Pagan ritual etiquette

Pagan ritual etiquette

There are 8 comments on the Examiner.com story from Jun 10, 2012, titled Pagan ritual etiquette. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

What can you expect when going to your first pagan ritual? How should you behave? What rules of etiquette might apply? Be sure to contact the person hosting or leading the ritual to confirm that it is open to the public, or that you have been invited.

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Since: Jun 12

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#1 Jun 11, 2012
It's also always good to leave your cell phone out of the ritual, don't take it into circle with you, and if it's close by, make sure you put it on vibrate or turn it off. Electronics of any kind are best left out.
Jumper

Morgantown, KY

#2 Jun 11, 2012
Pagan Priestess wrote:
It's also always good to leave your cell phone out of the ritual, don't take it into circle with you, and if it's close by, make sure you put it on vibrate or turn it off. Electronics of any kind are best left out.
Does the cell phone interfear with the spirital 'vibes' or something?

Since: Jun 12

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#3 Jun 12, 2012
Jumper wrote:
<quoted text>Does the cell phone interfear with the spirital 'vibes' or something?
Yes it does. A ritual space must at all times be very calm, and balanced, and cleared of any negative energy. This is important because it helps keep our energy where it needs to be, and helps to keep us focused. If a cell phone rings it can distract the attention needed for the intent of the ritual, and can throw off energy for people.

“NM Desert Rat”

Since: Mar 08

Elephant Butte, N.M.

#4 Jun 12, 2012
Pagan Priestess wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes it does. A ritual space must at all times be very calm, and balanced, and cleared of any negative energy. This is important because it helps keep our energy where it needs to be, and helps to keep us focused. If a cell phone rings it can distract the attention needed for the intent of the ritual, and can throw off energy for people.
It is also very rude.

Since: Jun 12

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#5 Jun 12, 2012
NM Desert Rat wrote:
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It is also very rude.
Yes very much so

“Dance with Fire- Boycott BS”

Since: Apr 07

Moon

#6 Jun 12, 2012
Heh, for some turning off a cell phone and putting it aside is like going skyclad.

Since: Jun 12

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#7 Jun 12, 2012
CShine wrote:
Heh, for some turning off a cell phone and putting it aside is like going skyclad.
It's crazy to think that some people just can't live without their cell phones nowadays...I mean...how do they think we survived in the past without them? You're totally right, leaving cell phones and all other electronic devices out of ritual would make most people feel naked, and that would be their definition of feeling "liberated" lol.

“Dance with Fire- Boycott BS”

Since: Apr 07

Moon

#8 Jun 14, 2012
Honestly, I think what it all boils down to is common decency and respect. Why some people think of rituals and other Pagan gatherings differently then they do of being invited to dinner party, for instance, I'll never understand. Why is it OK for someone to inquire about your group or practices and say they are interested, but not even bother to let someone know they're not coming when they've said they would. Just like a host/ess at a dinner made extra food for the guest they think is coming, here is the host/ess of a ritual wondering if you're lost, had an emergency, if they should be worried, hold off starting the ritual 5 more minutes, etc. I realize there are times when people are not even able to make a quick phone call or text to let people know, but those type of emergencies are few (thankfully); it's usually just a lack of basic manners.

So moving on from that and assuming a person at least gets over the cold feet hump, you'd treat it like any other personal invitation to someone's home within the bounds of reason and respect. If they say I'm making my famous lamb chops can you please bring side dishes & wine, you bring one of those. If they say you need to join me in the hottub for enlightenment, you leave quickly!

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