A Ritual of Gestures

Sun SaluteThis elegantly simple ritual is phenomenal for connecting and communicating with the energies, spirits and deities around you. No words need to be spoken, yet everything is understood.

A Ritual of Gestures
Adapted from Scott Cunningham

Stand in the ritual area. Still your thoughts. Breathe deeply for half a minute or so until composed and calm. Turn your mind to your deities.

Face north. Lift both hands to waist height, palms down. Press your fingers together, creating two solid, flat planes. Sense solidity, foundation, fertility. Invoke the powers of Earth through the gesture.

Moments later, turn toward the east. Raise your hands a foot higher, your palms facing away from you (no longer parallel with the ground), and elbows slightly bent. Spread your fingers and hold this position, sensing movement and communication. Invoke the forces of Air through this gesture.

Face south. Lift your hands fully above your head. Keeping the elbows straight, grasp your fingers into tight fists. Feel force, power, creation and destruction. Invoke the forces of Fire through this gesture.

Turn to the west. Lower your hands a foot or so. Bend the elbows, turn your palms upward and cup them, pressing the thumbs against the forefingers. Sense fluidity, the ocean, liquidity. Invoke the forces of Water through this gesture.

Face north again. Throw your head back and raise both hands to the sky, palms up, fingers spread. Drink in the essence of divine creativity; the unknowable, ultimate source of all. Sense the mysteries within the universe.

Moon SaluteLower your projective hand but keep your receptive hand high. With your raised hand press the ring, middle and fore fingers against the palm, lift the little finger and thumb to create a rough crescent shape. Sense the reality of the Goddess. Sense her love, her fertility, her compassion. Sense the powers of the Moon in the gesture; the force of the eternal seas- the presence of the Goddess.

Lower your receptive hand; lift your projective hand. Bend down the middle and ring fingers toward the palm, and trap them with the thumb. Life the forefinger and little finger up to the sky, creating a horned image. Sense the reality of the God. Sense the power of the Sun in this gesture; the untamed energies of the woodlands- the presence of the God.

Lower your projective hand. Lie down flat. Spread your legs and arms until you’ve created the pattern of the pentagram. Sense the powers of the Elements running through you; merging and coalescing into your being. Sense them as emanations from The Universe, The Goddess, and the God.

Meditate. Commune. Communicate.

When finished, simply stand up. Your rite of gestures is over.

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Attuning with the Divine

CernunnosNo matter which religion you observe or practice, the main goal is to attune yourself with the divine and see them in all of creation. This can be done many ways, but one of the most effective ways is to incorporate a daily practice of honoring and feeling divinity around you. This can be accomplished by sitting in meditation, being in nature, sitting quietly in prayer, or even participating in song and dance.

The ways to attune yourself are endless and choosing one that works depends on you, the divinity, and your relationship together. One ritual I have found very effective when working with a new deity, or even getting to know an old one better is very simple, but very effective.

Begin by arranging your altar. An altar can be anything from a log or stone in the forest to a kitchen counter in your home. It needn’t be fancy, but it must be decorated in such a way that a bond is formed between you and the divine. Personal touches, and design are an important part of your altar, and lets the divinity know that you wish to welcome them into your life.

God and Goddess of NatureWhen symbols of the divine are placed upon the altar this allows them to be at home when they are working with you. These vary from deity to deity and research should be used to determine what is appropriate. Some examples are a cross and doves for Jesus, pieces of horns and oak branches for Cernunnos, moonstones and white flowers for Diana, and stones and herbs for Gaia. The possibilities are endless.

Another good idea to help the divine feel at home is through the use of statues. There are many, many statues out there which depict hundreds of Gods and Goddesses; and most are very reasonably priced.

PanWhen the altar is to your liking, and contains symbols of the divinity or divinities in question, light some incense which is pleasing to you or has a connection with the divine. Allow the incense to burn for a short time then light a candle for each divinity you wish to welcome. These can be tapers, jar candles, even tea lights; and even better if they are colored in a hue associated with the divine in question.

Sit before your altar, breathe deeply, and clear your mind. Allow yourself to relax into a state of calmness and serenity. When you are thoroughly relaxed begin to focus on the deity or deities you wish to contact. See them inside your mind and contemplate their many aspects. Once you have a clear image speak a simple invocation of your own design to welcome them to you.

New Moon GoddessAt this time ask for them to form a connection with you, and to let you see them in your daily life. Meditate for some time on this and be open to divine contact. When you feel compelled to end the ritual thank the deity or deities and know that they are with you. Open your eyes, snuff out the candle and let the incense burn out. You may leave and offering if you so wish, and once again do some research to see what was traditionally offered to your deity.

You are then free to go on about your daily life, but be aware of signs from the divine, and welcome them to you.

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