Wiccan ritual practices

Wiccan ritual practices

Like any other religion, there are various rituals performed by the Wiccans. These rituals are used for sabbats, worshipping, or for performing magick. From ancient times, a solid relationship between these ritualistic performances and the moon’s position can be observed. Wiccans also depend very much on the moon. Most of the rituals take place on a full moon and sometimes during a new moon.

During the traditional rituals, the coven assembled inside a magical circle, and it is thought that the circle is pure and filled with all the positive vibes of the world.

While the circle is being drawn or cast, the guardians of the cardinal points are invoked and worshiped, along with the natural elements they stand for, i.e., water, earth, air, fire, and aether. After the casting of the circle, a seasonal ritual is being performed. Prayers are enchanted, and some spells are used. The Wiccans ritual requires a set of items, like the knife known as Athame, a wand, a pentacle, and a chalice. Apart from these, some other items, such as broomsticks, cauldron, candles, incense, and a carved blade. This blade is known as Boline.

The Wicca circle

Inside the circle, there is an altar, or mostly the circle is drawn around the altar. On this altar, the ritualistic items are placed, which stand for God and Goddess. In order to enter the circle, one has to go through a ritualistic fast and bath. Once everyone is inside the circle, the ritual begins, and at the end of the ritual, the circle is closed. Then, the guardians, God and Goddess, are thanked for everything.

There is also a special ritual in some of the Wiccan beliefs, which includes working and performing the ritual naked. This is known as skyclad. This tradition seems to be a reflection of Italian witchcraft.

Some of the other sects or rituals are not so stern. One can wear robes and normal clothes while performing those rituals. Some of the rituals require the God and Goddess’s invocation to possess the high priest and priestess. Then they get intimated sexually to get the magical energy to use for the spells afterward. Sometimes, the whole thing is performed just symbolically with the knife and chalice. Outward this whole thing may give a wrong idea, but once you start to understand the deep thought behind it, things will become easy to accept.