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The following lessons first appeared as an online study class on the subject of rituals. This particular section covers, among other things, ritual space, cleansing rites, shielding, centering, tools, gestures, movements, words, the basic steps and what to do when something goes wrong. This section also covers how to create rituals.
LESSON 1: WHAT THE HECK *IS* A RITUAL????
Glad you asked! Bottom line: a ritual is a “routine” that puts you in certain frame of mind.
For example, the preparations you make prior to going to bed are a ritual! Brushing your teeth, removing your clothes, putting things away, adjusting lights, checking the locks or letting out the cats, etc. Some of you may, in fact, be so locked into this ritual that if you miss, forget, or do any of your routine actions wrong, you find yourself unable to go to sleep!
What makes this “ritual” rather than just “routine”? The purpose of a routine is to get a job/chores done. To get the kids off to school, the bills paid, the paperwork done. The purpose of a ritual is, as I’ve said, to put you in a frame of mind; the tasks you do prior to bed get a job done, but they also cue your brain and body for sleep. They ready you for something that most people look forward to–the safety of bed, the delight of sleep, a trip to the dream plane.
Paul Kershaw, ©2002
Problem: The word “pagan,” as well as “Neopagan,” “Wiccan,” and even “witch,” continue to be hotly contended, causing feelings of divisiveness among the community of modern practitioners of alternative religions. These debates, in my opinion, distract from the matter of coming together as a group with the idea of unity and mutual support. Also, the mainstream media continues to dwell on paganism for its shock value, showing marginal interest in treating the community fairly or even-handedly as a viable spiritual choice.
Proposed Solution: Those who wish the debates to cease frequently say things like, “It’s just a word.” That’s correct: It is. The proposed solution is to just create a new word, one with a clear definition and a professed coiner. That way, the word can represent the whole of the community in question — including those feeling alienated by the “pagan” debates — and won’t easily fall victim to the same semantic erosion and disagreement. Furthermore, because it’s not a traditionally shocking word, those who wish to explore the concept will not bring in negative baggage. Media sources won’t be tempted to dwell on inappropriate misconceptions about “pagans.”
(Note from Daven: Okay, I admit it, I’m addicted to email. I LOVE getting it and reading it. Sometimes I get chain emails too. And in those cases, I usually delete it as soon as I know what it is. However, this showed up in my Inbox right around the start of the New Millenium (and I know that it doesn’t really start until 2001) and it caught my eye. I copied it and sent it along to a lot of other people, and I got some good responses to it, despite the fact that it is a Chain-email. And thus SPAM, was born. LOL)
Happy 2000 from Dalai Lama
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE:
- Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- Follow the three Rs: Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
- When you realise you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
© 1992, Khaled Quicksilver
c/o P.O. Box 32, Stn “B”
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6C3
[This article may be reprinted without further permission, provided it is printed intact, complete with this notice and my copyright, and a copy of the publication it appears in is sent to the author at the address given above. Any changes in the text, however, must be approved in advance by the author.]
There appears to be a fair amount of ongoing confusion as to what each of these is and what each of them should be doing, so let me stick my oar into it, too. But first, let’s play the definition game.
Circle: Three or more people who gather to work ritual or Craft. Some are ritual only, some worship only, but most do both. The following are all special cases of a Circle:
Grove: Circle usually led by, and under the auspices of, a coven. Frequently eclectic in practice, groves are commonly used as an introduction to the Craft as a whole but not necessarily to any given Tradition. Groves usually don’t initiate. May also be called a Study Group.
- Bowl (such as a fish bowl or cauldron)
- 3 rocks one small one medium and one large
- One twig
What to Do:
Begin by casting your circle a nice blue circle. Then fill the bowl with water about to the brim and imagine a calm place. You are being totally calm without any cares in the world. Then open your eyes and dip your finger in the water and bring it back up letting the water on your finger drip into the bowl as you imagine once again your calm cool place.
Then imagine excitement and joy in you. Open your eyes and drop the small rock into the bowl of water watch it splash and wave
Imagine next anger filling you. Open your eyes and drop the medium size rock into the bowl and watch the bigger waves the bigger splash
Next imagine filling your self with absolute madness and frustration as you drop the largest rock into the bowl watch the splash enormous in size
Imagine next total peace joy and harmony as you drop the twig in there as it pops back up to the top floating as light as a feather
Note from Daven:I was directed toward this essay on Livejournal by a friend. I read it and thought it was one of the best of its type on the Internet. I didn’t want the essay to be lost because it was on an obscure blog, so I asked for permission to repost it here. Please read this and comment on the original article if you chose too.
