New Moon Ritual

Priestess stands with head bowed and her arms across her breast. Coven members start to move deosil round the Circle, chanting the name of the Goddess. They move around completely three times then stop. Priest stands before Priestess.

Priest: "Dark is the night as we reach this turning point. Here is a time of death; yet a time of birth."

Coven Member: "Endings and beginnings."

Second Coven Member: "Ebbing and flowing."

Third Coven Member: "A journey done; a journey yet to start."

Fourth Coven Member: "Let us honor now the Crone — Mother darksome and divine."

Fifth Coven Member: "Let us give of our strength and in return see rebirth."

Priest: "Behold, the Lady of Darkness; Mother, Grandmother. Old yet ever young."

Priestess slowly raises her head and spreads her arms outwards and upwards. All kneel.

Priestess: "Hear me! Honor me and love me now and always.
As the wheel turns we see birth, death and rebirth. Know, from this, that every end is a beginning;
Every stop a fresh starting point. Maiden, Mother, Crone — I am all of these and more. Whenever you have need of anything, call upon me. I, and my Lord, are here — for I abide within you all. Even at the darkest of times, when there seems no single spark to warm you and the night seems blackest of all, I am here, watching and waiting to grow with you, in strength and in love.
I am she who is at the beginning and the end of all time. So Mote It Be."

All: "So Mote It Be!"

Priestess folds her arms again. There is a moment or two of silence, then follows the Cakes and Ale ceremony.