A Discussion on the Ceremonial
Cleansing of Dorums
Guest Speaker, Ramerius
Good afternoon. Today
I will speak to you on the subject of cleansing, focusing on the various practices and methods of cleansing and purifying
Dorums. This is no light subject that I speak to you of today. The cleansing of a truly corrupt Dorum, whether of spirit or
of Element, is of the most serious matter. There are several methods of approach depending upon the nature of the corruption
and the type of Dorum that has been corrupted and I shall do my best to touch upon at least the most common here today.
Before we discuss the
nature of the corruption and methods of purification, let us first discuss the components of a ceremonial cleansing. As all
of you should already be aware there are essentially five major components to any ceremony: time, location, atmosphere, concentration
and physical components.
The timing of a given
ceremony can be key. The time of year and the time of day are both factors to consider. Each element corresponds to a given
time of year and certain rituals are best performed at certain times of day. Even the alignment of the stars can have a significant
impact. Cleansing rituals are usually best performed in the spring and at the height of the day. Of course, depending upon
the circumstances, you may not have the luxury or ability to follow these guidelines, especially the there is some urgency
involved in the need for cleansing.
In the case of a corrupt
Dorum, choice of location is usually pre-determined with very little choice. Of course, if it is an item to be purified, the
location can very important. One would think that a Dorum would be the best location for the cleansing of an item and this
is often the case. Of the course the nature of the corruption must be taken into consideration along with the risk of the
corruption infecting the Dorum. However, today we are discussing Dorums. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to speak to you
on the cleansing of items and people at a later date.
Many novices to ceremonial
magic neglect atmosphere when performing ceremonies. The atmosphere can have a very powerful impact on any ceremony. Atmosphere
reflects not only the ceremonial trappings, such as robes, the burning of incense, etcetera, but also the spoken word. It
is been proven definitively that the use of the language of the ancients in invocation of a ceremony can have a powerful effect.
For example, one of the phrases of power used in a popular Dorum Tal cleansing is: With Body and Spirit I Heal and Restore.
However, the use of the phrase: Fin Madar u Tal ki Theris u Pheris has proven to have a positive impact. The words themselves
seem allow easier access to greater power. - almost ctreating a conduit to spirit or element. The exact reasons for this are
unknown, and though many theories abound that is a discussion for another time.
during a ceremony is important to any ritual, however it can be even more important during a ceremony of cleansing. If concentration
is lost at the wrong moment one may open oneself to the corruption, or worse yet release the corruption upon the world.
Finally, physical components
are always a key part to any ceremonial ritual, however, in the case of cleansing the nature and quality of the physical components
are of utmost importance. Components act as a focus for the energies evoked during a ceremony. Though Sorcerers are known
to regularly use their magics, without the focus required by an Alchemist, even they must rely upon components when performing
ceremonial rituals. The physical components often represent many facets of a ceremony. In the case of a cleansing ceremony
the usually represent both the problem and the cure. A circle of some sort is almost always erected. This is both a means
of focusing and binding the summoned energies but also of protecting the surrounding area in the case of failure. The actual
form the circle is not as important as how well bound the ceremonialists are bound to its form. Again I will refer to the
ceremony for cleansing a Dorum Tal. In this ceremony both the blood of the casters and an imbued crystal, created by the ceremony
leader is formed into a chalk that is used for the creation of the circle. Other similar ceremonies have used rope made of
the hair of the caster and other items or even candles crafted by those involved.and then somehow imbued with their essence.
The other components are
equally important. Physical components come in many forms. There are those that are simply raw energy that help to power the
ritual. Example of this might include Tal Doril, Essential Elements or other items that are imbued with the essence of spirit
or the elements. Secondly, there are those that help to focus and define the
ceremony that is being worked. These may be items that directly represent and aspect of the ritual or they may be more representative.
Some ceremonialists prefer more practical and obvious components such as a sword for breaking the hold of the corruption -
while others prefer the more metaphysical, such as the tears of a maiden to represent purity. Yet others combine both of these
in the creation of the ceremony.
I shall now touch upon
the various methods of purification or cleansing. There are basically two schools of thought concerning Dorum cleansing, both
of which are further subdivided by additional theories and practices, each with its own merits and drawbacks. The quickest
method is simple purification. The more destructive of the two schools, it involves purging the Dorum of its corruption by
destroying the source of corruption. Not my favorite means, this method can often cause permanent damage to a Dorum. When
destructive means are used it can destabilize the Dorum or even damage the Ley Lines themselves, wreaking further havoc. This
method is often preferred by those who practice the Alchemy of Fire, though some more radical Sorcerers have been known to
use it as a means of purging Dorum Tal that have become corrupt
The second method, and
that which I most prefer, actually draws forth the corruption, like poisons form a snake bite, so that it may be dealt with
directly. The Ceremony of Dorum Tal Cleansing discussed earlier is similar in nature to this sort of cleansing. This method
of cleansing does carry with it a greater risk of infecting either the ceremonialists or the surroundings with the corruption.
For this reason, extreme care should be taken in the preparation of the ritual circle so as to provide the maximum level of
protection for all involved. When attempting this sort of cleansing, generally
the corruption is drawn out with something that represents the corruption itself. Once
the corruption is removed from the Dorum, it may then be dealt with in the manner deemed most appropriate. Unfortunately,
we do not have the time in this one sitting to discuss all of the possibilities. There are simply too many.
Unfortunately, that is
all I have time for today. I hope to be able to return soon.