Online Mundus Patet! Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

Tonight, Saturday, August 6, the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple will have its in-person Lammas Salon & Ritual. All are welcome to attend! It is 6:30 p.m. at The Hearth Room located in Webster Groves. Just join the Lammas / Lughnasadh ritual event page as “going” and/or email ravins52252@mypacks.net to sign up.

For those who are not able to participate with us in-person, we are sharing Mundus Patet!, an online Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual so that everyone may participate with us! This online ritual was written and adapted by member Noelle Peavy. While this online ritual is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple tonight.

About the Roman Celebration, basis for our Ritual:

The Mundus is officially known as the mundus cerialis, which literally means “the World of Ceres.” It was a hemispherical pit or underground vault in Rome sealed by a stone lid and its present location is unknown. On three dates during the year – April 24, October 5 and November 8 – the mundus was opened with the official announcement “Mundus Patet!” and offerings were made there to agricultural or underworld deities, including Ceres as the goddess of the fruitful earth and guardian of the underworld portals. Its opening offered the spirits of the dead temporary leave from the underworld, to roam lawfully among the living as ‘holidays, so to speak, for the ghosts’ (*Fowler).

The days that the mundus was opened were among the very few occasions that Romans made official contact with the collective spirits of the dead. Warde Fowler at the turn of the 19th century speculated that the mundus was Rome’s first seed-grain storehouse (or Rome’s treasure for future harvests). As a whole, the various days of the mundus suggest rites to Ceres as the guardian deity of seed-corn in the establishment of cities.

In ancient Rome, this would be a time to give thanks for the season’s harvest. It is a time to take the fruits of your harvest and to select the best of the harvest to use as the seed for next year. It is a time to put this best seed into storage – investing in our future harvests so that the yields are strong, healthy and plentiful. It is also a time to give thanks to all harvest gods and goddesses for blessing us with the bounty of the year!

*Source: Mundus Patet, by Warde Fowler, M.A. D. Litt. Penelope.

Online Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual:

Timing:
You are welcome to perform this ritual at any time, but if you would like to perform your working around 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on Saturday, August 6, you will be working in tandem with our in-person ritual in St. Louis.

What you will need:

  • A representation of the Roman Goddess Pomona—a photograph, drawing or statue, or other symbol/ magickal correspondence that relates to her (you may print an image from the Internet if you do not have something); and a tealight or candle; and
  • A representation of the Roman Goddess Ceres, however she speaks to you, or in whatever image that name speaks to you; and a tealight or candle; and
  • A representation of the Roman God Mercury, however he speaks to you, or in whatever image that name speaks to you; and a tealight or candle; and
  • A representation of the Mundus, an opening in the earth to store seed grain, in whatever image that speaks to you; and
  • A Seed offering or a representation of the best of your First Harvest
  • A candle for the center of your altar representing the Divine Spirit, in a cauldron if you have one, but if not, any fire proof container or candle holder will do; and
  • Black, white and green are great colors should you choose to have a cloth for your altar or sacred space.
  • Incense or sage or whatever you use to cleanse your space.
  • Of course, feel free to embellish your sacred space with anything that speaks to you of Lammas, Lughnasadh, our First Harvest and our Mundus Patet celebration!

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of Pomona and Ceres and Mercury and their candles, on the left (Pomona & Ceres) and right (Mercury) of your altar, respectively; place a candle in the center of your altar. Additionally, find a space to represent the Mundus. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters.

Speak from your heart to call to Ceres into your space and say:

Oh Goddess revered of Earth & of all nature Mother,
Bringing about all things and renewing them from the same womb,
You who supplies each species with living force,
Divine controller of sky and sea and of all things,
through your nature – hushed and lays hold on sleep,
and likewise renew the day and banish the night.
Deservedly are you called Mighty Mother of Gods
and are that true parent of living species and of gods,
without which nothing is ripened or can be born.
O Goddess, divine one, we adore and ask of you
to graciously grant us this of which we ask
and with due fealty, Goddess, we will repay in kind.
Give ear to us and favor our undertakings:
that which we seek, Goddess, bestow to us willingly.
Let healing come with your divine powers, and
whatever we do in accord, let it have favorable issue.
With Love, Honor and Gratitude, join us this Lammas night!

Light her candle.

Speak from your heart to call to Pomona into your space and say:

Divine Keeper of the Orchards and Fruit Trees!
You who knows the ways of the apple and the almond, the pear
and the pomegranate, the netted cherry and the sanguine mulberry.
Little Wood Nymph, you know the secrets of grafting scion to stock,
and the perfect moment of the ripeness of a peach.
Diligently, you have picked off beetles and set traps for caterpillars,
chased away munching deer and outsmarted wily squirrels.
Dedicated to your art, you know just how to encourage rooting
by placing a wheat seed in the split stem of a cutting,
and how to prune a rose to produce the most hips.
You water the fruit-trees deeply and feed them well.
And they reward you with luxuriant health and an abundant harvest.
Boldly do you boast that your walled orchard is truly Paradise!
With Love, Honor and Gratitude, join us this Lammas night!

Light her candle.

Speak from your heart to call to Mercury into your space and say:

Father Mercury, we pray and beseech of you to be gracious and merciful to us,
that you keep away, ward off and remove sickness, seen and unseen,
and that you permit our harvests, our grain, our vine-yards
and our plantations to flourish and to come to good issue.
Preserve in health our shepherds and our flocks, and
give good health and strength to us, our homes and our households.
Be you well and blessed, O Father Mercury…O God immortal!
That You watch over the health and healing of our loved ones.
Grant us good health and long life and guide us down the correct path;
That Your flames always guide us to the Gods and Goddesses,
May Your flames safely warm our home and our hearts,
Watch over us this day and bless us with restful sleep this night.
Father Mercury, Divine essence of the Pater familias,
may you guide us to all things joyous and fortunate this day,
blessing us this night with fortuitous dreams of the coming day;
and, may you always be benevolent and find favor with us.
With Love, Honor and Gratitude, join us this Lammas night!

Light his candle.

I call on the power of the Roman gods of Harvest – Pomona, Ceres & Mercury!
I call on you to join together this Lammas night.
Join your power here in my circle, in this magickal hour,
To accept this offering from me – of the best seeds of my harvest.
And in return, gently send me what I need to be happy, healthy and prosperous.
I ask for your communion, for your messages, and to share this love between us.
For the good of all and harm to none, as I will it, so shall it be done.
Blessed be!

Light divine spirit candle in the center of your altar.

Give your First Harvest “seed” offering to your Mundus.

Watch the candle flame grow…flicker… move. As you feel their presence grow within your circle, and feel their power merge within your circle, know that you may commune with Pomona, Ceres and Mercury. Know that they support you in this work. You may see, feel, hear or know their presence and you are open to their messages for you. If you like, you may enter into a meditation or journey to commune with them in that way, perhaps journeying to them for deeper contemplation.

As you sit in communion with them on this blessed night, you might ponder and journal

  • What does Lammas, the First Harvest and this time of year mean to you as we turn the Wheel of the Year?
  • What seeds have you stored for the next growing season? Are you storing the absolute best of your harvest?
  • What help do you seek from Pomona, Ceres or Mercury?
  • In what ways could you better strengthen your personal Harvest?

You may speak words of love and gratitude to Pomona, Ceres and/or Mercury or spend time in quiet meditation with the Mundus and the offering you have given. Be aware of any impressions or messages you receive during this time.

When you feel you are finished, thank Pomona, Ceres & Mercury for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then, close your space according to your preference.
Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual! We happily encourage you to post photos of your working to share the love of Lammas / Lughnasadh on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!), Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (all are welcome to join!; posts on this page are private, and you also have access to our private Lammas / Lughnasadh ritual event page from our group page); and the public Lammas / Lughnasadh Ritual & Salon event page!

