Esbat

This is the general opening ceremony for any ritual other than the Sabbats (the seasonal festivals), which are all referred to as Esbats. They can be a Full-Moon Ritual or weekly devotion, and how often they are held is entirely up to.

Set up your Altar as normal, and perform the Erecting the Temple ritual. Take up your Seax, kiss the blade, and return it to its sheath, then read or recite the following or something similar:

“I come here in worship of Woden and Freya. Let us give thanks for all that we have; for the love we enjoy; for the kinship we share.
Let me never forget what I owe to the Gods. Fore however my life is shaped, they are so shaped by My Lady and Her Lord. Theirs is the watch to keep; they are the ones who lead me on my path.
It is right that I thank them for what I have. Yet also may I ask them fore I feel I need.
So be it!”

Take a few minutes of silence, and in your own way give thanks or request the help of the Gods, then continue:

“When Man was but a child
Did the Gods watch over him.
My loving Freya, the Goddess, was Man’s mother;
Whilst stern, strong, God Woden was his father.
Man learned as he was taught,
With Patience and with Love.
Naught did he receive for naught.
But well was he rewarded for his pains.
‘As ye give, so shall it return;’
And this he learned well.
As I give of myself, my love, my life;
And so will I gain immeasurably.
Take that which is not mine to take,
And I may find it not what it seemed.
The Gods are just and they do with reason.
Work well with them and I will be rewarded
More than I might dream.
My Lady is Love; My Lord is Strength.
As I need them, they need me.
Let us live and love together
All in their sight.
Love is the Law, and Love is the Bond.
So be it!”

Continue with the rest of your ritual, such as the Full Moon Ritual. At the end of the ritual, continue with the Cakes and Ale Ceremony and then Clear the Temple.

“The Tree” is the basic liturgical and organizational writing and the basis for Seax-Wica, but it is a ‘base’. It provides the rituals as if being practiced by a coven, but nowadays most Wiccans, especially those of the Seax-Wica tradition, are solitary practitioners (they work alone). The following information on the Esbat Ceremony is adapted from “The Tree” and is only one way that a solitary can use these rituals in their own practice.

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