Creating a protective container (Casting a Circle)
Invoking the Divine (eg, deities, allies, elements/directions)
Symbolic action (magick through visualisation, trance, spell, song, dance, etc.)
Raising energy and charging the intention (music, singing, dancing, chanting, channeling, etc)
Releasing the intention / spell for the Universe to fulfill
Grounding out any excess energy
Gratitude and devoking
Opening the Circle
Grounding back into the world (feasting, greeting, etc.)
If you follow these 13 steps, you will have a complete ritual. All the elements will be covered, in an order that is most effective.
What you won't necessarily have is a powerful ritual!
Let's face it. There is more to magick and ritual than step-by-step procedure. Just as one person can faithfully follow a recipe and come up with something non-edible, and another person can fly by the seat of her pants and create something exquisite.
The rules of ritual aren't enough. There's also the energy that we bring to it. But that's a lot harder to explain, or quantify.
Let's give it a shot...
Ritual IS Energy
The difference between a great ritual and an empty ritual is ENERGY.
Wicca Practices These are distinctly Wicca practices, because they are unique to Wicca, and/or they are particularly important skills for Wiccans to gain. So what spiritual practices do Wiccans need and use? . . . Continue