Posts Tagged ‘ ritual ’

What is Remembered, Lives: Practices of Devotion

Oct 20th, 2018 | By

de·vo·tion /dəˈvōSH(ə)n 1. love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. 2. religious worship or observance. If what is remembered, lives, then remember I must. At this Samhain time, I take inventory of how I have cared for my dead — how I have faltered and how I have been present. As there

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Weekly Preparations: Setting the Space for the Sacred

Sep 16th, 2018 | By

Preparing for my week used to include checking my calendar and writing up a new To Do list. And, to be fair, I still do both of those tasks. But what’s newer to my weekly preparation is recreating space for the sacred relationships in my life. Tending my altars While I don’t always go around

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Dedication Ritual

Aug 21st, 2018 | By
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Dedication Ritual   If you have chosen to walk the path of witchcraft (or druidry, or any pathway at all really) you may want to do a self dedication.  I did this myself many years ago just as a way of making a commitment not only to the gods but also to myself.  It doesn’t

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Deity in Ritual: Why? How?

Aug 12th, 2018 | By
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Why do we invite deity into ritual? Usually deity is invited to join a ritual, which ones to invite is again, personal choice.  Some groups may only work with specific deities whatever ritual they are performing, some will work with deities specific to the sabbat, some will call upon an all encompassing deity and just

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Grounding & Centering

Aug 8th, 2018 | By
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Grounding & Centering Performing a ritual or being part of one should be quite energising, so you need to ground and centre yourself afterwards but I find it is also helpful to do so beforehand as well. They are essentially two different things but often done together and become intertwined. Grounding is such a simple

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Call Myself Back to Myself: Wholeness & Holiness

Jul 27th, 2018 | By

In this time of retrograding planets and full moon energy and a total lunar eclipse, I’ve been feeling pulled and called forward and toward. Something. Like a moth to a flame, I find myself stepping toward the crack in the earth and the shaking of the soil. Almost running to the place where all is

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In the Beginning (Remembering My First Ritual)

Jul 26th, 2018 | By

Everybody remembers his or her first time, right? That first kiss, magickal or not. The first time you drove a long-distance trip without your parents. Right? Well, this post is about one of those first-time moments, and for me, it was definitely not one of those “magickal” moments. This is about my first group ritual

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Summer Celebration with Lucya Starza

Jun 23rd, 2018 | By

Moon Books author Lucya Starza shares her thoughts on summer and celebration…. What festivals will you be attending/celebrating over the summer? Lucya: I’m not going to any public pagan camps this summer. I’m going away in August, but I want to spend the summer concentrating on my personal work and writing another book. I’m not

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Of mists and magick

Mar 14th, 2018 | By

The deep work calls into the daytime and the nighttime. Like a parting of mists, the journey from right now welcomes and envelops the seeker. What came before is hidden, what comes after is mystery. I remember the first time I entered into the unknown. I drove down roads I’d never seen (or noticed) before.

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‘Religioning’ and the Birds of Rhiannon

Mar 7th, 2018 | By
Jennifer Uzzell 'Religioning' and the Birds of Rhiannon

  A number of scholars of religion, including Douglas, Ezzy and Graham Harvey, are starting to use the word ‘religion’ as a verb as much as a noun.   The influence of Post Reformation Protestant theology has led to an assumption in the Industrialised West that religion is primarily concerned with acquiescence to a set

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