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    MM All Folks How Are You all to day ??? This is Page 2) Basic Ritual Design. I am going to end this here. On Tuesdays we at W-I-S-E will be work on someing
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      Folks How Are You all to day ???  
       
      This is Page 2) Basic Ritual Design.  I am going to end this here. 
      On Tuesdays we at  W-I-S-E  will  be work on someing new here  called Dream Work for 3 lesson.  Then we will move on too what is Wicca the Craft 101 for 5) lessons.
       
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      Basic Ritual Design
       
       
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      What is Ritual?

       

      Ritual is a systematic working dedicated to achieving a particular goal or effect on an individual or group. Ritual in Paganism, Witchcraft and Wicca is similar to prayer. It is an active prayer, where the participant(s) make a request from the divine in a more active manner than a typical prayer.

       

      Purpose of Ritual

      The Purpose of ritual is to fulfill a need for: a formalized part of meeting, transition (turning points, life movement), worship, celebration, healing, etc. Rituals also serve to deepen the psychic and spiritual awareness. They help open us up to aspects of magick.

       

      Why do We Utilize Ritual?

      Ritual is used to affect ones subconscious. The subconscious needs ritual and ceremonial behavior in order to mark and acknowledge significant events. Utilizing ritual to affect changes in your own life helps you to both consciously and unconsciously bring the change into your life.

      Who Practices Ritual?

      Solitary Practitioner

      The solitary practitioner is someone that worships and practices alone.

      Circle

      A small core group with visitors (this can include open groups). However in circles, members come and go, and are seldom static for any length of time.

      Covey

      A closed group of three people

      Coven

      A closed committed group with an identifiable spiritual basis, that is long term (at least in intent). The coven constitutes a spiritual community.

      Gatherings

      A group with many of the same elements as circles; but are often one time or special event functions organized by a group of temporary leaders.

      Festivals

      Festivals are a larger scale than gatherings, inviting hundreds to thousands of people.

      One Goal of Ritual is to Move from the Mundane to the Special

      The leader should work to mark or acknowledge the value of the ritual on the mind of the participant. The entire process must be moved from the mundane to the sacred. Trust, Freedom, Honesty and Openness need to be encouraged in the circle to help put members’ inhibitions aside for a while.

      Leading a Group from the Mundane to the Special

      Whoever is leading the ritual has a responsibility to guide the group so that the physical, physic and emotional attitude of the group is in some way altered. Without these alterations, from the mundane to the special, a ritual may become shallow or meaningless. It is the responsibility of the leader to provide: Leadership, Structure, and Knowledge of the subject matter.

      Leadership comes from the leader being prepared, knowing what they are doing, and being familiar with the format being used. Remember, that hurried or last minute ritual preparation leaves everyone floundering and diseased. A well planned, well formulated, well thought out ritual gives everyone the permission to truly involve themselves in what is happening.

      Basically, the entire ritual becomes more meaningful when the leader knows what they are doing and is comfortable with all the elements of the ritual.

      Planning the Elements of a Ritual

      Basic Ritual Outline

        Establish Intention Construct Ritual Outline Set up the Temple Cast/Close Circle Invocation of the Spirits Perform work to reach the goal of the ritual Thanks giving Open Circle Deconstruct temple

        Statement of Intention

        A statement of intention is very similar to the role of a topic sentence in the writing of a paragraph. The goal of the statement of intention is to create a group contract, of sorts. The statement of intention gives you a goal to always be striving for, as you plan your ritual. Therefore, you should always keep it in mind.

        How this statement is written is a matter of individual style. The statement should be made out loud prior to getting into the meat of the ritual. It is a good policy to give the statement of intention, during a teaching before the ritual begins. Lastly, the statement allows everyone to focus on why they are a part of the ritual.

        Things to consider for the Statement of Intention

         

        When you are formulating the Statement of Intention, keep in mind:

          1. Why you are having the ritual
          2. What you intend to do
          3. How you will do it
          4. Who will do it
          5. When you will know that you’ve accomplished your purpose

        Ritual Preparation

        Now that you know why you are having the ritual, you can begin to tailor plans for specifically for it.

