Monty Python clips including “We Found a Witch”, and “Bring Out You’re Dead”.
SAMPLE FORMAT FOR AN EVENING OF CRAFT-WORKING
Starting Session: When group members arrive, it is well to have the ritual area already set up if • circle is to be held. Music suitable to the mood should be playing softly. Guests can discuss the planned agenda for the evening and either magical and theological subjects until everyone is ready to begin.
Meditation: Before beginning the order of the evening, a few moments should be spent in quiet meditation. At this time the group leader may guide the group members through meditation and relaxation exercises, and through exercises designed to stimulate the psychic energy centers. It is also a good idea to provide some “hypno-suggestion” to condition the others for the working at band.
Order of the Evening: There are many types of projects that can be planned as the working for a particular session, either with or without a cast circle. These include magical workings, psychic experiments, inner-plane path-workings, and religious worship
“Cakes and Wine”: When a ritual is held, there is traditionally a pause for refreshment within the circle when consecrated food and drink is served. Group members relax and engage in magical discussion (there should be no gossip or mundane subjects discussed within the circle)o More circle-working can be done after Cakes and Wine, but usually it is the closing of the circle Which follows.
Closing: The evening may be wrapped up with more discussion or some light psychic experimentation. It is especially appropriate for group members to discuss the impressions that they may have received during the circle-working or other exercises or experiments. One very useful way to end the evening is to have everyone relax in quiet mediation while the group leader provides some hypno-suggestion to be used in dream control work upon retiring to bed.
By Ed Fitch, Supreme High Priest Gardnerian Wicca US
The Witch’s Rede of Chivalry
Written by Ed Fitch, Supreme High Priest, Gardnerian Wicca, US
In so far as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind, it behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old gods, to their sisters and brothers in the Craft, and to themselves. Therefore. be it noted that:
I. Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.
2. It must be kenned that thoughts and intent put forth on this Middle Earth will wax strong in other worlds beyond. and return—bringing into creation, on this world. that which had been sent forth. Thus one should exercise discipline. for “as ye do plant, so shall ye harvest.”
3. It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead.
4.”This above all ” to thine own self be true …..
5. A Witch’s word must have the validness of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus. give your word sparingly, and adhere to it like iron.
6. Refraim from speaking ill of others. for not all truths of the matter may he known.
7. Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large part. a thing of falsehoods.
8. Be thou honest with others. and have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them.
9.The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one’s head is a virtue.
10. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.
11. Diverse covens may well have diverse views on love between members and with others. When a coven. clan. or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices. and abide thereby.
12. Dignity. a gracious manner. and a good humor are much to be admired.
13. As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore exercise discretion in the use thereof.
14. Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
15. Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant it. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.
16. Thou shalt not reveal the secrets of another Witch or another Coven. Others have labored long and hard for them. and cherish them as treasures.
17. Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways. those who are once-born must see nothing, and must hear nothing.
18. Those who follow the Mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.
19. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the general they have been chosen with wisdom.
20. Have pride in thyself. and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said. “How canst thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first”
21. Those who seek the Mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who shall lead the race of man kind to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars.
SOME BATTLE AND WARRIOR GODDESSES
Aerfen .. British War Goddess
Athena .. Greek Warrior Goddess
Badb ..Irish War Goddess, one of the three who comprise the Morrigan
Bellona .. Roman Battle Goddess
Dea Hammia .. Syrian Archer Goddess
Discordia .. Roman War Goddess, preceded the Chariot of Mars
Esharra .. Chaldean War Goddess
Freja .. Norse Battle Goddess, Commander of the Valkyries
Inanna .. Sumerian Battle Goddess
Kali .. Hindu War Goddess, destroyer of demons
The Keres .. Greek Battle Goddesses, Beings who carried out the Will of the Fates
Kottavei .. Hindu, Tanil, Goddess of Victory
Macha .. (Battle) Irish War Goddess, Patroness of Ulster
The Morrigan .. Celtic War Goddess, Queen of Demons
Muilidheartach .. Scottish Battle Goddess
Nemesis .. Greek Goddess of Divine Anger
Scathach .. (She Who Strikes Fear), Irish Warrior Goddess and prophetess
Sekhmet .. Egyptian Goddess of War
The Shashtradevatas .. Hindu War Goddesses
The Valkyries .. Teutonic/Norse War and Battle Goddesses
Victoria .. Roman Battle Goddess
Zorya .. Slavonic Warrior Goddess
DEDICATION FOR A WARRIOR
Copyright Ed Fitch, Supreme High Priest of Gardnerian Wicca, US, 1982
I AM A STAR
A BLAZING PENTAGRAM
OF PAGAN SPLENDOR.
