Marking the Transition

Roles:

East, South, West, North

High Priestess

High Priest

Mentors (all others present)

Tools needed:

Typical altar items (chalice, athame, etc.)

Incense: Frankincense, Cedar, Sage, Myrrh, Sandalwood

Notes:

Have a drummer with experience at playing during a guided meditation.

As this is ideally held at twilight, have a fire ready to be lit at the end of the working. He’ll need the warmth when he returns. The fire is ideally in the south, and contained within the circle.

The adults present should be there because they were invited to act as Mentors for the Youth during his time of transition. Each should have spent time contemplating their own adolescence and considering the one piece of advice they wished someone had given them. That is the wisdom they will offer as a blessing.

Ideally, this ritual will take place outdoors in a wild, private place and the youth will also have done preparatory work to create a (mental) Place of Power.

Note: My ritual framework is essentially Wiccan, feel free to revise and modify to meet your personal needs.

A Ritual to Mark the Transition from Child to Adolescent (Male)

 

 

HP: Be it known that our circle will now be cast. Let none be here but by their own free will, in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

East:

Greetings to you, Guardians of the East!
Creatures of Dawn

Muses of Inspiration and Creation
I welcome thee to our Circle
So Mote it be!

(all respond: So Mote it be!)

 

South:

Greetings to you, Guardians of the South
Hunters in the Noon
Dancers of heart’s blood and the Fire of Creation
I welcome thee to our Circle
So Mote it be!

(all respond: So Mote it be!)

 

West:

Greetings to you, Guardians of the West
Swimmers in the Twilight Sea
Singers of Life’s stories and Tellers of tales
I welcome thee to our Circle
So Mote it be!

(all respond: So Mote it be!)

 

North:

Greetings to you Guardians of the North
Strength of the World
Protectors of the Mysteries and Sentinels of Secrets
I welcome thee to our Circle
So Mote it be!

(all respond: So Mote it be!)

 

HP: Let all who wish to meet with our Lady and Lord this night enter now at the Eastern Gate.

 

HPS:

Mighty Mother! Dread Father!
Strike my blade with light
That I may cast the Magick Circle!
I conjure Ye, O Circle of Art,
To be a Temple between the worlds
(Facing east, tracing a pentacle in the air): A meeting place of love, and joy, and truth,
(Facing south, tracing a pentacle in the air): A shield against all wickedness and evil,
(Facing west, tracing a pentacle in the air): A boundary between the realms of men and the Mighty Ones
(Facing north, tracing a pentacle in the air): A rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power
(Return to the Eastern Gate) which we shall raise within thee
(Close the circle) Wherefore do I bless and consecrate thee.
So Mote It Be!

(all respond: So Mote it be!)

 

Invocations

 

HP:

Father of Death, Father of Night
Father of Birth, Father of Light.
Come by flame, come by fire
Come now, by our desire.

God of the Sun, Bringer of Light
Put the power of Darkness to flight.
Lord of Hades, Lord of Death

Bring the night, cease our breath

HPS:

Maiden, Warrior, Mother, Crone,

Flower, sword-blade, ivy, bone,

Help us make ourselves our own,

Maiden, Warrior, Mother, Crone*

 

HPS or HP:

Relax and get comfortable. (For a guided meditation this long, lying down is best.)
Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.

(The drummer begins, using a slow and rhythmic beat.)


Listen to your heartbeat; its gentle pulse humming through your soul.
Let it carry you inward, deeper, inward to your deepest heart.
Your breath is as the wind,
your blood the sacred waters,
your body grows heavy, sinking deeper into the earth,
your heartbeat carries you in…

You stand in a wild place wearing your own shape.
Take a moment to look at yourself
See yourself clearly, in detail
You are HERE, in whatever garb you wish (or none)

There is a path in front of you
begin to walk it
it meanders through this place,
going in no particular direction that you can see

Around a particularly sharp turn

you come to your Place of Power

take time to look around this Place

reacquaint yourself with all that you have put here.

 

When you are ready, see that there is a path to one side of your Place of Power.

This path turns into a soft, leaf-covered woodland path between tall trees.

Note the season. See the colors of the trees and forest all around you.

Listen to the natural sounds of the forest.

Smell the distinctive scent of the season.

The path begins to lead uphill, getting steeper.

The trees slowly thin.

 

You find yourself climbing up a steep hillside.

The path is getting bare and rocky. 

The path curves around a bend, and you can’t see what’s on the other side. 

 

Stop a moment. There is a creature waiting around the corner to meet you and show itself to you. It could be an animal with fur, or feathers, or scales, or hide. It could be one that doesn’t exist in the physical world.

This creature is your totem. It will help you during your transition years.

 

Walk around the corner and meet your totem.

Greet it and thank it for coming to you. Ask (politely!) for its name.

 

Talk with the animal, and ask it how you can bring it more clearly into your life. It may give you something to carry, or tell you to look for a physical object to carry as a remembrance.

 

Ask it if it has anything to tell you now.

When you feel it is time, thank it once again for showing itself to you.

 

Turn and begin to walk back down the path.

(The drummer should alter the beat to a faster one. The fire should be quietly lit.)

 

Walk down the path toward the forest.

Retrace your steps, walking back down the leafy path.

Return to your Place of Power.

Stop a moment to once again enjoy this special place, knowing you can return at any time.

 

Take the path once again, back to the wild place, feeling how good you feel

how strong, how balanced.

Increase your breathing as you walk, returning to the physical world.

Slowly
Gradually
Returning
With each breath you grow more solid, more physical
until you are completely present
Breathe deeply and wiggle

Open your eyes
Stand up and stretch

Blessed be!

 

(At this point, give time to let the youth relate his experience, if he wishes.)

 

 

HPS:

<Youth> stands on the threshold, at the perilous border between child and adult. Who here has wisdom to offer for the times ahead?

 

(One by one the adults step forward and offer their wisdom. Each should end with “you stand on the threshold, your journey is yours alone, but you are not alone.” High Priest and High Priestess should go last.)

HP:

<Youth> do you have anything to say to us?

 

(<Youth> can speak if he wishes. If nothing else, it polite if he says thanks <g>.)

 

HPS:

Maiden, Warrior, Mother, Crone,

Flower, sword-blade, ivy, bone,

You helped us make ourselves our own,

Maiden, Warrior, Mother, Crone

 

HP:

Father of Death, Father of Night
Father of Birth, Father of Light.
You came by flame, you came by fire
Stay or go, as You desire.

North:

Guardians of the North!
Elementals of Earth
We enjoyed your strength tonight!
Go if you must, stay if you will
Blessed be!

(all respond: Blessed be!)

 

West:

Guardians of the West!
Elementals of Water

We are grateful for your emotions tonight!
Go if you must, stay if you will
Blessed be!

(all respond: Blessed be!)

 

South:

Guardians of the South!
Elementals of Fire
We thank you for your vision tonight!
Go if you must, stay if you will
Blessed be!

(all respond: Blessed be!)

 

East:

Guardians of the East!
Elementals of Air
We thank thee for thy inspiration tonight!
Go if you must, stay if you will
Blessed be!

(all respond: Blessed be!)

 

HPS:

The circle is opened yet remains unbroken
May the love of the Lord and Lady follow you always
Merry we met, merry we part and merry we will meet again!
So Mote it Be!

Blessed be!

 

~written by Lisa Mc Sherry, September 2008

* written by Sabai, circa 2002

This ritual may be reproduced, as long my name remains attached as follows: author: Lisa Mc Sherry, www.cybercoven.org, written September 2008.

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