Notes on Ritual:
Invocation of the Watchtowers
Sharing of cakes and mead:
In honor of the Lady, from whom all Life flows,
In honor of the Lord, from whence comes the strength of the seed
We meet in this place that is no-place, at this time out of time, to ask the blessings of our Lord and Lady upon (Baby's Name), son/daughter of (Parents' Names), so that he may grow in strength, love and wisdom. Remember always that there are many paths in this life, and that each must find his own. Therefore, we do not seek to bind (Baby's Name) to any one path while he is still too young to choose. Instead, we ask the Lord and Lady, who know all Paths and to whom all Paths lead, to bless and protect this child so that when he is grown, he may choose his own path without fear or doubt.
Mother brings the child to the HPS. She takes him into her arms and asks:
(Mother's Name), does your child have a hidden name?
His hidden name is __________.
HP hands the HPS the annointing oil and HPS annoints the child's forehead in the sign of the pentagram, saying:
I annoint thee, (mundane name), with oil, and give thee the hidden name of _______.
HP hands HPS the wine, and she annoints the child's forehead with wine, saying:
I annoint thee, (baby's name), with wine, in the name of the Lord of us all.
HP hands HPS salt water, and she annoints the child's forehead, saying:
I annoint thee, (hidden name), with the water of life, in the name of the Threefold Goddess.
HPS hands the child back to the mother. She holds out her sword towards the parents, saying:
In sight of our Gods and our friends, we take this sacred vow.
(holding her hands in blessing over the child): May the Lady bless and protect him. May Diana fill his soul with self-confidence; may Sofia grant him wisdom, and may Astarte grant him a life filled with love.
(holding his hands in blessing over the child): May the Lord bless and protect him and grant him the strength and wisdom to meet Life's challenges. May he know compassion and give it threefold. May he know love, and give it threefold to the world. May the Ancient Ones of the Watchtowers grant him the wise use of their attributes.
NOTE: In this ceremony, the child being Wiccaned was my grandson, and I was HPS. As such, I gave him the following special blesing just from me.
May your days be filled with joy and love, my grandson. May you grow up knowing always how very dearly you are held in my heart, for you are the new link in our unbroken Circle. May all who have come before you grant you their wisdom and guidance.
At this time, any others in the Circle may offer their blessings upon the child.
The small family rejoins the group around the cauldron. HPS still stands, saying:
Thanks to the Lord and Lady
Thanks to the Lord
Thanks to the Watchtowers
Opening of the Circle
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