Friday, January 6, 2006

A Rite Of Passing

A Rite Of Passing Cover
This solitary ritual is written for the individual to perform privately, or with a small group of like minded individuals. after the traditional funeral of your spiritual tradition has been performed. It serves the purpose of allowing the individual as well as the departed to move on to that which awaits them on the Other side.

On an altar draped in shades of blue are three candles, which are white, red, and black representing life, death, and rebirth respectively. Before this is the cauldron of rebirth and lying next to it is a silver cord in which a know has been tied. The remaining space on the altar is decorated with pictures o the deceased, as well as their favorite things such as their favorite book, food, scents, etc...

When all is prepared, light the candles and say:

"That which is apart of us, can never be apart from us. The wheel is ever turning, and as life is a day, so has (N) passed into night. Nothing is final, and we who are left behind know that we will share in the cakes and wind with out brother/sister again. O' blessed spirit, we bid farewell, for you awaits a new destiny."

The silver cord (which symbolically ties the spirit to the body) is untied and burned by the candle which represent rebirth and dropped into the cauldron of regeneration.

Note: This ritual is heavily based on the funeral of Prue Halliwell as depicted in the Charmed episode "Charmed Again," along with my own changes.Though it was inspired by a somewhat controversial television show, I found it's beauty and simplicity appropriate and, unfortunately, I've had two occasions to perform it in the last few years. It helped me a great deal and I think it can help others as well.

Books in PDF format to read:

Daniel Defoe - A System Of Magic
Aleister Crowley - Rights Of Man

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