This ritual was adapted and/or written by Noelle Peavy and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net; this ritual may not be published elsewhere without attribution and also not without written permission. Many blessings to you! Blessed Lammas! Blessed Lughnasadh!

© copyright 2016 Noelle Peavy. All rights reserved.

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The Voice of a Priestess of Iya: A cultural perspective on African spiritual traditions and beliefs

Altar at our Temple's Midsummer Ritual June 18, 2016

Altar at our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual June 18, 2016

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple held its Midsummer / Summer Solstice Ritual & Salon on Saturday. It was an incredibly beautiful and powerful ritual partnering with Yemoja / Yemaya, Oshun / Osun, Papa Legba / Elegba and Erzulie, who approached us in the spring asking for this ritual in their honor.

It was a beautiful and amazing night of community, and the individual stories and impact of the ritual was beyond words to describe. In case you missed it, HERE is a shortened online version for the ritual. Read on for our guest blog…

on our altar for our Temple's Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

on our altar for our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

In working with the Orisha and Lwa in writing the ritual, they had, as always, an amazing way of bringing through messages and making connections to share the story that they want told. Iyanifa Fayele (also Ayele Kumari, Phd) reached out to me at the request of her oracles to offer information to us in doing this Work. Iyanifa is initiated into the Mysteries of Oya, Obatala, Yemoja, Osun and Orunmila.

One of the initial important pieces of wisdom she shared with us was that the three great mothers are associated with the three rivers here – The Mississippi River with Oya; The Missouri River with Yemoja; and The Meramec River with Osun.

The Mississippi River in honor of Oya

The Mississippi River in honor of Oya

After hearing this, we set about making a journey to each river to ask the great mothers and their rivers for their blessings in this Work, to make an offering to them and to gather waters for our altar with their permission.

Our goal in this ritual and Work was to honor the Orisha, the Lwa, and their cultures of origin with respect and love. I welcomed this gracious offer from Iyanifa, and I asked for her insight and wisdom.

The Missouri River in honor of Yemoja / Yemaya

The Missouri River in honor of Yemoja / Yemaya

I asked her, from the perspective of a traditionally trained and initiated priestess of the Orisha…

  • What does she most want people to understand about her traditions and practices?
  • What message would she most want folks to come away with?
  • What advice or cautions would she have
  • And also, if folks wanted to learn more, what would she personally recommend
  • Or anything else that she felt was important.
The Meramec River in honor of Osun / Oshun

The Meramec River in honor of Osun / Oshun

Iyanifa responded with a beautiful message, and I asked her if I could share it here, as a guest blog post so that more folks would see this message. She graciously agreed.

Her message is below – unedited. Iyanifa has over 25 years of experience in healing and in indigenous knowledge systems; 15 years as a college professor; and she is an author of three books and publisher of 15 books. For more information on Iyanifa and her background, please visit her website and her bio.

Here are Iyanifa’s thoughts, in her words…

I felt people should come away with is that the Orisha are best understood and worked through the indigenous cultures and cosmology that birthed them….in West Africa. They are a part of an entire system of spiritual development. They are not considered gods in our culture.

on our altar for our Temple's Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

on our altar for our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

The Orisha that are known in the diaspora came to be understood that way through the transatlantic slave trade. It is an ancestral tradition. It’s what those Africans who were stolen from their home lands brought with them to the Americas. Orisha are who helped them survive the horrors of that experience for hundreds of years.

Because their open practice was forbidden, and it was against the law to practice their traditional spiritual systems, they hid them in the guise of Catholic Saints. So what came to be came out of necessity to survive. And often that is how they are presented… But they are not Catholic saints. 

Some adaptations were also made in order to survive. Smoke from Legba was one of those adaptations. It was adapted from the relationship slaves developed with the Taino Indigenous people in the new lands who shared a crossroad divinity as well. We also had to learn to use the herbs and medicine on the new lands to support the practices as the original tools and some training with them were no longer available.

That said, Ifa, as it is known in West Africa has come to be for the world. But it is important to remember it is African. And it’s what Africa gave to the world. I say that in the contexts of a few things. Many African Diasporic people are not often welcomed in Pagan communities…but our traditions are used. And our ancestral spirits are called.

Many African people experience blatant and covert racism from pagans…here… In St. Louis.

I will never forget going to a ritual where there was a group of white women who self-identified as WASP… White Anglo Saxon Pagans…. All the while, I’m invoking Yemoja for the ritual. I admit that I felt angry and annoyed. And were it not Yemoja… A gentle loving mother I was invoking, I would have brought down Ogun.

And I wish that was an isolated incident but I know quite a few people of color who experience covert and overt racism in the pagan community…And many of us decided to keep our traditions to ourselves so that they would not be exploited by the same people who held our ancestors in captivity while exploiting them. Especially if our traditions are used but our people are insulted and dishonored.

Many consider it highly disrespectful to not honor the way our traditions are intended to be practiced because it’s a kind of blind arrogance to do so …. It’s an initiatory tradition…with its specific mysteries… And it’s own initiations….that have been done the same way for thousands of years… not new ones that are made up. People believe because they read of it in a book…it must be ok… Outside its ancient mysteries.

on our altar for our Temple's Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

on our altar for our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

It’s not intended to be practiced in an isolated way. We have our own oracles we use to communicate with them… It’s an entire system, culture, and way of life. So these things must be kept in mind because if what you are doing…doesn’t grow you… Doesn’t force transformation within your being, it’s useless. Orisha will force you to look at your own stuff.

So I share this and I made myself available because our oracles told me to. There is nothing I can do about what other people do… But i can give them the right information. I don’t have the same angst as some others do. Our oracles say it is for the world now…so I accept that and will support it as a Priestess.

Oya - on our altar for our Temple's Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

Oya – on our altar for our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

Oya is a transformer. She is not some lightweight… You can put down when the ritual is finished. She will bring a tornado in your life uprooting your assumptions and illusions. It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always convenient.

Often long held structures and beliefs are torn down… Sometimes violently. Sometimes people are afraid because they don’t want to handle to truth. She can be Tower card in the tarot. The lightening bolt. But…It’s always necessary. Necessary for personal evolution and transformation. She brings winds of change.

She is also iyalode. Which is a leader of women. And a warrior queen. She carries a machete. And will fight like a man….and whoop his ass too! She was queen in her own right…not because she married Sango, She was head of the market place…and thus commerce. She is the opener to Egungun…the ancestral realm. To that end, she wears veils to reflect the veils between worlds.

Papa Legba - - on our altar for our Temple's Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

Papa Legba – – on our altar for our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

Legba is known as Elegbara… Or Esu…And no ritual or spiritual work ever happens without him opening the way. He translates our prayer to the language of the heavens.

He is NOT a confuser… He does question your false assumptions and your own confusion. And he brings clarity in the end… He forces your shadow and your light to achieve wholeness. He is all communication… Including our own inner talk. He comes as both an old person…and a child.

Yemoja means Yeye Omo Oja …mother of the fishes. She brings healing and nurturing energy. Deals with our emotions. Our memories, our relationships with our mothers and families.

Yemoja / Yemaya - - on our altar for our Temple's Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

Yemoja / Yemaya – – on our altar for our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

 

She sometimes comes with salt water ie tears…As she is now associated with the Ocean. She was originally a river. But she came across the middle passage (slave ships passage through the Atlantic Ocean) and taking that journey she is merged with Olokun the ocean. This means she reaches the depths of our unconscious. Our womb memories. She heals old hurts. And nurtures our hearts.

Ọṣun is the great mother. She is actually the mother of Esu. She is not just as some describe her as light and sweet. She is that… But also a vulture. She is the leader of the witches. Aje as we call them.

At the beginning of the world, when men tried to start it but left woman out, Ọṣun gathered the witches and stopped it…no progress could be made without her. Until the male deities surrendered and came to her. The world would not be formed. They finally did after receiving council from Olodumare… “God or creator” when they were told they would have to respect women and include her in all that they do. Only then would things go right.

