Narrator About the Winter Rite

Narrator This Winter Rite has been based on the Winter Rite from the Crystal Well by: Ed Fitch

Narrator In form, imagery, and content, this ritual is purely Russian! Winter is long and harsh in that vast land, and spring will come late. The God whose aspect is most obvious is the mighty Frost King, cold and powerful. The Goddess as ever may be honored as Maiden, Mother, and Crone, but Her pre-eminent aspect is that of the icy, beautiful Snow Queen.

Narrator The Divine Child of hope and of the coming year’s bounty is born at this season, for from the Winter Solstice the days will gradually be lengthening... but for a long time yet one must live out the winter in reflective solitude, meditating on winter’s inhospitable beauty, and sharing the company of family and of close friends.

Narrator The room will be put on Strict Voice while parts of the Ceremony are being performed and will only be open to interaction after the Circle is cast. You may note pauses throughout the Ceremony please do not be alarmed. They are a time of concentration and centering. They are as they should be.

Narrator Let us begin….

Lady_Sakita Merry Meet and Welcome to All. We are here to celebrate Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.

Lady_Sakita The breath of nature is suspended: Darkness triumphs; and yet, gives way and changes into light. This is the time of rebirth from darkness, of the Mother Goddess?s rebirth. Light comes from darkness, growth from barrenness, and spring from the depths of winter.

Lady_Sakita All waits, while within the Cauldron, the Dark King is transformed into the Infant Light. We watch for the coming of dawn, when the Great Mother again gives birth to the Divine Child Sun, who is the bringer of hope and the promise of summer.

Lady_Sakita This is the stillness behind motion, when time itself stops; the center is also the circumference of all.

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be!

East We are awake in the night.

South We turn the Wheel to bring the light

West We call the sun from the womb of night.

North We are here to bring light to the world.

Lady_Aradia Blessed Be!

East Blessed Be!

Lady_Aradia Blessed Be!

South Blessed Be

West Blessed Be

North Blessed Be

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be!

Lady_Sakita At this time do we know the dark of the year. The season of life is past, and all is cold. Emptiness and bleakness are all about.

Lady_Sakita Let us now give honor to the Triple Goddess That the season may be made better. Through the birth of the Divine Child, The Golden Newborn Solstice Sun.

Narrator She strikes a flame, and lights the white candle before the Goddess image.

Lady_Sakita White do we light for the Maiden, Thou divine and joyous child. Fresh and new as the driven snow. Is the taper which is Her symbol.

Lady_Sakita We give greetings to the Blessed One.

Narrator She strikes a flame, and lights the red candle before the Goddess image.

Lady_Sakita Red do we light for the Mother, Thou warm embracing Queen of Creation. Scarlet as the beauty of the winter sunset, Is the taper which is her symbol.

Lady_Sakita We give greetings to the Regal One.

Narrator She strikes a flame, and lights the black candle before the Goddess image.

Lady_Sakita Black do we light for the Crone, Thou keeper of the magical mysteries. Ebon as the night of sleet, Is the taper which is Her symbol.

Lady_Sakita We give greetings to the Wise One.

Narrator We ask all of you that are with us this Solstice Night to light a small candle at this time.

Lady_Aradia As the light grows about us, So also may the presence of the Old Gods, Who come forth now in triumph, Glow where we now stand. May the magic and mystery and beauty be with us now, In this, the Season of the White Goddess, And the divine Child of the light

Lady_Aradia So Mote it Be!

North So Mote it be.

East So mote it be!

South So Mote it be.

West So Mote it be!

Lady_Sakita So Mote it be!

Narrator The Priestess goes to the East, and holds out her arms in greeting. And she summons

Lady_Sakita All hail to thee, skies of wind and of storm. Blow ye clear, cold, and sharp Over the sleeping land, Cast thy spell, O Great Ones, And remain.

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be!

East Blessed Be!

Narrator The Second Priestess goes to the South, and holds out her arms in greeting. And she summons.

