Courtship Rituals are an important tradition during which the suitors of the person being courted have to take part into different ceremonies to show off their compatibility. Those ceremonies usually take place over a year during the Equinoxes and Solstices.
What are Courtship Rituals?
Traditional Courtship Rituals are a series of social events during which male and female suitors will have to show off their skills and magic to win the hand of the person who has initiated the Rituals.
Courtship Rituals are so called because they contain ritualistic elements:
- A connection to the magic of the environment because they invoke the ancestral magic of the Land;
- Temporal and planetary patterns, as in their most traditional form they take place over a year during solstices, equinoxes, and full or black moons.
The exact details of the Rituals will be determined by the individuals who initiate them, as many of their elements can be adapted to suit everyone's particular circumstances. Strong regional trends can be denoted despite the cultural exchanges that have occurred through the empire since its creation. Nevertheless, a formal invocation of the Land's magic and ancestors' guidance is usually made before the most important steps of the Courtship Rituals.
A recent trend is for the Courtship Rituals to be transformed into Courtship Ceremonies, with the same kind of events taking place but with the participants intentionally not invoking ritualistic magic. This would negate many of their benefit, but the Light
has started to look down on rituals in recent decades and its members have become reluctant to practise them.
Parchment with ritual instructions, by AmélieIS with images from Pixabay and Vecteezy