Invocation of the Horned God in German

Baphemetis painting by Linda Falorio owned by author

The Invocation of the Horned God in Witchcraft rituals was written by Doreen Valiente and we in the Coven of the Catta probably copied it from the Grimoire of Lady Sheba. I added the IO PAN because I am also a Thelemite. Last year the daughter of a friend and Priestess in the Coven, who goes by the name of Rabe (German for Raven), did us the service of translating this Invocation into German as part of her cyber high school studies. I asked her to translate it because for a while I toyed with the idea of a Coven that was based on Teutonic Magickes and Runes called Blau Stern Schwarz Schlonge Hexenzirikel, but nothing ever came of that. So here is the Invocation in English and then in German, and if anyone in a German speaking country can offer a better translation then please post that and put the link in my comments sections. Thanks, and Blessed Be!

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Invocation of the Horned God in English

By the flame that burneth bright, O Horned One,

We call thy name into the night, O Ancient One.

Thee we invoke by the moonlit sea,

By the standing stone and the twisted tree.

Thee we invoke where gathers our own,

By the nameless shore, forgotten and lone.

Come where the round of the dance is trod,

Horn and hoof of the Goat-foot God.

By moonlit meadows, on dusky hill,

When the haunted wood is hushed and still.

Come to the charm of the chanted prayer,

As the moon bewitches the midnight air.

Evoke thy powers that potent bide,

In the shining stream and the secret tide.

In fiery flame, by starlight pale,

In the shadowy host that rides the gale.

And by the ferndrakes faerie haunted,

Of forest wild and woods enchanted.

Come ! O  Come !  To the heartbeat’s drum !

Come to us who gather below,

Where the broad white moon is climbing slow.

Through the stars to the heaven”s height,

We hear thy feet on the winds of night.

As black tree branches shake and sigh,

By joy and terror we know thee nigh.

We speak the spell thy power unlocks,

At Solstice, Sabat, and Equinox.

IO Pan      IO Pan      IO Pan      Evohe !

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Invocation of the Horned God in German

Durch die Flamme, die brennt hell, O Gehörnten,

Wir rufen deinen Namen in die Nacht, O Uralt eins

Thee rufen wir durch den Mondschein Meer,

Durch den ständigen Stein und die verdrehten Baum.

Thee rufen wir, wo sammelt unsere eigene,

Durch die namenlosen Ufer, vergessen und allein.

Komm dorthin, wo die Runde der Tanz getreten ist,

Horn und Huf des Goat-Fuß-Gott.

Durch Mondschein Wiesen, auf dunklen Hügel,

Wenn das Geisterhaus Holz beruhigt und immer noch ist.

Kommen Sie den Charme der skandierten Gebet,

Als der Mond verzaubert die Mitternacht Luft.

Evoke deine Kräfte, die starke abwarten,

In den glänzenden Strom und das Geheimnis Flut.

In feurigen Flamme, von Sternenlicht blass,

In den schattigen Host, dass der Sturm fährt.

Und durch die ferndrakes faerie verfolgt,

Von Wald wild und Wälder verzaubern.

Kommen Sie! O komm! Um den Herzschlag der Trommel!

Kommen Sie zu uns, zu sammeln unten

Wo die breite weiße Mond klettert langsam.

Durch die Sterne in den Himmel “s hoch,

Wir hören deine Füße auf den Winden der Nacht.

Als schwarze Äste schütteln und Seufzer,

Mit Freude und Schrecken kennen wir dir nahe.

Wir sprechen den Zauber deiner Macht entriegelt,

Bei Solstice, Sabat und Equinox.

IO Pan      IO Pan      IO Pan      Evohe !

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Third Degree Initiates in the Coven of the Catta

Temple in Dr Santee’s basement 1970

The Coven of the Catta comes from several older lineages. The most direct is from Dame Sybil Leek of the Coven of the Horsa of the New Forest in England, which came from the Coven de la Dragon Rouge in SE France. Lady Sybil Leek initiated Lord Merlin and Lady Phoebe Athene Nimue in 1967 and they founded the Coven of the Catta in northern Pennsylvania. The other lineages come through Lord Merlin, aka Dr Frederick LaMotte Santee, who received initiations into Covens and Occult groups in England, France, Germany, Italy and North Africa. Our founders have all passed on. Lady Phoebe initiated me, Shawnus, into my three degrees in the early 1980s and with Lady Alsace I continue to carry on the Coven lineages.

