Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Practical Tuesday: September 8th

Ritual basics

In order to write a ritual you must ask yourself 5 questions: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?
·         Who?
o   It’s a two part question really.
1.       Who will be called to honor/lend energy to the ritual?
·         Which God/esses, beings, ancestors, etc. do you want to participate in your ritual with you?
2.       Who will be attending/participating in the ritual?
·         Is this a solitary (just you) ritual or will there be others? What will their roles be?
·         What?  
o   What are you writing the ritual for? What is the focus/intent?
·         When?
o   What day? Time? Moon phase?
·         Where?
o   Is it indoors or out? Will you need an alter?
·         Why?
o   Why are you doing ritual? What is its tone? Celebration? Reflection?

Rituals can be as formal or informal as you wish. A basic ritual outline goes something like this:
  • Set up & Gather
  • Cast Circle
  • Call corners/God/ess
  • Main work
  • Thank corners/God/ess
  • Dismiss Circle
  • Feast

 Feasting is important!! Ritual work will take a lot out of you and leave you with low blood sugars and dehydrated. Ideally your feast would reflect the holiday/even that you are celebrating. 

I’ve posted this today because Mabon (the Autumnal Equinox) is 2 weeks away! I wanted anyone following along to understand this breakdown when they read my ritual next weekend. I will write my rituals formally, to begin with anyway. I, personally, am not a very formal practitioner for the most part. Occasionally the flare for the dramatic catches hold and I dress in white robes and dance around a fire.

                

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