Enlightenment through sexuality
The Forest God and Moon Goddess join their magical energies as they embrace in
the most sacred Pagan Wiccan ritual.
Seated on a pentacle within a circle, they are surrounded by symbols of their
mastery over life, death, love, power and energy.
While the historical origins of the actual Great Rite as sacred ritual are
shrouded in mystery, for many Pagans and Wiccans today the symbolic Great Rite
is central to their spiritual practices.
The symbolic Great Rite is often observed with
the ritual immersion of an athame (blade) into a chalice (cup), which serve to
represent the union of the God and the Goddess.
The sacred marriage (hieros gamos) of the Goddess and the God is traditionally
celebrated at Beltane on May 1.
[design by Bose & Allen 2010]