Consecration and Deconsecration


(From: Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Witches Way)

The following are from the Gardnarian Book of Shadows. Other names for the
Goddess or God may be substituted. Alexandrian uses Aradia and Cernunnos in
place of the longer list of Hebrew and other names.

Consecration of the Water and Salt

Place the bowl of water on the Pentacle, hold the tip of the Athame in the
water, and say:

"I exorcise thee, O Creatures of Water, that thou cast out
from thee all the impurities and uncleanness of the spirits
of the world of phantasm. Mertalia, Musalia, Dophalia,
Onemalia, Zitanseia."

Remove the bowl from the Pentacle and replace it with the salt, and say:

"Blessings be upon this Creature of Salt; let all malignity
and hindrance be cast forth hencefrom, and let all good
enter therein. Wherefore I bless thee and invoke thee, that
thou mayest aid me."

Changing the bowls over again and pouring the salt into the water, say:

"Yamenton, Yaron, Tatonon, Zarmesition, Tileion, Tixmion.
But ever mind, water purifies the body, but the scourge
purifies the soul.

Consecrating a Sword or Athame:

With the Athame laid over the Pentacle, with and touching another consecrated
Athame if available. Sprinkle them with the salt and water mixture. Pick up the
tool and pass it through the incense smoke, then replace it on the Pentacle.
Laying your right hand on it, say:

"I conjure thee, O Athame, by these Names, Abrahach,
Abrach, Abracadabra, that thou servest me for a strength
and defense in all magical operations against all mine
enemies, visible and invisible. I conjure thee anew by the
holy name Aradia and the holy name Cernunnos; I conjure
thee O Sword (Athame), that thou servest me for a
protection in all adversities; so aid me now."

After again sprinkling with the salt water and censing the Athame is returned
to the Pentacle. Say:

"I conjure thee, O Athame of Steel, by the Great Gods and
Gentle Goddess, by the virtue of the heavens, of the stars
and of the spirits who preside over them, that thou mayest
receive such virtue that I may obtain the end that I desire
in all things wherein I shall use thee, by the power of
Aradia and Cernunnos."

After kissing the blade and presenting it to the Goddess recast the Circle using
it, but without words. It should then be kept in close proximity of the owner's
body for at least a month, perhaps under the pillow, etc. Do not allow anyone
else to touch or handle your tools for at least six months.

The latter part of this is my adaptation as the specified ritual involves two
people, a priest and priestess doing such things as holding the Athame between
their bodies.

Consecration of Other Working Tools

Used for any ritual item other than an Athame or Sword.

Man and Woman lay their right hands on the tool, which is placed on the
pentacle. Say:

"Aradia and Cernunnos, deign to bless and consecrate this
white handled knife (or whatever) that it may obtain the
necessary virtue through you for all acts of love and

The man sprinkles the tool with the salt and water mixture then the woman passes
it through the smoke of the incense. She then puts it back onto the Pentacle.

"Aradia and Cernunnos, bless this instrument prepared in your honor."

Once again the man sprinkles and the woman censes.

The one who is not the owner then gives the five fold kiss to the one who owns
the tool. For the final kiss on the mouth they hold the tool between their
bodies. The owner should then immediately use it. Incise something with the
white-hilted knife, exhibit the Pentacle to the four quarters, cense the four
quarters, etc.

When not in use, all tools should be put away in a secret place; and it is good
that this should be near your sleeping place and that you handle them each night
before retiring.

Consecrating Personal Jewelry, Etc.

Not from Gardner's Book of Shadows, but as used by the Farrars.

Man and woman place the object on the Pentacle and lay their right hands upon
it. They say:

"We consecrate thee in the element of Earth."

They sprinkle the object with the salt and water mixture, saying:

"We consecrate thee in the element of Water."

They pass the object through the smoke of the incense, saying:

"We consecrate thee in the element of Air."

They pass the object above the flame of the candle.

"We consecrate thee in the element of Fire, in the names of
Aradia and Cernunnos."

If the object is something that can be worn or used immediately it should be.


Place the object upon the alter and concentrate upon it. See it as it was
consecrated in a ritual, try and visualize the object surrounded by a ball of
colored light that corresponds to the object. See the color slowly get
pale...and eventually turn white. Take up the object and hold it in the smoke
of the incense:

Here do I hold a _____. No longer does this represent anyone or anything. It is
once again simply an object, signifying nothing. Anything that I or anyone else
does to this object will have no relationship to the person or thing this used
to represent. This ______ is now pure and clean, cleansed of all energies
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