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Mabon Ritual

Written by Felicia; Third Degree Priestess and Elder of the Sibylline Order. Performed in San Antonio 2007.

PREPARATION
Before the day of ritual, each participant should take a small branch from their garden or yard, or a fallen one found locally. Place it in a vase. Find items that represent to them things that they have begun, completed, or plan to begin soon. These items can be physical things or words written on strips of paper. They will also need some strips of paper that have been left blank. The blank strips represent things that they will begin this winter but have not yet planned. These are ripening possibilities. Also find some yarn or thread in autumn colors and cut it into enough 6" long pieces to fasten all the items to the branch.

Each participant is to think of things that they have left undone and decide why this should be so. Choose things that are no longer creative parts of their life. Write these on small strips of paper. These are cast aside during the ritual.

Altar items
Cornucopia with pumpkins, Fresh Corn\Gourds and Pumpkins, Pine Cones and Acorns (other shelled Nuts), Altar candles (Lady: brown, Lord: yellow) , Russet and yellow altar cloths, Sprigs of Ivy in a small vase, Cauldron, Matches, taper and snuffer, Quarter candles and corresponding stones, White alter candle

Tools for the Earth Healing and Peace Spell
Blue candle in a candle holder, Lavender oil, Anointing oils, Frankincense, Sandalwood

Incense
• Frankincense
• Sandalwood
• Prepreably an Autumn blend prinknash basilica blend (there are those who are allergic to the affore mentioned incense)

PRIESTESS 1: Read an explanation of Mabon to the group gathered.
Mabon is named after the Welsh God, the "great son" or "great hunter." Some scholars refer to Mabon as bringing the "harvest home," though others insist "harvest home" occurs at Lammas. Certainly September's "harvest moon," the nearest to earth all year, and the largest-looking full moon has helped farmers bring in the grain far into the night. Mabon ushers in the dark part of the year which lasts until Yule. The myth of Persephone and Demeter defines this holiday, as does any myth about travel to the underworld and a resulting cold and death upon earth. Mabon reflects themes of balance, Thanksgiving and harvest. Native American agricultural peoples honored this time of harvest variously within North America--celebrations which parallel those of Europe--yet are centered upon corn, the native grain of this continent. A lively, growing expression of earth religion depends on altering it, with reverence, to our circumstances. Here we re-interpret Mabon from a North American viewpoint.

There in the garden, in the sweet, steep autumn light, she was singing to the corn: a dark haired woman with hair tied up like a flowered squash fruit. Dressed all in white buckskin, when she laughed I could see where crows had left their footprints near her eyes. Leaves have already begun to turn, and the breeze is cool where the black and white Koshares, the clowns, spit seeds in the watermelon patch. A sinewy, muscular and fierce looking man in a wheat colored shirt led us to the activity. The entire tribe was preparing for the feast. The woman and I brought the corn to the table, where her friend in the black striped skirt washed it with quick, graceful hands. Jay was hurrying all around, in his blue flannel shirt, bossily organizing everyone. Folks moved aside as a big boned and graceful woman brought her trout and berries to the table. A gentle eyed, slender woman quietly gathered together some skittish, black eyed girls wearing brown striped sweaters to look after the children. A pacing, skinny boned Grandfather in loose jeans and a tan beard shot with gray hung around, eager to get some food. At the table shaped like a turtle's shell we all sat down together: coyote, deer, chipmunk, bear, blue jay, raccoon and snake...and so many others gathered in the spirit of thanks-giving.

PRIESTESS 2:

SALTWATER PURIFICATION

WATER:
Blessings upon thee, O creature of water, I cast out from thee all impurities and uncleanness of the spirits of phantasm, confusion, or any other influence not for the free will of all.

SALT:
Blessings be upon this creature of salt; let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth thence from, and let all good enter therein. Wherefore I bless thee and invoke thee, that thou may aid me.

