In June we enjoy the longest days of the year, especially before the Summer Solstice. Even though the sun begins to withdraw after the Solstice, the shortening of days is imperceptible and we enjoy long hours of light. This is a time to be active, to feel sensuous and to be aware of our bodies and the life-force energy that flows through us. As the Wheel of the Year moves into summer, we raise the heat of this new season with both a drumming circle and a circle dance. The circle is one of the oldest and most elemental symbols. It is also a symbol of perfection and wholeness. It represents unity and endlessness. It echoes the recurring cycles of life and death and rebirth; of the sun and moon and seasons. The circle reminds us that all events, all life, and everything in the universe is connected in a perpetual flow of energy. With a circle dance power and strength is evoked. The drum is one of the oldest musical instruments known. In ancient cultures drumming was a sacred function. The rhythm of drumming and dancing connects us with nature and the heartbeat of life.
June Waxing Moon Ritual
Moon of Life
Items needed for this ritual include: a drum or other percussion instrument (or use your hands!); Chalice; Mead or a honeyed tea such as chamomile. Also: 2 black candles.
Use these distinct sounds just before evoking each direction.
North – slap a hand against the center of the drumhead (avoiding a resonating sound) in a slow rhythm;
East – brush a finger over the drumhead in a circular motion;
South – with a drumstick, make a staccato rhythm at the edge of the drumhead;
West- with a drumstick, create a deep resonating rhythm in the center of the drumhead.
As you walk around the perimeter of your circle, lightly brush a finger over your drum in a circular motion to create a gentle sound.
As I feel the warm sun on my face,
The rhythm of life beats a fast pace,
It is time to dance and feel free,
Sacred this space, I now decree.
Move to each direction, respectively. For the Lord and Lady, stand at the altar.
North [Drumming] I call ye spirits of North, of Earth to join my celebration of life.
East [Drumming] I call ye spirits of East, of Air to join my celebration of life.
South [Drumming] I call ye spirits of South, of Fire to join my celebration of life.
West [Drumming] I call ye spirits of West, of Water to join my celebration of life.
Alternate a rhythm and counter rhythm, and then say:
I call the Lord. I call the Lady. Join my celebration of life.
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 of the circles or cycles present in your life and the Moon of Life.
Sit comfortable with a piece of quartz. Focus on it. Fall into deep meditation. 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 method of grounding energy.
Take the chalice of mead or honeyed tea from the altar and say:
In this time of the Mead Moon, the Honey Moon, the Moon of Life, I drink this to celebrate summer. I will enjoy the bright days of summer that stretch before me.
Standing at the altar, and then face each direction respectively. After speaking each part, briefly beat your drum.
Lord and Lady, I thank you for the gift of life and the enjoyment it brings. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.
Spirits of West, I thank you for the resonant rhythms of the ocean. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.
Spirits of South, I thank you for the crackling staccato of Fire. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.
Spirits of East, I thank you for the gentle sighing of Air. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.
Spirits of North, I thank you for the deep rhythm of Earth. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.
My circle is open but unbroken,
No longer sacred, this space I decree.
Words of the Goddess have been spoken,
In faith and unity, blessed be.