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Core Order of Ritual: Statement of Purpose

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 13:43

Next up in the COoR is the statement of purpose.  While this may seem like something extra that could be skipped over or going through quickly, one should consider it a bit more.

At the most basic level, this is stating what the ritual is about and for.  Granted, all those gathered should know this before showing up to the ritual, but some people just don't pay much attention, especially if it's not a high day.  We also can have some differences depending on the culture are celebrating in.   The overarching theme is likely similar, but details will be different.

Remember Milk

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:00

No, I'm not talking about remembering to give my felines milk even though they all do thoroughly enjoy drinking it.  I am talking about remembering the lessons we should have learned from Harvey Milk and the fight for LGBT rights in San Francisco that ultimately cost him his life.

Samhain 2016

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Mon, 10/31/2016 - 20:10

Every year, I do a personal, hearth/home Samhain remembering those I knew that I lost in the last year, and those that have been of major influence over the many years.  These named ones that have been called the past several years are Ed Nissan (Slakker), Isaac Bonewitz, and George Lee (Raven Mann).  This year was no different.  Dinner was shared with all the dead through a dumb supper.

Core Order of Ritual - Honoring the Earth Mother

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 10/30/2016 - 20:03

Honoring the Earth Mother is one of the parts of the ADF ritual format that makes it ADF as it being a discreet offset of ritual, and the treatment of her as a being, is not found in many places.  The other thing that is interesting about this part is that there is little, if any, evidence of her in abstract being worshipped by Indo-European people.  They would worship their local land and fertility beings, often female, but not an abstract idea of Earth Mother.  We can say similar for her counterpart, the Sky Father.

Core Order of Ritual - Purification

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 14:00

Continuing on the road through the Core Order of Ritual, today we'll talk about purification.

Purification can take place at many points through the ritual, and can take various forms.  The most common places are as part of the initiation of the ritual such as at the end of the procession, or after hallowing the hallows.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Core Order of Ritual - Initiating the Ritual

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 10/09/2016 - 16:07

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

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 10/02/2016 - 11:11

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

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:20

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.