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Author Topic: Earth based v.s other systems  (Read 18281 times)
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« Reply #6: December 31, 2008, 01:42:44 pm »

I probably make no sense right now. I truly would like to know more but there has to be something behind the tools, symbols and rituals that go beyond just doing specified movements.

Well, there is - and I touched on some of this in my response.

But a lot of it is stuff that doesn't get discussed in public much, for all sorts of reasons.

Emotion: some of it is just very personal. I've had tons of deeply meaningful ritual experiences, but they're not usually something I talk about. You can see a few mentions of rituals and experiences I found easier to talk about here: (and I suggest following the link back to the post that inspired it: there's more examples there from other people.)

Confidentiality: Because I work in a group, a fair bit of my ritual experience involves other people - and I am very careful to respect their privacy and confidentiality. This does, however, limit what I talk about and how in some cases.

Setting: There's a huge category of things I'll talk about much more freely in person than I will online in part because I can read body language (especially confusion/uncertainty) a lot more clearly and handle it more quickly. Likewise, there's a lot of stuff I'm more willing to share with a specific individual than I am with anyone who happens across an online forum.

Context: One of the things that's sometimes most challenging for me is the context. In order to understand why a particular group ritual was so powerful for me, a fair bit of the time, involves understanding the context of that group ritual. Which means knowing something about my tradition, something about the people I'm working with, about what my background is, and all sorts of other things.

Looking back at the last year of rituals in my new coven, I can really only talk about 2 or 3 of them very clearly - the rest really require more context and information to understand why something was our focus, or why we picked a particular approach, and a number of those reasons involve my covenmate's background, choices, and preferences as well as mine.

All of that said, I do generally do best when I'm asked about a specific topic (like "When was the moment you were absolutely sure you were in the right place, ritually speaking" - which was my first Samhain with the group I trained with, incidentally.) For me, at least, it's easier to speak to a specific question, and I have a much easier time navigating the more complicated stuff because I know what I need to explain clearly, and what bits I can not discuss or can handwave over, because they're not as relevant to the question.

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