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Elements of Wiccan Ritual
We've covered what Wiccan ritual is (here
) and what it does for you. We've discovered that in Wicca, a ritual is really a physical magick spell.
Now let's look at the steps, or parts, that create a magick ritual. First, the big picture...
The Fundamentals of Wiccan Ritual
The essentials of any magick ritual are three-fold...
- Creating Sacred Space
- Working Magick
- Tidying up the energy and returning
That's really what ritual is all about. It's a work of magick, or in other words, a bridge between human and Divine.
Those are the basics.
So how do we create a ritual? Well, these 3 goals break down into 13 elements, or steps.
Creating A Wiccan Ritual
Below is the process by which a magick ritual evolves.
All these elements are generally present in a magick ritual, but there is some flexibility in the order. For instance, sometimes people want to create sacred space before cleansing or grounding.
Also, while shifting consciousness is listed in a step of its own, it actually continues to build from the initial grounding to the release of excess energy at the end.
But otherwise, following these steps in order will make sure that everything is done properly.
The 13 Elements of a Magick Ritual
- Setting a clear intention
- Cleansing yourself and the space (eg, by smudging)
- Grounding and opening to Energy
- Shifting consciousness
- 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.
Energy is invested in a ritual by means of
- clear focus
- intense concentration
- active participation
Find out more about that in the next article, Make Ritual That's Magick!
There are various tools or practices we use to make ritual happen, for example ...
There are also several practices commonly used in ritual, like ...
These are covered in other sections (or will be as soon as I can get to them).
With Brightest Blessings,
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