Osun / Oshun - - on our altar for our Temple's Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

Osun / Oshun – – on our altar for our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

So Ọṣun is not just some fertility sexual divinity. She is an unapologetic feminist… Who stand for the rights of women as is Oya. She is the master witch of the world… which we call Iyami… (meaning my mother) along with a number of primordial mothers that are called Aje. That is our name for witch. Ọṣun is also a diviner. Some stories of Yemoja and Ọṣun mix because they hailed from different parts of Nigeria but both are mermaids.

Lastly…and this is the most important part of our tradition… Is that Orisha are not the most important part of worship, the Ori is.

The Ori is the higher self. The Ori is what contains the blueprint for our lives. Our soul lessons and path. Our traditions are not designed to worship gods. Our traditions are designed to ultimately become walking “Gods “on earth. Divine immortal beings, We do that by being in alignment with our Ori. That is our true crown…no Orisha is higher than our Ori. Our initiations are designed to align a person to that.

The Orisha are there to supplement that and support areas of deficiency in our lives. And support the soul’s purpose for being here. It doesn’t replace the work of life or living…but it aligns your consciousness with that of your divine self and the Orisha are tools that the divine self used to create balance and wholeness.

*****

Erzulie / Erzulie Freda - - on our altar for our Temple's Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

Erzulie / Erzulie Freda – – on our altar for our Temple’s Midsummer Ritual on June 18, 2016

All of our love and gratitude to Iyanifa, to the Orisha, the Lwa and the spirits – and to the divine that runs through all things and through each of us.

Blessed be.

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Online Midsummer Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

The Meramec River in honor of Osun / Oshun

The Meramec River in honor of Osun / Oshun

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple will have its in-person Midsummer / Summer Solstice Ritual & Salon tonight – Saturday night, June 18. All are welcome to attend! It is 6:30 p.m. at The Ethical Society. Just join the public Midsummer event page as “going” or email ravins52252@mypacks.net to sign up! For those who are not able to participate with us in-person, we are sharing this online Midsummer Ritual so that everyone may participate with us!

This online version was written by our Temple’s High Priestess Shea Morgan. While this online ritual is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple on Saturday night.

About our Midsummer Ritual of Cleansing & Healing:

In our Midsummer ritual, we will partner with the Orisha Yemaya (Yemoja), the Orisha Oshun (Osun), the Lwa Erzulie (Erzuli, Ezili, Erzulie Freda) and the Lwa Papa Legba (the Orisha Eleggua, Elegbara, Esu) in a Ritual of Cleansing and Healing. Midsummer is commonly thought of as a festival of fire, yet it also has strong associations with water!

The Missouri River in honor of Yemoja / Yemaya

The Missouri River in honor of Yemoja / Yemaya

The Orisha and Lwa (Loa) for this ritual approached Shea Morgan in the Spring requesting this ritual in their honor. Yemaya and Erzulie are also Guardians of our Temple as part of the Temple of the Twelve Signs on the Inner Planes, supporting the work of our Temple on this physical plane.

In return for this ritual in their honor, the Orisha and Lwa are bringing their cleansing waters and healing powers, bringing their love and opening the way, opening the road for us with the power of their combined waters. In our Temple’s ritual, will make offerings of candle light, with candles decorated specifically for them, and also of herbs sacred to each, along with rum, tobacco and other offerings requested by each Orisha and Lwa. The altar will be decorated with items sacred to each as well.

Willow & Copper Water Token handcrafted by Alinore Rose

Willow & Copper Water Token handcrafted by Alinore Rose

Shea also received a vision from the Orisha and Lwa on a special token that everyone attending the in-person ritual will receive as a symbol of the Work during our ritual. It is a beautiful Willow Copper Water Circle, handcrafted from this vision by Alinore Rose on behalf of our Temple. Copper is associated with the element of Water and the planet Venus, and is a conductor of flow.  You may wish to print a copy of this image for your personal use during this working to place on your altar.

We also will work with the Spirit of Willow in this ritual. On the main altar will be a special Willow wand, gifted to Shea. The wand was a gift from a sacred Willow and its spirit and the spirits of the land, place and nature. It is part of a branch that came down in a thunderstorm after being hit by lightning in the middle of a hurricane.

Watch soon for a guest blog post by a Priestess of the Iya on this blogsite to learn more about Ifa, the Orisha and her personal experience!

The Mississippi River in honor of Oya

The Mississippi River in honor of Oya

In preparation for this Work, a Priestess in traditional Ifa in Africa has shared with us that the three main rivers in St. Louis are governed by the Three Mothers. Oya governs the Mississippi River, Yemaya (Yemoja) governs the Missouri River and Oshun (Osun) governs the Meramec River.

Temple Treasurer Noelle Peavy, Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech and Shea Morgan, respectively, visited these rivers this week to commune with the Orisha and the rivers, to make an offering and to gather their waters for our ritual. The Missouri and Meramec Rivers were visited on Friday, the day of Venus. Venus is also associated with Water and with Copper. We will have waters from all three rivers on our altar, along with the waters and sand from the Atlantic Ocean.

Yemaya (Yemoja) is the Yoruban Orisha of the ocean. She is the Mother of All and all life begins with her. She is loving and carrying, source of life and love. She is powerful, protective and cleansing and aids in fertility and prosperity. She is the source of all the waters. She is the deity of the Ogun River and merged with the ocean, Olokun. She is part of the African Diaspora brought to the new world. In Haitian Vodou, she is associated with the Moon. She also has mermaid associations.

Oshun (Osun) is the Yoruban Orisha of freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams. She is the Great Mother. The Oshun River is in Nigeria. She is mistress of all things feminine and helps us with prosperity, pleasure, emotions, dance, art and expression.

Papa Legba is the beloved Lwa of the gates, gatekeeper, guardian of the crossroads in Haitian Vodou. He is the Orisha Elegba from the Yoruban culture. He is Eleggua. He is the opener of the ways, opener of the roads. Elegba or Papa Legba is honored first in ceremony and opens the way, opens the gate for communication with the practitioners and the Spirits. He is a crossroads guardian and serves as an intermediary. He often appears as an old man at the crossroads, smoking and sometimes with a cane.

Erzulie (Erzuli, Ezili) is the Lwa of love, sexuality, passion, pleasure and prosperity. In our ritual, we will work specifically with her in her aspect of love as Erzulie-Freda. There are many aspects to the Erzulie family of Lwas including Gran (Granne) Erzulie and the Great Mother and representations of every stage of the journey of love through life. She is sometimes shown as a water snake. One of her three husbands is Agwe, god of the sea.

The powers of the Waters will be with us! Come dance with the waters and share in a celebration of Midsummer joy! Blessed be!

Online Midsummer Ritual:

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, but if you start your working around 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on Sat., June 18, you will be working in tandem with our in-person ritual in St. Louis.

What you will need:

  • Images or representations of Papa Legba, Yemaya / Yemoja, Oshun / Osun and Erzulie / Erzulie Freda *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
  • An image of Willow, perhaps the token image in this post,” *and*
  • A glass or chalice of water *and*
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of the Lwa, Orisha and the Spirit of Willow and your candles, and then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call Elegba / Papa Legba into your space, or you may say:

We call to Papa Legba (Pa Pa Leg-ba)!

Open the Gates, Open the Road, Open the Way!

We feel the pulse of ashé, the divine life force, running through us,

We honor you on this night, and we call to you to Open the Way

To open the roads for us on this night and every day!

We ask you to attend our circle with your gifts tonight.

On this magickal and mystical Midsummer’s night.

Hail and welcome!

Light His candle.

