Consecration Of Tools

The tools you have made—plus any jewelry you might make—carry a variety of vibrations. Before using your tools, therefore, it is necessary to ritually cleanse them and to dedicate them to the work you will be using them for. This is done through a "sprinkling and censing". When you charge your salt and then mix it with the water, it becomes, in essence, "Holy Water". Together with the smoke of the incense, this acts as a spiritual cleansing agent.

The first thing you will consecrate will be your knife, or athame, since you will need that for regularly casting the Circle and for general ritual work. The Consecration Ritual that follows is written for the athame. You simply change the wording to apply to anything else you happen to be consecrating (e.g. sword, talisman). The consecration only need be done once. It does not have to be repeated every time you have a Circle.

Start by casting your Circle, as detailed in Lesson Three—Self—Dedication. Go as far as the lines: "Now is the Temple erected. I shall not leave it but with good reason. So be it." Now continue:

Consecration Ritual Taking up your knife, hold it high in salute and say:

"God and Goddess; Lord and Lady; Father and Mother of All Life. Here do I present my personal Tool for your approval. From the materials of nature has it been fashioned;

Wrought into the form you now see. I would that it henceforth may serve me As a tool and weapon, in thy service."

Place it on the altar and stand, or kneel, for a few moments with head bowed, thinking back over the construction of the knife (sword, talisman or whatever) and what you did to personalize it; to make it truly your own. Then dip your fingers in the salted water and sprinkle the knife. Turn it over and sprinkle the other side. Now pick it up and hold it in the smoke of the incense, turning it so that all parts of it get thoroughly censed. Say:

"May the Sacred Water and the smoke of the Holy Incense drive out any impurities in /this knife, that it be pure and cleansed, ready to serve me and my gods in any way I desire. So mote it be."

Hold it between the palms of your hands and concentrate all your energies—your "power"—into the knife.

Then say:

"I charge this knife, through me, with the wisdom and might of the God and Goddess. May it serve us well, keeping me from harm and acting in their service, in all things. So mote it be."

If you are consecrating other things at this time, repeat the above with each of them in turn. Then close the Circle as follows. Raise your newly consecrated athame in your right hand (left, if left-handed) and say:

"My thanks to the gods for their attendance. May they ever watch over me*, guarding and guiding me* in all that I do. Love is the Law and Love is the Bond. So Be It."

Keep the consecrated item on your person, wherever you go, for twenty-four hours following the consecration. Then sleep with it under your pillow for three consecutive nights. From now on you will use your athame as indicated in the rituals which follow. It is your own personal tool. There is no harm in letting someone else handle it, just to look at it, but do not lend it to anyone for use in or out of the Circle.

Time now to look at the opening and closing ceremonies, as performed by a coven, with the appropriate tools. In the Saxon tradition we call these rites ERECTING THE TEMPLE and CLEARING THE TEMPLE. Preferring these terms to others, such as "Opening and Closing the Circle", I will use them here.

The rituals in this workbook are written to utilize a number of people in the coven. Don't hesitate to modify them for more or less people. Where I have indicated "PRIEST/ESS" it means the words/action may be performed by either one. Otherwise one or the other will be specified.

ERECTING THE TEMPLE

The Circle is marked out on the floor. There is a candle at each of the four quarters; yellow to the east, red to the south, blue to the west, green to the north. The altar is set up in the center of the Circle so that, when_

facing it, you are facing east. On the altar are one or two white altar candles, thurible, dishes of salt and of water, bell, deity figures (optional), bowl of anointing oil, goblet of wine (or fruit juice), libation dish, sword (if you have one) and/or priests' athames. CENSERER lights the incense and the altar candles (not the Circle candles) and then leaves the area to wait, with the rest of the coven, in the northeastern quarter. PRIEST and PRIESTESS enter the Circle, from the east (just on the northern side of the east candle) — as will all, when they come in—and move to stand before the altar, facing east. PRIEST rings bell three times.

Priest/ess: "Be it known the Temple is about to be erected;

the Circle is about to be cast. Let those who desire attendance gather in the east and await the summons. Let none be here but of their own free will."

PRIEST and PRIESTESS each take an altar candle and move around the altar, deosil, and across to the east. PRIESTESS lights the East Candle from the one she carries.

Priestess: "Here do I bring light and air in at the east, to illuminate our temple and bring it the breath of life."

They move on round to the south, where the PRIEST lights the South Candle.

Priest: "Here do I bring light and fire in at the south, to illuminate our temple and bring it warmth."

They move to the west, where the PRIESTESS lights the West Candle.

Priestess: "Here do I bring light and water in at the west, to illuminate our temple and wash it clean."

They move to the north, where the PRIEST lights the North Candle.

Priest: "Here do I bring light and earth in at the north, to illuminate our temple and to build _it in strength."_

*"us" if more than yourself in the Circle.

They move on around to the east, then back to the altar and replace their candles. PRIEST/ESS* takes up the sword (or athame) and, returning to the east, now walks slowly around the Circle with sword-point following the marked line. As s/he walks, s/he concentrates power into the Circle line. When completed, s/he returns to the altar. The bell is rung three times. PRIEST places the point of his athame in the salt and says:

Priest: "As Salt is Life, let it purify us in all ways we may use it. Let it cleanse our bodies and spirits as we dedicate ourselves in these rites, to the glory of the God and the Goddess."

PRIESTESS takes up the Salt dish and uses the point of her athame to drop three portions of salt into the water. She stirs the now-salted water with the athame and says:

Priestess: "Let the Sacred Salt drive out any impurities in _this Water, that we may use it throughout

ENTERING AND LEAVING THE CIRCLE

At no time during the working of magick should the Circle be broken. At other times it is possible to leave the Circle and return, though this should always be done with care, and no more than absolutely necessary. It is done in the following manner.

