The Winter Solstice is the time that marks the death and rebirth of the Sun God. It is a
time of contemplation, of self-examination and natural rebirth. Yule also is the birthday
of Mithras (13), the Sun God of Persia. The birth data of the Christian savior was not
accurately known from their historic texts per se, however around AD 273 that the
Church and its officials aligned the birth of Christ to absorb the Pagan Gods of old
The moon of December is known as the Wolf Moon, Oak Moon which refers to the
birthing of new life, to which the balance of nature grows strong. The great Oak tree
reaches high into the material world while having it’s roots deeply planted within the
earth. The purest rite consists of a clear and awakened mind, in which a new birth shall
The Witches’ Sabbath
“O self my God, foreign is thy name except in blasphemy, for I
am thy iconoclast. I cast thy bread upon the waters, for I myself
am meat enough.
Hidden in the labyrinth of the alphabet is my sacred name, the
SIGIL of all things unknown. On Earth my kingdom is Eternity
of DESIRE. My wish incarnates in the belief and becomes flesh,
for, I AM THE LIVING TRUTH. Heaven is ecstasy; my
consciousness changing and acquiring association. May I have
courage to take from my own super~abundance. Let me forget
righteousness. Free me of morals. Lead me into the temptation of
myself, for I am a tottering kingdom of good and evil.
May worth be acquired through those things I have pleasured.
May my trespass be worthy.
Give me the death of my soul. Intoxicate me with self~love.
Teach me to sustain its freedom; for I am sufficiently Hell. Let
me sin against the small beliefs.- AMEN.”
-Austin Osman Spare, Anathema of Zos-
The Sermon to the Hypocrites
Of all the possibilities in the astral plane, the legendary Witches Sabbat is the most
enshadowed. Many descriptions of the Sabbat are based on dreams and sight, more often
the people who give details of the Sabbat are sorcerers who make careful record of the
events. Austin Osman Spare made significant developments concerning this often
understood and misrepresented magickal assumption. The Sabbat takes place several
times a year depending on the desire and requires no set communication between the
members. As I have stated, it is based on the subconscious desire and urge to take part in
Primarily the Sabbat is based on astral union and the shedding of restrictive dogma and
day side denials which take place within each sorcerer’s life unless they live with a harem
far away from civilization. The Sabbat as described in general takes place deep in the
forest, when the moon stands full in the night. Witches, both male and female attend with
their Elemental servitors and imps, who participate in the ceremony, celebrating
according to their masters’ will while in their astral form.
One god form often presiding over the Sabbath is known as OZ or Baphomet, among
other names. This god form often manifests on the astral plane as either: a mental or
psychic focus of the group, wherein the form is mutually established so that each thought
pattern establishes a common link of subconscious thought between the witches;
alternatively the form is assumed naturally by a magus who is in attendance. If more than
one magickian assumes the form then it will become fused as one which will hold no
identity beyond the god form they assume.
The Sabbat is a source of self-recreation and observation of pleasure and self-love.
Nothing becomes nothing, all similarities to the day side aspect of study is thrown aside.
That side is forgotten in the world of the dream that is waking – where sorcery dances in
embers of witch flame.
An astral musick takes onwards the desire of the Sabbath, known as the flute of Pan. The
god form of Pan is always present in essence at the Sabbath, not always as a god form but
in essence. The great shadow of Pan (another aspect of OZ but as ALL and SHADOW)
guards the night and the forests, creator of the music of the dead. A great fire will spring
up in a clear place in a field where all have gathered. The bonfire will be great and
beautiful, showing glimpses of spectral faces in its flames. The fire is always a symbol of
hidden desire and wisdom from the result. The result is always an extension of the will
that derives from subconscious desire.
The dead will gather in some cases and dance around the fire. Elementals are often
observed that have odd and wickedly interesting forms, they too will dance with the dead
if you are so filled with joy and pleasure. This is the result of Witches Sabbatal union
under the moon in which you will fly. The Sabbat may be prepared by a personal feast
and sexual arousal – without orgasm! Incense should be burnt profusely in the chamber of
sleep and no disturbances should be able to reach you if at all possible. The focus should
be a sigil of the Sabbath.
The Sabbat will generally occur on the seasonal changes, the most frequent and
significant of these astral congregations is in October before and directly after Samhain
(pronounced ‘sow-in’). The second most favorable and active is at the Spring Equinox,
however Sabbats are not necessarily “dated” or “agreed” upon. It is often a subconscious
call between others to meet in the shadow lands. It is important to note that the vampiric
sorcerer does not attend the Sabbat for predatory purposes. Its purpose is to come unto
your own kind, be they “vampires”, “Ghosts” or what-have-you, a celebration not a battle.
Any sexual congress, astral transformation and such which may occur are between the
astrals participating. A basis of desire and manifestation will occur in these dreams.