First Earthfire CIRCLE CEREMONY
                           Durwydd MacTara

                               Preliminaries

WATER BLESSING:

     "Blessings upon thee, O creature of water, I cast out from 
thee all
impurities and uncleanness of the spirits  of phantasm, confusion, 
or any
other influence not for the free will of all."

SALT BLESSING:

     "Blessings be upon this creature of salt; let all malignity and
hindrance be cast forth thencefrom, and let all good enter therein.
Wherefore I bless thee and invoke thee, that thou mayest aid me."

MIXING :

     "I take this salt of the Earth, Blessed with the will of
     Fire; I take this water of spirit,Exorcised with mind of merit;

     I mix them with words of power, Dedicated to every Tower.

     By the power of moon and sun,
     By the power of Spirit,earth and sea,
     God and Goddess are part of One,
     As I Will, so mote it be!"

               CASTING OF THE CIRCLE (With Athame or Sword)

     "I conjure thee, O circle of power,
     As thou encircle every Tower.
     That thou be-est a place of Truth, Joy and love,
     Encircling Flight of Eagle, Hawk and Dove.
     Mighty Aegis of the Lady and Lord,
     Rampart of thought, action and word.
     To work in Peace, Powerful and Free,
     Who walk between two worlds conjure thee;
     A boundary to Protect, Concentrate and Contain,
     That Power raised here be not in vain.

Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee, in the names of 
Cernunnos
and Aradia."

                           SEALING OF THE CIRCLE

(seal with water/salt mixture)
"With potion of earth and water, I seal the sacred circle,
Linking air and fire!
With potion of earth and water, I seal the sacred circle,
Linking fire with water!
With potion binding earth,air,and fire, I seal the sacred circle,
Linking water with the Earth!
Wit Love, and will and Mind,
North to East, ompletion Find!"
(Upon Completion)
"As the four directions are brought to merge,
Let influence of the mighty ones converge!"

                          SEALING OF THE CIRCLE (continued)
(Seal with Censer)
     "With Incense and air of Mind,
     East to South,I do Bind!
     With Incense and air of mind,
     South to West, I do Bind!
     With Incense and air of Mind,
     West to North, I do Bind!
     With Incense and air of Mind,
     North to East Cmpletion Find!"
(upon Completion)
"This Circle, without beginning, nor End, nor Length,
Is Truly formed in Perfect Love, Perfect Trust, and PERFECT 
STRENGTH!"

(Seal with Candle)
     "With the Fire of emotion and will
     East to South, our dedication fulfill!
     With the Fire of veneration and Will,
     South to West, our allegiance fulfill!
     With the Fire of Devotion and Will,
     West to North, our consecration  fulfill!
     With the Fire of Commitment and will,
     From  North to East, This inscription fulfill!"
(Upon Completion)
     "Within the circle All wills be free,
     The circle is sealed, So Mote it Be!"

                          SETTING THE WATCHTOWERS
     "Ye Lords of the Eastern Tower,
     Airy Lords of Spirit;
     Let your influence of Power,
     Aid or minds with merit!
I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness these rites and to 
guard the
circle!"

     "Ye Lords of Southern Power
     Fiery Lords of Will.
     Pray do grace your Tower,
     Your Powers to fulfill!
I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness these rites and to 
guard the
circle!"

     "Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West,
    Watery Lords of Death and Initiation;
I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness these rites and to 
guard the
Circle!"

     "Ye Northern Lords of the Earth,
     Though we be yet bt Mortals;
     Bless our work with worth,
     Boreas, guardian of Northern portals.
I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness these rites and to 
guard the
Circle!"

     "Goddess and God, We would know,
     As 'tis above, so 'tis below
     Blesings on this work, please bestow!
     This be my will, true and free,
     We do so will, so mote it be!"

                     Ceremony for Peace and Protection

After casting circle and invocations.
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Never again the burning times.  For how lon has this been the cry 
of those
who would folow their own path?  Once we of need hid ourselves away 
in
fear, but no more!  We worship as we wish for this is our right 
under the
laws of both the Gods and of man.  But even today there are those 
who would
deny that right  They would destroy us if they coud, and if not then
force us back into hiding.  Their weapons are fear and ignorance.  
History
has shown that such can bring about great evil.  So what do we?  Do 
we once
again hide ourselves as frightened animals?  No, never again!  Do 
we lash
out and fight them on their terms?  If so, we would be no better 
than they.
Protect ourselves we must, but in doing so none may we harm.

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Have four people, one at each watchtower.  This is not calling 
quarters but
part of the binding.  (may be the same individuals who called the 
quarters)

East: Spirits of Air, Great Eagle, Aradia, Mercury, Urania, Enili. 
Guard
and shield for dangers and malice from the east.  Watch and ward 
that we
may live in peace, harming none.

South: Spirits of Fire, Golden Dragon, Brigit, Horus, Pele, Vulcan. 
Guard
and shield for dangers and malice from the south.  Watch and ward 
that we
may live in peace, harming none.

West: Spirits of Water, Shining Orca, Isis, Neptune, Mari, Dylan. 
Guard and
shield for dangers and malice from the west.  Watch and ward that 
we may
live in peace, harming none.

North: Spirits of Earth, Mighty Bear, Ceres, Adonis, Demeter, 
Cernunnos.
Guard and shield for dangers and malice from the north.  Watch and 
ward
that we may live in peace, harming none.

String Magic

Four lengths of cotton string, each runs from watchtower to 
watchtower
(around the circle with all in circle holding the strings). The 
summoners
tie the ends as they invoke their Gods. Then chanting and a circle 
dance
(while holding the string). As they circle the cone of power is 
raised.

Use a chant everyone knows.  Collect the string without cutting or
breaking.

Then say something along the lines of:  The binding is done.  The 
cord we
use is cotton, it has gotten it's life from the earth.  It will be 
buried
in the ground where it will return it's life to the Goddess.  In so 
doing
the magic it holds will become one with the earth.

                       INVOCATION OF THE ELEMENTS
         (This is used to put an elemental "push"  to any magickal
          workings.)
     "Air, Fire, Water, Earth,
     Elements of astral birth,
     I call you now; attend to me!
     In the Circle, rightly cast,
     Safe from curse or blast,
     I call you now, attend to me!

     From cave and desert,sea and hill,
     By wand, blade,and pentacle,
     I call you now, attend to me!
     This Is my will, so mote it be!"

                              Cakes and Wine

(Priestess Pours beverage into Chalice and turns to face Coven)
PS:  "Here is the cup of wine of life, contained within the 
cauldron of
     Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality.  Our Lady 
is the
     gracious goddess, who gives the gift of joy  unto the heart of 
man."

ALL: "So Mote it Be!"

(Priest places cakes on Pentacle and turns to face Coven)
P:   "For it is said that 'I am the corn at harvest and the fruit 
on the
     trees'.  Here are harvest fruits made even more delectable via 
Perfect
     Love and Perfect Trust, and served on the Holy emblem of the 
four
     Elements Surmounted by the Supreme Element of Spirit.  Truly 
this is
     the staff of life."

ALL: "So Mote it Be!"

(Priest turns to Priestess)
P:   "Will you share with me the fruits of the field?"
PS:  "I will."
(priest feeds a cake to the Priestess)

(Priest takes Chalice and turns to Priestess)
P:   "Will you share with me the Cauldron?"
PS:  "I will."
(priest gives Priestess a sip of the Chalice)

P & PS in unison:   "In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, Blessed be!"

(Priest and Priestess turn to Coven and say:)
PS: "Will you share with us this Sacred Feast?"
ALL: "We Will."
P:   "So Mote it Be!"

Priest and Priestess take the Pentacle and Chalice to those 
standing in the
East, who repeat the sharing ceremony.  The Cakes and Wine proceed 
around
the Circle, Deosil, until all have partaken.
                       Quarter and Circle Dismissals

North:
     "Oh mighty guardians of the north, Our business of the hour is
finished, and we invite you to return to you lovely realm of Earth, 
but
first we thank you with a Kiss!" (Kiss Athame, and trace banishing
pentagram)

West:
     "Oh mighty guardians of the north, Our business of the hour is
finished, and we invite you to return to you lovely realm of Water, 
but
first we thank you with a Kiss!" (Kiss Athame, and trace banishing
pentagram)

South:
     "Oh mighty guardians of the north, Our business of the hour is
finished, and we invite you to return to you lovely realm of Fire, 
but
first we thank you with a Kiss!" (Kiss Athame, and trace banishing
pentagram)

East:
     Oh mighty guardians of the north, Our business of the hour is
finished, and we invite you to return to you lovely realm of Fire, 
but
first we thank you with a Kiss!" (Kiss Athame, and trace banishing
pentagram)

Circle Dismissal:
     The Person dismissing the Circle should be the same one who 
cast it,
should do the dismissal with the SAME instrument used to cast it, 
i.e.
Athame, Sword, or Wand. Starting in the North, proceed widdershins, 
saying:

"As this circle was cast in trust, we open it with love, the circle 
is open
but unbroken.  Merry Meet, Merry part, Merry Meet again, and let it 
be in
Perfect Trust and Perfect Love. Blessed Be!"

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(2)   Sun 26 Apr 92 21:23                             
By: the B
To: Thomas Blackwo
Re: 17 (end) Samhain
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Samhain 17 and end

%   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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This is a -long- ritual, but VERY effective. A good way to do the 
reading
of the names is to pass the list around the Circle, with each 
person reading 
a few names, and then passing it to the next. Really brings the 
Burning
Times -home.-

Should have the whole cycle available for FREQ from this BBS pretty 
soon.


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(3)   Fri 8 May 92  0:05                              
By: Puck
To: All
Re: Something from my 
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This was an assignment that I had to write for my coven, and I 
thought I'd share it with you.  It's called...
          
DISCRETION AND AUTHORITY IN THE CRAFT
 
     Discretion and Authority are two terms that have very specific 
meanings and applications in the Craft.
     Discretion, defined as "The quality of being discrete; 
displaying good judgement in both conduct and speech..." is 
especially important for the new student, in view of both the 
secretive nature of our religion and its practitioners, and the 
many misconceptions regarding the Craft.  In areas that are highly 
conservative, (such as the "Bible Belt"), those of the Craft find 
discretion a must, both in dress and behaviour.  In conservative 
areas such as these, it is potentially dangerous to walk up to 
someone, pentagrams (or other occult jewelery hanging) and 
announce, "Hi - I'm your local Witch!" unless you happen to be a 
well-respected AND well-known local personage.  For the average 
person in the Craft, this is a luxery that is unaffordable.  At the 
very best, you will be considered a kook and either disregarded or 
shunned for your 'wierdness'; at the worst, you can be assaulted, 
insulted, harrassed, threatened, or even killed.  No joke.  While 
to my knowledge no one in the Wiccan or Pagan community has been 
killed for being a Neo-Pagan or Witch, people have been killed in 
the United States for their supposed practise of witchcraft (not 
Wicca) and I do not mean during the "Burning Times".  (See HEX, by 
Arthur Lewis, still available in some used bookstores).  In other 
words, USE COMMON SENSE!
 
     It is very easy, when someone first gets involved in the 
Craft, to experiment with the 'Hollywood' or stereotypical image of 
the modern Witch - all black outfits, large amounts of Occult 
jewelery, flowing capes, etc.  While several public Witches wear 
this as part of their everyday lives, they have done this for so 
long in their
respective communities that they and everyone else there are 
comfortable doing this.  (This is not to denigrate those who have 
been at the forfront of the Craft in the public eye - I actually 
admire them for their boldness!!! ed.) 
Some Witches, who are in more conservative areas, see this as 
attention getting devices, and they do exactly that - they draw 
attention...of the Bible-thumping Born-Again Christians, who try to 
'save yer soul fer Jeezus', and put off other people who might be 
sincerely interested in what the Craft really is.  If you can do 
it, my advice is to go for it, but if you feel it might be a bad 
idea, use common sense.
 
     If someone questions you about your interest in the Craft, 
there are several ways of dealing with them, from the serious to 
the flippant.  However, before you give any reply, stop and think.  
Ask yourself, 'Can I live with this persons' reaction to the 
truth?'  'Can this person cause serious problems in my 
job/school/family/etc?'
If the answer doesn't seem suitable to you, tell them something 
along the lines of "I'm involved in a religious study-group", or, 
(especially in school) "I'm doing a research project", or "I have 
an interest in mythology and folklore".  If your response shows 
that you feel your answer is suffient, chances are that they won't 
press the issue.
 
     Very few of us are ever so rich and insulated from the mundane 
world that we can forgo its necessities - we eat, we shop, we work.
In these situations, be discrete in seeing a Crafter that you know 
in a non-Craft setting.  Keep the conversation 'safe' if you're in 
a crowded area where you might be overheard.  In many cases ones' 
co-workers may not be aware of ones' Craft involvement, and if 
you're prattling on about 'how great Circle was last night' and 
'are they coming to the next Sabbat' and 'what Lady Soandso is 
doing with Lord Whoozits from Circle of Somebody', you could very 
well jeopardize that persons' job, especially if that person's job 
is in the Christian mainstream.
     When in the company of a person with a Crafter that you know, 
or two Witches who know you, but not each other, a cryptic remark, 
such as "Do you know soandso?  S/he's a friend of OURS." can 
indicate that they are also Craft.  On the other hand, if you 
introduce someone as 
"Soandso, a friend of MINE", you are indicating thaat this person 
is either not Craft, or should not be included in Craft 
discussions, without resorting to the words Witch, Witchcraft, 
Pagan or Craft.  Remember - better a held tongue than a slipped lip 
and lost job, friend or even life!
 
(continued...)

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By: Durwydd MacTara
To: all
Re: WITCHES' CREED
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                       The Witches' Creed

Hear now the words of the Witches,
The secrets we hid in the night,
When Dark was our destny's pathway,
That now we brin forth into light.

Mysterious water and fire,
The earth and the wide-ranging air,
By hidden quintessence we know them,
And we will and keep silent and dare.

The birth and rebirth of all nature,
The passing of winter and spring,
We share with the life universal,
Rejoice in the magical ring.

Four times in the year the Great Sabbat
Returns, and the witches are seen
At Lammas and Candlemas dancing,
On May Eve and Old Hallowe'en.

When day-time and night-time are equal,
When sun is greatest and least,
The four Lesser Sabbats,
Again wiches gather in feast.

Thirteen silver moons in a year are,
Thiteen is the coven's array.
Thirteen times at Esbat make merry,
For each golden year and a day.

The power was passed down the ages,
Each time between woman and man,
Each century unto the other,
Ere time and ages began.

When Drawn is the magical circle,
By sword or athame of power,
Its compass between two worlds lies,
In Land of the Shades for that hour.

This world has no right thn to know it,
And world of beyond will tell naught.
The oldest of Gods are invoked there,
The Great Work of magic is wrought.

For two are the mysical Pillars,
That stand at the gate of the shrine,
And two are the powers of nature,
the forms and forces divine.

The dark and the light in succession,
The opposites each each unto each,
Shown forth as God and Goddess:
Of this our ancestors teach.

By night he's the wild wind's rider,
The Horn'd one, the Lord of the Shades.
By day he's King of the Woodland,
The dweller in green forest glades.

She is youthful or old as she pleases,
She sails the torn clouds in her barque,
The bright silver lady of midnight,
The crone who weaves spells in the dark.

The master and mistress of magic,
They dwell in the deeps of the mind,
Immortal and ever-renewing,
With power to free or to bind.

So drink the good wine to the Old Gods,
And dance and make love in their praise,
Till Elphame's fair land shall receive us
In peace at the end of our days.

And Do what You Will be the challenge,
So be it in Love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment.
By Magic of old, be it done!
                Doreen Valiente, Witchcraft for Tomorrow, 1978
                pp. 172-173, Phoenix Publising,Inc., Custer, Wa. 
98240
                ISBN 0-919345-83-2

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(5)   Sat 30 May 92  0:56                             
By: Penn Dragon
To: Gierda
Re: Wanted: Answers
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@REALNAME: Elizabeth Norton
A "BOS" or Book of Shadows, is what most witches/folk magicians 
etc. use as a guide for ritual, rights, spells and any other topic 
pertinate to the practice of their particular craft.  It is usually 
written in book format and contains all kinds of "stuff" that its 
owner wishes to keep record of.  Like perhaps there own particular 
version of a spell, or circle casting ritual, or invokations to the 
Goddess etc.  It could be refered to as your own personal witch's 
journal for magical topics, a spell book if you will, for your own 
personal way of practicing your religious rites.  There are many 
"ready-made" BOS's in bookstores that are very good or bad 
depending on whether you wish to practice like the author.  You can 
always buy or read a few and adapt the rituals therin to your own 
liking.  The best places to find these books are in new age book 
stores.  After you have read a few and have gotten some idea of how 
others may practice "the Craft", you may wish to buy one of those 
hardback, blank journals for the purpose of creating your own 
personal BOS.  Good Luck and if you have any other questions just 
leave me a messege and I'll try my best to answer.  I would 
definitly recomend reading any thing by Scott Cunningham, 
especially "Wicca a guide for solitary practitioners".  As far as I 
am concerned this is one of the best pagan titles on the market 
today.  I've been a practicing witch for many years now and can 
recomend this book whole heartedly.

