Opening the Magick Circle
"Opening The Circle" is another set of works for "Creating the Circle of Light".
To purify the Element of Water (the water in the cup on the Altar) the High Priestess places the point of her Dagger into the water and says:
WATER OF LOVE, WATER OF ALL BIRTHS, WE PURIFY AND CONSECRATE YOU. AID US TO CAST OUT FROM THIS PLACE ALL IMPURITY AND UNCLEANLINESS. IN THE NAMES OF The Mothers of the Witches present WHO ARE The names of the Goddess of this six week period.
Purify the Elements of Air and Fire with Incense. The High Priestess places the point of her Dagger into the incense smoke and says:
RISING INCENSE SMOKE CARRY OUR BLESSINGS AND OUR PRAYERS HEAVENWARD WITH YOU. ASSIST US TO CREATE THE PROPER ATMOSPHERE FOR WORSHIP AND REVERENCE. IN THE NAMES OF The Mothers WHO ARE The Goddess.
The Element of Earth, salt, requires no purification. It is a natural tool used by nature to purify us. The High Priestess places the point of her Dagger into the salt and says:
CREATURE OF SALT, ELEMENT OF EARTH, SALT THAT PURIFIES US, ASSIST US TO CREATE A PLACE FREE OF ALL MALIGNANCIES AND HINDRANCES. IN THE NAMES OF The Mothers WHO ARE The Goddess.
Use the left hand to place or remove all items from the Altar. The left side is the mystical side of your body. Everything else is done with the right hand, the material side of your body. Left handed Women reverse the process. Those of you who are ambidextrous, choose a side for each attribute and keep it that way for the rests of your life. Choice precedes clarification.
Pick up the salt bowl with the left hand and with your right take up three scoops and place them into the water. Stir three times. Return the salt to the Altar and pick up the Sword or your Dagger and then hold it with both hands with the point away from you.
To draw the Magick Circle go to the eastern area of the room. Starting there, cut three Circles of Light, all the while circumnavigating the room. Imagine and see with your eyes a circle of gold light in the air at shoulder height around the entire room. There should be a blue-white light issuing from the point of your Dagger that appears gold in the air. (Of course whatever turns up for you is right.) Walk around the room clockwise with your arms outstretched and with your right side to the Altar. End your Circle in the East, the starting point, to complete its form. If you are using the Sword, draw the Circle on the floor. As you draw each Circle, imagine your room encased within an egg of gold light. The form of the egg will erupt, upward and downward, from the edges of the line you draw.
The High Priestess says the four lines below for cutting the Circle while she completes the first Circle. The Kore says the second set of four lines as she completes the second Circle. Each Coven member says a line in turn according to rank for the completion of the third Circle. The High Priestess walks very slowly if there are 13 Women present to fit every word into the formation of the third Circle. It might be best to stop in front of each Woman as she says her blessing to facilitate a smooth formation of the Circle. Everyone makes up the last words of the Cutting Verse as they see fit.
CUT ME A SPACE between time.
CUT ME A SPACE between events.
CUT ME A SPACE between you and me.
CUT ME A SPACE for myself.
Everyone returns to their original positions around the Altar while the High priestess goes around the room to asperge, cense and purify the Magick Circle. The Kore says:
MAGICK CIRCLE, I CONJURE you TO BE A TEMPLE OF THE GODDESS The Goddess name. I CONJURE YOU TO BE A MEETING PLACE SET BETWEEN THE WORLDS OF THE GODDESS The Goddess, AND THE WORLDS OF THE WOMAN Witch names of the Women present. MAGICK CIRCLE, I CONJURE TO BE AN EGG OF LIGHT, A DEFENSE AGAINST ALL APPROACHING EVILS. MAGICK CIRCLE, I CONJURE YOU TO CONTAIN THE POWER THAT WE RAISE WITHIN YOU. BLESS THIS TIME. BLESS THIS PLACE. BLESS THOSE OF US WHO STAND WITHIN YOU.
Perform the following part of the ritual in silence except for the self blessing. The Witch must say this loud enough for everyone present to hear.
The Coven lines up behind the Kore according to rank. The High Priestess stands out of the line next to the Kore's right side. Everyone then turns their back to the Altar and stands in the Closed Position. The High Priestess turns towards the Altar. After a few moments of meditation she places her Dagger on the Altar. She stands back again in the Open Position (Arms and legs spread) for another moment of meditation. Then she picks up the Anointing Oil with her left hand and with her right hand anoints her body in the Five-fold Salute:
BLESSED BE MY FEET WHICH HAVE BROUGHT ME BACK TO THE MOTHER
(Kiss or anoint feet)
BLESSED BE MY KNEES WHICH KNEEL AT THE SACRED ALTARS
(Kiss or anoint both knees)
BLESSED BE MY VAGINA, THE PASSAGEWAY OF ALL LIFE
(Kiss or anoint vaginal mound)
BLESSED BE MY BREASTS ERECT IN BEAUTY AND IN STRENGTH
(Kiss or anoint both breasts)
BLESSED BE MY LIPS WHICH UTTER THE SACRED NAMES AND SOUNDS OF THE GODDESS
(Kiss lips heartily or anoint)
She must kneel after she anoints her knees. I've noted where to place the kisses above because you will use the Five-fold Salute for other rituals. After she completes anointing herself, she returns the oil to the Altar and remains on her knees. For the third time she meditates. This time with her hands grasping each other at the level of her uterus, her elbows bent and her body relaxed. She must look at the Altar as she meditates.
When the High Priestess is complete, she hands the oil to the Kore who performs the same ritual. The High Priestess, upon handing the oil to the Kore, walks to the edge of the Circle and sits facing away from the Altar. When the Kore is complete, she hands the oil to the next Woman in line. She then sits at the right side of the High Priestess, and then the line moves forward until everyone is complete. All the Witches repeat the ritual for themselves. They dab their bodies with oil and always sit when they are complete on the right side of the previous Woman. The Last Witch sits also so everyone is meditating while sitting in a line for a few minutes. The Last Witch decides when to continue the ritual.