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VxPoem ID: 16042

Category:
liturgical_ritual

Posted: September 10th. 2005 9:11:04 PM

Views: 1170

Rounding the Circle

by Paganus AlbusBarba

Age Group: Adult



Rounding the Circle
-A Working-
*by*
Paganus Greybeard

Mist.
A swirling, grey, murky mystic mist.
A Solitary Figure stands in the quiet grey mystic mists.
A Sword and a Staff are held.
A tiny, four legged, square table stands in the altar's place. There are several objects on the table/altar covered by a grey cloth. There are four other small table/altars at the 'four corners of the circle'. The Sword is set down beside the table/altar. The Staff is leaned up against the table/altar. There is a ceremonial broom/besom leaned up against the lover shelf of the table/altar. The Figure takes the cloth cover off the table/altar, folds it up and sets it down below on the second shelf. The Figure lights a
candle on the table/altar.

BMK {Bardic MagusKnight}:
"This candle is lit.
This candle is Light unto the Darkness.
May the Darkness be dispelled and dispersed....
May this Circle - this Place, this Space - be
Consecrated and Sanctified.
This Circle is Sacred and Sanctified.
May This Moment between Moments be Consecrated
and Sanctified. This Moment between Moments is Sacred and Sanctified."

BMK takes the candle and lights four more candles on the four table/altars:
"Candle of the East - Be lit and let Your Light shine into
the Darkness.
Candle of the South - Be lit and let Your Light shine into
the Darkness.
Candle of the West - Be lit and let Your Light shine into
the Darkness.
Candle of the North - Be lit and let Your Light shine into
the Darkness."

BMK slowly turns in a clockwise circle:
"Candles of the Four Directions - Be lit and let Your Light
shine into the Darkness. May the Darkness be dispelled
and dispersed....
May this Circle - this Place, this Space - be Consecrated
and Sanctified.
This Circle is Sacred and Sanctified.
May this Moment between Moments be Consecrated
and Sanctified.
This Moment between Moments is Sacred and
Sanctified."

BMK sets the candle down and picks up the Staff:
"From the Ancient Sacred Tree comes this Staff...."
Staff is tapped on ground:
"For Truth - Understanding - Learning - Growth & Development."
Staff is tapped on ground:
"For Justice - Health & Healing - Strength - Survival & Endurance."
Staff is tapped on ground:
"For Honour - Ethics - Faith - Hope - Charity - Love."
Staff is tapped on ground:
"From the Lord & Lady Aspects of the Infinite, Eternal ALL."
Staff is tapped on the ground:
"From the Guides, Guardians & Ancient Sacred Elements
of the Four Directions."
Staff is tapped upon the ground:
"From Akasha - Elemental 'Word of the Creator' Aspect of the ALL."
Staff is tapped upon the ground:
"From the Ancients whom once were here and still are here...."
Staff is tapped upon the ground:
"From the Tree, Cauldron & Well of the Ancients."
Staff is tapped one last time upon the ground:
"From the Eternal & Infinite ALL. From the ALL in All of the
Names, Aspects and Understandings of All the Religions, Faiths and Beliefs From All of the Cultures, Societies and Nations from the Dawn till This Day."

BMK sets the Staff back against the table/altar and picks up the Sword. BMK holds the Sword above the candle on the table/altar:
"Out of the Ancient and Eternal Fires of the ALL's Creation came the Ancient Sacred Elements - Fire, Earth, Water, Air and Spirit. Fire for the Light Into and Against the Darkness. Water for Life and Healing. Earth for the very world we live in and upon. Air for the Very Breath of Life. Spirit for that which is unseen but not unknown. In the most Ancient and Forgotten of Days The Ancients learned to make fire. From that first fire came the knowledge of survival. Some of that survival meant protection and defense against dangers known and unknown. Protection against dangers seen and unseen. You could not always hide in the cave. Sometimes you had to stand your ground and defend yourself. For that moment when action had to be taken The Ancients were given The Sword and The Staff...."

BMK lowers the Sword till it touches the Flame of the Candle:
"Sword of Truth - Justice - Honour.
Sword of the Ancients.
Sword of the Decendants.
In Fire's Flame You were Born.
In Fire's Flame You were Consecrated and Sanctified.
In Fire's Flame You are Greeted and Welcomed."

BMK moves slowly in a clockwise circle with the Sword to each of the four table/altars. BMK moves first to the table/altar of the East:
"Candle of the East - Out of the Flames of the Forge came the Sword. Heated and Forged by The Ancients."
BMK moves to the table/altar of the South:
"Candle of the South - Hammered and Shaped by The Ancients."
BMK moves to the table/altar of the West where BMK dips the tip of the Sword into a small Wooden Bowl of Water:
"Water of the West - The Sword was Cooled in Your Water."
BMK moves to the table/altar of the North:
"Earth of the North - Out of the Earth came the metals to Forge the Sword.
From the Earth came the Ancients to Forge, Hammer, Shape and Cool The Sword.
From the Earth comes the Spirit and Soul of the Sword. The Sword of the Ancients. The Sword of Today. The Sword of Tomorrow. The Sword of the ALL...."

