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                                SAMHAIN RITUAL: 31 October 
                                     by the White Bard

          Materials: one cauldron, filled with water
                     CRONE: This should be an older female.
                     OLD KING: This should be a person chosen by
                               lottery, or by whoever is acting as
                               Crone. It can be enacted by the HP
                               if needed.
                     BARD/GREEN MAN: If the coven has no Bard available,
                                     then a Green Man should be chosen
                                     by lottery, or by whoever is acting
                                     as Maiden. It can be enacted by the
                                     HP, if needed.

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          %  The place of ritual should be set up, away from the gathered
          %  participants. This is not something that people should miss,
          %  so make sure that potty break is taken care of before the
          %  circle is cast.

          HPS: Go we now to the sacred place
               And stand within the sacred space
               Turn your minds to sacred things
               And dance with me unto the ring!

          %  HP and HPS lead the coven to the place of ritual by a
          %  spiral dance, ending in a circle around the altar. The
          %  cauldron should be at the south. The Old King dances at
          %  the end of the line.

          HPS: Come we forth, with the Spiral Dance
               Within the Lady's radiance
               To mark the turning of the year
               The door to Winter now is here.

               Earth and Water, Fire and Air
               I invoke the Goddess there!
               This night we are Between the Worlds
               To celebrate the year unfurled!

          HP: Earth and Water, Fire and Sky
              I invoke the God on high
              This night we are Between the Worlds
              To celebrate the year unfurled!

          %   The corners shall be called thusly, that all may hear, but
          %   shall not be called until the HPS reaches that corner on her
          %   circumnabulation.



                                                                            1117

          EAST:   O Guardians of the Eastern Tower,
                  Airy ones of healing power
                  I do summon, stir and call you
                  See these rites and guard this circle!

                  Come to us and heed our call!
                  By the Power that made us all;
                  By the Power that blesses Thee:
                  Come to us; and Blessed Be!

          SOUTH:  Oh fiery ones of Southern Power
                  Thus I invite you to this tower
                  I do summon, stir and call you
                  See these rites and guard this circle!

                  Come to us and heed our call!
                  By the Power that made us all;
                  By the Power that blesses Thee:
                  Come to us; and Blessed Be!

          WEST:   Western ones of water's flow
                  Help to guard us here below
                  I do summon, stir and call you
                  See these rites and guard this circle!

                  Come to us and heed our call!
                  By the Power that made us all;
                  By the Power that blesses Thee:
                  Come to us; and Blessed Be!

          NORTH:  Earthen ones of Northern fame
                  Bless and guard our Power's fane
                  I do summon, stir and call you

                  See these rites and guard this circle!
                  Come to us and heed our call!
                  By the Power that made us all;
                  By the Power that blesses Thee:
                  Come to us; and Blessed Be!

          %  The HPS shall move to each corner, and say, following each
          %  corner's crying as she moves to the next:

          HPS: So I cast and consecrate
               This Circle of the small and great:
               By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree,
               By Rock and Earth, by Land and Sea,
               By Fire and Water, Earth and Air,
               By the Lord, and Lady Fair!
               By Love and Joy and Work and Play,
               All things harmful cast away!
               By lightening's flash, and rain's soft fall,
               By the Power that made us all;
               By the Power that blesses Thee:
               (Cast the Circle: Blessed be!)

          %  On her return to the first corner she shall change the last
          %  line above, and say:

               The Circle's cast; and Blessed Be!



                                                                            1118

          %  The callers of the corners shall return their tools to the
             altar, and then shall join the circle at their corners.

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          %  Here begins the Samhain Mystery:

          OLD KING: Thus I invoke the Lady White
                    To come to us this sacred night.
                    By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree,
                    I shall show you a Mystery!

          % Bard/Green Man and Maiden join hands, facing each other.
          % The Maiden speaks to the Bard/Green Man:

          MAIDEN: Lord of Life, hail Land-Master!
                  God of grain that grows and dies
                  Rising reborn, full of richness;
                  Fallow fields shall yet be fertile --
                  Spring sap runs as stirs your manhood
                  Bless barren earth, bear fruit again!

          % The Bard/Green Man speaks to Maiden:

          BARD/GREEN MAN: Snow-shoes striding, hail swift Huntress!
                          Wild one, free and willful Goddess
                          Bow and blade you bear beside you,
                          Finding food to fend off hunger --
                          Winter will not leave us wanting;
                          Give good hunting, grant us skill.

          %   The Old King moves to the West. The Crone moves to the
          %   North.

