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This little rite was performed at the start of the Cheth House Samhain/Beast Bay .666 Anniversary Party on November 6, 2000 e.v. For cabaret music, we played "Ungarwein" by Barnabas von Geezy & His Orchestra (1935) and "Schones Wetter Heute" by Helmut Zacharias (1941), both included on the album Berlin by Night (Various Artists. EMI, 1991).
[Altar in the west, with the image of a pentagram superimposed with a Latin cross. Before the altar are Eve and Lilith (in suggestive dress), and the Master of Ceremonies. Once the people are assembled, the MC inverts the cross & pentagram. E & L serve each guest with a full glass of Port (and instructions to prepare for 7 toasts).]
MC: Ladies and gentlemen, we dwell
L: No commandment may sully the sensual shiver
E: This evening we honor and conjure and treasure
L: The passioned commingling of sister and brother,
E: The flash which extinguishes woman and man
(All drink at the conclusion of each toast.)
E: To raise yourself up above all other things,
L: To answer the call of the glittering gold,
MC: Pray, where does our charm come from? How do we grow?
E: The thundering might of the bilious yell
L: The ease that falls gently from high point to low
MC: A feast for the senses, the feast of the gullet --
E & L: To feel the deep stirrings of urgent desire
[MC recites the "Hymn to Pan." E & L dance invitingly. After a few minutes, they induce everyone to dance. Dissolve into chaos.]
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