A seasonal festival celebration & ritual….. A description and re-telling of a ritual that may have happened in a place between the worlds, in a time and place that is outside of time and space:
The ritual began with veiled and hooded witches standing within the temple, waiting for the ritual to begin.
Within the temple, an altar stood flanked with candles of many colors within the center of a magical circle. A large pot of dirt, veiled, took up the center of the altar. Various natural items of Spring sat in waiting for the ritual to begin. The altar was flanked on both sides with the holy twin pillars, similar in look in which may be found on the High Priestess card of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Candles sat upon each pillar, providing illumination to the rites and spells which were to be performed…..
Four officers of the coven, each bearing the tools of the art, opened up the ritual with great solemnity and authority and bearing those tools around the circle – telling the companions and the Ancient Ones what these tools represent. Various words of power and cries were heard and rung out in the mortal world and the astral realms.
A besom began pounding the floor in order to ask the “Sleeping Ones” to “Awaken!” and have rebirth: to come forth from the womb of the Great Mother. They were bid “Arisen!” once more. The Ancient Ones again invoked through a particular magical call vibrated out into the astral…. Various “Words of Power” have always been important to the Wicca.
The cloaked, veiled and hooded witches then shook off their capes and placed aside the veils – shaking off the solemnity of the old year to begin the New Year – and engage in a playful dance of spring around the circle. Games could be played, frivolity and jokes can be made to each other as the witches danced and felt the youthful spirit of springtime once again.
After the dance was ended, the Officer of the Eastern Corner called the witches back to order. What proceeded from this moment was the presentation of the petitions written that the witches wished to offer up to the Ancient Ones. It is spring – so the petitions would have all been about drawing in what is a new and setting a goal.
A dance once again occurred, lending power for the granting of the petitions.
The burnt ashes of petitions were then offered up to the pot of earth and a new seed was planted with that soil. The seed itself received a secret name that is only known to the witches present at the Rite of Spring and becoming the “Watchword” of the season.
Each season uses the watchword chosen at the last seasonal as a secret “password” for admittance to the next seasonal, which will be Summer.
A love feast was shared with the witches: a small passing of food: blessed and shared.
Spells were then cast – selected and agreed upon by the witches well in advance on what they have decided that needs to be done.
The witches ended the rite with the following actions: taking a moment to remember all those who are sick and in need, taking a moment to acknowledge our ancestors, and lastly: taking a moment to link-up with fellow brothers and sisters of the Wicca, all the world over, which is a quick prayer for uniting of the Wicca as the Hidden Children of the Goddess.
Peace was proclaimed at the four corners of our world and above and below and also within us.
The ritual having been kept, they would then begin the feast!