          HP: Cunning and art he did not lack
              But aye her whistle would fetch him back!

          OLD KING: Yet I shall go into a trout.
                    With sorrow and sighing and mickle doubt
                    And show thee many a merry game
                    Ere that I be fetch-ed hame!

          CRONE: Trout, take heed of an otter lank
                 Will harry thee close from bank to bank
                 For here come I in the Lady's Name
                 All but for to fetch thee hame!

          %   The Old King moves to the South. The Crone moves to the West.

          HP: Cunning and art he did not lack
              But aye her whistle would fetch him back!

          OLD KING: Yet I shall go into a bee
                    With mickle fear and dread of thee
                    And flit to hive in the Lady's Name
                    Ere that I be fetch-ed hame!



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          CRONE: Bee, take heed of a red, red cock
                 Will harry thee close thru door and lock
                 For here come I in the Lady's Name
                 All but for to fetch thee hame!

          %   The Old King moves to the East. The Crone moves to the South.

          HP: Cunning and art he did not lack
              But aye her whistle would fetch him back!

          OLD KING: Oh, I shall go into a hare
                    with sorrow, sighing and mickle care
                    And I shall go in the Lady's Name
                    Aye, until I be fetch-ed hame!

          CRONE: Hare, take heed of a swift greyhound
                 Will harry thee all these fields around
                 For here come I in the Lady's Name
                 All but for to fetch thee hame!

          %   The Old King moves to the North. The Crone moves to the East.

          HP: Cunning and art he did not lack
              But aye her whistle would fetch him back!

          OLD KING: Yet I shall go into a mouse
                    And haste me unto the Miller's House
                    There in his corn to have good game
                    Ere that I be fetch-ed hame!

          CRONE: Mouse, take heed of a white she-cat
                 That never was baulked of mouse nor rat
                 For here come I in the Lady's Name
                 And -thus- it is I fetch thee hame!

          %   Crone walks to Old King and takes his hand. He falls as if
          %   dead.

          HPS: Cunning and art he did not lack
               But aye Her Song has fetched Him back!

               Summer's gone, the Lady reigns
               And Winter has returned again!

          %   Maiden wets her hands with water from the Cauldron, and
          %   sprinkles it on the Old King, who comes to life again.

          OK: Cunning and art I do not lack
              But aye Her Cauldron will bring me back!

          %   The Crone and Old King shall join hands, facing each other,
          %   and say:

              Note: These Norse style verses were taken from a file I got
                    (I think) from Paul Seymour. Don't know who author is.



                                                                            1120

          CRONE: One-eye, Wanderer, God of wisdom,
                 Hunt-lord, hail, who leads the hosting!
                 Nine nights hanging, knowledge gaining,
                 Cloaked at crossroads, council hidden.
                 Now the night, your time, is near us --
                 Right roads send us on, Rune-winner.

          OLD KING: Every age your eyes have witnessed;
                    Cauldron-Keeper, hail wise Crone!
                    Rede in riddles is your ration --
                    Wyrd-weaver at the World-tree's root.
                    Eldest ancient, all-knowing one,
                    Speak unto us, send us vision!

          %   Here the HPS should say:

          HPS:  We remember  our dead;  our loved  ones gone  to the  Summerland
          before
               us. Give them peace and joy.

          ALL: Blessed be!

          %   Here ends the Samhain Mystery.

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          %   A normal cone-of-power may be raised, for growth and healing:

          HPS: In a ring we all shall stand
               Pass the Power, hand to hand.

          HP: As the season turns again
              Power flows from friend to friend

          HPS: Pass the Power, hand to hand
               Bless the Lady, bless the Land

          HP: Bless the Lord, and bless the Skies
              Bless the Power that never dies!

          %   The above four verses should be repeated three times, or as
          %   many times as needed, and the HPS shall then say:

          HPS: By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree:
               Let the Power flow out and free!

          %   All should release, at this point.

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          %   Any needed coven business may be transacted here.

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          %   The Circle is opened:    
   
          HPS: Thus I release the East and West
               Thanks to them from Host to Guest
               Thus I release the South and North
               With "Blessed Be' I send them forth!
               The Circle's open, dance we so
               Out and homeward we shall go.
               Earth and Water, Air and Fire
               Celebrated our desire.
               We think of those in Summerland
               Who dance together, hand in hand.
               By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree,
               Our circle's done; and Blessed Be!

          COVEN: Blessed Be!

          %   All spiral dance out from the Circle, led by HP and HPS.


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