Lady_Aradia All hail to thee, far desert lands and places warm, Return ye soon, and with Bounty, To bring back the warm seasons. Cast thy spell, O Great Ones.

Lady_Aradia And remain

Lady_Aradia Blessed Be!

South Blessed Be!

Narrator The Priestess goes to the West, and holds out her arms in greeting. And she summons.

Lady_Sakita All hail to thee, crystalline lakes and rimed streams. Frozen in glittering beauty. Be ye places of mystery, and portals elfish. Cast thy spell, O Great Ones, And remain.

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be!

West Blessed Be!

Narrator The Second Priestess goes to the North, and holds out her arms in greeting. And she summons

Lady_Aradia All hail to thee, endless realms of snow, Frozen tundra, forests in white, and mountains in ice. Rest deeply in glistening silence and mystery. Cast thy spell, O Great One.

Lady_Aradia And Remain.

Lady_Aradia Blessed Be!

North Blessed Be

Narrator The Priestesses stand before the altar, facing North. There is a pause of 5 heartbeats and the Second priestess evokes

Lady_Aradia Hearty God of Frost, Whose beard is of shining ice, And whose staff turns all to crystal, Thou who Art is not of these worlds, Be with us, we do ask. Give us thy shape joy. Let us hear the crackling of thy laughter. And we may know better. Of thy wisdom and thy magic.

Lady_Aradia Blessed Be!

East Blessed Be!

North Blessed Be

South Blessed Be

West Blessed Be!

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be!

Narrator There is a pause of 5 heartbeats and the Priestess Evokes:

Lady_Sakita Most regal Queen of Snow, Whose glistening jewels glitter about us, And whose sorceries turn all to sparkling white. Shining empress whose crown is of the arctic stars. And whose mantle is the icy fire of the borealis.

Lady_Sakita Be with us, we do ask, May we know thy cold and distant beauty, And may we know better , Of thy wisdom and thy magic.

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be!

East Blessed Be!

North Blessed Be

South Blessed Be!

West Blessed Be!

Narrator There shall be a silence of perhaps the space of 13 heartbeats. The Second Priestess raps thrice upon the altar:

Lady_Sakita In this the Season of the White Goddess, And the time of the Divine Child.
Lady_Sakita What wisdom says the Watcher of the East?

East This is a time for entering wilderness,
East And seeking its magical strengths,
East A time for standing alone and godlike,
East And seeing all things clearly.
East It is a season of Joy!

Narrator There shall be a silence of perhaps the space of 13 heartbeats. The Priestess raps thrice upon the altar:

Lady_Aradia In this the Season of the White Goddess, And the time of the Divine Child, What wisdom says the Watcher of the South?

South This is the time of active seeking. Both without Nature and within oneself
South Eagerness and resolution shall concern mysteries and create results
South It is the season of Courage!

Narrator There shall be a silence of perhaps the space of 13 heartbeats. The Priestess raps thrice upon the altar:

Lady_Sakita In this the Season of the White Goddess, And the time of the Divine Child.
Lady_Sakita What wisdom says the Watcher of the West?

West This is a time for devotion to the Way of the Wild Places And seeking the calmness of solitary locales, A time for finding understanding. And confiding only in trusted friends. It is a season of Meditation!

Narrator There shall be a silence of perhaps the space of 13 heartbeats. The Second Priestess raps thrice upon the altar:

Lady_Aradia In this the Season of the White Goddess, And the time of the Divine Child, What wisdom says the Watcher of the North?

North This is a time to know the endurance of the hills, And so to grow in one's own inner firmness. A time for scrupulousness thoroughness. And considering all things. It is a season of confidence

Lady_Sakita The Circle is Cast.

East We are in a timeless placeless place.

Lady_Aradia We create this Circle of Protection

South As a perfect haven of safety

Lady_Sakita As a safe place to explore.

Lady_Aradia All within it is, and are sacred to the Lady and the Lord.

West This is the boundary of this circle.

North Let not ill enter it, from within nor without.

Lady_Sakita Blessed be all within it.

