A bit belatedly, we celebrated Ostara last night. However, the timing worked out excellently as it was also a penumbral eclipse of the moon in Libra. So with the equinox, the eclipse, and the Libra vibes, this Sabbat was about the balance SO HARD.
SOME NOTES ON THE TEXT:
“Two points intersect to make a third, two points merge to make new whole.”
The opening prose was adapted from a ritual I wrote last year for another working group. That call used 8 points,so that ritual was about twos and mathematical squaring, 2 x 2 x 2, etc.
The Uncoven witches, on the other hand, have been playing around with a three point “triangle” rather than a circle. You can hear more about using 8-point calls and triangles to set up the circle in our Yule Ritual podcast! Anyway, to fit the theme of threes into a holiday all about balance which tends to be symbolized by two equal halves, I tried my best to use the number three to symbolize the blending of twos into a third overlapping space or twos merging into one.
“Three times two to create one.”
So with the previous ritual, the 8 points worked out perfectly from an arithmetic perspective: 2 cubed (2 x 2 x 2) equals 8. I hate numbers and suck at math, but even I knew that all 2s all night was not going to make any fucking sense for a triangle casting between three witches. Long story short, I divided up the directions and elements into two sets of three plus a bonus one at the end for a total of seven. My thinking was:
1st set of 3 – the lateral directions or triangle:
2nd set of 3 – the vertical axis:
Bonus point or the symbolic “sum” of the triangle and axis:
Midnight, Sunset, Sunrise
These guys are pretty analogous to the traditional 4 compass directions (north, west, south, east).
Sunset is effectively the same as traditional west since that is literally where the sun sets and both use the element of water.
Same for Sunrise in the east. Depending on your transition east can be the element of air or fire. I usually do fire in the south because I think of high noon, or south pointing to the equator and heat and I use air for east by process of elimination. For this invocation, I decided fire went best with Sunrise and the dawn goddess domains of beginning, light, and energy.
Midnight is north since that is the direction that the sun does not travel across (int he northern hemisphere). The element is similar to the traditional northern earth, but I made it a bit more specific with metal/crystal with Midnight/north earth being crystalline or inorganic and Below being organic, literal earth or soil.
As with my other rituals, I work counter-clockwise hence the north, west, east order.I chose names that were commonplace directions rather than compass points. A lot of people don’t know where due north without a compass, but most people know the general direction of the sun’s path around their home.
Below, Above, Moonrise
This set represents the vertical axis. If the triangle is a flat, 2 dimensional shape on the floor, this second set adds the third dimension of height and depth.
I’m still working on the order for these ones. I feel like they should correspond somehow with the first three somehow. Midnight and Below are both earthy– Midnight is metal/crystal, Below is organic earth or soil. On the other hand, I see Midnight and Above/Void as being crone energy as both directions are kind of witchy and mysterious. On the other hand, the order could be stacked by how it appears on the axis; right now it is not. Going in order would yield Below, Moonrise, Above bottom to top or Above, Moonrise, Below. Although as a grounding an centering, I do like bringing up energy from the ground, pulling down energy from above, and mixing it in the middle which would be the order that I used. So, yeah. Not quite hammered out yet.
I’m also not set on the names. I shoved “Moonrise” in there because I knew we’d be doing the ritual when the actual moonrise was happening and that it would look rad. Plus, why let the sun have all the fun when we usually work at night? However, this leaves Above and Below the odd ones out as they are directions, not times. So perhaps they will get more poetic astronomical titles like Nadir and Zenith if that doesn’t feel too pretentious.
“Within” came from my 8-point grounding, but I think for the purposes of this 7-point call, it will probably also due for a name change. In the 7-point system this seventh point represents the sum of the other six and signifies the witches together and the magic space and a self-contained entity. Another kind to fuss with in future rituals.
“Welcome us into the arms of our ancestors. “
A small tweak, but one that I like, this line was changed from “the arms of the Underworld” to “ancestors.”
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