        Generally, individuals and covens develop their own style of ritual preparation. So once a system has been worked out that is effective, little is done to change it.

        Logistics of the Ritual

        Dates, times, deadlines. What needs to be considered? Who needs to be contacted?

        Symbols

        What are appropriate symbols to utilize during the ritual? See October 23, 1999 notes for Correspondences.

        Draft Ritual

        Write out a draft of the ritual

        Plan How to Set Up the Space

        On a piece of paper, draw a circle with the four directions marked, write in how you will set up the sacred space, including location for your chosen symbols, where participants will enter and stand and other appropriate details. (This step can be overlooked some with practice or if a permanent sacred space is available.)

        Limitations

        What limitations have you encountered; and how do they need to be considered? Money, Space, Time?

        Physical Preparation

        What needs to be coordinated? What materials need to be gathered? Are all the details ironed out?

        Shopping List

        Make a shopping list of materials you need.

        Share Information

        Information on the ritual should be supplied to the participants before the ritual starts. If it is a consistent group, such as a group or coven, then it doesn’t hurt to give the general format out a week ahead of time. There’s no need to keep secrets about the ritual from other people in the circle.

        Emotional Process

        By beginning the accumulation of materials and psychic preparation early, the group focuses its intent. It allows the subconscious to be prepared and is quite effective carrying out the intention of the ritual. If everyone prepares early they should all arrive at the ritual thinking on the save wavelength.

        Feelings Brought Up

        What feelings or issues have been brought up by the preparations you have done so far?

        Ethical Questions

        Have any ethical questions arisen? Is there any way this ritual could hold negative intentions for anyone? Is everyone comfortable with all the aspects of the ritual? Do you want the karma coming back at you that is created during this ritual? If you are not comfortable with any part of the ritual than don’t participate in it.

        Preparing the Actual Elements of Ritual

         

        Cleaning the Physical Space

        Decide what objects and actions will be utilized to clear and bless the space? (Clean, Smudge, Making loud noises…)

        Planning to Create the Sacred Space

        The Creation of sacred space includes:

        How will you cast the circle (Closing the Circle)?

        What will you use to create an altar?

        Setting the Mood

        What will you see in the circle? What objects and actions will participants see? What will participants hear? Sounds, Music, Poetry, Speech. What will all these combined experiences inspire?

        How will you Perform the Invocation?

        What energies are you invoking and precisely what do you want them to do? What words will you use to direct your energies? What emotions will be touched and what kinds of things will help you accomplish this? What objects and actions will best represent and channel these energies and the emotions of the participants toward the goal of the ritual?

         

         

        How will Dedication and Enactment of Intentions be Performed?

        If you want to raise energy, how do you plan on going it? What gifts of Spirit do you want the participants to leave with? You can utilize music and sound to enhance this gift and mark the ending of the ritual.

        Marking the End of the Ritual

        What actions, feelings or objects will be used to mark the end of the ritual?

        Planning the Blessings and the Closing

        At this point in the ritual Grounding, Completion and Breakdown of the Sacred Space remain to be planned. Emotional completion, how will you give thanks? How will you release the sacred space and return it to normal (Opening the Circle). How will the participants leave the sacred space? How will you break down the circle?

         

         

        Preparing for Elements Occurring before the Ritual

        I would add that any warm-ups or exercises done before the main enactment of the ritual are also part of the ritual, and should be planned as such.

        Warm Up

        If you jump right into the opening of the ritual, you will leave some people unprepared. Therefore, it helps if there are some sort of warm-up exercises. See October 23, 1999 meeting notes for Preparation for Magick.

        Warming up is a signal to the subconscious that something is about to happen.

        Warm-up options:

        Rhythmic Breathing

        Signing or chanting

        Grounding and Centering

        Ritual Bath

        Preparing the ritual space

         

        Clearing the Mind

        What emotions do all the participants need to clear from their minds? How will you do this?

        Grounding and Centering

        How will you do this?

        Once you have done all this planning, and practiced the ritual, you perform the RITUAL.

        Evaluation of the Ritual

        What emotional processes were experienced? How well did the ritual work? Where you inspired by the ritual? What elements would you keep or use again? Did any of the elements not "feel right" for this particular ritual.

         

         

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