Cakes and Wine (1949)GGBOS

Magus kneels, fills Cup, offers to Witch [she is seated on the altar, holding her athame;
Priest kneels before her, holding up the cup].
Witch, holding Athame between palms, places point in cup.
Magus: “As the Athame is the Male, so the Cup is the female; so, conjoined, they bring blessedness.”
Witch lays aside Athame, takes Cup in both hands, drinks and gives drink.
Magus Holds Paten to Witch, who blesses with Athame, then eats and gives to Eat.
It is said that in olden days ale or mead was often used instead of wine. It is said that spirits or anything can be
used so long as it has life.

The Initiation (1949) [Third Degree]GGBOS

Magus: “Ere we proceed with this sublime degree, I must beg purification at thy hands.”
High Priestess binds Magus and ties him down to the altar. She circumambulates three times, and scourges
Magus with three, seven, nine, and 21 strokes. She then unbinds him and helps him to his feet.
Magus now binds the High Priestess and ties her down to the altar. He circumambulates, proclaiming to the four
quarters, “Hear, ye mighty Ones, the twice consecrate and Holy (name), High Priestess and Witch Queen, is
properly prepared and will now proceed to erect the Sacred Altar.”
Magus scourges High Priestess with three, seven, nine, and 21 strokes.
Cakes and wine may now be taken [see section A.5].
Magus: “Now I must reveal to you a great Mystery.” [kiss].
Note: if High Priestess has performed this rite before, omit these words.
High Priestess assumes Osiris position.
Magus: “Assist me to erect the Ancient Altar, at which in days past all worshipped, the Great Altar of all things.
For in the old times a woman was the Altar. Thus was the altar made and so placed [Priestess lies down in such
a way that her vagina is approximately at the center of the circle], and the sacred place was the point within the
center of the circle, as we of old times have been taught, that the point within the center is the origin of all
things. Therefore should we adore it.” [kiss]
“Therefore, whom we adore, we also invoke, by the power of the lifted lance.” Invokes.
“O circle of stars [kiss], whereof our Father is but the younger brother [kiss],
“Marvel beyond imagination, soul of infinite space, before whom time is ashamed, the mind bewildered and
understanding dark, not unto thee may we attain unless thine image be of love [kiss].
“Therefore, by seed and root, and stem and bud and leaf and flower and fruit do we invoke thee, O, Queen of space,
O dew of light, O continuous one of the Heavens [kiss].
“Let it be ever thus, that men speak not of Thee as one, but as none, and let them not speak of thee at all, since
thou art continuous, for thou art the point within the circle [kiss], which we adore [kiss], the fount of life without
which we would not be [kiss].
“And in this way truly are erected the Holy Twin Pillars Boaz and Jachin [kisses breasts]. In beauty and strength
were they erected, to the wonder and glory of all men.”
(Eightfold Kiss: 3 points, Lips, 2 Breasts and back to lips; 5 points)
“O Secrets of secrets that art hidden in the being of all lives. Not thee do we adore, for that which adoreth is also
thou. Thou art that and That am I [kiss].
“I am the flame that burns in every man, and in the core of every star [kiss].

“I am Life and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the Knowledge of Death [kiss].
“I am alone, the Lord within ourselves whose name is Mystery of Mysteries [kiss].
“Make open the path of intelligence between us. For these truly are the 5 points of fellowship [on the right
appears an illuminated diagram of the point-up triangle above the pentacle, the symbol for the third degree], feet
to feet, knee to knee, groin to groin, breast to breast, arms around back, lips to lips, by the Great and Holy Names
Abracadabra, Aradia, and Cernunnos.
Magus and High Priestess: “Encourage our hearts, Let thy Light crystallize itself in our blood, fulfilling us of
Resurrection, for there is no part of us that is not of the Gods.” (Exchange Names.)
Closing the Circle
High Priestess Circumambulates, proclaiming, “The twice consecrate High Priestess greets ye Mighty Ones, and
dismisseth ye to your pleasant abodes. Hail and Farewell.” She draws the banishing pentacle at each quarter.

