Tonight is the full moon. depending on your tradition you may know this moon as: the snow moon, the hunger moon, the quicking moon or perhaps another name. Tonight is a special moon for us indeed. It is time for my students initiation. As I have said several times I am part of a Coven of Solitaires. We tend to join up for the Sabbats but mostly do our Esbats by ourselves. Tonight some of us will Join together to welcome a new member.
A few points before I share the ceremony with you. My overall belief is what makes you a Witch is your love for the Goddess and God and your daily actions. Therefor even though I am preforming part of the initiation, I am not doing the actual initiation. I have heard the saying only a Witch can make a Witch and I think it is hogwash. I did not have anyone initiate me. I did it myself as a youngster. Because of my belief system I have my students initiate themselves. They say the words they write or choose to show their love and dedication. I look at it much like a marriage ceremony. I am there to direct and guide but they have written their own vows.
purify self (pre-ritual bath or smudge)
Sweep the area with your broom to purify it
Set the altar up. Light the incense and candles
Cast the circle
Call the Goddess and the God
Lunar Goddess of the night. We gather, at the peak of your powers. We celebrate you and strive to do you honor; Not only in our worship tonight but in all our actions, every day. We thank you for our abundance of blessings. We thank you for guiding our steps on our path. Goddess, you who are everything. Who is the mother of all, Protector of all, and knower of all. Let our hearts fill with your lunar light tonight.
Goddess and God, tonight in your presence a dear one has come to be recognized. She has completed her study of a year and a day. She is strong and she is wise. She has a good heart and she wishes to have you guide it.(it will be similar words to this but also more about her personal journey to the path and in her study)
(Initiate to say words)
Goddess and God We ask that you watch over __________. (anoint forehead with oil) Help her to walk in her path in love. Let her choose her words carefully for she now knows the power of her word. Let her heart be open fully to you. Let her conduct her life in a manner that honors life and love and you Our Goddess and God. So mote it be
Giving of gifts and simple feast
Open the circle