By Barbara Ardinger
This is a guide on how one can practice sacred ceremonies within the culture of Goddess spirituality in one's own residence with usual home goods. An annual cycle of celebrations is incorporated, as is recommendation on the best way to manage an altar and use uncomplicated instruments. the writer, a practitioner of Wicca (witchcraft), expounds the life-affirming, eco-feminist values of that culture. feedback for rituals and ideas for inventing one's personal are given. Poetry and benefits mixture in a identify which helps get together of the Goddess photograph in lifestyle. those rituals are own, relocating rites which have fun love and peace, and which act as meditations for contemplating new rituals, previous traditions, and the process women's lives.
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But don’t make this book your bible. Soar on your own power. This is a personal book. Just for the record, it’s the creation of a well-educated, middle-class WASP from Middle America. D. degree in English Renaissance literature with an emphasis on drama (Shakespeare) and I’ve been a teacher for a long time. I’ve also been a technical editor, and I’m a double Cancer whose Moon is in Gemini. That’s what I am. Nevertheless, an individual’s unique experiences reflect the whole and contain universal elements, so I know that my life experiences and yours share common ground.
The spiral dance winds along its own labyrinthine path around a central point (altar or bonfire), faster and faster and faster. It stirs up enormous energy and is something we should all experience at least once in our lives, even if we end up in breathless collapse. In between the two extremes are private or public rituals to celebrate the full and new moons, to empower a special project (as I did when I started to work in earnest on this book), to beckon love or money into our lives, to celebrate a friend’s good fortune, to bless a new home.
You can also use it as a model to write your own words of blessing. In the presence of the Most Holy Ones— the Mothers of my body the Grandmothers of my soul— I give thanks. I give thanks that I live through their energy through their love through their labor. As a daughter/son of their wombs and works, I return their blessings: I bless my mother/stepmother, [name]. I bless my grandmothers, [names]. I bless all the women of my family line, women whose names I know women whose names have been forgotten.
A Woman's Book of Rituals and Celebrations by Barbara Ardinger