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A Sourcebook of Sabbats & Esbats for Solitaries & Covens|
A Year of Ritual
Author: Sandra Kynes [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Category: Pagan Level: All
Ritual is important because it helps us to find our true selves. We are not just physical and mental creatures we are also spiritual. We have this thing called a soul and for some of us we cannot shove it in a cabinet and keep it locked away. It will pound on the door for attention. We know that we must acknowledge this part of ourselves, otherwise we feel incomplete. Ritual provides the means to hand ourselves over to spirit and to participate in the great dance of life.
Entering into ritual helps us awaken to what is eternal within ourselves. When we do this, we find where we fit in the web of life that surrounds us and touches everything in the universe. This connection also extends over time because as we engage in traditional celebrations with the Sabbats, we connect ourselves with those who have gone before us. In a sense we also project out to the future to those who will follow in our footsteps. Our energy becomes part of a spiral that stretches through time and space.
Ritual is not a passive event. That part of us that we awaken cannot be stuffed into a box to await the next ritual. The energy that we raise changes us slightly each time so that when we go back into the world at large, we take some of the energy, some of the magic with us. Through ritual we are transformed and we learn that we become transformers. As the chant suggests, “we are the weavers, we are the web” – we realize that we can weave and transform our lives.
We are sometimes called to help others in their transformation, and so this book practically demanded to be created. People who I had worked with over the years were a lot like me – okay, to put a label on us we were the, “artsy types”. We would put together elaborate rituals or wing it and adlib. Several years ago I found myself leading a group in a town where I had recently moved. It was a very mixed group with people at various levels of experience and from many backgrounds, and a number of sessions were spent teaching. It was then that I realized not everyone is a Bard. This didn’t mean that others didn’t feel what I felt in ritual or appreciated crafted ritual components. It was simply not their calling; they had many other talents that they brought to the community.
Although this book started out as a collection of Sabbat rituals that were basically “ready to go”, it seemed to have a wider application. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, sooner or later when putting together a ritual you may be pressed for time, or creative inspiration may remain elusive.
Sabbats are important, but so are the Esbats. Marking all these occasions help bring one into balance with the rhythms of the natural world. Together the Sabbats and Esbats celebrate the interconnected cycles of the three most important celestial bodies: sun, moon and earth. Through these celebrations we bring our bodies, minds and spirits into alignment. While this sounds like serious business, ritual is also meant to be joyful – reverence and joy are not mutually exclusive feelings. The rituals contained in A Year of Ritual are intended to reflect both. They are presented in group and solo format and can be easily modified to suit various situations, or used simply to brainstorm your own ideas.
While this book provides ideas, words and direction for ritual, the most important part must be supplied by you – faith in your beliefs. Without this vital ingredient, ritual is only a performance. Use this book as a framework for your truth and live the magic.
A Year of Ritual Includes:
• An introduction to ritual, the sabbats and esbats
• A guide for creating your own rituals
• An easily-modified script for twenty seasonal and lunar celebrations
• Rituals presented in both group and solitary format
• Preliminary and background information for each ritual
• A special ritual as tribute to the author's favorite author, J.R.R. Tolkien
• Glossary and pronunciation guide for Elvish, Gaelic and Latin words used in the rituals
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