The Twelve Elements of Ritual
Consider that there may be twelve elements to Ritual. For a Grand Sabbat, like
Samhain or Beltaine, you might include all twelve. For a Full Moon Esbat,
you might perform eight. For a private devotional, you might do only four.
- Purification of Self
Take a Ritual Bath before you join the others.
Ground and center before you join the others.
- Purification of Space
Be aware as you prepare your worship space, moving things
about and collecting your props, of the work you are about to do.
- Creating Sacred Space
Here is where you cast your circle and invite energies from the
four directions. Some are called to face outward and protect. Some are called
to face inward and empower. There is much opportunity here for choice and symbolism.
In a personal ritual, sometimes three
quarters are acknowledges and only one is invited to participate.
- Invocation of Goddess and God
You invite either the Goddess or the God, or
who are most appropriate for what you are about to do.
- Stating the Purpose
You really do have a purpose for this Ritual?
State it with conviction and power.
- The Work, the Magick, Ritual Observance
Do your spell, your magick, your reverence
for the season upon the Wheel of the Year.
- Energy Raising
Breath deeply, chant, drum. Connect with all
that is within you and all that you have invoked.
- Channel the Energy
Visualize this energy before you. Perhaps
it is blue light dancing at your center or fire spewing from your athame.
- Releasing the Power
Send this energy into the universe to make happen
what you have envisioned: protection, strength, prosperity, connection.
- The Feast
Otherwise known as Cakes and Ale, in a large group, this is a
sharing of symbolic
cake and appropriate beverage. In a small group, it may be a true feast.
- Thanking the Deities
Be polite and dismiss the deities that
have been good enough to join you for your magick.
- Opening the Circle
Dismiss the energies from the four directions
that you have called. Send
them on their way and bid them not to do mischief as they depart.
Roll up your circle into your athame or see it evaporate: Poof!
Hug those around you. They are your fellow travelers.
An intermediate book on ritual mechanics is Silver Ravenwolf's
Light a Sacred Flame.
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