In order of initiation the following witches are officially Third Degree High Priestesses and Priests of the Coven of the Catta:

Shawnus Merlin Belarion – Pennsylvania

Lady Alsace Isa Brie – Pennsylvania

Lady Augur Nagi Astarte – Florida

Lady Tanith Athene Ulf-Vana – North Carolina

Lady Ember Willow Hawk – Pennsylvania

There are two couples, PH/BH, and KF/SF, who were initiated back in the 1980s-1990s but as far as I am aware they are not actively practicing.

Any inquiries should go through our Witchvox listing. Blessed Be.

The Use of Bells in Witchcraft and Magicke

Witch Altar with Bell – photo by GLHoke

I recently saw a post at Ayslyn’s blog on spiritual house cleansing, which is very comprehensive. She mentioned the use of a bell and I wanted to write on The Use of Bells in Witchcraft and Magicke since I have not seen much written on the subject before.

We’ve all heard of the term “Bell, Book and Candle” from the Kim Novak movie. To a real witch the Bell represents air and water and is a symbol of the Goddess. The Book symbolizes the power of the written and chanted invocation and evocation. And the Candle represents the light and fire of the God.

The sound of a bell travelling through the atmosphere is a vibration of air, but it seems to act more like the rippling of water, which is why i attribute both elements to its use.

In Tibetan Buddhism the bell is called a ghanta and represents the Goddess, as the vajra or thunderbolt represents the God. But a ghanta is complete in itself as the handle is usually a vajra shape. And in fact all bells symbolize both sexes as the clapper is the male and the bowl of the bell is the female.

The bell has been manufactured and used for mundane and spiritual purposes for as long as humans have smelted metal. A bell rung in a village called out across the countryside to gather people for announcements, or to call them together to fend off pending attacks. Bells in Christian cathedrals and Hindu and Buddhist temples are rung to call the gods and to carry our prayers to them. In liturgy a bell is rung to emphasize important parts of it, or maybe to just arouse participants from their snoozing off. Bells are rung at wedding and funerals, at both joyous and somber events.

In Witchcraft and Magicke it seems ringing a bell while chanting does through out a vibration that penetrates throughout the temple and house, even into the walls, getting into every nook and cranny.

Negative spirits do seem to dissipate when we use this method. I once did a house exorcism and cleansing with my Priestess, which was recorded for TV, and I rang a bell and swung a censor of incense to the chant of Apo Pantos Kakodaimonos (Greek for – Be gone from me all evil spirits) while my Priestess pointed her athame in every corner. A nasty little incubus imp appeared to her, showed its needle teeth, then took off like its ass was on fire.

But good spirit like the fey of the woods also seem to like the sound of a bell. I know pagans who say to not use metal when working with the nature spirits, and I do not use my athame or sword when working outside. I think if it is metal that is sharp or pointed, something that could be used to harm trees or animals, then they shrink away from it. I don’t think it is the type of metal as much as how it is used because people say they fear iron, but fact is the entire core of the earth is molten iron. Bells are usually made of brass or bronze, so that is a different vibe I guess, more balanced and softer. No one, whether human or fey likes a sudden loud clang of a bell startling them. But I think they like the softer sound of smaller bells like in a wind chime.

In our Coven we ring the bell after calling the Watchtowers, and is to both to call them and to honor them. At All Hallows or Samhain we ring the bell 40 times to call the dead we wish to honor. Its hard to get the clapper to just ring 40 times so I usually just hit the bell with the athame to achieve this number. I am reminded at 9/11 commemoration ceremonies how they ring a fireman’s bell when they read the names of the fallen.

In choosing a good bell it is all about the sound, not the size or fanciness of it. One of the prettiest bells I had was Russian, but it sounded dull because it was not cast well. I tend to not buy ritual tools over the internet, Tibetan ghantas and singing bowls are well made so these are probably safe to buy that way. But I think it is always best to just go to a flea market and buy one directly to feel it in your hand and hear the sound for oneself. Old school bells, old servant’s bells or even Austrian crystal Hallmark holiday bells work well, and actually the less fancy bells have plainer surfaces that are easier to engrave or paint with the symbols of your craft. Blessed Be!