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Self Dedication

[The initiate should always be skyclad (in other words, nude) for this rite, wearing no jewelry or clothing of any kind. The Temple should be erected by the innate and he should anoint himself with the salted water. Innate kneels before the Altar and meditates for three or four minutes on the Lord and Lady and the meaning of the Old Religion to him. Having satisfied himself that he is doing the right thing, the innate raises both arms high and says:]

Innate: Woden and Freya, hear me now!
I am here a simple pagan holding thee in honor.
Far have I journeyed and long have I searched,
Seeking that which I desire above all things.
I am of the trees and of the fields,
I am of the woods and of the springs;
The streams and the hills.
I am of thee; and thee of me.

[Lowers arms.]

Grant me that which I desire.
Permit me to worship the Gods,
And all that the Gods represent.
Make me a Lover of Life in All things.
Well do I know the Creed:
That if I do not have that spark of Love within me,
Then will I never find it without me.
All this do I honor above aught else.

[Innate takes up Seax in right hand, kisses the blade, then holds it high.]

Woden and Freya, here do I stand before you,
Naked and unadorned, to dedicate myself
To Thine honor.
Ever will I protect you and that which is yours.
Let none speak ill of you, for ever
Will I defend you.
You are my life and I am Yours.
From this day forth.
So be it!

[Innate kisses the blade, the replaces the Seax in sheath. He takes up the drinking horn and pours the remainder on the ground.]

As this wine drains from the Horn,
So let the blood drain from my body
Should I ever do aught to harm the Gods.
Or those in kinship with their Love.
Woden and Freya!
So be it!

[Now the Witch may meditate in the Circle as long as he will, or he may clear the Circle at this time. No other rituals should be performed at this time. The Dedication should be performed as a rite in itself, along with Erecting and Clearing the Temple.]

© Raymond Buckland, 1970, The Tree.  Used by Permission.

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