Sit, listen to the wind, birds and trees. Allow the beauty and chaos that is nature to enter and propel you through this time we call life.
Breath in the smells of an open fire place and a camp fire. Know the difference they have on you and your surroundings.
Give with an open heart and mind. Know that there are richer and poorer. But never measure those two thoughts by the amount of money one has. For richness is how you live and give of yourself, not what you have.
Friday, February 22, 2013
This is ritual is to heal and strengthen your maiden self.
Perform at the New Moon when the waxing crescent first appears.
You will need: a new white candle, flowers (white preferably), mugwort. edible seeds, a chalice with water, images of
maidens, a sachet filled with lavender, saffron and laurel to place in
bath water. As the
sun sinks into the west and the crescent follows it into the sky, put on
some gentle flowing music, light some candles around your ritual room,
and burn some of your favorite incense. Prepare a ritual bath with the
Bathe taking your time. Celebrate your
beauty and womanhood. As the water washes over your body, imagine it
washing away tiredness, stagnation, and negative attitudes. Wet your
hair and feel negativity leave your thoughts and memories. Raise from
the bath and say to yourself:
"I am Maiden, beautiful, renewed, refreshed, reborn."
Dress in something that makes you feel beautiful or go sky-clad. Put flowers in your hair. Dance before the altar, imagine
Maidens dancing with you.
When you feel ready seat yourself before the altar. light the white candle and say:
"With this flame I ignite within me the spirit of the Maiden."
Ring a bell or drum for a few minutes, do some deep
breathing, concentrate on the candle flame. When ready look at the
images of the Maidens or see Maidens in your minds eye. Say:
"I am whole unto myself I am a bright maiden Strong, invincible, and free I am a dark maiden Cloaked in veils and mysteries I am the pulse of the sun And the pull of the moon Flowing from one to the other In perfect harmony Where I walk None can hinder me I am maiden Forever young and free."
Chant these words over and over if you wish. Feel the
meanings move through you. Take some time for meditation. Ask the
Goddess to send you strong images of powerful Maiden Goddesses and role
models in your every day life. See the images before you float towards
you and become one. Take up the chalice and drink deeply. Say:
"Maiden Goddess I drink of thy sweetness and strength And so am I filled with thy spirit."
Eat a seed and say: "As this seed sprouts new life So am I filled with vitality."
When you feel complete, ground the energy and snuff out the candle.