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Jul. 10th, 2011

Paganism

taioncassis

Full Moon Ritual

 

The Full Moon is coming up on the 15th so I figured I'd let you in on how to perform a full moon ritual. All of nature grows and is more vital at the full Moon. This surge allows you to take action on things that you wish to let go of during the New Moon. A full Moon ritual might involve taking one solid step, with a symbolic action. And it can be a powerful time to release, cast out, unburden yourself, purge, etc. You celebrate your emergence by stepping out of an old skin, identity, behavior, attitude, relationship. The ritual helps you by marking this inner transformation in a formal way.

A full Moon ritual might involve purification by one of the elements. Most often, it's fire, and done by casting something you don't want into the flames. One idea: 1) Write what you're releasing down on a stick. 2) resolve to let go as you throw it into the fire. 3) Throw the stick into the fire. This can be done as a group, with everyone sitting 'round the fire...or in your own private ceremony. Each person can seal their action of letting go by speaking it aloud, if there's trust in the circle.

Now for the actual ritual:

1. Cast a circle, as seen in the post below this one.
2. If you can try to cast a circle outside, the closer to the moon the better.
3. Do a grounding exercise to release all the tension. Feel the earth beneath your feet, and let out all the bad energy through your head.
4. Place a large water-filled bowl in front of you, or in the middle of your circle.
5. Each person, if you have more than one person, should hold the candle and think of what they are releasing for that month. Pass it to the left until it comes to the caster of the circle.
6. As you place the candle into the bowl, everyone should declare what they're releasing.
7. Light the candle.
8. Allow yourself to feel the transfer of what you're releasing to the candle. If you're in a group focus on letting go into the water.
9. You may celebrate after you end the circle with a feast!

Allow the candle to keep burning in the bowl as a symbol of the letting go process. The flame is a purifier, and symbolizes the sparks of inspiration as well. If you blow out your floating candle, and your bowl is in your home, relighting it will remind you of your commitment. Place inspiring pictures and totems around it that remind you of who you're becoming. Above all, give yourself kudos for honoring your own growth.

May. 10th, 2011

Ruki The GazettE Fast

taioncassis

How to Cast a Circle



The next holiday coming up is Summer Solstice. For those of you who don't know what happens on the Solstice. The day is the longest in the year. The Sun is at the highest before beginning its slide into darkness. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are said to be extrememly powerful. On this night elves and fairies abound in great numbers. It is on June 21st. As the Solstice comes closer I'll do a post about what rituals you can perform.

As for this post it is how to cast a proper circle.

1. Purify physically (clean up) as well as spiritually (take your hands, or broom, athame or wand and direct positive energy into the area, to push away negative energy). You could try using witch hazel to cleanse the area - a couple of drops in each corner of the room and round the perimeter of the circle should be sufficient.

2. Determine how large you want the circle. Do this by drawing a circle on the floor with salt water or with a chord.

3. Place all the objects you will use into the center of the circle. Your athame(dagger) so you may enter and exit circle without letting other things in. Your chalace for the wine and food ceremony in the middle of circle. Your cauldron to purify everyone's luck. Your book of shadows so that when you call the elements you'll have your chants. And instruments such as drums/sticks to dance to.

4. Represent the elements! Blue for water, yellow for air, red for fire, green for earth. In the center you can have a white candle or your goddess candle for spirit. Call them with chants your high priestess has made or yourself. Remember that the elements come when you flirt with them. They each stand for something which we will get into later.

5. Cast your circle with your athame. State the purpose of this circle whether it be for a holiday or for personal reasons. You are safe in this circle and you're keeping other beings out of it. Never forget that.

6. Invoke the god/goddess elements you wish to work with during this circle. Never call evil beings into the circle as they do no good for anyone. Hold hands and chant to bring them forward. You will find yourself with more energy afterwards.

7. Do what you like. Typically circle rituals follow as such: You cleanse your participants before you cast the circle with sage. Then you state the purpose of the circle and cast it. Invoke your god/goddess. Then you will usually meditate with your fellow Pagans and give them an imaginative exercise. After that you will go around and write down a goal for the month and burn it in the cauldron. After that you dance with the instruments and speak the name of the god/goddess in the circle. Then you have communion where you usually drink wine/sparkling cider and eat something as simple as angel food cake. Explain what you are grateful for before you drink and say 'So mote it be' and pass the goblet. The rest is up to you.

8. Make sure you close the circle. Go to each element candle and thank it for staying before blowing it out. Thank the deities for coming. And close the circle. If you can have a high priestess that knows what she's doing.

Have fun!

May. 2nd, 2011

Ruki The GazettE Fast

taioncassis

HAPPY LATE BELTANE EVERYONE



Beltane, and its counterpart Samhain, divide the year into its two primary seasons, winter (Dark Part) and summer (Light Part). As Samhain is about honoring Death, Beltane, its counter part, is about honoring Life. It is the time when the sun is fully released from his bondage of winter and able to rule over summer and life once again.

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Apr. 22nd, 2011

Ruki The GazettE Fast

taioncassis

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