of write, they may be taken and arraigned. Let each guard his own writings and destroy them whenever danger threatens. Learn as much as you may by heart and, when danger is past, rewrite your book, an it be safe.

For this reason, if any die, destroy their book an they have not been able to. For, an it be found, 'tis clear proof against them. And our oppressors know well "Ye may not be a witch alone". So all their kin and friends be in danger of torture, So destroy everything not necessary.

If your book be found on you, 'tis clear proof against you alone, you may be arraigned. But if they try to make you speak of impossibilities such as flying through the air, consorting with a Christian devil or sacrificing children, or eating men's flesh, To obtain relief from torture say "I had an evil dream, I was beside myself, I was crazed.

If you are condemned, fear not. TOOLS To avoid discovery, let the working tools be as ordinary things that any may have in their houses. Let the pentacles be of wax so that they may be broken at once or melted. Have no sword unless your rank allows it. Have no names or signs on anything. Let the colours of the hilts tell which is which. Do not engrave them lest they cause discovery. Never boast, never threaten, never say you would wish ill of anyone.

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