: From Starhawk Spiral Dance
“In the Craft, we do not believe in the Goddess- we connect with Her; through the Moon, stars, the ocean, the earth, through trees, animals, through other human beings, and ourselves. She IS Here… She is in all of us. She is the full circle: earth, air, fire, water and as essence- as body, mind, spirit, emotion, and change.”
Chalice Lighting /Caldron Lighting
Calling the Spirit
Heavenly and earthly eternal Spirit, caring mother, beautiful consort, wise old crone…
We gather here to ask you to bless us with your presence- to feel in touch with life’s energies, forces and graces… Goddess, we affirm our need for you and that through you, all life is sacred and we are all heartful and connected. We grateful acknowledge your importance and your presence in the world and in our lives… So Mote it Be!
We are all called to the journey through life and to become a part of it, which means to become a part of one another. Whenever we learn to speak from our truth, share our stories, our circles and our songs, the Goddess returns, and she calls us to our wholeness and to wonder…
Joys and Concerns:
All the emotions and experiences of life can be seen as flowing through a circle… it is gracious and dynamic-one that can spiral up or down, in or out, and includes us in relationship and in change… Today, in this gathering circle, in the community that includes, welcomes, and affirms our humanness with its struggles, challenges, joys and blessings, as we now offer our stories during a time for sharing of joy and concerns….
: From Starhawk Truth or Dare
“Whether we name it Goddess or God, Spirit or something else, its truth is that it does not lie outside the world [like a remote judge] but manifests in nature, in human beings, in their communities [and will be reflected] in the cultural reality we create..” Blessed Be!
Three Uniting Principles: Immanence; Interconnection; Community
Adapted from the writings of Starhawk and adapted from her book, Spiral Dance
[” Immanence means that the Goddess, the Gods, are all embodied that we are such a manifestation of the living being of earth, that nature, culture, and life are all sacred.
Immanence calls us to live our spirituality in the here and now and to take action to preserve the holiness of life on earth, and to live with one another with integrity and responsibility.
Interconnection is the understanding that all beings are interrelated, that we are linked with all of the Cosmos as holographic parts of a living organism. What affects one of us, affects all of us. The tearing down of the rain forests disturbs our weather patterns and changes in the migration of New England birds. So interconnection demands compassion, the ability to feel with others so strongly that our righteous passion for justice is itself aroused.
The primary focus of our lives is a shared existence, not individual success, or salvation. Growth and transformation comes from our intimate interactions and common struggles. Community is completely inclusive; all humanity, all the animals, plants, soil, air and water- all the energy systems that sustain all of life. Community is both personal and accountable for all of its interactions.
We cannot reshape consciousness by force or fear, for to do so would only reinforce models of what we are trying to change. We must bring about change through nonviolence, physical and spiritual, towards plants, animals, and other people who share the earth with us. We, who are the witches, pagans, and followers of the Goddess, are called to take a radical leap of faith, towards believing that people, when they are given a dream of new paradigms and possibilities for their lives, will courageously create the needed tools, and hold the needed vision to redeem and reclaim the past, and create a living, compassionate future.
THE WITCH’S CREED
To reclaim the word “witch” is to reclaim our right, as women, to be powerful; as men, to know the feminine within as divine. To be a witch is to identify with 9 million victims of bigotry and hatred, and to take responsibility for shaping a world in which prejudice claims no more victims. A Witch is a “shaper” a creator, who bends the unseen into form, and so becomes one of the Wise, one whose life is infused with magic.
Love of life in all of its forms is a basic ethic of Witchcraft. Serving the life force means working to preserve the diversity of natural life, to prevent the poisoning of the environment, and the destruction of species.
Justice is not administered by an external force; it is rather an internal sense that each act brings about consequences that muster be faced responsibly. An act (like stealing) that harms one of us, harms all of us.
Honor is an inner sense of pride and self respect. Oneness is attained no through losing the self, but through realizing it fully.
All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Thus rape is an intolerable crime because it dishonors the life force. A woman has the sacred right to control her own body, as does a man. Life is a valued gift. If suffering exists, it is not our task to reconcile ourselves to it, but to work for change.
Magic, ( the act of changing consciousness at will) and ritual stimulate an awareness of the hidden side of reality, and awaken long-forgotten powers of the human mind.
