Creative Elements in Ritual

Witches Weekly September 21st 2008

What is one of your own personal creative elements that you like to add to rituals. Something that is uniquely yours.

I’ve recently been attending a local CUUP’s group so my experience with group ritual is limited. CUUP groups are notoriously democratic. Even if one attends planning, many ideas are rejected until a cohesive ritual is formed. So far my ideas haven’t made it into their rituals. However, during ritual I have found myself moved to pray and acknowledge my own deities.

Within my own practice, rituals are rare but are free form.

Witches Weekly – First Group / Fellow Pagan

From Witches Weekly

First Group/Fellow Pagan -September 10th 2007

What was your first experience like meeting a group of pagans, whether it’s at a festival, a local group organization etc. If you’ve never been to another group, talk about the first “pagan” you’ve met, how you met them, and the experience.

I realize pagan is not always a suitable word for everyone to describe their path or faith. But it’s a universally recognized term and just makes it easier when trying to target a specific audience.

I’ve had quite a few “firsts” with the Pagan community. One of the most memorable moments was back in High School and my friends and I walked into the only Pagan store in my neighborhood. The place was bare; no new age books, no candles, and no trinkets. The book case included the Bible, Book of Mormon, Satanic Bible and other older texts. There was writing all over the walls, floor and ceiling. I did recognised the Hebrew on the pillars and could see what just how purposeful they were placed. This wasn’t just any old Pagan shop, it was a old shop of ceremonial magic.

That building had gained such character that it had a feeling that wasn’t exactly the friendliest. Not many people walked on the sidewalk in front of it. People would cross the street to avoid that building. Only the desperate or fearless ever used the bus stop in front of the entrance. Eventually the shop owners sold and the building was renovated. I still get a feeling from that spot that is just uniquely different and alive.

I’ve been in other Pagan shops sense but none has ever had such a living building as that old Pagan Shop.

Witches Weekly- Daily Piety

From Witches Weekly
Daily Piety -September 1st 2007

Do you have a ritual/meditation/affirmation that you do daily? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?

The only ritual I have at the moment is caring for my daughter who is still an infant. I want to be involved with daily ritual but I haven’t done so. The only thing that comes close is the “Prayer of Five“, which I previously posted. Some nights it’s a struggle to remember to pray before bed.

I have trouble keeping routines. Some habits just don’t stick with me. It’s a daily struggle. It’s odd that bad habits tend to stick but never the good ones. Either way
I shall persevere.

Witches Weekly-Weather Manipulation

From Witches Weekly
Weather Manipulation -August 10th 2007

I recently ran across a situation in my Grove that I thought might make a decent discussion related to paganism in general. In Maryland we are in somewhat of a severe drought (though this week we’ve been blessed with a decent sprinkle of rain, after I don’t know how many months). For Lughnasadh last weekend, I had suggested our prayer for ritual be towards a balance in the weather. I never mentioned asking for rain, but many of my Grove mates were very paranoid and jumped in saying that we should never do rain “magic” and other such arguments.

We finally did settle for balance and harmony in all things, but what are your thoughts on even mentioning weather in your ritual/magical workings? I’ve always been under the opinion that you have to be careful what you ask for, but if you are very specific and keep in mind the Law of Balance, that you’d be fine.

My thoughts: I have no problems working weather magic. I don’t have a problem trying to obtain something that I need, as in this case some rain. Working it from the perspective of weather balance is a noble endeavor but what are the consequences to that? Will the magic interpret it to balance the whole world so you can have a balance in the weather were you are at? Besides do you really want a balance to the weather across the whole world? Rain forest and deserts exist because there is an imbalance.

My rule of thumb is if I’d pray for it, then I’d do a ritual for it. Some magic is created by us and there is magic that is created by the “greater whole.” what ever you may call it. Weather magic is a bit of both with a dash of chaos.

Even with the best protective clause, the letter of the workings just may not even match the intent of it. On top of it all, I don’t think you can rule out all possible miss-renderings of your intentions. So, I focus on my intent and the let the consequences occur.

Does this mean that I don’t think about how my actions may effect others? Not at all. What it means is that “as above, as below” has more meaning for me. The magical and the mundane is the same. How I act in the mundane world is the same way I act in the magical world. I would do the working for rain, if that is what I need. It surely doesn’t mean that I’d get what I want.