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RITUAL FOR EQUINOX 2010
[ Dress as exotic as you like]
ORDER OF THE RITUAL

Set Up A Traditional Circle Tibetan Ritual For The Dead HP and HPS consecrate the Wine and Cakes and distribute them. Close Circle Agape Officers for the Rite are:  High Priestess  High Priest  Keeper of the Four Quarters  Reader for Tibetan Ritual For The Dead  Gong Master
CASTING THE CIRCLE

Exorcise and consecrate water and salt in the names of Baron Le Croix and Erzulie Dantor
Baron La Croix is the spirit of one of the Guédé Barons, Baron La Croix. He is the ultimate suave and sophisticated spirit of Death - quite cultured and debonair. He has an existential philosophy about death, finding death's reason for being both humorous and absurd. Baron La Croix is the extreme expression of individuality, and offers to you the reminder of delighting in life's pleasures. Live happy and live well, for even the most rich and talented, or the most poor and resourceful people are not spared the ultimate universal experience - Death. Erzulie Dantor is the Voodoo goddess of love, romance, art, jealousy, passion, & sex. Erzulie Dantor is the patron loa of lesbian women, fierce protector of women experiencing domestic violence and patron loa of New Orleans. Beauty, love, and sensuality are her Creations. Emotions are what link her to the endless reservoir of universal creativity. Erzulie Dantor offers to you protection and possibilities beyond the imagination.

Draw the Circle HP leads everyone into the Circle cleansing Ritualist sprinkles the circle, and the participants “Earth & Water” etc Incense Ritualist presents the incense “Spirits of Air and Fire bright” etc Candle Ritualist presents the candle “Be to me the fire of Moon “ etc Watch Towers Eastern cardinal station saying loudly :Hail Guardians of the Watch Tower of the East, Powers of Air. Draw the Earth evoking pentagram saying loudly and with conviction :I do summon stir and call ye up, to witness these rites and to guard our circle.

2 All- Join us in our rites, be with us tonight. All bow to the guardian

Southern cardinal station saying loudly :Hail Guardians of the Watch Tower of the South, Powers of Fire. Draw the Earth evoking pentagram saying loudly and with conviction :I do summon stir and call ye up, to witness these rites and to guard our circle. All- Join us in our rites, be with us tonight. All bow to the guardian Western cardinal station saying loudly :Hail Guardians of the Watch Tower of the West, Powers of Water. Draw the Earth evoking pentagram saying loudly and with conviction :I do summon stir and call ye up, to witness these rites and to guard our circle.

All- Join us in our rites, be with us tonight.All bow to the guardian Northern cardinal station saying loudly :Hail Guardians of the Watch Tower of the North, Powers of Earth. Draw the Earth evoking pentagram saying loudly and with conviction :I dosummon stir and call ye up, to witness these rites and to guard our circle.

All- Join us in our rites, be with us tonight. All bow to the guardian. Conjuring the Circle I conjure thee oh circle of love, that thou beist a meeting place between the world of men and the realms of the mighty ones. A guardian and protector for the power that we shall raise within thee. Wherefore do we bless and consecrate thee in the names of Baron Le Croix and Erzulie Dantor All repeat names Baron Le Croix and Erzulie Dantor all then shout `Hurryah’

HP steps into the centre of the circle and shouts:I tear assunder the Veil between this world and the world of the dead, the underworld, the world where Darkness is ruler, which is the opposite of Light. HPS steps into the centre of the circle and says:We beseech thee who art Shekinah and Elohim, to look down upon us in this ceremony which we perform to their honor, and for the assistance of those of our stranded earthquake victims in Haiti, Chile, Japan, and Turkey and for all who seek to pass through the Veil this night.

3 A slow low drum beat by those with drums now begins, rising to a crescendo as the mood takes. Reader now steps into the centre of the circle The Rites for the dead are now read using a gong instead of the usual bell. After the first verse and incense stick all may join in the reading

Tibetan Rite for the Dead.
A white candle is lit to attract the dead.
The bell is struck 10 times

1st Covenor lights the 1st stick of incense “Oh listen to the voices of our souls All ye who cower in the wilderness unprotected Listen to the voices of our souls That we may protect the unprotected As the first stick of incense is lit and smoulders And the scent rises upwards Let your souls and your faith rise also That you may be protected.” Bell is struck 10 times 2nd Covenor lights the 2nd stick of incense “Oh listen to the voices of our souls All ye who would cringe with fear in the night Listen to the voices of our souls For we will be as a lantern glowing in the darkness That we may guide benighted wayfarers As the second stick of incense is lit and glows with life Let your soul perceive the light we shine That you may be guided.” Bell is struck 10 times 3rd Covenor lights the 3rd incense stick and says: “Oh listen to the voices of our souls All ye who are stranded at the gulf of ignorance Listen to the voices of our souls Our help shall be as a bridge to cross the chasm To assist ye further on the path As the third stick of incense is lit and the smoke trails

