Salem Remembered

Needed:

  • Chime
  • Cauldron
  • Bowl of flash powder (50/50 mixture of sugar and saltpeter)

Note: Be careful to "dump" the flash powder rather than pour it. It will not only be more effective this way, but will prevent the fire from climbing the stream of powder back up to the hand of the person pouring it!

Quarters are called:
East: “Powers of the East! Lords and Ladies of Greece and Rome! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead! Pagans and witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh! Come! Come one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, affirmation, and protection! Be with us now, that the Craft shall ever survive!”

South: “Powers of the South! Lords and Ladies of the two lands of Egypt! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead! Pagans and witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh! Come! Come one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, affirmation, and protection! Be with us now, that the Craft shall ever survive!”

West: “Powers of the West! Lords and Ladies of the Land of the Celts! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead! Pagans and witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh! Come! Come one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, affirmation, and protection! Be with us now, that the Craft shall ever survive!”

North: “Powers of the North! Lords and Ladies of the Viking Lands! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead! Pagans and witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh! Come! Come one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, affirmation, and protection! Be with us now, that the Craft shall ever survive!”

At center, priest and priestess invoke God and Goddess and spirits of this place.

All sing “Lady Weave Your Circle Tight” and “Lord, Lord Guide Us” (or other suitable songs.)

Priest: “Three hundred years have gone by since that dark time of history we all remember as the "Salem Witch Trials," yet, even after three hundred years, we dare not allow ourselves to forget! We must remember what can happen when hatred, fear, and intolerance gain a stronghold over love, sanity, and tolerance. Innocent people died in Salem. They died horrible deaths, tried and sentenced for the "crime" of witchcraft. They died for the crime of practicing an alternative religion, and they were not even part of that religion. They died, not for their own beliefs, but for ours! They died in the name of our Gods, yet they did not know Them.”

Priestess: “They were not witches, but we are! They were not pagans, but we are! It is our task to remember, and to be sure history cannot repeat itself today. Therefore, we now call their names into our circle, to be remembered and honored here.”

The names of the victims of Salem are proclaimed, one by one, and a chime is sounded after each name:
Rebecca Nurse
Sarah Good
Sarah Wilde
Susanna Martin
Bridget Bishop
John Proctor
John Willard
George Jacobs
George Burroughs
Martha Carrier
Samuel Wardwell
Giles Corey
Alice Parker
Martha Corey
Mary Parker
Margaret Scott
Ann Pudeator
Mary Esty
Wilmot Redd
Sarah Osborne

Priestess: “Sisters and Brothers! We will not allow your deaths to have been in vain.”

Song: "Burning Times". All join in with the chorus of "Isis, Astarte" and the chant blends into "We are the Old People".

When the song has reached the peak of energy, the Priest says:
“We are the old people. We are the new people. We are getting stronger every day. We are stronger, and we are no longer in hiding. We are here, and none need fear us, for our way is love and our ethic is harmlessness, but we say to the world that all may hear: We will stand against hatred! We will stand against intolerance! We will not stand silent in the face of harm to others or to our own. The few have become many, and our Gods are awake and strong! Never more the burning! We won't be burned again!”

The Priestess lights fire in the cauldron:
“Let the cauldron burn with our love and our faith! Let it illuminate the world with the light of the Old Religion. Let negativity and fear be banished in its flames, and let it kindle love in the hearts of those who hate us.” (loudly, pointing at the cauldron) “Fire! Burn high on all planes, that strength and protection come to us from all directions, as we join hearts and hands to weave a destiny of peace and freedom!” (to circle) “Let us sing and dance, that all may remember Salem, and the Craft shall ever survive.”

Song: "We are the Weavers". All join hands and dance slowly in a circle. All who are unable to dance should step into the circle, not out of it.

The song should be sung for several rounds, ending with a very enthusiastic "We are the Witches, Back from the Dead!”

Starting with the East, the representative of each quarter walks to the center, pouring flash powder from a bowl into the cauldron, proclaiming:
East: “From the guardians of the mysteries of the ancient temples, from the windswept mountains of Greece and Rome, I bring protection and wisdom! Remember Salem and the Craft will survive!”

South: “From the guardians of the mysteries of the towering pyramids, from the burning deserts of the Two Lands of Egypt, I bring protection and courage! Remember Salem, and the Craft will survive.”

West: “From the guardians of the mysteries of the Standing Stones, from the lakes and groves of the land of the Celts, I bring protection and love! Remember Salem, and the Craft will survive.”

North: “From the guardians of the mysteries of the sacred runes, from the snow and ice of the Viking Lands, I bring protection and strength! Remember Salem and the Craft will survive!”

Priest: “Great Lady! Bright Lord! Lords and Ladies all! Guardians and Honored Dead! Spirits of this place! All in flesh and spirit who have joined us here! We thank you for attending! Go if you must, stay if you will! Remember Salem! May the craft survive!”

Circle is ended.