On 16th November, 1870, Mr. Shchapoff, a Russian squire, the narrator,
came home from a visit to a country town, Iletski, and found his
family in some disarray. There lived with him his mother and his
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This ritual should be performed during the new moon, but it is not limited to that phase.
Need, not season, determines the performance There is real power in the Self Blessing;
it should not be used other than in time of need and should not be done promiscuously.
The purpose of the ritual is to bring the individual into closer contact with the
Godhead /Goddess. It can also be used as a minor dedication, when a person who
desires dedication has no one who can dedicate him. This self-blessing ritual may also
be used as a minor exorcism, to banish any evil influences which may have formed
around the person. It may be performed by any person upon himself, and at his desire.
Perform the ritual in a quiet place, free from distractions, and nude.
You will need the following:
1. Salt, about one-quarter teaspoon. 2. Wine, about an ounce.
3. Water, about one-half ounce. 4. Candle, votive or other.
The result of the ritual is a feeling of peace and calm. It is desirable that the participant
bask in the afterglow so that he or she has called the attention of the Goddess or
Godhead to himself, asking to grow closer to the Godhead/Goddess in both goals
and in wisdom. When you are ready to begin, sprinkle the salt on the floor and stand on it,
lighting the candle. Let the warmth of the candle be absorbed into the body.
Mix the water into the wine, meditating upon your reasons for performing the self-blessing.
Read the following aloud:
BLESS ME, MOTHER, FOR I AM THY CHILD.
Dip the fingers of the right hand into the mixed water and wine and anoint the eyes.
BLESSED BE MY EYES, THAT I MAY SEE THY PATH.
Anoint the nose.
BLESSED BE MY NOSE, THAT I MAY BREATHE THY ESSENCE.
Anoint the mouth.
BLESSED BE MY MOUTH, THAT I MAY SPEAK OF THEE.
Anoint the breast.
BLESSED BE MY BREAST, THAT I MAY BE FAITHFUL IN THY WORKS.
Anoint the loins.
BLESSED BE MY LOINS, WHICH BRING FORTH THE LIFE OF MAN AS THOU HAST
BROUGHT FORTH ALL CREATION.
Anoint the feet.
BLESSED BE MY FEET, THAT I MAY WALK IN THY WAYS.
Remain... and meditate for a while. You will feel renewed.