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08:23 pm - My Grove's Fall Equinox Ritual
So we decided to do things a bit different. We went for a little more High Church kind of thing. Rob, our senior druid and I did all the parts. I tried to make the parts I did a bit more oomphy. I liked how the Outsiders part went although I kind of flubbed the ending and it was a bit awkward. I also liked what I did for the Kindreds although I couldn't remember the good parts of what I wrote down. I was not about to read from my notes.

We had lots of songs. I figured that since only Rob and myself were doing the parts we needed lots of songs to make people feel involved.

There wasn't a lot of enthusiasm for some reason.

We had a good omen and no one died. So good ritual.

My ultimate goal is to be able to do ritual like how Ian does it.

Still it was an interesting experiment. I think we learned some stuff.

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Date:September 28th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Ian often has his ritual parts written down, although he pretty much at this point has it mostly memorized. I have seen him reference it before though.

One of the coolest things about Stone Creed rites is all the folk-lore additions. Ian is like an excyclopedia of Gaelic knowledge.

Any idea of why enthusiasm was low?
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Date:September 28th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
I'll be doing my own blog post on this tomorrow, but two possible answers leap to mind:

1) It's Fall Equinox. Most pagans don't care about Fall Equinox as a holiday. Fall and Spring Equinox are consistently our lowest attended rites of the year. (Yule can sometimes have fewer people, but sometimes more.)

2) Rod and I doing all the parts prevented people from feeling like they were involved in the rite, singing or no. Personally I thought the ritual got a lot better when the individual praise started and people actually started doing things other than staring at the two of us and occasionally singing.

Folks talking to me after the rite said that the invocations and such were fine in and of themselves (the Outsiders bit got a lot of praise), but they didn't feel quite right for our Grove, and many of the participants felt like, well, non-participants as a result.

Or it was because we did the rite during the first half of the football game when the Wolverines fell behind 19-0, and the negative energy managed to reach our ritual site. If only we'd done the rite during the second half. >8)
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Date:September 28th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
1) hmm interesting, our first rite (last sunday) at Silver Falls had 15 people... of course we counted the children too. I figure if they are going to be there screaming during the rite they are going to be counted! Hope that means even more people for Samhain!

2) I like rites better myself with more voices, so I can understand that I guess.

I look forward to your post tomorrow.
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Date:September 28th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Well, the experiment was to show people different ways of doing things that hopefully they will take and incorporate when they do parts.

I have to agree tha I think folks expect to participate more in our rituals. And we didn't let them this time.

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Date:September 28th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Not sure why enthusiasm was low. It was kind of weird.

Maybe we were doing things that was different and it threw things off.

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