MIXING:
I take this salt of the Earth,
Blessed with the will of Fire;
I take this water of spirit,
Exorcised with mind of merit;
I mix them with words of power,
Dedicated to every Tower.
By the power of moon and sun,
By the power of Spirit, earth and sea,
God and Goddess are part of One,
As I Will, so mote it be!

CASTING OF THE CIRCLE
I conjure thee, O circle of power,
As thou encircle every Tower.
That thou beest a place of Truth, Joy and love,
Encircling Flight of Eagle, Hawk and Dove.
Mighty Aegis of the Lady and Lord,
Rampart of thought, action and word.
To work in peace, powerful and free,
Who walk between two worlds conjure thee;
A boundary to protect, concentrate and contain,
That Power raised here be not in vain.
Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee,
in the names of Gruagach and Caillech.

SEALING OF THE CIRCLE
(Seal with water/salt mixture)
With potion of earth and water, I seal the Sacred Circle,
Linking air and fire!
With potion of earth and air, I seal the Sacred Circle,
Linking fire with water!
With potion of earth, air, and fire, I seal the Sacred Circle,
Linking water with the Earth!
As the four directions are brought to merge,
Let influence of the mighty ones converge!

(Seal with Censer)
With Incense and air of mind,
East to South, I do bind!
With Incense and air of mind,
South to West, I do bind!
With Incense and air of mind,
West to North, I do bind!
With Incense and air of mind,
North to East completion find!

(Seal with Candle)
With the Fire of Emotion and Will
East to South, our dedication fulfill!
With the Fire of Veneration and Will,
South to West, our allegiance fulfill!
With the Fire of Devotion and Will,
West to North, our consecration fulfill!
With the Fire of Commitment and Will,
From North to East, this inscription fulfill!
Within the Circle all Wills be free,
The Circle is sealed, So Mote it Be!

INVOCATIONS OF THE WATCHTOWERS

EAST:
Hail Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, powers of Air and intellect.
Autumn winds of warm gales and chilly nights.
Clearing away old thoughts and habits.
Help us to listen to the voice within and heed its wisdom.
I invoke and invite you to guard and protect this sacred gathering.
Lend to us your powers of thought and breath.
Be with us now.
Blessed Be!

SOUTH:
Hail Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire and manifestations.
Autumn fires of fallen leaves.
Burning away the old debris.
Spark the flame within us and show the way to inner knowledge and wisdom.
I invoke and invite you to guard and protect this sacred gathering.
Lend to us your powers of passion and Will.
Be with us now.
Blessed Be!

WEST:
Hail Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water and emotion.
Autumn brook with crisp waves flowing.
Flow within to cleanse away what is no longer needed.
Help us to find the right course to inner strength and wisdom.
I invoke and invite you to guard and protect this sacred gathering.
Lend to us your powers of love and life.
Be with us now.
Blessed Be!

NORTH:
Hail Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth and integration.
Autumn leaves with red and golden hues.
Bringing forth the transformation of life.
Guide us towards the inner transformation of the mysteries and wisdom.
I invoke and invite you to guard and protect this sacred gathering.
Lend to us your powers of magic and strength.
Be with us now.
Blessed Be!

INVOCATION OF THE ELEMENTS
Air, Fire, Water, Earth,
Elements of astral birth,
I call you now; attend to me!
In the Circle, rightly cast,
Safe from curse or blast,
I call you now, attend to me!
From cave and desert, sea and hill,
By wand, blade, and pentacle,
I call you now, attend to me!
This Is my will, so mote it be!

INVOCATIONS

Of the Ancestors
Ancestors from the past, and beloved ones whom have gone before, I invoke you and ask for you to join us, and bless us. Ancestors of paths and traditions, and ancestors of all our families whom have past, our spiritual families which lends us aid, wisdom, support, please lend us your inspiration, and love, your guidance, and aid on this night. We pray, O great Ancestors of the past and I bid you honor, and a fond welcome.

