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I don't know if this has been asked before or not, but what is your take on rituals?

About the only one that I personally do is leaving my tarot cards out under a full moon, however I have a friend that is starting to become curious about them and has done one or two for herself, but she seems skeptical about it all. My thought and advice to her was to do what she felt was right where they are concerned and above all beleive, because if you don't beleive and you scoff then of course what you are doing won't work. I was wondering what other incite there might be out here. So I thought I would ask and share a little. I am not however going to share what my friends' ritual was all about since I would like to keep her privacy, but I can say it did no harm to anyone, so it wasn't something like a vengeful spell or something or other.

Short post, i know, but I figured maybe other people had more experience with rituals than I do and would have better advice about them.


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Mar. 23rd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
My take on rituals. . .

There are rituals with scripts, and ritual dress, tools and altar. There are rituals that coincide with observances of meaningful holy days. There are group rituals and solitary ones.

And then, there are also in-the-moment rituals. . . the one I do most every morning while waiting for the coffee to brew, where I light a candle on my small altar and give thanks. The preparation for that one is minimal. . . no ritual bath or garb, just me stumbling out of the bed after the alarm goes off, hitting the bathroom and then punching the "on" button on the coffeemaker.

Or the spontaneous ritual that happens when I finally top that hill, out of breath and sweating, and take in the view. It starts with one word.

Mar. 24th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a very nice and refreshing ritual.

The one the friend tried was a solitary personal ritual and she isn't used to doing them so she mentioned feeling uncomfortable with it and doubting that it would work or that it would backfire on her or something because she doesn't normally do many rituals and has had some things backfire in the past.

I should perhaps come up with something like yours, it sounds refreshing and it is always good to give thanks for what you have in life. Mainly if I feel it I just say a thank you in my head and go on. Although life likes to get in the way and I probably don't say it often enough or stop to smell the roses often enough.
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Mar. 24th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I would agree with that. I have very little experience with spells or rituals. I am a very non ritualistic person in that I beleive strongly in what I believe, but beyond having a belief and the occasional silent prayer to (Fate/Whatever) I don't traditionally practice anything. I like to keep an open view though and knowing others that do the same and or are interested in other ways to have faith in whatever they like, helps me keep an open mind. There is always room for my views to change possibly or at the very least be broadened by different experiences.
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