Speak from the heart to call Yemaya / Yemoja into your space, or you may say:

We call to Yemoja (Yeh Moe Jah)!
Great mother of all, fertility and love
Prosperous abundance, oh Mother of Fishes,
We call to you now for healing and our wishes
Of all divine love and light, we seek that here within us this night,
We ask you to attend our circle with your gifts tonight.
On this magickal and mystical Midsummer’s night.
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Oshun / Osun into your space, or you may say:

We call to Oshun (Ah Shun)!

Power of waters running deep,

cleansing our soul of all we weep,

Of life and feminine beauty you feed,

With your rivers of life that fill every need,

We ask you to attend our circle with your gifts tonight.

On this magickal and mystical Midsummer’s night.

Hail and welcome!

Light Her candle.

 Speak from the heart to call Erzulie into your space, or you may say:

We call to Erzulie (Er Zu Lee)!

Lwa (Loa) of Love and passion true,

bringing beauty and prosperity to all we do!

Playful dance of fanciful youth,

And long-time lovers of lifetimes search

Are found now in your joy-filled presence

All we need to do is find and see the essence

Within our soul that matches that without

And surely then there will be no doubt

We ask you to attend our circle with your gifts tonight.

On this magickal and mystical Midsummer’s night.

Hail and welcome!

Light Her candle.

Invite the Spirit of Willow:

Hail to the Spirit of the Willow,

Tree of Water, Tree of the Between

Branches swaying and dancing in the winds

Bringing us cleansing and healing within

We ask you to attend our circle with your gifts tonight.

On this magickal and mystical Midsummer’s night.

Hail and welcome!

Light the Willow candle

You may wish to meditate with Papa Legba / Elegba, Yemaya / Yemoja, Osun / Oshun, Erzulie and Willow. What are your passions? What brings you joy? What do you seek to cleanse from your life and from within? What do you seek to heal in your life, your health and within your soul?

Tonight as you celebrate fertility, love and prosperous abundance, the Orisha and the Lwa celebrate with you. The divine marriage of the divine feminine and divine masculine is at hand under the approaching Summer Solstice and Full Moon. It is a time of ripeness. A time of joy and passion. It is a time of love. It is a time of cleansing and healing of the waters.

Think of the healing that you wish to bring into your life. Focus your Intent. Place both of your hands over your cup or chalice of water. Focus on bringing that divine cleansing and healing energy down through your crown (top of your head), running down through your arms, through your hands, and into the cup of water. Charging the water with your Intent.

When you feel this is complete and when you feel ready, pick the cup or chalice up with both hands. Slowly drink it in. Feel the water and energy flow through your body, gently cleansing and healing you. Leave a little water left in your cup or chalice, and after your ritual, go outside and pour it on the ground in offering, gratitude, love and honor to the Orisha and Lwa for their aide and presence tonight.

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Elegba / Papa Legba, Yemaya / Yemoja, Oshun / Osun, Erzulie / Erzulie Freda and the Spirit of Willow. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

May blessings come to you and yours this joyous Summer Solstice! Blessed Midsummer!

Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Beltane Ritual! We happily encourage you to post photos of your working to share the love of Beltane on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!), Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (all are welcome to join!; posts on this page are private, and you also have access to our private Beltane event page from this page); and the public Midsummer Ritual & Salon event page!

This ritual was written by Shea Morgan and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

 

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Spirit’s Edge Online Ritual to Honor Hekate (Hecate)

Welcome to Spirit’s Edge 4th ritual participating in the Rite of Her Sacred Fires! We would love to have you all share your experiences with this ritual on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page (posts are private – just click the group page and ask to join) and our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Facebook page (posts are public and please “like” and follow us while you’re at it), along with your candle photos or altar photos as well!

The timing of our ritual this year is on the Waning Side of the Full Moon, and on a Saturday evening – perfect energetics for a working with Hekate! There also will be a portion of the ritual where you will have the opportunity to do your own personalized working/meditation/journey. The link to Sorita D’Este’s Facebook event page for this ritual is HERE.

Altar for 2014 Spirit's Edge Online Ritual for Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires

Altar for 2014 Spirit’s Edge Online Ritual for Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires

This is an online ritual to honor Hekate (or Hecate, whichever spelling you prefer), working with Sorita d’Este’s Rite of Her Sacred Fires. When the ritual as Sorita wrote it calls to invoke, you may wish to have it more as an evocation if that is more comfortable. Of course, this all depends on how you use and define the words “evoke” vs. “invoke” – a topic for a whole other blog!

This year we have again planned this as an online ritual only. We would love for the entire Spirit’s Edge and our Temple community and all our friends to join together for this rite! This rite is powerful and beautiful, and we have much gratitude and love for Sorita for providing this beautiful rite as part of her devotion to Hekate.

Our Temple will be performing the Rite on Sat., May 21 at 8:30 p.m. CDT. If you want to join the exact time, you would calculate your timing for your working of the ritual based off of your time zone compared to the CDT time zone. However, rituals also work great in waves of energy, so if you wanted to do the ritual at 8:30 p.m. in your time, that’s great too. If you can’t make that time, really you could do it anytime May 21-23 to catch the wave, ideally, or when it works for you otherwise.

The heart of the Rite will be exactly as Sorita has written it. “You will need a candle (or another form of devotional fire, such as a lamp or hearth fire) and something with which to light it.” You might wish to anoint the candle or place herbs under or around it, but this is not necessary. Any other altar tools or set up are up to you.

Here is my candle for the Spirit's Edge Online Ritual for Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires. I decorated a glass candle with an image that spoke to me.

Here is one of my candles for the Spirit’s Edge Online Ritual for Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires. I decorated a glass candle with an image that spoke to me.

Pictures from Hecate altars are included in this blog post. It would be great if everyone shares their pics of the candles and/or altars before and after the ritual as noted above.

You may substitute “I” or “me” wherever there is written “we” if you prefer; or, you may also use the “we” even if you are working this ritual solitary in order to further connect with the current of the overall ritual. The ritual is written with the seasonal orientation of the elements, and you may of course adapt to any alignment you prefer.

The Rite of Her Sacred Fires working portion of the ritual was written by Sorita d’Este as a devotional work to Hekate. The text may also be found HERE. Her copyright information for the working part of this ritual is:

“This ritual was written in celebration of the completion of the book Hekate Her Sacred Fires and as an act of Devotion to the Goddess Hekate. Permission is given for the adaptation of this ritual for personal and group use. The ritual is designed to be performed as is, but can also be incorporated into longer rituals, and is compatible with most magical traditions. Whoever performs this rite takes personal responsibility for the results (or lack of results!) thereof, the author cannot be held responsible for any undesired effects. This ritual may be reproduced freely for non-commercial purposes in any format electronic or printed, providing that this original notice remain intact.”

The balance of this ritual, other than the working section, was written by Shea Morgan and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact me at ravins52252@mypacks.net; this ritual may not be published elsewhere without attribution and also not without written permission from Shea Morgan.

You are welcome to share the link to this blog post.

If you have any questions, please let me know by posting on the event page.

Love and Blessings,
Shea Morgan, HPS

Cast Circle:

(using your hand or a wand or blade, cast the circle three times, once for each world, envisioning any color of light you choose, then stand in the center creating sacred space with the closing line)

I cast this circle in the Upperworld, shining the light of the heavens into this sacred space.
I cast this circle in the Underworld, the power of the depths emanating into this sacred space.
I cast this circle in the Middleworld, as the compassionate, helping spirits gather ‘round this sacred space.
I create sacred space between all worlds, a world where all is one, all is safe and all is possible.
So mote it be.

Calling of Directions/Quarters:

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the North
Earth holding the seeds of the future in its depths
As the vigilant Wolf stalks the night
Join our circle and guide and protect us in the hunt
Lend your senses and steadfastness to ours
Hail and Welcome!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the East
The mighty Raven spreading black wings
Like a vision on the darkening sky
We call on you to attend our circle
Lend your sight and magick to ours
Hail and Welcome!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the South
We hear your roar in the crackling of the flames
We embrace the transformation of the Phoenix
Join our circle and honor us with your presence
Lend us your powers to gently transmute that which does not serve
Hail and Welcome!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the West
As you move with the rhythms of the night,
The Black Panther, walker between the worlds, stalking the darkness,
We ask you to join our circle
Lend us your ease to move silently and swiftly
Hail and Welcome!

