Jun 022012
 
As with most groups we have a basic ritual framework that we use on a regular basis. This does not mean, however, that we never use a different structure or try out new things! Having a fairly standard format does make it easier to design a ritual, because you aren’t always building it it “from the ground up.” Not included are the very necessary chants or dances that bring completeness to the ritual. These are added on a ritual-by-ritual basis and are determined by the type of moon or magickal working.

Basic Esbat Format

Grounding & Centering

Opening

  • Salt & Water Blessing
  • Individual Purification
  • Casting the Circle
  • Cleansing the Circle
  • Calling the Quarters
  • Invoking Deity

The Body of the Ritual

  • Magickal Working
  • Circle Sharing
  • Cakes & Wine

Ending

  • Thanking the Deities
  • Thanking the Quarters
  • Opening the Circle
  • Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again!

┬áMost often casting the circle at a full moon occurs with all of the participants already inside the circle. We have worked a wide-variety of castings and particularly enjoy the ones where we actually build the circle together. Because there is no circle challenge, we pass the salt & water from person to person as part of each individual’s purification. We don’t always do spellwork/magick, but instead journey, do a guided meditation, work on some specific skill or run energy. If we do a Drawing Down the Moon, it is usually after the invocations.

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