"When is it appropriate to say 'Blessed be' to someone?"
"Where does the phrase originate from?"
|The High Priestess standing|
in the Osiris position just
before the Fivefold kiss
- the High Priestess stands with her back to the altar, with a staff/wand in her right hand and a scourge in her left (her hands are crossed in the Osiris pose)
- the High Priest kneels in front of the High Priestess
- the High Priest kisses the High Priestess in the following order: right foot, left foot, right knee, left knee, womb, right breast, left breast, lips. When he kisses her on the womb, she spreads her arms in the welcoming position (simply outstretched arms as if you are about to hug someone). I understand that this part might be quite strange for some of you, but don't worry; there is always alternative. For example, the HP can kiss his hand and with it lightly touch these body parts (usually with two fingers), or he can place his hands in the blessing position and hover over the specific body part. This way, you can feel more comfortable, but the energy has still been transferred. If you're not familiar with the terminology used (for poses and gestures for example, you can find out more in this post).
- While the High Priest kisses the aforementioned body parts, he says, after each "group" (feet, knees, womb, breasts, lip) the following sentences:
"Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways.Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be.Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty.Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names."
Gerald Gardner and the Fivefold kiss
"Suddenly he was pulled to a stop, at the south side of the altar, where he stood swaying, his head reeling. Morven struck eleven strokes on a little bell, then knelt at his feet, saying: "In other religions, the postulant kneels as the priests claim supreme power. But in the art magical, we are taught to be humble, so we sayI would ask any readers who are not familiar with Pagan rituals not to take anything out of context. You can find the full novel on the link above. This excerpt can be found on page 183.
(kissing his feet): Blessed be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways.
(kissing knees) Blessed be thy knees that shall kneel at the sacred altar.
(kissing phallus) Blessed be the organ of generation, without which we would not be.
(kissing breasts) Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty and in strength.
(kissing lips) Blessed be thy lips, which shall utter the sacred names."
This phrase has managed to find its way into another interesting story (actually, a myth):
The Legend of the Descent of the Goddess
Persephone and Hades: tondo
of an Attic red-figured kylix,
ca. 440–430 BC
Now our Lady the Goddess has never loved, but she would solve all the mysteries, even the mystery of Death: And so she journeyed to the Underworld. The Guardians of the portals challenged her:
“Strip of thy garments, lay aside thy jewels; for naught mayest thou bring with thee into this our land.”
So she laid down her garments and her jewels, and was bound, as are all who enter the Realms of Death, the Mighty One. Such was her beauty that Death himself knelt and kissed her feet, saying:
“Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me; but let me place my cold hand on thy heart.”
She replied: “I love thee not. Why dost thou cause all things that I love and take delight in to fade and die?”
“Lady,” replied Death, “’tis age and fate, against which I am helpless. Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time, I give them rest and peace, and strength so that they may return. But thou! Thou art lovely. Return not; abide with me!”
But she answered: “I love thee not.”
Then said Death: “An thou receivest not my hand on thy heart, thou must receive Death’s scourge.”
“It is fate—better so,” she said. And she knelt and Death scourged her tenderly. And she cried, “I feel the pangs of love.”
And Death said, “Blessed Be!” and gave her the Fivefold Kiss, saying:“Thus only mayest thou attain to joy and knowledge.”
And he taught her all the mysteries, and they loved and were one, and he taught her all the Magics. For there are three great events in the life of man: Love, Death, and Resurrection in the new body; and Magic controls them all. For to fulfil love you must return again at the same time and place as the loved one, and you must remember and love them again. But to be reborn you must die and be ready for a new body; and to die you must be born; and without love you may not be born; and this is all the Magics.