Invocation of the Goddess (PRIESTESS 1)
Mother of the Glorious and Shining Sun God whose time is now waning as the leaves of all, Mother of the Boreas, Lord of the North Wind, who sings his lament in the heart of the Mountains. Oh great and gracious Lady of countless names and nations, Mother Earth and of the Universe, Mother who is within us, come to us Mother, receive the gifts of grain and incense that we have set out for you.
Be with us in this time of harvest and thanksgiving, and watch over us in the coming time of cold and sleep. Blessed Be!

Invocation to the God (PRIEST 1)
Oh Blazing One, Lord of the Sun, protector of children and source of all sustenance, we come to honor you as you begin your westward journey toward the land of enchantment. By your gift of yourself, we will survive the dark night. Oh Shining One, hear us. Know that our love and respect go with you on your journey to the heart of the universe. Blessed Be.

PRIEST & PRIESTESS: together light the cauldron and gather the circle.
The fires are lit, the ritual has begun. We are between the worlds and between time,
where day and night, joy and sorrow, birth and death, meet and one. Blessed Be.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTENT

PRIESTESS 2:
I come before you, my Goddess and God as the wheel of the year turns to the time of the autumn equinox once more. Green Lady, the earth has been weighed down with the bountifulness of your great harvest. My God, your creativity has brought forth the burgeoning fruits of nature that I have seen all around me. Two that are one, your joining has produced life that dances in the light, may the harvest nourish and sustain all living creatures through the coming time of darkness and winter.

Many things have happened in the past summer, and many more will come in the autumn and winter. I stand in this place as the year balances between the dark and light times. I look back and remember, look forward and plan, and I balance the dark and light in my life.

Hold your hands lightly over the branch in its vase and say...
You were grown in the time that is now past. You lived through the events that happened in that time. You have been cast aside as dead in the present time but your continuing natural beauty and form live and work in this ritual.

You will go back to and re-nourish the earth in the time that is coming. In the future you will live again in the ever-turning cycle of life, death and rebirth.

While looking at you in the coming weeks may I remember the past, present and future which are represented in all living things as they continue on the cycle of the ever-turning wheel. I look back as the past blazes in my mind. I see the things begun, the things completed and the things left undone. I give thanks for the things that are begun and I hope for their continuing.

Take the items that represent the begun things and decorate the branch with them, tying them on one by one, using the autumn colored yarn or thread.

I give thanks for the things that are completed and I offer them up as a harvest of my own creativity.

Take the items that represent the completed things and decorate the branch with them, tying them on one by one, using the autumn colored yarn or thread.

I think on the things that have been left undone. I cast them aside now in the hope that their loss will create space for the new things that will be.

Take the strips of paper with the unfinished things written on them and, using the altar candle set light to them one by one and drop them in the cauldron. Watch them burn. The ashes are to be scattered on the garden after the ritual.

I look forward as the future beckons with the coming time of introspection and continued inner growth. I see the things planned and look for the things not yet planned.

I give thanks for the things that are planned and look forward to beginning their creative cycle.

Take the items that represent the planned things and decorate the branch with them, tying them on one by one, using the autumn colored yarn or thread.

I think on the things that are not yet planned. I hold myself open to new possibilities in the knowledge that I have made space for their existence.

Take the items that represent the unplanned things and decorate the branch with them, tying them on one by one, using the autumn colored yarn or thread.

Arrange everything on the branch in a pleasing manner. When you have finished place the branch and vase back in their original position on the altar.

The warm time is passing, when the green earth’s creatures basked in the golden light of the sun. I remember times of bustling activity spent in the outer world of sunlight, and times of quiet exploration spent in the inner world of mind-light.

The cold time is coming, when the warm burrows of bed and fire-side beckon. I look forward to times of pensive and joyous reflection in the warmth of flickering candlelight, and busy activity in the safety and shelter of home.

SELF REDECICATION

PRIESTESS 2:
For those who wish to re-dedicate;

My life is consecrated to the Green Lady my Goddess and her consort the horned God. I offer myself once more to your service, Green Lady.

Crouch on the ground in a fetus position. Place one hand on the crown of your head and the other under you feet.

