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The Cottage Midsummer 2003
Midsummer Ritual

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Midsummer Ritual
The First Day of Summer

The following ritual is traditionally performed by Witches in a
forest clearing, a large secluded garden, on a hilltop, or any other
place of Nature. Begin by arranging stones on the ground to form
a large circle about nine feet in diameter. With a consecrated
ceremonial sword or long wooden stick (preferably a freshly-cut
rowan wand), draw the powerful and highly magickal symbol of
a pentacle (five-pointed star) inside the stone circle. Light five
green candles to symbolize the powers of Nature and fertility,
and place one at each point of the pentagram, starting at the east
point and continuing in a clockwise manner. Erect an altar or lay
a large, flat stone in the center of the pentagram facing north as
an altar, and place on it a statue representing the Goddess. At
each side of the statue, light a white altar candle. To the right
(east), place a consecrated brass bell and a censer of
frankincense and myrrh incense. To the left (west), place a
chalice of wine, a small dish of salt, and a small bowl of water
(preferably fresh rainwater).
Bless the wine by holding your palms down over the chalice as
you say:

I CONSECRATE AND BLESS THIS WINE

IN THE DIVINE NAME OF THE GODDESS.

Sprinkle a bit of salt and a few drops of water over the brass bell
to bless it, and say:

WITH SALT AND WATER
I CONSECRATE AND BLESS THIS BELL
IN THE DIVINE NAME OF THE GODDESS.
BLESSED BE.

Light the frankincense and myrrh. Raise your arms to the sky,
close your eyes and fill your mind with pleasant thoughts and
visions of the Mother Goddess as you say:

O BLESSED EARTH MOTHER,

WOMB-GODDESS, CREATRESS OF ALL,
THIS SACRED CIRCLE IS CONSECRATED
TO THEE. IN YOUR SACRED NAME AND UNDER
YOUR PROTECTION
IS THIS SABBAT RITE NOW BEGUN

Ring the bell thrice and invoke:

SACRED LADY-SPIRIT OF THE AIR

FIRE MAIDEN, BEAUTIFUL AND FAIR
EARTH MOTHER, GIVER OF LIVES,
CRONE OF WATER, AGELESS AND WISE,
I NOW CALL FORTH THY DIVINE IMAGE!

Return the bell to the stone altar and then, with both hands, raise
the chalice of wine to your lips. Drink some of the wine and then
pour the rest over the center of the pentagram as a libation to the
Goddess, as you say:

THIS BLESSED WINE I DO POUR

AS AN OFFERING TO THEE
O GRACIOUS GODDESS OF LOVE,
FERTILITY, AND LIFE.

Return the empty chalice to the altar. Again ring the bell thrice
and say:

WITH THE SUN IN ITS ZENITH

THIS SOLSTICE RITUAL I DO PERFORM
IN HONOR OF THEE, O GREAT GODDESS,
AND IN THY SACRED NAME
DO I NOW GIVE PRAISE.
AS THE DAYS OF SUNLIGHT BEGIN TO WANE
YOUR DIVINE LOVE AND HEALING POWERS
GROW STRONGER.

Kneel before the altar. Offer up more Incense, ring the bell in
praise of the Goddess, and then say in a loud and joyous tone of
voice:

BLESSED BE THE GODDESS!

BLESSED BE THE GODDESS!

THE GODDESS IS LIFE.
THE GODDESS IS LOVE. SHE TURNS THE GREAT
SOLAR WHEEL
THAT CHANGES THE SEASONS
AND BRINGS NEW LIFE INTO THE WORLD.

BLESSED BE THE GODDESS!

BLESSED BE THE GODDESS!

THE GODDESS IS THE MOON AND STARS.

THE GODDESS IS THE SEA AND EARTH.
THE GODDESS IS THE CYCLE OF SEASONS.
SHE IS LIFE, SHE IS DEATH.
SHE IS RE-BIRTH. SHE IS DAY, SHE IS MIGHT,
SHE IS DARKNESS, SHE IS LIGHT,
SHE IS ALL THINGS WILD AND FREE.
SO MOTE IT BE!

The Rite of the Summer Solstice should be followed by feasting,
merriment, and the joyous singing of magickal Pagan folk songs
and/or the recitation of Goddess-inspired poetry.
The Summer Solstice is the traditional time to harvest magickal
herbs for spells and potions (especially those of love-magick!). It
is also the ideal time to perform divination and healing rituals and
to cut wands and divining rods.