How Faeries Call the Quarters

           For those of you who can't make it tomorrow night, or who can make it but wanted to study our words a little bit closer, here's a leaked copy of the script from our upcoming Summer Solstice ritual. (You didn't get it from me...)


-The Opening of the Circle:


PUCK:
Now the hungry lion roars,
And the wolf behowls the moon:
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,
All with weary task fordone.
Now the wasted brands do glow,
Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud,
Puts the wretch that lies in woe
In remembrance of a shroud.
Now it is the time of night,
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,
In the church-way paths to glide.
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate's team
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolic. Not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallowed house....
I am sent with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door.
(uses a broom to clear the space as the Calling of the Quarters begins)


QUEEN MORGANA:
Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East,
to the Elemental Powers of Air in the Secret Kingdom of the Fairy Sylphid,
Not merely the wind, but each and every Internal Form;
Our very own minds and everything else which can be grasped within.
Profanely pursued today as “Knowledge”
but worshiped in countless more regal and disparate guises,
From Mercury, Cardea, Nuit, and Thoth,
to Vayu, Khephera, Enlil, and Shu,
to Aradia, Urania, Iris, and Aditi,
and serving the properly initiated on this night as the Archangel Az-az-el,
We call upon you in all your majesty to witness and consecrate this humble rite.


KING MAB:
Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South,
to the Elemental Powers of Fire in the Secret Kingdom of the Dragon,
Not merely heat but each and every External Force;
Our very own wills and every other mover of the world outside our skin.
Profanely pursued today as “Power”
but worshiped in countless more regal and disparate guises,
from Sekmet, Horus, Hestia and Ra,
to Hephaestus, Agni Ea, Logi and Atar,
to Gibil Brigit, Vesta, Hertha, and Prometheus,
and serving the properly initiated this night as the Archangel Gi-bor-re-el,
We call upon you in all your majesty to witness and consecrate this humble rite.


KING OBERON:
Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West,
to the Elemental Powers of Water in the Secret Kingdom of the Merfolk,
Not merely moisture but each and every Internal Force;
Our very own hearts and every single passion that stirs somewhere deep within.
Profanely pursued today as “Love”
but worshiped in countless more regal and disparate guises,
from Venus, Manannan, Kama, and Kwan Yin,
to Neptune, Eurzuli, Mari, and Mariamne,
to Aphrodite, Oceanus, Tiamat and Astarte,
and serving the properly initiated this night as the Archangel Is-ra-fi-el,
We call upon you in all your majesty to witness and consecrate this humble rite.


QUEEN TITANIA:
Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North,
to the Elemental Powers of Earth in the Secret Kingdom of the Gnome,
Not merely clay but each and every External Form;
Our very own bodies and every other object from this World we now live in.
Profanely pursued today as “Wealth”
but worshiped in countless more regal and disparate guises,
from Gaia, Ceres, Demeter, and Dionysus
to Rhea, Persephone, Mah, and Bhawana,
to Cernunnnos, Pluto, Pan, and Tammuz
and serving the properly initiated this night as the Archangel Me-ki-el,
We call upon you in all your majesty to witness and consecrate this humble rite.


-Introduction of the Champion of the Light


-Introduction of the Champion of the Dark


-Ritual combat and the sacrifice of the Light’s Champion


-The Eulogy for the Light


-The Closing of the Circle:


QUEEN MORGANA:
Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East,
to the Elemental Powers of Air in the Secret Kingdom of the Fairy Sylphid,
Not merely the wind, but each and every Internal Form;
Our very own minds and everything else which can be grasped within.
Profanely pursued today as “Knowledge”
but worshiped in countless more regal and disparate guises,
From Mercury, Cardea, Nuit, and Thoth,
to Vayu, Khephera, Enlil, and Shu,
to Aradia, Urania, Iris, and Aditi,
and serving the properly initiated on this night as the Archangel Az-az-el,
We release you, in all your majesty, to now walk the earth, empowered by our rites.


KING MAB:
Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South,
to the Elemental Powers of Fire in the Secret Kingdom of the Dragon,
Not merely heat but each and every External Force;
Our very own wills and every other mover of the world outside our skin.
Profanely pursued today as “Power”
but worshiped in countless more regal and disparate guises,
from Sekmet, Horus, Hestia and Ra,
to Hephaestus, Agni Ea, Logi and Atar,
to Gibil Brigit, Vesta, Hertha, and Prometheus,
and serving the properly initiated this night as the Archangel Geb-ur-el,
We release you, in all your majesty, to now walk the earth, empowered by our rites.


KING OBERON:
Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West,
to the Elemental Powers of Water in the Secret Kingdom of the Merfolk,
Not merely moisture but each and every Internal Force;
Our very own hearts and every single passion that stirs somewhere deep within.
Profanely pursued today as “Love”
but worshiped in countless more regal and disparate guises,
from Venus, Manannan, Kama, and Kwan Yin,
to Neptune, Eurzuli, Mari, and Mariamne,
to Aphrodite, Oceanus, Tiamat and Astarte,
and serving the properly initiated this night as the Archangel Is-ra-fi-el,
We release you, in all your majesty, to now walk the earth, empowered by our rites.


QUEEN TITANIA:
Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North,
to the Elemental Powers of Earth in the Secret Kingdom of the Gnome,
Not merely clay but each and every External Form;
Our very own bodies and every other object from this World we now live in.
Profanely pursued today as “Wealth”
but worshiped in countless more regal and disparate guises,
from Gaia, Ceres, Demeter, and Dionysus
to Rhea, Persephone, Mah, and Bhawana,
to Cernunnnos, Pluto, Pan, and Tammuz
and serving the properly initiated this night as the Archangel Me-ki-el,
We release you, in all your majesty, to now walk the earth, empowered by our rites.


PUCK:

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

 
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