Lady_Aradia So mote it be!

East So mote it be!

South So Mote it be!

West So mote it be!

North So Mote it be!

Lady_Sakita So mote it be!

Narrator We will now call upon a few people that have prepared a Chant or Prayer in advance of the Ceremony then we will open the room for a time, so that all may be able speak together. As desired by the ones in the rite and with the guidance of the Priestesses. Some of you have chants to be read or perhaps a poem. Prayers for The Mother Earth and Peace in Our World may also have a special time. When this has been accomplished the ceremony shall be closed.

Narrator Storm Abrewing will now honor us

StormAbrewing Wind Spirit
StormAbrewing Spirit of Breath
StormAbrewing blow summer winds
StormAbrewing blow desert winds
StormAbrewing blow warm winds our way
StormAbrewing wind spirit
StormAbrewing Spirit of breath
StormAbrewing blow away the chill
StormAbrewing blow away the cold
StormAbrewing blow the winter away
StormAbrewing blessed be ....

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be Stormabrewing thank you

Narrator thank you storm

Narrator North will now honor us

North Blessing of the moon.by f.Marian MacNiel
North When I see the new moon,It becomes me to lift mine eye,It becomes me to bend my knee,It becomes me to bow my head,
North Giving thee praise thou moon of guidance,That I have seen thee again,That I have seen the new moon,The lovely leader of the way,
North Many a one has passed beyond,In the time between the two moons,Though I am still enjoying earth,Thou moon of moons and of blessings.
North Blessed Be!

Lady_Sakita Bright Blessings North Thank you

Narrator thank you north

Narrator Lady Morgana will now honor us

Lady_Morgana Our Holly King has gone from us, to rest until the turning of the year.
Lady_Morgana Then he shall return to rule again. Now is the time to bring forth the newly risen sun. Lady_Morgana Queen of the Heavens, Moon and Stars, Water, Air, Fire and Earth,
Lady_Morgana Hail, great Mother, return the One, bring the light unto its birth.
Lady_Morgana Queen of sorrows, grieving pain, Queen of future, Queen of bane,
Lady_Morgana She who guards times new and past, grant the light returns at last.
Lady_Morgana Show thy light to all the world, shining over lands and oceans
Lady_Morgana By the veil of darkness furled, blessed is the Triple Mother
Lady_Morgana Queen of both Night and Day, Queen of the dance, Queen of rejoicing.
Lady_Morgana The Light is reborn! The Dark God passes through the underworld, reborn as the glorious Sun Child
Lady_Morgana He emanates from the womb of the Great Mother. Now with Him, we are each reborn.
Lady_Morgana Blessed Be!

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be Lady Morgana Thank you.

Narrator thank you Lady Morgana

Narrator We will now for a time, open the room so that all may be able speak together.

* Bakki claps & warmly smiles at all

Paul Blessed Be!

Bakki Blessed Be!!

kimmiangel Blessed Be!!

Lady_Sakita Welcome Everyone that has not already been welcomed we are so glad that you could join us this evening

burog25c hmmmm.....

kab Bright Blessing to all here to nite

kitty blessed be and merry meet to all

Lady_Aradia Merry Meet and Welcome to all.

kimmiangel merry meet to all

J_HAWKE Blessed Be
J_HAWKE i glad to see u all

Bakki Bubby liked the service too... He's Kickin HARd at the Moment! lol I think He's trying to say Merry Meet to everyone!

cyan thanks all ``n hugs merry meet

Muin Blessed Be

J_HAWKE merry meet to bubby

Lady_Sakita If the power of Love and Prayer can do anything on this Solstice Eve to heal and help this Planet this room is going a very long way towards that end

emosig Merry Meet, Blessed Be!!

kitty warm hugs to all

East Merry Meet ((((((((((Zymovey Volk))))))))))))))))

North Blessed Be!!!

Lady_Sakita Just so you all know we are covering North America and Austrailia and not sure where else at the moment...

