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Tips for Attending a Pagan Ritual

By Patti Wigington

Perhaps you’re not Wiccan, but you’ve been invited by your friend to join in her coven’s next circle. Or maybe your buddy from work has invited you to his upcoming Pagan celebration at the park. You want to participate, but have no idea how Pagans behave, or what the proper protocol is for a non-Pagan attending a ceremony. Or perhaps you are a Pagan, but you’ve been invited to attend a ritual with a group that’s brand new to you. So now what do you do?

Believe it or not, most rules of common sense and courtesy apply here, just as they would apply to you attending any other religious service. For starters, it’s important to be respectful. For a non-member to be invited to a coven’s ritual — which are often members-only events — is a privilege and an honor. Have the courtesy to show up on time. Although you may hear jokes about “Pagan Standard Time”, which is the practice of getting there twenty minutes late for everything, be punctual. Typically, there’s an arrival time when everyone shows up, and then another time designated for when ritual will start. If you arrive too late, you might find the doors locked and no one answering your knock.

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