In ceremony we connect with and act out the fundamental principles of life, aligned to the directions of space and marking the turning-points of time. Ceremony is both invocation and evocation, heightening awareness of the inner in a tranquil state of mind while the play of the outer unfolds. Each participant embodies an eternal role and the moves and interactions of the ritual play out the story of the timeless in time. We conduct our ceremonies in a calm and meditative state, without the stimulation of alcohol and drugs, linking past and future in a conscious focus on the present. Without this it is an empty enactment devoid of meaning or purpose. The public ceremonies, traditionally performed outside in full view of all, complement the inner ceremonies and study groups of the Order, which run throughout the year.
We hold ceremonies to re-attune and re-align, to celebrate and give thanks to the inexhaustible and eternal, the ever-coming one that manifests with such inherent beauty and consistent harmony, giving us the opportunity to act and to rest, to live and to learn, like the pattern of nature itself. In wearing white robes and head-dresses, the colour of light that we aspire to radiate, we leave behind our everyday habitual identity and aspire to rise above our normal reactive selves.
Some participants fulfill particular roles. The Herald, the outer voice, organises and announces. The Bard, the inner voice, reflects on inner processes. The Sword-bearer leads the way. The four Element-bearers represent Water, Fire, Earth and Air and stand in the north, south, west and east respectively. The Triad, the Chief, Pendragon and Scribe, represent the three rays of light of the Awen. The Lady, attended by two maids wearing flower crowns, represents Ceridwen, the Earth Mother and comes bringing seeds or fruits according to the season. The Presider, chosen to honour their beneficial work in the world, distributes these around the circle.
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