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« Topic Start: October 29, 2008, 03:14:54 pm »

So I noticed that Samhain is right around the corner and I thought it was a perfect time for a ritual celebrating the Sabbat as well as dedicating my life to this path. I have NO idea however, lol how to go about this. Any suggestions would be great, as I have never done a ritual before.
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« Reply #1: October 29, 2008, 03:29:58 pm »

So I noticed that Samhain is right around the corner and I thought it was a perfect time for a ritual celebrating the Sabbat as well as dedicating my life to this path. I have NO idea however, lol how to go about this. Any suggestions would be great, as I have never done a ritual before.

You may need to give us a clue to your path.... Your avatar says religion unknown and there is nothing in your profile.
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« Reply #2: October 29, 2008, 03:48:56 pm »

So I noticed that Samhain is right around the corner and I thought it was a perfect time for a ritual celebrating the Sabbat as well as dedicating my life to this path. I have NO idea however, lol how to go about this. Any suggestions would be great, as I have never done a ritual before.

This brings back memories! I remember dedicating myself to the life of a witch back on Samhain when I was 13. I had no idea what I was doing, but nonetheless I was surrounded by candles, pendants, incense, and gems. It's only been 6 years, but a lot has changed since then.

Yet, luckily, I have no regrets of what I did that day because I kept it simple (apart from all of my bits, bobs and whatnots that I surrounded myself with of course  Cheesy ). I dedicated myself to the Gods, and marked my beginning of following a seasonal cycle.

My advice would just be to keep it simple. If you are unsure of something, then don't include it.
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« Reply #3: October 29, 2008, 03:49:33 pm »

You may need to give us a clue to your path.... Your avatar says religion unknown and there is nothing in your profile.

Sorry about that, I thought I had been in there to fix it. lol I have been studying Wicca. I follow more along the Celtic path but am very eclectic.
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« Reply #4: October 29, 2008, 03:52:02 pm »

This brings back memories! I remember dedicating myself to the life of a witch back on Samhain when I was 13. I had no idea what I was doing, but nonetheless I was surrounded by candles, pendants, incense, and gems. It's only been 6 years, but a lot has changed since then.

Yet, luckily, I have no regrets of what I did that day because I kept it simple (apart from all of my bits, bobs and whatnots that I surrounded myself with of course  Cheesy ). I dedicated myself to the Gods, and marked my beginning of following a seasonal cycle.

My advice would just be to keep it simple. If you are unsure of something, then don't include it.

Thanks for the sound advice! lol I feel so lost when it comes to ritual. I know that I want to dedicate my life to the Gods and Goddess' and follow a more natural way of living, basing my life on the natural ebb and flow of energy. I just get really over whelmed.
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« Reply #5: October 29, 2008, 03:58:22 pm »

Thanks for the sound advice! lol I feel so lost when it comes to ritual. I know that I want to dedicate my life to the Gods and Goddess' and follow a more natural way of living, basing my life on the natural ebb and flow of energy. I just get really over whelmed.

If you would like to follow a more natural way, than perhaps a simple ritual would work best for you anyway. At this time of year I tend to collect leaves and corn stalks to decorate my altar with (my altar is in fact the top shelf of my bookcase- nothing fancy). Maybe you could give thanks to the Gods for the recent harvest, just to show that you recognise their presence in life.
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« Reply #6: October 29, 2008, 04:04:19 pm »

Any suggestions would be great, as I have never done a ritual before.

All I've got is a practical one: if you want to use candles, make sure you don't step on them or set your clothes on fire. That would kind of spoil the mood.
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« Reply #7: October 29, 2008, 04:15:04 pm »

If you would like to follow a more natural way, than perhaps a simple ritual would work best for you anyway. At this time of year I tend to collect leaves and corn stalks to decorate my altar with (my altar is in fact the top shelf of my bookcase- nothing fancy). Maybe you could give thanks to the Gods for the recent harvest, just to show that you recognise their presence in life.

