Ritual practices

Just like any other religion, there are various rituals that are performed by the wiccans. These rituals are used for sabbats, worshipping or for performing the magic. From the ancient time, a very strong relation between these ritualistic performances and the position of moon can be observed. Wiccans also depend very much, on the moon. Most of the rituals take place in full moon, and sometimes during new moon. During the traditional rituals, the coven gets assembled inside a magical circle, and it is thought that the circle is pure, and filled with all the positive vibes of the world.

 

While the circle is being drawn or cast, the guardians of the cardinal points are invoked and worshiped, along with the natural elements they stand for, i.e. water, earth, air, fire and aether. After the casting of the circle, a seasonal ritual is being performed. Prayers are enchanted and some spells are used. This ritual of the wiccans requires a set of items, like a knife that is known as athame, a wand, a pentacle and a chalice. Apart from these there are some other items also, such as broom sticks, cauldron, candles, incense and a carved blade. This blade is known as boline.

 

Inside the circle there is an altar, or mostly the circle is drawn around the altar. On this altar the ritualistic items are placed, which stand for God and Goddess. In order to enter the circle one has to go through a ritualistic fast and bath. Once, everyone is inside the circle, the ritual begins, and at the end of the ritual the circle is closed. Then, the guardians, God and Goddess are thanked for everything. There is also a special ritual in some of the Wiccan beliefs can be found, which includes working and performing the ritual being naked. This is known as skyclad. This tradition seems to be a reflection of the Italian witchcraft.

 

Some of the other sects or rituals are not so stern. One can wear robes and normal clothes while performing those rituals. Some of the ritual requires the invocation of the God and Goddess to possess the high priest and priestess. Then they get intimated sexually to get the magical energy to use for the spells afterwards. Sometimes, the whole thing is performed just symbolically with the knife and chalice. Outward this whole thing may give a wrong idea, but once you start to understand the deep thought behind it, things will become easy to accept.