Practices

Contents
  • Ritual
  • Consecration - A morning practice
  • Reckoning - An evening practice
  • Learning
  • Service
  • Review

Practitioners are free to include in their own practice any other religious or spiritual techniques, practices, or principles that do not interfere with the Principles and Precepts of the Order. Most of the practices are focused on living out the Values and Virtues of the Order.

Ritual

  • The cycles of the universe that influence our lives and world are celebrated through ritual in whatever manner the practitioner feels best.
  • These rituals can include:
  • Rituals may be done by one person or in a group.
    • Group rituals will:
      • strive to share the ritual responsibilities throughout the group as each person is comfortable doing so.
      • not be lead solely by a single person or pair of people (such as a High Priest and Priestess) but by sharing leading roles within the group.
      • the only titles that should be used in the ritual group are those of the directions: North, East, West, South, and Center.
      • The primary responsibility for the ritual will be with Center.
    • All non-sexual rituals should be open and child-friendly.

Consecration

  • At the beginning of the day, the practitioner will make a daily vow to uphold these principles.
  • The vow will be something simple such as:
    • "Through Kindness, Consideration, and Authenticity do I vow to live in Spirit."
  • The practitioner will wear a simple band, necklace, ring, bracelet, or other form of jewelry that is purple, or purple and yellow, or purple and gold.
    • This band may be plain or it can include:
      • a symbol such as a pentagram, or
      • five objects or items, or
      • another symbol that represents the five elements and the Five Precepts.
    • This band shall be referred to as the Spirit Binding and shall symbolize the freely accepted binding of the practitioner to these principles.

Reckoning

  • At the end of the day, the practitioner will do the following:
    • review the day to determine:
      • if your vows have been meet
      • if not, means shall be determined to mend any problems caused and to work to do better.
      • if someone should receive thanks or praise for doing a positive act for another.
        • if so, plans shall be made to offer praise or thanks to that person.

Learning

  • Practitioners are expected to gain experience and knowledge in particular Pagan and spiritual concepts.
  • The practitioner is free to learn these things through any means best suited for that person, however, suggestions for lessons are offered by clicking here.
  • A good test as to whether or not a concept is learned is to ask:
    • "Would I feel comfortable teaching that concept to another?"
  • Practitioners may assign 1 - 5 degrees to their learning however, degrees should be used only for training and gaining experience and should not be used to distinguish levels of hierarchy among practitioners.
  • Practitioners will be expected to develop at least the following:
    • An understanding of the Principles, Precepts, and Practices listed above.
    • A personal understanding and connection to Spirit.
    • An understanding of the three forces (Being, Belonging, and Becoming) and how they operate in our lives.
    • An understanding of the Five Elements and how they relate to us through the four parts of the self.
    • a practice involving the Pagan Wheel of the Year.
    • An understanding of the cycles of the universe and of life including:
      • Sabbats
      • Esbats
      • Astors
      • Life stages and changes
    • The ability to enact a basic personal ritual
    • Meditation techniques
    • A specialty practice such as:
      • divination
      • healing
      • ministry
      • tools and crafts
      • herbalism
      • psychic abilities
      • a performing art
      • a visual art
    • An understanding of other spiritual and religious paths and practices
    • An introduction to mythology
    • A regular practice of service to others
  • One who completes this training to their own satisfaction may then be called a Brother or Sister of the Order.

Service

  • Practitioners are expected to aid in the betterment of Earth and her children on a regular basis.
    • aid can be offered by:
      • helping the planet
      • helping other people (especially children)
      • helping animals
      • helping any other living thing
    • aid can be offered through
      • donating money
      • donating time
      • donating goods or services
      • donating work or skills
      • speaking or writing in support
Review
  • At least once a year, preferably at the same time as when first dedicated, the Practitioner should review his or her year as an active member and either:
    • renew those vows for another year, or
    • denounce membership in the Order.