What Is the Wiccan Great Rite?

Learn what the Wiccan Great Rite is from Wiccan High Priestess Phyllis Curott in this Howcast video.

Transcript

I'm going to talk to you about the Great Rite which is essentially the union. It's actually from ancient Greek [xx], the sacred marriage. The union of god and goddess.

It's generally enacted by a couple. By husband and husband or wife and wife or husband and wife or by the priest and the priestess if they are deeply committed friends. It's an enactment that union of god and goddess, the masculine and the feminine.

It is conducted, generally, in private and is a very beautiful mysterious. It's a rare one. It's a rare opportunity.

I actually think that in a certain sense everybody who falls in love, whether they're Wiccan or Pagan or practicing whatever tradition they're practicing. Or Catholic, or Jewish, or Muslim or any other faith tradition, that when a couple, and it doesn't have to be a heterosexual couple, but when two people fall in love, that the expression of that love physically is an enactment of this very ancient mystery of the Great Rite. Of the union of the divine masculine and the divine feminine out of which new life and inspiration and creativity comes.

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