Exploded Ritual Procedure
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Exploded Ritual Procedure: for a Small Group Ritual in the Braided Wheel Tradition

This is a very detailed step by step description of what goes on in a small group Braided Wheel Ritual.
  1. Preliminary building of group consciousness
    1. Discussion of purpose setting of goals
    2. Agree on procedures
    3. Claiming duties
  2. Set up Altar
    1. Collect necessary tools and equipment
    2. Build focal point/mark vertical axis/define ritual center
    3. Establish boundaries
  3. Lighting the center candle
    1. Call to order, statement of purpose, and focus attention
  4. Grounding meditation.
    1. Establish secondary axes
    2. Open channels to energy flow,
    3. Stabilize energy flow/equalize pressure
  5. Purify the space
  6. Soak
    1. Call an Earth elemental
    2. Honor and consecrate it
    3. Call a Water elemental
    4. Honor and purify it
    5. Establish unity between them
    6. Purify participants and space
    7. Smoke
    8. Call a Fire elemental
    9. Honor and consecrate it
    10. Call a Air elemental
    11. Honor and purify it
    12. Establish unity between them
    13. Purify participants and space
  7. Circle Casting/outer rim
    1. Delineate the boundaries declaration of parameters
    2. Build containment field
    3. Statement of success
  8. Quarter calls/inner rim
  9. East
    1. Descriptive evocation of forces of the East, Air
    2. Request for assistance
    3. Welcoming, signal arrival/completion
    4. South
    5. Descriptive evocation of forces of the South, Fire
    6. Request for assistance
    7. Welcoming, signal arrival/completion
    8. West
    9. Descriptive evocation of forces of the West, Water
    10. Request for assistance
    11. Welcoming, signal arrival/completion
    12. North
    13. Descriptive evocation of forces of the North, Earth
    14. Request for assistance
    15. Welcoming, signal arrival/completion
    16. Honor East to complete circle
  10. Deity calls/center
  11. God
    1. Descriptive evocation of the male deity
    2. Request assistance
    3. Welcoming, signal arrival/completion
    4. Goddess
    5. Descriptive evoking of the female deity
    6. Request assistance
    7. Welcoming, signal arrival/completion
    Alternately
    1. Descriptive evocation of universal diet
    2. Request for assistance
    3. Welcoming, signal arrival/completion
  12. Magical work
    1. Statement of intent
    2. Statement of means
    3. Focusing of group
    4. Vows, Thanks, Spell Casting or Rite of Passage
    Alternately
    1. Dramatization of mythic theme (Passion Play)
  13. Energy Raising
    1. Singing, Dancing, Omming, Drumming
    2. Focusing and sending
  14. Grounding
    1. Draining of excess energy
  15. The Symbolic Great Rite and Wine and Cakes
  16. Honoring/identifying with the Sacred act
    1. Performing the Symbolic Great Rite
    2. Alternately (Saying the Wine Blessing)
    3. Saying the Bread Blessing
    4. Accepting the sacrifice/blessing
    5. The Priest/ess taking a bite and a sip
    6. Sharing the blessing
    7. passing the Wine and Cakes around (sometimes with a kiss)
    8. Group sharing of joys and concerns
    9. Everyone has a chance to speak (pass the Chalice or the Talking stick)
  17. Devocations
    1. Refocus- everyone stand up and pay attention
    2. Thanking the Deities in reverse order
      Goddess
    3. Name
    4. Thank You
    5. Good bye
    6. God
    7. Name
    8. Thank You
    9. Good bye
    10. Thanking the Quarters in reverse order
      North
    11. Name
    12. Thank You
    13. Good Bye
    14. West
    15. Name
    16. Thank You
    17. Good Bye
    18. South
    19. Name
    20. Thank You
    21. Good Bye
    22. East
    23. Name
    24. Thank You
    25. Good Bye
    26. Circle Dispersal
    27. Open the circle
    28. Ritual Closing Blessing
  1. Decompression
  2. Share food
  3. Talk, Sing, Drum
  4. Clean up

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