BMK sets down the Sword and picks up the Staff:
"Staff of the Truth - Justice - Honour.
Staff of the Ancients.
Staff of the Decendants.
From the Ancient Tree You were Symbolicly Born.
From the Ancient Tree You were Consecrated and Sanctified.
From the most of Ancient of Days till this Day You are Greeted and Welcomed."

BMK moves slowly in a clockwise circle with the Staff to each of the four table/altars:
"From the Ancient Sacred Tree that links the Realms comes symbolicly the wood to make this Staff. From You - Ancient Living Symbol and Element of all that is Living and Green - comes the wood to make this Staff. This is for Walking - when Walking is difficult. This is for the Festival's Parade - when Blessings and Honours are Given and Shared. This is for Magick & Mystery for the 'Workings'. This is the Staff...."

BMK moves to the table/altar of the East:
"East - From the Ancient Tree and all that is Green and Living...."
BMK moves to the table/altar of the South:
"South - Life and Source of Life on the Mother World...."
BMK moves to the table/altar of the West:
" West - Fruits, Vegetables, Roots, Flowers and Herbs for Health, Healing and Living."
BMK moves to the table/altar of the North:
"Earth of the North - Out of the Earth came the Ancient Sacred Tree's wood's to Form the Staff. From the Earth came the Ancients to Form and Shape the Staff. From the Earth comes the Spirit and Soul of the Staff. The Staff of the Ancients. The Staff of Today. The Staff of Tomorrow. The Staff of the ALL...."

BMK places the Staff back at the table/altar. BMK picks up a small wooden bowl with herbs and vitamins:
"From the Earth -
From the ALL -
The Staff of Life.
Food and Nutrition.
Life, Health and Healing."
BMK sets down the bowl and picks up another with water.
"From the Earth -
From the ALL -
The Water of Life.
Life, Health and Healing."
BMK sets the bowl down on the table/altar.
BMK picks up a small wooden whistle.
BMK 'toots' three times.
BMK moves to each of the four directions, pauses
at the table/altar and 'toots' three times.
BMK sets wooden whistle down on table/altar.
BMK picks up small wooden drum.
BMK taps drum three times.
BMK moves to each of the four directions, pauses
at the table/altar and taps drum three times.
BMK sets wooden drum down on table/altar.
BMK picks up tambourine.
BMK taps tambourine three time.
BMK moves to each of the four directions, pauses
at the table/altar and taps tambourine three times.
BMK set down tambourine and picks up besom.
BMK 'sweeps' three times first left and then right side of
table/altar.
BMK then moves to to each of the four directions, pauses
at the table/altar and then 'sweeps' three times first left and
then right side of table/altar.
BMK sets besom back down and picks up pentacle.
"Four Directions - East, South, West, North."
"Five Elements - Earth, Air, Water, Fire, Spirit."
"Life, Health & Healing."
"Survival and Endurance"
"Knowledge, Learning and Sharing."
"Serving, Preserving, Protecting, Defending".
"Doing No Harm".
BMK sets down pentacle and picks up bell.
BMK rings bell three times.
BMK moves to each of the four directions, pauses
at the table/altar and rings bell three times.
BMK sets down the bell and picks up a wooden cup. BMK pours tiny bit of water into a small wooden bowl. BMK sets the wooden cup down and crumbles up a single salad crouton.
"Food and Water."
"Life, Health & Healing".
"Of the Earth - Back to the Earth....."
BMK pours water and crumbled crouton back onto the ground. {IF done indoors a larger wooden bowl with some leaves and dry earth can be used.}

BMK picks up Staff and taps it three times upon the ground. BMK goes counter-clockwise and taps staff three times at each of the table-altars.
BMK sets Staff down and picks up small candle snuffer.
BMK goes counter-clockwise from North putting out the candles.
After the four 'circle' candles are extinguished BMK pauses at the fifth candle.
"This candle is lit.
This candle is Light unto the Darkness.
May the Darkness be dispelled and dispersed....
This Circle is Sacred and Sanctified.
May This Moment between Moments be Consecrated and Sanctified.
This Moment between Moments is Sacred and Sanctified."
BMK extinguishes the fifth candle.
"This candle is extinguished.
This candle was Light unto the Darkness.
The Darkness was Dispelled and Dispersed.
This Place - This Space remains Sacred and Sanctified.
This Moment between Moments remains Consecrated and Sanctified.
This Moment between Moments is Concluded."

BMK covers the table/altar with the grey cloth.
BMK picks up the Staff and the Sword and steps back into the mystic grey mists....




Author's Notes: Here is another submitted offering.
May this one find your favour.....


Author's Location: Highland, California
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