While each of the Sabbats is unique, they follow a similar basic structure. The following is a template that can be used in celebrating each of the Sabbats. The particular activities, dances, symbols, colors, Goddess and God aspects, etc., are provided for within each Sabbat ritual. There is also language for declaring the purpose of each Sabbat, but you should feel free to modify it or write your own. Remember, these are guidelines – the most important ingredients are your creativity, and your connection to Nature’s divinity. If you’re having fun, you’re doing it right.
- Create a Sabbat incense that can be used at any Sabbat (to represent the element of air): Grind together equal parts of patchouli, sandalwood, orris, rose, fennel, thyme, rue, chamomile, and vervain. Add a few drops of benzoin oil, and a few drops of pennyroyal oil.
- As with all rituals, you should begin Sabbat celebrations by purifying yourself with a purification bath or smudging with sage.
- Set up your altar using the appropriate seasonal colors, fruits, vegetables, symbols, and images of the Goddess and God.
- Cast your circle. All castings should also include grounding and centering, connecting participants in the circle, and connecting to deity.
- Declare the purpose of the circle – the meaning of the Sabbat.
- Invoke the Goddess and God in their seasonal aspects.
- Celebrate with the appropriate activity/magic. This often draws upon surviving folk practices, and also usually includes dancing and chanting to raise and direct energy. Specific dances (such as the Equinox dances, the Maypole dance, and the spiral dance) and chants are described in the Sabbats below.
- Offer libations.
- Bless the cakes or bread.
- Tell stories, play games, or feast within the circle if you like.
- Thank the Goddess and God and close circle.
- End with parting words, “Our circle is open, but never broken. Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again,” and hugs and kisses all around.
- If you are working outdoors, be sure to leave the place better than you found it.
Remember, while I’ve written these rituals for a group, you can use them on your own as well.