Samhain – A Solitary Ritual

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Of all the high days on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is perhaps the most conducive to solitary observances. There’s one thing you can do better by yourself than in a group – listening. And while listening is an appropriate activity at any time, it’s especially important in this season. [Read more...]

A Rite of Herakles

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The story of Herakles is the story of what it means to be human. We are all struggling and fighting to reach our highest potential. Only the details differ. [Read more...]

Lessons From a First Ritual

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I wasn’t ready to lead a public ritual when I was asked to do it for the first time. Desire, reason, and the wisdom of my 9th grade history teacher helped me do it well. [Read more...]

Egyptian Summer Solstice

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While the liturgy of our Egyptian Summer Solstice ritual is our own modern creation, it is inspired by the daily temple rituals of ancient Egypt and it is quite different from our usual Pagan rites. I think the differences are relevant to devotional polytheists regardless of which traditions and which Gods we follow. [Read more...]

Building a Summer Solstice Tradition

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Summer Solstice is perhaps the least well-defined of all the eight celebrations of the Wheel of the Year. and you could easily drop it from your list of high days. Denton CUUPS has used this as an opportunity to build a local tradition around our Egyptian Temple Ritual. [Read more...]

Planning Special Rituals

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Much of what makes a seasonal ritual successful is also important in rituals for special occasions. But there are differences, and creating the best special rituals requires paying close attention to them. [Read more...]

The Four Hallows of the Tuatha De Danann

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This year’s Beltane ritual was centered on the Four Hallows of the Tuatha De Danann, four powerful items of Otherworldly origin that are the essence of what they do and what they provide. Is one of these Hallows presenting itself to you? [Read more...]

Dreams of Beltane

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I’ve always wanted to be part of a huge Beltane celebration, but sometimes going deeper works out better than going big. [Read more...]