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DIY Ritual

DIY Ritual

Ritual is something that creates separation from daily life,

sacred space,

connects with

&

honors Spirit.

The physical tangibility

&

clarity of  intention

inherent to ritual & ceremony can benefit us in many phases of our sexual health.  First menarche, childbirth, abortion, miscarriage, menopause, celebration, & grieving are all occasions for ritual throughout history & in traditional cultures.

Through creating our own rituals we embrace traditions imbued with personal meaning & choice.

The personal meaning is of utmost importance.  Ritual does not have to follow a formula.  The following is simply an outline full of suggestions to inspire or guide you in creating a meaningful DIY ritual. Themes in this guide are commonly used throughout history & presently in Reclaiming Traditions as well as many earth based lineages.

Consult your intuition.

To Create a Custom Ritual:

 

 

1.) Plan & Clarify Intention

 

  • Who: Humans to be present, &/or deity/spirits to be invoked
  • What: Objects, elements, colors, symbols
  • Where: What space & location?
  • Why: Create a clear statement of intention

 

 

2.) Create sacred space & open the ritual

 

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  • Burning incense &/or clearing plants (ex: cedar, palo santo, sage)
  • Calling the directions
  • Casting a circle ( salt, smoke, candles, flowers, or simply visualization)
  • Words & intention
  • Candles
  • Making an alter space/including physical items or symbols of importance to you. Some like to represent all the elements, or include an image of a deity figure.  Can be as simple or elaborate as you like.

 

 

3.) Grounding – use a meditation or physical action to:

 

  • Connect with the earth
  • Become fully present in your body

 

 

4.) Action

 

  • Create
  • Burn, bury, smash symbolic objects or artwork
  • Song, dance, chanting
  • Meditation

 

5.) Closing of the Ritual / Opening of Circle

 

  • Release & thank any energies invoked
  • Cleanse self & or circle with same or different action as opening

 


Some of my favorite resources for learning more about ritual are:

Women’s Medicine Ways by, Marcia Starck

The Art of Ritual by, Renee Beck & Sydney Barbara Metrick

Moon Divas Guidebook by, Lara Vesta

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