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Posted: October 31st. 2005 10:48:47 PM

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Scribe of Souls

by Lady Isadora

Age Group: Adult

© 1979, 2005

This is the sacred night of Hallowe’en
The Festival of the Dead
And the Mother that was the Maiden
Is now become the Crone.

She is Dame Hecate
The Scribe of Souls
In Whose dread Book of Shadows
All names must be written
With the ebbing blood of Life

She is Dame Hecate
The Broomstick Hag
Whose icy breath shakes us, shivering
From the naked Tree of Life
Which She upends
To sweep us as dead leaves
From Her relentless path

She is Dame Hecate
The Cunning Crone
The Watcher in Shadows
The Reaper of Bones
For the Sun never shines
Nor fair flower blooms
But Her stealthy blade gleams
Just beyond our dearest dreams

She is Dame Hecate
The Old and Wise
With Her Maiden’s eyes
And Her Mother’s sighs
At Her cold sickle’s rise
As our last darkness falls
And our most secret childhood names She calls
To Her bittersweet gift
Of Death.

In token and remembrance of this gift
By which Life renews itself
Do we bring these gifts
And renew ourselves
For we are the Symbol in the Eye
And the reflection in the Mirror
For we are the Goddess
Beholding Herself.

Author's Notes: The first line can be changed to
"Now is the sacred time of Hallowe'en"
if the ritual is performed on a near date.

RITUAL PROPS: Crone image, three candles for the Triple Goddess (one white, one red, one black) , Book of Shadows, quill or pen, white ceramic chalice with blood-red wine, small besom, autumn leaves, withered flowers, animal bones, small sickle, bundle of bittersweet tied with black ribbon, mirror. These may simply be left arranged in a symbolic collage on the altar, or may be displayed by the priest (ess) and/or coveners in dramatic ritual actions, as desired

FYI: I still use the beloved childhood name "Hallowe'en", short for "Hallows Evening" and one of the most magical words in the English language, for this Sabbat as well as "Samhain". "Hallow" is an Old English word for "holy" or "sacred", and is not inherently Christian. A great deal of Witchy custom is Old English (Anglo-Saxon) , not just Celtic, so I like to honor both.

Author's Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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