Ladies, please enter the Circle from the entrance and jump over the broom. This besom represents our connection to Magick, for this space that we are in is Sacred and we have the audience of the Gods and Spirits who dwell in this land. Never forget what you are about to take part in and treasure the spiral path that sprawls out before you. Magick is about us, it is within us. As you enter, feel that swell about you and know that you are protected.
Call of the Warrior Goddesses
Maidens! Mothers! Crones! Please hear our appeal to You, those who have traveled before us and stand in legend and history to embolden a new generation of women! Great Goddesses, I ask you to stand at the quarters and the edges of known reality, come forth and claim your children who stand in this hallowed place. As Priestess, I awaken the land of Deeply Rooted and the Power of the Goddess Circle!
I call to The Morrigan, Great Phantom Queen, She who prevails and dominates in the North, Sovereign Ruler who inspires the best qualities of the sacred feminine and presents us challenges so that we may grow from girls to women. Please open for us the realm of Earth, let that elemental energy exist within this Circle, strong and true. HAIL AND WELCOME!
I call to Durga, Most Auspicious One and Shakti, She who dwells in the East, Great Mother of the Universe and Compassionate Healer, Empowering force that assists us with our old wounds and gently guides us towards our destinies so that we may grow from girls to women. Please open for us the realm of Air, let that elemental energy exist within this Circle, strong and true. HAIL AND WELCOME!
I call to Sekhmet, Sacred Arbiter of the Gods and Dominator of the Battlefield, She who reigns in the South, Fierce and Accurate Hunter and She who has dominion over the Battlefield, She who aids us in our daily toils and inspires us to face our problems head on so that we may grow from girls to women. Please open for us the realm of Fire, let that elemental energy exist within this Circle, strong and true. HAIL AND WELCOME!
I call to Athena, Lady of Justice and Queen of Wisdom, She who rules in the West, Heroine of legend and Keeper of sacred knowledge, She who assists us with finding solutions to the truths we face within so that we may grow from girls to women. Please open for us the realm of Water, let that elemental energy exist within this Circle, strong and true. HAIL AND WELCOME!
I call upon Freya, presiding regally in Folkvang, the Field of the People, and passionate völva, She who inspires women to reach beyond what is in front of them and conquer the Unknown so that we may grow from girls to women, Please open for us our precious connection to the Spirit Realm, let that elemental energy exist within this Circle, strong and true. HAIL AND WELCOME!
Welcome to the Kingdom of Deeply Rooted, honored Ladies and divine Guests! Goddesses of the battlefield of mind and land, please bear witness to our oaths and actions within this sacred circle. May the Circle be open yet never broken! As above, so below, and so below as above! So mote it be!
Hekate’s Cauldron Challenge
We will now wash ourselves before meeting Great Queen Oya and invoking the spirit of women who have gone before us. Standing at the doorway between worlds, we now meet with Hekate – Goddess of Magick, Death, Transformation, Keeper of the Keys and Torchbearer. Hekate, please hear my call! Bless the waters within this cauldron and renew these women who stand before You. Please accept our offerings and be honored in this day as we remember the Goddess who dwells in caves to assist others and finding their way out of the darkness that plagues them. HAIL AND WELCOME, HEKATE!
Now, swirl around the waters three times counter-clockwise to unlock the transformative energies of this mysterious and powerful Goddess. She will be looking back from Her cauldron in the Spirit world and will whisper to you as you wash in the waters of Her womb. You are REBORN in Hekate!
A Call to Women of Past, Present, and Future
To our ancestors, our mothers, sisters, grandmothers who have gone before! Come to us now in this appointed time and bring with you the gifts of our heritage. I call ancestors from North, East, South, and West. I call to the Shining Ones beyond the mortal realm who are known by name and those forgotten in the sands of time. For you, the offerings upon the altar are nourishment for Your stay. HAIL AND WELCOME!
Call the Valkyrie
I call upon the Valkyrie, Choosers of the Slain, comfort to the dying heroes and Warriors that exist within the threshold of Death. Noble bearers of Shield and Sword, please stand with us in this Circle to help us in finding our footing in the realms of this world and the next. Assist us in caring not only for others who suffer yet also for ourselves so that we may suffer no longer. In life and in death may we travel alongside our Sisters, learning a better way for ourselves and achieving our goals together. Please bear witness to our oaths and give counsel to those seeking Your wisdom within this Circle! HAIL AND WELCOME!
