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                            CANDLE BLESSING
                         Coven of New Gwynedd

Blessings be upon thee, O creature of light!  Thrice blessed
little herb!  Herb o' grease, with thy waxen stem and thy blossom
of flame!  Thou art more potent against spells and terrors and the
invisible menace than fennel or dittany or rue.  Hail! antidote to
the dealy nightshade!  Blossoming in the darkness, thy virtues are
heartsease and quiet sleep.  Sick people bless thee, and women in
travail, and people with haunted minds, and all children.

<to be spoken when a new candle is annointed with oil, or when
candles are being made -- when wax is being poured or the candle
dipped -- preferrably on Candlemas>

                              Blessed Be,

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