Being new to anything can be intimidating, with that in mind
we offer you this handy-dandy guide to understanding your first
Cornucopia Collective Pagan Ritual. We hope that you find within
our community a warm, welcoming space where you can explore
the meaning of spiritual growth and Pagan fellowship.
1) Ritual is a sacred time to attune with the divine & your fellow worshippers. If you are new to this spiritual path, your first ritual may feel more awkward than sacred, but that's okay. Being respectful of your fellow ritual goer is all that is required of you; being in a respectful, welcoming space might be a religious experience in itself.
2) Public ritual is both a spiritual experience and social experience; to help facilitate a friendly environment we always begin our rituals with group introductions, including a round of names for all. This is a time for you to introduce yourself, get aquainted with who else has gathered and probably make a friend or two.
3) Ritual is about a sacred and safe space, we always attempt to make every effort to clarify the purpose of the ritual, what to expect during the ritual and always emphasize that there is NO WRONG WAY to participate. All are welcome to participate in what ever way feels most comfortable as long as it's respectful of others.
4) We are an open and affirming fellowship; all are welcome. We gather in honor of diversity and embrace it fully. All gender identities, racial identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, sizes and traditions are welcome.
5) Plan to arrive during the "gathering" time. This will allow you to get to know us a little and begin to feel comfortable. You will also get the most out of the pre-ritual introduction.
6) Ritual is fun! Community is fun! We gather for worship, we gather for magic, but we do not gather to take ourselves too seriously! The Gods have a sense of humor, why shouldn't we?
7) Although any good ritual facilitator will explain what to expect before the ritual begins, go in with an open mind, but don’t go in blind. Do some basic research, read at least one beginner book, gather some knowledge about what will happen.
8) Remember, manners matter. This is a social gathering as well as a religious gathering; there will always be room for those with more introverted tendencies (many a ritual is lead by introverts!) and social anxiety can happen to the best of us, but politeness will get you farther than an outgoing personality. If you know you might feel anxious, honor your feelings; plan ahead and email the facilitator beforehand to introduce yourself, learn what you can about the group, do what you need in order to feel comfortable.
9) Please read our Anti-Harassment Policy for further clarification about expected behavior and our culture of mediation.
We hope this guide to attending your first Cornucopia Collective open ritual was valuable, if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us directly.
We hope to see you soon at an up coming event!
The Cornucopia Collective