I just wanted to begin a random discussion on including dancing within ones practice. Does anyone really include a dance into their work? Or, maybe even gestures?
For me, I am actually trying to make it a ritual for every full moon to do a devotional ritual to the Goddess and for the last few full moons I had incorporated a simple belly dance routine. Maybe, once I am able to go out during the full moon I will be able to expand my ritual and not be so closed to the tiny space I have indoors. So, if you do or thought about incorporating dancing into your Magickal work leave a response on here. Thanks!
I don't dance in front anyone but me and my Gods. The Gods love to be entertained from what I learned, it's all about your good intentions and enjoying the moment. If anyone looks at you while you are in the moment of a ritual and enjoying your time, they are not worthy of your presence. If you can, just find a place of comfort where you can be alone or go in your room close and lock or budge the door shut if you can and play some music you like and just have at it. But, if you really do not want to then you do not have to. Even though I cannot really teach but if you'd like you may message me and I can share some advice if you'd like. :)
Re: Dance in Magickal works. By: Personified / Knowledgeable
Post # 6 Jun 03, 2014
I dance to get into the trances I achieve, but my dancing isn't a planned out pretty kind of dance. It's often eratic, rhythmic, fast paced, and tiresome. I use gestures involving my volva stav to create a beat while I'm dancing, and then I use the beat to get into the altered state I need.
Ok wicca1 :), and personified that's really awesome. I do try to plan out my dances, idk I have a problem with planning everything lol, but then when the music begins I will literally forget a move which will make me freeze for a moment and then I'll eventually just go along with the beat, I am still new at dancing but I did realize in the last time how much more thrilling it was to just move without thinking and it felt like great ecstasy once I was finished. I do believe that was the best ritual I had performed by doing so. ^.^
Re: Dance in Magickal works. By: Brysing Moderator / Adept
Post # 9 Jun 04, 2014
Dancing has always been a part of witchcraft,in all its various forms, all over the world! Dancing, especially to certain types of music (even just a drum beat) has been used to induce a "Trance-like state". It has been used by many cultures; often before going into battle.And such as the Native American "rain dances".
So, keep on dancing, to whatever music appeals to you. It is all part of The Craft.
In the book "Advanced Magick for Beginners" by Alan Chapman, he gives an exercise where you create a dance, and then associate your desire with the dance, turning it into a kind of physical sigil. You then dance that way for 10 minutes, or until you collapse from exhaustion. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan on it.