Call the Amazons
I call upon The Tribe of Amazons, Bearers of the Spears, Bows, and Arrows that conquered the ancient world, Inspirations of courage and might that dwell dormant within our hearts, Awaken to our call! Thought and memory of You and Your deeds now exist within the present. Assist us in our struggles and stoke within us the enthusiastic fire of a life worth living. Please bear witness to our oaths and give counsel to those seeking Your wisdom within this Circle! HAIL AND WELCOME!
Call the Priestesses of Apollo
I call upon the Priestess of Apollo, to the most revered and honored Pythia! Oracles, Fortune-tellers, Soothsayers and Sages! Those who devoted themselves to deity and to the realm of spirit in the name of hallowed Apollo. Awaken to our call and please stand with us in this Circle and help us find ourselves in the spirit world so that we may manifest our desires in the physical. Help us bear the burden of the news we deliver when called upon by the Gods. Please bear witness to our oaths and give counsel to those seeking Your wisdom within this Circle! HAIL AND WELCOME!
Call of the Maasai Mother
I call upon the Mothers of the Maasai, a Tribe which exists in the present and is forever remembered in folklore passed on through generations of countless devotees. Great Mothers who raise Warriors of immense proportions, be honored and remembered now. Please help us to raise a new generation who will venerate and honor the land, the people, and the ideas of our tradition so that we may travel to the land of Ancestors, remembered and fulfilled in our obligations. Please bear witness to our oaths and give counsel to those seeking Your wisdom within this Circle! HAIL AND WELCOME!
We will now welcome in our ritual, the Great Queen of Africa and Orisha of Storm, Death, Transformation and Courage. We prepare ourselves in mind, spirit, and body for the coming of Oya!
Invocation of Oya
I call upon the Great Queen of Africa, Lady Oya!
Warrior Goddess and Matriarch of Women from all around the world,
please come forth into our Circle!
Regardless of our origins, we share the blood of Alkebu-lan!
Be honored here today, be welcomed!
Mother Africa, Mother of all Womankind!
From Your womb we were born and are reborn!
Hail and Welcome!
Queen Oya, Mother of us all,
Share with us Your wild, indomitable spirit,
Help us conquer our fears, release us from the chains of society’s expectations,
free us from these bonds so that we may grow and mature as Your daughters!
No longer slaves captured through the lens of ignorance,
victims of a muddied past, No more!
We are reborn as free people, reimagined as free women in a world made of our own choosing!
Help your children understand their purpose and place,
And forge a new future for all Women Warriors!
As the water buffalo, help us to stomp away our pain and hardships,
help us carry the burdens of our lives with Your vast strength,
and face the coming future with fierce determination!
Rampage through our minds and hearts with the fury of a storm,
and blow away the thoughts that keep us from moving forward!
As the mighty inferno that consumes the dry brush of the Savannah,
Burn a clear, bright path for us so we may travel together!
Bellow as the tempest the winds of change,
Rain down on us as a torrent, revealing fertile bodies and fertile minds!
As the embodiment of the River Niger,
snaking through the Wilderness to and fro,
teach us to dance in joy at the wonders You provide!
As master of the Tides of Change, please guide us on this inward journey,
A spiral that extends from this world into the next,
buried deep within our mind’s eye and enmeshed on the tapestry created by our heartstrings,
Entwined by blood and ancestry, history and circumstance,
We are the shining students of the Great Mistress of the Universe!
Whose classroom knows only the boundaries of the imagination and Will,
With a foot in the land of the living and the dead,
Hekua Oya! Be welcomed in the Kingdom of Deeply Rooted!
Sisters, Oya is with Us!
Do you feel Her writhing in the ground as the serpent of knowledge?
Do you see Her in the endless Sky?
She is all around Us, Beside Us, Beneath Us, Within Us!
Can you feel Her through the breath of Wind at our necks?
Can you hear the whispers of the Ancient Mother driving us together?
Can you see the gleam of Her presence in the eyes of your Sister?
Can you touch the intensity of passion that boils within your breast?
Can you taste the delicious flavor of Her excitement?
Roiling and writhing in ecstasy, She is now remembered!
This is Oya! This is Her domain!
The kinships of Women, old and new, be ever sacred within this golden Circle!
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters,
Strangers who are now familiar,
Have courage beyond your wildest dreams,
Determination without limits,
And see the world anew!
We support each other in love and harmony,
and look to stamp out our petty differences.
I ask you,
Look deeply into the eyes of your opponent and call Her Sister!
