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Pagan Pathway Gathering

RITUAL/CIRCLE BASICS
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THE BURNING TIMES

ON THIS PAGE WE WILL COVER THE BASICS OF RITUAL/CIRCLE. SO ANYONE WHO IS NEW OR WHO HASN'T ATTENDED A RITUAL BEFORE WILL HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT.

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SABBATS and ESBATS are usually held in a circle....a circle is cast to raise and contain energy for the ritual. It is sacred space... that is "cut" apart from the mundane world.
 
BEFORE ENTERING THE CIRCLE....everyone is smudged and annointed.
SMUDGING... someone will have a lit smudge stick(bundle of sage) that they will pass up and down in front of and behind you to remove any negativity that maybe accompaning you.
 
ANNOINTING... someone will use a special oil chosen for the day to annoint your forehead to bless you and welcome you to the circle
 
ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN CLEANSED AND BLESSED..... you may enter the ritual area. We assemble in a CIRCLE  hence the name.
 
CLEANSING,CONSECRATING AND CASTING OF THE CIRCLE...... after everyone has entered the ritual space... the leaders of the ritual will CLEANSE(remove any negative energy from the area) and CONSECRATE (charge the area for the work to be done). Then 1 of them will use an ATHAME (sacred ritual knife) to "cut" or cast the circle. This is a sacred boundry that seperates the ritual space from the mundane world and contains the energy we raise with in it.
******VERY IMPORTANT NOTE...... once the circle has been cast.... if for any reason you HAVE  to leave the circle.... you need to ask someone who is part of the ritual to "cut" you a doorway.... and to let you back in when you return!These people will be pointed out to everyone at the begining of the ritual. We do not just step out of circle....this breaks the boundary that was created during the circle casting******
 
AFTER THE CIRCLE HAS BEEN CAST....
 
QUARTER CALLS.....Each of the Elements,Spirit,the God and Goddess and the Ancestors,will be called to join the ritual.
 
MAIN BODY OF THE RITUAL..... The leaders of the ritual will conduct the main body of the ritual. This will correspond with what Sabbat or Esbat we are gathered for.
 
CAKES AND ALE.... Being a family friendly group....we will use a juice or punch instead of ale...the cakes maybe cake or cookies or bread or something similar that corresponds with the Sabbat or Esbat. A portion of the cakes and ale is left as an offering to the God and Goddess.
 
RELEASING OF THE QUARTERS.... the Ancestors,God and Goddess,Spirit and the Elements will be released and thanked in the reverse order they were called.
 
RELEASING THE CIRCLE.... who ever casted the circle will release the circle in the reverse order that they casted it. They will ground the energy that was raised back into the earth.
 
At this point...you are free to leave the ritual space.
 
SOCIAL TIME... We will have fellowship and feasting after all rituals..... which will be a POTLUCK/CARRY IN  where everyone brings something to share. Anyone who has any drums or guitars is welcome to bring them. Music can be a very grounding and meditative thing. Grounding is always good after any workings....to release any built up or left over energy from the ritual.
 
IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RITUAL.... PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK BEFOREHAND!!!