A Protection and Healing Ritual
April 12, 2020
by Spelcastor
And so as we gather together, we bring our traditions, fears, and hope. We look to work some
magick to make the mundane world better for ourselves and others.

We are doing this Ritual online. We each sit at our individual computers. Before us we lay out
the tools customary to our Rituals. We will cast a Virtual Circle. Instead of pacing about our
group while holding an Athame (sacred black-handled two-sided blade) directed toward the Earth,
we will visualize our sacred circle encompassing each of our computers linked through the Ether
of the Ethernet. Much of working magick has to do with creative visualization coming from
our hearts than our minds.


As is said of Morgan le Fay, pursuing these things, She had studied the symbols of cult after cult,

for all worshipped the same thing, by different names and under different aspects, till at last
she found that to which her own nature was attuned.

We shall each lay out some of our favorite tools before our individual computers.

A Candle: Which color is meaningful to you? I choose a St Jude candle from Publix.
To me, Saint Jude is the Patron Saint of Healing and Lost Causes.

A Mineral: Which is personally meaningful? I would choose Salt, a cleaning agent that brings out
the flavor in what it touches.

An Herb: To which do you relate? I would choose Thyme. I never have enough Time.

An Oil: Me, I like Patchouli. How about you? For this ceremony i choose Purell.

Next we choose a time: Where are the stars? In which phase is the Moon? Where are the planets?
When would it be most propitious to conduct our Ritual? What hour will be most convenient
for us all to log in together?

Consult Lunar Calendar: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/

We shall invite Deities from the Four Compass Directions (aka Quarters).

Remember, these are Deities and that Deities do not receive direction well.
Further, do not assume that we have a relationship with each of these Beings.
I invite them to symbolize energies from around the World. Manners, and polite social distance,
are a very safe behavior when dealing with Goddesses and Gods.

Spel proposes to Invite:

                               From the East: Kyan Yin

Kyan Yin is the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion.

She is the one who hears the cries of the World.

A bodhisattva is any person who is on the path towards Buddhahood.

That is certainly not me, but a statue of Kyan Yin watches over me from my home altar.

                       From the South: Guia Babalu Aye

Babalu is an Orisha strongly associated with infectious disease and healing in the Yoruba religion,
including the body, wealth, and physical possessions. In West Africa, he was strongly associated
with epidemics and He is an Orisha strongly associated with infectious disease and healing in
the Yoruba religion. In West Africa, he is strongly associated with epidemics.

The Orisha are known to select their own devotees and are not impressed by mortals that attempt
to choose them. Spel has not been selected.

                            From the West: Sekhmet

In Egyptian tradition, Sekhmet is a warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing. She is depicted as a lioness.

Sekhmet is also a solar deity and often associated with the goddesses Hathor (the Cow) and Bastet (the Cat).

She has serious anger management issues and is not a Goddess to be approached rudely. Spel has been a part
of previous Rituals in her honor.

                 From the North: Airmid, Celtic Goddess

Airmid is the ancient Irish Celtic Goddess of the Growing Greens of life. She is the Mother of Herbal Healers,
Sacred Herbs, and all things connected to the art of healing.

Airmid’s healing powers extend to the mind and spirit as well. That was shown in Her powers of restoring
full health to the dead and dying.

Very little has ever been written about Airmid, but She is here. And with the rain, She will allow her
sacred herbs to come forth, to grow, to heal, to inspire. Spel feels an emotional tie to all things Celtic.

                    Central Deity: White Buffalo Maiden

White Buffalo Calf Woman or White Buffalo Maiden is a sacred woman of supernatural origin,
central to the Lakota Native American religion as the primary cultural prophet.
Further, if the people did as she instructed, they would rise again.

Buffalo are considered sacred to many of the Plains Nations of Native Americans,
and they often consider buffalo linked to creation, medicine and bringers
of sacred messages from the ancestors.

Spel has no personal connection to Native American traditions, But he has one dear Lakota friend.

Alter Layout:

Sitting at his PC, Spel is facing East, the Direction of the New Day.
I lay out a blue cloth in front of my screen.

