Garden of Life
Garden of Life Handbook of Ritual Celebration

Basic Table of Contents



Part, the First: Commitment to hold Ritual Celebration
I. First Thoughts
     A. When One, Two or Many first Think of holding a Ritual Celebration
     B. Declaration of Intent (Signatures in blood, probably unnecessary!)

II. Planning Phase
     A. Is a plannor or planning committee needed?
     B. When?
     C. Who will likely wish to participate? How shall the event be announced?
     D. Where? (Should be affected by the answers to the above questions)
     E. What Specifics of the Ritual Celebration will be determined beforehand?
     F. Who will Officiate, Focalize and/or Facilitate?
     G. What about Ritual Implements?
               Motifs, Patterns, Symbols, Props, Tool/Toys, and so forth?



Part, the Second: Personal Preparation of potential Celebrants
          Possibly to include, but not limited to the following:
I. Preliminary through the Eve of Celebration
     A. "Truthsaying"
     B. Clearing/Cleansing Body/Mind/Psyche
     C. Consecrating Body/Mind/Psyche
     D. Consecration of all that comes to or goes from the Celebrant
II. Day of Celebration
     A. Contemplation of the Celebration, and what it reflects
     B. Chant Towards Celebration
     C. Let Every action and reaction be a positive stroke toward the Celebration
     D. "Be Here Now"
     E. Read beneficial works
     F. Devote time to the study of the Gifts and/or Persuasions
     G. Meditate and Wrap with Love



Part, the Third: A Sample Basic Ritual Celebration
I. Idea and Planning
II. Personal Preparation of potential Celebrants
III. Celebratory Ritual ForePlay
     A. Laying out Patterns, Setting up and Preparing Altars
     B. Formal Celebrant Preparation
          1. Formal Greeting
          2. Preliminary Cleansings
          3. Consecration
          4. Apophis
          5. Attunement
     C. Officiant Preparations
          1. Formal Greeting
          2. Preliminary Cleansings
          3. Consecration
          4. Preparation, Cleansing, and Consecration of Ritual Implements
          5. Apophis
          6. Attunement
     D. Aura Cleansings
     E. Guided Visualization
     F. Introduction of Statement of Intent
IV. Celebratory Ritual
     A. Coming Together - Physical, Mental, Spiritual
     B. Statement of Intent
     C. Dedication of the Sacred Space/Closing the Circle/Erecting the Spheres
     D. Separation from Chronometric Time/Space Affirmations
     E. Salutations, Greetings to the Watchers/Calling Quarters
     F. Invocation
     G. Manifestation, Vocal Confirmation, and Response
     H. Celebratory Sacrifice and Sacrificial Assertion
     I. Communions
          1. Earth/Mother Communion
          2. Sun/Father Communion
          3. Moon/Teacher Communion
     J. Annointment and Consecration Assertions
     K. Intent and Method Affirmations
     L. Energy Dances - Buildings and Sendings
          1. First - to the Specific Intents and the Heart of the Earth Mother
               a. Build
               b. Send
          2. Second - to the Network of LikeMinded
               a. Build
               b. Send
          3. Third - Rebuilding Individual Energies
               a. Build
               b. Absorb
     M. Closing of Ritual Phase of the Celebration, Assertions of Completion
     N. Opening of the Circle
     O. Promise to Return Affirmations and Transitions to Love Feast
V. Love Feast / AfterGlow
     A. Spiritual Confirmation of State of Oneness Through Palm and Eye Gesture
     B. Mental Confirmation of State of Oneness Through Personal Verbal Affirmation
     C. Physical Confirmation of State of Oneness by Physical Contact
     D. Duration of AfterGlow
     E. Reflections on the Ritual Celebration Experience



Part, the Fourth: Sample Variations upon the Theme
I. Some of our favorite variations on developing Ideas and Planning

II. Some of our favorite variations on Personal Preparation of potential Celebrants

III. Some of our favorite variations on Ritual Celebration ForePlay
     A. Some of our favorite variations on Laying out Patterns, Setting up and Preparing Altars
          1. Shamanic Moving Circle Modus
     B. Some of our favorite variations on Formal Celebrant Preparation
          1. Formal Greeting
          2. Preliminary Cleansings
          3. Consecration
          4. Apophis
          5. Attunement
     C. Some of our favorite variations on Officiant Preparations
          1 Formal Greeting
          2. Preliminary Cleansings
          3. Consecration
          4. Preparation, Cleansing, and Consecration of Ritual Implements
          5. Apophis
          6. Attunement
     D. Some of our favorite variations on Aura Cleansings
     E. Some of our favorite variations on Guided Visualization
     F. Some of our favorite variations on Statement of Intent Introduction
IV. Some of our favorite variations on Celebratory Ritual
     A. Some of our favorite variations on Coming Together-Physical, Mental, Spiritual
     B. Some of our favorite variations on Statement of Intent
     C. Dedication of the Sacred Space/Closing the Circle/Erecting the Spheres
          1. Some of our favorite variations on Dedication of the Sacred Space
          2. Some of our favorite variations on Closing the Circle
               a. Adding the Chakra Positions
               b. Adding Establishing of the Columns
          3. Some of our favorite variations on Erecting the Spheres
     D. Some of our favorite variations on Separation from Chronometric Time/Space and Affirmations
     E. Some of our favorite variations on Salutations, Greetings to the Watchers/Calling Quarters
     F Some of our favorite variations on Invocation
     G. Some of our favorite variations on Manifestation, Vocal Confirmation and Response
          1. MultiManifestation
          2. Two Pillar Tradition - Double High Priestesses
          3. Triple Manifestation
               a. Maiden/Mother/Crone
               b. Other Possibilities
     H. Some of our favorite variations on Celebratory Sacrifice and Sacrificial Assertion
     I. Some of our favorite variations on Communions
          1. Some of our favorite variations on Earth/Mother Communion
          2. Some of our favorite variations on Sun/Father Communion and Affirmations
          3. Some of our favorite variations on Moon/Teacher Communion and Affirmations
     J. Some of our favorite variations on Annointment and Consecration Assertions
     K. Some of our favorite variations on Intent and Method Affirmations
     L Some of our favorite variations on Energy Dances / Buildings and Sendings
          1. Regular Energy Dances
               a. First Energy Dance
               b. Second Energy Dance
                    Energy (often) sent to the Network of LikeMinded
               c. Third Energy Dance - ReBuilding (A really, really good idea)
          2. Passion Play
     M Some of our favorite variations on Closing of the Ritual Phase of the Celebration,
               Assertions of Completion/Success
     N. Some of our favorite variations on Opening of the Circle
     O. Some of our favorite variations on Promise to Return Affirmation and Commencement of Love Feast
     P. Some of our favorite variations on the Love Feast/AfterGlow



Part, the Fifth: Additional Applications
I. Rites of Passage and Perfectionings
     A. PreNatal Perfectionings
     B. Birth Perfectionings
     C. 3rd year Perfectioning
     D. 6th year Perfectioning
     E. 9th year Perfectioning
     F. 12-14th year Perfectionings and/or Community Member Rite of Passage
     G. 15-18th year Perfectionings Freedom Rite of Passage
     H. Adulthood Perfectionings
     I. Peak of Adulthood Perfectionings
     J. Croning or Saging Perfectionings
     K. Fallow Season Perfectionings
     L. Preparation for the Greater Feast Perfectionings
II. Joinings
III. Spiritual Initiations and/or Accreditations
IV. Officiant Ordinations
V. Chrysalizations
VI. Chaosizations
VII. Assistance in the Translation of Planes
VIII. Other Special Sacramental Celebrations






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