TAHUTI LODGE

YEARLY RITUAL CYCLE

 

Winter Solstice: The Goddess, deep in the Underworld, on the day after the longest night of the year, gives birth to the Child Sun. Her husband, Osiris, Lord of Death, is resurrected in Horus triumphant. Hope fills us as the waning period of the year is over and the waxing of the Sun begins, the renewal of the Solar pageant, the promise of the advent of warmth. The young Child's life is held in the balance. Our very hopes and aspirations give strength to the fragility of the newborn. Birth.


Candlemas: Triumphant, the Goddess emerges from the Underworld. The Babe God has lived. His strength waxes daily. Her nourishment has sustained life. She has recovered from the pangs of birth. The rich promise of Spring is cogent. The Goddess is empowered. She commands the elements that the young God may grow. Our energy nourishes this growth. The light of our torches this night joins His young light to illumine the winter skies. Individuation.


Spring Equinox: The puberty of the Young Green God. His first Maturity. Persephone, the Maiden of Spring, arises and assumes Her earthly throne. The dance. Day and night are of equal length. The light is growing stronger and has only upward to climb. The turning point of the growth cycle. The time is ripe for initiation of a new current. The darkness is bid farewell at last. The sensuality of the earth is celebrated. Harmony, peace, prosperity for all are invoked. Puberty.


Beltane: The wedding of the Goddess and the God. The fertile earth and the Priapic Lord. The planting of crops. The union of flesh and spirit. Renewal. Fertility of the crops invoked. Sexuality and the ritual Nuptials are celebrated. The summer is invoked. Marriage.


Summer Solstice: The longest day. The consummation of the marriage of the God and Goddess yield the conception of the Babe God. The immortality of the Sun God assured through His presence in all nature, concurrently His mortal self will now begin to die. His powers are at their zenith, soon to decline. The growth and lusciousness of the crops are the holding sway of power of the Goddess. Orgasm and Conception.


Lammas: First signs of Autumn. The beginning of the harvest. The God of grain and vegetation is slain and by His death we are nourished. The Goddess, thinking only of the safety of the balance of the harvest, with Her independence and nourishment foremost in Her mind, is yet unconscious of the pain of her Lover's passing. Sacrifice.


Fall Equinox: The grain is stored. Thanksgiving for the harvest, sorrow at the acknowledged leavetaking of the Sun. We are poised again at equal day and night, another turning point for the initiation of a new current. Yet this is the decline of the light and the ascendancy of the dark. The last remains of the God are reaped. The Sun King is bid farewell as He goes to reign as the Lord of Death in the land of Youth Renewable. His seed within the Goddess grows. Old Age.


Samhain: The Goddess is now so acutely aware of Her Lord's absence and Her loneliness thereby, that She voluntarily departs to seek Him in the Land of Death, Resurrection and Rest. Caught in His Dark Kingdom, consoled by His presence, they are lovers once again. She sleeps in His arms as we await the birth of the Solstice. Death.


Winter Solstice: The Goddess, deep in the Underworld, on the day after the longest night of the year, gives birth to the Child Sun. Her husband, Osiris, Lord of Death, is resurrected in Horus triumphant. Hope fills us as the waning period of the year is over and the waxing of the Sun begins, the renewal of the Solar pageant, the promise of the advent of warmth. The young Child's life is held in the balance. Our very hopes and aspirations give strength to the fragility of the newborn. Birth.