I. Create Sacred Space
Sacralize space before participants arrive.
B. Cast Circle, Call Quarters by walking visualization
Priest/ess ask participants to stand if they are sitting, blindfold themselves, and hold hands.
II. In the Land of the Dead
A. Enter the Land of the Dead
When they arrive in the north, Priest/ess directs participants to drop each others' hands. One by one they are taken by the Priest/ess to the Guardian of the Gate.
Guardian, challenging: "What deity will vouch for you and protect you in the Land of the Dead?"
After each invokes their chosen mentor, the Priest/ess spins them around a bit to disorient them and leads them, still blindfolded, to stand in wait for the others. (We seem to have a lot of middle-aged and older folks around here, so i set up chairs, which i normally don't use, so they could sit at this point)
B. Invoke the Dead
Once all have entered The Realm of the Dead, Guardian says:
When all have done so, Guardian continues:
Group Chant or song to draw the dead.
C. Dance with the Dead
Guardian: "Now put your scarves over
your heads as veils, and pick up your instrument, for now you will dance
with the spirits you have called here tonight."
Guardian will call an end to dance, when appropriate.
from The Flight of Quetzalcoatl an Aztec mythopoem,
D. Feast for the Dead
III. Invoke the Deities of Death, Transformation, and Rebirth
A. Invoke Deities of Transformation
Each participant calls on a deity of transformation.
... most holy,
B. Honor the Blessings of the Passing Year
Go around circle until all have had their opportunity.
C. Charge Tokens for Good in the New Year
When all have been placed on the altar, begin chanting (and dancing?) to raise energy and charge the tokens.
A Suggested Chant
We are an old people,
Cauldron of Changes,
Old Year out,
Then each participant feeds the person next to them a bit of honey on an apple slice to begin the new year with a sweet taste.
IV. Thanks and Departures
A. Thank the Ancestors
Thank the Ancestors for having lived, for without them, we would not be.
B. Thank the Deities
Thank the Deities for their aid and protection.
C. Leave the Land of the Dead
Guardian gives everyone a tiny pumpkin & some pomegranate seeds as a token of the journey.
All carrying their gifts from the Guardian and lit candles, to bring light back from darkness, the Priest/ess leads all round the circle clockwise, singing:
as sung by Libana
D. Back in the Land of the Living
All stand in a circle, Priest/ess leads the following Call and Response
from the Passamaquoddy people
Priest/ess guides everyone to clean up, say goodbye, gather their stuff,
E. Take Down Circle - after guests have left
© 1992-1997 Lilinah biti-Anat, except where otherwise noted.
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