ZymoveyVolk (((((((( ZKHEED {east}))))))))))

Lady_Sakita If anyone has a Prayer or a Chant or a Poem that they wish to share please let Lady Aradia or Myself and Freaky know so that he may call for attention for you

Bakki hehehee

East *G*

Lady_Sakita Brightest of Blessings everyone and Merry Meet.

Bakki :) That was Lovely :))))
Bakki I have to GO though :(

Lady_Sakita Taking a Deep Breath for a few moments so Everyone please feel free to chatter we will close the circle in a few moments.

East Bright Blessing Bakki

Bakki OOOOOO Im waiting for that

Lady_Aradia Bakki so nice to meet you and Blessed Be!

Lady_Sakita Bakki Bright Blessing to you and the coming BabyBoo... Hugs to the Land of AUS

Bakki If theres more I'll Wait

Lady_Aradia good..there is

Bakki HUGSSSSSS Sakita

burog25c hmmm... well i've goten some fantastic meditatin' in... hm......

East There is more:)

kitty tons of hugs to aall and the earth

Lady_Sakita Bakki we will close the circle and open the room in about 15 minutes after everyone has stretched their fingers LOL

* East is stretching now

serenity thats great

kitty 8)

Lady_Sakita wonder if we can do this one just one time....... Toronto Canada here...... *waving*

Bakki :))) Ok LAdy Sakita me brb

Lady_Morgana MM Paul and MerryAnn... good to see you again

* J_HAWKE gets skylad
* J_HAWKE gets skyclad

Paul thanks Morgana,, very good occasion

South nice to see you too LadyM

emosig Central New York waving back

kimmiangel Brampton, Canada here....waving

kab central indiana waving

serenity mississauga ontario waving

lady-edie northwest ohio here

PreciousAngel Eastern Montana waving

South Southern New Jersey waving

kitty i am using rainbow colors like my grandfather tot me too 8)

Narrator you wanna go again north?

burog25c so... did my meditation disturb anone?

Lady_Aradia Nevada waving

East Long Island waving

peanut southwestern Minnesota here

ZymoveyVolk Montreal....The real Canada waving.......

kitty i hope you se them

Cookiemonster Central Maryland waving back

cyan aurora ontario, waving

East :)

steelbreeze oregon .....waving

J_HAWKE midwest waving

Muin mississauga, ontario, here as well, waving hi

Paul N, E. Pennsylvania ~~~~waving~~~~~~

kitty southern alabama waving a howdy 8)

West Nevada ~Waveing~

Narrator merry meet pony and redwood

* burog25c is in south carolina at the moment

Narrator Attention please,north would like to recite another poem

South shhhhhhhhhhh..North is reading a poem

North The Coming of Wisdom With Time by Yeats
North Though leaves are many , the root is one.
North Through all the lying days of my youth
North I swayed mt leaves and flowers in the sun.
North Now I may wither into the truth.
North Blessed Be!

* burog25c needs a tape of this

South hugs North..that was wonderful!

Lady_Sakita ((Hugs)) North Thank you Blessed Be

kimmiangel wonderful North

East ((((North))))

Narrator thank you north

kitty that was great! thank you North

North thank you all
North for allowing my meager contribution

Lady_Sakita Is there anyone else????

kab (:-)

West Very nice North

Lady_Aradia Blessed Be and thank you North...very beautiful

Lady_Sakita Burog you will have to share that meditation with us

Narrator woulod anyone else like to recite for us?

Lady_Sakita Bakki is having her first Baby in Feb... so extra Blessings for our soon to be mom in Australia Lady_Sakita it is tomorrow afternoon for her already

burog25c sorry sakita.. missed yer post a second... just a mple exercise to burn out inner demons and quiet the mind and soul.. relives stress
burog25c mple=m simple

kimmiangel brightest blessings on your newborns arrival Bakki

* Bakki :)))) with Pride
Bakki thanx kimi :))

North Blessed greetings to bakki's new millenium child

* burog25c is gettin' old... my knees can't take it anymore

serenity sweet angel blessings and abudance of love on your new child and family

Bakki Thanx North :))

cyan thanks all, i`ll be sending bright blessings in my dreams. bed time for this one

Lady_Sakita If there is no one else that wishes to share at this time then we will close the ceremony and open the room to general chat.....

