How to Consecrate a Statue

Needed:

  • Herbs
  • Statue
  • Cauldron
  • Pouch
  • Athame
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Candle
  • Pentacle

Prepare your altar as for a Full Moon Esbat ritual and cast your circle. For your statue, you will be combining in your cauldron one herb from the goddess, god, or dual deity listing, along with one herb from the matching elemental list. This echoes the pentagram with a deity spirit and four relating elementals.

Goddess Herbs: Marjoram, moonwort, elder flower.
Her Earth: Cypress, honeysuckle, jasmine
Her Air: Anise seed, comfrey, elder wood, eyebright, hazel, lavender, mugwort
Her Fire: Angelica, celandine, coriander, heliotrope, hyssop, nettle, primrose, rowan.
Her Water: Chamomile, camphor, catnip, geranium, hawthorn, hyacinth, ivy, rose, willow
God Herbs: Woodruff, yarrow, bergamot
His Earth: Cedar, fern, High John the Conqueror, horehound, pine
His Air: Acacia, benzoin, mistletoe, nutmeg, thyme, wormwood
His Fire: Alder, basil, betony, cinnamon, clove, holly, oak, peppercorn, thistle.
His Water: Ash, burdock, hops, orris root, yarrow.
Dual Deity Herbs: Mullein, dianthus, heather
Their Earth: Cinquefoil, mandrake, patchouli, sage, slippery elm.
Their Air: Eucalyptus, lemon verbena, mugwort, peppermint, sandalwood, spearmint.
Their Fire: Bay, juniper, marigold, rosemary, rue, saffron, St. John's wort, vervain.
Their Water: Apple elecampane, heather, meadowsweet, poppy, star anise.

Place the cauldron on your pentacle. Hold each herb over the cauldron before dropping it in and say:
“I call upon thee (herb) to lend unto me thy power for the consecration and enlivening of this image of (deity name).”

Stir all with your athame:
“Through the power of the Goddess and the God are these herbs blessed to enliven this image of (deity name).”

Place the herbs in a small pouch. If your pouch has drawstrings, wrap the ends around the stuffed bag, otherwise fold the pouch shut. Set the cauldron aside. Pass the herbal pouch through the elements:
“By earth you have form” (sprinkle with salt).
“By air you have breath” (pass through incense smoke).
“By fire you have energy” (pass through candle flame).
“By water you have the fluids of life” (sprinkle with water).

Place the pouch on the pentacle. With your athame in your power hand, raise your open arms overhead to gather the energy:
“I call upon the power of the Lady and the Lord to bless and empower these herbs with their divine essence.”

Bring your hand together to hold the knife. Bring the athame down to touch the pouch with the tip and see the energy flow through the blade into the pouch. Set down the athame. Place your hands with palms down above the pouch:
“By spirit are you charged and enlivened.”

Now the image is given spiritual birth through the materials of the sacred cow. This image is found in Hathor, the most ancient goddess of Egypt, portrayed in some statues as the sacred cow with the solar disk resting between her horns.
“With the essences of the sacred cow, who gives of herself in many ways for the lives of others, is this image now blessed.”

Rub the statue all over with soft butter.
“With butter are you anointed.”

Rub it all over with a soft cheese like a brie, cottage cheese, or use yogurt or sour cream.
“With cheese are you fed.”

Wash the statue with about a cup of milk.
“With milk are you given the substance of life.”

Rinse the statue off with spring water or running water.
“With water are you cleansed and purified.”

Dry the statue and anoint it with consecration oil.
“In the names of the Goddess and the God, I consecrate this statue. Let this image of (name) draw (His/Her) divine power into my home and my Craft. Let this image remind me that (name) is always close to me, as I am always close to (name).”

Pick up the herb bundle and tuck it securely inside the statue. If you are concerned that the bundle may fall out, you can close off the bottom of the statue with a piece of felt cut to fit and glued along the edges. Usually the curves of the figure are sufficient to hold the pouch in place.

Set the image on the pentacle and cover it completely with a black cloth. Pick up your athame or wand — athame for images of he God and Dual Deity, and the wand for images of the Goddess — to call the Divine into the statue. Hold the athame or wand upright with your arms raised and open before the covered statue and say:
“I call upon the elemental earth, elemental air, elemental fire, and elemental water to bring thy energy and thy power that this image of (deity name) be made ready for enlivening.”

Bring your hands together to hold the tool and slowly point it toward the statue as you say:
“Come Great Lady/Lord and inhabit this image I have prepared for you. let your presence in my life and in my home be a comfort and joy to me.”

Touch the statue with the tip of the tool and feel the power of the Divine entering into the image. Leave the statue on the pentacle for grounding and set the athame on the altar. Carefully unveil the statue and set aside the cloth. Verbally welcome the deity by name and place an offering before it such as a cornbread muffin, fruit, or flowers, or you may want to use a dish with food and a small cup with milk or some other beverage. Light an incense such as frankincense on one side of the statue and a white candle on the other side.
“Welcome to my home and my heart, Great Lady/Lord (name). I am blessed by thy presence, and my blessings I give unto thee. Let the light of thy love be with me always.”

After an hour, place the statue where you plan to keep it. Offerings, incense, and candles will change in accordance with your needs, the season, the Sabbat and so forth because the statue is now a focal point for your practice. Do not feel odd about talking to the image or meditation on it, for this is an ancient practice that strengthens the ties between yourself and the Divine.

For statues that have no hollow space for an herb bundle, touch the herb pouch to the statue. Lightly anoint the image with a consecration oil, then set the statue on the pentacle and cover it with a black cloth with the herb bundle under the cloth as well, either under the statue, or behind it or somehow draped against it. follow the rest of the procedure as above, keeping the herb bundle close to the statue, perhaps in a small covered jar behind the image.