Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Seasonal Yule Ritual

This is a very sweet, simple, and quiet little ritual. As we wrap up the year passed and approach the beginning of the new year, take a moment to reflect on your humble life.

What you'll need:
incense (frankincense or frankincense resin, pine needles or pine resin, cedar chips, juniper berries, cinnamon)
a censer
a charcoal block on which to burn the incense
a large sheet of paper
a pen
a white candle

To make the incense:
2 parts frankincense
2 parts pine
1 part cedar
1 part juniper berries
a pinch of dried cinnamon or a small piece of fresh cinnamon stick

Grind all ingredients together until well blended. You can say a small incantation over them if you'd like, holding your power hand over them as you do so. Remember to always grind in a clockwise motion to infuse your incense with positive energy.

Place your censer and candle on a heat-proof surface and light them both. Begin to burn your fresh incense when your charcoal block is ready. Take the sheet of paper and draw a circle on it. Visualize this circle as a shield for all the good things you have or desire to have in your life. Write down within this circle everything that brings you joy: the material and mundane things of your everyday life, spiritual things you hold dear, nature, beloved animals, the people who make your heart sing, traveling you'd like to do, experiences that make you happy, anything and everything you'd like to draw closer to you. By writing all these lovely things within your circle you are setting up a boundary that will allow in only that which brings you happiness. This creates a shield, protecting who and what you are and sends this positive energy out to the world on a subconscious level. Outside this circle, write down everything you wish to remove from your life: bills, people you would prefer to have move on, bad habits and behaviors, and any other troublesome aspects of your life. Outside the boundary you can also write down those good things you'd like to draw to you only when you personally invite them into your life such as a visit from the in-laws or criticism from a friend.

Spend a few minutes meditating on all you have written and then give thanks for the many blessings in your life. Snuff your censer and when it has cooled, scatter the ashes on the earth.

Photo courtesy of stellaretriever on flickr.


faerwillow said...

~good morning my dear friend...better late than never right! happy belated winter solstice~yule to you...i hope it was a day filled with wondrous magical moments that filled your spirit to the fullest...this is a beautiful ritual that you have shared...and i thank you for such...warm holiday wishes and brightest blessings upon you and yours~

Victoria said...

Weirdly enough, it's a little ritual I wrote based on- of all things- an old Native American circle ritual used to honor the spirit of armadillo medicine, lol. I thought this version was a tad more appropriate for the season.

And joyous holiday wishes to you, as well as a blessed new year! Peace.