Discuss why ADF rituals need not have a defined outer boundary, or “circle” and the sacralization of space in ritual. (minimum 100 words)
ADF ritual creates a sacred center. That center is the center of the cosmos, and all the worlds meet there. If you imagine a graph with an x, y, and z axis, you can see the type of center that is created.
This cosmic center aligns the worlds (upper, lower, and middle) into one. It can be placed anywhere, and any place where the three worlds meet is sacred (one can look to Irish mythology for a good example of this).
Circles tend to separate the ritual participant from the world, or to place them between worlds. This is not consistent with the goals of ADF ritual, which include the blessing of the land and the folk. Instead of standing between worlds, we stand in them all. Instead of separating ourselves from the world, we embrace it. No protection is needed. The space is sacred simply by establishing the center.
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