The Great Rite
[This is the authentic Great Rite. If you are
offended by sexuality, do not read this. This is
only to be performed by adults.]
Preparation: the chalice should be filled with wine.
A veil of at least a yard square is needed
preferably of a Goddess color such as blue, green,
silver, or white.
The Coven, except for the High Priestess and High
Priest, arrange themselves around the perimeter
of the circle, man and woman alternately as far as
possible, facing the center.
The High Priestess and High Priest stand facing
each other in the center of the circle, she with her
back to the altar, he with his back to the South.
The High Priest kneels before the High Priestess
and gives her the Five Fold Kiss; that is, he kisses
her on both feet, both knees, womb, both breasts,
and the lips, starting with the right of each pair. he
says, as he does this:
"Blessed be thy feet, that have brought
thee in these ways.
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at
the sacred altar.
Blessed be thy womb, without which we
would not be.
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the
For the kiss on the lips, they embrace,
length-to-length, with their feet touching each
others. When he reaches the womb, she spreads
her arms wide, and the same after the kiss on the
The High Priestess then lays herself down, face
upwards, with her arms and legs outstretched to
form the Pentagram.
The High Priest fetches the veil and spreads it
over the High Priestess's body, covering her from
breasts to knees. He then kneels facing her, with
his knees between her feet.
The High Priest delivers the invocation:
"Assist me to erect the ancient altar, at
which in days past all worshipped;
The altar of all things.
For in old time, Woman was the altar.
Thus was the altar made and placed,
And the sacred place was the point
within the center of the Circle.
As we have of old been taught that the
point within the center is the origin of all
Therefore should we adore it;
Therefore whom we adore we also
O Circle of Stars,
Whereof our father is but the younger
Marvel beyond imagination, soul of
Before whom time is ashamed, the mind
bewildered, and the understanding dark,
Not unto thee may we attain unless thine
image be love.
Therefore by seed and stem, root and
And leaf and flower and fruit do we
O Queen of Space, O Jewel of Light,
Continuous on of the heavens;
Let it be ever thus
That men speak not of thee as One, but
And let them not speak of thee at all,
since thou art continuous.
For thou art the point within the Circle,
which we adore;
The point of life, without which we would
And in this way truly are erected the
holy twin pillars;
In beauty and strength were they
To the wonder and glory of all men."
The Maiden fetches her athame from the altar and
ritually opens a gate way in the Circle. The Coven
file through and leave the room. The Maiden is the
last one through and reseals the Circle. The High
Priest removes the veil from the High Priestess's
The High Priestess rises and kneels facing the
High Priest. The High Priest continues the
"Altar of mysteries manifold,
The sacred Circle's secret point
Thus do I sign thee as of old,
With kisses of my lips anoint."
The High Priest kisses the High Priestess on the
lips, and continues:
"Open for me the secret way,
The pathway of intelligence,
Beyond the gates of night and day,
Beyond the bounds of time and sense.
Behold the mystery aright
The five true points of fellowship"
"Here where Lance and Grail unite,
And feet, and knees, and breast, and
The High Priest and High Priestess now have
intercourse. This is a private matter between
them and none of the Coven can question them
about it. When they are done, one of them ritually
opens the Circle and calls the rest of the Coven.
When they are back in the Circle, it is again sealed.
The wine is now consecrated.
A male witch kneels in front of the altar before a
female witch. He holds up a chalice of wine and she
holds her athame point down and lowers the
athame into the wine. The man says:
"As the athame is to the male, so the cup
is to the female; and conjoined, they
become one in truth."
The woman lays down her athame on the altar and
kisses the man who remains kneeling and she
accepts the chalice from him. She sips the wine,
kisses him again and he sips, rises, and gives it to
another woman with a kiss. The chalice is passed
around the Coven, man to woman, with a kiss each
time, until the entire Coven has sipped the wine.
The chalice can be refilled and any one can drink
from it without repeating the ritual once the
chalice has gone around once.
To consecrate the cakes, the woman picks up her
athame, and the man, kneeling before her, holds up
the dish. The woman draws the Invoking Pentacle
of Earth in the air above the plate while the man
"O Queen most secret, bless this food
into our bodies; bestowing health, wealth,
strength, joy and peace, and that
fulfillment of love that is perfect
The woman lays down her athame and passes the
cakes to the man with a kiss, he passes them back
with a kiss and they are passed around the Coven
the same way the wine was. Be sure to save some
of the wine and some cake for an offering to the
Earth and the Little Folk. After the meeting, leave
the offering outside of the house if working
indoors, or behind in the woods or field, when you
leave if you are working outdoors.