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Core Order of Ritual - Initiating the Ritual

How do we start our rituals?

According to the Core Order of ritual, we do the following:

  1. Initiating the Rite - May include:
    • Musical Signal
    • Opening Prayer
    • Processional
    • Establishing the Group Mind

I have to say that having done ADF ritual for more years than I wish to admit, I have seen this both evolve within certain individuals and see that everyone does a different variation.  Sometimes this also depends on your ritual site or the abilities of the participants.

Core Order of Ritual - Beings of the Occasion

When we have called in all the Kindred, it is time to call on the Being of the Occasion.  Usually you will hear it called Deity of the Occasion (DotO), but we should be honoring more than just deities throughout the year.  The perfect example of this comes at Samhain.  In my personal practice, on Samhain night, I do a dumb supper and the beings I invite in are all my ancestors. Here the Ancestors are the Beings of the Occasion.  There are also going to be times where you are going to want to do a ritual to various land spirits.  This could be a house weight (fey, spirit, etc.) your local body of water, a tree, your cat (they do love worship ;) ).  Because the place of honor is not always a deity, and shouldn't always be a deity, that is why I prefer to call that part of the ritual the Beings of the Occasion.

If I had known.... Book project

I mentioned a few days ago an idea about a book project where it would be a collection of stories from members of the neopagan community about things that they experienced.  The common theme would be finishing the statement "If I had known...".

The goal of the project is to create something for the newer neopagans to learn from.  Show them that we have made our mistakes, and this is how we recovered from them or learned from them.  I also hope to collect stories of things that worked or empowered us to do more.  So a mic of both positive and cautionary stores.

Core Order of Ritual - Shining Ones

This week, to continue the theme of explanations of where my various invocations come from, we look at the third Kindred, the Shining Ones, or Deities.

Shining Ones!

You who look over each and every one of us, our matrons and patrons, we offer you welcome.

You who look over this place, the deities of this land, we offer you welcome.

You all who are known or unknown to us, we offer you welcome.

Come, Join us at our fire as we celebrate (ritual purpose) tonight.

Shining Ones, Accept our Sacrifice!

Core Order of Ritual - Land Spirits

Today we continue talking about invocations by looking at the Land Spirits.  Here is my basic invocation

Land Spirits!

You who live among us.

Those of fur and feather, scale and skin, we offer you welcome.

You of stick and stem, leaf and flower, we offer you welcome.

All those seen and unseen, the fae, all of you spirits of the land, we offer you welcome.

Come, Join us at our fire as we celebrate (ritual purpose) tonight.

Land Spirits, Accept our Sacrifice!

Core Order of Ritual - Ancestors

As I started to do last week, this week, we will continue to look at the Core Order of Ritual.  Today, we'll start looking at calling the Kindred with calling on the Ancestors.  My basic call for the ancestors is this

Ancestors!

You who are part of our lineage, oure relatives and blood relations, we offer you welcome.

You whom are friends and allies, oue chosen family, we offer you welcome.

You who walked this very land, those who lived here before us, we offer you welcome.

Core Order of Ritual - Gatekeeper

While I was at Summerland Festival a few weeks ago, myself and a few other priests were talking, and one thing that came up is that for many people, the various parts of the ritual need to be de-mystified.  We do have a good resource in ADF by Brandon Newberg in the Core Order of Ritual Tutorial (https://www.adf.org/members/training/dedicant-path/articles/coortutorial... for those that are members) but that's long and both a review of where things came from along with mostly his viewpoint.

Summerland Festival 2016

This past long weekend I attended the Summerland Festival that is put on by Sixth Night Grove, ADF and held in the Dayton OH area.  This year was a year of records attendance with a bit over 100 people attending... The only higher attendance was the year Isaac Bonewits died and his memorial was held.  The camp itself a 4H camp and has very reasonable accommodations, especially when compared camping at places like Brushwood or Wisteria.

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