can be brilliant: Empowering for the organizers, those who attend,
and the campaign you are focusing on. But to do it right takes a
little preparation and care.
A few ground rules:
Be prepared for drunks, fools, trouble makers & psychologically
vulnerable people. Obviously, this depends on how open the ritual
is & the context.
Be very clear about the intent and structure of the
ritual. Carefully explain before the ritual what is going to happen
and why. Try to ensure that everyone knows what is going on; being
in the middle of a working without a clue as to what is happening
is not very empowering! You may need to run through the ritual two
or three times before people feel comfortable.
Keep it simple and avoid monologues or long potentially
dull sections. If you have a circle of 30 people and you spend 30
seconds carefully smudging each one you will have a very bored circle
standing doing nothing for nearly 15 minutes! So, keep each part
of the ritual brief and involve everyone wherever possible. The
Dragon basic ritual is a good start.
Be careful to ground everyone properly before they
leave, especially if you are planning a powerful working.
Ideally have people who are prepared to act as watchers
& can keep an eye out for anyone likely to freak out or cause
Don't let all this put you off! Groups have been
doing public workings for years, & there are rarely any problems.
Also see the Eco-magic Course notes on Ritual.
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