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(7)   Mon 8 Jun 92 22:35                              
By: Paul Seymour
To: Queen Maeve
Re: Re: garden dedication ritual
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In a message to All <06-04-92 13:47> Queen Maeve wrote:

QM> I just recently finished planting my herbal garden and plan to
QM> dedicate it during Soltace. I have been doing research in 
numerous
QM> Pagan books and want to ask any of you out there if you know of 
any
QM> dedication rites. I found one in a book called "White Magic", but
QM> most other references I have consulted seem rather limited. 
Thanks
QM> and Blessed be...Maeve
     I think I would set up an incese burner for each of the 
quarters, do some research in some tables of correpondences and 
when I called the quarters include samples of the appropriate herb 
to the quarters in a little blessing ritual.  I would be careful to 
include herbs for ALL of the quarters in both the garden and the 
ritual, so that each herb was under the guardianship of at least 
one quarter.  I would then think about a small "blessing" rhyme 
dedicated to Both God and Goddess for the garden as a whole.  I 
would also cast a Circle to encompass the whole garden. Definitely 
do a Cakes and Wine Ceremony and bury the remnants in the garden.  
Just a few ideas.  Let us know how it turns out, O.K.?
B*B  -Paul-  
 
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By: Ellen Reed
To: All
Re: Salem Rite (1 of 4)
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                         SALEM REMEMBERED
                      by Sandy and Doug Kopf
                 presented at Pacific Circle XII
                            June, 1992
This year is the 300th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials.  This 
ritual was presented in remembrance of those who died, and a 
reminder that we must be aware and strong even now.  
The ritual was attended by over 100 people and was very moving.  
Many wept. It is being shared now, not only because it is 
beautiful, but to make it available for others who might wish to 
use it.  Sandy and Doug ask only that there be no charge for 
attending the ritual.  It would disturb them greatly to find that 
such was the case.  
.    
The flash powder mentioned in the ritual was simply a mixture of 
sugar and saltpetre (50/50).  Should you chose to use this, be 
careful to "dump" it rather than pour it.  It will not only be more 
effective this way, but will prevent the fire from 
climbing the stream of powder back up to the hand of the person 
pouring it!
 .    
                           = = = = 
.     
Quarters are called:
.     
EAST:  Powers of the East!  Lords and Ladies of Greece and Rome!  
Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead!  Pagans and witches 
who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh!  Come!  Come 
one and all who would join us in our right of 
remembrance, affirmation, and protection!  Be with us now, that the 
Craft shall ever survive!
.      
SOUTH: Powers of the South! Lords and Ladies of the two lands of 
Egypt! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead!  Pagans and 
witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh!  Come!  
Come one and all who would join us in our right of 
remembrance, affirmation, and protection!  Be with us now, that the 
Craft shall ever survive!
.       
WEST: Powers of the West!  Lords and Ladies of the Land of the 
Celts! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead!  Pagans and 
witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh!  Come!  
Come one and all who would join us in our right of 
remembrance, affirmation, and protection!  Be with us now, that the 
Craft shall ever survive!
.    
NORTH: Powers of the North! Lords and Ladies of the Viking Lands! 
Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead!  Pagans and witches 
who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh!  Come!  Come 
one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, 
affirmation, and protection!  Be with us now, that the Craft shall 
ever survive!
.     
AT CENTER, PRIEST AND PRIESTESS INVOKE GOD AND GODDESS AND SPIRITS 
OF THIS PLACE.
.
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By: Ellen Reed
To: All
Re: Salem Rite (2 of 4)
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ALL SING 'LADY WEAVE YOUR CIRCLE TIGHT' AND 'LORD, LORD GUIDE US' 
(OR OTHER SUITABLE SONG.)
.     
PRIEST: Three hundred years have gone by since that dark time of 
history we all remember as the "Salem Witch Trials," yet, even 
after three hundred years, we dare not allow ourselves to forget!  
We must remember what can happen wahen hatred, fear, and 
intolerance gain a stronghold over love, sanity, and 
tolerance.  Innocent people died in Salem.  They died horrible 
deaths, tried and sentends for the "crime" of witchcraft.  
They died for the crime of practicing an alternative religion, and 
they were not even part of that religion.  They died, not for their 
own beliefs, but for ours!  They died in the name of our Gods, yet 
they did not know Them.
.     
PRIESTESS:  They were not witches, but we ARE!  They were not 
pagans, but we ARE!  It is our task to remember, and to be sure 
history cannot repeat itself today.  Therefore, we now call their 
names into our circle, to be remembered and honored here. .
THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS OF SALEM ARE PROCLAIMED, ONE BY ONE, AND A 
CHIME IS SOUNDED AFTER EACH NAME.
.
Rebecca Nurse     
Sarah Good     
Sarah Wilde     
Susanna Martin     
Briget Bishop     
John Proctor     
John Willard     
George Jacobs     
George Burroughs     
Martha Carrier      
Samuel Wardwell     
Giles Corey     
Alice Parker    
Martha Corey     
Mary Parker     
Margaret Scott     
Ann Pudeator      
Mary Esty     
Wilmot Redd     
Sarah Osborne     
.     
PRIESTESS:  Sisters and Brothers!  We will not allow your deaths to 
have been in vain. 
.     
SONG: "BURNING TIMES".  ALL JOIN IN WITH THE CHORUS OF "ISIS, 
ASTARTE" AND THE CHANT BLENDS INTO "WE ARE THE OLD PEOPLE".
.
continued.....
                                                                    
                                                    

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By: Ellen Reed
To: All
Re: Salem Rite (3 of 4)
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WHEN THE SONG HAS REACHED THE PEAK OF ENERGY, THE PRIEST SAYS: .    
We ARE the old people.  We ARE the new people.  We ARE getting 
stronger every day.  We are stronger, and we are no longer in 
hiding. We are here, and none need fear us, for our way is love and 
our ethic is harmlessness, but we say to the world that all may 
hear:  We WILL stand against hatred!  We WILL stand against 
intolerance!  We will not stand silent in the face of harm to 
others or to our own.  The few have become many, and our Gods are 
awake and strong!  Never more the burning!  We won't be burned again!
.     
PRIESTESS (LIGHTS FIRE IN CAULDRON):  Let the cauldron burn with 
our love and our faith!  Let it illuminate the world with the light 
of the Old Religion.  Let negativity and fear be banished in its 
flames, and let it kindle love in the hearts of those who hate us. 
(LOUDLY, POINTING AT CAULDRON) Fire!  Burn high on all planes, that 
strength and protection come to us from all directions, as we join 
hearts and hands to weave a destiny of peace and freedom! (TO 
CIRCLE) Let us sing and dance, that all may remember Salem, and the 
Craft shall ever survive.
.
SONG: "WE ARE THE WEAVERS".  ALL JOIN HANDS AND DANCE SLOWLY IN A 
CIRCLE.  ALL WHO ARE UNABLE TO DANCE SHOULD STEP INTO THE CIRCLE, 
NOT OUT OF IT.
.     
THE SONG SHOULD BE SUNG FOR SEVERAL ROUNDS, ENDING WITH A VERY 
ENTHUSIASTIC "WE ARE THE WITCHES, BACK FROM THE DEAD!
.    
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By: Ellen Reed
To: All
Re: Salem Rite (4 of 4)
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STARTING WITH THE EAST, THE REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH QUARTER WALKS TO 
THE CENTER, POURING FLASH POWDER FROM A BOWL INTO THE 
CAULDRON, PROCLAIMING:
.    
EAST: From the guardians of the mysteries of the ancient 
temples, from the windswept mountains of Greece and Rome, I bring 
protection and wisdom!  Remember Salem and the Craft 
will survive!
.     
SOUTH: From the guardians of the mysteries of the towering 
pyramids, from the burning deserts of the Two Lands of Egypt, I 
bring protection and courage!  Remember Salem, and the Craft will 
survive.
 .    
WEST: From the guardians of the mysteries of the Standing 
Stones, from the lakes and groves of the land of the Celts, I bring 
protection and love!  Remember Salem, and the Craft will survive.
  .   
NORTH:  From the guardians of the mysteries of the sacred runes, 
from the snow and ice of the Viking Lands, I bring protection and 
strength!  Remember Salem and the Craft will survive!
.
PRIEST: Great Lady!  Bright Lord!  Lords and Ladies all!  
Guardians and Honored Dead!  Spirits of this place!  All in flesh 
and spirit who have joined us here!  We thank you for attending!  
Go if you must, stay if you will!  REMEMBER SALEM! MAY THE CRAFT 
SURVIVE!
 .    
Circle is ended.
.
                           = = = = 
.
Written by Doug and Sandy Kopf, Coven Ashesh Hekat, Circle of 
Circles, 1992


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By: Puck
To: Gierda
Re: Book of Shadows...
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Well, briefly, it's the book that contains all the spells, rituals, 
teachings and other things that a Witch uses.  Some people use it 
as a combination dream/magickal diary, others simply use it for 
writing rituals and things in it.
Mine is very eclectic, but then again, so am I -- I took several 
things from several public and private sources, and sometimes 
combined them to make new things, or added to them.  
It always helps, if you're going to be eclectically oriented, to 
credit your sources.  The way I was taught, you put a code at the 
top of the page, which looks, (using myself for an example), like 
this:
                   
                  P/3/PanEc
 
This means that this was created by Puck, a Third Degree Witch of 
the Pan-Eclectic Tradition.  This way, it saves the time and 
trouble of having something in your book that you can't remember 
where you got it from.
Hope this helps!
Bright Blessings!
Puck

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(55)   Sat 20 Jun 92  8:19                             
By: Paul Seymour
To: ALL
Re: Final Edition
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                      First Earthfire CIRCLE CEREMONY
                          June 28, 1992 7:00 p.m.
                           Durwydd MacTara, 1992

                               Preliminaries

  WATER BLESSING:
╔═
S    "Blessings upon thee, O creature of water, I cast out from 
thee all
U  impurities and uncleanness of the spirits  of phantasm, 
confusion, or
M  any other influence not for the free will of all."
M
O SALT BLESSING:
N
E    "Blessings be upon this creature of salt; let all malignity and
R  hindrance be cast forth thencefrom, and let all good enter 
therein.
╚═ Wherefore I bless thee and invoke thee, that thou mayest aid me."

MIXING :

╔═   "I take this salt of the Earth, Blessed with the will of
M    Fire; I take this water of spirit,Exorcised with mind of merit;
A    I mix them with words of power, Dedicated to every Tower.
I
D    By the power of moon and sun,
E    By the power of Spirit,earth and sea,
N    God and Goddess are part of One,
╚═   As I Will, so mote it be!"

               CASTING OF THE CIRCLE (With Athame or Sword)

╔═   "I conjure thee, O circle of power,
║    As thou encircle every Tower.
║    That thou be-est a place of Truth, Joy and love,
P    Encircling Flight of Eagle, Hawk and Dove.
R    Mighty Aegis of the Lady and Lord,
I    Rampart of thought, action and word.
E    To work in Peace, Powerful and Free,
S    Who walk between two worlds conjure thee;
T    A boundary to Protect, Concentrate and Contain,
║    That Power raised here be not in vain.
║
║  Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee, in the names of 
Cernunnos
╚═ and Aradia."

                           SEALING OF THE CIRCLE
╔═
║ (seal with water/salt mixture)
║ "With potion of earth and water, I seal the sacred circle,
P Linking air and fire!
R With potion of earth and water, I seal the sacred circle,
I Linking fire with water!
E With potion binding earth,air,and fire, I seal the sacred circle,
S Linking water with the Earth!
E With Love, and will and Mind,
S North to East, completion Find!"
S (Upon Completion)
║ "As the four directions are brought to merge,
║ Let influence of the mighty ones converge!"
╚═                        SEALING OF THE CIRCLE (continued)
╔═
║ (Seal with Censer)
║    "With Incense and air of Mind,
║    East to South,I do Bind!
║    With Incense and air of mind,
M    South to West, I do Bind!
A    With Incense and air of Mind,
I    West to North, I do Bind!
D    With Incense and air of Mind,
E    North to East Completion Find!"
N (upon Completion)
║ "This Circle, without beginning, nor End, nor Length,
║ Is Truly formed in Perfect Love, Perfect Trust, and PERFECT 
STRENGTH!"
╠═
║ (Seal with Candle)
║    "With the Fire of emotion and will
S    East to South, our dedication fulfill!
U    With the Fire of veneration and Will,
M    South to West, our allegiance fulfill!
M    With the Fire of Devotion and Will,
O    West to North, our consecration  fulfill!
N    With the Fire of Commitment and will,
E    From  North to East, This inscription fulfill!"
R (Upon Completion)
║    "Within the circle All wills be free,
║    The circle is sealed, So Mote it Be!"
╚═
                               QUARTER CALLS
╔═
║    "Ye Lords of the Eastern Tower,
E    Airy Lords of Spirit;
A    Let your influence of Power,
S    Aid our minds with merit!
T I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness these rites and to 
guard
║ the circle!"
╠═
║    "Ye Lords of Southern Power
S    Fiery Lords of Will.
O    Pray do grace your Tower,
U    Your Powers to fulfill!
T I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness these rites and to 
guard
H the circle!"
╠═
W    "Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West,
E    Watery Lords of Death and Initiation;
S I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness these rites and to 
guard
T the Circle!"
╠═
N    "Ye Northern Lords of the Earth,
O    Though we be yet but Mortals;
R    Bless our work with worth,
T    Boreas, guardian of Northern portals.
H I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness these rites and to 
guard
║ the Circle!"
╚═
╔═
P    "Goddess and God, We would know,
R    As 'tis above, so 'tis below
I    Blessings on this work, please bestow!
E    This be our will, true and free,
S    We do so will, so mote it be!"
T
╚═
                     Ceremony for Peace and Protection

╔═
║ Never again the burning times.  For how long has this been the 
cry of
║ those who would follow their own path?  Once we of need hid 
ourselves
P away in fear, but no more!  We worship as we wish for this is our 
right
R under the laws of both the Gods and of man.  But even today there 
are
I those who would deny that right.  They would destroy us if they 
could,
E and if not then force us back into hiding.  Their weapons are 
fear and
S ignorance.  History has shown that such can bring about great 
evil.  So
T what do we?  Do we once again hide ourselves as frightened 
animals?  No,
║ never again!  Do we lash out and fight them on their terms?  If 
so, we
║ would be no better than they.  Protect ourselves we must, but in 
doing so
║none may we harm.
╚═
                               String Magic
Four lengths of cotton string, each runs from watchtower to 
watchtower
(around the circle with all in circle holding the strings). The 
"quater
callers" tie the ends as they invoke their spirits. Have four 
people, one
at each watchtower.  This is not calling quarters but part of the 
binding.

╔═
E Spirits of Air, Great Eagle, Aradia, Mercury, Urania, Enili. 
Guard and
A shield for dangers and malice from the east.  Watch and ward that 
we may
S live in peace, harming none.
T
╠═
S
O Spirits of Fire, Golden Dragon, Brigit, Horus, Pele, Vulcan. 
Guard and
U shield for dangers and malice from the south.  Watch and Ward 
that we may
T live in peace, harming none.
H
╠═
W Spirits of Water, Shining Orca, Isis, Neptune, Mari, Dylan. Guard 
and
E shield for dangers and malice from the west.  Watch and ward that 
we may
S live in peace, harming none.
T
╠═
║ Spirits of Earth, Mighty Bear, Ceres, Adonis, Demeter, Cernunnos. 
 Guard
║ and shield for dangers and malice from the north.  Watch and ward 
that we
║ may live in peace, harming none.
╚═
                          CIRCLE DANCE AND CHANT
Summoner and Maiden collect anbroken and uncut cord, deliver it to
Priestess.
╔═
P "The binding is done.  The cord we use is cotton, it has gotten 
it's life
S from the earth.  It will be buried in the ground where it will 
return
T it's life to the Goddess.  In so doing the magic it holds will 
become one
S with the earth.
╚═
                       INVOCATION OF THE ELEMENTS
         (This is used to put an elemental "push"  to any magickal
          workings.)
╔═
P    "Air, Fire, Water, Earth,
R    Elements of astral birth,
I    I call you now; attend to me!
E    In the Circle, rightly cast,
S    Safe from curse or blast,
T    I call you now, attend to me!
╠═
P    From cave and desert,sea and hill,
S    By wand, blade,and pentacle,
T    I call you now, attend to me!
S    This Is my will, so mote it be!"
╚═

                              Cakes and Wine

(Priestess Pours beverage into Chalice and turns to face Coven)
PS:  "Here is the cup of wine of life, contained within the 
cauldron of
     Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality.  Our Lady 
is the
     gracious goddess, who gives the gift of joy  unto the heart of 
man."

ALL: "So Mote it Be!"

(Priest places cakes on Pentacle and turns to face Coven)
P:   "For it is said that 'I am the corn at harvest and the fruit 
on the
     trees'.  Here are harvest fruits made even more delectable via 
Perfect
     Love and Perfect Trust, and served on the Holy emblem of the 
four
     Elements Surmounted by the Supreme Element of Spirit.  Truly 
this is
     the staff of life."

ALL: "So Mote it Be!"

(Priest turns to Priestess)
P:   "Will you share with me the fruits of the field?"
PS:  "I will."
(priest feeds a cake to the Priestess)

(Priest takes Chalice and turns to Priestess)
P:   "Will you share with me the Cauldron?"
PS:  "I will."
(priest gives Priestess a sip of the Chalice)

P & PS in unison:   "In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, Blessed be!"

(Priest and Priestess turn to Coven and say:)
PS: "Will you share with us this Sacred Feast?"
ALL: "We Will."
P:   "So Mote it Be!"

Priest and Priestess take the Pentacle and Chalice to those 
standing in the
East, who repeat the sharing ceremony.  The Cakes and Wine proceed 
around
the Circle, Deosil, until all have partaken. Quarter Dismissal

╔═
N    "Oh mighty guardians of the north, Our business of the hour is O
finished, and we invite you to return to you lovely realm of Earth, 
but R
first we thank you with a Kiss!" (Kiss Athame, and trace banishing T
pentagram)
H
╠═
W    "Oh mighty guardians of the north, Our business of the hour is E
finished, and we invite you to return to you lovely realm of Water, 
but S
first we thank you with a Kiss!" (Kiss Athame, and trace banishing T
pentagram)
╠═
S
O    "Oh mighty guardians of the north, Our business of the hour is U
finished, and we invite you to return to you lovely realm of Fire, 
but T
first we thank you with a Kiss!" (Kiss Athame, and trace banishing H
pentagram)
╠═
E    Oh mighty guardians of the north, Our business of the hour is
A finished, and we invite you to return to you lovely realm of 
Fire, but
S first we thank you with a Kiss!" (Kiss Athame, and trace banishing
T pentagram)
╚═
                             Circle Dismissal
     The Person dismissing the Circle should be the same one who 
cast it,
should do the dismissal with the SAME instrument used to cast it, 
i.e.
Athame, Sword, or Wand. Starting in the North, proceed widdershins, 
saying:
╔═
║
P
R "As this circle was cast in trust, we open it with love, the 
circle is I
I open but unbroken.  Merry Meet, Merry part, Merry Meet again, and 
let it
E be in Perfect Trust and Perfect Love. Blessed Be!"
S
T
╚═

                               BINDING CHANT
╔═
A  Love is our OATH
L  Trust Binds or OATH
L  Friend and Foe alike
║  Be Bound by BOTH!
╚═

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(56)   Fri 19 Jun 92 13:24                             
By: Cameron Mandrake
To: All
Re: Dragon Trad. Quarters Invocations
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After a number of requests to re-post these, here they are!

EAST
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the East.  Your tongue is
a sharp sword, cutting with the knowledge of the arcane.  Your spirit
flows as graceful as a swift in flight.  Purify us with truth.
Blessed Be.

SOUTH
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the South, your breath is
aflame with the fires of inspiration and passion.  Your spirit is 
searing
and fervent.  Purify us with Love.
Blessed Be.

WEST
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the West, your coils are the
cleansing healing waves that nurture the soul.  Your spirit lunges, 
leaps
and splashes like a Talbot at play.  Purify us with pulsing tides.
Blessed Be.

NORTH
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the North, your talons run
like roots into the earth, giving you infinite strength.  Your 
spirit is
substantial, hard and pure like a clear crystal.  Purify us with 
persistant
wisdom.

Each of these Dragons has a secret name that they are also invoked 
with.  A
suggestion is that anyone using these invocations meditate to find an
appropriate name for each Guardian and use it along with or instead 
of the
words "Mighty Dragon".

Blessed Be.

Enjoy!


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(57)   Mon 15 Jun 92 20:20                             
By: Cameron Mandrake
To: All
Re: Circle casting Dragon style.
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I just thought I'd drop a note on the traditional Dragon Tradition 
Circle
casting.  The circle is cast with the Blade, the Cup and the 
Censor.  The
starts with the Blade in the north and draws the boundry of the 
circle.  As
he does he recites "I tread this Path for the Elements, that which
comprises all that we see."
  The HPS takes to sprinkling the boundries with the Cup filled 
with salted
water.  She recites "I tread this Path for Self, a reflection of the
Divine."
  The HP then takes the censor and carries the smoke to the 
boundries of
the circle in a deosil direction.  He recites "I tread this Path for
Spirit, that which unites all things."

