Generally, I write down Sabbat rituals beforehand and my Esbat rituals are spontaneous since that is a time for creativity. So here is an extremely simplified list of how a typical ritual is laid out.
- Cleansing yourself
- Cleansing the Sacred Space
- Casting the Circle
- Calling the Quarters
- Honoring and calling the deities
- Celebrating the Sabbat or working your ritual magick
- Meditation/grounding your energy
- Thanking your deities and Quarters for helping you
- Opening the Circle
So of course what you do inside your ritual, the 'body' of it, is all up to you. When I am within my Circle there is no concept of time. Many people ask me how long ritual will be and I cannot give them a straight answer because the Circle is a space outside of time. It is a separate plane of existence altogether. Typically my rituals can last anywhere from an hour to 3 hours and feel like it lasted just 20 minutes. Most people in my Circle make the same comment "How was it actually that long?!"
Sweetheart, it's magick!