Call to the Animal Allies:

We call to the animals of Hekate. To all helping compassionate spirits with color as black as the night. The Wolf, The Pig, The Cat, The Dog, The Hen, The Snake…Her allies, and ours this night. Hail and Welcome!

Call to the Goddess Hekate:

Hail to Hekate!
Queen of the Witches! Guardian of the Threshold! Keeper of the Veil.
She who holds the torch of illumination to see the depths of our souls
Lighting the passage to all worlds so that we may travel at will
Guardian and protector, she keeps the dark ones at bay.
Dogs baying in the night, howl of the Wolf,
cry of the Coyote, they alert us to her presence.
Her light beckons as the Snake slides forward, calling to us
Broken glass from others’ lamps, and our own lives, lining the path of transformation
Do you have the courage to follow the path that she has blazed?
We thank you for your torch flaming through the darkness.
We ask that you join this rite and bless our workings tonight.
Hail and Welcome!

Alignment:

Howl of the Wolf crying out warning in the darkness
Crackling of the Oak snapping above the roar of the fire
Mushrooms finding life in the crevices of the rotting wood
Naked Birch beckoning us forth with her white fingers of bone
The Dark Lady calls us through the skeletal forest
The land walks in shadows, hiding in dampness and fog
The Hunted now at rest beneath layers of decaying leaves
Crows dancing on the brittle air in a language all their own
Depths of the ocean stillness belied by the crashing waves
Pounding the shoreline, the elements converge
Edge of the deep, water meeting air, shaping the earth
Burning with fire, we walk this path between
She shines her light through her crimson eyes for those that would follow
She calls her children to her side, together, yet we walk this path alone
Courage to hear the warmth under the screech of her cry
Warmth to those brave enough to enter her cloak
We find her there, underneath the mask, if we dare to seek
Heart beating and pulsing together with our own
The Crone, the Hag, the Magick of the Underworld at her command
She holds out the Key in her rot covered hand – will we take it, she asks?
Key to unlock the secrets of the below, of the depths and of our soul.
The secrets of the Apple and its seeds, sweet, yet poison
Datura, whispering, calls us, intoxicating scent of attraction
The Lady has her ways and wiles; her gifts are many
Who will be brave enough to take her gifts when offered?
Where shall they bring you? Her demands are simple though not easy
She asks a path of service in return.
Will you accept her hand now, and the key that has been offered?

The Working (Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires, this portion of the ritual was written by Sorita d’Este)

Make yourself comfortable, breathe deeply and find your point of balance, a balance of mind and soul and body, which will present you proud and beautiful to the world. Breathe deeply and find your voice, the voice with which you will speak words of true and pure intent. Breathe deeply and call upon the freedom within your heart so that you will be able to express yourself with purity of intent and with strength of desire.

Place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats). Now enclose your thumbs within both your hands (in fists) and raise both your arms to the heavens.

Open your hands and with palm upwards in your left hand, bring your right arm to your side palm facing downwards and invoke the Goddess.

I invoke thee, Great Mistress of the Heaven, Earth and Sea,
By your mysteries of Night and Day,
By the Light of the Moon and the Shadow of the Sun
I invoke thee, Mistress of life, death and rebirth
Emerge now from the shadow realm to feed my soul and enlighten my mind,
Triple-formed Mistress of the three ways
I entreat thee, Key-bearing Mistress of the Nightwandering Souls
To bring forth your wisdom from amongst the stars
To bring down your starfire from the darkness between,
Creatrix of Light!
Goddess of the Shadow Realms! Light-bearing queen!
Whisper now your secrets!
Fire-bringer! Earthly-one! Queen of Heaven!

Raise both hands with palms facing upwards to the heavens (three heartbeats) and then touch the ground palms downwards
Sit before the candle and prepare to light it
Take three deep breaths and allow your senses to awaken

Hekate, companion and guide to the mysteries
I light this sacred fire in your honour,
[light fire]

Its light uniting the stars and stones, the heavens and the earth,
With this fire I express my desire for a greater understanding of your mysteries

Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui
Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui
Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui
Phobantia Semnē,

Great Hekate, who spins the web of the stars and governs the spiral of life
Guide me through towards pathways of understanding,
From Crossroad to Crossroad,
The Torchbearers and the Keybearers of your mysteries,
will always find one another.
Now sit and watch the flame flicker and dance, allow yourself to focus on the different colours in the flame, the yellows and reds, the blues and whites, and the black. If you wish you may decide to spend some time meditating on the flame, skrying for visions or omens. Likewise, you may wish to extinguish it and keep the candle – let your true self radiate brightly its beautiful mysteries from this day on forth, the flame of the fires of Hekate burns on in your heart!

I banish now the shadows of doubt from my mind,
Infused by the silence and warmth of our union
I feel your golden radiance within my heart
And the glory of knowledge on my brow,
I am a student of your mysteries.

Extinguish the flame, then place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats).

Open your palms reaching towards the heaven, then reach down and touch the Earth.

[Note: End of working portion of the ritual that was written by Sorita d’Este]

Farewell to the Goddess Hekate:

Hail to Hekate!
Queen of the Witches! Guardian of the Threshold! Keeper of the Veil.
She who holds the torch of illumination to see the depths of our souls
Lighting the passage to all worlds so that we may travel at will
Guardian and protector, she keeps the dark ones at bay.
Dogs baying in the night, howl of the Wolf,
cry of the Coyote, they alert us to her presence.
Her light beckons as the Snake slides forward, calling to us
Broken glass from others’ lamps, and our own lives, lining the path of transformation
We have embraced the courage to follow the path that she has blazed.
We thank you, Lady Hekate, for your torch flaming through the darkness.
Thank you for honoring us with your presence.
Hail and Farewell!

Farewell to the Animal Allies:

We thank the animals of Hekate who harkened to our call. To all helping compassionate spirits with color as black as the night. The Wolf, The Pig, The Cat, The Dog, The Hen, The Snake…Her allies, and ours this night. Hail and Farewell!

Release of the Directions/Quarters:

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the North
Earth holding the seeds of the future in its depths
As the vigilant Wolf stalks the night
Thank you for joining our circle, honoring us with your presence
Guiding and protecting us in the hunt
And for lending your senses and steadfastness to ours
Hail and Farewell!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the West
As you move with the rhythms of the night,
The Black Panther, walker between the worlds, stalking the darkness
Thank you for joining our circle, honoring us with your presence
And for lending us your ease to move silently and swiftly
Hail and Farewell!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the South
We hear your roar in the crackling of the flames
We embrace the transformation of the Phoenix
Thank you for joining our circle and honoring us with your presence
And for lending us your powers to gently transmute that which does not serve
Hail and Farewell!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the East
The mighty Raven spreading black wings
Like a vision on the darkening sky
Thank you for joining our circle, honoring us with your presence
And for lending your sight and magick to ours
Hail and Farewell!

Release of Circle:

We cast this circle out into the Universe
Its light shining forth as a symbol of our working
With thanks to the compassionate helping spirits
And all who have gathered with us.
Blessed be.

© copyright 2016 Shea Morgan. All rights reserved.

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Online Beltane Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

Spirit's Edge Shamonial Temple Beltane Altar from last year's ritual & salon

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Beltane Altar from last year’s ritual & salon

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple will have its in-person Beltane Ritual & Salon on Saturday night, April 30. All are welcome to attend! It is 6:30 p.m. at The Ethical Society. Just join the public Beltane event page as “going” or email ravins52252@mypacks.net to sign up! For those who are not able to participate with us in-person, we are sharing this online Beltane Ritual so that everyone may participate with us!