The HP or HPS then state the charge of our Circle.  It is as follows.

Our Circle is a place where hearts and minds can meet and share in 
the
wonder and empowerment of a living and loving Goddess.  We are a 
coven of
friends, but above all things we are Family.  Our Love and our 
Magick binds
us together and our Circle keeps us and nurtures us.  We are blessed.
Blessed Be!

The Dragon Guardians are then invoked.  The invocations for the 
guardians
has been posted here in the last month.  If anyone missed it, I can 
resend
them.

I find that the Circle charge sets the mood for the Circle and I 
change it
to suit the situation.  If anyone has ideas for a Circle charge, 
I'd like
to hear them.  I have a number of Circle charges that I use but 
fresh ones
always are nice.

Blessed Be.
Cameron Mandrake


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(58)   Thu 18 Jun 92 22:20                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: Rest of BARDIC YEAR
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This is the missing ritual (the others were posted a couple of months
ago) of the BARDIC YEAR cycle:

                  THE BARDIC YEAR
              Ritual for Wiccan groups
                      - by the White Bard 1991-92 CE
  ---------------------------------------------------------------
The following are suggested rituals within the four major calendar 
celebrations. They are written from a Wiccan standpoint, using 
Celtic traditions, and take the form of Mystery Plays that 
(sometimes) are -not- fully explained (!). Try not to explain them 
to the participants, but rather allow them to act upon the 
participants
in a subliminal, emotional fashion. That is, after all, what they 
are 
designed to do. 

Note: "%" marks "stage directions"
  
                        N:earth      



            W:water                    E:air



                        S:fire

The BARD should stand to the WEST, unless otherwise specified in the
ritual.
  ---------------------------------------------------------------
        CANDLEMAS (IMBOLC) RITUAL: 2 February
                           -by the White Bard

Materials:  a candle for each covener present.
            a MAIDEN, dressed in white.
            a Crown of Light, made from three, six, or nine
                candles.
            a BARD/GREEN MAN.
            a DARK LORD, dressed in dark clothing, and holding a
              dark cloak.

%  The place of ritual should be set up, away from the
   gathered participants.
%  It is more than a good idea to manage bathrooms and such like
%  before the circle is closed. This Mystery is not something any 
%  of the participants should miss out on!
  
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 Bard/Green Man
%  dances at the end of the line. A good song to sing here
%  is "Lord Of The Dance."

HPS: Come we forth, with the Spiral Dance
     Within the Lady's radiance
     To celebrate the Sun's rebirth
     To renew life, to warm the Earth

     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.

                        (more)



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By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 2 BARDIC YEAR
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Candlemas 2
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!

%  The callers of the corners shall return their tools to the
   altar, and then shall join the circle at their corners.
        --------------------------------------------------
%   Here begins the Candlemas (Imbolc) Mystery: 
%   The Maiden shall step forth, and say:

MAIDEN: This is the time of Brigid, the Patron of Poets and Fire,
        and of Healing.

HPS: This is the time of new beginnings, when the Mother has become
     Maiden.

HP: The days have turned, and grow longer, and the Sun-child is 
growing
    to His strength.

                        (more)


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By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 3 BARDICYEAR
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Candlemas 3
BARD/GREEN MAN: I have been a wave upon the sea,
                And a spark in the firelight.

                I have been a fish in the ocean.
                I have been a Thought within a Word,
                And a Word within a Deed.
                I was cast away, and found again.

                I have been made of flowers
                And of cold steel and brass.
                Fire and ice are alike unto me.

                I have been the narrow blade of a sword
                That kills without cutting.
                And the Void is my homeland.

                I have been in Caer Sidi
                In the Spiral Castle of Glass.
                And the letters on the Standing Stones 
                Are no secret from me.

                I have been in Annwyn
                And Tir na n'Og,
                I have danced the Spiral Dance,
                And drunk from the Hierlas at daybreak.

                I have ridden beneath two ravens
                And served in the kitchen,
                And all places are alike unto me.

                I have been a child
                And now I come into my strength!

                I invoke the Land, the dear Land,
                the Earth our Mother!

MAIDEN: The cycles of the Moon have taken their course, and I am
        in my Maidenhood. The stars are kindled, and I dance in
        their light.

DARK LORD: Thy home is with me thru the long months of Winter, and 
the
           Earth shall lie fallow and bare.
                                                   
%   The HPS shall then light the candles of the Crown of Light,
%   and shall approach the Maiden, who is now standing in the East, 
and
%   place it upon her head.
%   She shall now, in company with the Bard/Green Man, 
circumnabulate the
%   circle, and the coveners shall light their candles from her 
crown.
%   The Bard/Green Man shall return to his normal place within the 
circle
%   and the Maiden shall place the Crown of Light on the altar.
%   The Maiden shall then approach the Dark Lord, and kneel before 
him,
%   and he shall say:

DARK LORD: As it always is, always was, and always shall be. Come 
to my
           Kingdom.

%   Here he shall place the dark cloak around her, and they shall 
retire
%   to the West.  
%   Here ends the Candlemas 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 Sun is given birth
    Build the Power; root to Earth

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 then the HPS should 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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By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 4 BARDICYEAR
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Candlemas end
        ------------------------------------------------------
%   Such coven business as must be transacted may be done here.
%   This is a good time to bless candles for use during the coming 
year.
%   This is also a good time for initiations.
        ------------------------------------------------------
%   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.
     The Sun's returned to banish dark
     The Earth awakes to sunlight's spark.
     By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree,
     Our circle's done; and Blessed Be!

COVEN: Blessed Be!

%   All spiral dance out from the Circle.

  -------------------------end----------------------------------


... Bring me my broadsword and clear understanding ...
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By: Paul Seymour
To: Gierda
Re: Re: Wanted: Answers
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@EID:d51c 000a4051
@MSGID: 93:9500/0 580b885c
In a message to All <05-28-92 20:34> Gierda wrote:
G> I am new to calling myself a pagan. Would someone care to explain
G> about "the  Book of Shadows"? Waht is it?
G> B*B
G> Gierda
        "When Drawn is the magical Circle,
        By Sword or Athame of Power,
        Its compass between two worlds lies,
        In Land of Shades for that hour."
                             The Witches' Creed
                             Doreen, Valiente
                             in "Witchcraft for Tomorrow", 1978
                             pp. 172-173, Phoenix (paper)
        The term "Book of Shadows" was invented by Gerald Gardner 
in about 1951, to replace "Grimmoire" (French for "Grammar") as 
used for a combination magicians notebook and diary.  I have heard 
it explained that the world of pattern appears as "shadow" of 
things expressed in the world of form, and the manifestations in 
the world of form are "shadows" of the world of pattern, and that 
the specialty of "walking between two worlds" is the specialty of 
the Mage, then it becomes a very accurate (and poetic) term to call 
this personal workbook a "Book of Shadows".
        B*B  -Paul-  
 
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By: Cameron Mandrake
To: All
Re: Dragon Trad and the Holy Grail
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Recently we have discovered the significance of sharing water in our
circles.  This ritual should be warm and meaningful.  This being 
the case
it should only be shared by members of the coven and visitors 
should be
excluded unless the visitor is VERY close to the group.

Someone reads the following poem or one that is written for the 
occaision.

Quest for the Grail
by C.J. Mandrake

I have sailed the seven seas.
I have walked the deserts of this world,
searching for clues and kin;
always awed by the stories that they told.
Time my only enemy,
every stone my friend;
carried by myth's fluid words,
looking for a gold cup 'round every bend.

Mountains loom before me:
The path, all but lost behind.
Arthur's song plays deep within me!
The Merlin's words dance within my mind!
``The blessed cup that you seek,
it is the Mother's womb.
It has poured out all our world
and it will be your tomb.''

Grail of Love
Grail of Light
Grail of Truth
Grail of Might
carry me to the very Fount of life.

I threw a coin in a wishing well:
My wish, the Grail to see.
When the waters stilled again
I beheld the Mystery.
The Cup is made of flesh and blood.
The secret of deep peace it lends.
I drink from it every day
and I share it with my friends.

One and one and one is three:
Three by three is nine.
The heart of the world I see,
the secret of the Grail is mine.
The Cup, it is a lotus flower
deep within my soul,
flaming with the love of Her:
The Goddess and I made whole.
****

The reader takes the chalice of water and drinks and the cup is 
passed
around the circle deosil, each person taking a drink in turn.  Each 
person
may offer a thought before they drink.  This may be a thanks or an
observation or anything that seems significant to the moment.  When 
the cup
makes it back to the reader, he/she again drinks of the cup and 
pours the
remainder as a libation.  With the libation is said...

I partake of the Cup of Abundance.  I share this Cup with those 
around me.
I return what is left to the earth.  And
my Cup remains full.   Blessed Be.

This rite is very good for group binding.  Last time we did this we 
drank
water from the Chalice Well in Glastonbury that one of the coven 
members
brought back from vacation.

Enjoy!  And Bright Blessings.

CJ
 

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(67)   Fri 10 Jul 92 14:31                             
By: Todd Rourke
To: All
Re: About Cerebral Babylon
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@MSGID: 93:9009/0 2a5dfbc0
@PID: TeleMail 1.51
Editor's Note: This is a 'generic' message I am creating to post onto
all of the echoes I am getting via PODS. It is a brief (?)
introduction of myself, my system, and my users. Hopefully this can
leap into some conversation in the various echoes, as it is always
somewhat difficult for a new node to dive into existing discussions.

***

Cerebral Babylon is basically a concept-oriented BBS in the greater
Providence area of Rhode Island. The general focus is on debate, with
several local message areas dedicated to this end. Some of the most
popular (and infamous) local message areas on my system are the
"Losing My Religion" area which is for discussing religion in 
general,
and "The Satanic Verses" which is an excercise in dealing with 
various
ideas on morallity and the lack thereof. Other stand-out areas 
include
my local "Political Cut-throats" (self explanatory) and "AmeriKKKa's
Most Wanted" which concerns itself with oppression and racism in the
country and in the world.

My users run the gamut of belief systems and ages. Calculations show
that out of a current set of 300 users (still growing, system is only
up since August 1st, 1991) the average age is approximately 22 years.
I have a large group of loyal atheists and agnostics, followed by
Jews, Wiccans, and Christians in that order.  The general level of
education is high... college-oriented. Most of my users love a good
verbal scrap with each other, or as it often seems to be, a nice
battle of wit and words with their ever-lovin' sysop (myself).
Needless to say, it is often hard to pry them loose from my local msg
areas and get them into the nets, but they are finding their way.

As far as I am concerned, I am active in 3 current networks now. I am
the HOST in the area for both PODS and Interactive Communications
Network. I moderate some 6 echoes for ICN (ANSI, CRITIC, DEBATE,
DRDOS, EVENTS, & SPORTS). I also frequent some Fido echoes (BIBLE,
OPEN_BIBLE, FUNNY, POLITICS, ENVIRO) and I am the moderator for a
newly forming Fido echo called REASON (which I am looking for nodes,
so if anyone wants a 'reasonable' religious/political debate echo,
drop me a line about getting REASON). Personally, I consider myself 
to
be an atheist with strong interest in the occult and Satanism. Not
'Satanism-proper' but more or less some of the basic tenets of
Satanism appeal to me... love those who's love will benefit you, 
scorn
others, etc. You could say I'm not a very Christian guy, but I do try
to be tolerant of other peoples belief systems (tho not succeeding
very often ;-> ) Politically speaking, I am rather conservative in
nature, which suprises a lot of people that I could have the
'religious' beliefs I have and be a Republican, but I am. Needless to
say, I love to confront people on their ideas and make them think...
even if I have to take the other side of an issue (and very well a
side I don't agree with) to make them think about it.
I am the consumate Devil's Advocate.

So that's the background and intro. If anyone would be so kind as to
fire off some replies with some questions relating to the current 
area
and this message, please do. We're anxious to get 'sucked in' over
here. Heh heh.

-TR

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(102)   Mon 22 Jun 92 16:09                             
By: Abdallat Al-talib
To: Phoenix Rising
Re: Discordian Propaganda
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You want a genuine Erisian Magic Ritual? Here you go:

               -=THE TURKEY CURSE=-

Revealed by the Apostle Dr. Van Van Mojo as a specific counter to the
evil of the Curse of Greyface, the Turkey Curse is here passed on to
Erisians everywhere for their just protection.

[The Turkey Curse works. It is firmly grounded on the fact that 
Greyface
and his followers absolutely require an anerisitic setting to 
function
and that a timely introduction of eristic vibrations will neutralize
their foundation. The Turkey Curse is designed solely to counteract
>negative< anerisitic vibes and if introduced into a neutral or 
positive
aneristic setting (like a poet working out word rhythms) it will 
prove
harmless, or at worst, annoying. It is not designed for use against
negative >eristic< vibes, although it can be used an eristic 
vehicle to
introduce postive vibes into a misguided eristic setting. In this
instance, it would be responsibility of the Erisian Magician to
manufacture the positive vibrations if results are to be achieved.
CAUTION - all magic is powerful and requires courage and integrity on
the part of the magician. This ritual, if misused, can backfire.
Positive motivation is essential for self-protection.]

TO PERFORM THE TURKEY CURSE|

Take a foot stance as if you were John L. Sullivan preparing for
fisticuffs. Face the particular grey-face you wish to short-circuit
(e.g. a street preacher), or towards the direction of the negative
aneristic vibration that you wish to neutralize (e.g. the White 
House).
Begin waving your arms in any elaborate manner and make motions with
your hands as though you were Mandrake feeling up a sexy giantess 
(Dr.
Strange imitations are fine). Chant, loudly and clearly:

         GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE!!

The results will be instantly apparent.
 ■ SLMR 2.0 ■ Twisted mind?  No - just bent in a few strategic 
places.
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(137)   Mon 20 Jul 92 16:18                             
By: The Tigress
To: All
Re: Ritual of the Blessed Motherboard Part 1
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@PID: RA 1.11
@MSGID: 93:9030/14 500984be
@REPLY: 93:9030/14 5009826e
Thus it follows that after many days of chaos, unfounded mayhem and 
startling
inconvienience  so it shall 
be that I
am finally able to share with you the official ceremony of the 
Blessed
Motherboard and the Horned One that Plugs in the Wall. This 
ceremony is one to
be practiced by discordian compu-pagans each Midsummer Eve in holy 
celebration
and appreciation of debugged upgrades, new shareware, faster 
circutry and all
the blessings that flow from the Goddess...

Note : Let it be said that if your system crashes, your motherboard 
becomes
twitchy, your hard drives fail, or your cables spout forth fire - 
that this is
an indication that the Goddess is displeased with your 
compu-worship. At this
time, if the posting of many tales of compu-sexuality doth fail to 
pacify Her.
this is the time that this ritual must be done to regain Her 
pleasure.

It is thus that this ritual be made easier if thou coven of 
compu-pagans is
large, for then the obtainment of the necessary materials be far 
easier...

Necessary ritual components -

To represent the Matron Goddess : 1 AT Motherboard   

To represent the Crone: 1 AT&T Phone bill from Mother Bell. 

To represent the Maiden: a large firepit dug in the shape of a 
circle around
which the pentagram will be formed. 

To represent the God: 1 very Large, very THICK power supply cable

For the Pentagram : 1 can of neon or glow in the dark paint

For the Quarters :  The following items are placed at each quarter -

North : A Power supply with cable, the energy which inspires us

East: A keyboard through which our innocence is transformed to lust

South: A hard drive which saves our writ to seal our doom

West : A Monitor by which all might see our lustful spells at work

The Altar : A makeshift desk

The Incense: A chipped ashtray and a pack of Camels 

The Cup: A container of highly caffinated substance 

The Bowl : a bowl of fine earth to represent the accumulation of 
dust in your
house which you haven't cleaned since you spend all your time at 
the keyboard

The Flame: One jar of kerosene, gasoline, or other flamable 
substance with
matches that one uses to light the fire.

In addition: Each member of the network coven should bring spare 
parts, broken
cables, split chips, bungled software, etc...for fire offerings at 
the
conclusion of the ceremony. Clothing during this ceremony is 
optional.

Opening Chant 

Circuts keep blowing on my board
my hard drive keeps crashin
and its heads are getting scored
Messages are lost OH
Time to appease the Goddess of all Computers
Alas I'm broke
My bills
Are higher than my income
Oh please Goddess I'm begging thee
To hear my plea and heal my system
ba dum dum, ba dum ba dum dum

Cables are ruined by crossing wires
My modem is burping
and its screwing up my files
Data's being lost OH
I ask the Horned One Plugging into my wall
Oh Please don't surge
My dos
is shareware and its fragile
Oh please Horned One
I'm begging thee
Remember that my ram is borrowed
ba dum dum, ba dum ba dum dum

The Crone works her spells through Mother Bell
My phone bills enormous
and my life is living hell
Long distance is a bitch OH
What did I do before to deserve this karma?
I have five days
To pay
The toll charge for downloading
from New Jersey
Oh Mother Bell,
have mercy on my lust addiction
ba dum dum, ba dum ba dum dum

I worship through the message base
Hiding behind keyboards
where you cannot see my face
Sexual inuen- DO
Maiden protect me from my own sweet confusion
Let me log in
to boards
To satisfy my hunger
and to praise you
and sacrifice your innocence among the echos
ba dum dum, ba dum ba dum dum

Its My Lust......  Sacrifice it or BUST



The ritual begins...

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By: The Tigress
To: All
Re: Ritual of the Blessed Motherboard 
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@PID: RA 1.11
@MSGID: 93:9030/14 50099b88
As the coven sings the ritual opening chant the HP & P paint the 
Pentagram around the firepit with neon or glow in the dark paint.  
The items are placed
in the designated directions and the altar is set up to the north 
of the fire
with the following items placed upon it.

To the North end of the altar the ashtray and cigarettes
To the East end of the altar the holy cup
To the South end of the altar the bowl of earth
To the West end of the altar the jar of kerosene and matches.

As the HP calls the elements the P shall pass her the items in 
question

The coven at the end of each elemental calling shall chant the 
following
Elemental Power
Come out and play with me
Play midst my flaming spree
and sing the chant with me 
Splash in my rain barrel 
Slide down my cellar door  And we'll be jolly friends
Forever more

The HP calls to the Element of Fire  intones -
Fire, Fire burning bright, like a candle in the night
Come and join us in our flight, Lend us your eternal light
Warm the Maiden with your flame,
I call you in the Goddess's Name. 
The HP pours the kerosene liberally upon the firewood in the pit
and lights the fire with the matches. 

The P hands the HP the bowl of earth.  The HP tosses the earth 
upwards to scatter it around the circle and over the altar as she 
intones -

Elemental Earth I beckon thee, with us in this circle be
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, firm foundation is a must
Warm bed for the Matron's frame I call you in the Goddess's Name



The P hands the HP the cup of caffinated substance.   The HP lifts 
it to her lips and intones-

Water quench our thirst, keep us wet and wild
Join us in our circle hence, praise the lady mild.
Liquid of Life that has no shame
I beckon thee in Goddess's Name

The HP drinks from the cup and beckons the P to drink of it, he 
does. 