The Initiation (1949) [Second Degree]GGBOS

Magus binds Witch as before, but does not blindfold her, and circumambulates with her, proclaims to the four
quarters, “Hear, ye Mighty Ones, (name), a duly consecrated Priestess and Witch, is now properly prepared to be
made a High Priestess and Witch Queen.”
Magus now leads her thrice around the circle with the half-running, half-dancing step, halts south of the altar,
has the Witch kneel, and ties her down to the altar as before.
Magus: “To attain this sublime degree, it is necessary to suffer and be purified. Art ready to suffer to Learn?”
Priestess Witch: “I am.”
Magus: “I prepare thee to take the great oath.”
He strikes three knells on the bell, and again gives the series of three, seven, nine, and 21 strokes with the scourge
as before.
Magus: “I now give thee a new name: _______. [kiss]
Magus: “Repeat thy new name after me, I, (name), swear upon my mother’s womb and by mine Honor among men
and among my brothers and sisters of the Art, that I will never reveal to any at all any of the
secrets of the Art, except it be to a worthy person, properly prepared,
in the center of a Magic Circle, such as I am now in. This I swear by my hopes of Salvation, my past lives, and
my hopes of future ones to come, and I devote myself to utter destruction if I break this my solemn oath.”
Magus kneels, placing left hand under her knees and right hand on her head, thus forming magic link.
Magus: “I hereby will all my power into you.” Wills.

Magus now unties her feet, unties the Cable Tow from the altar, and helps the Witch to her feet.
Magus: “I hereby sign and consecrate you with the great Magic Sign. Remember how it is formed and you will
always recognize it.
“I consecrate thee with oil.” (He anoints her with oil on her womb, right breast, left hip, right hip, left breast, and
womb again, thus tracing a point-down pentacle.)
“I consecrate thee with wine.” (He anoints her with wine in the same pattern.)
“I consecrate thee with my lips” (he kisses her in the same pattern), “High Priestess and Witch Queen.”
Magus now unbinds Witch’s hands and removes the cord, saying, “Newly made High Priestess and Witch Queen”
[kiss] “you will now use the working tools in turn. First, the Magic Sword; with it you will scribe the Magic
Circle [kiss]
“Secondly, the Athame” (Form Circle) [kiss]
“Thirdly, the White Handled Knife” (use) [kiss]
“Fourthly, the Wand” (Wave to 4 Quarters) [kiss]
“Fifthly, the Pentacle” (Show to 4 Quarters) [kiss]
“Sixthly, the Censer of Incense” (Circle, cense) [kiss]
“Seventhly, the cords; bind me as I bound you.”
Witch binds Magus and ties him to Altar.
Magus: “Learn, in Witchcraft, thou must ever return triple. As I scourged thee, so thou must scourge me, but
triple. So where you received 3, return 9; where you received 7, return 21; where you received 9, return 27; where you
received 21, return 63.” Witch scourges Magus as instructed, 120 strokes total.
Magus: “Thou hast obeyed the Law. But mark well, when thou receivest
good, so equally art bound to return good threefold.”
Witch now unbinds Magus and helps him to his feet.
Magus, taking the new Initiate by the hand and holding the Athame in the other, passes once round the Circle,
proclaiming at the Four Quarters, “Hear, Ye Mighty Ones, (name) hath been duly consecrated High
Priestess and Witch Queen.”
(Note, if ceremony ends here, close circle with “Hail and farewell.” If not go to next degree.)

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The Initiation (1949) [First Degree]GGBOS

Magus leaves circle by the doorway, goes to Postulant, and says, “Since there is no other brother here, I must be
thy sponsor, as well as priest. I am about to give you a warning. If you are still of the same mind, answer it
with these words: `Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.'”
Placing the point of the sword to the Postulant’s breast, he says, “O thou who standeth on the threshold between
the pleasant world of men and the domains of the Dread Lords of the Outer Spaces, hast thou the
courage to make the Assay? For I tell thee verily, it were better to rush on my weapon and perish miserably than
to make the attempt with fear in thy heart.”
Postulant: “I have two Passwords: Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”
Magus drops the sword point, saying, “All who approach with perfect love and perfect trust are doubly welcome.”
Going around behind her, he blindfolds her, then putting his left arm around her waist and his right arm around
her neck, he pulls her head back, says, “I give you the 3rd password, a Kiss to pass through this dread Door,” and
pushes her forward with his body, through the doorway and into the circle. Once inside, he releases her saying,
“This is the way all are first brought into the circle.”

