This week’s question from the Pagan Perspective YouTube channel is about dedication rituals, and honestly? I had to look that shit up. Seriously.
Topic for the Week of 2/3: Did any of you do dedication rituals, and what are your experiences and thoughts on them?
Okay, so what I understand is that this is a type of ritual where you dedicate yourself to a specific deity/deities or a specific religious path. Sort of like a baptism, but in relation to pagan beliefs, deity, or paths.
The closest that I have come to something like this was early on after I’d left my parent’s home and was living on my own, and had decided to discard the use of deity in my practice. That summer I hiked up into the Olympic National Park via the Hoh Rainforest access point.
Deep within the forests here, I had stripped free of my clothing at a spot deep within the threads of the liminal spaces there and laid myself down upon the forest floor among the cedars, ferns, and moss. In the deep, damp embrace of the forest, draped in the shadows of dense vegetation, I closed my eyes and sought the earth.
Like a grounding exercise, I threaded my energy into the soil beneath me like roots digging into the earth. I let my energy expand and flow, opening myself up to the energies around me and connecting myself fully to the environment I was in.
I sought what was real and true for me. I sought direction and connection, and I found both. I didn’t sleep, but I was there for a few hours, and once done I picked myself up and dressed, then set up camp for the night.
Is this a dedication ritual? I’m not sure. But it’s the closest I can think of to something that might qualify.