The P hands the HP the ashtray and a cigarette and lights it for 
her, the HP takes a long drag and as she exhales intones -

Airy, Airy, quiet and contrary how doth your winds blow?
Through maidens hair your breath ensnare, your secrets we would know.
The Pow'r of Wind by Lady made tame
I beckon thee in Goddess's Name



The HP and P perepare to summon the directions in supplication to 
be followed
by the closing of the circle.

The following is a chant used by the coven at each directional 
opening.

"From the North awakening, the energy inspires
 From the East our eagerness to learn amid the fires
 From the South commitment and thus we seal our doom
 From the West comes reckonning, our message answered soon" 
The HP and P walk to the North and hold up the Power supply.  The P 
intones - The Power of the north inspires us and lends us its 
energy for our use in supplication.  This Power Supply I offer to 
thee Oh Goddess that your Power run through my computer and my 
life.  The P tosses the Power supply into the fire. 


The Hp and P walk to the East and hold up the keyboard.  The P 
intones -
The Power of the East transforms our innocence through tasting the 
fire of Life.   This Keyboard, I offer to thee Oh Goddess that your 
knowledge guide my fingers on their path through the system of 
Life.  The P tosses the keyboard into the fire. 


The HP and P walk to the South and hold up the hard drive.  The P 
intones -
The Power of the South is that of action and consequence, of 
commitment to the path and the ability to remember the lessons 
learned thereof. This Hard Drive I offer to thee Oh Goddess that 
your memory of my acts and deeds be remembered with praise and 
favor in thine eyes. The P tosses the Hard Drive into the fire.



The HP and the P walk to the West and hold up the monitor.  The P 
intones -
The Power of the West is that of access to all things, to seeing 
turthfully into the path of a life and judging it thusly, worthy or 
unworthy.  This monitor I offer to thee Oh Goddess that your 
eternal eyes may see into my life and may watch over my actions, 
and that I may find favor in you as my eternal
Sysop.  The P tosses the monitor into the fire.

 
The HP and P walk thrice around the circle widdershins and all 
chant thusly -

Ring around the altar
Power never faulter
Goddess, God
We summon thee       

To be continued.... 
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By: The Tigress
To: All
Re: Ritual of the Blessed Motherboard 
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The Circle Closed and the directions and elements present, the HP 
and P prepare to call to the Goddess and to the Horned One.

The HP stands before the fire pit and calls -

Virgin Goddess, gentle maid
She whose seeking to get laid
Bring your innocence to Bare
For those who worship for your care


Come on Maiden light your fire
Come on Maiden light your fire
Come and set the night on FIRE

The HP stands before the fire pit and holding the phone bill calls -

Oh Mother Bell, Oh Crone of Disconnection from this pagan life
I beseech thee, hold back thy hand of dread financial strife
In attonement bills I pay to thee
Of thy modem killing hand let me be free

The HP tosses the phone bill into the fire.



" We're sorry, the number you have reached has been temporarily 
disconnected
Booooo Hissssss
We're sorry, the number you have reached has been temporarily 
disconnected
Booo Hisssss"

The HP stands before the Altar and holds high the very long and 
very thick cable of the Horned One that Plugs into the Wall and 
calls -

Oh Horned One, Powerful Consort of the Blessed Motherboard
Surging with Energy you take your place as Lord
Pulsing with Power, with each surge of volts you swell
Pumping life into the Goddess, you serve her purpose well

The HP tosses the very long, very thick cable into the fire



Pump, Pump, Pump it up....keep the power flowing
Pump, Pump, Pump it up....hard fast and never slowing
Pump, Pump, Pump it up....We know you please the Goddess
Pump, Pump, Pump it up....Be strong and never modest

The HP raises the Blessed Motherboard with Large Co-processors high 
in the air
and the P and HP each take and end in their hands.  Raising the 
Motherboard
high in the air they intone -

Blessed Mother, Sacred Goddess come to bless your users
Keep us safe from disk crash and lurking abusers
Let thy healing hands caress our crippled hardware
Let our nodes stay stable, that through distance we may share
In your holy worship together we may gather nightly
Writing inuendo, our modems steaming slightly
Bless us Holy Goddess, and show us by your sign
That we have earned your favor, your blessing so divine.

to be continued...

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By: The Tigress
To: All
Re: Ritual of the Blessed Motherboard 
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The HP and P lead all in the following chant -
 
 A Prayer to the Goddess for self conscecration
 Dominus regit Goddess
 
 The Blessed Goddess is my mistress;
 I shall not be in want
 She maketh me lie down on soft bedding
 and leadth me to think of rumpling it
 She revives my soul 
 and guides me along the most sensual pathways for pleasures sake
 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of dangerous desire
 I shall fear not impotence
 for she is insatiable
 my rod and staff they comfort her
 We spread a table of ecstacy in the presence of those
 who are sorely troubled by arrousal
 She annoints my head with honeyed oil
 and I make her cup run over
 Surely the pleasure and bliss shall follow me all the days of my 
life
 and I will dwell in the caves of ecstacy within mind forever.
 
Thus said, the HP and P intone the following -

OH Blessed Motherboard please accept this offering in your name, 
and in the
name of the Horned One who plugs in the Wall and gives you 
pleasure...
that we may be blessed in our offerings to you both in circle and 
in life.

Thus said, the HP and P toss the Motherboard into the fire.


The HP and P lead the coven in the following chant -

Blessed be the Motherboard from whom all messages flow
Blessed be the Horned One who fills Her with His offering
Blessed be the sysops who transfer the packets
Blessed be the writers and those who inspire what they bring
Blessed be the hard drives that keep messages from harm
Blessed be the modems which send packages large and small
Blessed be the shareware we use to commune
Blessed be the network which links us up with all
Blessed be our minds, that we might write our prayers
Blessed be our fingers that tap amongst the keys
Blessed be our monitors that shine with holy light
Blessed be our senses that stimulate with ease

Blessed be the circle, a circut without end
Through which we hail and merry meat with those that we call friend.

At this point the HP and P gaze into the fire for the portent of 
the Goddess's
sign of approval 

At seeing this both HP and P raise their arms in joyful 
supplication and shout


The Maiden's found appeasement and She is satisfied
The Crone is in abeyance, her compu-billings fried
The Horned One's filled with power, in joining He is pleased
The Goddess sends Her blessings, cleansing virus and disease.
We thank the 4 directions for standing by our side
We thank the elementals and their power all allied
To Celebrate our status annointed compupagans of sin
Let Joyful Inhibition be released and the saturnalia begin!!!!



Sensual foods and drinks are served and shared, 




 
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(210)   Sat 25 Jul 92  7:25                             
By: Phaedra
To: All
Re: Invocations
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@REALNAME: Virginia Stewart
Bright Blessings to all... 
Here are invocations to the Goddess and God that I have used 
quite successfully in ritual. They are from the Orphic Hymns, 
for those who like historical accuracy, but have been updated just  
a tad, for those who like ritual with modern applications. 
Hope you enjoy them. 
 
Invocation to the Goddess 
 
Divine are Your honors, Oh Mother of the Gods and Nurturer of All. 
Yoke your swift chariot drawn by bull-slaying lions and, 
O Mighty Goddess who brings things to pass, join our prayers. 
Many named and reverend, You are the Queen of the Sky. 
In the cosmos, Your throne is above all others, for You are

Queen of the Earth, and You give gentle nourishment to mortals. 
Goddesses, Gods, and mortals were born of You, 
And You hold sway over the rivers and all of the sea. 
Hestia, Gaia, Demeter, Inanna, Isis, Astarte, Ishtar, Persephone, 
Diana, 
Giver of prosperity who bestows upon mortals all manner of gifts, 
Come to this Rite, Queen whom the drum delights. 
Honored and loving Nurturer of Life, 
Joyfully and graciously visit our deeds of piety. 
Blessed Be. 
 
Invocation to the God 
 
Hear Our Prayer, O best and Many-Named God. 
Fine-haired, solitary, and full of lovely song; 
Many shaped and noble nurturer of all, 
Maiden and yout in one, unwithering bloom, O Adonis 
You vanish and grow again in the fair seasons' turn. 
Kurnunnos, Pan, Myrddhn, two horned Spirit of growth and blooming; 
Much loved and wept for are you,  
        O Fair and Youthful Hunter of the luxuriant mane. 
Desire is in Your mind and You come to the Goddess 
        in reverence and respect, 
        in sensuous joy is your desire fulfilled 
You are the seed planted in the depths of the Underworld 
That springs forth, the Green God, that we may sustain our lives. 
You sacrifice Yourself in gentleness when you are grown. 
Come Kind-Hearted One, Come Blesseed God,  
        and bring much joy to all. 
Blessed Be. 
 
Hope you find these beneficial... 
Briget Bless...Phaedra. 
 
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By: Silver Stag
To: All
Re: Merry Meet
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This is to say Hail and Well Met!  I've really been enjoying what 
I've been
seeing here, and I'd like to offer a small opening contribution: a 
simple
Quarters invocation for those times when something more elaborate 
won't
fit (number of people, surroundings, etc.).  The lines can either 
be said
in unison or alternated:


        Eastern Wind and Southern Fire,
        Fill our hearts with pure desire.
        Western Water, Northern Earth,
        Guide us to our souls' rebirth.

        World below to World above,
        Bound together, joined in Love.
        At the Center, may we be
        With Lord and Lady, strong and free!

Enjoy.  And Blessed Be!

--SS

... So many Mysteries, so little time...
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(212)   Mon 27 Jul 92 14:52                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: Bardic Cycle (intro)
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Follows is the Bardic Cycle that Paul S. was asking about...this is a
-repeat- posting of a ritual cycle I wrote for a local Wiccan 
coven. It
is free for use for whatever group wants to use it, and is the 
first of
a series for different Trads, based around the Bardic Mystery.

Much of the Mystery involved here is -not- explained. It is meant 
to hit
at the unconcious level....so don't get cute and start explaining 
to your
coveners "what he must have meant by that!" 

"Silver Priestess," you wanna save this.

Bardic Cycle follows:

... I have looked into the heart of Silence ...
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(213)   Mon 27 Jul 92 14:55                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 1 Bardic Cycle
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                  THE BARDIC YEAR
              Ritual for Wiccan groups
                      - by the White Bard 1991-92 CE
  ---------------------------------------------------------------
The following are suggested rituals within the four major calendar 
celebrations. They are written from a Wiccan standpoint, using 
Celtic traditions, and take the form of Mystery Plays that 
(sometimes) are -not- fully explained (!). Try not to explain them 
to the participants, but rather allow them to act upon the 
participants
in a subliminal, emotional fashion. That is, after all, what they 
are 
designed to do. 

Note: "%" marks "stage directions"
  
                        N:earth      
            W:water                    E:air
                        S:fire

The BARD should stand to the WEST, unless otherwise specified in the
ritual.
  ---------------------------------------------------------------
            YULE RITUAL: 21 December
                  -by the White Bard

Materials:  a very small, just sprouted potted plant.
            a candle for each covener present.
            a MOTHER. She should wear a blue garment, if possible.
            a MAIDEN, dressed in white.
            a Crown of Light, made from three, six, or nine
                candles.
            a BARD/GREEN MAN.

%  The ceremony for the Lesser Sabbats should be written by newer
%  members of the coven, as part of their learning. At an appropriate
%  place in the ceremony, the following should be inserted:

%  Here begins the Yule Mystery. ALL light shall be        
%  extinguished, all fires put out, save that in the South. 
%  The Bard/Green Man shall lie on his back in the East, as 
%  if dead.
%  The HPS shall say:

HPS: Darkness covers all. The Old King is dead, and there is no
     warmth for the Mother. The days are short, and the nights
     are long.

COVEN: Give us Light!

HPS: The Maiden wanders the Earth, Maiden no more, but soon to be
     Mother. The Earth is cold, and there is no place for her to
     give birth.

COVEN: Give us Light!

HP: Mother, give us the Child of Promise! The Lord Of Life strains
    to be born!

COVEN: Give us Light!

MOTHER: I seek a place to rest, and give birth.

%   The Mother should wander about the inside of the circle, as if
%   looking for something, and not finding it. She should act very
%   tired, and project a sense of urgency.
%   She then goes to the East, and assumes the Goddess pose, 
standing, 
%   arms and legs spread in the form of a five-pointed star.
%   There shall be a pause, and the Bard/Green Man shall then quietly
%   rise up, and stand behind the Mother. If it seems appropriate, 
the
%   more primitive symbolism of him crawling out from between the 
legs
%   of the Mother may be used. He should be carrying a lit candle, or
%   some other source of light.

BARD/GREEN MAN: Cunning and art I do not lack,
                But -always- Her Cauldron brings me back!


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By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 2 Bardic Cycle
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%   The Bard/Green Man shall take his lit candle, and proceed to 
re-light
%   the corner candles, moving deasil, and any other fires within 
the circle.
%   The just-sprouted potted plant is picked up by the Mother and 
held in
%   front of her during this candle-lighting.
%   The Bard/Green Man shall then take the plant from the hands of 
the Mother, 
%   bring it to the center of the circle, and raise it above his 
head, saying:

BARD/GREEN MAN: Here is the Promise, that is always fulfilled.

%   The plant is then passed around the circle, and given to the 
Mother, who 
%   should take it home and water and nurture it thru the year, if 
possible.
%   The Maiden shall then take the place of the Mother, and the 
Mother shall 
%   return to her place within the circle.
%   Here ends the Yule Mystery.

  ---------------------------------------------------------------

        CANDLEMAS (IMBOLC) RITUAL: 2 February
                           -by the White Bard

Materials:  a candle for each covener present.
            a MAIDEN, dressed in white.
            a Crown of Light, made from three, six, or nine
                candles.
            a BARD/GREEN MAN.
            a DARK LORD, dressed in dark clothing, and holding a
              dark cloak.

%  The place of ritual should be set up, away from the
   gathered participants.
%  It is more than a good idea to manage bathrooms and such like
%  before the circle is closed. This Mystery is not something any 
%  of the participants should miss out on!
  
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 Bard/Green Man
%  dances at the end of the line. A good song to sing here
%  is "Lord Of The Dance."

HPS: Come we forth, with the Spiral Dance
     Within the Lady's radiance
     To celebrate the Sun's rebirth
     To renew life, to warm the Earth

     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.

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!


... Do cats have dimples?
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By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 3 Bardic Cycle
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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!

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

        --------------------------------------------------

%   Here begins the Candlemas (Imbolc) Mystery: 
%   The Maiden shall step forth, and say:

MAIDEN: This is the time of Brigid, the Patron of Poets and Fire,
        and of Healing.

HPS: This is the time of new beginnings, when the Mother has become
     Maiden.

HP: The days have turned, and grow longer, and the Sun-child is 
growing
    to His strength.

BARD/GREEN MAN: I have been a wave upon the sea,
                And a spark in the firelight.

                I have been a fish in the ocean.
                I have been a Thought within a Word,
                And a Word within a Deed.
                I was cast away, and found again.


... Ignorance and Prejudice and Fear walk hand in hand.
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By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 4 Bardic Cycle
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                I have been made of flowers
                And of cold steel and brass.
                Fire and ice are alike unto me.

                I have been the narrow blade of a sword
                That kills without cutting.
                And the Void is my homeland.

                I have been in Caer Sidi
                In the Spiral Castle of Glass.
                And the letters on the Standing Stones 
                Are no secret from me.

                I have been in Annwyn
                And Tir na n'Og,
                I have danced the Spiral Dance,
                And drunk from the Hierlas at daybreak.

                I have ridden beneath two ravens
                And served in the kitchen,
                And all places are alike unto me.

                I have been a child
                And now I come into my strength!

                I invoke the Land, the dear Land,
                the Earth our Mother!

MAIDEN: The cycles of the Moon have taken their course, and I am
        in my Maidenhood. The stars are kindled, and I dance in
        their light.

DARK LORD: Thy home is with me thru the long months of Winter, and 
the
           Earth shall lie fallow and bare.
                                                   
%   The HPS shall then light the candles of the Crown of Light,
%   and shall approach the Maiden, who is now standing in the East, 
and
%   place it upon her head.
%   She shall now, in company with the Bard/Green Man, 
circumnabulate the
%   circle, and the coveners shall light their candles from her 
crown.
%   The Bard/Green Man shall return to his normal place within the 
circle
%   and the Maiden shall place the Crown of Light on the altar.
%   The Maiden shall then approach the Dark Lord, and kneel before 
him,
%   and he shall say:

DARK LORD: As it always is, always was, and always shall be. Come 
to my
           Kingdom.

%   Here he shall place the dark cloak around her, and they shall 
retire
%   to the West.  
%   Here ends the Candlemas 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 Sun is given birth
    Build the Power; root to Earth

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 then the HPS should say:

HPS: By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree:
     Let the Power flow out and free!
     
%   All should release, at this point.


... Persons reading between the lines do so at their own risk ...  
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By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 5 Bardic Cycle
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%   Such coven business as must be transacted may be done here.
%   This is a good time to bless candles for use during the coming 
year.
%   This is also a good time for initiations.
        ------------------------------------------------------
%   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.
     The Sun's returned to banish dark
     The Earth awakes to sunlight's spark.
     By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree,
     Our circle's done; and Blessed Be!

COVEN: Blessed Be!

%   All spiral dance out from the Circle.

  ---------------------------------------------------------------

        EOSTAR RITUAL: (Spring Equinox)
                     -by the White Bard

Materials:  a MAIDEN, who shall be dressed in white, covered by a
            black (or other dark material) cloak, preferably with
            a hood drawn over her head. No white of her garment
            should show.
            a BARD/GREEN MAN, who shall either recite or sing his
            Song Of Calling, preferably accompanied by an approp-
            riate musical instrument (drum, flute, harp, guitar)

%  The ceremony for the Lesser Sabbats should be written by newer
%  members of the coven, as part of their learning. At an appropriate
%  place in the ceremony, the following should be inserted:

%   Here begins the Eostar Mystery:
%   Bard and Maiden shall stand together in the North, with the HP
    between them.

MAIDEN:  I have been in the Kingdom of the Dark Lord,
         Where no Sun shines.
         But now I shall return to the green of Earth,
         And all things shall rejoice with me.

BARD/GREEN MAN:  Follow me forth from the Dark Lord's Hall
                 And show that Love will conquer all!

%  Bard moves to the East, and shall sing his Song of Calling:
%  Song of Calling may be whatever the Bard feels appropriate.
%  The below listed song is a suggestion only, and is used with
%  the author's permission:

              THE BARD'S SONG
   (c) copyright 1990 W. J. Bethancourt III
   (Tune: "Dublin City")

BARD:    As I walked out one quiet evening
         At the hour of twelve at night
         Who should I meet but a fair young maiden
         Combin' her hair by candle light;
         Lassie, I have come a-courtin'
         Your kind favours for to win
         And if you'd heed my petition
         I would be your Paladin...