This online version was written by our Temple’s Secretary Lindsey Piech. Lindsey is also Teaching Assistant in our Spirit’s Edge Mystery School and is herself about to graduate from Witchcraft, Shamanism & Magick III as a student in the Spirit’s Edge Mystery School. While this online ritual is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple on Saturday night.

About Beltane:

It is Beltane, a time of fertility, love, inspiration and passion! This fertility festival, traditionally celebrated on May Eve, from sundown to sundown, marks the beginning of the second half of the Celtic year. It is at this time that the Goddess and God unite, creating the Divine Spark of Life. For more information on Beltane and the Sacred Woods, please visit our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple page, Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page (and our private Beltane event page from there) and/or our public Beltane event page.

Online Beltane Ritual:

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, but if you start your working around 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on Saturday, April 30, you will be working in tandem with our in-person ritual in St. Louis.

What you will need:

  • Images or representations of the Goddess Danu and the God Bel *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
  • A candle which will represent the Sacred Wood Spirits and also serve as your personal “Bel Fire,” *and*
  • A holey stone for scrying (optional; or you may scry without one) *and*
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of the Goddess Danu, the God Bel and your candles, and then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call Danu into your space, or you may say:

Hail Danu! Cosmic Goddess, Divine Creator!
Primordial Mother and Queen of the Earth!
Goddess of the Land and the Waters of Life!
You who bring abundance and plenty, nourishing the land!
You who birth inspiration and wisdom!
Clearing blockages so my efforts glide easily into fruition,
Bringing the motivation I need to go forth in the direction of my dreams!
Reminding me that the power to achieve anything already resides within me!
I honor you, and welcome you into my circle tonight!
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Bel into your space, or you may say:

Hail Bel! The Shining One, God of Fire!
Primordial Father and God of the Sun!
God of flame and the sun’s restorative power.
You who bring purifying light, nourishing and fertilizing Mother Earth!
You who bring health, protection, healing and the power to grow,
Aligning me with the guidance of my own inner light,
Teaching me to let the light of my soul shine,
Reminding me that the power to achieve anything already resides within me!
I honor you, and welcome you into my circle tonight!
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle.

Invite the Spirits of the Sacred Woods into your circle with this excerpt from the Wiccan Rede:

“Nine woods in the Cauldron go,
Burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes
To represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest towers with might,
In the fire it brings the God’s insight.
Rowan is a tree of power,
Causing life and magic to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand
Ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify
And to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel – the tree of wisdom and learning
Adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree
That brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine
Giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen
To represent immortality seen.
Elder is the Lady’s tree
Burn it not or cursed you’ll be.”

Note: The Wiccan Rede is often credited to Doreen Valiente, who herself if often referred to as the Mother of Modern Witchcraft. We are blessed to have Doreen Valiente as one of our Temple’s Guardians, a member of the Temple of the Twelve Signs supporting the Great Work of our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple on the Inner Planes, one of the Hidden Company and the Mighty Dead of our Tradition.

Light the candle for the Sacred Woods—your personal Bel Fire.

You may wish to meditate with Danu, Bel and the Spirits of the Sacred Woods. What are you passionate about? What inspires you? In the spirit of Beltane, to what do you wish to give life?

Tonight as you celebrate fertility, fire and prosperous abundance, the Goddess and God unite, creating the Divine Spark of Life. In honor of the union between the Goddess and God, tonight you will ignite your own spark, uniting your own passion and inspiration. Here in your space, witnessed by Danu and Bel, and surrounded by the Spirits of the Sacred Woods, you will bring new life to something you desire.

Begin by thinking of your passion and your inspiration…that to which you want to give life. Soften your gaze and gently scry into your Bel Fire. (If you have a holey stone, gaze at the flame through the hole in your stone.) Look for images and pay attention to any impressions you have or messages you receive. Perhaps you will receive messages from Danu or Bel. Perhaps you will receive guidance from one of the Tree Spirits. Take a few minutes to reflect on the messages you receive.

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Danu, Bel and the Sacred Wood Spirits. When you feel you are finished, thank Danu, Bel and the Spirits of the Woods for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

May blessings come to you and yours with the increasing sun! Blessed Beltane!

Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Beltane Ritual! We happily encourage you to post photos of your working to share the love of Beltane on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!), Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (all are welcome to join!; posts on this page are private, and you also have access to our private Beltane event page from this page); and the public Beltane Ritual & Salon event page!

This ritual was written by Lindsey Piech and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

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Online Ostara Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

Online Ritual to Resurrect Osiris – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Ostara/ Spring Equinox Ritual – March 19, 2016

Original tomb art – Painting in the tomb of Senngen, showing Osiris the God of the Underworld (Artist unknown) for the image of Osiris

Original tomb art – Painting in the tomb of Senngen, showing Osiris the God of the Underworld (Artist unknown) for the image of Osiris

On Saturday night, March 19, the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple will have its in person Ostara Salon & Ritual. All are welcome to attend! It is 6:30 p.m. at The Ethical Society. Just join the Ostara / Spring Equinox event page as “going” and/or email ravins52252@mypacks.net to sign up.

For those who are not able to participate with us in person, we are sharing this Resurrecting Osiris’ Online Ostara Ritual so that everyone may participate with us!

The in person Ostara / Spring Equinox Ritual, this Online Ritual and the Salon Discussion were written by our Temple’s Treasurer Noelle Peavy. Noelle is also a Witchcraft, Shamanism & Magick III student in the Spirit’s Edge Mystery School. While this online ritual is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple on Saturday night.

Salon Portion:

At this specific time of year, Ancient Egyptians might be attending or facilitating a ritual with sacred text from the The Book of Breathings or the Book of Opening the Mouth for Breathing and legend was that this book was written by the hand of Djehuti/Thoth himself. Copies of this text were found in Middle Egypt near the ancient city of Per Menu and mainly appear to have been included solely in funerary troves of temple priests and priestesses.

This work tonight possesses some of the ritual elements of the Opening of the Mouth ceremony, a ritual which animates the lifeless or inanimate. However, this ritual is a conscious act of reanimation along with entry into a new spiritual reality. It appears to be intended for observance with one already sentient, and it awakens the person to a new realm where fusion with new powers is possible.

The ancient Egyptians recognized that breath is a fundamental attribute of life and that nature, the gods and humans depend upon this mechanism to exist. The Book of Breathings marks the transition to a new life with a full restoration of one’s physical and conscious facilities. From inscriptions on the island of Philae & Biga, the holy shrine of Asar/Osiris existed for thousands of years. The shrine received offerings every 10 days and there were 365 altars surrounding the island upon which daily offerings of milk and bread were placed.

Corn Mummies and photo by Noelle Peavy; image affixed to corn mummies by Pump198.DeviantArt.com

Corn Mummies and photo are by Noelle Peavy; the image affixed to the Corn Mummies is by Pump198.DeviantArt.com

In this ritual, we are working mainly with Osiris, usually identified as the God of the Afterlife, the Underworld, and the Dead, but more appropriately as the God of Transition, Resurrection, and Regeneration. He was classically depicted as a green-skinned man with a pharaoh’s beard, partially mummy-wrapped at the legs and holding a symbolic crook and flail. The God of the Dead, a Green God, an image of the seed waiting in the dark to burst forth into renewal. His symbol was the growing corn. His death and rebirth illuminated the path from darkness into light, from unconsciousness into enlightenment – a call to consciousness and spiritual awakening that make us all like Osiris.

 

 

A passage from a chapter called The Duel, pg 72-73 in Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead:

I know the story of creations and the histories of destructions. There were two sons born of heaven and earth and they married beautiful sisters. The world was new then; the fruits of the land were plentiful, the papyrus grew tall and antelope galloped the plains. Through the land a graceful river flowed nourishing all that lay there in it.

