I want to create ritual, to give offerings, to practice divination, and to work more closely with the deities, spirits, and ancestors. I'm not sure why I want to do these things, but it just seems important to me right now that I be doing them.
I experimented with a fairly simple weekly ritual that incorporated most of these elements last summer, but it didn't work out. Part of the problem was that it was too easy for me to push the ritual back a day if I didn't feel like doing it on the intended day as well as to completely forget about it on the other six days.
This time, I am thinking of having three tiers of rituals: one daily, one weekly, and one for the major festivals. The daily ritual would be part of my morning routine and because of constraints due to time, it would be very simple and short. I do want some sort of Ogham divination to be part of this ritual as I have wanted for some time to study and learn more about Ogham. I rather like this ritual from ADF, although it would need a few modifications.
The weekly ritual would be longer and more complex and would probably involve offering as a major component. The ritual for festivals would be more complex still and could possibly involve a feast of some sort. (Feasts seem strange when I'm eating alone, but I'm thinking about it.)
Any ritual that I use has to take into account certain problems that I have:
- Space - My room is very small, with no room for a permanent altar, other than the makeshift shrine sort of thing that I have built on top of my printer. A temporary altar built on my (only) table would have to share space with my computer and printer (which could not be moved, even temporarily, as there would be no place to put them). I will not be able to do a great deal of movement in my rituals and certainly not any processions.
- Lack of suitable outdoor space - My city is in the middle of the grasslands, meaning that there are few trees and no forests. The result is that in any wild space (and there is some within walking distance), you will be visible from a fairly long way off to anyone who happens to look the right way. Unless the ritual used very few props and no extravagant movements, I would probably not perform it outdoors.
- Candles and incense - Even if I wasn't already uncomfortable with using these items, I cannot anyway, because they are not permitted in my dorm (and I'm generally not the kind of person who breaks rules). I suspect my rituals will be more focused on water than on fire (which seems fitting in this dry environment where, so often, fire is a danger and water (rain) is a blessing). Juni at Living the Path of Mist recently discussed how the role of fire has in many ways been replaced by that of electricity, so I am wondering if I could somehow use electricity as a symbol in ritual or on an altar.