[Pronounced Sow-wane. The outer edge of the Circle may be decorated with flowers, branches, pinecones, small pumpkins, etc. There may also be flowers on the Altar. On the Altar rests the Priest’s Horned Helm. Erecting the Temple is performed in the normal manner. If the Full Moon is on Samhain, then it is performed before the Sabbat.]
Priestess: As Goddess-Summer draws to a close, So begin the dark months of the God-Winter. All praise to Freya and to Woden her consort.
All: All praise!
Priestess: [raising Seax] Gracious Goddess, we thank you
For the joys of summer;
For the crops, the harvest;
For life, for love
We love you, as we know you love us.
Return again next year, when your time is come.
When your companion-love, our Lord,
Has led us safely through the dark.
We love you and honor you.
Freya, most beautiful.
[Priestess sheathes her Seax and holds the Horned Helm high.]
Priestess: Here do I hold the symbol
Of Woden, the Mighty One,
Lord of Life and of Death.
As He will guard and guide us
Through the months to come,
So will his Servant, our Priest, here.
[She places the Horned Helm on his head.]
Now do you, (Priest’s Name) represent Woden.
For Him you speak; for him you act.
Lead us, we ask you, through the hardships
That lie ahead, that we may again see
The glory of Spring, and the Love
Of our Lady Freya.
Priest: As Lord of Life, of Love, of Death,
Would Woden bid you have no fear.
So be it!
With my Lady at my side
I shall know always there is light.
I shall know always there is hope of life to come.
I will lead you happily as I led those
Who have gone before, yet are here now.
So be it!
All: So be it!
[Priest and Priestess kiss. Priestess leads others around the Circle, as Priest stands facing out from the Altar. Each male embraces the Priest, each female kisses him. When all are back to their place, Priest replaces the Horned Helm on the Altar.]
Priest: Now is the time for celebration, to give us strength, to give us joy. Our loved ones return from the Summerlands to join with us. Let us greet them, and one another. Let us feast and make merry. Let us remember those who have gone on to the domains of the Mighty Ones. That they may return briefly to revel with us is good. This night is for merriment ‘ere the hardships of Winter enfold us. Be happy all. So be it!
All: So be it!
[Next is Cakes and Ale, followed by games and merriment. Nothing else should be done unless it is an emergency healing.]
© Raymond Buckland, 1970, The Tree. Used by Permission.