Outsiders at Saturnalia

While co-writing our grove’s first Saturnalia rite, we ran into a bit of an issue deciding how we would treat with the Outsiders. Our grove traditionally lays a very clear boundary between “Us” and “Them”, but since Saturn is a bit of an Outsider himself, it seemed rude to make a formal statement delineating our space, and then asking him to join us.

We decided on a two-fold way to deal with Outsiders as well as the aspects of ourselves that might not be conducive to the work at hand

We created a small shrine dedicated to Cloacina, a Goddess of Purification, set in a private area outside the ritual space. In the shrine we placed an image of the Goddess, a bowl of water, salt incense, and ivy vines. During the pre-ritual festivities, participants each spent some quiet time
alone at the shrine, reflecting on what they wanted to leave behind for the duration of the rite, and purifying themselves by whichever method worked for them. Once they were finished, they created and wore a crown of ivy, an outward sign of the inner work.

When we reached the point in the rite where we would normal treat with the Outsiders, we claimed the space instead using water, salt and incense:
By the might and power of the Land we claim this space.
All darkness and unease we hold at bay.
May all who enter here come with pure and radiant bodies,
devoted to worship in peace and friendship. (Sprinkle salt around the hall)

By the might and power of the Sea we claim this space.
All fear and cowardice we hold at bay.
May all who enter here come with pure and radiant hearts,

devoted to worship in peace and friendship. (Sprinkle water around the hall)

By the might and power of the Sky we claim this space.
All trouble and wrath we hold at bay.
May all who enter here come with pure and radiant minds,
devoted to worship in peace and friendship. (Cense the hall)

Our hope was that Saturn and those Spirits sympathetic to our work that day would feel welcome, and that those who lacked purity of intent would remain beyond our walls. It was certain different than anything we had done before but it seemed to work. The ritual was lovely, the omen was good, and we plan to repeat the rite.

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