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Rituals

Rituals apply principles of psychology to shape the experiences, motivations, and behaviors of the participants in desired directions.

To understand some of the motivations behind naturalistic ritual, see Why do Ritual as a Naturalistic Pagan?

Wheel of the Year

A photograph of a painted Wheel of the Year from the Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle, by MidnightBlueOwl

The Neopagan Wheel of the Year marks eight points in the sun’s annual cycle.  The solstices and equinoxes mark four points, and between these are the cross-quarters.  Jon Cleland Host calls the cross-quarters thermistices and equitherms, recognizing the peaks and balances of climatic temperature.

The eight corresponding Neopagan holidays are commonly referred to as sabbats or high days.

Yule / Winter Solstice

Imbolc / Winter Thermistice

Ostara / Vernal Equinox

Beltane / Vernal Equitherm

Litha / Summer Solstice

Lammas / Summer Thermistice

Mabon / Autumnal Equinox

Samhain / Autumnal Equitherm

Devotionals

My daily practice: Morning ritual – by John Halstead

Pantheist Practices for the Home – by Dave Salyers, in the files section of the Naturalistic Paganism yahoo group.

Pantheist Shrine Service – by Dave Salyers, based upon Shinto, neo-Druidic, and Toteg Tribe practice, in the files section of the Naturalistic Paganism yahoo group.

Prayers

Grace – Inclusive Prayers for Meals – Good for big family meals during the holidays, in the files section of the Naturalistic Paganism yahoo group.

Invocation of the Spiral of Being – by Rose Welsh, in the files section of the Naturalistic Paganism yahoo group.

Prayer of Thanksgiving – by Rose Welsh, in the files section of the Naturalistic Paganism yahoo group.

Life passages

Ceremonies for Thresholds of Life – including green burial, by Nora Young

Naturalist weddings – by DT Strain

Other ritual resources

Humanistic Pagan retreat – an experimental model for a home retreat (see individual posts for all seven days)

PaGaian Cosmology – a complete annual cycle of naturalistic rituals; read it online for free

Pagan Chant Library – a collection of common chants compiled at EarthSpirit.org

Ritual for the Spiritual Naturalist – principles, practices, and rituals from a naturalistic perspective, at the Spiritual Naturalist Society

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