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A Ritual of Gestures

Stand in an area that is conducive to your aura and psyche.(the ritual area). Still your thoughts. Breathe deeply for half a minute or so until you are calm and composed. Turn your mind to the God and Goddess.

Face North. Lift both hands waist high, palms down. Press your fingers together, creating two solid, flat planes. Sense solidity, foundation fertility. Invoke the powers of Earth through the gesture.

Moments later, turn toward the East. Raise your hands a foot higher, your palms facing away from you (no longer parallel with the ground), and elbows slightly bent. Spread your fingers and hold this position, sensing movement and communication. Invoke the forces of Air through the gesture.

Face South. Lift your hands fully above your head. Keeping the elbows straight, grasp your fingers into tight fists. Feel force, power, creation and destruction. Invoke the forces of Fire through the gesture.

Turn to the West. Lower your hands a foot or so. Bend the elbows, turn your palms upward and cup them, pressing the thumbs against the fore fingers. Sense fluidity, the ocean, liquidity. Invoke the forces of Water through the gesture.

Face North again. Throw your head back and raise both hands to the sky, palms up, fingers spread. Drink in the essence of The One, the unknowable, unapproachable ultimate source of all. Sense the mysteries within the universe.

Lower your projective hand (ie; your stronger hand, if you are left handed it would be your left hand), but keep your receptive hand high. Pressing the third, fourth and fith fingers against the palm, lift the forefinger and thumb to create a rough crescent shape. Sense the reality of the Goddess. Sense Her love, Her fertility, Her compassion. Sense the powers of the Moon in the gesture; the force of the eternal seas---the prescence of the Goddess.

Lower your receptive hand; lift your projective hand. Bend down the middle and fourth fingers toward the palm, and trap them with the thumb. Lift the forefinger and the little finger up to the sky, creating a horned image. Sense the reality of the God. Sense the power of the Sun in the gesture; the untamed enrgies of the woodlands---the prescence of the God.

Lower your projective hand. Lay down flat. Spread your legs and arms until you've created the pattern of a pentagram. Sense the powers of the elements running through you; merging and coalescing into your being. Sense them as emanations from the One, the Goddess and the God.

When finished, simply stand up. Your rite of gestures is over. If you cast a circle around you be sure to banish it's energies... always letting it flow outward from you...

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