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'My Life, My Love, My Earthly Worship': Handfasting at the Witches' Sabbat




When the Tribe of Witches foregathers in immemorial Grand Sabbat, it's only natural that they should enact the traditional rites of passage.


Grand Sabbat: Handfasting



(stands before altar)

Stand forth W. Stand forth M.


Couple approaches altar.



M, W: is it your will to be joined together, here before all the people?


Couple answers.



M, what do you give this woman in place of what she leaves behind for you?



My life, my love, my earthly worship.



So. (Or: It is enough.)

W, what do you give this man in place of what he leaves behind for you?



My life, my love, my earthly worship.



So. (Or: It is enough.)


Priest and priestess blood couple. Couple bloods the quaich of apple wine; together, they drink.



(Joins hands.)

Strength to strength.

Repeat after me:

By the setting of the Sun, by the rising of the Moon,

I...take my hand.


Couple repeats.



Wraps cord around hands, knots cord three times. With each knot, he says:

So mote it be!

[People join in.]

Raises joined hands. Cheers. Couple kisses.

Song (all): Many Years

Drums up, hands clap.

Couple circles Fire three times.

Couple leaps Fire, runs off to woods to consummate. Applause.



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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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