Core Order of Ritual Breakdown: Omen
The Core Order of Ritual is something that I utilize regularly in my practice, so I feel like it's important to dive into that ritual structure a little bit and share my understanding of each part, as well as giving an example of what that part of the ritual might look like. Today we continue our discussion by talking about the Omen.
Up until this moment, we have called to the Kindreds, given them offerings, and spoke directly to them. The Omen is the opportunity for the Kindred to talk back to us in response. The Omen is taken after the offerings have been made, but before the blessings have been received. It allows us to communicate with the beings we have invited to our rituals directly.
In order to receive the omen, a ritual participant will utilize a method of divination, be it Runes, Tarot, Ogham, or some other method and interpret the symbolism in that divination. Often the seer will ask questions like “Have our offerings been accepted” or “What blessings are offered to us?” but each seer is different and may approach the omen in slightly different ways.
We’ve gathered in this time and place
And we’ve given our gifts to the Kindreds,
And now we ask what messages you have for us.
Beings of prophecy, deities of oracles,
I call to you now and ask for your aid.
Let your wisdom guide my hands.
Let your vision shine through my eyes.
Let me hear your words with clarity.
Beings of prophecy, guide me.