Leaving the Circle

With athame in hand, standing in the east, make a motion as though cutting across the line of the Circle; first on your right and then on your left (see Figures A and B). You may then walk out of the Circle, between the lines. If you like you can imagine that you have cut a gateway, or doorway, in the east through which to pass.

Re-entry

When you return to the Circle, walk back in through that same eastern gateway and "close" it behind you by "reconnecting" the line of the Circle. Actually three circles were originally cast—one with the sword, one with the salted water and one with the incense— so you have three lines to reconnect. You do this by moving your blade backwards and forwards along the lines (see Figure C,). Incidentally, this is why the blade of the athame is double-edged. It is so that it will "cut" in either direction, in this and similar magical actions.

To finish, you" seal" the break by raising your athame and moving the blade to describe a pentagram. Start at the top and bring it down to the bottom left. Then, move it across to the right, slightly upwards; straight across to the left; down to the bottom right and, finally, back up to the top (see . figure D).

Then kiss the blade of your knife and return to your place. Normally once the Circle starts no one should leave until the Clearing the Temple. The Circle should not, therefore, be broken unless absolutely necessary (such as when someone really has to go to the bathroom!). If the person cutting out is to be gone for some time, then s/he should do steps A and B, pass through, then do step C from the outside, to temporarily close the Circle while they are gone. On returning, s/he will then need to cut through again (at the same spot; steps A and B, pass through and close as usual with step C, followed by step D to seal it.

Note: ONCE MAGICK WORK IS STARTED, THE CIRCLE MUST NOT BE BROKEN.

•In the light half of the year, the Priestess; in the dark half, the Priest.

these rites."

PRIEST takes up Thurible; PRIESTESS takes up Salted Water. They again move round the altar to the east. Starting there, they slowly walk clockwise around the Circle, PRIESTESS sprinkling the salted water along the line of the circle and PRIEST passing censer along its line, till they return to their starting point. They then return to the altar and replace the tools. PRIEST drops a pinch of salt into the oil and stirs it with his finger. He then anoints the Priestess (Note: if robed, the Keltic Cross in Circle alone is used. If skyclad, the Pentagram and Inverted Triangle follow).

Priest: "I consecrate thee in the names of the God and the Goddess, bidding you welcome to this their Temple."

They salute, then PRIESTESS anoints Priest, with the same words arid salute. They then both move, together, round to the east, PRIESTESS carrying the oil and PRIEST his athame. There he makes two "cuts" across the line of the Circle, thus opening it (see Figures A-B).

One by one the coveners enter. As they do so they are anointed— the males by the Priestess and the females by the Priest—and greeted with the Words:

Priest/ess: "I consecrate thee in the names of the God and of the Goddess, bidding you welcome to this their Temple. Merry Meet."

The COVENERS move around to stand all about the altar, as far as possible alternating male and female. When the last has been admitted, the PRIEST closes the Circle by drawing his athame across the line again, connecting the two "broken" ends. PRIESTESS sprinkles a little of the oil there and PRIEST raises his athame and draws a pentagram to seal it (see illustration). They then return to the altar. The bell is rung three times.

Priest/ess: "May you all be here in peace and in love. We bid you welcome. Let now the Quarters be saluted and the gods invited."

The COVENER closest to the east turns outward and moves to stand facing the East Candle, with her/his athame raised. S/he draws an invoking pentagram (see diagram) and says:

Covener: "All hail to the element of Air; Watchtower of the East. May it stand in strength, ever watching over our Circle."

S/he kisses the blade of her/his athame and returns to the Circle. The Covener closest to the south then turns to face the South Candle. With athame raised, s/he draws an invoking pentagram and says:

Covener: "All hail to the element of Fire; Watchtower of the south. May it stand in strength, ever watching over our Circle."

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S/he kisses the blade of her/his athame and returns to the Circle.

The Covener closest to the west then turns to face the West Candle. With athame raised, s/he draws an invoking pentagram and says:

Covener: "All hail to the element of Water; Watchtower of the West. May it stand in strength, ever watching over our Circle."

S/he kisses the blade of her/his athame and returns to the Circle. The Covener closest to the north then turns to face the North Candle. With athame raised, s/he draws an invoking pentagram and says:

Covener: "All hail to the element of Earth; Watchtower of the North. May it stand in strength, ever watching over our Circle."

S/he kisses the blade of her/his athame and returns to the Circle. PRIEST/ESS raises athame and draws a pentagram, saying:

Priestess: "All hail the four Quarters and all hail the Gods! We bid the Lord and Lady welcome and invite that they join with us, witnessing these rites we hold in their honor. All hail!" All: "All hail!"

Priest: "Let us share the Cup of Friendship."

PRIEST takes the goblet and pours a little of the wine onto the ground, or into the libation dish, saying the names of the gods. He then takes a drink and passes the goblet to the Priestess. She drinks and passes it to the nearest Covener on her left, who drinks and passes it on to the next. The goblet goes all around the Circle until all have drunk and it is returned to the altar (Note: it is not necessary for everyone to pour libations; just the first person—in this case, the Priest). Bell is rung three times.

Priestess: "Now are we all here and is the Temple erected. Let none leave but with good reason, till the Temple is cleared. So Mote It Be." All: "So Mote It Be!"

Erecting the Temple is done at the start of every meeting. It is, basically, the consecration of both the meeting place and of the participants. The meeting— be it Esbat, Sabbat, or whatever—continues from this point. Then, at the end of every meeting, there is the Clearing the Temple.

Fundamentals of Magick

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