Litha Ritual

Needed:

  • Bell
  • Athame

Clothing Color: Blue

The circle is cast.

Ring the bell once, followed by the Guardian of the East stating: "Hail to the east, where warm winds blow,
where ideas and creations form and flow,
I ask for your aid within this place,
As we welcome you to my sacred space!”

Ring the bell once, followed by the Guardian of the South stating: "Hail to the south, to the sacred fire,
Realm of passion, willpower, desire,
Bring your bright flame and grace this sphere,
Powers of Fire, we welcome you here!”

Ring the bell once, followed by the Guardian of the West stating: "Hail to the west, with your cleansing rain,
Wash away sorrow, anger, and pain,
Bring gentle healing and hear my plea,
Powers of Water, we welcome thee!”

Ring the bell once, followed by the Guardian of the North stating: "Hail to the north, where the mountains rise,
Where green grows the land under brilliant blue skies,
Realm of stability, strength to persevere,
Powers of Earth, we welcome you here!”

EbonyDoe: “Blessed be this season of Midsummer. The sun rides at its peak in the skies above. The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy. Today we celebrate the light, for tomorrow that light will wane. Today we acknowledge the end of the waxing year, and the beginning of the waning time.”

EbonyDoe takes the athame and raises it in front of her pointing up.

High Priest: “Farewell to the waxing year
Season of fertility and growth
and the time of planting”

She then makes the sign of the banishing pentagram.

High Priest: “Welcome the waning year
Season of harvest and wisdom
Welcome to the bounty of autumn.”

Followed by the sign of the invoking pentagram.

EbonyDoe: “O blessed Lady, whose belly quickens with the harvest bounty, fill this vessel of your womb with your holy presence that I might rededicate myself to your service. great mother of heaven and Earth from whom I and life was born. Womb to whom we all return to be born again, as did my ancestors so long ago, I stand before you today to acknowledge you as the Great Mother, giver of all life.”

Mana: “Blessed are our feet as we seek to walk your ancient pathway. Steer them in the direction of right and light.”

EbonyDoe: “Blessed are our hearts which humbly turns to you in love and is given to you freely. Help us love unconditionally all our fellow living beings.”

Mana: “Blessed are our eyes that they may be open to the wonders of your world; that we may see you in all your guises; that we may see the unseen and know all truths through them.”

EbonyDoe: “Great Mother, bless our minds that they may always be open to you, and guard them that they not conceive to do harm to any fellow living beings. We know that if along your path we bring harm to any living being that we will experience the same three times over. As all living things are one, as we harm others, we also harm ourselves. May we always seek a spiritual path in this earthly incarnation, and dome joyfully when our earthly time is done.”

Mana: “Blessed Lady of many faces, you who are warrioress, protectress, instructress, inspirer, innocent Virgin, wise old Crone, and Great Mother. On this night of Midsummer magick we pray that You charge our lives with wonder and joy. Help us in attuning with the energies adrift on the enchanted night air. We give thanks. So mote it be, Blessed Be!”

Guardian of the East: “We thank you East!
We thank you, Spirits of Air
For your presence here tonight.
Walk with us always
As you dance the cycles of life.
Blessed Be!”

Guardian of the South: “We thank you South!
We thank you, Spirits of Fire
For your presence here tonight.
Walk with us always
As you dance the cycles of life.
Blessed Be!”

Guardian of the West: “We thank you West!
We thank you, Spirits of Water
For your presence here tonight.
Walk with us always
As you dance the cycles of life.
Blessed Be!”

Guardian of the North: “We thank you North!
We thank you, Spirits of Earth
For your presence here tonight.
Walk with us always
As you dance the cycles of life.
Blessed Be!”