(CHORUS) Gather roses in the Springtime
         Gather roses while ye may,
         Time is passing; roses wither;
         Winter comes; we're here -today-.


... Where is Filbert Desinex now that we need him so?
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(218)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:03                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 6 Bardic Cycle
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%  Bard moves to the South, Maiden moves to the East. 

BARD:    Have you seen the dew a-formin'
         On the grass at early morn?
         Have you seen the forest quiet,
         Or a stag that's barely born?
         Have you seen the dawn a-breakin'
         O'er the Western Ocean's tide?
         Have you felt my heart a-beatin'
         When it's held close to your side?

(CHORUS) Gather roses in the Springtime
         Gather roses while ye may,
         Time is passing; roses wither;
         Winter comes; we're here -today-.

%  Bard moves to the West, Maiden moves to the South.

BARD:    I can give no gold or silver,
         I can give no fields of land,
         I can give no servants brisk
         To wait on you both foot and hand;
         I can give you wide roads callin'
         Wind and Rain, and Moon and Sun,
         Songs to sing, and love and laughter,
         Dresses made of plain home-spun.

(CHORUS) Gather roses in the Springtime
         Gather roses while ye may,
         Time is passing; roses wither;
         Winter comes; we're here -today-.

%  Bard moves to the North, Maiden moves to the West.

BARD:    Come dance with me upon the greensward
         In the moonlight, in the Spring.
         Dance with me within the forest
         Dance with me within the ring!
         Earth below us, stars above us,
         Fire and water by our side,
         Dance with me within the moonlight,
         Dance with me, and be my Bride!

(CHORUS) Gather roses in the Springtime
         Gather roses while ye may,
         Time is passing; roses wither;
         Winter comes; we're here -today-.

%  Bard moves to the Center, Maiden moves to the North.
%  The HP shall try to hold her back, by holding her dark cloak,
%  but she shall unclasp it, and move to the center, leaving the
%  HP holding the cloak, revealing herself dressed in white, and 
%  shall stand beside the Bard.

MAIDEN:  I have been in the Kingdom of the Dark Lord,
         Where no Sun shines.
         But now I return to the green of Earth,
         And all things shall rejoice with me.

%  The HPS shall crown the Maiden with a wreath of flowers.
%  Here ends the Eostar Mystery.
  ---------------------------------------------------------------
              THE DAY OF THE FOOL: April 1
                        -by the White Bard

%  This day is not in the traditional cycle, but should not be
%  omitted by those of the Bardic Path. There is no "set" ritual,
%  but this is the time for satire and general foolery by all.
%  A good thing to do here is to have a simple gathering, perhaps
%  a pot-luck, choose a King and/or Queen of Fools, and have a
%  good party. See the German Fasching or Mardi Gras for hints.


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(219)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:05                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 7 Bardic Cycle
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        BELTANE RITUAL: May Day
                  -by the White Bard        

Materials: One cauldron, filled with water
           a wreath of flowers for the MAIDEN
           the Maiden should wear white, if possible
           two wooden swords (optional)
           a fire, as close to the ground as possible
           A BARD/GREEN MAN (note: if you have no Bard, then a
                male to act as Green Man should be chosen either
                by lottery, or by the Maiden. The Maiden is, of
                course, free to request a specific person to
                act as Green Man even if there is a Bard available
                to the coven.)
           candles for all, if possible

        *****************************************

%  The place of ritual should be set up, away from the gathered 
%  participants.
%  It is more than a good idea to manage bathrooms and such like
%  before the circle is closed. This Mystery is not something any 
%  of the participants should miss out on!
  
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 Bard/Green Man
%  dances at the end of the line.

HPS: Come we forth, with the Spiral Dance
     Within the Lady's radiance
     To celebrate the Year renewed
     And praise the Powers, with gratitude.

     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.

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!


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(220)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:06                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 8 Bardic Cycle
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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!

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

        --------------------------------------------------

%   Here begins the Beltane Mystery

BARD or GREEN MAN: Thus I invoke the Lady White
                   To come to us this sacred night.
                   By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree,
                   I show you a Mystery!

%   The Maiden shall stand beside the HP, who shall hold a
%   wooden sword. The Bard/Green Man shall approach them, also
%   carrying a wooden sword, and shall, in mime, challenge the
%   HP. They shall strike their swords together in three sets
%   of three blows, then Bard/Green Man shall strike the HP, with
%   the last blow of his sword, who shall fall as if dead.
%   (Note: This can be played as a Morris Dance, if so wished.)
%   If no Maiden and Bard/Green Man are used, then the above combat
%   may be eliminated, and the HP and HPS shall enact the Mystery.
%   The HPS' part shall then be spoken by the participants.

%   The Maiden moves to the East. The Bard/Green Man moves to the
%   North.

HPS: Cunning and art she did not lack
     But aye his whistle would fetch her back!

MAIDEN: 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 fetched hame!


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(221)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:07                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 9 Bardic Cycle
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BARD/GREEN MAN: 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 Maiden moves to the South. The Bard/Green Man moves to the
%   East.

HPS: Cunning and art she did not lack
     But aye his whistle would fetch her back!

MAIDEN: 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!

BARD/GREEN MAN: 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 Maiden moves to the West. The Bard/Green Man moves to the
%   South.

HPS: Cunning and art she did not lack
     But aye his whistle would fetch her back!

MAIDEN: 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!

BARD/GREEN MAN: 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 Maiden moves to the North. The Bard/Green Man moves to the
%   West.

HPS: Cunning and art she did not lack
     But aye his whistle would fetch her back!

MAIDEN: 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!

BARD/GREEN MAN: Mouse, take heed of a white tom-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!

%   Bard/Green Man walks to Maiden and takes her hand. They
%   both move to the Cauldron, and face HPS.

HPS: Cunning and art she did not lack
     But aye his Song has fetched her back!

     Old Winter's dead, the Lady reigns
     And Summer has returned again!
     
%   Bard/Green Man and Maiden both wet their hands with water 
%   from the Cauldron, and sprinkle it on the HP, who comes to 
%   life again.

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

%   Bard/Green Man and Maiden both move to, and jump, the fire.
%   Here ends the Beltane Mystery.
%   Note: This Mystery is the more historically correct "Great Rite."

        ------------------------------------------------


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(222)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:09                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 10 Bardic Cycle
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%   If there is a May Pole, it should be erected by the men -only- at
%   this point, and all dance around it, alternating male and female
%   to raise the cone of power as outlined below.  
%   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 year is given birth
    Build the Power; root to Earth

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 as needed to fully wrap the pole) and then the HPS
%   should say:

HPS: By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree:
     Let the Power flow out and free!
     
%   All should release, at this point.

        ------------------------------------------------------

%   Such coven business as must be transacted may be done here.

        ------------------------------------------------------
%   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.
     Winter's cold is gone away
     Now it is the Day of May.
     By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree,
     Our circle's done; and Blessed Be!

COVEN: Blessed Be!

%   All spiral dance out from the Circle, jumping the fire as 
%   they go. HP and HPS lead, with Bard/Green Man and Maiden
%   taking care of bringing the Bel Fire into camp. Allow the Bel
%   fire to burn out on its own, if possible, otherwise put it
%   out with the water from the Caldron. Disposal of the water
%   otherwise should be to pour it at the roots of a tree.
%   All participants may take fire from the Bel Fire to take home
%   with them, cook over, or whatever, before it is extinguished.

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           MIDSUMMER RITUAL: (Summer Solstice)
                            -by the White Bard

Materials: a GREEN MAN, dressed in green, bearing a leafy branch.
           Small cakes, and a drink of some sort, preferably apple
           based. For covens that use alcohol, mead would be ok, too.

%  The ceremony for the Lesser Sabbats should be written by newer
%  members of the coven, as part of their learning. At an appropriate
%  place in the ceremony, the following should be inserted:

HPS: This is the time of the Green Man; the Jack-of-the-Green; the
     Spirit of the Wood. Call him what you will, Robin Hood, Herne,
     or even Pan, this is His time! Rejoice in Summer!


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(223)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:10                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 11 Bardic Cycle
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%  The Green Man should rush into the circle, laughing and leaping.
%  It would be appropriate for him to carry a leafy branch, with
%  which to strike (lightly) the young women of the coven.
%  He shall then approach the cakes and drink, and pick one of each
%  up, hold them up to the coven, and say:

GREEN MAN: Behold the fruits of the Mother!

HP/HPS: Blessed be the food that nourishes us!

%  All should sit, and eat, and have a nice, quiet party of some 
sort!

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                LAMMAS RITUAL: 1 August
                         -by the White Bard

Materials: one person should be chosen by the HP to play LUGH,
           who shall walk with an obvious limp. He may use a
           crutch, or a cane if he so chooses.

        *****************************************

%  The place of ritual should be set up, away from the
   gathered participants.
%  It is more than a good idea to manage bathrooms and such like
%  before the circle is closed. This Mystery is not something any 
%  of the participants should miss out on!
  
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.

HPS: Come we forth, with the Spiral Dance
     Within the Lady's radiance
     To celebrate the Season's turn
     To Autumn, when the leaves will burn

     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.

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!


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(224)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:16                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 12 Bardic Cycle
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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!

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

        --------------------------------------------------

%   Here begins the Lammas Mystery

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

%  A small meal of bread and some form of beverage should be
%  laid out, and all should partake. As all are eating, Lugh
%  shall approach the circle, and say:

LUGH: Merry meet to all! May I enter the circle?

HPS: And what talent do you have, that we do not?

LUGH: I am a Smith, to make tools and weapons.

HPS: We have Govannon, to make our tools and weapons. Go away.

LUGH: I am a Shaman, to offer the Sight Within.

HPS: Any of us can do that. Go away.

LUGH: I am a Farmer, to grow your food.

HPS: We have the Young God and the Maiden, to set our food to
     grow. We have no need of you. Go away.


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(225)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:16                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 13 Bardic Cycle
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LUGH: I am a Warrior, to defend you.

HPS: We have those of the Warrior Path, and their valor is
     unquestioned. Go away.

LUGH: I am a Bard, to sing you songs and make you merry.

HPS: We have a Bard. Go away.

LUGH: I have Wisdom to impart.

HPS: We have the Old God and the Crone. Go away.

LUGH: I am a Fisherman, to harvest the waters.

HPS: Any of us can catch fish. Go away.

LUGH: I am a Satirist and maker of jokes, to give laughter.

HPS: The Fool gives us humor. Go away.

LUGH: But do you have one who is ALL of these? For I am Lugh,
      the Ruler, the Singer, the Long-Sighted, the Craftsman,
      and all Talents are as ONE with me.

HPS: This we do not have, indeed, and you are Lugh Samildanach. 
     Enter and be welcome!

%  The HPS shall open the circle and Lugh shall enter and be seated
%  with the company. Lugh shall -limp- when he walks, and shall
%  walk, and sit, in obvious pain.
%  He should look around him, as if expecting something.
%  If none within the circle asks why he is limping, or otherwise
%  expresses concern, the Maiden shall say:

MAIDEN: Sir, why do you limp? Are you injured?

LUGH: You have asked The Question, and I thank you. Seek you the
      Cauldron of Healing, the Cauldron of Cerridwen, for my time
      grows short, but from it I shall be re-born.

       ----------------------------------------------------

%   Here ends the Lammas Mystery
%   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 year is given birth
    Build the Power; root to Earth

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 as needed) and then the HPS should say:

HPS: By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree:
     Let the Power flow out and free!
     
%   All should release, at this point.

        ------------------------------------------------------

%   Such coven business as must be transacted may be done here.

        ------------------------------------------------------
%   The Circle is opened.  


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(226)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:21                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 14 Bardic Cycle
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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.
     As Autumn leaves fall as the rain
     The seasons' turning, once again.
     By Fin and Feather, Leaf and Tree,
     Our circle's done; and Blessed Be!

COVEN: Blessed Be!

%   All spiral dance out from the Circle. Lugh shall follow
%   at the end of the line.

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                    RITUAL: (Fall Equinox)
                        -by the White Bard

Materials: An OLD KING
           
%  The ceremony for the Lesser Sabbats should be written by newer
%  members of the coven, as part of their learning. At an appropriate
%  place in the ceremony, the following should be inserted:

%  The Old King shall move in a feeble manner to the West, and say:

OLD KING: I am aged, and I approach my Time. Help me, lest I die!

CRONE: There is no help for you, for all must travel that road.

%  The Old King shall then turn to the assembled coven, and say: 

OLD KING: Seek ye the Cauldron! Seek ye the Grail! It shall heal me
          And bring me forth again. 

%  Here a song  may be sung, and "John Barleycorn" would be most
%  appropriate:

                JOHN BARLEYCORN 
                        -Traditional

        There were three men come out of the West 
        Their fortunes for to try,
        And these three men made a solemn vow:
        John Barleycorn should die!
        John Barleycorn should die!
                        (nb: 4th line of each verse is sung twice)

        They plowed, they sowed, they harrowed him in,
        Threw clods upon his head,
        And these three men made a solemn vow:
        John Barleycorn was dead!

        CHORUS: Fa la la la, it's a lovely day!
                Sing fa la la lay oh! 
                Fa la la la, it's a lovely day!
                Sing fa la la lay oh!

        They let him lie for a very long time
        'Til the rain from Heaven did fall,
        Then Little Sir John sprung up his head,
        And so amazed them all!

        They let him stand 'til Midsummer tide,
        'Til he grew both pale and wan,
        Then Little Sir John he grew a long beard,
        And so became a man!


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(227)   Mon 27 Jul 92 15:21                             
By: the Bard
To: All
Re: 15 Bardic Cycle
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        They hired men with the sythes so sharp
        To cut him off at the knee
        They rolled him and tied him about the waist,
        And used him barbarously!

        They hired men with the sharp pitchforks
        To pierce him to the heart,
        And the loader he served him worse than that,
        For he tied him in a cart!

        They wheeled him around and around the field,
        'Til they came to a barn,
        And there they made a solemn mow
        Of poor John Barleycorn,

        They hired men with the crab-tree sticks
        To strip him skin from bone
        And the Miller he served him worse than that:
        For he ground him between two stones!

        They have wheeled him here and wheeled him there
        And wheeled him to a barn,
        And they have served him worse than that
        They have bunged him in a vat!

        They have worked their will on John Barleycorn
        But he lived to tell the tale;
        For they pour him out of an old brown jug,
        And they call him home-brewed ale!

        Here's Little Sir John in a nut-brown bowl,
        And brandy in a glass!
        And Little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl
        Proved the stronger man at last!

        For the huntsman he can't hunt the fox
        Nor loudly blow his horn,
        And the tinker can't mend kettles nor pots
        Without John Barleycorn!
 
    -------------------------------------------------------------

              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.

         ------------------------------------------------

%  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.


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

     The Circle's cast; and Blessed Be!

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

        --------------------------------------------------

%  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!

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!


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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:

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!

%   If there is time enough, the HPS and/or a selected member(s) of 
the
%   coven should read aloud the "Roll of Martyrs." Note: This listing
%   is copyrighted, and used by the author's permission.
%   The reader shall say:

READER: Never again the Burning Times! Let us remember our dead, 
        good and bad, innocent and guilty:

%   Follows is the Roll of Martyrs. This may be read aloud, or may be
%   placed in written form upon the altar as the above words are 
said.
                                
 Adamson, Francis: executed at Durham, England, in 1652
 Albano, Peter of: died in prison circa 1310
 Allen, Joan: hanged at the Old Bailey, London, England, in 1650
 Allen, Jonet: burned in Scotland in 1661


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 Amalaric, Madeline: burned in France in mid-1500's
 Ancker, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Andrius, Barthelemy: burned at Carcassonne, France in 1330
 Andrius, Jean: burned at Carcassonne, France in 1330
 Andrius, Phillippe: burned at Carcassonne, France in 1330
 Arnold, (first name unknown): hanged at Barking, England, in 1574
 d'Arc, Joan: burned at Rouen, France, on 30 May, 1431 (note: the 
witchcraft
              charge in this case was -implied- and not specific)
 Ashby, Anne: hanged at Maidstone, England, in July, 1652
 Askew, Anne: burned for witchcraft 1546
 Audibert, Etienne: condemned for witchcraft in France, on 20 March 
1619
 Aupetit, Pierre: burned at Bordeaux, France, in 1598

 Babel, Zuickel: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Babel, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Baker, Anne: executed in Leicester, England, in 1619
 Balcoin, Marie: burned in the reign of Henry IV of France
 Balfour, Alison: burned at Edinburgh, Scotland, on 16 December, 1594
 Bannach, (husband) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, 
Germany, 
          1628-1629
 Bannach, (wife) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, 
Germany, 1628-1629
 Barber, Mary: executed in Northhampton, England, on 22 July, 1612
 Barker, Janet: burned in Scotland in 1643
 Baroni, Catterina: beheaded and burned at Castelnovo, Italy, on 14 
April, 1647
 Barthe, Angela de la: burned at Toulouse, France, in 1275
 Barton, William: executed in Scotland (year unknown)
 Basser, Fredrick: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Batsch, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Bayerin, Anna: executed at Salzburg, Austria, in 1751
 Beaumont, Sieur de: accused of witchcraft on 21 October, 1596
 Bebelin, Gabriel: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Beck, Viertel: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Beck, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Belon, Jean: executed in France, in 1597
 Berger, Christopher: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Berrye, Agnes: hanged at Enfield, England, in 1616
 Bentz, (mother) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, 
Germany, 1628-1629
 Bentz, (daughter) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, 
Germany, 
        1628-1629
 Beuchel, Anna: burned at Waldsee, Germany, in 1581
 Beutler, (first name unknown) beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Bill, Arthur: executed in Northhampton, England, on 22 July, 1612
 Birenseng, Agata: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 25 June, 1594
 Bishop, Briget: hanged at Salem, New England on 10 June, 1692
 Bodenham, Anne: hanged at Salisbury, England, in 1653
 Bonnet, Jean: burned alive at Boissy-en-Ferez, France, in 1583
 Boram, (mother) (first name unknown): hung at Bury St Edmunds, 
England, in 
        1655
 Boram, (daughter) (first name unknown): hung at Bury St Edmunds, 
England, in 
        1655
 Bolingbroke, Roger: hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, 
England, on 18
                     November, 1441
 Boulay, Anne: burned at Nancy, France, in 1620
 Boulle, Thomas: burned alive at Rouen, France, on 21 August, 1647
 Bowman, Janet: burned in Scotland in 1572
 Bragadini, Mark Antony: beheaded in Italy in the 1500's
 Brickmann, (first name unknown) beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Brose, Elizabeth: tortured to death in the castle of Gommern, 
Germany, on
                   4 November, 1660
 Brown, Janet: burned in Scotland in 1643
 Browne, Agnes: executed in Northhampton, England, on 22 July, 1612
 Browne, Joan: executed in Northhampton, England, on 22 July, 1612
 Browne, Mary: hanged at Maidstone, England, in July, 1652
 Brooks, Jane: hanged in England on 26 March, 1658
 Brugh, John: burned in Scotland in 1643
 Buckh, Appollonia: burned at Waldsee, Germany, in 1581
 Bugler, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Bulcock, John: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Bulcock, Jane: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Bull, Edmund: hanged at Taunton, England, in 1631
 Bulmer, Matthew: hanged at Newcastle, England, in 1649
 Burroughs, George: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 August, 
1692
 Bursten-Binderin, (first name unknown) beheaded at Wurzburg, 
Germany, 1628-
                   1629


