Why does most of my writing take the format of directions or how-to guides?
My teacher once said that everyone experiences ritual differently. I’ve also seen this idea brought up in several books and essays. Everyone in a ritual can have wildly different relationships with an understandings of deity and energy. A good ritual, in my experience, gives people an opportunity to make their own meaning.
Writing almost exclusively in how-to’s lets each person bring their own interpretation to the main ideas I want to present. Someone who believes deities are archetypes should have just as much access as someone who believes deities are elevated ancestors. The symbols themselves are a language, the language of ritual, and most of us speak that language fluently.