Esbat Ritual

Needed:

  • Quarter candles
  • Cake and ale/juice
  • Illuminator candles
  • Bowl of salt
  • Incense
  • Fire candle
  • Bowl of water
  • Cauldron
  • Pen and paper
  • Tea candle
  • Anointing oil
  • Your Book of Shadows

Place the quarter candles at the appropriate locations, arrange the altar with the illuminator candles, the bowl of salt in the North, the incense in the East, the fire candle in the South and the water in the West. Place the cauldron in the center, the anointing oil on the right and your Book of Shadows on the left. On the paper, write your request and set it on the altar.

Create sacred space by holding your hands over each object, and ask that Spirit cleanse, consecrate, and regenerate the object in the name of Spirit, saying:
"Holy Mother, I cleanse this (object) of all negativity in this world and in the astral. I consecrate and regenerate this (object) in the name of the Lord and Lady."

Do the same for the other representations of the elements, the order does not matter.

Once you've done this, take three pinches of the salt and add them carefully to the water. When you finish, stir the water three times with the index finger of your dominant hand in a clockwise direction. Then hold your hands over the water and say:
"In the name of the Mother and the Father
I ask for the blessings of love, harmony, and peace upon this water."

As you say the words, imagine that the water glowing with white light. Once the light is very big, stop.

Beginning with your North object move around the room in a clockwise circle, sprinkling just a bit of the salt as you go, saying:
"I cleanse, consecrate, and empower this sacred space with the element of Earth in the name of Spirit."

When you get back to the North, say:
"So mote it be!"

Pick up the East representation and do the same thing, walking around the room in a clockwise direction, saying:
"I cleanse, consecrate, and empower this sacred space with the element of Air in the name of Spirit. So mote it be!"

Pick up the candle, walk clockwise around the room, and say:
"I cleanse, consecrate, and empower this sacred space with the element of Fire in the name of Spirit. So mote it be!"

Finally, walk clockwise around the room holding the bowl of water, sprinkling a bit as you go, saying:
"I cleanse, consecrate, and empower this sacred space with the element of Water in the name of Spirit. So mote it be."

Then walk to the center of the room, hold your hands above your head, palms facing upward, and say:
"In the name of the Lord and Lady, in the name of the Great Mother and Good Father, I cleanse, consecrate, and empower this sacred space with the element of Spirit! So mote it be!"

Next, take the anointing oil, and touch your forehead, saying:
"In the name of the Lord and Lady,
May I be cleansed, purified, and regenerated.
May all evil flee from me.
Blessings of the Lord and Lady upon me and in me.
So mote it be."

Move to the center of the room, take a deep breath and relax into a calm state. Then look up, smile, take another deep breath and begin to walk the circle clockwise with the index finger of your dominant hand pointing out and down. Walk the circle three times while saying:
"I conjure thee, O great circle of power,
So that you will be for me a boundary
Between the world of men and realms of the mighty spirits —
A meeting place of perfect love, trust, peace, and joy
Containing the power I will raise within thee.
I call upon the angels of the East, South, West, and North
To aid me in this consecration.
In the name of the Lord and the Lady
Thus do I conjure thee,
O great circle of power!"

Pound the ground with your hand, and say:
"This circle is sealed."

Face North, with your back to the center, cross your hands over your chest, take a deep breath and calm yourself before saying:
"Hail Spirits of the North, Powers of Earth.
Be with us here tonight."

Slowly open your arms, as if opening a curtain, and say:
"Bring your strength, prosperity, and stability into my circle.
Please witness this rite and guard my sacred space.
So mote it be!"

Move to the East, repeat your actions at the north, and say:
"Hail Spirits of the East, element of Air.
Bring your intellect, your wisdom, and your positive thought.
Please witness this rite and guard my sacred space.
So mote it be!"

Move to the South, repeat, and say:
"Hail Spirits of the South, element of Fire.
Bring your courage, your passion, and your creativity.
Please witness this rite and guard my sacred space.
So mote it be!"

Finally move to the West, repeat your earlier actions, and say:
"Hail Spirits of the Water, element of Water.
Bring your transformation, your love, and your joy.
Please witness this rite and guard my sacred space.
So mote it be!"

Assume the Goddess Position and ask the Lord and Lady to enter the circle, then turn to face the moon (if possible) and ask the Lady to fill you with Her loving energy.

Take your request, and attach a mental picture of success to it, then step up to the altar, and say:
"There is one power, which is the God and the Goddess.
I hereby call upon the bountiful energies of the universe
To aid me in manifesting my petition.
My life is filled with abundance,
And all my needs are met."

Burn the paper, saying:
"Paper will give way to flame,
The essence of the word remains.
Fire destroy and fire create
Let what's written be my fate.
Fly to the heavens, fiery bird.
Bring back the fact behind the word.
So mote it be!"

Take a moment, then continue:
"May this spell not reverse, nor place upon me any curse.
May all astrological correspondences be correct for this working,
And may I harm none.
So mote it be."

Meditate for a bit on your thoughts of success, then get ready for communion. Retrieve the cakes and ale, place your hands over the goblet of juice, palms down, and say:
"From the moon to the earth,
From the earth to the roots,
From the roots to the vine,
From the vine to the berry,
From the berry to juice —
May the Lord and Lady bless and consecrate the contents of this cup.
So mote it be!"

Imagine a white light glowing all around the goblet, then take a sip.

Next hold your haves over the cakes, and say:
"From the sun to the earth,
From the earth to the roots,
From the roots to the stalk,
From the stalk to the grain,
From the grain to these cakes —
May the Lord and Lady bless and consecrate the meal upon this tray.
So mote it be!"

Envision the white light surrounding and entering the cake, then eat one.

Once you're done, face West and turn to the outside of the circle, with arms open. Slowly close your arms to rest across your chest, and say:
"Spirits of the West, element of Water.
Thank you for your participation in this ritual tonight.
Go if you must, stay if you like.
Hail and farewell!"

Move South, repeat your actions, and say:
"Spirits of the South, element of Fire.
Thank you for your participation in this ritual tonight.
Go if you must, stay if you like.
Hail and farewell!"

Head East, repeat, and say:
"Spirits of the East, element of Air.
Thank you for your participation in this ritual tonight.
Go if you must, stay if you like.
Hail and farewell!"

Finally move to the North, repeat the earlier actions, and say:
"Spirits of the North, element of Earth.
Thank you for your participation in this ritual tonight.
Go if you must, stay if you like.
Hail and farewell!"

With your dominant hand, index finger pointing out and downward, walk around the circle, counterclockwise, envisioning the energy collecting in your hand. When you're finished, pound the floor with your hand, and say:
"This circle is open but never broken.
We are the people,
We are the power,
We are the change!
Merry meet, merry part, until we merry meet again!
So mote it be!"