Liturgy 1.3 – Describe the concepts of the Center and the Gates in ADF’s Standard Liturgical Outline.

16 07 2017

Describe the concepts of the Center and the Gates in ADF’s Standard Liturgical Outline. (minimum 300 words)

The “Centre” is one of the most important concepts in ADF’s Standard Liturgical Outline. Without the creation of the centre, no ritual can be done. Isaac Bonewits said that “for maximum effectiveness, most liturgies require a specifically defined ritual centre.” The centre is the place where our common world, Middangeard, meets the other worlds. It is where the three realms meet each other. It is the Innangeard within the Innangeard. And because the Centre is the place where the gods created everything, the centre is connected to everything else. It is connected to every other ritual centre and allows us to connect to those other ritual centres to send things through to them e.g. healing magic across distances. Within ADF, the centre is created through bringing together a Fire, Well and Tree which form the Axis Mundi. This is the centre of the universe, the central pillar, around which everything else is organised and the cosmos turns.

The symbols of the centre, the Fire, Well and Tree, are transformed into gates to the other worlds during rituals. This is done by calling upon a gatekeeper deity to use their magic. Gatekeeper deities are easy to contact because they tend to have a foot in both worlds so they can help us open and close the gates. They are often psycho-pomp deities such as Manannan Mac Lyr, Woden, Heimdall or Janus. The fire is transformed into a gateway to the world of the gods, the well is transformed into a gateway to the world of the ancestors, and the tree is transformed into a gateway to the world of the nature spirits. Once these gates have been opened, an exchange of energy becomes possible – we can then send offerings through the gates, and the deities and spirits can send their blessings back to us through the gates. Opening the gates allow us to “tune the groupmind’s psychic powers to whatever wavelength the ancestors, spirits and/or gods will be communicating on.” Therefore, by opening the gates, it also makes it easier to hear the communications of the powers more clearly.

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