Icon statues or pictures of each of the Deities are placed at the appropriate Quarters.

The St Jude Candle placed to the southwest
The Bell is placed in the southeast.
The Athame is placed in the northwest.
The Bowl of Salt is placed in the northeast.
The Pentacle is placed in the center.

Other items set to the side: Bread (sometimes called Cakes), Wine, Bowl of Water,
Chalice, Libation Bowl, Thyme Incense in Burner, Purell Hand Sanitizer.

Mundane Tools: Utility Knife (White-Handled, Curved-Blade Boline), Scared Bic Lighter,
Candle Snuffer.

      

A little more Thyme for us all:

Thyme was used as early as 3000 BCE by Sumerians as an antiseptic.
Thyme is a Mediterranean native spread throughout Europe by the Romans.
Their soldiers added it to their bathwater to increase bravery, strength,
and vigor. The word Thyme comes from the Greek meaning to “fumigate”.
This indicates that it may have been burned in sacred rites.

And Now...The Ritual:

Be it known that the ritual is about to begin.
Let none be here but of their own free will.
Be it known that the practice of our religion involves secrets,
even in this, the Outer Court.
Share with no one on the outside
the names of those gathered in this Circle.

The Chant:
"She changes everything She touches and Everything She touches changes.
 She changes everything She touches and Everything She touches changes.
 She changes everything She touches and Everything She touches changes."

Grounding meditation: "Let us pause and breathe deeply as we transition
from mundane to sacred space."

Consecrate the Salt and Water:

"As Salt is Life, let it purify us in all ways we may use it.
Let it cleanse our bodies and spirits as we dedicate ourselves
in these rites to the glory of the Goddess and the God."

(Place three portions of Salt in the Water with Athame.)
"Let the Sacred Salt drive out any impurities in this Water -
that we may use it throughout these rites."

Cast the Circle with Athame:
"I cast the circle round and round, by it's magic we are bound."

With Water and Salt:
"Salt and Water purify, Strength and Dreams, never die."

With Burning Thyme Incense:
"Air and Fire purify, Imagination and Magick fly."

"We welcome the Elementals of the Four Directions."

(Ring Bell three times.)

The Circle is cast!
The Bell is rung,
The Candle is lit,
The Chant is sung.
Our Hearts are open,
The Altar is set,
The Cauldron is ready,
The Group is met.
We now proclaim to everyone
That our Ritual has begun.

The Circle is cast!
We are between the worlds,
In shadows of the waxing or waning moon,
Beyond the bounds of time,
Where day and night,
Birth and death,
Joy and sorrow,
Meet as one.

Welcome the Quarters:

"Let us welcome the Deities starting with the North."

NORTH:
Airmid, Celtic Goddess

"Hail Airmid, Irish Celtic Goddess of the Growing Greens of Life.
I bid you, join us and lend us your healing powers of body,
mind and spirit. So Mote it be."

EAST:
Kyan Yin

"Hail Kyan Yin Goddess of listening and compassion.
I bid you, join us and lend us your compassion. So Mote it be."

SOUTH:
Guia Babalu Aye
"Hail Babalu, Orisha reliever of epidemics,
I bid you, join us and lend us magic power. So Mote it be."

WEST:
Sekhmet

"Hail Sekhmet Warrior Goddess or Egypt and Lioness,
I bid you, join us and lend us your strength. So Mote it be."

Let us welcome our Ancestors, May they surround us in this Rite.

Invocation of the Goddess

"Come be with us White Buffalo Maiden, Spirit, Goddess,
Wild Woman of the Universe."
(Light the Candle with the Sacred Bic.)

From the Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune (1938). She said it best over 80 years ago
in The Charge of the Goddess when she invoked:

"Whenever you have need of anything, once in the month,
and better it be when the Moon is full,
you shall assemble in some secret place
and adore the spirit of Me who is Queen of all the Wise..."