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 Calles, Helen: executed at Braynford, England, on 1 December, 1595
 Camelli, Domenica: beheaded and burned at Castelnovo, Italy, on 14 
April, 1647
 Canzler, (first name unknown) beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Carrier, Martha: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 August, 1692
 Caveden, Lucia: beheaded and burned at Castelnovo, Italy, on 14 
April, 1647
 Cemola, Zinevra: beheaded and burned at Castelnovo, Italy, on 14 
April, 1647
 Corey, Martha: executed at Salem, New England, on 22 September, 1692
 Corey, Giles: prssed to death at Salem, New England, on 19 
September, 1692
 Corset, Janet: killed by a mob at Pittenweem, Scotland, in 1704
 Challiot, (first name unknown): murdered at St. Georges, France, 
in February, 
           1922
 Chalmers, Bessie: tried for witchcraft in Inverkiething, Scotland 
1621
 Chambers, (first name unknown): died in prison, in England, in 1693
 Chamoulliard, (first name unknown): burned in France, in 1597
 de Chantraine, Anne: burned as a witch in Waret-la-Chaussee, 
France, on 
                      October 17, 1622
 Chatto, Marioun: tried for witchcraft in Inverkiething, Scotland 
1621
 Ciceron, Andre: burned alive at Carcassone, France, in 1335
 Cockie, Isabel: burnt as a witch, at a cost of 105 s. 4 p., in 
England 1596
 Cox, Julian: executed at Taunton, England, in 1663
 Couper, Marable: burned in the north of Scotland in 1622
 Craw, William: burned in Scotland in 1680
 Crots, (son) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Cullender, Rose: executed at Bury St Edmunds, England, on 17 March 
1664
 Cumlaquoy, Marian: burned at Orkney, Scotland in 1643
 Cunningham, John: burned at Edinburgh, in January, 1591
 Cunny, Joan: hanged in Chelmsford, England, in 1589

 Deiner, Hans: burned at Waldsee, Germany (year unknown)
 Delort, Catherine: burned at Toulouse, France, in 1335
 Demdike, Elizabeth: convicted, but died in prison, in Lancaster, 
England, 
                     in 1612
 DeMolay, Jacques: Grand Master of the Templars, burned in France on 
                   22 March 1312
 Desbordes, (first name unknown): burned in France, in 1628
 Deshayes, Catherine: burned on 22 February, 1680
 Device, Elizabeth: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Device, James: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Device, Alizon: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Doree, Catherine: executed at Courveres, France, in 1577
 Dorlady, Mansfredo: burned at Vesoul, France as being the Devil's 
banker, on
                     18 January, 1610
 Dorlady, Fernando: burned at Vesoul, France as being the Devil's 
banker, on
                    18 January, 1610
 Dormar, Anna: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 9 October, 1586
 Douglas, Janet: burned at Castle, Hill, Scotland, on 17 July, 1557
 Drummond, Alexander: executed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1670
 "Dummy" (name unknown; he was deaf-and-dumb): killed by a mob at 
Sible
         Hedingham, England, on 3 August, 1865
 Duncan, Gellie: hanged in Scotland in 1591
 Dunhome, Margaret: burned in Scotland (year unknown)
 Dunlop, Bessie: burned at Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1576
 Duny, Amy: executed at Bury St Edmunds, England, on 17 March, 1664
 Dyneis, Jonka: burned in the north of Scotland in 1622

 Easty, Mary: executed at Salem, New England, on 22 September, 1692
 Echtinger, Barbara: imprisoned for life at Waldsee, Germany, on 24 
August, 
                     1545
 Edelfrau, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Edwards, Susanna: hanged at Bideford, England in 1682
 Einseler, Catharina: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 6 July, 1581
 Erb, Anna: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 9 March, 1586
 Eyering, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629

 Fian, John: hanged at Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1591
 Fief, Mary le: of Samur, France, accused of witchcraft, on 13 
October 1573
 Fleischbaum, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Flieger, Catharina: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 6 July, 1581
 Flower, Joan: died before trial, at Lincoln, England, 1619
 Flower, Margaret: executed at Lincoln, England, in March, 1619
 Flower, Phillippa: executed at Lincoln, England, in March, 1619
 Foster, Anne: hanged at Northhampton, England, in 1674
 Fray, Ursula: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 12 June, 1587
 Fray, Margaret: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 25 June, 1594
 Fynnie, Agnes: burned in Scotland in 1643


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 Gabley, (first name unknown): executed at King's Lynn, England, in 
1582
 Galigai, Leonora: beheaded at the Place de Grieve, France, on 8 
July, 1617
 Garnier, Gilles: burned as a werewolf in Dole, France 1574
 Gaufridi, Louis: burned at Marseilles, France, at 5:00 pm on 30 
April, 1611
 Geissler, Clara: strangled at Gelnhausen, Germany circa 1630
 Georgel, Anna Marie de: burned at Toulouse, France, in 1335
 Geraud, Hughes: burned in France in 1317
 Gering, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Glaser, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Glover, Goody: hanged at Salem, New England, in 1688
 Gobel, Barbara: burned at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1639
 Goeldi, Anna: hanged at Glaris, Switzerland, on 17 June, 1782
 Goldschmidt, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Good, Sarah: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 July, 1692
 Grandier, Urbain, burned at Loudon, France, on 18 August, 1634
 Goodridge, Alse: executed at Darbie, England, in 1597
 Gratiadei, Domenica: beheaded and burned at Castelnovo, Italy, on 
14 April, 
                      1647
 Green, Ellen: executed in Leicester, England, in 1619
 Greensmith, (first name unknown): hanged in Hartford, New England, 
on 20
             January, 1662
 Greland, Jean: burned at Chamonix, France, in 1438, with 10 others
 Grierson, Isobel: burned in Scotland in March, 1607
 Gutbrod, (first name unknown:) beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629

 Haan, George: burned at Bamberg, Germany, circa 1626, with his 
wife, daughter,
               and son
 Hacket, Margaret: executed at Tyburn, England, on 19 February, 1585
 Hamilton, Margaret: burned in Scotland in 1680
 Hafner, (son) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Hammellmann, Melchoir: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Hamyltoun, Christiane: tried for witchcraft in Inverkiething, 
Scotland 1621
 Hans, David: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Hans, Kilian: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Harfner, (first name unknown): hanged herself in the prison of 
Bamberg, 
          1628-1629
 Harlow, Bessie: tried for witchcraft in Inverkiething, Scotland 1621
 Harrisson, Joanna, and her daughter: executed in Hertford, 
England, in 1606
 Harvilliers, Jeanne: executed in France, in 1578
 Haus, (wife) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Hennot, Catherine: burned alive in Germany in 1627
 Henry III, King of France: assassinated on 1 August, 1589
 Hewitt, Katherine: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Hezensohn, Joachim: beheaded at Waldsee, Germany, in 1557
 Hibbins, Anne: hanged in Boston, Massachusetts on 19 June, 1656
 Hirsch, Nicodemus: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Hoecker, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Hofschmidt, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Holtzmann, Stoffel: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Hofseiler, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Hoppo, (first name unknown): executed in Germany in 1599
 How, Elizabeth: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 July, 1692
 Hoyd, Anna: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 24 November, 1586
 Huebmeyer, Barbara: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 11 September, 
1589
 Huebmeyer, Appela: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 11 September, 1589
 Hunt, Joan: hanged in Middlesex, England in 1615
 Hunter, Alexander: burned at Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1629
 Huxley, Catherine: hanged at Worcester, England in the summer of 
1652

 Isel, Ursula: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 7 November, 1586
 Isolin, Madlen: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 6 July, 1581

 Jacobs, George: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 August, 1692
 Jenkenson, Helen: executed in Northhampton, England, on 22 July, 
1612
 Jennin, (first name unknown): burned at Cambrai, France, in 1460
 Jollie, Alison: executed in Scotland, in October, 1596
 Jones, Katherine: burned in the north of Scotland in 1622
 Jones, Margaret: executed in Charlestown, North America, on 15 
June, 1648
 Jordemaine, Margery: burned at Smithfield, England, on 27 October, 
1441
 Junius, Johannes: of Bamberg, executed as a witch, on 6 August, 1628
 Jung, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629


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 Kent, Margaret: tried for witchcraft in Inverkiething, Scotland 1621
 Kerke, Anne: executed at Tyburn, England, in 1599
 Kleiss, Anna: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 30 October, 1586
 Kless, Catharina: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 12 June, 1587
 Knertz, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Knor, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Knott, Elizabeth: hanged at St. Albans, England, in 1649
 Kramerin, Schelmerey: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Kuhnlin, Elsa: burned at Waldsee, Germany, in 1518
 Kuler, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629

 Lachenmeyer, Waldburg: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 5 July, 1585
 deLarue, (first name unknown): burned at Rouen, in 1540
 Lauder, Margaret: burned in Scotland in 1643
 Leclerc, (no first name given): condemned for witchcraft, in 
France 1615
 Lakeland, (first name unknown): burned at Ipswich, England, in 1645
 Lamb, Dr.: stoned to death by a mob at St. Paul's Cross, London, 
England,
            in 1640
 Lambrecht, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Leger, (no first name given): condemmned for witchcraft in France, 
on 6 May, 
                               1616
 Liebler, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Lloyd, Temperance: hanged at Bideford, England in 1682
 Louis, (first name unknown): executed at Suffolk, England, in 1646
 Lowes, John: hanged at Bury, England, about 1645
 Lutz, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629

 Macalzean, Euphemia: burned alive in Scotland for witchcraft, on 
25 June, 1591
 Marigny, Enguerrand de: hanged in France in 1315
 Marguerite, (last name unknown): burned at Paris, France, in 1586
 Mark, Bernhard: burned alive at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Martin, Marie: executed in France, in 1586
 Martin, Susannah: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 July, 1692
 Martyn, Anne: hanged at Maidstone, England, in July, 1652
 Mayer, Christina: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 9 October, 1586
 Mazelier, Hanchemand de: arrested at Neuchatel, Germany 1439
 Meath, Petronilla de: burned as a witch, the first such burning in 
Ireland, 
                       on 3 November, 1324
 Meyer, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Mirot, Dominic: burned at Paris, France, in 1586
 Morin< (first name unknown): burned at Rouen, in 1540
 Mossau, Renata von: beheaded and burned in Bavaria, Germany, on 21 
June, 1749 
 Mullerin, Elsbet: burned at Waldsee, Germany, in 1531
 Mundie, Beatrice: tried for witchcraft in Inverkiething, Scotland 
1621

 Napier, Barbara: hanged in Scotland in 1591
 Nathan, Abraham: executed at Haeck, Germany, on 24 September, 1772
 Newell, John: executed at Barnett, England, on 1 December, 1595
 Newell, Joane: executed at Barnett, England, on 1 December, 1595
 Newman, Elizabeth: executed at Whitechapel, England in 1653
 Nottingham, John of: died in custody, Coventry, England, 1324
 Nurse, Rebecca: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 July, 1692
 Nutter, Alice: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612

 Oliver, Mary: burned at Norwich, England, in 1658
 Orchard, (first name unknown): executed at Salisbury, England, in 
1658
 Osborne, (husband) (first name unknown): killed by a mob at Tring, 
                    Herefordshire, England, in 1751
 Osborne, (wife) Ruth: killed by a mob at Tring, Herefordshire, 
England, in 
                       1751
 Osburne, Sarah: died in prison at Boston, Massachusetts, 10 May, 
1692
 Oswald, Catherine: burned in Scotland in 1670

 Paeffin, Elsa: burned at Waldsee, Germany, in 1518
 Pajot, Marguerite: executed at Tonnerre, France, in 1576
 Paris, (first name unknown): hanged at St. Andrews, Scotland, in 
1569
 Parker, Alice: executed at Salem, New England, on 22 September, 1692
 Parker, Mary: executed at Salem, New England, on 22 September, 1692
 Palmer, John: hanged at St. Albans, England, in 1649
 Pannel, Mary: executed in Yorkshire, England, in 1603
 Pearson, Alison: burned in Scotland on 28 May, 1588
 Peebles, Marion: burned in Scotland in 1643
 Peterson, Joan: hanged at Tyburn, England, in April, 1652
 Pichler, Emerenziana: burned at Defereggen, Germany, on 25 
September, 1680
          (her two sons, aged 12 and 14, were also burned two days 
later)


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 Poiret, (first name unknown): burned at Nancy, France, in 1620
 Pomp, Anna: executed at Lindheim, Germany, in 1633
 Porte, Vidal de la: condemned at Riom, France, in 1597
 Powle, (first name unknown): executed at Durham, England, in 1652
 Prentice, Joan: hanged in Chelmsford, England, in 1589
 Preston, Jennet: executed in York, England, in 1612
 Pringle, Margaret: burned in Scotland in 1680
 Procter, John: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 August, 1692
 Pudeator, Anne: executed at Salem, New England, on 22 September, 
1692

 Quattrino, Dominic: burned at Mesolcina, Italy, in 1583

 Rattray, George: executed in Spott, Scotland, in 1705
 Rattray, Lachlan: executed in Spott, Scotland, in 1705
 Rauffains, Catharina: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 7 November, 
1586
 Reade, Mary: hanged at Maidstone, England, in July, 1652
 Redfearne, Anne: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Reed, Wilmot: executed at Salem, New England, on 22 September, 1692
 Reich, Maria: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 5 July, 1585
 Reid, John: hanged himself in prison, in Scotland, in 1697
 Reoch, Elspeth: burned in the north of Scotland in 1622
 Robey, Isobel: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Rodier, Catala: burned alive at Carcassone, France, in 1335
 Rodier, Paul: burned alive at Carcassone, France, in 1335
 Rohrfelder, Margaret: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 24 August, 1585
 Rosch, Maria: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 6 July, 1581
 Rosseau, (no first name given), and his daughter, (no name given) 
of France, 
          accused of witchcraft on 2 October 1593
 Rue, Abel de la: of Coulommiers, France, accused of witchcraft on 
20 July, 
                  1592       
 Roulet, Jacques: burned alive for being a were-wolf, at Angiers, 
France, in 
                  1597
 Rum, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Russel, Alice: killed by a mob at Great Paxton, England, 20 May, 
1808
 Rutchser, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Rutter, Elizabeth: hanged in Middlesex, England in 1616

 Sailler, Ursula: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 24 August, 1585
 Sampsoune, Agnes: tried, strangled, and burnt for a witch in 
Scotland 1591
 Samuels, (family): three members condemned for witchcraft in 
Warboys, 
                    England, on 4 April, 1593
 Sawyer, Elizabeth, hanged at Tyburn, England, on 19 April, 1621
 Scharber, Elsbeth: burned at Waldsee, Germany, in 1581
 Schneider, Felicitas: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 9 March, 1586
 Schnelling, Anna: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 11 September, 1589
 Schutz, Babel: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Schwaegel, Anna Maria: beheaded at Kempten, Germany, on 11 April, 
1775
 Schwartz, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Schenck, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Schellhar, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Schickelte, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Schneider, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Schleipner, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Schuler, (first name not known): burned at Lindheim, Germany on 23 
February,
          1663
 Schultheiss, Ursula: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 9 March, 1586
 Schwarz, Eva: burned at Waldsee, Germany, in 1581
 Schwerdt, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Scott, Margaret: executed at Salem, New England, on 22 September, 
1692
 Scottie, Agnes: burned in the north of Scotland in 1622
 Sechelle, (first name unknown): burned at Paris, France, in 1586
 Smith, Mary: hanged at King's Lynn, England, in 1616
 Stadlin, (first name unknown): executed in Germany in 1599
 Steicher, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Steinacher, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Steward, William: hanged at St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1569
 Stewart, Christian: strangled and burned in Scotland, in November, 
1596
 Stolzberger, (son) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, 
Germany, 
              1628-1629
 Stolzberger, (wife) (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, 
Germany, 
              1628-1629
 Stolzberger, (granddaughter) (first name unknown): beheaded at 
Wurzburg, 
               Germany, 1628-1629
 Stubb, Peter: executed as a werewolf near Cologne, Germany, in 1589
 Stuber, Laurence: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Sturmer, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Style, Elizabeth: died in prison, at Taunton, England, in 1664
 Seiler, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Silberhans, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Steinbach, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Stier, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Stadelmann, Ursula: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 7 November, 1586
 Sutton (mother) (first name unknown): executed in Bedford, England 
in 1613
 Sutton, Mary: executed in Bedford, England in 1613


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 Thausser, Simon, and his wife (no name given): burned at Waldsee, 
Germany, 
           in 1518
 Thompson, Annaple: burned in Scotland in 1680 
 Tod, Beigis: burned at Lang Nydrie, Scotland, on 27 May, 1608
 Treher, Anna: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 5 July, 1585
 Trembles, Mary: hanged at Bideford, England in 1682
 Trois-Echelles (pseud.): executed at Paris, France, in 1571 (or 
1574)
 Tungerslieber, (first name unknown) beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Turner, Ann: murdered in England, in 1875

 Uhlmer, Barbara: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 24 August, 1585
 Upney, Joan: hanged in Chelsford, England, in 1589
 Utley, (first name unknown): hanged at Lancaster, England, in 1630

 Valee, Melchoir de la: burned at Nancy, France, in 1631
 Vallin, Pierre: executed  in France, in 1438
 Valkenburger, (daughter) (first name unknown): beheaded at 
Wurzburg, Germany, 
               1628-1629
 Vaecker, Paul: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Vickar, Bessie: burned in Scotland in 1680

 Wachin, Ursula: burned at Waldsee, Germany, in 1528
 Wagner, Michael: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Wagner, (first name unknown): burnt alive at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Wallace, Margaret: executed in Glascow, Scotland, in 1622
 Wardwell, Samuel: executed at Salem, New England, on 22 September, 
1692
 Waterhouse, (first name unknown): hanged in Dorset, England in 1565
 Wanderson, (wife 1) (first name unknown): executed in England, in 
January, 
            1644. 
 Wanderson, (wife 2) (first name unknown): executed in England, in 
January, 
            1644. 
 Weir, Thomas: burned between Edinburgh and Leith, Scotland, on 11 
April, 1670
 Weiss, Agatha: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 9 October, 1586
 Weydenbusch, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629
 Whittle, Anne: executed in Lancaster, England, in 1612
 Wildes, Sarah: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 July, 1692
 Willard, John: executed at Salem, New England, on 19 August, 1692
 Willimot, Joan: executed in Leicester, England, in 1619
 Wilson, Anne: hanged at Maidstone, England, in July, 1652
 Wirth, Klingen: beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 1628-1629
 Wirth, Trauben: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 5 July, 1585
 Wright, Mildred: hanged at Maidstone, England, in July, 1652
 Wuncil, Brigida: burned at Waldsee, Germany, on 6 July, 1581
 Wunth, (first name unknown): beheaded at Wurzburg, Germany, 
1628-1629