Magus closes the doorway by drawing the point of the sword across it three times, joining all three circles, saying,
“Agla, Azoth, Adonai,” then drawing three pentacles to seal it.
Magus guides Postulant to south of altar, and whispers, “Now there is the Ordeal.” Taking a short piece of cord
from the altar, he ties it around her right ankle, saying, “Feet neither bound nor free.” Taking a longer cord, he ties
her hands together behind her back, then pulls them up, so that the arms form a triangle, and ties the cord around
her neck, leaving the end dangling down in front as a Cable Tow.
With the Cable Tow in his left hand and the sword in his right hand, the Magus leads her sunwise around the
circle to the east, where he salutes with the sword and proclaims, “Take heed, O Lords of the Watchtowers of the
East, (name), properly prepared, will be made a Priestess and a Witch.”
Magus leads her similarly to the south, west, and north, making the proclamation at each quarter.
Next, clasping Postulant around the waist with his left arm, and holding the sword erect in his right hand, he
makes her circumambulate three times around the circle with a half-running, half-dancing step.
He halts her at the south of the altar, and strikes eleven knells on the bell. He then kneels at her feet, saying, “In
other religions the postulant kneels, as the Priests claim supreme power, but in the Art Magical, we are taught
to be humble, so we kneel to welcome them and say:
“Blessed be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways.” (He kisses her feet.)
“Blessed be thy knees that shall kneel at the sacred altar.” (He kisses her knees.)
“Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be.” (He kisses her Organ of Generation.)
“Blessed by thy breasts, formed in beauty and in strength.” (He kisses her breasts.)
“Blessed be thy lips, which shall utter the sacred names.” (He kisses her lips.)
Take measure thus: height, around forehead, across the heart, and across the genitals.
Magus says, “Be pleased to kneel,” and helps her kneel before the altar. He ties the end of the Cable Tow to a ring
in the altar, so that the postulant is bent sharply forward, with her head almost touching the floor. He also ties
her feet together with the short cord.
Magus strikes three knells on the bell and says, “Art ready to swear that thou wilt always be true to the Art?”
Witch: “I am.”
Magus strikes seven knells on the bell and says, “Before ye are sworn, art willing to pass the ordeal and be
Witch: “I am.”
Magus strikes eleven knells on the bell, takes the scourge from the altar, and gives a series of three, seven, nine,
and 21 strokes with the scourge across the postulant’s buttocks.

Magus says, “Ye have bravely passed the test. Art always ready to help, protect, and defend thy Brothers and
Sisters of the Art?”
Witch: “I am.”
Magus: “Art armed?”
Witch: “With a knife in my hair.”
Magus: “Then on that knife wilt thou swear absolute secrecy?”
Witch: “I will.”
Magus: “Then say after me. `I, (name), in the presence of the Mighty Ones, do of my own will and accord, most
solemnly swear that I will ever keep secret and never reveal the secrets of the Art, except it be to a proper person,
properly prepared, within a circle such as I am now in. All this I swear by my hopes of a future life, mindful
that my measure has been taken, and may my weapons turn against me if I break this my solemn oath.'”
Magus now unbinds her feet, unties the Cable Tow from the altar, removes the blindfold, and helps her up to her
Magus says, “I hereby sign thee with the triple sign.
“I consecrate thee with oil.” (He anoints her with oil on the womb, the right breast, the left breast, and the womb
“I consecrate thee with wine.” (He anoints her with wine in the same pattern.)
“I consecrate thee with my lips” (he kisses her in the same pattern), “Priestess and Witch.”
Magus now unbinds her hands and removes the last cord, saying, “Now I Present to thee the Working Tools of a
“First the Magic Sword. With this, as with the Athame, thou canst form all Magic Circles, dominate, subdue, and
punish all rebellious Spirits and Demons, and even persuade the Angels and Geniuses. With this in your hand you
are the ruler of the Circle. [Here “kiss” means that the initiate kisses the tool, and the Magus then kisses the
Witch being initiated.]
“Next I present the Athame. This is the true Witch’s weapon and has all the powers of the Magic Sword [kiss].
“Next I present the White-Handled Knife. Its use is to form all instruments used in the Art. It can only be
properly used within a Magic Circle [Kiss].
“Next I present the Wand. Its use is to call up and control certain Angels and geniuses, to whom it would not be
mete to use the Magic Sword [Kiss].
“Next I present the pentacles. These are for the purpose of calling up appropriate Spirits [Kiss].

