Often used as ritual tools. They can be used to invoke directional energies, to ring in the sunrise on a Sabbat, or to frighten away faeries and baneful spirits.
Ringing bells, large or small tell us that services are about to begin, remind us of special prayers and tell us of that special moment of consecration of the bread and wine on the altar are taking place.
Used to summon the faithful to worship. They are rung at certain progressive points in the Service, while the Holy Gifts are being consecrated, during processionals and are tolled in mourning for the dead.
Bells are used to call people to worship. Between six and eight bells are rung by teams of ringers before the main services. In Anglican churches there is an involved system of ‘change ringing' which dates back four hundred years and is still evolving.
Two bells (one forward, one aft) which are struck every half-hour in a certain manner to mark the passage of the watches.
Bells are used for clearing, protection and activation. Hang bells from an entrance door to 'announce' anyone entering. Bells have been used throughout history as harbingers of news. Not only will it announce people but the beautiful sounds will attract pleasant feelings and represent further beauty within one's homes and environment.
The old method of announcing the time aboard was by means of striking the ships bell every half hour. Thus each watch of four hours was measured by the bell being sounded a total of eight times, each time with one more strike. Thus eight bells signified the change of the watch.
Audible sounding of ship's time: one bell for each progressive half hour to a total of eight, commencing at half past the hours of 4, 8 and 12.