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Hold a Journal Ritual - An Easy Alternative to Traditional Rituals

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Hold a Journal Ritual - An Easy Alternative to Traditional Rituals

Use a blank journal to hold your rituals if privacy is an issue.

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Question: Hold a Journal Ritual - An Easy Alternative to Traditional Rituals

I've just started studying Wicca, and there is a Sabbat coming up. I'd like to celebrate with a small ritual, but honestly, I don't think I can find any way to do it. I have a roommate who is always here, and I know that holding a ritual by myself is going to be next to impossible. I'd still like to do something to honor the Sabbat though. Any suggestions?

Answer:

In a perfect world, any person drawn to Wicca or Paganism would have ample space to perform rituals. We'd all have a big field, somewhere out in the woods, ringed with tall trees and perhaps a few standing stones. There would be no nosy neighbors or pesky roommates nearby, the altar would be a perfectly flat rock or stump, a soft breeze blowing gently through the clear night air...

But realistically, that doesn't happen for most of us. In fact, for some people -- particularly if you live in a dorm, an apartment, or a family -- it's hard to find any form of privacy whatsoever. In your situation, you're pretty much stuck. You can either go somewhere else for your ritual, or you can skip it altogether. Another option, though, is that of what I call a "journal ritual."

While most people have no qualms whatsoever about interrupting people who are lighting candles, meditating, praying, or even reading, the odd fact is that very few people will bother someone who is in the act of writing. This means that if you have a notebook or blank journal, you've got an escape route from your roommate. So here's what you do.

Get your journal out, and find yourself a comfortable spot. Light some incense or a candle if you like, to set the mood. Consider what it is you want to accomplish with your ritual. Do you want to observe a Sabbat? Give thanks to the Divine? Perform healing magic? Whatever it is, get your thoughts in order, and then simply allow yourself to write what you are thinking. A sample Sabbat ritual might look something like this:

"Tonight I honor the gods and celebrate Beltane. It is a time of fertility and magic, as life returns to the land. It is the time when my ancestors honored the Lady of Spring, the May Queen, and her consort the Green Man, Cernunnos, the Horned God. Tonight is a time of fire and passion. The flames of the Beltane bonfire burn brightly in the night sky, illuminating the darkness¦" and so forth.

Continue writing your thoughts, imagining a full ritual playing out on the pages. You might wish to include things like lighting of candles, casting of a circle, or even chanting to the gods if these things seem like they would fit. Consider drawing a picture of what your ideal altar would look like. You may find yourself in almost a trance-like state, writing all the things that come to mind. Once the ideas stop coming, and you finish writing, the ritual has ended. Close the journal and put it away until the next time.

Tip: Be sure to date all your journal rituals. This will be helpful to you later on, when you wish to look back at your spiritual growth and see how far you have advanced in your knowledge.

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