The gods said, “I give to you, Osiris and Isis, the land on the Northern River; and to you Set and Nephthys, this land that lies to the South. Go, live in peace and birth sons and daughters. Let them know they are beloved of gods.”

In their land Osiris took up the plow and Isis learned to weave. From the labor of their hands came wondrous things – corn, onion and squash, reed baskets and fine linen. But Set in his land stalked antelope and lion. He chased the elephant. He drank animal blood and sucked the marrow of their bones. He tore lettuce from its roots and left nothing to seed, until one day he found his region barren. That day he coveted the bountiful world of his brother. That day sorrow began.

With perfumed hair, amid the jangle of bells on his feet, he came bearing a chest of gold inlaid with emerald, lapis lazuli and green tourmaline. “Lie in this chest, Osiris,” he said. “If it fits you, it shall be yours.” Distrusting no one, Osiris lay in it. How quickly worked the mind of deceit. Set sealed the chest with his brother in it and carried it to the river. The swift current bore the god away, day grew dark and the night was without stars.

Years passed. Isis found the chest lodged at the core of a tamarisk (a shrub or small tree) where the trunk lay thick around it. In a boat she bore the god away, up the Nile far from the marshes to the caves of the mountains. There she hid herself, broke open the chest and fell down upon him, chanting spells of love and sorrow. Beneath the long ropes of her hair she worked the magic that conceived a child.

That night, Set roamed the mountains hunting jackals by the light of the moon. Stumbling upon the body of his brother in the darkened cave, he shrieked and, enraged, seized the corpse and hacked it into fourteen pieces. Thirteen bits of flesh, bone and sinew – the backbones, the skull, the limbs – he scattered across the Nile. But the tastiest morsel, he fed to the crocodile (or fish, depending what version that you read). Lost was the phallus of the god and he would be no more a husband on earth.

This time of year we are constantly reminded of the external changes happening around us – daffodils and other flowers blooming, trees budding (and blooming already this season!), grass turning green again, people wearing pastel colors reminding us of brightly painted Easter eggs. Things we see that remind us that we know it is time for growth.

Resurrection. But right now, for one reason or another, we are in pieces like Osiris – our work life, children’s/pet’s/family needs, bills and finance concerns, car issues, health challenges, self esteem concerns, problems dealing with family or friends – the list goes on and on and on.

In this ritual, we gather together to watch a much beloved god resurrect through love and magick. We use our personal power not to just watch, but to participate and lend energy to the working. As you watch, remember how strong and powerful that you are and harness that strength to participate in the healing of your own fractures so that you too can grow in the Divine light.

Ritual Portion:

Timing:

You are welcome to join us Resurrect Osiris at any time, but if you would like to perform your working around 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on Saturday, March 19, you will be working in tandem with our in-person ritual in St. Louis.

What you will need:

  • God Presence – A representation of Egyptian God Osiris – a photograph, drawing or statue, or other symbol/ magickal correspondence that relates to him (you may print an image from the Internet if you do not have something); and a tealight or candle; and
  • Goddess Presence – A representation of Egyptian Goddess Isis, however she speaks to you, or in whatever image that name speaks to you; and a tealight or candle; and
  • Candle – A candle for the center of your altar, in a cauldron if you have one, but if not, any fire proof container or candle holder will do; and
  • Altar Cloth – Black, white and/or gold are great colors should you choose to have a cloth for your altar or sacred space.
  • Ostara Symbols – Of course, feel free to embellish your sacred space with anything that speaks to you of Ostara, spring and growth!

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of Osiris and Isis and their candles, on the right and left of your altar, respectively; place a candle in the center of your altar. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters.

Speak from your heart to call to Osiris into your space or you may say:

Hail Osiris! Great King! Lord of Egypt! God of the Underworld! We request your presence!
You who lay silent and still before us, walker among the dead in the Afterlife,
Come to us tonight as you are reborn, Great God of Transition, Resurrection and Regeneration!
The Sun sets in the West, and we honor the Ruler of the Dead.
With death comes the sacredness of life, and you, grantor of all life –
Your sisters, and our circle, are honored this night to resurrect you.
We honor you and ask your aid in our work, so that the fertile soil will bring us our blessed harvest again.
Join us in an act of power together gently bringing resurrection to our own lives.
Be with us tonight, oh great Osiris.
Share your story so that we will understand on this glorious Ostara night.
Hail and Welcome!

Light his candle.

Speak from your heart to call the Isis into your space or you may say:

Hail Isis! Great Queen! Mother of the Nile! We request your presence!
We bow low in front of your tall and lithe form.
Eyes that hold magick, and the pain and sorrow of losing a husband so dear.
Take our hand in yours and lift us up; Stand close to us.
Your hands that gathered your husband’s fragmented body,
Your magick is love, your power is complete.
We call to you to lend us all of your strength and focus tonight
Help us resurrect your husband Osiris,
Just as our act of power together gently brings resurrection to our own lives.
Be with us tonight, oh great Isis.
Share your story so that we will understand on this glorious Ostara night.
Hail and Welcome!

Light her candle.

Call on the power of their union:

Egyptian God Osiris and Goddess Isis
I call on you to join together this Ostara night.
Join your power here in this circle, in this magick hour.
Gently bring your powers of healing, resurrection and transformation to this work.
I ask for your communion, for your messages, and to share this love between us.
For the good of all and harm to none, as I will it, so shall it be done.
Blessed be!

Light candle in the center of your altar.

Watch the candle flame grow, flicker and move. As you feel their presence grow within your circle, and feel their power merge within your circle, know that you may commune with Osiris & Isis. You may see, feel, hear or know their presence and their messages for you. If you like, you may enter into a meditation or journey to commune with them in that way, perhaps journeying to meet them for deeper contemplation.

As you sit in communion with them on this blessed night, you might ponder and journal…

  • What does Ostara and this time of year mean to you as we turn the Wheel of the Year
  • What specific help do you seek from Osiris? What specific help do you seek from Isis?
  • We performed a resurrection on Osiris tonight – but also on ourselves. In what ways will you heal the fractures in your life so that you can follow your Divine light?

You may speak words of love and gratitude to Osiris & Isis or spend time in quiet meditation with them. Be aware of any impressions or messages you receive during this time. When you feel you are finished, thank the god and goddess for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then, close your space according to your preference. Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Ostara / Spring Equinox Ritual! We happily encourage you to post photos of your working to share the love of Ostara on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!), Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (all are welcome to join!; posts on this page are private, and you may also access our private Ostara event page from there); and Ostara Ritual & Salon event page!

This ritual was adapted and/or written by Noelle Peavy and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net; this ritual may not be published elsewhere without attribution and also not without written permission.

© copyright 2016 Noelle Peavy. All rights reserved.

Credits to Books & Artwork:

Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead by Normandi Ellis
Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt by Rosemary Clark
• Pump198.DeviantArt.com for the image on our Osiris mummies
• Original tomb art – Painting in the tomb of Senngen, showing Osiris the God of the Underworld (Artist unknown) for the image of Osiris

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Empaths, Emotions and Unconditional Love

Feelings. Sometimes the word scares people. Oh no, that person expresses emotions, they have feelings! Then the judgment sets in. The dreaded they’re too “emotional.” I’ve had others tell me that emotions scare them, that they can’t handle emotions. I’ve heard others described as being too “emotional” or even had myself described that way at some points in my life. But what does that all mean?

What does that mean to not be able to handle emotions? To me it speaks of not being able to handle the emotions within ourselves, first and foremost. If we can’t process our own emotions, how can we handle the emotions of others? It is harder for us to process emotions of others because we can’t process our own.

