To be created and practiced on the new moon.
Candle/matches, 6 items from nature (flowers, stones, crystals, etc), a piece of paper/pen, Sage stick/Palo Santo/dried herbs of your choice. Any personal altar items that align with your intention. Access to fireplace or outdoor fire- optional.
FIND A QUIET PLACE
Find a quiet place inside or in nature where you can be comfortable. Begin to calm your body with deep breaths and bring awareness to your intention for your ritual. (Eg. Peace, love, balance, letting go.)
BUILD AN ALTAR
Begin to build your altar, place your candle in the center and place your nature items in the 4 cardinal directions, one below for Mother Earth and above for sun/stars/moon, place anything else of significance your altar.
Smudge yourself with sage or palo santo for purifying your whole self by fanning the smoke over the front and back body and over your altar.
CALL IN THE DIRECTIONS
Call in sacred space and honor the directions:
South- for letting go and being in the flow of your life
West- for facing fear with love
North- for living in joy and in connection to our ancestors
East- for leading and living from our hearts
Mother Earth- or grounding, creation and abundance
Father Sky, Grandmother Moon and the Stars- for our appreciation to the spirit world
Sit in meditation honoring your whole, connected and vibrant self. Repeat out loud 3 times “ I am whole, I am connected, I am love.” Bring awareness to what you are ready to invite into your life. Take time to imagine or see yourself living this invitation.
WRITE AN INVITATION
Write on the a piece paper what you are now inviting into your life. Using I am and I statements are powerful. I often like to use the statement "I Intend to...". Speak you invitations out loud and then blow 3 long slow breaths and place them on your altar.
Sit once again in silence and observe how you feel, any sensation or images that come to you know. Stay soft, open and receptive. With great attention take your rolled up paper and honor the work you have done today to welcome in the new. If you have access to a fire you can burn your paper, if not, feel free to release it in any way that feels right.
CLOSE THE SACRED SPACE
Close up your sacred space by honoring the 4 directions, Mother Earth and the stars, sun and moon. It may feel right to honor your ancestors, spirit guides, family and teachers; consider speaking your thanks aloud. Thank yourself for being the open luminous vessel of light and love that you are. Journal about your ritual if you are inspired or share your experience with a friend or loved one.
With light and love,
This ritual was adapted from Gaia
Ashley Tracey, MS RYT
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