Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Thelemic Wedding

Thelemic Wedding Ceremony
-Introduction:
Let the priest declare:
"Greeting of Heaven and Earth. Friends & Family, Brothers & Sisters, fellow Stars of the Company of Heaven, we welcome you to this momentous occasion! On this day, the 5th of August, 2012, Sol in Leo, Luna in Aries, the 108th year of the New Aeon, the course of these two Stars, Johnathan Christopher Booth and Samantha Erin Melotte, are to become One course and joined in marriage.
Be thou then ready and joyous to witness the Miracle of the Unity of two souls Divided! May the beauty of the Two becoming One inspire your Hearts, Quicken your spirits, and Enliven your Minds!"

-Opening Blessing:

Priest: "Unto you both, may there be granted the accomplishments of your True Wills. May your love be Crowned by the Heavens, may there be Understanding, Wisdom, Strength, Mercy, Beauty, Splendor, Victory, and Foundation upon which you will establish your Kingdom, of which you are the Queen and the King, the Scarlet Woman and the Beast."

-Reading from the Book of the Law

The chiming of the bell 11 times in the battery of 3-5-3.
Let Bobby proclaim with vigor "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law!", and then, addressing us as we come to our places "Come forth, o children, under the stars & take your fill of love! I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy... For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union. There is no bond that can unite the divided but Love!" At this point, let him intone "IAO!"

-Charge to the Couple by the Priest

"Christopher and Samantha, two Stars as yet Divided, by being here today, you are acting upon the Will to Unite your Courses as one in Light, Life, Love, and Liberty. By acting upon this Will, you are agreeing not only in knowing and accomplishing your own True Will, but in knowing and being an aide to the accomplishment of each other’s True Wills. If it is your True Will to Unite, it will require honesty, faithfulness, patience, compassion, understanding, kindness, courage, compromise, passion, persistence, determination, tremendous Love, and also... A sense of humor!

This marriage will legally and spiritually bind your lives and Courses together as One. It shall therefore be necessary to work together as One, to join your wills as One and to apply every resource and strength of will you both possess to the accomplishment of that shared will. And though on this today you become joined, remember always that you are both Stars, individual and free, with your own Orbit. Though you should apply every strength of will imaginable to the accomplishment of this obligation and oath you make here today, remember the words: “O Lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no bond that can unite the Divided but love. All else is a curse!”

-Statement of Intent to Marry

Priest: "Christopher and Samantha, your marriage today is the public, spiritual, and legal joining of your lives and Wills that have already been United in your hearts.
Christopher, is it your clear and unambiguous Will to fulfill these obligations by every means possible and to the fullest extent of your Will? It is.
Do you, Christopher, take Samantha as your wife, as one Star in the Company of Stars in whose fire and light you shall abide, who you will love unconditionally from this day on? I do.
Samantha, is it your clear and unambiguous Will to fulfill these obligations by every means possible and to the fullest extent of your Will? It is.
Do you, Samantha, take Christopher as your husband, as one Star in the Company of Stars in whose fire and light you shall abide, who you will love unconditionally from this day on? I do."

-Personally written exchange of vows
(to be written still)

-Exchange of Rings

Priest: "Every man and every woman is a Star. This marriage is the joining of two Stars Divided who in Unity will burn brighter together than apart, becoming One bright and blazing star. Rings are symbols of continuity and permanence. And for as much as ouroboros, the Serpent who ever eats his own tail, regenerates and circulates forever and ever, may this Love and Unity be lasting and permanent, and may there be the powers of regeneration, continuity, and renewal upon it, that it should never break. These rings symbolize the oath which you agree to uphold this day.
As you place this ring on Samantha’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring
as a reminder that I will
Love, honor and cherish you
In all times
And in all places
I ask you to wear this ring
As a sign to the world
That you are my wife and Star.

As you place this ring on Christopher’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring
as a reminder that I will
Love, honor and cherish you
In all times
And in all places
I ask you to wear this ring
As a sign to the world
That you are my husband and Star.


-Reading from the Book of the Law

Let Bobby proclaim to us the following, “Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass & are done; but there is that which remains. Fear not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods, nor anything. Money fear not, nor laughter of the folk folly, nor any other power in heaven or upon the earth, or under the earth. Nu is your refuge as Hadit your light; and I am the strength, force, vigour, of your arms."

-Pronouncement

Priest: "Today, Christopher and Samantha have inwardly and outwardly confessed their True Wills to be as United in marriage, leaving the pain of division, to blaze together as One. They have sworn under the Stars to uphold this sacred vow, striving toward the accomplishment of that one most noble aim. Unto them may there be granted the accomplishment of their True Wills. I therefore with joy and pleasure pronounce these two Stars as One Star, Husband and Wife. You may now become as One sealed in a Kiss." (At long last, the kiss.)

-Benediction

Priest: "May Christopher and Samantha be to each other a blessing and comfort, sharer of joys and consoler of sorrows. May they, trusting in the strength of Unity, face life fearlessly, blazing forth with the radiant and passionate intensity of our Father the Sun and glowing with the love, depth, tenderness, and compassion of our Mother the Moon. May the current established by this sacred rite never break, but bring everlasting growth, merriment, and joy. May they Work as One toward the accomplishment of their True Wills, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom, and Perfect Happiness."

-Reading from the Book of the Law

Let Bobby proclaim to us these words to send us into our lives,
"But ye, O my people, rise up & awake!
Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy & beauty!
There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times.
A feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride!
A feast for the three days of the writing of the Book of the Law!
A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet--Secret, O Prophet!
A feast for the Supreme Ritual, and a feast for the Equinox of the Gods.
A feast for fire and a feast for water;
a feast for life and a greater feast for death!
A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture!
A feast every night unto Nu, and the pleasure of uttermost delight!
Aye! feast! rejoice! there is no dread hereafter.
There is the dissolution, and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu."

Let him close by proclaiming (and we will say with him), "Love is the Law, Love under Will!", and then chiming again in 3-5-3 sequence.

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