Everything that is between my hands is yours. I give it freely and with full knowledge and forethought. May everything that I am always be used honestly, truthfully, wisely and courageously in your service, Green Lady.

Uncurl yourself and continue
May I listen for and hear you,
May I look for and see you,
May I reach for and touch you,
May I wait for and find you.
Teach me what I need to know, and what I am now ready to know.
Your blessings are abundant, bless me abundantly.

Earth Healing and Peace Spell

Place the blue candle in its holder and anoint it with lavender oil moving from the top of the candle to the middle, then from the bottom to the middle, so that the whole candle has been anointed, but no part of it has been anointed in both upward and downward directions. Excess oil may be used to anoint your breastbone with the triple moon.

Raise energy by visualizing that you are a tree. Extend your roots into the earth and feel the rich abundance of energy the earth gives to her children. Draw energy up through your roots, through your trunk and into your branches. Allow it to cascade in silver fountains back down to the earth.

Visualize the world as a place of freedom, peace, equality and plenty. Opinion and belief may be expressed by all people in an atmosphere of safety, tolerance and understanding. Nationality, wealth, ethnic and social background are all irrelevant in this place. Respect for all is the code by which we live.

Everyone’s voice is equally heard and relevant. There is no need for desperate action here because the deep belief in the heart of each individual is that everyone is equal. There are infinite numbers of different types of people who naturally band with others who are similar to themselves, but each one is of equal worth to the larger group called humanity. Difference is valued for its role in the survival of the species - a sure antidote for stagnation and stubborn sameness.

Explore this world, explore the feelings of it and create it in your mind.

When you have finished exploring, direct your silver fountains of earth energy into the blue candle through your hands. Light the candle. Bind the spell, visualizing a cord tying around the candle. Address the earth - I bind this spell by power of the three, may it harm none and bring good to thee.

PRIESTESS 4:
Blessed Be this Cake and Wine
The Body of the God and the Blood of the Mother
May You never hunger (passes bread)
May You never thirst (passes wine)

PRIESTESS 1:
Mighty Mother of All,
as you cast the veil of night over your head and prepare for winter,
look with kindness upon your children
and help us to grow in strength and joy.
Stay if you will, go if you must.
Let there be peace between us, now and forever.
Blessed Be.

PRIEST 1:
Great God of Grain
We send our last wishes with you that you rest and prosper in the Summerland.
God of Night, as you take your throne in the East,
look with benevolence upon your children
and grant us the hidden knowledge of our true wills.
Stay if you will, go if you must.
Let there be peace between us, now and forever.
Blessed Be.

Extinguish cauldron fire.

DISMISSALS

Dismissal of the Ancestors
Beloved Ancestors, your wisdom and your example guides us. I pray that you will be with us as we go forward, and that we may call upon you in the future. We thank you for your aid on this night and at all times. We offer you our love and respect. And I bid you honor and fond farewell.

Dismissal of the Watch Towers

EAST:
Hail and farewell Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, powers of Air.
The inner voice inside us all calls us to partake of our inner wisdom. Let us heed the call,
As you go to your homes in the East, may there be peace between us now and forever,
Blessed Be.

SOUTH:
Hail and farewell Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire.
The eternal flame of knowledge and wisdom that burns within us, shows us the way,
as you go to your homes in the South, may there be peace between us now and forever,
Blessed Be.

WEST:
Hail and farewell Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water.
The ever-present flow of water within us, guides us to our inner being.
as you go to your homes in the West, may there be peace between us now and forever,
Blessed Be.

NORTH:
Hail and farewell Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Powers of Earth
The evaluations of life guides us to the caverns of knowledge and wisdom within,
as you go to your homes in the North, may there be peace between us now and forever,
Blessed Be.

PRIESTESS 2:
As Above, So Below.
As the Universe, So the Soul.
As without, so within.
The Circle is open but unbroken
May the peace of the Goddess go in our hearts
Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again.
Blessed Be.



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