And more than that, the emotions or feelings of others are not expressed to us always in a state of unconditional love – they can come with strings, with rules, with requirements and expectations and an effort to control us and mold us into what someone else wants. It is not accepting of who and what we are. It seeks to change us. So we can become trained to expect emotions and feelings to come with all that other “stuff” – and that feels bad. True emotion and feelings, when shared without all the added “stuff” or stories and manipulations is such a beautiful gift to share with someone.

But if you’ve never had that, how else are you going to react? What else are you going to expect? Experiencing unconditional love is quite a powerful experience, especially when you receive it romantically for the first time, and learning what it’s like, what it feels like. Pretty incredible stuff.

Many times in our lives the emotions of others may be expressed in an effort to manipulate us, to change us, to get us to be or do what someone else wants. Once you have experienced that over and over, it becomes harder to trust in the idea of unconditional love, and cleanly expressed emotions. Maybe you’ve never even had that experience. Or maybe you’re experiencing it for the first time.

Yet much of the fear and inability to handle emotions is really from the feelings inside yourself that you fear to face. What will you see if you do look within, if you let the emotions out? What have you not yet processed and healed inside of yourself? What betrayal, hurt or loss are you masking and holding on to? What are you using to stop yourself from feeling again as a buffer to keep the pain from happening again? What story are you creating about that betrayal and pain? What are you making it mean in your life?

It makes me think of cognitive behavior therapy and experiments with rats – if you keep getting shocked over and over, you expect the same thing to happen again. It becomes automatic as an initial response. You no longer respond, you react.

Sometimes it’s subconscious, and you don’t even know you’re doing it.

As an empath, I have the privilege, and yes, sometimes the burden, of being able to “read between the lines” and see, hear, know and feel what the other person is feeling on a subconscious level. It makes me a great friend and beloved (and really helps with my coaching and other work). It also comes with its own challenges. The challenge is in being able to see it and feel it all and yet still respond to the person on the surface of what they are saying, to meet them with where they are at, with what they acknowledge to themselves – not with all the feelings and things they can’t see yet themselves.

What are you afraid you will see when you look through the mirror of someone else expressing their emotions or feelings? What makes you uncomfortable in that mirror?

What are you making it mean that someone else is expressing their emotions, sharing them with you, sharing their feelings with you? How are you receiving those feelings? Is it with a clear vessel, or is there other gunk in there clogging up the works and tinging the water, dirtying up the clean flow of emotion and feeling?

When others have feelings for us or share their feelings in general with us, or express their emotions to us, it can be scary. Yet emotions in and of themselves are healthy, beautiful and powerful. They can be intense, and that’s o.k. too. Things can be felt deeply. We can be moved. We can move mountains.

When you’re an empath like I am, it’s even more so. Then when you put two empaths together, the energy spirals. It is an amazing thing. You feel your emotions, you feel the emotions of the other person, and you feel the other person feeling your emotions and get that back. Likewise, the other person feels what you’re feeling, and they feel their own feelings back that you’re feeling of their feelings, and so on. It’s like a circuit where the energy increases as it goes around and spirals up.

That connection is palpable. It is somewhat akin to the idea Dion Fortune talked about in psychic and channeling work. She said that when working with someone else who has the same skills, it’s like having a battery added to the mix. She routinely worked with a partner in doing the work. You will also find magickal workers through time who work with a partner, particularly a spouse or beloved due to that increased connection. It increases and amps up the frequency and power of the work.

It also reminds me of the infinite reflection of mirrors within mirrors. It is the most incredible spiraling dance. It is intense, beautiful and powerful. Being aware of it, having awareness of it, is important. And when you do it with a clear vessel, the sky is the limit to the heights you can reach together, in stable flight. It reminds me of Eagle. Eagle is an ally and also is the highest expression of my sun and ascendant sign, Scorpio.

Emotions are positive, even the ones where we’re sad or mad. Those emotions or feeling states are healthy too – it’s o.k. The idea is not to stop ever having them again or to stop them up and end the flow. Let them flow cleanly. Not attaching to them, but honoring them, letting them flow and then continuing on.

Some have trouble doing that. There were times in my life where the intensity of being an empath was something I didn’t understand. Where I did not have discernment of what were my feelings and what were other than me. I was attached to the emotions, the feelings or to someone else. Having that discernment years ago made a huge life shift for me, with the most amazing gifts, and I’ve been able to pass that on to others. I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to explore it yet in a romantic relationship, but what I have been able to experience has been powerful.

Emotions can become unhealthy when we use our emotions and the power of our words to hurt someone else. To make them change. To manipulate them to do what we want. To use our love with conditions – I won’t love you or I won’t be your friend unless you do what I want, unless you change this, unless you bend to my will.

Emotions are unhealthy when we make our life dependent, or our feelings dependent, on what someone does or says. Wanting companionship and support, it is beautiful. When we take that to a standpoint of need of the level of neediness, it becomes unhealthy – “I will only be o.k. if she does this. Or, “I will only be o.k. if he does that.”

You can still be happy. You can still want it. But you are o.k. with yourself and with the other person the way they are. You don’t need them to change, and you don’t need yourself to change, to be o.k. and to be happy in your life. That level of need is not love. It doesn’t leave room for free choice, for following ones true will and for having respect and unconditional love for that other person. It also does not have respect for nor love for yourself. As within so without.

Unconditional love allows for the expression of feelings, sharing and showing healthy emotions and feelings, and that allows for intimacy between two people – be they friends or lovers. When I say “love”, this can be any type of love. Friendship, sisterhood, brotherhood, romantic love, parental love.

Unconditional love is a powerful thing. Yet it also just as importantly allows for non-judgment and detachment. And this is an incredible thing of beauty! If you’re in a relationship with a friend or lover, the idea of “detachment” doesn’t mean that you don’t care. Quite the contrary. It is not detachment from the standpoint of not having feelings. Instead, detachment is having love without conditions. It is having complete respect and value for the other person.

Detachment is…I love you for who you are without seeking to change you. I love you. I want you. I don’t need you to complete me. I don’t need you to fulfill some fantasy or expectation of who and what I want in my life. I am not attached to you. I won’t only love you if you do or are X Y or Z. I just want to share my love with you. I want to share my love for myself, for everything around me, and for you…just the way you are. I want to share my happiness and joy with you. And I love you more in return for loving me for just the way I am, for all of who I am.

To receive that love in return is something so amazing. You can have it with friends, family, lovers, spiritual connections – you can find it in many places. To experience total acceptance for who you are, to be appreciated and loved for who you are, with no conditions is the most incredible gift to receive.

In my life I’ve had this from family, from dear sisters, brothers and friends. I’ve also experienced it once recently from a man who has become dear to me, as a friend and whatever the thing is. He accepts me for who and what I am. He is curious about me, interested in me, for who I am, not who he might want me to be. He respects my yes and my no. Just as I respect his yes and his no.

Feeling cared about without conditions? That’s pretty amazing. It’s beautiful. And yeah, so it’s hot too. Because being able to do that for someone else, means that you’re in a place inside to do it for yourself first, at least to some regard. And that’s attractive. As within, so without.

Does this mean that everything in life or in a friendship or any type of relationship is automatically easy? Of course not. Does it mean that there is never sadness? No, I mean, what would life be if it was all painted with one color on the palette? Does it mean that there can never be pain? No. But it does means the pain is “clean” pain and not dirty pain with all our stories added into it, creating more suffering for ourselves and our loved ones or beloved.

We seek understanding, and we have respect for all of creation. We do not make assumptions, we do not take things personally, we use our word impeccably, and we always do our best in each situation and in each moment. (Yes, The Four Agreements, with much love and gratitude to don Miguel Ruiz and his family.)

Does this mean that we accept everything and everyone into our lives? No. It doesn’t. Sometimes my no may not work with your yes, and vice versa, and that’s o.k. It’s not personal. We can honor our boundaries and what is healthy for us while still holding that space of unconditional love.

It doesn’t mean it’s always easy, but it’s always worth it. And it’s always beautiful. After all, it’s magick.

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