On a superficial level a ritual is a series of actions, through which the body and mind can be focused. However, on a much deeper level it is about getting the energy of an individual or of a group of like-minded people or to merge together with the power of God or with cosmic consciousness.
There are two types of rituals – the first serves the worship of deities and with the second type, one follows a specific destination regarding magic. Rituals which worship deities are normally celebrated on the traditional holidays. Magic rituals are used for practical purposes such as healing.
There is one more type of ritual to mention which falls exactly between both categories: the Pledge Ritual, in which you put yourself in the service of the Gods, but also at the same time working on yourself and your surrounding environment. Working alone you create your own rituals and at a later stage incorporate other beings that participate in the ritual.
On the whole most traditional orders of sorceresses follow these guidelines. But discrepancies do occur because each circle develops its own ritual practices.
According to the order of sorceresses the cardinal directions are represented by members, who sometimes have an officer’s title. Officers can fulfill different tasks in the hierarchy and in the different rituals. For example, the officer of the east is normally responsible for preparing the room and the utensils. He opens the circle, looks for the north on the compass and opens the gate between the worlds. All officers take part in the opening ceremony. White magic rituals:
Translated from: Weiße Magie Rituale.
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