(Read this section before you do anything else. Important)
The Rituals in this following section are copied directly out of The Tree by Raymond Buckland. I have taken a few liberties with some of them, but what I have changed is minor.
Generally, the only changes I have made are to replace the Deity names. Buckland suggests that the Deities be called Woden and Freya. Mary and I are more comfortable with Herne and Rhiannon. These two are (in general) gentler than Woden and Freya. The times I have worked with Them, I have found this to be true.
The other major changes I have done are to write some new rituals that do not appear in The Tree. Everything after the Death Rite is my own creation.
The only other major change I have made is to add one line to the initiation rituals. There needs to be some sort of privacy oath in there. Not a secrecy oath, it is only a promise to respect the wishes of others in the coven to not reveal their names unless given permission by that person. Not to unintentionally “out” them as it were.
Please note this statement at the bottom of all pages from “The Tree”: © Raymond Buckland, 1970, The Tree. Used by Permission.
These are NOT my rituals, they are Buckland’s. I have reposted them here in their entirety, and I have noted where I made changes for my personal practice. DO NOT take these and pass them off as yours. They are not yours. Each of these rituals that Raymond Buckland wrote are his. They are His, they are HIS.
The only reason they are here is because these rituals are available to the public. They are not hidden in esoteric Books of Shadows, they are available to look at. Note, I say “look at”, not “take and change them and claim they are yours”. These are used for examples for you to build your rituals around, nothing more.
Please remember that everything in this area can be changed at will. If you don’t like the Clearing of the Temple Ritual as it is written, then change it. Write your own. I have no special lock on the truth, and the ceremonies you use must speak to YOU. If it is not special and has no meaning, you will not get into the “mood” and it will be just another waste of time.
I give more recognition to what feels right instead of what someone else says is right. This approach has given men a lot of comfort over the years and a working knowledge of the whys and wherefores of Magick and Wicca. If it feels right, then nevermind what others will say. It is special to you and your comfort.
Remember, the only thing I am here to teach is that there is “no one true way.” That which is right is a matter of what you feel is right. You have to find it for yourself. No one else is wrong because they do not participate or worship the same way as you, nor are you wrong because you do not follow their rules. All paths lead to the center.
Some explanation of terms: “Deosil” means clockwise and “widdershins” is counter-clockwise.
Stars light your path.
Originally posted 2012-10-08 11:20:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter