I am going to describe on this page the general form that can be used to worship the God or Goddess of your choice. The major purpose is not to ask for specific things, although there is a time for prayer, in which you may ask the God or Goddess for some specific things. The major purpose here is to offer your love to God. After all, what else do you have to offer a being who quite literally has Everything?
General Ritual Guidelines
Set up your altar either for a simple Hindu puja or for a traditional Wiccan ceremony, as per your preference. Hindu puja is not specifically a part of the Samkhya sect, but is truly more from the Mimasa sect of Hinduism. No matter. Samkhya Wicca is very eclectic. At a minimum, position the statue of the deity, the candle, the censor, the wand, the essential oil, a cup of water, and a couple of small, clean cloths. You may include kum kum or sandalwood paste to apply to your forehead and for the statue of the deity. If you play any instrument, put that instrument under the altar. If you don’t, you may just sing any songs of love or devotion or celebration. If you, like me, are unable to carry a tune in a washbasket, don’t worry about it. It’s what’s in your heart that counts. No one would criticize someone at a birthday party for singing “Happy Birthday" for the guest of honor! Likewise, the Gods do not expect anything more of you than you are capable. If you do have musical talent, what better place to use it than in your devotion, either for yourself or with others you care about?

Before engaging in any ritual, you must clean your body. A ritual bath, traditionally, is an herbal bath with the herbs, bath salts, or oils as per your preference. During this time, wash away your tensions and worries of the day, and instead focus on the Gods or the purpose of this ritual. This is very pleasant. However, it takes time, and a bathtub may not be available for a very hurried or unplanned ritual, such as you might want to do if you are hiking and encounter a perfect place that seems to be sacred to the Gods to you. In any case, take a quick sponge bath, or at the very least do the Indian ceremonial bath of sprinkling water on yourself. Nonetheless, before engaging in a planned, occasional ritual for a Sabbat, Esbat, or celebrating a specific life event, have a full ritual bath. [1]

If, for whatever reason, you do not have any of these items, or they are not available to you, or your circumstances will not allow you to have any of them or even all of them, perform the ritual anyway. The tools and supplies and icons are merely focal points, or direct your focus in some way. Think it, imagine it, or pantomime the action although you do not have the tools or supplies. What you are really offering in any ritual is your heart.

Assemble anyone who is going to do this with you. You MUST have no animosity between or among anyone. This must always be done in “perfect love and perfect trust". If you are in the middle of a quarrel, you would probably be better off to skip this ritual for one day and to work out your differences with your loved ones.

When everything and everyone is assembled and in order, cast your Circle.

1. It is my belief that the existence of a ritual bath is why there are so many references in Witch Trials of the 13th-16th centuries to witches being “alluring”. Bathing was not commonly done among Christians of the day. Witches had a ritual bath every couple of weeks. Ask yourself if you would find someone who has bathed recently to be more alluring to you than someone who NEVER bathes!
Every Day Of The Year
This is a ritual for everyday use. This is for any day that is not a special celebration of some kind. The special celebrations include the Sabbats, Esbats for Full and Dark of Moons, Hindu festivals.

This ritual is one that you should try to do every day. Many people find that this is a great way to start the day by doing it first thing in the morning. Many other people find this is a very satisfying thing to do in the evening after supper. It may be done alone, although it is preferable to do accompanied by others in the household or any guests with whom you are close to you emotionally, through sharing your life, and especially if those people basically share your spiritual beliefs.

It is deliberately kept very simple. Thoughts and feelings count a LOT more than words or precise actions. You take something of a bath or shower to be clean to present yourself to the Gods. You gather the ritual tools and supplies. This may include a wand, candle or candles for your altar, a murti or statue or picture or drawing representing the deities worshipped, incense, essential oil, a censor to burn the incense, a cup of water, and an offering of food of some type. If you play a musical instrument, you may wish to include that too.

Traditionally, if done as a Hindu puja , or devotional ritual, there are mantras, or prayers said in Sanskrit. Mantra is an art and science in itself, because there are the number of syllables, the sound of the words, as well as the meaning of the words. Since we are keeping this simple and understandable, everything said will be said in English or any language with which the person doing the ritual is comfortable. None of these precise words are sacred in themselves. The reason you are doing it is the most important. In some cases, thoughts are merely used instead.

Specific instructions for this ritual are as follows. They are general enough that you can customize them to your own points of view, to any spiritual or religious tradition with which you are comfortable, or for any specific events on any particular day.

  1. Purify the ritual area, especially the area where you will sit or stand by sprinkling water throughout.
  2. Cast the circle as per your preference.
  3. Sip a little water to purify the inside of your body.
  4. Take little water in the left palm, and with the right ring finger, touch the water to your forehead, mouth, nose, ears, shoulders, and feet. Then, proceed to sprinkle the remaining water all over your body. This is to consecrate yourself to the Gods.
  5. If performing this ritual with others, say with them, “Let us pray together, let us grow together, let us not be jealous of one another.
  6. Invoke the God or Goddess of your choice, or simply ask for your divine parent to be there. Use any invocation, prayer, or mantra with which you are most comfortable to do this.
  7. Offer the deity a seat. This may be done symbolically using the picture or statue, or may be done in your mind.
  8. Welcome Him or Her. You may choose to wash the feet, offer a bath, offer clean clothing, offer flowers, plants, or herbs, offer essential oil. You may offer incense or offer the light of the candle by waving it around the circle and the statue or picture deocile. You may offer food of whatever sort, or a beverage of whatever sort. Any or all of these offerings can be symbolic. In short, you are treating the deity as a most welcome guest.
  9. After you have welcomed the deity, offer whatever is in your heart. Offer your fears, your joys, your concerns, your accomplishments. You may bring something to symbolize any or all of these things. This is your divine parent. As any child would do, you show and tell your parents what you have done you are happy and proud of, and bring your parents what you have that is “broken” or is not working properly. You can ask them to “fix it”, make it better, or to give you suggestions to improve it. You may express how you would like things to improve in any area of your life. This time is very personal between you and the divinity.
  10. Quietly meditate or pray, and see if an answer of any sort pops into your mind. You may wish to write down this thought. You may not get any at any given time. That’s fine.
  11. When finished, offer formal prayers you may wish to offer, or anything that you are asking for day to day, long term. So Mote it Be!
  12. Eat some of the food and drink for refreshment.
  13. Sing some songs or mantra to your God or Goddess. If you have an instrument, it is good to use it to accompany your song or mantra. Or, you may feel a closeness to the God or Goddess and play something pure instrumental if you prefer. Song at this point is an important element. The exact material, the form or style, or how good or bad a performer you may be is not important. Just do the best you can. You may wish to eat or drink more of the food during these songs.
  14. Finish the food and drink.
  15. Bow fully to the east, and thank God or Goddess for for Their presence, for allowing you to worship Them, for teaching you about His or Her existence.
  16. Take down the circle as appropriate to how you cast it, and open the circle as is appropriate for tradition and manner in which you cast it.
Alternate specific method

Another, very specific method of such a daily ritual, which I personally perform on most days with my partner is as follows.
This ritual is specifically designed and intended for use with another person in a close personal relationship.
  1. Get bread-like something, or fruit, and milk, juice or something. Put on plate and chalice. Fill another chalice with water. Salt in separate salt-dish.
  2. Sweep circle area. “Broom sweep clean. Sweep out evil.”
  3. Light candles and incense. At least “old flame”, power, and protection candles.
  4. Sprinkle water around circle area for purification.
  5. Cast circle. You may use “water and earth”, “fire and air”, and athame, or just athame.
  6. Call 5 Quarters.
  7. Purification of yourselves (or to each other).
    • With fire (waft incense smoke over person)
    • Sip water
    • Pinch of salt
    • Breathe deeply, or use scourge
  8. Sanctify each other. Touch the body part with water, and say:
    • (Mouth) “May speech inspired by the Lord and Lady come from your mouth.”
    • (Nose) May you inhale sweet smells given by the Lord and Lady.
    • (Ears) May you hear the words and music of the Lord and Lady – and listen to words offered in love.
    • (Shoulders) May your shoulders carry burdens given by the Lord and Lady.
    • (Legs and Feet)May your legs and feet carry you in the ways of the Lord and Lady.
    • (Entire body) (Throw fingertips of water at other) May your entire body become a temple of the Lord and Lady.
  9. Invoke Goddess and God.
  10. Offer prayers, thanks, or appreciation for/to each other. Spellwork is a possibility, if needed and desired. We may choose to use this time to work on personal or relationship issues, in this “place which is not a place and time which is not a time”. Or Craft teaching. Or….
  11. Offer music, poetry, sweet words, etc, if desired.
  12. “Cakes and wine”
    Standard Segovian, Eat, drink, ground, talk, whatever, for as long as desired.
  13. Dismiss Quarters, Open Circle.
Full and Dark of Moon
Esbats are performed at every full moon, and often every dark of moon as well. These may be similar to the everyday ritual, but with the inclusion of the observation of the full moon being the height of Goddess’ power or the inclusion of the observation of the dark of moon being the height of God’s power.

