Ritual script for priest/lord, priestess/maenad, and circle of others. Requires a wine glass for each person, wine and/or hard liquor, something flammable, a (clean) blade, and drums:
SHE AND HE: To Bacchus Agrios, giver of wine! A toast – all take a drink
SHE: Whose blood and flesh does nourish us,
call us into transcendence, fill us with courage
I return the favor, and so surrender vitae.
Vohé! Bloodletting with Athame
ALL: As wine flows in sacred fountains
my heart pushes blood through the core of me –
life is movement! Life is change! Chanting, moving clockwise in circle
SHE: Bacchus, lord, empower transition,
move me to grow, to become.
HE: Fuel the fire that feeds on fermentation,
on the decay of the old, that births new heat burn something/fire-dance/light candle…something fire
HE: The strongest liquors burn as my want for renewal,
may wine usher in celebrations of freedom, of tomorrow! All drink, goodly quantities
ALL (loud): Yours is the voice that beckons
ALL (softly): which whispers wisdom unspoken
HE: Call us to the dance, to the stage,
for transience is less deceitful than stillness
and chaos the whole of the law! Drummers start playing, all dance.
SHE: Give me the wisdom to follow my senses and
become the animal within, we are liars when we deny it!
Wine furthers our power to personify it!
Deny stagnancy and inhibition! travel from mask to mask,
state to state, with the ease of water, blood, and wine.
So mote it be!
ALL: So mote it be.