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The Bath

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The Handmaiden lights the incense.  She is in charge of all fires, incandescent, fluorescent or natural.  The High Priestess takes up the salt bowl containing the salt from the last Sabbat.  She recites the words of consecration, while with her right hand, she draws an upright pentagram over the water.  She then repeats the drawing of the pentagram two more times (totaling three).  At the completion of the drawing of each pentagram, the High Priestess will take up a pinch of salt and throw it into the water.  If you are using the ocean for your bath then don't add salt and leave out the words: "...  we purify you ..." and add: "...  you are purified ..."

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The Kore follows with the next set of incantations.  She makes three pentagrams while holding the incense in the air over the water.  The Handmaiden with their Maiden Candle does the same.  Then the Messenger completes the consecration with the oil.  She holds the bottle of oil over the water while drawing the pentagram in the air and then drops four drops of oil into the water.  We sometimes consecrate the shower water.  If there are more than four Women of the Third Degree Circle then they are to contribute to the consecration by drawing a pentagram over the water with their Daggers.  If there is only one Woman performing the ritual then of course she will do everything herself.  The words for the consecration of the bath water are:

WATER, WE PURIFY YOU WITH SALT, SYMBOL OF EARTH, DEATH AND BIRTH, IN THE NAMES OF The first names of the mothers of the Witches present for the Third Degree Circle, the names chosen by the Coven for the First Degree Circle and the title: "Mother" for those of the Second Degree.

WE PREPARE THIS WATER AS A PLACE OF CLEANSING FOR OUR BODIES, OUR MINDS AND OUR HEARTS THAT WE MAY COME BEFORE YOU Name of the Goddess who is represented during this six week period FEELING NEW BORN.

At the completion of the consecrations, everyone makes an invoking pentagram over the water with their Daggers while saying:

SO MOTE IT BE!