There are several ways to do that. One is with a Drawing Down of either the moon or the sun, to invoke God or Goddess into the body of one of the human celebrants. This would be done at the time or in between offering things to the deity and offering prayer or meditation. This site contains no specific information on doing that.

The simple way is to merely observe the moon being in its present phase, and to think or say something to the effect of this being the height of God’s or Goddess’ power. This may be an appropriate time to make a specific request for something of one of your divine parents.

If you want more, you may either use an invocation or poem of your own writing or from any Wiccan tradition or any other Pagan tradition practiced anywhere in the world.
The traditional 8 Sabbats of Wicca are observed within Samkhya Wicca. You may simply observe the turning of the wheel of the year in a manner of your own choosing, or you may wish to perform a ritual observing this event.
  1. Yule December 20-22 (Winter Solstice) This celebrates the return of the Sun, when the Mother gives birth to God.
  2. Candlmas, Imbolc, or Oimelc February 2 This is the day when we celebrate Goddess' return from the darkness. We light flames in celebration of this day. The flames can be anything from candles to bonfires. It is observed that early plants are beginning to sprout, grow leaves, or bloom.
  3. Eostar March 20-22 (Spring Equinox) This is a festival of spring. This celebrates the Lady's full return from Her place of rest. More plant growth is observed, and the birth of young animals has been noticed.
  4. Beltane April 30-May 2 This is the major festival of fertility. Dances and invocations are performed to ensure bountiful crops and continued fertility of all nature, including human. In mythology, God and Goddess meet as lovers, impregnating Her with Himself for the next year. Governance of the world is given to Goddess by God at this time.
  5. Litha June 20-22 (Summer Solstice) This is the day that is longest of the year. Within Celtic mythology, it is the time of battle between the Holly King and the Oak King. The Oak King dies at this time, to be reborn on Yule. We dance, sing, make merry and give thanks for the growth. See sample ritual for Litha.
  6. Lammas July 31-August 2 This is the festival of the Corn King, when the first of the harvest is coming in, the fields are ripe and not quite yet harvested. We thank Goddess for Her gifts, and ask that they be made plentiful.
  7. Mabon September 20-22 (Fall Equinox) This is the harvest festival. Most of the crops have been gathered. Thank the Lady for Her abundance. Observe the leaves changing color, plants dying, and preparation for the cold that is to come.
  8. Samhain (October 31) This is the festival of the dead. Goddess gives God governance of the world. The gates between the living and the dead are very thin. It is time to remember those who have died, and they may choose to join our celebrations, or make themselves known to us. We may choose to have a dumb supper for the departed, and allow them to spend time with us as individuals again in the friendship of a meal. The Lord is dead, to be reborn on Yule. The year itself is dying, and we look forward to its rebirth along with His.

Each of these sabbots has sacred colors, symbols, plants, and animals.
Hindu Festivals
There are a large number of Hindu festivals which may be celebrated. Personally, I observe but a few. Maha Shivaratri is one I observe, but usually do nothing, except to offer Lord Shiva a puja for His worship. I'll observe Navaratri as well as the pujas to the 9 Goddesses of the Dash Mahavidya. I observe Dewali, of course, as it is the festival of lights offered at the beginning of a pretty "dark" time of year, as well as it being traditional for gift exchanges among my traditional Hindu friends. The dates for these festivals are based on the lunar calendar, and thus vary from year to year on their exact date. See links to the left to read about these festivals in detail and find their exact dates for this or next year.

For any Hindu festival, or on any day of the year when you want to offer yourself, your life, and your love to the One God, or a particular divine form, or you wish to get some aid from these entities, a puja is in order.
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