"I am the Queen of All Magicks and the Dark of the Moon...
Hidden in the deepest of night.
I am the mystery of the Otherworld and the fear
That coils about your heart in the times of confusion...
I am the soul of Nature that gives form to your universe...
Most ancient amongst gods and mortals,
Let worship be within the heart that has ...
Truly tasted life, for behold, all acts of magick and pleasure
Are My greatest rituals within itself...
Therefore let there be beauty & strength, compassion in your wrath,
Power in your humility, mirth and reverence within Thee...
And you who seek to remove my veil
And behold my true face, know that within your questing and with not,
your lust and desires shall avail you not.
For unless you know My Mystery...
behold, I have been with you from the very beginning,
And I am that that which is attained at the end of Desire...
The love of new beginnings, as yet unimagined and unknown."

Acknowledgment of Community:

We have not even to risk
this adventure alone,
For the heroes of all time
have gone before us.
The maze is thoroughly known.
We have only to follow
the thread of the hero path,
And where we had thought
to find an abomination,
we shall find our dark shadow.
And where we had thought
to slay another,
We shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought
to travel outward,
We shall come to the center
of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone,
We shall be with all the world. (From Joseph Campbell)
(This last recitation takes about 30 seconds.
Consider it for your hand washings with Purell.)

The Consecrations:

Dedicate the Bread:
"Behold the Bread of Life, Eat of the Bread of Life,
that you might live through the long Winter's Night."

Dedicate the Wine:
"Behold the Wine of Life, Drink of the Wine of Life,
that we might live through the long Winter's Night."

"The Bread and Wine that is left, we will offer to Her, Mother Earth,
so that Her creatures may live through the long nights ahead."

The Great Rite:

(Place Athame into Chalice.) "As the Chalice is to Goddess,
the Athame is to the God.
In like fashion, may female join with male, friend with friend,
for the happiness of all."

(Touch Bread with Athame and put one piece into the Libation Bowl.)
"We share the bounty of the Goddess and God."

(Pour Wine into the Chalice and a splash into the Libation Bowl.)

"This Bread and Wine is the blessing of the Goddess to our bodies.
Let us partake of it freely. And as we share, let us remember always
that we share with those who have nothing."

"Will you share the Bread of Life with me? Will you share the
Wine of Life with me?" (All drink)

(Place excess Bread and Wine into Libation Bowl to be poured upon
the Earth following this Ritual.)

The Closing:

There is a curious paradox, that no one can explain.
Who understands the secret of the reaping of the grain?
Who understands why spring is born out winter's laboring pain?
Or why we must all die a bit, before we grow again.

It’s the blood of the ancients that flows through our veins.
And the forms pass, but the circle of life remains.

Farewell Great Mother:
"Thank you for being with us tonight, for the gift of life that you have given us.
Hail and farewell. Blessed Be."

Farewell to Sekhmet:
"Thank you for being with us, for the Blessings you have given us,
and your gift of strength. Hail and farewell. Blessed Be."

Farewell to Guia Babalu Aye
: "Thank you for being with us, for the Blessings you have given us
and your gift of healing. Hail and farewell. Blessed Be."

Farewell to Kyan Yin:
"Thank you for being with us, for the Blessings you have given us,
and your gift of compassion. Hail and farewell. Blessed Be."

Farewell to Airmid:
"Thank you for being with us, for the Blessings you have given us,
and your gift of medicines. Hail and farewell. Blessed Be."

"We bid our Ancestors to watch over us and guide us on our path."

"Let us bid farewell to the Elementals of the West, South, East, North."

"Hail and Farewell to all. Blessed Be." (Snuff the Candle.)
"By this Sacred Athame, this Circle Cast is rolled up, disappears,
and can be found no more. The physical plane is restored,
and all things are as they were before from the time of our beginning
. Let no one tell of what has here transpired."

"The circle is open but not unbroken. May the love of the Goddess
and the God be ever in your heart."

"Merry Meet, and Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again!"

Be aware that in my tradition, as I have learned from the Navajo,
a Ritual performed perfectly will speed the End of Time --
Once again, Time is Safe.

Don't forget to wash your hands.

                                             Be Safe!!!

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