 Younge, Alse: hanged in Connecticut, North America, on 26 May, 1647
 Yullock, Agnes: burned in the north of Scotland in 1622

                       THE UNKNOWNS

 8000 "Stedingers" killed on 27 May, 1234
 180 burned for witchcraft at Montwimer, France, on 29 May, 1239
 36 Knights Templar died under torture in France, in October, 1307
 54 Knights Templar burned in France, on 12 May, 1310
 39 Knights Templar burned in France, on 18 March 1314
 "Some" burned at Kilkenny, Ireland, 1323
 200 + burned at Carcassonne, France, between 1320-1350
 63 burned at Toulouse, France, in 1335
 8 burned at Carcassonne, France, in 1352
 31 burned at Carcassonne, France, in 1357
 67 burned at Carcassonne, France, between 1387-1400
 1 burned at Berlin, Germany, in 1399
 "Several" witches burned alive at Simmenthal, Switzerland, circa 
1400
 "Several" burned at Carcassonne, France, in 1423
 200 + executed in the Valais, France between 1428-1434
 167 executed in l'Isere, France, between 1428-1447
 16 executed in Toulouse, France, in 1432
 8 executed in Toulouse, France, in 1433
 150 executed in Briancon, France, in 1437
 3 burnt in Savoy between 1446 and 1447
 7 killed at Marmande, France, in 1453
 1 burned at Locarno, Italy, in 1455
 "Many" burned in Arras, France in 1459


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Re: 24 Bardic Cycle
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 2 burned in Burgundy, France, in 1470
 3 burned at Forno-Rivara, Italy, in 1472
 2 burned at Levone, in Italy, in 1474
 5 burned at Forno, Italy, in 1475
 12 women and "several" men burned at Edinburgh, in 1479
 4 burned at Metz, Germany, in 1482
 48 burned at Constance, between 1482-1486
 2 burned at Toulouse, France, in 1484
 2 burned in Chaucy, France in 1485
 1 died in prison, at Metz, Germany 1488
 3 executed at Mairange, Germany, on 17 June, 1488
 2 executed at Mairange, Germany, on 25 June, 1488
 3 executed at Chastel, Germany, on 26 June, 1488
 3 executed at Metz, Germany, on 1 July, 1488
 1 executed at Salney, Germany, on 3 July, 1488
 2 executed at Salney, Germany, on 12 July, 1488
 3 executed at Salney, Germany, on 19 July, 1488
 1 executed at Brieg, Germany, on 19 July, 1488
 2 executed at Juxney, Germany, on 19 August, 1488
 5 executed at Thionville, Germany, on 23 August, 1488
 1 executed at Metz, Germany, on 2 September, 1488
 1 executed at Vigey, Germany, on 15 September, 1488
 1 executed at Juxney, Germany, on 22 September, 1488
 1 executed in France circa 1500
 30 burned in Calahorra, Spain, in 1507
 1 burned in Saxony, Germany, in 1510
 60 burned in Northern Italy, in 1510
 500 + burned in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1515
 2 burned in Besancon, France, in 1521
 64 burned in Val Camonica, Italy between 1518-1521
 100 burned in Como, Italy, in 1523
 1000 + in Como, Italy, in 1524
 900 executed by Nicholas Remy (years unknown, about 15 years total)
 "A large number" executed at Saragossa, Spain, in 1536
 7 burned at Nantes, France, in 1549
 1 burned at Lyons, France, in 1549
 3 burned alive at Derneburg, Germany, on 4 October, 1555
 1 burned alive at Bievires, France, in 1556
 5 burned at Verneuil, France, in 1561
 17,000 + in Scotland from 1563 to 1603
 4 burned at Potiers, France, in 1564
 1 burned at St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1569
 "Many" burned in France in 1571
 1 burned at St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1572
 70,000 killed in England after 1573
 "Several" executed in Paris, France, in 1574
 80 executed in one fire at Valery-en-Savoie, France, in 1574
 3 executed in Dorset, England, in 1578
 36 persons executed at Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1578
 18 killed at St. Oses, England, in 1582
 "Several" burned in Mesolcina, Italy, in 1583
 368 persons killed for witchcraft between 18 January, 1587, and 18 
November,
     1593, in the diocese of Treves.
 1 burned at Riom, France, in 1588
 133 persons burned in one day at Quedlinburg, in Germany, in 1589
 48 burned in Wurttemberg, Germany, in 1589
 2 burned at Cologne, Germany in 1589
 54 burned in Franconia in 1590
 300 burned in Bern, Switzerland, between 1591-1600
 1 burned in Ghent, Holland, in 1591
 9 executed in Toulouse, France, in 1595
 1 burned in Ghent, Holland, in 1598
 24 burned in Aberdeen, Scotland, circa 1598
 77 burned in Vaud, Switzerland, in 1599
 10 -daily- were burned (average) in the Duchy of Brunswick between 
1590-1600
 20 executed (other than those listed by name above) in the reign 
of King James
    VI and I of England.
 40,000 executed between 1600-1680 in Great Britain
 205 burned at the Abbey of Fulda, Germany, between 1603-1605
 "Several" witches executed in Derbyshire, England, in 1607
 24 burned + 3 suicides in Hagenau, Alsace, in 1607
 "A number of women" burned at Breehin, Scotland, in 1608
 1 burned alive by a mob at St. Jean de Liuz, France, circa 1608
 18 killed at Orleans, France, in 1616


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Re: 25 Bardic Cycle
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 9 hanged at Leicester, England, in 1616
 8 hanged at Londinieres, France, in 1618
 "Several" witches condemned at Nerac, France, on 26 June, 1619
 200 + executed at Labourt, France, in 1619
 2 executed at Bedford, England, in 1624
 56 executions at Mainz, Germany, between 1626-1629
 77 executions at Burgstadt, Germany, between 1626-1629
 40 executions at Berndit, Buttan, Ebenheit, Wenchdorf and 
Heinbach, Germany, 
    between 1626-1629
 8 executions in Prozelten and Amorbach, Germany between 1626-1629
 168 executions in the district of Miltenberg, Germany, between 
1626-1629
 85 burned in Dieburg, Germany, in 1627
 79 burned at Offenburg, Austria, from 1627-1629
 274 executed in Eichstatt, Germany in 1629
 124 executed by the Teutonic Order at Mergentheim, Germany in 1630
 900 executions at Bamberg, Germany, between 1627 and 1631
 22,000 (approx) executed in Bamberg, Germany between 1610 and 1840
 1 hanged at Sandwich, in Kent, England, in 1630
 3 executed at Lindheim, Germany in 1631
 20 executed in Norfolk, England, on evidence of Matthew Hopkins, 
before 
    26 July, 1645
 29 condemned, on the evidence of Matthew Hopkins, at Chelmsford, 
England, 
    on 29 July, 1645
 150 killed in England in the last six months of 1645
 2 executed at Norwich, England, in 1648
 14 hanged at Newcastle, England, in 1649
 220 + in England and Scotland, on evidence of a Scottish 
Witch-finder, circa
       1648-1650
 2 killed by a mob at Auxonne, France, in 1650
 30 burned in Lindheim, Germany, between 1640-1651
 900 killed in Lorraine, France (years unknown)
 30,000 (approx) burned by the Inquisition (not all may have been 
witches)
 3-4000 killed during Cromwell's tenure in England
 102 burned in Zuckmantel, Germany, in 1654
 18 burned at Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1658
 85 executed at Mohra, Sweden, on 25 August, 1670
 71 beheaded or burned in Sweden between 1674-1677
 90 burned at Salzburg, Austria, in 1678
 11 burned at Prestonpans, Scotland, in 1678
 36 executed in Paris, France, in 1680
 "Several" burned at Rouen, France, in 1684-1685
 3 executed (Suzanna, Isle and Catherine (last names unknown) at 
Arendsee,
   Germany, in 1687
 36 burned at Nordlingen, Germany between 1690-1694
 5 burned at Paisley, Scotland, on 10 June, 1697
 9 persons burned at Burghausen, Germany, all under 16 years of 
age, on 26 
   March, 1698
 1 burned at Antrim, Ireland, in 1699
 "Many" burned at Spott Loan, Scotland, in 1705
 2 persons killed in the Trentino, Austria, between 1716 and 1717
 1 executed in France, in 1718
 2 persons, a mother and daughter, burned in Scotland, in 1722
 13 burned at Szegedin, Hungary, in 1728
 1 burned at Szegedin, Hungary, in 1730 
 13 burned alive at Szegedin, Hungary on 23 July, 1738
 3 burned at Karpfen, Germany, in 1744
 3 burned at Muhlbach, Germany, in 1746
 1 executed at Szegedin, Hungary, in 1746
 1 executed at Maros Vasarheli, (nation unknown), 1752
 100 + executed at Haeck, Germany between 1772 and 1779
 2 burned in Poland in 1793
 "Several" burned in South America during the 1800's
 1 shot by a policeman at Uttenheim, Germany, on suspicion of being 
a were-
   wolf, in November, 1925
 1 murdered in Pennsylvania in 1929
                   
     for a total of 236,870 known but to the Goddess.

HPS: Let them have peace.

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.

        ------------------------------------------------------

%   Any needed coven business may be transacted here.

        ------------------------------------------------------

%   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.


        ******************************************************

These ceremonies are free of copyright, and are released for use by 
any 
who so wish to. Thanks go to "Mr. Wiz" for his research, and to the
person who originally wrote the dialog (freely adapted here) used 
in the
Samhain Mystery.

        *******************************************************


                  *end of Bardic Cycle (Wiccan)*


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Re: End Bardic BiCycle
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                        * WHEW! *

That should be 26 messages for the whole dern cycle. Hope you all 
like
it, and comments would be welcomed.

                                                THE BARD

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To: All
Re: 16A -Bardic Cycle
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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.

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!


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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!)



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(262)   Tue 28 Jul 92  8:00                             
By: Paul Seymour
To: Bret Johnson
Re: Re: Hello (I'm New)
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In a message to Paul Seymour <07-27-92 18:39> Bret Johnson wrote:
>   Dad err Son mmm Whomever Ha Ha Ha!
>   I will do that if I had you address.
>            B*B
>            Bret
Since you have a 9600 Modem, I have put the files on hold for you.  
If you will Poll, you will get them.  The address is Paul G. 
Seymour (OR Jack Seymour) 1875 Mineola st., Colorado Springs, CO 
80915.
B*B  -Paul-  
 
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By: Puck
To: Rowan Moonstone
Re: Safe Travel Spell
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I REALLY liked that one, Rowan - thanks for sharing that one with me!

One that I liked from THE CRONES' BOOK OF WORDS follows:

TO BE SAID DURING A THUNDERSTORM:

"LIGHTNING MY ANGER,
        THUNDER MY MIGHT...
I TAKE THEM IN, I SEND THEM OUT
        OVER WIND AND NIGHT
TO SERVE ME WELL
TO SAVE ME WELL
TO HARM NOTHING UNDER MY SIGHT!"

I use this as a mantra during thunderboomers - I'm not one of those 
Witches who exactly gets a thrill out of them!!!!  (Can we 
say...scared s**tless???)
Bright Blessings!
Puck  
 

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By: Jasmine Voorhees
To: All
Re: Beginners unite.
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Hi all!  I'm new to all this.  I have not been able to really 
contact any Wiccans or pagans, so I am reading books for now and 
trying to go by my intuition and what feels "right". So far, by 
letting the Power flow through me, and giving my intellectual side 
up, I have been able to do several interesting rituals. One I did 
yesterday was completely unplanned.  While I was packing a lunch to 
take out to my favorite tree, something told me to take a knife and 
jar of water with me.  On the way there, I stopped at a grocery 
store and picked up a melon.  When I got to the tree, I sat and ate 
my lunch.  Just before I started eating the melon, I got the idea 
that I should carve a pentagram on the side, and eat half of the 
melon.  The other half I should carve into pieces and leave at the 
base of the tree. I then "charged" the water, traced a pentagram on 
the tree (with some of the water), and poured part of it over the 
melon.  The rest I gave to a small tree near my lunch spot.  I knew 
it was a protection ritual; a strong one (I have been dealing with 
some very weird stuff lately!). Since then I have felt pretty safe. 
 I need to learn how to control my power, though; a while 
afterwards, I felt suddenly drained and very hungry.

Hm.. Perhaps it sounds a bit loony, but it sure seems to work for me.
===
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(345)   Sun 9 Aug 92  8:09                              
By: Karl Lembke
To: All
Re: Thirteen
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@MSGID: 1:102/943.0 2a853542
Well.  There seems to be some problem with the OLR 
I'm using, or with the Mail Tagging routine on the 
Mysteria board, because I had to go in to the 
Book of Shadows message area and pack the 
messages from inside it.  

Until now, I'd just thought the board 
had been empty.

Now that I'm on the verge of achieving stable
communications with this board (and a couple others),
here is a document in three parts on the meanings of
the number thirteen.

I'm student teaching at a Wicca class, and the teacher
assigned that as a research project to one of the students.
She then told me I was the designated backup and official
resource, in the event that the student got stuck.

To be on the safe side, I sat down and wrote a paper
of my own.  The teacher liked it.  She had me present
it to the class.  The class, and the rest of the student
teachers, and the higher degree spectators all wanted
copies.

Also, I had put out a call for any ideas people had on
the meanings and significances of the number, and several
people wanted to see the final paper.

So I'll upload it here, too, starting next message....

2BContinued...
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(346)   Sun 9 Aug 92  8:09                              
By: Karl Lembke
To: All
Re: Thirteen
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                               13
                            Part 1/3

                           Karl Lembke

     How this document came to be:  When we were discussing the
Great Seal of the United States, and we were noting the number of
times the number 13 popped up.  When one of the students asked
what the significance of the number was, the teacher gave it to
that student as a research assignment.  I was designated the
official backup and resource, in case one was needed.  
     I wrote up my version of the report, just to have on hand at
need, and gave a copy to the teacher.  She liked it and told me
to prepare to give a presentation to the class in the near
future.  
     This was presented in class on August 6, 1992.  
     Fortunately, I had made copies, because as it turned out,
everyone wanted one.

     In class not too long ago, we were discussing the Great Seal
of the United States, and noting the repeated occurrence of
groups of thirteen.  This was cited as evidence that Wiccan ideas
had played a part in forming the country.  This may or may not be
the case, and the ideas may have come from Freemasonry rather
than Wicca, but there does seem to have been a fascination with
the number thirteen.

     Why is the number thirteen so sacred in Wicca?  The number
has quite a few correspondences and meanings.

     First, there are thirteen lunar months in a year, give or
take.  (A "year and a day" is thirteen canonical months of 28
days, and one day, which works out to 365 days.)

     Second, by Qabalistic gematria, thirteen is the numerical
value of the Hebrew words for love and unity.  Love is the force
which draws individuals together into one unified whole (e
pluribus unum).

     Third, the thirteenth path in Qabala, the path connecting
the spheres of Kether and Tiphareth, is represented by the Hebrew
letter gimel(1), meaning "camel".  The camel is an ugly and
ungainly beast, and people make fun of it.  (Camel:  A horse
built by a committee.) The beast is also ill-tempered, and spits.
     With incredible accuracy. 

     But the camel fulfills an essential function in the desert,
and quite literally is essential for life among the Bedouins and
other nomadic peoples of the desert.(2)
     Likewise, the United States is founded upon principles that
are often awkward and cumbersome.  People poke fun at various
applications of these principles.  ("I don't make up jokes, I
just watch the government and report the facts." X Will Rogers.) 
Other applications of these principles are reviled; people
complain about "loopholes" and "technicalities".
     Yet the same "technicalities" that force people to allow,
for instance, the American Nazi Party to hold a parade on
Israel's Independence Day, protect the right of a group of
Witches to worship in a public park.  The same "technicalities"
that accused criminals use to "get off" protect you and me from
the knock on the door at 3 A.M. on trumped up charges (or no
charges until and unless they find something in their search).
     You get the picture.  Funny looking, sometimes to the point
of ugliness; awkward and cumbersome; vitally essential.

     In Pythagorean analysis(3), one way of understanding the
meaning of prime numbers (thirteen is the seventh prime, though
mathematicians tend not to count one as a prime) is to regard
them as transcending by one the composite number immediately
preceding them.  Thus, thirteen is one greater than twelve, and
therefore transcends the concepts inherent in the number twelve.
     Twelve is often held to represent the completeness of the
world.  There are twelve signs of the zodiac, representing a
balanced structure of aspects.  There are twelve solar months in
the year, one for each sign.  Twelve is the product of four -
representing the establishment of a permanent structure, and
three - representing the synthesis new truth from two polar
opposites.  Thus, twelve, the establishment of a structure which
reconciles opposites, represents the worldX the realm which is
rich enough and large enough to encompass everything under the
sun, even if they are opposed to each other.  It also represents
the world as the realm where entities do not exist in pure
states, but must contend with and somehow adjust to the presence
of their opposites.
     Thirteen is the prime which transcends this concept.  It
contains the resonances of twelve within it, yet there is the
unit which remains above and outside the concept.
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(347)   Sun 9 Aug 92  8:09                              
By: Karl Lembke
To: All
Re: Thirteen
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                               13
                             Part 2/3

                         by Karl Lembke

     Thirteen is the traditional complement of a coven.  This
worked out to six working couples and one leader.  The
leader-plus-twelve unit is a very old tradition.  We see it in
the story of Jesus and the Disciples, King Arthur and the Knights
of the Round Table, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, even Judge and
Jury in American and British law.
     So thirteen is the number of leadership in the world.  Yet,
it must be understood that this is not leadership by force. 
Thirteen is the concept of striking out in a new direction and
leading by example.
     In olden days, among Europeans, it was possible to count as
high as twelve without taking off one's shoes.  Ten fingers, two
feet.  Thirteen represented uncharted territory, that which was
outside the area made safe and secure.  This is one reason why
thirteen has been regarded with some trepidation.  It is a rare
individual who can not only strike out into this uncharted
territory, but inspire others to follow, thereby being "a light
unto the nations".
     (Among many "primitive" tribes, one was a leader not by
strength of arms, but because people chose to follow.  The reason
they chose to follow is that they had come, through experience,
to recognize the merit of the path their leader chose.  Any
leader who attempted to exert power for the sake of power was
liable to wake up one day to find that "his" tribe had declined
to follow him any more; in fact had taken a different path and
left him.  Sometimes, quite literally, voting with their feet.)

     Numbers can also be analyzed by reducing them in various
ways.
     The digits can be added, for example.  In the case of
thirteen, we get 1 + 3 = 4.
     As has been mentioned, four is a stabilizing number.  It
represents the addition of structure, the codification, of the
relationship which materialized in the number three.  Four is the
number of the elements and the directions.  

