Problems with Ritual and Eclectic Practice

I’ve only just yesterday begun to admit that my practice is probably going to have to veer off into eclecticism if I want something that feels whole and fulfilling. It’s not something I’m comfortable with yet. I tried recon several years back and, as a solitary, it just didn’t work. I was learning about Asatru and found that it wasn’t right for me. I ended up in OBOD.

But, even though I love OBOD to bits, I have a few issues there, too. I don’t follow a Celtic path. My Gods are Norse. It’s very hard to make a spiritual practice fusing two things that don’t go together, so I’ve kept them–Norse Pagan and OBOD–separate.

So here’s the issue: I think I have to learn about Celtic Recon, just as I’ve learned about Norse Recon and I have to find somewhere in the middle to meet with ritual. I know I won’t combine, say a Norse Blot with Celtic gods, but what I’m looking for is a way of structuring a personal ritual practice to use as a framework for offerings and prayer and the like. Something that is original but can be used in ceremonies and celebrations. I already don’t bother with such things as Blot or Sumbel, because they feel ridiculous without other people. I don’t perform OBOD rituals because they feel empty without deities and have a Wiccan-derived feeling that doesn’t really work for me.

I can’t say for certain that I’ll end up following an eclectic path, but if I do, I need for there to be research done that satisfies my need to be non-offensive and reasonably accurate. I think perhaps if I can come up with a relatively generic ritual form, I can still keep both practices separate, but joined, through the commonality of ritual that is Celtic flavoured for one thing and Norse for another. That just made me cringe. I don’t know how comfortable I’ll be with that idea. But I should at least investigate the possibilities.

Can anyone recommend any good CR links or books for research? (I prefer to be at least recon-derived and non-offensive to deities and cultural ideals)

Can anyone offer me any ideas and/or advice on restructuring ritual to fit a generic eclectic practice? Or maybe something unique and beautiful?

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