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Let your souls step forth bravely into light.” Bell is struck 10 time 4th Covenor lights the 4th stick of incense and says: “Oh listen to the voices of our souls All ye who are faint with weariness of life Listen to the voices of our souls For we bring ye rest, that your soul shall rally forth anew As the fourth stick of incense is lit and the smoke idly drifts We bring rest that refreshed you may rise renewed.” Bell is struck 10 times 5th Covenor lights the 5th stick of incense and says: “Oh listen to the voices of our souls All ye who scoff at holy words Listen to the voices of our souls We bring ye peace, that ye may dwell upon eternal truths As the fifth stick of incense is lit, to bring fragrance to life Open your minds that ye may know.” Bell is struck 10 times 6th Covenor lights the 6th stick of incense “Oh listen to the voices of our souls All ye who now approach, who seek eternal life Listen to the voices of our souls We bring ye home now with joy everlasting to the land where the Gods do dwell As the sixth stick of incense is lit, to bring you into the light Depart from us now to that place, that in your minds ye do truly know.” Bell is struck 10 times.
HP and HPS consecrate the wine and cakes and distribute them Keeper closes the Quarters. HPS draws up the circle, HP closes the Circle “Merry part” etc. Fin

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INTRODUCTION (outside the circle area): “Tonight we celebrate the Equinox, when day and night are of equal length. The Moon is waxing in the sign of Pisces. Sensitivity, changeability, rich imagination these are the distinguishing features of the Moon in Pisces. Our task this evening is to ensure that the passing of over 200,000 souls who over the past few weeks found themselves catapulted into darkness, many without knowledge or understanding of what had happened or why, is achieved with love and care. We particularly reach out to the children, and those of our brothers and sisters who lived the magical life in Haiti, and Chile, so we will use a God and Goddess with which they are familiar while at the same time understanding that the attributes of those deities are also contained within our own Celtic Parthenon, so they will not come to us as strangers. We will use the energies within ourselves - our bodies, to achieve the magic we intend. To this end we use our powers of visualization to focus our intent to create a container that is a spherical force field, usually known as the traditional Circle. Once created, and cleansed/consecrated with the Four Elements, and then conjured we will read the Tibetan Rite for the Dead. It is my experience when conducting this ritual that many souls who wander lost and alone are frequently also drawn to us for help.

notes to self wheel decked with flowers. [bougainvillea] white candle Incense sticks Dolls

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ERZULIE DANTOR In the Voodoo Pantheon, there is an important group of female loa (goddesses) whose first name is Erzulie. While all of them share in their role as Goddess of love, art, and sex, each has additional areas of life which is theirs to defend and assist. Erzulie is three in aspect: she can be Erzulie Freda, a virgin goddess likened to the Virgin Mary; Erzulie Dantor, loa of jealousy and passion; or La Siren, a personification of the sea and goddess of motherhood. Her color is pink, her animal a white dove. She is associated with the Lukumi Orisha Oshun, and sometimes Chango (as Erzulie Dantor). Erzulie Dantor
Erzulie Dantor is the Voodoo goddess of love, romance, art, jealousy, passion, & sex. Erzulie Dantor is the patron loa of lesbian women, fierce protector of women experiencing domestic violence and patron loa of New Orleans. Beauty, love, and sensuality are her Creations. Emotions are what link her to the endless reservoir of universal creativity. Erzulie Dantor offers to you protection and possibilities beyond the imagination. Erzulie Dantor is a mulatto woman who is often portrayed as the Black Madonna, or the Roman Catholic "Saint Barbara Africana". She has tribal scars on her cheek, and is considered heterosexual because she has children, but she is also the patron loa of lesbian women. Thus, she loves women fiercely, and will defend them to the death. She loves knives and is considered the protector of newly consecrated Voodoo priests and priestesses, as well as of women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and women who have been betrayed by a lover. She is highly respected and much feared due to her Woman Power. Most Haitian women serve Dantor, and she is also the patron loa of New Orleans and so she is served by many there as well. She also supports independent business women and is the patron of women's finances. Many women invoked Erzulie Dantor against their partners (male or female) should they become violent. And enlightened men also serve Dantor, especially men who honor, love and respect women. Erzulie’s personal story is a tragedy. She was a warrioress who fought with her people during the Haitian revolution. However, her own people cut out her tongue so that she would not tell their secrets should she be captured. Thus, she is mute and can only speak a stammering monosyllable, "ke-ke-ke-ke-ke!" This is the sound of her tongue clicking on the roof of her mouth. She is often pictured with her daughter Anais, who serves as her translator and interpreter.

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Baron La Croix is the spirit of one of the Guédé Barons, Baron La Croix. He is the ultimate suave and sophisticated spirit of Death - quite cultured and debonair. He has an existential philosophy about death, finding death's reason for being both humorous and absurd. Baron La Croix is the extreme expression of individuality, and offers to you the reminder of delighting in life's pleasures. Live happy and live well, for even the most rich and talented, or the most poor and resourceful people are not spared the ultimate universal experience - Death. Use: Use Baron La Croix as a focusing tool for coping with extreme change. He is ever the humorist, and will help you through your situation, reminding you to keep your sense of humor. The Guedeh Barons like to dress well, favoring long black coat tails and top hats, smoked glasses, and canes. You may emulate this to capture their essence and enhance your connection if you wish. Baron La Croix is particularly useful for improving love, sex, and happiness, so be sure to tell him specifically what you need. First, light a white candle. Concentrate on the outcome you wish to occur and ask Baron La Croix for assistance in creating this change. Make an offering for three days following your request. Appropriate offerings for Baron La Croix include cigarettes, cigars, food, and money. Warning: The Guédé Barons are extremely powerful spirits. Although Baron La Croix is a Spirit of Death, he is not intended to be used for self-harm or to harm others.

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