Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ritual Circle Casting and Invocations


(Note: I wrote this circle casting for Lughansadh 2012, which, strangely, was a Wizard of Oz ritual {long story}. The Invocations and Devocations came to me in a dream a year earlier. It was only upon re-reading what I had scribbled down in the half-sleep stupor of false dawn that I noticed that each quarter call starts with the direction and slowlyturns to the element, which I think is kinda nifty. 
The location markers in the Circle Casting were originally parts of a forest glade, but were changed to the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose for a Pantheacon presentation - feel free to change 'em to your neck of the woods, should you choose to use this.)

Circle Casting

This entire Pagan convention is a circle, but let's cast another one, just in case, and bring in some some Protectors. Please remain
seated – we could be here awhile, and your attention will surely be noted by
the Powers that we invoke.

Witness the icy blue fire from my blade as we tear a hole in the cosmos, slicing through the mooring cables that keep this rite tethered to reality.
From the brokenelevators, to the two token trees, to the cafe of Ho and Hum, to the back parking lots of frantic coupling, we hereby claim ALL of this land as our own, for as long as is necessary by the divine grace of the Lord of the Forest and his lover, Mother Nature.
Let those without stay without and those that love Sin stay within,
So mote it be!


The Circle is Cast. We are of this world. Blessed Be!

Invocations


Are you here? Is this now?

East: See me, for I am the East. I bring the light each day so you can indeed see. From the grand and holy trees I bring the air for you to breathe. I am Life. I am every idea you have ever had, the thoughts that inspired you, the experiment of intellect that advanced you from a branch on the Anthropological tree, to the tree itself. The East brings the light and the Air brings you everything under the sun. There is nothing without me. I am Air, and you are Air.
Hail and Welcome!
·
South: See me, for I am the South. I bring the desire to act on those thoughts. I am the catalyst, the spark, the flame that ignited those grand and holy trees, bringing your infant intellect the fire that protected you then and propulses you now. I am life. I burn away all that is superfluous and distracting. I am the energy you possess to ACT nooooow, to change all that you can change and to laugh at that which you cannot. I am Fire, and you are Fire.
Hail and Welcome!
·
West: See me, for I am the West. I am the receiver of the light of the day, the summation and the contemplation of all those thoughts – that became those acts – that change the definition of who you are at the end of everyday. I am Life. I am the shaper of your marvelous world, From the snow-dripping trees to the bottom of the seas. I am the motion of you, the transport of you, the very chemistry of what defines us as human: for I am emotion. I am Water, and you are Water.
Hail and Welcome!
·
North: See me, for I am the North. I am the eternal stage upon which all of your lives are played out. I am the Wisdom that results from those thoughts – that became those acts – that triggered those emotions. I am Life. I AM those grand and holy trees, fed by the East, pruned by the South, fueled by the West. I am the still and ancient part of you that lives on when your immortality is periodically interrupted. You are buried in me. I am the Earth, and you are the Earth.
Hail and Welcome!
·
Spirit: See me, for I am invisible. I am the etheric force that combines all of these directions and elements into the ONE everything. I am the tendrils that keep you together, the glue that keeps you whole, the irreducible shout that lives on when your lives have been shattered. I am Life. I am the voice from those grand and holy trees – the one that says I am Spirit. And you are Spirit.
Hail and Welcome!

Horned God: See me, for I am beautiful. I am the progenitor. I am life. I am THE magician, the master of the elements, and my spirit has been planted within you all. Deep within you all. I am perpetual motion – because I am the sacrifice of the seasons. I give unto you the quickening of your lives, and then I die, endlessly, so that you may live. Without me, there is no time. I am HIM, and you are him.
Hail and Welcome!

Dark Lady: See me, for I am The End. I am the womb. I am the tomb. I was here when there was naught but the void because Honey, I AM THE VOID. I am all life – and all death. I am such a huge part of you that you may not recognize me now and then because I am THAT close to you. I fill up all of your empty spaces, for I am the sphere that encompasses all of these players. I am space. And that space is a void, and that void is filled by my love – of you. I am HER. And you are her. Hail and Welcome!

Devokings:

Okay. Time to wrap this one up, and wish well those who have kept us safe and whole for this time.

To the Dark Lady of the Void. We thank you for creating us, and the void that is filled with your love of us.
Hail and Farewell.

To the God of the Forest: We thank you for creating us, the Grand and Holy trees, and the Wheel of the Year that defines us.
Hail and Farewell.
·
To the Eternal North: We thank you for your patience with us on this day, and we
are grateful for your Wisdom everyday.
Hail and Farewell.·
To the Eternal West: We thank you for your depth on this day, and we are grateful
for your changes everyday.
Hail and Farewell.·
To the Eternal South: We thank you for your passion on this day, and we are
grateful for your energy everyday.
Hail and Farewell.·
To the Eternal East: We thank you for you inspiration on this day, and we are
grateful for breathing everyday.
Hail and Farewell.·
To the eternal Spirit: The miracle of our existence. The chance we are given over
and over again. The awareness of life’s absurdities, it’s complexities, it’s horrors. And life’s grand and holy adventure that awaits us outside of our door, everyday. Who Are You? You are Spirit, baby! You are the inspiration, the passion, the emotion, the Wisdom, the lust of the Horned God and the love of the Goddess. You are life. You are the culmination of all that is ever been – and from you will flow all that will ever be.
Hail and Farewell.

De-casting

Witness the icy blue fire from my blade as we knit the cosmos back together, returning ourselves back from the land of Myth and Magick and Mirth. From the parking lot, to the two trees, to Cafe Ho-Hum we hereby return this sacred space back to its role as the 14th best dance club in Silicon Valley.
By the divine grace of the Horned God and his lover, Mother Nature, we have played WELL this evening.
So mote it be!

From Diety to Diety, I am thanking you for gracing me with your Grand and Holy presence for this time. Blessed be.

Angus McMahan
angusmcmahan@gmail.com
@AngusMcMahan

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