What does ritual mean to you?

Thing on Thursday #11

Developing meditations and rituals was voted as a potential project for us, now let’s get more detail on what that means.  Last week we asked about meditation, so this week let’s talk about ritual.

The choices in the poll may involve some overlap, and there will no doubt be plenty left out.  Please use the “other” box for any missing types you wish to vote for.

There may also be considerable overlap between “ritual” and “meditation”, the boundaries between which may be blurry or ultimately non-existent.

Please choose your top three.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

About Thing on Thursday

Althing in Session, by W.G. CollingwoodThis post is part of a series of councils on matters vital to the future.  The name represents both the generic term for, you know, a thingie, as well as the Old Norse term for a council of elders: a Thing.

Each week until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday will explore a new controversy.  Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better.  Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word.  We value all constructive opinions.

There are only a few rules:

  • be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
  • be respectful – no rants or flames

Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism.  This will also greatly shape the vision that unfolds in our upcoming ebook Our Ancient Future: Visions of Humanistic Paganism.

So please make your voice heard in the comments!

8 Comments on “What does ritual mean to you?

  1. ARRRRRGH! I can’t possibly choose just three of these. ::grumblegrumble:: All right. I’ll ponder and come back when I’ve decided on the three most important ones. There. Happy now? 😀

  2. Some of the choices I couldn’t consider as an option because it conflicts with my worldview, but see how it wouldn’t for other naturalistic folk.

    I personally view deities/gods, worship, and prayers as supernatural or supernatural activities, so any option with those I had conflicts with. Aside from that, I agree with all of the options. Prominently Rites of Passage, Seasonal, and forms of self improvement.

    • LOL. I know, it’s tough. I have to choose too, and it really makes me narrow it down.

      Does it help if the question is rephrased as “What kind of rituals are you interested in us exploring?”

      • *Not sure if addressing Eli instead*
        I feel that “What kind of rituals are you interested in us exploring?” definitely helps facilitate how you consider each of the options. Sure, I think it might be better phrased that way.

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