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PostSubject: An Introduction to Rites And Rituals    Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:46 pm

An Introduction To Rites and Rituals



Setting aside time to partake in important events, and following prescribed practices, focuses our energies and affirms our place in the world. The term "Ritual" simply means carrying out a certain task according to a prescribed order, or set of traditions. Modern day ritual celebrations, such as Christmas, Weddings and Birthdays, Thanksgiving and Harvest, allow communities and families to celebrate things they consider important - be they religious or historical events, or just time spent with loved ones.

A Ritual can be observed by a large community, a small group of freinds and family, or even a single person saying a prayer alone.

Like all traditions, Witchcraft has many of its own rituals that have grown and become popular over time. Witchcraft Rituals help us to harness and direct the power of nature and our own energy. Most of these are simple and fun to practice, such as setting up your own alter, and many Rites can be performed in your home or garden without any specialist equipment.

Formalising practices into rituals can help to act as a "checklist" making sure that all the necessary steps are followed in the correct order and that nothing is forgotten. It also allows the people involved time to step back and think about what they are doing, giving them a chance to change their minds! Rituals can be an important tool for making formal statements to others that cannot be misunderstood. Rituals that are practiced today to affirm or acknowledge something of importance include Weddings, which formalise the relationship between a couple, or Graduations, which mark the passing of exams. Following step by step identity or community rituals helops you to focus your energy and to tune in to the people who are following the same path, as well as connecting with those who have gone before you.

Community Rituals.

Honouring nature is at the heart of Witchcraft tradition. In ancient times, the entire community would gather together to celebrate eight festivals in the "Wheel Of The Year".



These rituals Known as "Sabbats" fall as one season is changing to another, and at mid point of each season. By observing these festivals we can tune into the rhythms and cycles of nature, connecting us with our ancestors and the land.

The Eight Sabbats are:

Samhain (autumn-winter)
Yule (Winter Solstice)
Imbolc (winter-spring)
Eostrata (Spring Equinox)
Beltane (spring-summer)
Litha (Summer Solstice)
Lammas (summer-autumn)
Mabon (Autumn Equinox)
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PostSubject: Re: An Introduction to Rites And Rituals    Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:01 pm

Personal Rituals


Ritual can be especially difficult when you are just starting out on your path. When you are spell casting, for example, you will have to think things through carefully - considering all possible consequences. You will have to learn to distinguish between helping people, and interfering with their free will. Remember that performing witchcraft rituals is a way of practising Magic. This focuses the mind, which is a vital skill to hone when working Magic. Simply wishing for something isn't going to make it happen unless you have done everything you can to help it along. Just as a voilinist must study and practice hard, so Witches have to study and practice. The more you practice the more you vow your intent - your belief in your work.

Personal witchcraft rituals focus your energy, giving power to the identity you have chosen for yourself.

Rituals of this kind include:

Choosing a Craft Name
When people decide to follow the path of the Goddess they often choose a "witch name" or as I prefer to call it, Your Craft Name, which affirms their Craft Identity. More of this on the forum.

Setting Up An Alter

This is a space in your home or garden where you can practice rituals and spell casting.

Ritual Tools
Many Witches use ritual tools during spell casting. Making your own tools rather than buying them can imbue them with your own personal energies.
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