Reference: Seasonal Rites of Baal and Astarte by Carroll "Poke" Runyon *(Pages 61 - 74)
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The Henge of eight menhirs set in a 12, 14, 16 or 18 foot diameter circle. (Each menhir is erected in a planetary progression deosil. The Solar-Lunar menhir axis is laid on an East-West azimuth line). In the center is The Altar on which a Brazier with a fire laid, ready to start. On The Altar are also placed: a Bell, a Fire-Wand, an Air-Dagger, an Incense Burner with lighted charcoal, and an Incense Boat containing frankincense and myrrh. On the Southern menhir there is Sheaf of Wheat in a stock. On the Eastern menhir there hangs a Sword. Off-stage West there can be a Bench (optional) to be moved into The Henge as BAAL'S Bier; also a Shroud.
ODOS, the Bard.
VINE, (Lord-o' -the-Vines) the Priest.
FIELD, (Lady-o' -the Fields ) the Priestess.
DEACON, who performs the Pentagram Ritual.
BAAL, the Year King or "Green Man"
MOT, God of Sterility and Death; "The Grim Reaper."
ASTARTE, Earth Goddess and wife of Baal.
ATTENDANTS to BAAL & ASTARTE, with Drum and Tambourine.
ACOLYTES (2) who lift BAAL onto his funeral bier (optional).
*(Pages 62 - 67, reference book)
INVOCATION OF BAAL by THE PRIEST *(Page 67 1/2)
...VINE SERVES incense then turns Eastward, ELEVATING his dagger and incense boat as he INVOKES BAAL:
BAAL CELEBRATES with PEOPLE *(Pages 68 - 69 first half)
A Trumpet SOUNDS in the East. BAAL, and his ATTENDANT BEATING a Drum. ENTER from that directon and PROCESS around The Henge deosil to take their position outside of the Circle, in the East, facing Westward toward The Altar. (There should be two outdoor torches placed at this position.) The measured DRUM-BEAT CONTINUES until BAAL reaches his station. (ATTENDANT EXITS Right.) BAAL, ELEVATES the Elixir Flagon and Grail Cup.
VINE: (Makes adoration sign and CHANTS:)
CELEBRANTS all join in:
Chant CONTINUES until a peak of enthusiasm is reached, then...
BAAL FILLS the Cup at his station. FIELD and VINE EXIT The Henge and join hands with the CELEBRANTS at
either side of The Henge. They make way as BAAL ENTERS The Henge.
He CIRCLES The Altar, eyeing the CELEBRANTS. Finally he says:
MOT DEFEATS BAAL *(Pages 70 - 71 1/2 )
An ominous, measured DRUMBEAT is heard from Off-Stage North. (BAAL'S ATTENDANT may serve as the Drummer.)
ENTER MOT, with a sinister LAUGH, carrying his Sickle.
DRUM BEAT INTENSIFIES ...
... As MOT CIRCLES widdershins with his Sickle, ADVANCING toward BAAL, who has TAKEN his Sheaf of Wheat from the Southern Menhir, holding it as a weapon. MOT SLICES OFF the top of the Sheaf and BAAL STAGGERS as if wounded. MOT CIRCLES and ATTACKS again. BAAL appears as if wounded. MOT CIRCLES and ATTACKS again. BAAL appears mortally wounded. With the third and final slice, BAAL SINKS (in the South ) to the earth and LIES DEAD. MOT STANDS over him. DRUMS STOP.
INVOCATION OF ASTARTE by THE PRIESTESS *(Page 71 1/2)
...SOFT MUSIC in B.G. as FIELD faces East, RAISES her arms in adoration and invokes ASTARTE.
ASTARTE ENTERS *(Page 72)
GONG SOUNDS. ASTARTE, preceded by her ATTENDANT, ENTERS from east to a slow Tambourine beat. They CIRCLE The Henge slowly deosil. ASTARTE ENTERS carrying a Bowl of Water and a Basket of Rose Petals which she PLACES on The Altar. FIELD KNEELS and makes adoration sign. FIELD Aima ha Malkah !
THE MOURNING OF BAAL BY ASTARTE *(Page 72 1/2)
ACTION AFTER the SEASONAL