Decorate the altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corns, wheat stalks, and other fruits and nuts. Also place there a small rustic basket filled with dried leaves of various colors and kinds. (These are representations of the season, as well as manifestations of the bounty which the Goddess and the God have produced.)
Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones (Chapter Twelve).
The Blessing Chant:
May the powers of The One The source of all creation; all-pervasive, omnipotent, eternal; may the Goddess, the Lady of the Moon and the God
Horned Hunter of the Sun;
may the powers of the Spirits of the Stones, rulers of the elemental realms;
may the powers of the stars above and the Earth below, bless this place, and this time, and I who am with you.
(The "One" mentioned in the first line is the ultimate source of energy out of which the Goddess and God were created. It is the power of the universe, the life-force, the Cosmic
Matrix. This chant [which isn't really chanted] is usually said while standing before the altar.)
Invoke the Goddess and God:
Crescent One of the starry skies, Flowered One of the fertile plains, Flowing One of the ocean's sighs. Blessed One of the gentle rain; Hear my chant 'midst the standing stones, Open me to Your mystic light; Waken me to Your silver tones; Be with me in my sacred rite!
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