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Ring bell three times. Feet spread and arms upraised, say:

I acknowledge my needs and offer my
Appreciation to that which sustains me!
May I ever remember the blessings
of my Lady and my Lord.

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Feet together, take up goblet in left hand and athame in right. Slowly lower the point of the athame into the wine and say:

As male joins female for the benefit of both,
Let the fruits of their union promote life.
Let the earth be fruitful and let her wealth
be spread throughout all lands.

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Lay down the athame and drink from the goblet. Replace the goblet on the altar and pick up the athame. Touch the point of the athame to the cake in the offering dish and say:

This food is the blessing of the Lady
and the Lord given freely to me.
As freely as I have received, may I also give
food from the body, mind, and spirit
to those who seek such of me.

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Eat the cake, finish the wine, and say:

As I enjoy these gifts of the Goddess and the God (names), may I remember that without them
I would have nothing. So mote it be!

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When all is finished, hold athame in your power hand level over the altar and say:

Lord and Lady, I am blessed watching and guarding me,
and guiding me here and in all things.
I came in love and I depart in love.

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Raise up the athame in a salute and say:

Love is the law and love is the bond.
Merry did I meet, merry do I part,
And merry meet again!
The circle in now cleared.
So mote it be!

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Kiss the flat of the blade and set the athame on the altar. Take up the snuffer and go to the north quarter, raise up arms, and say:

Depart in Peace, Elemental Earth.
My blessings take with you!

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Lower arms and snuff the candle, envision the Elemental Power departing. Go to the east, raise up arms, and say:

Depart in peace, Elemental Air.
My blessings take with you!

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Lower arms and snuff the candle, envision the Elemental Power departing. Go to the south, raise arms, and say:

Depart in peace, Elemental Fire.
My blessings take with you!

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Lower arms and snuff the candle, envision the Elemental Power departing. Go to the west, raise arms, and say:

Depart in peace, Elemental Water.
My blessings take with you!

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Lower arms and snuff the candle, envision the Elemental Power departing. Return to altar and set down snuffer. Raise up arms and say:

Beings and powers of the visible and invisible,
depart in peace! You aid in my work,
whisper in my mind, and bless me from the Otherworld,
and there is harmony between us.
My blessings take with you.
The circle is cleared.

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Take up athame, go to the north quarter, point athame down and move widdershins (counter-clockwise) around circle (N-W-S-E-N), envision the blue light drawing back into the athame, and say:

The circle is open yet the circle remains
as its magical power is drawn back into me.

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When you return to the north having walked the circle, raise up the athame so the blade touches your forehead and envision the blue light swirling around back into you. Return to the altar and say:

The ceremony is ended.
Blessings have been given
And blessings have been received,
May the peace of the Goddess and the God
Remain in my heart.
So mote it be!

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Set down the athame. Put away all magickal tools and clear the altar except for candles or any objects that need to burn out or work for a stated time (such as candle magick). The cauldron or libation bowl contents are poured onto the earth (if not outdoors, then into a hardy, potted plant)

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