Blessed Be

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"Blessed Be"

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Traditional greeting of Witches. It is a shortened form of a blessing included in the Initiation ceremony of many traditions. In full, the rite is as follows: Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the Sacred Altar.

Blessed be thy womb/genitals, the fount of life, without which we would not be. Blessed be thy breasts, erected in beauty and in strength. Blessed be thy lips, which shall utter the sacred names.

To say "Blessed Be" to another is to imply this full blessing.

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References in classic literature ?
"Blessed be the name of the Lord," the solemn syllables rang out slowly one after another, setting the air quivering with waves of sound.