Open the Circle
“All hail to Thee, Guardian of the Watchtower of the East, the powers of air. The gentle breezes that make the fields dance, as well as the thunderous hurricanes that energize the atmosphere, and us! Inspire us to reap the benefits of all that we have sown in our lives. We the children of the Harvest invite you to join in our Sabbat. So Mote It Be.”
“All Hail to Thee, Guardian of the Watchtower of the South, the powers of fire. The warmth and strength of the summer sun brings forth the abundance of this sultry season. Give us the courage to take that which we have wanted and fought for in our lives. We the Children of the Harvest invite you to join in our Sabbat. So Mote It Be.”
“All Hail to Thee, Guardian of the Watchtower of the West, the powers of water. The rivers and streams that nourished the harvest, fed our emotions, and helped to ripen all that we are about to reap. Let us drink deeply of the honesty of our friendships. We, the Children of the Harvest invite you to join our Sabbat. So Mote It Be.”
“All Hail to Thee, Guardian of the Watchtower of the North, the powers of earth. Cornerstone of all elements, sand and granite, quartz and crystal, from the fertile fields to the cool wood lands, bring us your steadfast power. We the children of the Harvest invite you to join in our Sabbat. So Mote It Be.”
- Light harvest candles.
- Face the altar and hold the apple in both hands, raise the apple up to the sky, and feel the wisdom and energy of the gods (The apple is sacred, a symbol of the gods, and holds the knowledge of the ancients inside.)
Tonight we ask the gods to bless us with their wisdom.
- Slice the apple in half across the middle. Where the seeds are, you will see a five-pointed star.
- Place the two halves in the center of your altar.
Five points in a star, hidden inside.
One for earth, one for air, one for fire,
one for water, and the last for spirit.
The world passes from light into darkness,
and the golden fields of the earth bring the promise
of food and nourishment through the winter.
I stand on the threshold of the darkness,
and know that the summer breezes give way to autumn chill,
which bring forth the blazes of color in the trees.
I call upon the wise ones, the ancient gods,
as the sun moves away and fire fades,
to be replaced with the chill of the night.
I will reflect on the guidance of the gods,
and let the cool autumn rains wash over me,
cleansing my heart and soul.
- Raise the cup of cider to the sky, and toast the gods
The wild god returns this night to the belly of the Mother.
The mother goddess tonight becomes the Crone.
As the Wheel of the Year turns, the earth dies a bit each day.
I willingly follow the old gods into the darkness,
where they will watch over me, protect me, and keep me safe.
Extinguish one of the candles, and say:
The wild god has gone to rest in the Underworld.
I look to the darkness for renewal and rebirth.
Extinguish the other candle, and say:
The mother goddess has entered her most powerful stage.
She is the Crone, the wise one, and I ask for her blessing.
- Stand in the darkness for a moment.
- Reflect upon all the changes that are to come, and those things that will stay constant.
- Feel the energy of the gods as you connect to them, and understand that even though winter is coming, the light will return again.
“We, thank the Goddess, God, Divine Spirits and the Watchtowers of the NORTH, WEST, SOUTH, and EAST for watching over this rite of Mabon . By the light and love of All that Is, we honor the blessings we have received on this day. Many blessings to each and all as we walk along the path of life.”
Close the circle
“We give thanks to the Goddess and God once more. We honor each other in this state of divine experiences. And we close this circle that binds us to spirit, the circle is open but never broken”