Bakki Benny Says Blessed Be ! lol

burog25c congratulations bakki... best wishes

Lady_Sakita ((((( Warm Hugs))))) Cyan bright blessings

Bakki Thanx Burog

burog25c yer welcome ;-))

Bakki THANX SAKITA !!!! (((((((((((((((((((((THunder))))))))))))

kitty best wishes to the new baby

Bakki that was really special :) Im glad to have been a part of that :))
Bakki HUgs & Thanx Kitty :))

Lady_Aradia I have one very small one.

Lady_Sakita One Request from Lady Aradia

kitty your welcome bakki

serenity this wa all so special and beautiful thank u for leeting me be part of it

Narrator Attention Please,Lady Aradia will now read for us

Lady_Aradia May the log burn,
Lady_Aradia May the wheel turn,
Lady_Aradia May evil spurn,
Lady_Aradia May the sun return.
Lady_Aradia Blessed Be!

Bakki Aradia ...very nice :)))) Blessed BE

Lady_Sakita Blessed Be Lady Aradia (hugs)

East (((((((((((((((((((((((ARADIA)))))))))))))))))))))))

kab blessed be

kimmiangel I would like to say thank you Lady_Sakita for inviting me to share in the ceremony
kimmiangel blessed be

North Blessed Be lady Aradia

Lady_Morgana Blessed Be....

Narrator thank you aradia

Bakki When do we extinguish the candles ?
Bakki heheheheee

Lady_Aradia Your welcome ...thank you

Narrator Your Attention Please, we will now put the room back onto Strict Voice while the ceremony is being closed. It will be open to all immediately thereafter.

Narrator The Priestess shall go to the East, and hold out her arm in salute.

Lady_Sakita We thank thee, skies of wind and of storm, And give our blessing to thy far realms.
Lady_Sakita Blessed Be!

East Blessed Be!

Narrator The Second Priestess shall go to the South, and hold out her arm in salute.

Lady_Aradia We thank thee, far desert lands and places warm. And give our blessing to thy far realms.
Lady_Aradia Blessed Be!

South Blessed Be!

Narrator The Priestess shall go to the West, and hold out her arm in salute.

Lady_Sakita We thank thee, crystalline lakes and rimed streams. And give our blessing to thy far realms. Lady_Sakita Blessed Be!

West Blessed Be!!

Narrator The Second Priestess shall go to the North, and hold out her arm in salute.

Lady_Aradia We thank thee, endless lands of snow. And give our blessing to thy far realms.
Lady_Aradia Blessed Be!

North Blessed Be!

Narrator The Priestesses stand before the altar, facing North.

Lady_Aradia Joyous God of Frost, We thank thee for thy bright presence here. We have been honored to have your spirit Here among us.
Lady_Aradia Farewell, and Blessed Be!

North Farewell and Blessed Be!

East Farewell, and Blessed Be!

South Farewell, and Blessed Be!

West Farewell, and Blessed Be!

Lady_Sakita Farewell, and Blessed Be!

Narrator She puts out the candles before the Goddess image:

Lady_Sakita Magnificent Queen of Snow. We thank thee for thy crystal presence here. We have been honored to have your spirit Here among us.
Lady_Sakita Farewell, and Blessed Be!

East Farewell, and Blessed Be!

North Farewell, and Blessed Be!

West Farewell, and Blessed Be!

South Farewell, and Blessed Be!

Lady_Sakita The Goddess, the God, and the Child. Have been honored.
Lady_Sakita This rite of Winter is done.
Lady_Sakita Merry meet and Merry part.

Narrator Please take a moment to have something to eat or drink before leaving the chat room. This will help to ground any loose energy that might cause headaches etc. or disturb the emotions.

Lady_Aradia Merry Meet and Merry Part!


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