See the Mother reflected back,
laughing, crying, wailing, and shouting,
in the deep, onyx pools surrounded by the glimmer of Her unwavering Spirit!
We are no longer enemies, We are no longer strangers to each other,
We are Tribe!
Oya! Oya! Oya!
I call You Sisters, I call You Warriors, I call You Queens!
We are the Daughters of the Great Goddess, We are the Warriors of a Future of our own making!
Oya is behind us, Oya is crying for justice!
Oya will guide US!
Now and forever!
So mote it Be!
Test of Strength – Facing the Mirror of Kali
We have now called upon the Sentinel Goddesses of the Elements, the Women of Legend and the Ancestors of our nearly lost yet treasured past. We feel them around us and we see them reflected back in the eyes and tears of our Sisters. With the Great Queen Oya presiding over us and bearing witness to our actions, let us face a Test of Strength.
From Goddess Durga’s head, sprouts the Warrior Goddess Kali Ma! She is both ferocious and unmatched in battle. Terrible and great Kali Ma’s appearance is only one aspect of Her existence. She is also the compassionate Fighter who helps us conquer the demons that exist within us. When we look into the mirror, we challenge our ego and we have the opportunity to become more than we’ve made for ourselves. Look into the mirror, into the face of Kali, and tell us who you are, what you stand for, and what you bring the Tribe. If you cannot face this now, fear not. Simply say “Pass” Kali is patient and determined to help the children of this world transcend the suffering that keeps them from evolving. When the time is right, You will face Kali and your troubles and be reborn in Kali!
Cakes and Ale – Feeding Your Sister
As women, we bare the sacred responsibility of creating and nurturing life alongside our male counterparts. We are the womb of creation, we are the doorways between the spirit realm and the land of the living, we are the Mothers who raise the next generation. We often can be the bane of each other, and hold each other back from moving forward out of fear and misunderstanding. Let that chain be broken and the lashes we’ve received from each other be healed. Pass around this bread, look your Sister in the eye, and give Her words of encouragement for the long journey ahead. May you never hunger!
This wine represents the blood of Oya and all Goddesses who have been with us throughout our lives whether we have felt Their presence or not. This is the moon blood, this is the bond, this is our connection to each other. As women, we share this chalice together and create from it the world that is around us. May you never thirst!
Choosing Your Warrior Name – Challenge at the Crossroads
Morrigan, Durga, Sekhmet, Athena, and Freya!
Hekate of the Cauldron!
Great Queen Oya!
Kali Ma of the Mirror!
Valkyrie, Amazons, Pythia, and Mother Maasai!
Ancestors, remembered and forgotten, I ask for Your attention!
In this world, women were forgotten and owned like land and cattle. Little more than a possession and raised to believe that they were less of themselves. In this modern time, as Paganism and Witchcraft take back the mantle of truth and extend grasp into this world once more, we choose to name ourselves as an expression of this rebirth!
We celebrate all that we are and define ourselves once more in the name of the Goddess and Universal creation!
Sisters, if you have chosen a name for yourself, speak it now to the audience of Gods and spirits who have assembled to see this transformation. If you have not yet found yourself a new name, then fear not. For we have many more times to come together and speak these most revered words.
The Goddesses of the Warrior Spirit have gifted us. Take from this plate what feels right. Leave some for your Sisters and the land. Be welcomed and recognized now as Warriors within the Tribe of Deeply Rooted and Paganism!
Closing Quarters and thanking the Goddesses
We thank the Sentinel Goddesses of the directions, North, South, East and West. Thank you for bearing witness to this celebration of the sacred feminine. Please accept the offerings laid upon the altar for you. Stay if you can, go if you must. Hail and farewell!
We thank the Women Warriors of Legend and History. Thank you for bearing witness to this celebration of the sacred feminine. Please accept the offerings laid upon the altar for you. Stay if you can, go if you must. Hail and farewell!
We thank Goddess Hekate and Kali for Your esteemed presence within the Circle and Your help in transformation. Thank you for bearing witness to this celebration of the sacred feminine. Please accept the offerings laid upon the altar for you. Stay if you can, go if you must. Hail and farewell!
We thank our ancestors, the spirits who guide us and reveal to us the inner truths. Thank you for bearing witness to this celebration of the sacred feminine. Please accept the offerings laid upon the altar for you. Stay if you can, go if you must. Hail and farewell!
This ritual is complete. Our journey is beginning. Merry do we meet, Merry do we part, and Merry do we meet again. In this life and the next! SO MOTE IT BE!