The Dedication Ritual
The Dedication Ritual
Ritual portion from Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway
(special tools: chalice of wine, white taper candle in cauldron, piece of magical jewelry, perfumed oil)
The dedication ritual should be performed when you have decided to devote your time and being to the craft. You do not have to perform a dedication ritual in order to be able to perform spells and rituals just as a Baptist does not have to be Baptized in order to pray. It is simply a symbolic self-dedication to your new way of life, should you choose it as your path. Prepare yourself beforehand with at least one hour of meditation. This ritual should be done on the full moon. For the dedication ritual, one should be skyclad. You may have a piece of magical jewelry chosen at this time which will stay with you and be worn under your clothing and during ritual and spellwork in the future. This should not be worn, but placed on the altar for the dedication ritual.
Begin by casting the circle. Insert the following where the sample circle casting states: “proceed with the planned spellwork or ritual.” Put a pinch of salt on your tongue and say:
I am a mortal, loved and cared for by the Triple Goddess and the Great God. Through the Great Mother, all things are born; to her all things, in their season, return. Through her sacred cauldron, I enter and leave this physical world, until by my actions I no longer must return to learn.
Set the perfumed oil on the pentacle. Kneel before the altar and say:
I, (magical name), come into this sacred place willingly. I come to dedicate my life to the pagan way, to the Old Celtic Gods, whose power is still strong and vital. Here I give my word-bond to follow the ancient paths that lead to true wisdom and knowledge. I will serve the Great Goddess and give reverence to the Great God. I am a pagan, a stone of the ancient circle, standing firmly balanced upon the earth, Yet open to the winds of the heavens, and enduring through time. May the Old Gods witness my words!
Rise and go to the eastern quarter.
Behold, O powers of Air! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.
Go to the south.
Behold, O powers of Fire! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.
Go to the west.
Behold, O powers of Water! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.
Go to the north.
Behold, O powers of Earth! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.
Return to the altar. Take the perfumed oil and, with a drop on the forefinger of your power hand, anoint your forehead. Say:
Let my mind be open to your truth.
Anoint your upper lip. Say:
Let my mouth be silent among the unbelievers.
Anoint your heart. Say:
Let my heart seek you always.
Anoint the center of the palms of your hands. Say:
Let my hands lift in praise of you.
Anoint the tops of your feet. Say:
Let my feet always walk your sacred paths.
Stand in silence to receive a blessing. Lay your piece of jewelry on the pentacle, saying:
This emblem shall I wear for all things magical. Bless this (name of jewelry), O Great Ones, that I may be blessed and protected in all ways.
Place the wine chalice on the pentacle for a few moments. Then lift it high, saying:
To the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.
Drink the wine, saving some to be put outside for the little people..
Now is a time for meditation.
Close the circle.