Public Rituals

The Pagan Federation runs a number of public open rituals over the year. Everyone is welcome to attend, no matter which path you follow. The events are free for PF members and there is a fee of £5 for non members.

Summer Solstice Ritual

Date: Sunday, the 19th of June, 2016
Time: 3pm
Place: Meeting at the White Horse Pub The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST
Price: £5 / PF Members: Free (Join Today)

Join us on Sunday, the 19th of June to celebrate the Summer Solstice. We will be meeting at 3pm at the White Horse pub in Trowse and then moving on to the meadow within Trowse woods to have a ceremony in celebration of the longest day of the year. Everyone is welcome to attend, no matter your path and this is a great chance for people who are new to Pagan Ritual to experience it first hand. After the ceremony, we will be going back to the pub to socialise after and continue the celebration.

The event is organised by the Pagan Federation within Norfolk and the ritual is being conducted by the open ritual group, Treading the Boards. Trowse is a short walking distance from the Norwich Train Station. There is plenty of Parking around Trowse, but please do not use the pub car park during the ceremony. Please make sure to wear the appropriate clothing for the weather.

Ritual Etiquette

The following list has been compiled to help people new to Paganism know what to expect during a public open ritual and the unwritten etiquette that is usually followed at such ceremonies. This is a general list by consensus and by the observations of the author. If you have any doubts you should always speak to the ritual team on the day or before hand.


General


  • No one should ever feel pressured into taking part in a public open ritual. If you wish not to take part, then simply inform the organisers. They will probably just ask you to stand on the side respectfully until it ends.

  • Often there will be a master of ceremonies (MC) or a number of people who are in charge of the ritual. Follow their directions if you ever wonder what you need to be doing and feel free to ask them any questions before the rite begins so that you feel comfortable.

  • Remain respectful to everyone present, including the organisers, attendees and any Gods or entities calls upon into the space.

  • Also remain respectfully to the land or building in which the ceremony takes place.

  • No smoking or use of e-cigarettes during the ritual.

  • No consumption of food or drink, including alcohol during the ritual, unless part of the ritual involves it, such as cakes and wine or communion.

  • As a general rule you should not talk during the ritual in the same way you would not at a play. There will be times when you may be asked to chant, sing or share information with the group. During more relaxed periods such as the sharing of a food and drink, then quiet talking is more often than not perfectly fine. Do make sure however not to talk over any of the performers or especially when they are honouring someone or something.

  • If you wish to bring a small child, baby, pet or even someone under the age of 18, it is worth while contacting the organisers of the ritual in advance. There will be some rituals where some or any of the above will be OK. There will likewise be many rituals where it is not. It is always best to check these things before hand.

  • If at any time you do not feel very well during the ritual, then you should immediately try to gain the attention of one of its officers or ask someone near you to do so. If possible this should be done in such a way as not to entirely disrupt the ritual. The officer will then help and advise you, calling on the help of other people where necessary.

  • You will know when the ritual has finished as it will often be declared.

  • Do not attend a public open ceremony intoxicated to such a level where you are a disruption to the purpose of the ritual.


Ritual Components

  • If a circle is cast or formed during the rite, then one should not leave it without first asking one of the organisers. If you know that you will have to leave half way during the ritual, then simply inform one of the organisers and they will work out an appropriate time to leave. If not, then they might ask you to stand on the side and not take full part in the ritual.

  • If the elements of the four cardinal directions are called upon, then it is customary to face in that direction within many different traditions. It is worthwhile working out the directions before the ritual begins for this reason.

  • There are a number of customary sayings within the different traditions, where the congregation often repeats it back. These include “so mote it be”, “blessed be” and “wassail”. The more rituals you go to, the more comfortable you will become in knowing when to join in with this.

  • Within some traditions it is customary to end a ritual with the saying "Merry meet, Merry part and Merry meet again". At this point it is fairly normal for everyone to join in.

  • When deciding what to wear you should consider the location of where the ritual is taking place. If taking place within a temple or indoor space, then it might be the case that there is a no shoes policy. If taking place outdoors you may wish to wear sensible clothing and footwear. One thing that is useful to check for outdoors is the weather. Although not so common in public rituals, you may be asked to dress within a certain way. If not specified and it is a public event for all traditions, it is more likely that you may dress however you choose and wear any regalia that you feel is appropriate for your own tradition. You should never feel embarrassed to wear whatever you feel is right in such a scenario, whether it be a robe, jeans, a dress, t-shirt or even a suit
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