I originally started this blog with “10 things you should not do in circle”
Here are the original 10 things:
If you are one of the first to taste the cake and you take a huge bite. leaving the tiniest portion to be passed around the next 10 people. Not funny.
Slugging the last bit of wine from the chalice without anything being left. Maybe your coven does only 1 round with the wine, but among Alexandrians (especially Alexandrians!) we do refills and as long there is a bit left, the energy of consecrated wine left will empower the refill.
When skyclad, commenting things like “wow, you could do with a shave” or commenting elsewise on the bodies of your brothers and sisters.
Fart. Unless you are an Alexandrian and you get to close the Eastern portal, you might get away with it.
Hogging the chalice (especially with Alexandrians, you will seriously get frowned upon)
Criticise the food during the feast, unless you cooked it yourself.
Again the chalice, slugging down half or more of it when it just got refilled before you pass it down (swine!)
Interrupt people (unless you are actually training them). If they get a phrase wrong, you can comment on it later. If they need help, you will know it by the desperate look in their eyes “what is the next bit again?”
Let out a blood curling scream when the cake gets cut. (OK that may be funny, but don’t do it if you are a guest)
Did I mention wine? Yes, don’t complain about the wine either, unless you brought it yourself.
Obviously this is a more lighthearted post and thanks to a very contributing group of Alexandrians (yes, I am looking at you, Hibernian line!) I have a few more to add:
High priestess taking off one of her flip-flops and hittingthe high priest with it.
One wine glass and cakes, passed around, WITH a blessing, somewhere between 150-200 people. So, so long! No wiping the cup, either!
Fire being invoked in the north and the south
During a purification, one woman pointed out she was asthmatic, and was told white sage was purifying, so it would be fine… Full blown asthma attack.
In general, a lot of smudging in any enclosed space – but fire alarms do make it more interesting
Having two people get into an argument while waiting during a ritual because someone was speaking to their neighbour
Waiting for half an hour, because the priestesses were supposed to be processing in, and no one had been sent to let them know it was time to process!
Having the ritual on the beach, too close to the sea, and midway through, the tide came too high – blessings for all!
Not telling people what the ritual will involve (especially cultural influences)
A public ritual entirely in Sindarin (Tolkien elvish), with invocations to the arch-angels. People were mostly uncomfortable with the arch angels… Not understanding most of the rest of it, was a more minor boo boo.
Working off a printed script. Ok, that can be acceptable, but stapling it in the wrong order can get awkward depending when people notice.
Prompting your high priestess doing the charge, when she goes into the zone and might have a oracle coming ,prompting her with the wrong line
Getting the coven sword stuck in the ceiling
Vomit down the HP’s back when he is delivering the 5 fold kiss
Standing on the priestess’ hair when SHE is delivering the 5 fold kiss
Snoring during the guided meditation,
Blowing out quarter candles with flatulence
Dropping your dentures in the chalice
Throwing the chalice of wine over a priestess (but if her hair is on fire, its fine)
Too many people in a small temple waving athame’s and ears being lobbed off
Kicking the cauldron across the temple floor
Dripping hot wax from a taper candle on someones back