Next I present the Censer of Incense. This is used to encourage and welcome Good Spirits and to banish Evil
“Next I present the scourge. This is a sign of power and domination. It is also to cause suffering and purification,
for it is written, to learn you must suffer and be purified. Art willing to suffer to learn?”
Witch: “I am.”[Kiss]
Magus: “Next, and lastly I present the Cords. They are of use to bind the sigils in the Art, the material basis, and
to enforce thy will. Also they are necessary in the oath. I Salute thee in the name of
Aradia and Cernunnos, Newly made Priestess and Witch.”
Magus strikes seven knells on the bell and kisses Witch again, then circumambulates with her, proclaiming to the
four quarters, “Hear, ye Mighty Ones, (name) hath been consecrated Priestess and Witch of the
(Note, if ceremony ends here, close circle with “I thank ye for attending, and I dismiss ye to your pleasant abodes.
Hail and farewell.” If not, go to next degree.)

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Lift Up the Veil” The Charge (1949)GGBOS

Magus: “Listen to the words of the Great mother, who of old was also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Dione,
Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Bride, and by many other names.”
High Priestess: “At mine Altars the youth of Lacedaemon in Sparta made due sacrifice.
“Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, ye shall assemble
in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me who am Queen of all Witcheries and magics.
“There ye shall assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets. To these will
I teach things that are yet unknown.
“And ye shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites, both men
and women, and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music, and love, all in my praise.
“There is a Secret Door that I have made to establish the way to taste even on earth the elixir of immortality.

Say, `Let ecstasy be mine, and joy on earth even to me, To Me,’ For I am a gracious Goddess. I give unimaginable
joys on earth, certainty, not faith, while in life! And upon death, peace unutterable, rest, and ecstasy, nor do I
demand aught in sacrifice.”
Magus: “Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess.”
High Priestess: “I love you: I yearn for you: pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous.
“I who am all pleasure, and purple and drunkenness of the innermost senses, desire you. Put on the wings, arouse
the coiled splendor within you.
“Come unto me, for I am the flame that burns in the heart of every man, and the core of every Star.
“Let it be your inmost divine self who art lost in the constant rapture of infinite joy.
“Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy and beauty. Remember that all acts of love and pleasure are my
rituals. So let there be beauty and strength, leaping laughter, force and fire by within you. “And if thou sayest, `I
have journeyed unto thee, and it availed me not,’ rather shalt thou say, `I called upon thee, and I waited patiently,
and Lo, thou wast with me from the beginning,’ for they that ever desired me shall ever attain me, even to the end
of all desire.”
This much of the rites must ever be performed to prepare for any initiation, whether of one degree or of all three.

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Celtic Wicca

Celtic Wicca is a modern tradition of Wicca that incorporates some elements of Celtic mythology.

It employs the same basic theology, rituals and beliefs as most other forms of Wicca.

Celtic Wiccans use the names of Celtic deities, mythological figures, and seasonal festivals within a Wiccan ritual structure and belief system, rather than a traditional or historically Celtic one.

Celtic Wicca Abbreviation CW
Type Syncretic Wicca
Orientation Celtic Neopaganism
Governance Priesthood
Members Unknown

Contents Origins
Wicca, as established by Englishman Gerald Gardner in the 1950s, was not Celtic in nature but contained some Celtic influences and borrowings from Celtic sources.

“Celtic” Wicca can be seen as emphasizing and elaborating on the facets of Gardnerian Wicca that practitioners believe to be Celtic, while de-emphasizing some of the more obviously non-Celtic facets (such as the worship of deities from other cultures).

Author Jane Raeburn believes that while there is “a firm distinction between historical Celtic inspiration and modern Wiccan practice”, that the two can be blended to form “a living path of ethical and spiritual growth”.

As Carl McColman has observed, many people find beauty and meaning in this spirituality that blends “religious witchcraft with Celtic wisdom”.

Several different variations of the tradition have existed.

