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Crone Ritual by Eva Rose

Taken from the lesson homework on The Triple Goddess


Based on this time of year (Winter approaching), and my need for

transformation and healing, I though I would work with a Crone ritual. I

prefer to use epithets, rather than call upon a certain goddess by name to see

who would answer. Although I have been having a strong pull toward

Hekate for the past couple years now, I don’t see her as a Crone Goddess

exactly - She is far too complex. But it wouldn’t surprise me if that is who

would appear.

(Side note: I end with “Auf wiedersehen” since I find the German way of

saying farewell to be kinder: literally until we see each other again.

This ritual is designed to bring an end to a negative situation and let you

start anew.



You will need:

- salt water

- smoke bundle of Earthy, dark materials (I use mugwort, sage, and

lavender)

- a black shawl draped around your shoulders, to start

- incense of choice, if desired - preferably roots and resins

- black candle, unlit

- 3 red candles, unlit

- Tarot or Oracle deck

- 2 Bay leaves

- Marker to write on leaves

- Bowl with water (dark moon water would be perfect), or water with

black tourmaline in the bottom


Place your altar, if possible in the North. Close your eyes and feel your

roots extending down into the deep, dark Earth. Feel the flow of this energy

pulling up through your feet, extending through your body, out your

fingertips and through your crown chakra. The energy travels along silver

branches that reach to the dark sky above. There the branches touch the

energy of the dark heavens, and flows back into you. Your body becomes a

conduit between worlds, anchored in your center.


Take 3 deep breaths, then walk clockwise around your space, sprinkling

salt water as you go:


In the name of the Dark Mother

I bless this space with Earth and Water


Set the water down on the altar, and pick up the smoke bundle, lighting it.

Walk around the circle again:


In the name of the Dark Mother

I bless this space with Fire and Air


Return to the altar, and using wither your wand, athame, finger (or

whatever you typically use to direct energy), walk around the circle again,

visualizing a protective light emanating from you, creating a bubble to work

in.


Spirit of Place, I am between worlds, between time.


Calling the energies:

Starting in the North, and moving around as appropriate, hold your arms

out it greeting and say:


Energies of the North

Of Earth

Of dark cave

And of night sky

Of Bear

And rock and stone

I ask for your blessing and grounding


Energies of the East

Of Air

Of mountain peak

And windy sky

Of Eagle

And feather and talon

I ask for your blessing and knowledge


Energies of the South

Of Fire

Of hearth and flame

And burning sun

Of Stag

And fur and bone

I ask for your blessing and drive


Energies of the West

Of Water

Of wave and stream

And rain storm and gale

Of Salmon

And nut and scale

I ask for your blessing and wisdom


Facing your altar again, light a black candle, raise your shawl to cover your

hair, and raise your arms in greeting.


By the energies of Earth, Sea, and Sky

Of Mountain and Glade

I call upon you Wise One

Dark Mother

Crone

Hag

Destroyer and Life-giver!

I welcome your presence and guidance.

Goddess,

I call upon you now to guide me in my transformation.

I am in need of guidance

I am in need of change

I ask you to guide my hand along a path of metamorphosis


Light first red candle:

With this flame, my past decisions become clear

What path has brought me here.

Goddess guide my hand.


Take a deep breath and pull as many cards as you need - preferably 2 or 3 -

to get a clear picture of what has brought you to this point in life.

Meditate on the cards, and find one word to summarize them, preferably a

negative one.


Write this on the first bay leaf.

Wise One, spinner of fates

<word> has brought me to this point

<word> has brought me low

It is time to acknowledge <word>

It is time to put <word> firmly in the past!


Light the leaf and watch it burn; watching the issue go up in smoke.

Careful, it will burn quickly, so toss it into the bowl of water.


<word> Quenched and Clean!


Light second red candle:


With this flame, my current situation becomes clear

What choices before me are here.

Goddess guide my hand.


Once again, take a deep breath and pull as many cards as you need -

preferably 2 or 3 - to get a clear picture where you are now and the options

before you.

Meditate on the cards, and find one word to summarize them, preferably a

negative one.


Write this on the second bay leaf.

Guardian, watcher at the gate

<word> is where I stand

<word> has tied my hands

It is time to acknowledge <word>

It is time to put <word> firmly in the past!



Light the leaf and watch it burn; watching the issue go up in smoke. Toss it

into the bowl of water.


<word> Quenched and Clean!


Light thirds red candle:

With this flame, my path before me becomes clear

What I must do to change my path.

Goddess guide my hand.


Once again, take a deep breath and pull as many cards as you need -

preferably 2 or 3 - to get a clear picture of what needs to be done. What

transformation needs to be worked.

Meditate on the cards, and find one word to summarize them, preferably a

positive one.


Write this on the third bay leaf.

Guide, light my path

<word> is where I walk

<word> will open the Gates

It is time to acknowledge <word>

It is time to make <word> my course!


Light the leaf and watch it burn; watching the issue become alight. Toss it

into the bowl of water.


<word> Forward and New!


Hold the bowl up to the sky:

Behold!

My past is in the past

My feet trod a new path



Set bowl down on altar, and take some water to sprinkle on your face.

Remove shawl from your head, and drape around your shoulders once more.

I am born anew!


Meditate on what you have learned. When ready:

I thank you Goddess for your guidance

I ask that you continue to light the way

May you guide my steps both day and night

On this new path

I thank you for your presence

Blessings and goodbye for now


Turn to face each of the directions as appropriate:


Spirits of Water

Spirits of West

Spirits of Wisdom

I thank you

I release you

Blessings and Farewell


Spirits of Fire

Spirits of South

Spirits of drive

I thank you

I release you

Blessings and Farewell!


Spirits of Air

Spirits of East

Spirits of knowledge

I thank you

I release you

Blessings and Farewell!


Spirits of Earth

Spirits of North

Spirits of grounding

I thank you

I release you

Blessings and Farewell!


Unwind the circle that you have cast, opening it.

Turn to the altar, and extinguish all the candles.


May the spirit hold what the eye and ear have gained

By the powers of Earth Sea and Sky

I declare the ritual to be complete

That the circle be open yet unbroken

Auf wiedersehen



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