Circle is cast and Quarters erected.
We now stand at the turning of the year.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter,
Dark Lord extinguishes candles leaving only altar candles alight.
Let us dance for the long year's end,
Coven do Wheel or Cord dance widdershins about the cauldron chanting:
Time and Death,
Star Child now leaves the circle, and stands behind the veil in the North.
High Priestess stands at the cauldron in the centre, wearing a black veil.
I am the Hag who engendered you all;
High Priestess now lifts the cauldron aloft and presents it to each quarter. She returns to the centre, and lights the cauldron candle, from which she lights a quarter candle for each member of the coven. The quarter candles are placed in their respective quarters.
The Star Child emerges from behind the veil, and lays at the feet of the High Priestess. The High Priestess points to the Star Child and proclaims:
Behold the Child! Here lies our king!
The High Priestess crowns the Star Child with a crown of misteltoe. She removes her veil and announces:
I am the Mother who brought forth the child;
You are the ecstasy of the blessed.
Coven now do Wheel or Cord dance deosil about the cauldron chanting:
High Priestess now invokes the Lord of Misrule into the circle. He is challenged upon entry by the Dark Lord, and must explain who he is, and why he is there. The Lord of Misrule is now in charge of the circle, and may behave as he sees fit. At some point, he must take the burdens of the coven for the previous twelve moons and pack them in his bag.
Cakes and Wine.
The Lord of Misrule must be ritually hunted as a wren to bring about his downfall. The coven mime hunting the wren chanting,
Burn the bush,
When he is discovered, the coven point their athames at his neck to symbolise his death.
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