A Samhain New Year Spell
(from Laurie Cabot Celebrate The Earth)
I now speak for all that attend in this time and space, that
this is a time of magic, and we are in sacred space that embraces and consecrates us all…
I ask the Goddess to grant all of us a bright and positive New Year;
that we further understand the wisdom of my ancestors and my past to be used in an ethical way, and that my soul will be filled with gratitude for the Lady and the Lord, that furthers my inner healing, and that restores the air and the water, the earth and one another. I seek harmony and clarity for all!
So mote it be!
Casting The Circle:
By the Earth that is her body; By the air that is her breath;
By the fire that is her bright spirit and warmth of her heart;
By the living waters of her womb… The circle is cast!
Closing Words: From Starhawk Truth or Dare
“Whether we name it Goddess or God, Spirit or something else, its truth is that it does not lie outside the world [like a remote judge] but manifests in nature, in human beings, in their communities [and will be reflected] in the cultural reality we create..”
The circle is open, but unbroken; May the peace of the Goddess be ever in your hearts; Merry Meet, and merry part, and merry meet again! Blessed Be!
Guided Meditation and Body Prayers
“ Hecate is most often described as the Crone of wisdom or as the three faced lunar goddess who holds the path of the deeper understanding of womanhood within her guidance and within the three major archetypes of that energy: Maiden; Mother; Crone… Her familiars are the the spider; the dog who seems to see or hear her easily in the shadows; and she carries mirrors and moonstones…
Whatever her appearance, or however the energies influence you, she is intimately connected to the Moon, for she is the mistress of the night, and carries with her, all the energies of life especially when the Moon is full… Some say that they can see her, in the shimmering moonlight… moving between shadow and light… She is the Queen of the night sky at this time of year… whose holiday is Samhain- or Halloween, the Pagan New Year of harvest and new beginnings… She presides over our deepest instincts- our drives, our passions, our needs…and She will teach us how to channel them to their highest expression, not repress them where they cause psychic harm… She lives beyond the veil of mere appearances, and often gives us unexpected answers through our dreams…
She is also known as the protector of those who lived on the margins of our society- the unwanted, the rejected… and also represent those parts of ourselves that cause us shame or guilt, fear or guilt. Nothing and no one is inferior in her sight; She quickly sees through cultural differences, and any claims of superiority and teaches a radical acceptance based on a universal oneness- our common, yet imperfect humanness that needs to be bathed in forgiving and in aspiring light. In that light, she reflects the soul’s need for healing, and the urges towards redemption and wholeness…
Woman who are in tune with their own rhythmic cycles draw strength and understanding from Hecate’s alignment with Nature, and with the cycles of the Moon, emotion, and self understanding.
Many times, a woman who is psychically close to Hecate becomes a healer of one variety or another- simply because she intuitively understands the dance of shadows- the veils and pathways between life and death, and from their own doubts and despair, brings an empathy and an attunement that can bless others.
This evening, and for the next few nights as the Full Moon of all Hallow’s arrives, go for a walk in a familiar, safe place… Walk leisurely, without a place you must go… when you come to a place that has intersecting paths- sidewalks, grass, sand, curbs, roads etc., pause…
Look up at the Moon, and then down and around… you just might be able to catch a glimpse of her in the moonlight- Allow her to point you in a way that challenges you to grow beyond the old self…
Ask her for guidance, for wisdom, for protection, … for answers to your heart’s deepest questions…
The Tree of Life
I invite you now to participate in a common Druid meditation that seeks to heighten your awareness of Nature as being within us and among us…
Please sit, lie down or stretch in ways that you are able and comfortable… Become aware, through slow, relaxed breathing that your back and your lungs work together rhythmically to bring air and inspiration into and away from your body…
Now imagine that your spine is the trunk of a strong strait sacred oak… and that your feet have become those roots that sink deeply into the earth herself, providing your whole being with food and water- life giving nourishment…
Like the rich sap that runs up into the most distant leaves, let your breath rise… from down in your toes, then from deep within your diaphragm, filling your belly and your chest… and slowly up your spine and out spreading through your entire being…
And lastly, allow your breath to move up to the crown of your head, and then back down and out through your arms and fingers… just like the long, strong branches of the tree…
As you breathe up and out, up from the deep and dark parts of the earth, up your legs and into your body then your head, see the energy of life flowing through you, and then down ,back into the ground again…
So is life; circulating, energetic, flowing, and unfolding…May the Goddess that holds all energy and mystery fill you with wonder, fill you, nurture you, and as needed release all that is not true to you, to the great winds to blow safely away… Blessed Be!