In searching for a new Beltane Ritual to tweak, I was struck once again by the ridiculousness of some of our Rituals. I don't think the rituals themselves are ridiculous, of course. If I did, I wouldn't be here! It is the utter complexity of these rituals that I find ridiculous.
When reading some of the Rituals I've found (and not just for Beltane!), I've not thought of Wicca but of the elaborate Catholic Mass. And there really is nothing wrong with that, if you like that sort of thing. To me, Wicca isn't supposed to be like that though. If we call ourselves a nature religion, we need to be true to that. Nature doesn't try to BE, it simply IS. I think we need to take that lesson into ourselves, both in our everyday life and in practicing our craft. It's a mistake that most new comers to Wicca make. I made it myself.
One doesn't need to TRY to be a witch, making it complex with the hope to impress. When we believe, we simply are. We don't need to try. Rituals should be an act of honoring the Gods, no matter how complex or simple. Complexity is fine...as long as you truly want your ritual to be that way. If inwardly you sigh with every Sabbat that comes around, lamenting having to go and get out "the GOOD candles" and the special Altar cloth, maybe you're rituals are a little too complex. How are you honoring the Gods if you're not enjoying yourself?
The Charge of the Goddess States:
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth,
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence with in you.
So why force ourselves to have complex ritual if we don't enjoy it? Rituals can be done everyday, in the few minutes it takes to say a chant while watering your flowers. Putting a little extra love in your homemade cookies for when the kids come home from school. No matter what you do, if you put love and joy into it, it's a Ritual the Goddess will enjoy. Dancing in a rainstorm becomes a sacred act.
Because it is. Or at least, it should be.
What do you do for rituals? Do you prefer complex or simple rituals?