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Spring Equinox

 

Visual Lifesavers © Jennifer Smith 2008 

 

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Energy in Ritual: Different Flavors

What impacts the amount of energy in a ritual and the type of energy? And what's the difference between the energy in a private ritual and a group ritual? I recently saw a Facebook post about the topic and my response was long enough that it seemed more appropriate as a blog post. 

The conversation centered around this quote from the book Dedicant by Thuri Calafia:

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  • Shauna Aura Knight
    Shauna Aura Knight says #
    Thanks for turning me on to Thuri Calafia's work, Molly!
  • Molly
    Molly says #
    You're awesome, Shauna! I ended up buying Thuri's second book recently.
  • Rick
    Rick says #
    Thuri's first two books are reasonably good, I thought. Haven't noticed if the third one is published yet.
  • Rick
    Rick says #
    I have been to rituals that were barely on life support to me, whereas other people felt a lot of energy as well. I've also led so
  • Shauna Aura Knight
    Shauna Aura Knight says #
    Absolutely. I've been to a lot of rituals and I thought the energy was tanking, but others thought it was a great ritual. Expectat

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Casting the Circle - Holding the Magic

Several years ago my daughter and I attended an interfaith event at a Christian church. As we sat down in the pews, my daughter leaned over to me and said "How come we aren't sitting in a circle? How will everyone see each other if some people are behind other people?"

I can't think of a better way to highlight the differences between most* Pagan rituals and those of other, more mainstream faiths. For the most part, we do gather in circles. No one person is in front of another person and, in theory, a newcomer to the circle wouldn't be able to tell who was in charge just by the position that a particular person or persons occupied. There's something crucial and fundamentally different in that small action that separates Pagan gatherings from other religious or magical rites.

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  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    Thank you Lizann. You can take the witch out of the kitchen but you can't take the kitchen out of the witch!
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Love this!

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Cleansing - How a Ritual Begins

I am fascinated by ritual. Rituals of all sorts. In every culture, in every age there are rituals to commemorate births and comings of age and marriages and deaths. There are high holy days set aside to celebrate the gods, goddesses, fallen (s)heroes, venerated Ancestors and important moments in a culture's mythos. Rituals can be elaborate festivals lasting many days or simple, daily actions such as changing the milk in an offering bowl or setting a piece of food aside for the Fae folk or just taking a moment to pray.

Rituals are made up of many components. There's the liturgy, the actual words that are spoken. There may be songs and offerings and costumes and incense and props of all sorts. For me, whether it's a grand affair or the most humble of rituals, stepping into ritual space is a beautiful and necessary act, because rituals ask us to leave the mundane "outside" of the temple and allow us to connect with life and our past and our future, right now, in the present.

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  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    Hello Connie, Thank you for your comments. I'm glad to hear that you aren't sweeping the whole forest when you are doing ritual o
  • Connie Lazenby
    Connie Lazenby says #
    I can't DO a ritual without proper cleansing. If it is outside, I obviously leave out some steps (I am not sweeping the grass with
  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    Hello Elizabeth, "Writer's Hygiene" - I think I'm going to adopt that term. I think of writing as a ritual and I'm recognizing th
  • Elizabeth Creely
    Elizabeth Creely says #
    I love salt. Saltwater, shaken from the tip of my whisk, is probably the most consistent thing I do -and the last thing I do- to m

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A Ritual for the Elements

Working with the Elements is a core piece of magic I teach in the Reclaiming Tradition. I revisit this work every so often as a teacher and as a student. In my last five articles I've chronicled my explorations with Air, my connections with Firemy dive into Water my complex dance the Earth and finally finding myself standing in the Center.

A Ritual for the Elements

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Why Rituals Matter - My Public Grief

It was Monday, January 5th, 2015. I was working on a blog about daily practices when my brother sent me a message on Facebook. It simply and succinctly said "If you want to see dad, you better come now". If you've ever gotten that call or email, you know that life completely slows down and goes really fast all at the same time. I've tried to describe the feeling to folks that haven't had this experience and the closest thing I can compare it to is suddenly finding yourself underwater trying to have a conversation with a world full of people that are still on dry land.

The next twenty-four hours were a blur of phone calls and airports and moments of snatched sleep and worry and sitting awkwardly between two strangers and hurtling through the air at several hundred miles an hour. When I finally breathed fresh air again, I was seven thousand miles from home, in New Zealand, and just like that winter had turned to summer and the east was in the west and the moon was upside down.

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  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    Natasha, I think honouring him in the traditional was is so wonderful.
  • Natasha Kostich
    Natasha Kostich says #
    Thank you so much for sharing your grief publicly. I lost my wonderful father five months ago and while I am a Pagan I have chosen
  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    Oh Pixie, it is hard isn't it. I simply love that you've taken the urn and made art from it. Talk about transformational! Gwion
  • Pixie
    Pixie says #
    My partner was in hospice and died in November and I'm also attempting to make death/dying and grief more public, so I made a crem

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