Dedicated to Witchy-ness!

Things around here get busier and busier! Just when I think I can sit back and relax a bit… all the flying monkey’s get loose! Okay, maybe not the monkey’s but, things do come flying at me. First it was a wedding. Then it is ritual after ritual. Ostara was a blast! Jen did a great job with the whole thing. Then it was helping someone get a job. Now it is a dedication.

I love all the rituals. I always feel so incredibly peaceful after them. Dedications are really fun because you’re introducing someone to the craft. Then you get to party! I’m all for both!

So… I thought I’d share the dedication we used tonight. Take it, make it your own, and yes, parts of it may sound a little familiar if you’re a Charmed fan. If the words fit, and feel right, I say use them! On to the dedication….:

Dedication Ritual for New Follower

Items Needed:

• Sandalwood or Blessing Oil
• Gift
• Cake/desert
• Wine and/or Drink of persons choice – it is a party after all!

Start by casting your circle. Here is a quick, simple circle I picked up long ago:

World Above, World Below
Energy Come, Energy Flow
Bright Divine Light Circles Around Me
Mountain and Sky, Flame and Sea

Call your quarters. Start with North. Light your elemental candles. Here is what I generally use:

To the North, I call upon the guardians of the element of Earth.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome

To the East, I call upon the guardians of the element of Air.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome

To the South, I call upon the guardians of the element of Fire.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome.

To the West, I call upon the guardians of the element of Water.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome.

When I do a dedication I like to do an invocation, to call the ancestors. Then the actual dedication where you confirm the person really wants to dedicate themselves to the craft. Then a blessing, because, well, everyone needs a blessing now and then. Last, but not least, a charge to remind them what the craft is all about. I think the charge on this one is a little bland. It needs more of a kick, but I’ll rewrite it in time.

Invocation:

We call forth from time and space
The Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Wilder/Morrell line
Fathers, Mothers, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons and friends.
Our family spirits without end
Gather now in this sacred place
To surround David with your grace

Dedication:

Is it your intent, David, to be dedicated into the world of the Witches?
To follow the path of your ancestors.
To know the secrets they hid in the night
To invoke the oldest of gods and goddesses
To learn and study the old ways.
And to step forth for the good of all, harming none.

Blessing:

Blessed be your mind, that you may use your thoughts and intellect for the greater good of all, harming none.
Blessed be your eyes, so that you may always see the path you have chosen to walk.
Blessed by your mouth, that you may speak often to the god and goddess
Blessed be your heart, that you may always let love guide your works, both magickal and mundane.

Charge:

In the name of the Lord and Lady
We place this threefold charge upon you
To know the God and Goddess
To love them through the knowledge of nature
And to follow the ways of the Ancient ones

I still need to add a release for the ancestors. For this one I just did a quick thank you and told them they could stay if they liked, or go if they must. I’m sure, given a little more time, I’ll come up with something. I did this all in a couple of hours so… a little rushed leaves a few holes. Just saying…

Anyway, on to releasing the quarters. Starting in the North and working backwards:

To the North, I thank and release the guardians of the element Earth
Hail, and Farewell

To the West, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Water.
Hail, and Farewell

To the South, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Fire.
Hail, and Farewell

To the East, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Air.
Hail, and Farewell.

Then, release your circle. I am a creature of habit and always use:

Open now this sacred space
Send all energies back to place
Fare the well, and safe return
Let not my magick ere be turned

You’ll probably find this, word for word, familiar from yesterday’s post. A little copy and paste saved me from having to retype. You can fault me for that if you want but… hey, when you’re busy sometimes you take a few shortcuts when you’re writing.

I’ll tell you though… I do love ritual. I do love being Witchy. And I am truly the happiest when I am doing something Witchy. Whether that is mixing up brews, writing up a ritual, or simply filling the herb jars. I always catch myself humming a little tune. You know what makes you the happiest when you start humming. Now….if I could just get paid for being Witchy!

Blessed Be my friends! Be happy and hum a little! 🙂

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