TECHNOLOGY AND THE CRAFT
by Skydancer & Triton, Proteus Coven, NYC

Removing the Barriers to Spaceflight

Before the ritual begins, distribute paper and have an airplane-folding session.

TECHNO-LESSON #1: Making Fire

He tries to light the fire with firesticks; She then enters, lights the charcoal with the sacred Bic, and hands it to He, who lights the quarter candles with it and hands it back to She, who lights the altar candles.

Bless the Elements (She)

"By the oceans that fed our grandparents
And the oceans that will house our grandchildren
I bless and purify this being of water.

By the Earth from which our grandparents rose
And the Earth which our grandchildren will watch rise
I bless and purify this being of earth.

By the wood fires of our grandparents
And the fusion fires of our grandchildren
I bless and purify this being of fire.

By the airy realms our grandparents studied
And the airy realms our grandchildren will walk
I bless and purify this being of air."

Cast the Circle (He)

"As the Moon cuts a Circle round the Earth
As the Earth cuts a Circle round the Sun
So I cut this Circle round us.

As the rains wash the mountains
As the oceans wash the beaches
So I cleanse this Circle and we within it with Water and Salt.

As the Moon charges the restless waters
As the Sun charges all that is green and growing
So I charge this Circle and we within it with Air and Fire."

Invoke Quarters (She)

"I invoke thee, Mighty Ones of the East; bring us Your gifts of
wisdom; watch over us in this Circle. Come to us in the name of
Athena Wise Weaver! Hail and Welcome!

I invoke thee, Mighty Ones of the South; bring us Your gifts of will;

watch over us in this Circle. Come to us in the name of Brigid
Smith Mistress! Hail and Welcome!

I invoke thee, Mighty Ones of the West; bring us Your gifts of
understanding; watch overus in thisCircle. Come tous in thename
of Poseidon Ship Master! Hail and Welcome!

I invoke thee, Mighty Ones of the North; bring us Your gifts of
dedication; watch over us in this Circle. Come to us in the name of
Ptah Crafts Master! Hail and Welcome!

We are now between the worlds."

ALL BREATH, GROUND AND CENTER

TECHNO-LESSON #2: Overcoming Physical Shortcomings

Chant: She Changes Everything She Touches

He & She begin the chant, She drumming. Her shoulder starts acting up; He gets out the Casio (tempo -2, any 4/4 rhythm). For the chant, mix verses as is pleasing.

"She changes everything She touches and
Everything She touches, changes.
She changes everything She touches and
Everything She touches, changes.

We are the changers
Everything we touch can change.
Change us, touch us;
Touch us, change us.

Everything that dies is born again
In a new place, on a new day.
Everything that's lost is found again
On a new day, in a new way.

Io, Kore!
Io, Kore!
Io, Persephone!"

TECHNO-LESSON #3: Supplementing Abilities

First, He & She 'argue' about who's going to lead it, jokingly asking if anyone in Circle wants to do background music; then He gets pathworking with music on audio tape. When pathworking is done, folks should still be in light trance; the next thing is to concretize the working by distributing pens so that people can put whatever they symbols they think are appropriate on their airplanes.

POWER CHANT: A rising OM; which at peak leads into Countdown. At "Liftoff", throw the planes upwards (when done, planes can either be kept or HP/S should offer to see that they get burned.

Note: Don't forget to Ground.

GROUNDING CHANT:

Earth below us
Drifting, falling
Floating weightless
Coming home

TECHNO-LESSON #4: There is no Techno-Lesson #4.

CAKES & WINE, WITH DISCUSSION

Topics for Discussion:

(0) Why we invoked the particular guys
(1) Best and Worst side of technology
(2) Incorporating tech with Wicca
(3) Space Travel & Wicca: not leaving Her dead when we go
(4) More respecters of Earth involved with control of tech
(5) Whatever else ...

CLOSE (SHE)

"I thank Thee, Mighty Ones of the North for Your presence at our rite,
and ere You depart for Your earthy realms we bid You Hail and
Farewell, in the name of Ptah Crafts Master.

I thank Thee,Mighty Ones of the West for Your presence at our rite,
and ere You depart for Your watery realms we bid You Hail and Farewell,
in the name of Poseidon Ship Master.

I thank Thee,Mighty Ones ofthe South for Your presence at our rite,
and ere You depart for Your fiery realms we bid You Hail and Farewell,
in the name of Brigid Smith Mistress.

I thank Thee, Mighty Ones of the East for Your presence atour rite,
and ere You depart for Your airy realms we bid You Hail and Farewell, in
the name of Athena Wise Weaver."

(HE)

Fire, seal the Circle round; let it fade beneath the ground;
Let all things be as they were since the beginning of time. (3 times)

NOTES:

Tools: (0) Athame(s) & cingula
Cup
Censer & Incense
Pentacle
Salt dish & salt
Altar & quarter candles
Libation bowl
Cakes & wine
Robes (optional, depending on participants)
God & Goddess symbols
SCRIPT

(1) Firesticks & Sacred Bic
(2) Paper and pens for paper airplanes
(3) Cassette deck and pathworking cassette
(4) Drum and Casio w/ rhythm generator
(5) Talking stick (optional)

by Skydancer & Triton Proteus Coven, NYC
(c) 1987 Perihelion Press. Reprinted by permission.