AT MY FEET LIE EARTH AND SEA
MY SWORD IS FIRE
AND THE WIND, MY SHIELD
THE POWER OF SUN, MOON AND
IS MY SPIRIT.
STEMMING FROM THE CENTER
OF ALL CREATION,
FLOWS IN RADIANT TENDRILS
SEARCHING, ALWAYS SEARCHING,
FILLING THE DARK SPACES
LUMINOUS IS MY
DIVINE IS MY SPIRIT
LIFE IS MY WILL!
SOLITARY MIDSUMMER RITE
By Ed Fitch, Supreme High Priest of US Gardnerian Wicca
For this ritual a man should dress as if for conflict, but a woman should wear raiment which is soft and feminine. Yet this ceremonial garb should be chosen also for its magical or witch-like feel and cut
The altar should be set as usual with three candies on it. A wooden wheel or representation thereof should be set on the altar, with the Goddess image and one candle placed within its rim. Or a wheel may itself be made part of the altar.
Five candles should be placed before the altar, to be lit later. (As with other such rites, if the following is to be performed out-of-doors then torches may be used in lieu of candles.)
Set up the ritual area beforehand. Then retire (taking one candle) to bathe before dressing for the rite, fixing in your mind that the water is cleansing the soul and heart just as it is cleansing the body.
Light the candle and gaze at it Meditate for a while: all things change … yet ultimately are the same. Consider the following, saying it softly to yourself:
This is ‘the turning of the year’
As all years do turn,
And has happened since times far archaic.
Take the lit candle or torch and walk slowly to the place of the rite. Sit briefly before the altar, then light the candles or torches thereon, and the incense, saying:
I do bid the unseen forces of nature
Together dose about me.
For I do call forth
The images of times long past.
Light the five brands or candles before the altar and place them in the form of a pentagram, centered on the altar, each point being three or five feet from the center of the altar. (These points should be marked out beforehand. Place the first candle or torch at the north, and the rest in their positions while working in a clockwise manner about the altar.
Standing again before the altar, pick up the wand and point north, east, south, and west, saying:
May winds blow cool
The SUD shine warm
The waters bright and pure.
May Earth regain her former glory
And the race of humankind endure.
Rap thrice upon the altar with the wand and, pointing it upwards, saying:
O blessed Lady of the Moonlight,
God of the seasons,
Whether light or dark,
Be with me here, I do ask.
Stand near as I do perform
This rite in your honor.
Replace the wand, then hold your arms out over the altar, crossed, and say: At this, the Night of Midsummer
Does the Goddess reign supreme.
At this time does She reign supreme.
In Her name do I now give praise
And call forth into the mists
For times to come which are better.
When all folk can live in safety,
In peace, and in calm
And green forests return once more.
Sit, and add incense. Meditate for a while on the season’s words, saying them quietly:
The sacred king doth yield the power to his dark brother
But the Goddess who loves them reigns ever unchanging.”
At this time you may add as you see fit to the ritual: meditation exercises, reading or reciting poetry of love and of nature, or do else which is appropriate for this night If a source of music is available a solitary “Dance of Power” may be improvised, if this is your inclination.
To close the ritual, rap slowly five times with the wand, saying:
The hour is done.
The spells are cast
And honor given
To the Great Ones of times far past
I give love, farewell, and blessings
To the Goddess, the God, and the Ancients.
Put out the lights which have been placed about the altar, then those on the altar itself.
As the last is put out, say:
This rite is ended
“We Three Witches” Pagan Version “We Three Kings”