That does sound nice. I have been dabbling with the idea of writing a simple prayer for a prosperous new year as well.
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« Reply #8: October 29, 2008, 04:59:07 pm »

All I've got is a practical one: if you want to use candles, make sure you don't step on them or set your clothes on fire. That would kind of spoil the mood.

And whatever you do don't stab yourself in the foot with a sword.
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« Reply #9: October 29, 2008, 05:06:15 pm »

And whatever you do don't stab yourself in the foot with a sword.

That's part of what worries me, I have no tools for this ritual. All I have are candles, water, salt, and feathers to represent the elements, as well as some fruit as an offering of thanks.
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« Reply #10: October 29, 2008, 05:18:47 pm »

All I have are candles, water, salt, and feathers to represent the elements, as well as some fruit as an offering of thanks.
Those are the tools for your ritual. There's nothing that says you must have a sword or a wand or a chalice, unless you're a stringent follower of a specific tradition. We each practice as we feel most comfortable.

I really like the feathers idea -- I always used incense for air, but it often struck me as a little too fiery. I think I need to make some changes for my upcoming rituals.
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« Reply #11: October 29, 2008, 05:24:14 pm »

Those are the tools for your ritual. There's nothing that says you must have a sword or a wand or a chalice, unless you're a stringent follower of a specific tradition. We each practice as we feel most comfortable.

I really like the feathers idea -- I always used incense for air, but it often struck me as a little too fiery. I think I need to make some changes for my upcoming rituals.

I am glad you like the feathers! I was going to use incense but didn't have any on hand. Cheesy It gives a nice visual to casing your circle as well.
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« Reply #12: October 29, 2008, 06:01:57 pm »

I am glad you like the feathers! I was going to use incense but didn't have any on hand. Cheesy It gives a nice visual to casing your circle as well.
I can imagine it's great for concentration/visualization, and I like the idea that I can wave it around and feel the drag from the air, rather than see it in smoke. It's funny, I never thought of using them before, even though I've always been attracted to the beauty of feathers.
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« Reply #13: October 29, 2008, 08:30:46 pm »

That's part of what worries me, I have no tools for this ritual. All I have are candles, water, salt, and feathers to represent the elements, as well as some fruit as an offering of thanks.

I have never used any 'tools' ie; athames, knives or swords, in any of my rituals. I have only used the type of things that you mention here. For some people the use of tools is important to their practice, and that's fine, but it doesn't have to be for everyone.
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« Reply #14: October 29, 2008, 09:09:38 pm »

I have never used any 'tools' ie; athames, knives or swords, in any of my rituals. I have only used the type of things that you mention here. For some people the use of tools is important to their practice, and that's fine, but it doesn't have to be for everyone.

I received an athame (anniversary) and a crystal wand (Christmas) as gifts from my partner, so I use them in my rituals. I believe that it strongly represents the masculine side of the ritual (symbol of the male deity that I like to introduce in my rituals) because my partner gave it to me with his love and interest in my faith/beliefs. Smiley

I agree that these tools are not particularly necessary for everyone as long as their intentions are strong and focused. I think, though, that if you really want to focus on tools and want to obtain a symbolic male tool into your ritual (presuming that is what you would want the tool for, relating to typical wiccan ritual), you can collect a branch or twig from a tree (usually oak, pine or other particular wood with magic properties -sorry reference books at home again), ingrave special words or symbols into it (if you wish) and then purify it so that you can use it in your rituals to represent the male deities.

I find that using the natural elements for your rituals will connect better with your intentions and welcome more entities (spirits) to guide your ritual. This advice is merely a simple explanation of typical Wiccan ritual as I am not entirely sure whom you would invite to your ritual or if you focus on the male god/s at all in your practices. I merely focuses on the male gods in ritual via use of basic ritual tools due to some simple books I have read. Truly, if you wish and it feels right to you, you can make anything a tool for your ritual. It is all about what makes you comfortable and/or gives you the focus you need to perform/acheive your intentions.

Whoops I'm babbling now. Cheesy
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