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Harvest Home Ritual
1987 
By Michael Fix 

Circle Casting 
(High Priestess) 
(Spoken while harvesting imaginary grain in perimeter of
circle) 

Birds circle hungrily overhead 
As through harvested fields we tread. 
The smokehouse fires and burning leaves 
Their scents do spiral and interweave. 
Ripples circle in our wake 
As rice we harvest from a lake. 
The dusty Earth now shorn of locks 
Swirls as pass our fattened flocks. 
Much bounty may our harvest see 
As we cast, so mote it be! 

Responsorial: So mote it be! 

Quarter Invocations 
(High Priest) 

Facing East: Guardians of the watchtower of the east, we do summon,
stir, and call thee up to protect us in our rite. Come to us now on
the cool breath of Autumn's sigh which heralds the advent of Winter
and the close of harvest time. Breathe into us the spirit of the pure
joy of life. So mote it be! 

Responsorial: So mote it be! 

Facing South: Guardians of the watchtower of the south, we do summon,
stir, and call thee up to protect us in our rite. Come forth from the
cook fires and smokehouses where food is being made ready for the
coming cold months. Kindle within us the flame of spiritual
awakening. So mote it be! 

Responsorial: So mote it be! 

Facing West: Guardians of the watchtower of the west, we do summon,
stir, and call thee up to protect us in our rite. Come forth from the
rainbow hued morning dew that covers the fields, and is soon to be
frost. Asperge us with your diadems and water our deepest roots that
we may find peace of mind. So mote it be! 
Responsorial: So mote it be! 

Facing North: Guardians of the watchtower of the north, we do summon,
stir, and call thee up to protect us in our rite. Come forth from the
fertile bosom of our Blessed Mother Earth, and nourish us so that our
hopes may grow to fruition. So mote it be! 

Responsorial: So mote it be! 

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Blessing, Consecration, and Procession of the Elements 

(Four members of the coven who have been chosen beforehand now
approach the Priestess. Each holds one of the following: an incense
burner, a candle, a vessel of water, and a vessel of salt. Each in
turn approaches the Priestess, recites their piece, receives her
blessing, and then processes deosil around 
the perimeter of the circle while stopping to bow at each of the
quarters.) 

(Celebrant with the incense burner symbolizing the element of air) :

"I am everywhere. I fill the fleshy pouches of your lungs, I stir all
things from the smallest blade of grass to the tallest tree. I cool
you with my breezes and destroy you with my storms. Without me you
would die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise? "

(Celebrant with the candle symbolizing the element of fire): 

"I live in the guarded embers of campfires and the pilot lights of
stoves, I spring from the lightning and the hands of men, I warm you
and I destroy you. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy
of praise? "

(Celebrant with the water vessel symbolizing the element of water):

"I rise from the moist crevices of the Earth, I beat on the shores of
Her body, I fall from the skies in silver sheets. Without me you would
die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise? " (Celebrant asperges the
circle with water) 

(Celebrant with the salt vessel symbolizing the element of earth): 

"I am your Mother. From me come the fruit and grain and animals which
feed you. I am your support, and my pull on your bodies keeps you held
firmly to me. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy of
praise? "

Invocation of the Goddess 
(High Priest) 

"Come to us Moist Mother Earth. Come to us and take your ease. You
have labored long and hard to bring forth your bounty, so that we your
children may survive. Come and relax, for well have you earned your
rest. Eat and drink your fill, sing, dance, and be merry, for you
have done well, and there is plenty for all. And, if it pleases you
to ask for the favors of one of us as 
well, may you find satisfaction there too. We shout your praises, for
you are the essence of fulfillment, love, and joy. You are the most
beautiful, and beyond measure is your grandeur and greatness. May we
never forget that we are a part of your Sacred Body, and may we work
to preserve it in all of its myriad forms. All hail the Great
Mother!"

Responsorial: All hail the Great Mother! 

Invocation of the God 
(High Priestess) 

"Come to us Lord of the Hunt, Sacred Herdsman, and Divine Smith. Put

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by your horn, lay aside your crook, stow your hammer, and quit your
forge for now. Wipe your brow, and come find your leisure in the
midst of our good company. Have a seat, put up your feet, and pour
yourself a cold draught. By the virtue of your work have you earned a
rest, for well have your cared for the wild beasts and domesticated
flocks. And many a time has your forge burned long into the night
with you hard at work creating lightning bolts of such exquisite
beauty and terrible power as we have ever beheld. Join us Great Lord,
and indulge yourself to the fullest. May you know no want in our
presence, for thanks to you and the Goddess, we know no want. We
raise our glasses high and toast your greatness. All hail the God of
the Wild Magicks."

Responsorial: All hail the God of the Wild Magicks. 

Guided Meditation by Priest 

(Meditation will be about our own spiritual harvest.
This will conclude with a personal empowerment 
chant) 

Empowerment Chant 

(Holding hands, the coven members repeat the following chant until
the high priestess decides that enough energy has been raised, and
upon her signal everyone will direct a portion of the energy into
themselves to help them to develop the inner strength to attain
personal spiritual goals.) 

Ripen fruit, ripen seed 
Harken to my inner need 

Communion 

(Fruit and Wine, songs, and a good time. Also, each member of the
coven will be asked to describe something that they have done in the
last liturgical year that has "borne fruit.") 




Quarter Banishings 
(High Priest) 

Facing East: 

"Guardians of the watchtower of the east, return now to the brisk
Autumn breezes which are brimming with the excitement of the year's
climax. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell! 

Responsorial: Hail and farewell! 

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Facing South: 

"Guardians of the watchtower of the south, return now to the 
dying fires of Autumn's heat soon to give way to Winter's chill. Take
with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell! 

Responsorial: Hail and farewell 

Facing West: 

"Guardians of the watchtower of the west, return now to the 
Autumn rains which cool the Earth's fevered brow baked in the heat of
Summer afternoons. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and
farewell! 

Responsorial: Hail and farewell! 

Facing North: Guardians of the watchtowers of the north, return now
to the Earth where worms burrow deeper and seeds nestle awaiting the
long sleep of Winter. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail
and farewell! 

Responsorial: Hail and farewell! 

Circle Banishing 
(High Priestess) 

Equal night and equal day 
Soon the light will fade away 
Equal day and equal night 
This circle fades as does the light 
Thus the magick we invoke 
Fades anon like wisps of smoke 
Until we next decide to play 

SO MOTE IT BE!