FEAST OF THE LION-SERPENT

(a ritual for the Dog Days when the Sun is in the succedent decan of Leo)


Officers-- Hermanubis (caduceus), Hathoor (lotus wand), Hadit (phoenix wand) (each wand 31" in length) Musicians-- Sekhmet (drum), Apophis (drum), Maut (flute or whistle) People (some may have incidental percussion instruments)

Piece of furniture ("altar") in the center. Officers face out around altar--

Officers synch breaths for three cycles.

Officers: D.W.T.W.S.B.T.W.O.T.L.

People & Musicians: L.I.T.L.L.U.W.

All sit but Hermanubis.

Hermanubis performs "Israfel" through the passage from the Bornless Ritual. Hathoor rises with, "I invoke Asi. . . [through to] O children of Earth that art gathered together in the hall of darkness." Silence.

Hadit recites the General Exordium. A short phrase of music.

Officers turn to face center, join wands overhead, and chant the first point of Liber Oz twice.

Music begins ("Man has the right to drum as he will") Dance begins ("Man has the right to dance as he will") Ad-lib chanting ("Man has the right to chant as he will") (have fun with this for a while)

Officers join wands and declare together:

"THERE IS NO LAW BEYOND DO WHAT THOU WILT!"

Music stops.

Hadit leaps onto altar and beats his breast.

Hadit: "O lion and o serpent that destroy the destroyer. . ."

Officers: "BE MIGHTY AMONG US"

Hadit: "O lion and o serpent that destroy the destroyer. . ."

Officers and Musicians: "BE MIGHTY AMONG US"

Hadit: "O lion and o serpent that destroy the destroyer. . ."

All: "BE MIGHTY AMONG US"

Hathoor: "Love one another with burning hearts. On the low men trample in the fierce lust of your pride, in the day of your wrath."

Hermanubis: "Aye, feast, rejoice! And blessing and worship to the prophet of the lovely star!"

Where there is smoke. . .