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A Ceremony for Every Occasion: The Pagan Wheel of the Year and Rites of Passage [Kindle Edition]

Siusaidh Ceanadach
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Book Description

A Ceremony for Every Occasion has been written as a guide for Pagans and non-Pagans alike who wish to celebrate the passing of the seasons, the Wheel of the Year and who need a Rite of Passage for different times in their life. These rituals are spiritual, at the same time non-religious in the general accepted term. They can be adapted and used in different parts of the World and with different Deity, with a little work or simply used exactly as written. This book is a practical, step by step guide, and contains a basic list of all the items needed to take along to a ritual site in order to perform the ceremonies. There are illustrations and instructions on for instance 'how to make a set of Handfasting Cords' with photos as a guide. Each chapter has an introduction with points of interest about the season and the Deity associated.

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About the Author

Siusaidh Ceanadach has been Pagan for over twenty-five years. She is a recognised Legal Celebrant with The Pagan Federation in Scotland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184694841X
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing (30 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JK5A90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #445,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book for every pagan 27 Feb. 2012
A great book. Really useful to anyone wanting to practice ceremony in their craft. It is particularly valuable for anyone just starting out on their path. The ceremonies have already been tried and tested by being practiced in a community. This means that even a complete beginner can go ahead with ease. I also really appreciated the rites of passage for pets, having, over the years, buried several dear companions. The ceremonies are adaptable so the book grows with you as you grow in experience. The step by step instructions are very clear and there are pictures to help you, as well as a list of items to bring or make, with instructions on how to make them. The book contains rituals for everything; rites of passage, the wheel of the year and the seasons. A really good buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent starting point 19 Mar. 2012
I enjoyed reading this book. It's very easy to understand, the language is user-friendly and doesn't come across "high and mighty" like some Pagan books I've read. What I love most about this book is the way the author explains a little about the meaning and symbolism of each festival beforehand, and then goes on to do a "check-list" of items that maybe needed. Most Pagans have done rituals where we've forgotten something! With experience you learn to improvise, but for newer and less experienced Pagans, this list is invaluable. One less thing to worry about and divert your energy and focus from the main ceremony.

The rituals themselves are easy to read and follow. And they flow nicely.

The only thing I will say as constructive criticism is that mentioning the word "legal" with reference to Handfastings needs to be made clearer that this pertains to Scotland only at present. Handfastings themselves are not "legal" - but the celebrant conducting the event is the one with the authority to make the ceremony legal. Hence the style of ceremony can be in the form of a handfasting. A minor point, but one that is important enough to clarify.

I love the examples of rites of passages at the end of the book - extremely useful. I would recommend this book to any new Pagan starting out, and as a back up source of inspiration for more experienced Pagans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ceremony for Every Occasion 19 Feb. 2012
A Ceremony for Every Occasion: The Pagan Wheel of the Year and Rites of Passage has as the title suggests a ceremony for every occasion. This is an excellent book for people who maybe are thinking of holding a ceremony for one of the turning points in the wheel of the year or maybe do a handfasting for a friend. Not only does it list each ceremony that can be tailored to your own needs you get an explanation of each season throughout the year and you also get a list of items that are needed to help during your ritual. So if you have never held a ritual but are thinking of holding one this little book will prove to be a valuable asset in guiding you as you plan your ritual. It is also a good book to read if you already hold rituals for the seasons as it is interesting to see how someone else does things. Clearly laid out with some nice artwork, down to earth and easy to follow.
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By Gladys
If you are new to working with the Pagan Wheel of the Year and Rites of Passage, then this is the book for you. There is a brief introduction which is followed by a section on each festival. The history behind each festival is discussed then items needed for the ceremony are listed together with a list of people needed for the parts. The ceremonies vary in style but as a long time druid I found they resonated with me and also brought a freshness of ceremonial ideas. I especially loved the call to the quarters and directions. A lovely book to cherish and work through.
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