     Four is also the number of the sphere of Chesed in Qabala. 
Chesed, or Mercy, is the middle sphere on the pillar of force. 
It was formed from the energy overflowing from Binah, the sphere
of restriction, and it receives its energy most directly from
Chokmah, the sphere of pure force.  Chesed is where the
restrictions and forms inherited from Binah are animated and made
flexible by the controlled use of force.  This is where the
letter of the law is animated and ennobled by the spirit of the
law.  (In the now defunct USSR, and in many other places, the
letter of the law is a straight jacket.  It describes why one can
not do what one wants or needs to do.  U.S. law and custom has
generally tried to find ways to work inside the law to allow
personal freedom.  This is the Chesedic interpretation of law.)
     Chesed also represents what is known as "power with".  That
is, the sort of power that exists because it is shared.  The
magical image of Chesed, "a wise and kindly king", is followed
not because his followers feel they have to, but because they
want to.  Rather than "might makes right", Chesed rules by the
principles of "right makes might".

     The digits of a number can also be multiplied together.  
     One times three is three.  This is the number which
represents the synthesis of opposites to arrive at a new truth. 
When opposites are combined, they do not cancel out.  They react
in various ways, and in order to maintain each in the presence of
the other, it is necessary to discover the hidden truths held in
common by each.  This is the sphere whose magical weapon is the
cauldron of Cerridwen, from which live things emerge dead, and
dead things emerge alive.  The hidden unity of life and death is
a mystery, upon which meditation will bring riches.
     Three is also the number of the Goddess and the Christian
Trinity.  

     The Qabalistic sphere of Binah represents pure form.  It is
the kind of form we see in a crystal, where all the atoms are
arrayed in a strictly regular order.  Interestingly enough, there
are no perfect crystals in nature.  A perfect crystal would have
to be infinite in extent, since an edge would represent a break
in the crystal structure.  But it is the breaks (the edges and
facets) which give a crystal its fire.
     One of the conflicts which had to be resolved in forming the
United States was regarding the correct balance of restriction
and authority.  The Founding Fathers feared central authority,
and wished to take steps to ensure that despotic rule would never
take over this new land.  As a result, a structure was
established which fragmented power, in a controlled way.  All
power was not to reside with one entity, but to be balanced, as
evenly as possible, among all the different entities that
comprised government.
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(348)   Sun 9 Aug 92  8:09                              
By: Karl Lembke
To: All
Re: Thirteen
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                               13
                            Part 3/3

                         by Karl Lembke

     Thirteen can also be regarded as the sum of various numbers.

In Wicca, the five fold salute is actually comprised of eight
kisses, since there are two feet, two knees, and two breasts.(5) 
Eight and five is thirteen.  Eight is also important in Wicca,
since there are eight paths to the center, eight festivals in the
Wheel of the Year, and eight ways of raising power in circle. 
There are five things one must have before one can practice the
magical Art.  These are: Intention, preparation, invocation,
consecration and purification.  There are five elements, each
given to one point of the pentagram.  Five also represents the
four elements plus spirit, or the four directions plus the Holy
Center.  

     Interestingly enough, we have derived the numbers 4 and 3
from 13.  The product of 4 and 3 is 12, which takes us back to
the number which 13 transcends.  The sum of 3 and 4 is seven, the
number which represents the union of pure spirit and matter. 
Seven is also a mystical number, since it also represents the
relationship and synthesis (3) of the laws of matter and energy
(4), and the universe (12 = 3 X 4).  13 is the seventh prime.

     This essay really only touches the surface of the possible
ways of analyzing the number 13.  There are many other areas to
explore in gematria, including examining the multiples of 13
(YHVH, in Hebrew numeration, works out to 26 = 2 X 13).
     Pythagorean analysis can be extended by examining all the
pairs of numbers which add up to 13.  We have examined two out of
the six here.

     Temura is a method in the Qabalah by which the letters in a
word or phrase are replaced with others according to specific
rules.  Obviously, changing the letters in a word will change the
numerical total of that word.  It can be interesting to examine
words which yield a value of 13 after temura.
     Other useful explorations in gematria include examining
pairs of words and phrases whose numerical values differ by 13. 
This is one area where the possibilities are, quite literally,
endless.
                           Blessed be!

References:

(1)  Crowley, Aleister:  777 And Other Qabalistic Writings
(2)  Reed, Ellen Cannon:  The Witch's Qabala
(3)  Addey, John:  Harmonics in Astrology
(4)  Farrar, Jan and Stewart:  A Witches' Bible
(5)  Ibid.
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(362)   Wed 12 Aug 92 20:33                             
By: Abdallat Al-talib
To: Darklock
Re: Book Of Shadows?
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Caught your message of 27JUL92 which asked:

DA}Could anyone explain to me what a "Book of Shadows" is?  I would
  }guess at either a) The Satanic Bible or b) The Necromicon ... 
but I
  }am awaiting enlightenment.

I suppose that you have already been flooded with indignant replies 
for
this question but I shall endavor to answer your question.

First of all, both of your guesses are completely wrong. The Satanic
Bible is some hokey stuff put out by Anton LaVey (carnie huckster,
Satanic High Priest and all around creep) that justifies his strong 
arm
approach to life. It seems to be written to be both obscurely 
historical
and offensive to most Christians and Pagans.

The Necromonicon is one of two things: a fictional book that is a 
source
for the `Cthulhu Mythos' which the horror fiction world perpetuated 
by
H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth & other. The other Necronomicon was
writtten in the 70's by a group of folks who claimed to be reaching 
the
ancient Sumerian gods. Their scholarship is suspect, to say the 
least,
and they admitted that whatever it was that they called up, they 
had a
hard time getting rid of it! If you like having the spiritual 
equivalent
of bengal tigers wandering around your magical space, use this book.

Book of Shadows is the melodramatic term for the history and 
rituals of
a particular bunch of Craft workers. Since it deals with things 
that are
best seen in the light of the Moon or by candles, shadows are big 
part
of the experience. I've seen nicely bound and calligraphed books,
computer printouts, mimeographs, etc. called a Book of Shadows. 
There is
also a contingent of modern pagans who have Discs of Shadows!

Any further questions, seeker?

 * OLX 2.1 TD * Photons have mass? I didn't even know they were 
Catholic!
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(370)   Thu 13 Aug 92  8:36                             
By: Darren Hanson
To: Gael Delic
Re: IBM Book Of Shadows
St: Rcvd
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@PID: EE 0.32 & FM 2.02
 > DH > > Any chance it would head in this direction?

 > DH > Or THIS one?

 > I have already obtained part 1!, Thanks to the wonderful
 > SysOps in this area. I am still awaiting parts 2,3 and as
 > far as I know 4, If you would like I would be willing to
 > mail it to you if given the proper address!

Surface Mail:   D.J. Hanson
(  360K or  )   9561 Jonquil Ave
(1.2Mb 5.25")   Westminster
                  CA  92683-6920

InterNet:       dhanson@eis.calstate.edu
Anon InterNet:  wi.2832@wizvax.methuen.ma.us

Files can be sent to any of the above systems. I don't (currently) 
accept inbound phone calls so the addresses below are only good for 
routed netmail.....

FIDO:        1:103/271.0
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(371)   Fri 14 Aug 92  8:48                             
By: Paul Seymour
To: Jennifer Quigley
Re: Ibm Book Of Shadows
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In a message to Paul Seymour <08-13-92 23:17> Jennifer Quigley wrote:

JQ> Paul - I don't know whether it is possible for your files to be 
JQ> downloaded to the BBS I'm writing from, but would very much 
like to have JQ> a copy of your BoS.  Could I send you diskettes, 
or $$ for purchase of JQ> same, and ask you to copy your files for 
me?
> Thank you.
> B*B
> Jennie
Jennie - If you will send me three of the 3.5" 1.4MB disks with a 
retrurn label and return postage, I will Copy Volumes 1-3 and 
return them immediately.  It is more of a magickal reference 
library than a BOS, though. I am currently only into volume 4 by 88 
pages so it will probably be about a year for #4.  Providing this 
as a service to the community is just a small gift to the Goddess 
by me, and I would appreciate it if you would pass free copies to 
any in your community who would wish them.  I can be reached at:
Paul G. Seymour
1875 Mineola St.
Colorado Springs, CO. 80915
(719) 380-7885
                Blessed Be  -Paul-  
 
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(373)   Tue 11 Aug 92  8:11                             
By: Karl Lembke
To: Darren Hanson
Re: Thirteen 1/4
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I'm told these files did not make it through on this echo.  
Therefore...

For those who expressed interest in the paper I was
writing on the number 13, the following three
postings contain the entire document.  I think
they're all short enough to avoid being cut off
at the ankles in the nets.

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(374)   Tue 11 Aug 92  8:11                             
By: Karl Lembke
To: Darren Hanson
Re: Thirteen 2/4
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                               13
                            Part 1/3

                           Karl Lembke

     How this document came to be:  When we were discussing the
Great Seal of the United States, and we were noting the number of
times the number 13 popped up.  When one of the students asked
what the significance of the number was, the teacher gave it to
that student as a research assignment.  I was designated the
official backup and resource, in case one was needed.  
     I wrote up my version of the report, just to have on hand at
need, and gave a copy to the teacher.  She liked it and told me
to prepare to give a presentation to the class in the near
future.  
     This was presented in class on August 6, 1992.  
     Fortunately, I had made copies, because as it turned out,
everyone wanted one.

     In class not too long ago, we were discussing the Great Seal
of the United States, and noting the repeated occurrence of
groups of thirteen.  This was cited as evidence that Wiccan ideas
had played a part in forming the country.  This may or may not be
the case, and the ideas may have come from Freemasonry rather
than Wicca, but there does seem to have been a fascination with
the number thirteen.

     Why is the number thirteen so sacred in Wicca?  The number
has quite a few correspondences and meanings.

     First, there are thirteen lunar months in a year, give or
take.  (A "year and a day" is thirteen canonical months of 28
days, and one day, which works out to 365 days.)

     Second, by Qabalistic gematria, thirteen is the numerical
value of the Hebrew words for love and unity.  Love is the force
which draws individuals together into one unified whole (e
pluribus unum).

     Third, the thirteenth path in Qabala, the path connecting
the spheres of Kether and Tiphareth, is represented by the Hebrew
letter gimel(1), meaning "camel".  The camel is an ugly and
ungainly beast, and people make fun of it.  (Camel:  A horse
built by a committee.) The beast is also ill-tempered, and spits.
     With incredible accuracy. 

     But the camel fulfills an essential function in the desert,
and quite literally is essential for life among the Bedouins and
other nomadic peoples of the desert.(2)
     Likewise, the United States is founded upon principles that
are often awkward and cumbersome.  People poke fun at various
applications of these principles.  ("I don't make up jokes, I
just watch the government and report the facts." X Will Rogers.) 
Other applications of these principles are reviled; people
complain about "loopholes" and "technicalities".
     Yet the same "technicalities" that force people to allow,
for instance, the American Nazi Party to hold a parade on
Israel's Independence Day, protect the right of a group of
Witches to worship in a public park.  The same "technicalities"
that accused criminals use to "get off" protect you and me from
the knock on the door at 3 A.M. on trumped up charges (or no
charges until and unless they find something in their search).
     You get the picture.  Funny looking, sometimes to the point
of ugliness; awkward and cumbersome; vitally essential.

     In Pythagorean analysis(3), one way of understanding the
meaning of prime numbers (thirteen is the seventh prime, though
mathematicians tend not to count one as a prime) is to regard
them as transcending by one the composite number immediately
preceding them.  Thus, thirteen is one greater than twelve, and
therefore transcends the concepts inherent in the number twelve.
     Twelve is often held to represent the completeness of the
world.  There are twelve signs of the zodiac, representing a
balanced structure of aspects.  There are twelve solar months in
the year, one for each sign.  Twelve is the product of four -
representing the establishment of a permanent structure, and
three - representing the synthesis new truth from two polar
opposites.  Thus, twelve, the establishment of a structure which
reconciles opposites, represents the worldX the realm which is
rich enough and large enough to encompass everything under the
sun, even if they are opposed to each other.  It also represents
the world as the realm where entities do not exist in pure
states, but must contend with and somehow adjust to the presence
of their opposites.
     Thirteen is the prime which transcends this concept.  It
contains the resonances of twelve within it, yet there is the
unit which remains above and outside the concept.
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By: Karl Lembke
To: Darren Hanson
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                         by Karl Lembke

     Thirteen is the traditional complement of a coven.  This
worked out to six working couples and one leader.  The
leader-plus-twelve unit is a very old tradition.  We see it in
the story of Jesus and the Disciples, King Arthur and the Knights
of the Round Table, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, even Judge and
Jury in American and British law.
     So thirteen is the number of leadership in the world.  Yet,
it must be understood that this is not leadership by force. 
Thirteen is the concept of striking out in a new direction and
leading by example.
     In olden days, among Europeans, it was possible to count as
high as twelve without taking off one's shoes.  Ten fingers, two
feet.  Thirteen represented uncharted territory, that which was
outside the area made safe and secure.  This is one reason why
thirteen has been regarded with some trepidation.  It is a rare
individual who can not only strike out into this uncharted
territory, but inspire others to follow, thereby being "a light
unto the nations".
     (Among many "primitive" tribes, one was a leader not by
strength of arms, but because people chose to follow.  The reason
they chose to follow is that they had come, through experience,
to recognize the merit of the path their leader chose.  Any
leader who attempted to exert power for the sake of power was
liable to wake up one day to find that "his" tribe had declined
to follow him any more; in fact had taken a different path and
left him.  Sometimes, quite literally, voting with their feet.)

     Numbers can also be analyzed by reducing them in various
ways.
     The digits can be added, for example.  In the case of
thirteen, we get 1 + 3 = 4.
     As has been mentioned, four is a stabilizing number.  It
represents the addition of structure, the codification, of the
relationship which materialized in the number three.  Four is the
number of the elements and the directions.  

     Four is also the number of the sphere of Chesed in Qabala. 
Chesed, or Mercy, is the middle sphere on the pillar of force. 
It was formed from the energy overflowing from Binah, the sphere
of restriction, and it receives its energy most directly from
Chokmah, the sphere of pure force.  Chesed is where the
restrictions and forms inherited from Binah are animated and made
flexible by the controlled use of force.  This is where the
letter of the law is animated and ennobled by the spirit of the
law.  (In the now defunct USSR, and in many other places, the
letter of the law is a straight jacket.  It describes why one can
not do what one wants or needs to do.  U.S. law and custom has
generally tried to find ways to work inside the law to allow
personal freedom.  This is the Chesedic interpretation of law.)
     Chesed also represents what is known as "power with".  That
is, the sort of power that exists because it is shared.  The
magical image of Chesed, "a wise and kindly king", is followed
not because his followers feel they have to, but because they
want to.  Rather than "might makes right", Chesed rules by the
principles of "right makes might".

     The digits of a number can also be multiplied together.  
     One times three is three.  This is the number which
represents the synthesis of opposites to arrive at a new truth. 
When opposites are combined, they do not cancel out.  They react
in various ways, and in order to maintain each in the presence of
the other, it is necessary to discover the hidden truths held in
common by each.  This is the sphere whose magical weapon is the
cauldron of Cerridwen, from which live things emerge dead, and
dead things emerge alive.  The hidden unity of life and death is
a mystery, upon which meditation will bring riches.
     Three is also the number of the Goddess and the Christian
Trinity.  

     The Qabalistic sphere of Binah represents pure form.  It is
the kind of form we see in a crystal, where all the atoms are
arrayed in a strictly regular order.  Interestingly enough, there
are no perfect crystals in nature.  A perfect crystal would have
to be infinite in extent, since an edge would represent a break
in the crystal structure.  But it is the breaks (the edges and
facets) which give a crystal its fire.
     One of the conflicts which had to be resolved in forming the
United States was regarding the correct balance of restriction
and authority.  The Founding Fathers feared central authority,
and wished to take steps to ensure that despotic rule would never
take over this new land.  As a result, a structure was
established which fragmented power, in a controlled way.  All
power was not to reside with one entity, but to be balanced, as
evenly as possible, among all the different entities that
comprised government.
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                         by Karl Lembke

     Thirteen can also be regarded as the sum of various numbers.

In Wicca, the five fold salute is actually comprised of eight
kisses, since there are two feet, two knees, and two breasts.(5) 
Eight and five is thirteen.  Eight is also important in Wicca,
since there are eight paths to the center, eight festivals in the
Wheel of the Year, and eight ways of raising power in circle. 
There are five things one must have before one can practice the
magical Art.  These are: Intention, preparation, invocation,
consecration and purification.  There are five elements, each
given to one point of the pentagram.  Five also represents the
four elements plus spirit, or the four directions plus the Holy
Center.  

     Interestingly enough, we have derived the numbers 4 and 3
from 13.  The product of 4 and 3 is 12, which takes us back to
the number which 13 transcends.  The sum of 3 and 4 is seven, the
number which represents the union of pure spirit and matter. 
Seven is also a mystical number, since it also represents the
relationship and synthesis (3) of the laws of matter and energy
(4), and the universe (12 = 3 X 4).  13 is the seventh prime.

     This essay really only touches the surface of the possible
ways of analyzing the number 13.  There are many other areas to
explore in gematria, including examining the multiples of 13
(YHVH, in Hebrew numeration, works out to 26 = 2 X 13).
     Pythagorean analysis can be extended by examining all the
pairs of numbers which add up to 13.  We have examined two out of
the six here.

     Temura is a method in the Qabalah by which the letters in a
word or phrase are replaced with others according to specific
rules.  Obviously, changing the letters in a word will change the
numerical total of that word.  It can be interesting to examine
words which yield a value of 13 after temura.
     Other useful explorations in gematria include examining
pairs of words and phrases whose numerical values differ by 13. 
This is one area where the possibilities are, quite literally,
endless.
                           Blessed be!

References:

(1)  Crowley, Aleister:  777 And Other Qabalistic Writings
(2)  Reed, Ellen Cannon:  The Witch's Qabala
(3)  Addey, John:  Harmonics in Astrology
(4)  Farrar, Jan and Stewart:  A Witches' Bible
(5)  Ibid.
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By: Paul Seymour
To: Jonathon Blake
Re: Re: Book of Shadows?
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In a message to Allyson T. <08-15-92  8:15> Jonathon Blake wrote:
>               & how does one know that a ritual is trully
>     wiccan, and didn't migrate in some form or shape from
>     the necronomicon, or similair grimoire to somebody's
>     BoS, without them realizing its origins?
>
        Very simple, really.  If the Ritual in question: 1) honors 
neither Lord nor Lady, 2) is not in celebration of one of the five 
core Mysteries, OR 3) is in violation of the Rede; IT IS NOT WICCAN.
                B*B  -Paul-  
 
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By: Jonathon Blake
To: J.S. Pereira
Re: Book of Shadows?
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JP}>I'm under the impression that the term "Book of Shadows" is 
used by Wiccans
JP}>and by no one else. (For all I know, other people do use it, 
but I've never
JP}>heard of anyone else using it)

              the concept is used by numerous groups ---
    both pagan & non-pagan.  however, of pagan types,
    wiccans are the most likely to refer to something as
    their book of shadows, whilst ceremonial magiicians
    refer to their grimoire.  but both terms have been used
    interchangably, especially amongs neo-pagan groups.

    the question more properly is, can both wiccan & non-
    wiccan individuals benefit from sharing their rites &
    rituals in a platform such as this?
    << note:  i did not state discuss their rites, but
    sharing them --- there is a difference >>

                                       93
                                       jonathon


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