For this All Hallows Eve I am posting this Rite of Passage from the Coven of the Catta’s Books of Shadows. This is a combination of 2 rituals I found in her BOSs. I am not sure if Lady Phoebe wrote this or if more likely they were copied from books available in the 1970s. This has already be published in my booklet Coven of the Catta – Elders and History, Unique Ritual Practices and Spells which is still available as a free PDF download until early November. Blessings to our dear departed witches, family members and pets!
RITE OF PASSAGE AND TRANSITION
Need a black candle and a candle the color of the departed covener’s astral or astrology sign.
HPS or HPT casts the circle.
Someone is chosen to toll the bell slowly but constantly throughout the ritual.
HPS or HPT takes the besom of the departed and slowly walks the circle deosil, then places it behind the altar in the north where other besoms of departed witches stand. They light the departed’s astral candle before their besom.
Coveners light their astral candles from the departed’s candle.
HPS or HPT
“This makes the magicke circle, walked and lit by ___ in the last magicke he walked in this life. Next he/she will walk it in the spirit land.”
“We are gathered here to bid farewell to a friend who must travel far. The blessings of the Goddess, of the God, of the Old Ones, and of good friends are with you ___ as you travel beyond.”
“Hear me O Triple Goddess, Goddess of Light and of Darkness. Take into thy arms and to thy bosom the soul of ___ (use mundane name). He was initiated into thy service on ___ (date) and became known as ___ (witch name) and became part of the magicke circle. He served Thee, O Triple Goddess, faithfully as we all do. Look upon ___ O all knowing Goddess, with favor and send him quickly to the Place of Summer so that he may rest, and then serve you when he is rested. O Goddess of both life and death, help and guide those that have been left behind. Give them strength of mind and body. Blessed be thee, O Supreme Goddess, in all thy names and manifold attributes. So Mote It Be!”
“There is a reason for being here in this world and this life. There is a reason for leaving, when the purposes of this life are done. The soul must journey beyond to pause, to rest, to wait for those who are loved. For the world beyond is a land of Eternal Summer, and of Joy, far from the cares of this world, with happiness and youth anew.”
Departed one’s mate lays 3 boughs of evergreen on the altar.
HPS or HPT:
“As the evergreen does grow and prosper both in summer and in winter, year after year, so also does the soul continue from life to life to life, growing ever stronger, wiser, and richer.”
HPS or HPT
Lights the black candle from the astral candle, then puts the astral candle out.
HPS or HPT
“May the servants of the Gods escort you ___ with honor to their own land of light, of beauty, and of joy. Blessed Be.”
Astral candle can be taken home by mate. Let black candle burn out completely.
Ritual © 2012 Coven of the Catta / GL Hoke
Photos © 2012 GL Hoke