An Initiation

Oak-corns and Apple-thorns

February, 2014

Re-Biting the Apple: An Initiation

 

Get yourself a bright red apple and a Bible.  In a quiet place where you will be neither seen nor heard, and by no means disturbed, strip naked and sit down with your legs crossed.  As much as possible conjure a mood in tune with the Garden of Eden.  Spread out a green cloth to simulate the pristine grass, and stand up for yourself an image of a tree in the form of a sculpture, painting, tapestry, sketch or photo.  Place the apple beside the image, and sit quietly meditating on the scene until you are, spiritually if not physically, residing inside the scene.

 

Open your Bible to the second chapter of Genesis and read aloud starting at verse 15, which begins thus:

 

“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die…”

 

Continue reading aloud through the end of Genesis 2, reading the famous myth with which we are all familiar, all the way through Genesis 3: 24 which ends,

 

“And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

 

Close your Bible and take up the apple.  Look aloft and say,

 

Thou art a lying God, for I did eat, and I did not die.”


Take a bite of the apple.  Chew the apple slowly and enjoy the flavor.  Feel the power you are seizing as it enters your body.  Keeping your eyes aloft, now say,

 

“Thou art a petty and menacing God, for you made me so fearful that I lied and cast the blame for my transgression upon the Serpent, saying that he beguiled me.  But I knew full well what I was about, and now I do so again.”

 

Take another bite, eyes open and chin up.  When you have swallowed it down, say,

 

“Thou art a beguiling God, for you have tried to make me ashamed of my nakedness, and I have shrugged you off like a childish mantle.”

 

Take a third bite of the apple, once again chewing softly and savoring the power you are taking in.  When the bite has been swallowed, still with your eyes turned heavenward, say,

 

“Thou art a covetous God, for you would keep the Tree of Life from me as you tried to keep the Tree of Knowledge.  Therefore I will I skirt your flaming sword and take what I desire.”

 

Take a fourth and final bite of the apple, and savor it, knowing that it is good.  When you have swallowed it, put aside the apple and say,

 

“Having bitten from the apple four times now, and five times in total, once for each point of the sacred star, I am done with you and your power is mine.  I reclaim that which you gave me in the beginning and then tried to take away, all that you have tricked from me, and denied me, and tried to put aside from me.  All is reclaimed.”

 

Lower your eyes and meditate for a time on the significance of the things you have done and said.  When you are finished, remove the seeds from the apple and use them in another spell or ritual, or perhaps put them in a little pouch and carry them in your pocket as a reminder of who you are and what you stand for.

 

Finally, toss the remains of the apple outdoors for the animals to enjoy.