Thursday, June 28, 2012

Invocation of the Sun King

By the Sun that burneth birght!
O' Great One!
We call thy name into the Light!
O' Brilliant One
thee we invoke by sun kissed shore
By arid deserts and lightened moors.
Thee we invoke where gather thine own
In groves once sacred, forgotten, alone
Come where your praises are whispered and sang!
Your altars are dressed from stones to stang!
By the sunlit meadows and the rounded green hills
Where the crops are bursting and the gardens filled
come to the charm of the chanted prayer
As the sun warms the blustering air
Evoke thy powers, that potent bide
In glistening lakes and Ocean Tides
From fiery flames of sunlite heat
In the brilliant balefire, O'er which we leaped
Come! O' come!
The drum beats rung
Come to us who gather below
As the disk through the sky rides but slow
As the willows sway and the birds sing sweet
We dance they round, glistening in the heat.
We speak they spell, chant thy prayer
From Sabbet to Sabbet ! For you we dare!
Brightest of the gods, on thee we call,
Blessing be on they creatures All!

With the coming of the Solstice, I thought this was a perfect time to share this invocation!

Just a little background on it. My first High Priestess Lady Teara Wolfrose, taught the iconic battle between the Sun King/ Oak King and the Horned One/ Holly King on the equinoxes as opposed to the Solstices. Yes I know, it is very different from the rest of the traditions. The line of thinking with this move, was that both Kings strength and power were equal at this time of year, and the battle could go either way! (Although we know it is a fixed fight). This made more sense to me, as opposed to the weak (new) King beating the strong ruling King at his apex of power. (Not that we have not seen that in real life).

I can hear you thinking, what does this have to do with the price of tea in China?

Stay with me here for a moment, while I explain.

My favorite invocation will always be Doreen Valiente's Invocation of the Horned One. Here I will share it with you, if you are unfamiliar with it.

By the flame that burneth Bright!
O Horned One!
We call thy name into the Night!
O Ancient One!
Thee we invoke, by moon led sea,
By standing Stone and Twisted Tree
Thee we Invoke, where gather thin own,
By nameless shrine, forgotten, and alone.
Come where the round of the dance is trod
Hoof and Horn of the Goat Foot God!
By moonlit meadow on Dusky Hill.
When the hunted wood is hushed and still.
Come to the charm of the chanted prayer
As the moon bewitches the midnight air
Evoke thy powers, that potent bide
In shining stream and secret tide
In fiery flame, by starlight pale
In the shadowy host that rides the gale
And by the fern- drakes fairy haunted
Of forests wild and woods enchanted
Come O come!
To the heartbeat's drum!
Come to those who gather below
When the broad white moon is climbing slow
Through the stars to the heavens height
We hear thy hoofs on the winds of night!
As black tree branches shake and sigh
By joy and terror we know thee nigh.
We speak the spell, thy power unlocks
As solstice, sabbat and equinox.
Words of virtue, the veil to rend
From Primal Dawn to the wide worlds end.
Eldest of the gods on thee we Call!
Blessings be on thy creatures all!

It is powerful is it not! I am sure you see the similarities already. I wrote my invocation for a public Mabon at OPC (which was then the WRCF) in 2000. My invocation was written as a companion invocation to Doreens Valiente's, as we called in both the Sun King and the Horned One to take up their weapons and meet in battle, for supremacy over the year.

It is my hope that you will enjoy it. After the many years, I still use it, it is incredibly powerful and perfect for Drawing down the Sun.


I must apologize for such a long lapse in writing, however this year has seen so many changes  and so much activity,  that my down time usually translates to sleep :)

I continue to be in awe and amazed at our little community as well as the growth and relationships that are forming.

Beltane, was our very first public Sabbat.  Our group  Circle of the Sublime Elm, host a public Beltane for the Orlando Pagan Collective.  It was beautiful!  I want to thank all of the Sublime Elms who worked so hard to make it truly maginifcent and inspiring.  Thank you also to the members of OPC (Orlando Pagan Collective)  who welcomed us with open arms.  We love you all and look forward to building our budding friendships!

For Litha we stepped out of our respective comfort zones, and celebrated the Solstice Polynesian style!  In the middle of a Hurricane :P   (She was stalled off the coast).  Our Kahuna and Kahuna- Wahine (Priest and Priestess) were magickal.  Our Kahuna-Wahine was responsible for writing the ritual, as well as the beautiful recitation of the chant in Hawaiian.  She worked very hard on it , and I have to give her all the credit!

Finally I have two other major projects in the works.  The first is my next class.  One of my students, after our tradition class in ethics and the Wiccan Rede, asked me to go through the Rede, line by line with him.  From that mentoring session came the idea for the blog on the Rede.  Truly I had thought it might take up a couple of discussions.  I never dreamed it would amount to the research and channeling  that it has entailed.  So it has worked it's way into a major class series.  Which I will begin on August 27th.  and perhaps there will still more to come of it............... .

Lastly, and by the far the most time consuming and labor of love is Samhain.   Last year, we had this wild idea, that we wanted to do a public Samhain.  So we started with building a ritual, that could possibly carry it. We opened it up as a test on more of a semi public level at our temple.  It was a great success!  So this year, we have taken the same rough outline from last years Samhain and filled it in, with some amazing detail.  ( My thanks to my mentor Lemur for our incrediable invocations.)  We have been practicing since the end of May.  (lol yes you heard me right ;P).  What is stunning to me, is that during our practices,  it truly brings me to tears.  Thank you to our Sublime Elms, you are such inspirational people, and you truly are family!  I can never describe how much I love you!

So if you are in the Central Florida area, Do Join us for our Samhain 2012:  "Shadows of the Ancestors" Witches Masque and Ball.  We journey back together, to the Burning Times.

As you can see my plate has been a bit full ;)  Please forgive me for the lapse in the Blog, but an amazing year has been happening!

Much Love and Light,