Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism, for the Novice to the Crone

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Before the rite, make up a small cloth pouch filled with herbs such as lavender, chamomile, St. John's wort, vervain, or any of the Midsummer herbs listed in "An Herbal Grimoire." Mentally pour all your troubles, problems, pains, sorrows and illnesses,if any, into this petition as you construct it. Tie it shut with a red string. Place this on the altar for use during the rite. The cauldron should also be there or nearby. Even if you use candles to mark the quarters, the red candle in a holder should also be on the altar.For outdoor rituals, light a fire--however small--and drop the pouch into this.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.

Recite the Blessing Chant.

Invoke the Goddess and God.

Stand before the altar and say, with wand upraised:

I celebrate the noon of summer with mystic rites.

O great Goddess and God,

all nature vibrates with your energies

and the Earth is bathed with warmth and life.

Now is the time of forgetting past cares and banes;

Now is the time for purification.

O fiery Sun,

burn away the unuseful,

the hurtful,

the bane,

in your omnipotent power.

Purify me!

Purify me!

Purify me!

Lay the wand on the altar. Takeup the herbal petition and light it in the red candle on the altar (or,if outdoors, the ritual fire). When it is burning, drop it into the cauldron (or some other heat-proof container) and say:

I banish you by the powers of the Goddess and God!

I banish you by the powers of the Sun, Moon and Stars!

I banish you by the powers of Earth, Air, Fire and Water!

Pause, seeing the hurts and pains burning into nothingness. Then say:

O Gracious Goddess, 0 Gracious God,

on this night of Midsummer magic.

I pray that you charge my life with

wonder and joy. Help me in attuning with

the energies adrift on the enchanted night air.

I give thanks.

Reflect upon the purification you have undergone. Feel the powers of nature flowmg through you, washing you clean with divine energy.

Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.

Celebrate the Simple Feast.

The circle is released.

Midsummer Lore

Midsummer is practically the classic time to perform magics of all kinds. Healings,love magi cand protections are especially suitable. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you're celebrating outdoors. Leap the fire for purification and renewed energy.

Fresh fruits are standard fare for Midsummer.

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This Informative Article, Plus Much More, Can Be Found In:

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

by Scott Cunningham

Cunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham’s own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers.

The Midsummer (Litha) Ritual

The Standing Stones Midsummer (Litha) (Summer Solstice) Ritual

Copyright © 1989 Scott Cunningham