One ritual, I remember was a seidr conducted by a seidrwoman. She led the group to the Gates of Hel’s Domain. We were to wait on the side of the Living, while she went into Hel’s Domain. During the seidr, she relayed messages from the Dead and the Gods to us. After the seidr, we quietly discussed among ourselves what had happened and what the messages meant.
Later I had an individual seidr with the seidrwoman. During the session, the Egyptian God Anubis spoke to me. The difference between the two seidrs was remarkable. In the first, the group had absorbed the energy of the Beings from the Otherside. In contrast, I directly experienced the raw energy of Anubis. It took me a day to recover that seidr.
Ritual, by its nature, lives in the liminal place between this world and the Otherworlds. Moreover, it collapses the distinction between humans and the Divine. Time becomes non-existent. Furthermore, ritual unites the people who are present into a community of one mind.
The group mind, which is formed by the ritual, connects humans more concretely with that of the Gods. By its own force, the group mind transcends the ordinary present. Comprised of the welding of many minds, the group mind can attain more power for deeper contact.
Investigators of the unknown, Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark noted that the rise in UFO sightings coincided with the beginnings of space exploration. Meanwhile, the burgeoning eco-spirituality movement brought out more reports of Bigfoot, the Dover Demon and other strange creatures of nature. The two authors believe that people were unknowingly creating these phenomena. Joining together unawares, disparate people formed an unfocused group mind. This unconscious uniting pushed various kinds of UFOs and strange creatures into being.
As a Roman Polytheist, doing a ritual correctly for me is paramount. As a group, we are demonstrating our respect and reverence to the Gods. Since a ritual is liminal space, proper performance is needed to ensure that humans keep the Pax Deorum (Peace of the Gods).
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