Civilization cannot exist without fire. Civilization did not begin until wild fire was tamed into the hearth fire. But while we humans may be able to contain fire, we cannot completely control it. Therein lays its mystery; fire has power that is beyond us. It has a power that we watch with fear and awe. It is easy to be mesmerized by it. Tamed fire is the hearth. It is welcoming and protective. It provides warmth. But tamed fire also tamed humans. Nomadic peoples became settled communities when they could grow grain and bake bread. And fire is the alchemist that transforms minerals into tools. Fire embodies the essence of natural cycles: Destruction brings about creation. Symbolically, the phoenix rises from the ashes—transformed by the flames. And so fire is a powerful symbol of rebirth, immortality, and purification. Fire is linked with the sacred. It represents the Divine spark of life. We speak of our inner fire. Fire is the element linked with the heart chakra. And fire is the symbol of love, of burning passion. Fire is illumination and the spark of inspiration. Fire produces light, but in doing so it creates shadow and therein is the symbol of its cycle: Destruction, healing, transformation, inspiration. Fire can symbolically clear our spiritual paths of obstacles. It can reduce what is unneeded to ash giving us room to heal. But it cannot do this without our letting go of whatever holds us back. Letting go, symbolically walking into the sacred flame, allows us to transform, to move on. With this freedom comes inspiration and growth. Like a forest that springs back to life after being destroyed, our souls revive when we let go allowing transformation to happen.
July Waxing Moon Ritual
Moon of Fire
Items needed for this ritual include: Candles to place around the perimeter of your circle; Six red candles for the altar; Cauldron; Drum or other percussion instrument to accompany chanting (optional).
Light a candle (not one of the six red altar candles), and then walk around the perimeter of your circle lighting the candles you placed on the floor as you say:
Sacred circle, sacred fire,
I beckon you to inspire.
With your power bring to me
Light and wisdom, so mote it be.
Face each direction as you speak, and then light one of the red candles on the altar. For the Goddess and God, face the altar.
I summon ye spirits of North, of Earth. Be the foundation beneath the ashes of the sacred flame of Brigid. I welcome you to my bright circle.
I summon ye spirits of East, of Air. Be the gentle whisper that ignites the spark of the sacred flame of Brigid. I welcome you to my bright circle.
I summon ye spirits of South, of Fire. I call on your powers to build the sacred flame of Brigid. I welcome you to my bright circle.
I summon ye spirits of West, of Water. Be the holy well that balances the sacred flame of Brigid. I welcome you to my bright circle.
Flame of destruction, flame of purification. Lord of All, Lugh, I ask that you guide me through the fire. I welcome you to my bright circle.
Flame of healing, flame of transformation. Lady of All, Brigid, I ask that you guide me through the fire. I welcome you to my bright circle.
Charge of the Star Goddess
I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the
stars and the mysteries of the waters.
I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold — all
acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and
humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning
will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery:
For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will
never find it without.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that
which is attained at the end of desire.
Call of the God
I am the radiant King of the Heavens, flooding the earth with
warmth and encouraging the hidden seed of creation to burst forth
into manifestation. I lift my shining spear to light the lives of
all beings and daily pour forth my gold upon the Earth, putting to
flight the powers of darkness.
I am master of the beasts wild and free. I run with the swift stag
and soar as a sacred falcon against the shimmering sky. The
ancient woods and wild places emanate my powers, and the birds of
the air sing of my sanctity.
I am also the last harvest, offering up grain and fruits beneath
the sickle of time so that all may be nourished. For without
planting, there can be no harvest; without winter, no spring.
Worship me as the thousand-named Sun of creation, the spirit of the
horned stag in the wild, the endless harvest. See in the yearly
cycle of festivals, my birth, death and rebirth — and know that
such is the destiny of all creation.
I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun, the giver of peace and
rest, and I send my rays of blessing to warm the hearts and
strengthen the minds of all.
THE MAGICKAL WORKING:
Continueing on with this months energy focus it is time to contiune on with the idea transformation and the Moon of Fire.
Focus on it. Fall into deep meditation. What have you found this year on your path? What do you hope to find? Look and listen.
Chant softly: She changes everything she touches,
Everything she touches, changes,
She changes everything she touches,
Everything she touches, changes,
Changes, touches, changes, touches.
Use your usual methods for grounding energy.
Stand facing each direction as you speak, and then extinguish its related altar candle. For the Goddess and God, face the altar.
Lady of All, dear Brigid, thank you for this transformation and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.
Lord of All, dear Lugh, thank you for your inspiration and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.
Spirits of West, of Water, thank you for your balance and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.
Spirits of South, of Fire, thank you for your power and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.
Spirits of East, of Air, thank you for your gentle whisper and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.
Spirits of North, of Earth, thank you for your foundation and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.
As you go around the perimeter of your circle extinguishing candles, say:
By the flame of destruction and transformation,
I am strengthened and set free.
May the flame of inspiration and wisdom,
Burn within and stay with me.