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Neopagan Rites
Neopagan Rites
A Guide to Creating Public Rituals that Work

By: Isaac Bonewits
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738711997
English  |  240 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: December 2007
Price: $15.95 US,  $18.50 CAN
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Practical and engaging, this guide represents the best practices from Isaac Bonewits' over thirty-five years of experience creating, attending, and leading public ceremonies as a Neopagan priest and magician. Ideal for Earth-centered spiritual movements and other liberal religious traditions, Neopagan Rites explains how to design powerful and effective rites of worship for small groups or large crowds.

With his trademark humor and candor, Bonewits covers every important aspect of creating and performing a public ritual that inspires and unifies the participants, and fulfills its intended purpose. You'll learn how to:

Determine the purpose of your ritual  
Create a basic ritual format that can be customized for different events
Choose the optimal time and location for your event
Enhance your ceremony with music, singing, poetry, and dance
Add visual drama with costumes and altar decorations
Include people with special needs in your ceremony
Raise, channel, and send energy to your ritual's deity or cause


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