On a friend’s FB, she commented about how she was tired of Christians whining about being persecuted in the US. She’s a sweet heart of a woman, charming, funny, warm-hearted, everything you’d want in a friend. She’s always a very devout Christian. I don’t think we’ve ever really discussed religion – there’s not a whole lot of need to talk if one walks the walk; there are so many other things to talk about when we get together. But over the years, we’ve come to learn things about one another and the fact that we have different religious beliefs only deepens our friendship.
Her wall post attracted a Christian who very plainly felt she was personally put upon and persecuted by American society for being Christian. When this woman (I’m calling her CP for “Christian Person”) commented that she viewed verbal comments from people expressing different points of view (mind you, not comments that attacked her religion, just expressed a different viewpoint) to be persecution, I’m sorry, but I rolled my eyes. When someone asked her for examples, CP wrapped herself in her privilege and accused the querant of attacking her and not caring; that :::sob::: nobody cared! so she just would go away and not talk to such mean people!
Shades of the old Fascist Meanie Pooh Pooh Head days!
Originally posted 2015-03-30 03:35:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
(Daven’s Note: I am unsure as to the copyright status of this particular document, but I have contacted the author several times to request permission to reprint it here, but I have never gotten a response. I hope that the author will contact me if they have a problem with it being reprinted here.)
Everything I Know About Romance I Learned From the Addams Family
Morticia: “Oh darling, do you remember the emotional roller coaster, the raging hormones, the constant heartache of our first love?”
Gomez: “Yes. Too bad we can’t relive that agony.”
Looking back, I realize that I have learned a great deal from television, much more than I ever did from parents, educators, scoutmasters, the church or even Willie the greasy transient behind the grocery store. Whenever I needed to know how to navigate through life’s stormy waters, television was there.
When I needed to know how to read, count and consider sock puppets as intellectual equals, there was Sesame Street, The Electric Company and ZOOM. Jeopardy, Family Feud and the $100,000 Pyramid helped fill in those gaps in my knowledge that grade school inexplicably skipped. The Price is Right taught me rudimentary economics and comparative shopping, while Emergency! helped me learn the vital importance of having a cool head and thousands of gallons of water under pressure.
(Note from Daven: This is a work on standard Numerology, as opposed to the Celtic Numerology that Mike Nichols wrote about. I place it here because this system of numerology is one of the most widely used in the world. You may need it one day. I know I did.)
Pythagorean System Of Numerology
Now simply total the numbers which represent the letters of your name.
JOHN PHILIP BROW’N would total: JOHN (1 + 6 + 8 + 5) = 20 = (2 + 0) = 2 PHILIP (7 + 8 + 9 + 3 + 9 + 7) = 43 = (4 + 3) = 7 BROWN (2 + 9 + 6 + 5 + 5) = 27 = (2 + 7) = 9
(Note from Daven: This is a simple listing of books that may be good for those who are interested in reading about the Celts, their culture, history, religion, and culture. Despite your studys in Druidry, one should read everything about the Celts, since you can’t separate the religion from the culture.)
Recommended Reading on Celtic History, Culture & Religion
Originally posted 2012-12-31 22:27:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
(Note from Daven: This piece I cam across in AOL once again (can you tell I used to be addicted to AOheLl too? LOL) and I thought it was a really moving piece. I pulled it down, and now I share it with you.)
by Althea Whitebirch
We have all moved through periods of crisis in our lives; things ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the death of someone close to us to final exams. Events which are extremely stressful–which threaten our lives, home, future or security–would seem to call for strong measures of assistance. There have been many times that I have felt that the course of events required swift and strong intervention of a deity. Blood sacrifice is, to my mind, one of the more powerful magicks one could perform, and so seemed particularly suitable for this. But it’s rather ethically sticky.
I may feel that the kind of energy contained in the outpouring of blood would be most efficacious in a serious situation, but I’m dead-set against the use of an unwilling victim for the purpose. So, in the past I’ve spilled my own blood with an athame, at the same time offering up prayers; it just didn’t seem to work as well as I thought it would. Perhaps, I thought, one needs lots of blood to generate any appreciable amount of energy.