For instance, Lady Sheba (Jessie Bell) called her tradition “American Celtic Wicca”.

Gavin Frost and Yvonne Frost of the Church and School of Wicca called their tradition “Celtic Wicca” and followers of this tradition identify as Celtic Wiccans.

Additionally, numerous Eclectic Wiccan groups and individuals incorporate what they believe to be Celtic features and self-identify as Celtic Wiccans or Celtic Neopagans.

Comparisons to other traditions Celtic Wicca can be seen as both a form of Wicca and a branch of Celtic Neopaganism.

On the Neopagan continuum from eclectic to reconstructionist, Celtic Wicca is at the eclectic end: as non-historical as most forms of Neo-druidism, and contrasting firmly with Celtic Reconstructionism, which emphasizes cultural focus and historical accuracy.

Criticisms Celtic Wicca is criticized for a number of reasons.

Critics point to the very recent development of the “tradition”, its modernly syncretic nature, its misappropriation or misrepresentation of authentic Celtic traditions and history, and its difference from all historically attested Celtic beliefs and practices.

Authors including Ronald Hutton, Aidan Kelly, John Michael Greer and Gordon Cooper have noted that Celtic Wicca draws on mythology by way of the Romanticist Celtic Revival rather than historical fact.

Further, these authors have documented that Gardnerian Wicca was synthesized from elements of many cultures and traditions including Hinduism, English folklore, romanticized misinterpretations of what Gardner believed to be Native American beliefs and ceremonies, and the ritual structures and terminology used by the Freemasons.

Greer and Cooper specifically point to Gardner’s involvement in the English Woodcraft and Kibbo Kift groups as a strong influence.


Celtic Wicca

Celtic Wicca focuses mainly on Celtic traditions combined with ancient Celtic beliefs as well as more modern practices. Though it is not officially attributed to a single individual, there seems to be a connection to Gavin and Yvonne Frost. This tradition is mostly focused on the male aspect of Wicca but has recently begun to emphasize on the goddess aspect as well as the Gods and goddesses of ancient Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, emphasizing a balance between the God and Goddess. Celtic Wiccans seek to be closely attuned to nature (Gaia). Therefore, they use herbalism and divination, revere women, seek a connection with the ancestors and land spirits. This tradition also emphasizes poetry in its magick,
The old Celtic religious system was polytheistic and nature based with focus on meditation. It uses three concentric circles of salt, sulphur, and herbs. It is also known as Baptist Wicca.


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Wicca & Druidcraft

Druidry and Wicca are two entirely separate and distinct spiritual paths. If you follow Druidism there is no need to study or be involved in Wicca, and vice versa.

But there are a number of similarities between the two paths, and some people combine Druid and Wiccan ideas or practices, just as others combine other spiritual ways with Druidry. This combination is sometimes called Druidcraft.

The Magic of Wicca & Druidry
Druidcraft, Druidry and Wicca, are ways of empowerment and of freedom – not dogmatic religious systems, but new spiritualities, magical ones, that draw their inspiration from the ancient past, while offering ways of celebration and working that are constantly changing and evolving. Rather than presenting us with ready-made systems that we must adopt wholesale, they offer instead inspiration and the ingredients that we can creatively use to fashion our own unique path to suit our own unique lives.

The reason most of us are drawn to this path, rather than to one of the mainstream ready-made religions offering ‘all the answers’, is that somewhere inside we know that we are not supposed to be a passive consumer of spirituality, but instead an active participant in a life that is inherently spiritual. We are not in the restaurant, we are in the kitchen! Earth religions like Druidry and Wicca offer us ingredients – ideas for rituals, stories, folklore, techniques – that can be combined in dozens of different ways to provide us, our family and friends, with exactly what we need. They are ways of empowerment because they put us in charge of our lives, not ways of disempowerment with a priest or guru telling us what to do.
In the end it all boils down to this. There is you and the ocean. You and the sky. You and the land. Now and here. The old lore is not meant to remain preserved in a glass case. It is meant to be used, changed, added to and improved. It only stays alive if each of us takes it, and uses it in our own way, with our own creative additions and insights, to help us live a life of depth and meaning, beauty and celebration, here and now – upon this earth, beneath this sky, beside this sea.