Releasing Ritual

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Waning moon ritual for letting go.

Best done at sunrise, during a waning moon phase, Saturn day and hour, this spell is designed to help release the stresses and worries of our day to day lives. Though best done during a waning moon phase, feel free to perform it anytime you feel blocked, sad, fearful, negative, angry or bitter.

You will need: 2 white altar candles 1 black candle 1 pink candle Sage, frankincense or myrrh incense (for clearing) many small pieces of paper & a pen

Ritual Bath : Add salt to the water, or tie the following herbs in a small piece of cloth: hyssop, lavender and rosemary. Run under faucet. As you inhale the aroma of the steaming herbs, visualize the steam breaking up any tension in your body, and exhale. Ask your body and spirit to release any thought forms that are not in accordance with your highest potential, and be willing to look at where you might be harboring doubt, suspicion, or fear.

With each inhale, affirm that you are breathing in the healing energies of the Universe, and that you can transform yourself through meditation, patience and faith. With each exhale, affirm that the outmoded thought forms are transformed into new energy that can be utilized for growth. Energy is neutral, so it is up to us to redirect it!

Light your white altar candles and incense. They are symbolic of peace, truth and protection. Meditate for a few minutes on what that means to you personally. Is there anything in your life now that is not in sync with your personal truth?

Light the black candle. The color black is an absence of color, and therefore absorbs... the black candle will represent the absorbing/transforming power of the dark moon, and as we work with it, imagine the pain or anger being pulled out of you and absorbed and transformed by the energy that is symbolized by the black candle.

Take a small piece of paper, and write with as much emotion as one can muster one thing you want to release/transform. Light one corner of the paper, and immediately drop it into a flameproof/heatproof dish (a large ashtray or a ceramic pot with some soil on the bottom would be ideal).

Repeat with any and all emotions, fears, resentments, gripes, angers, resentments, excuses, obligations, etc. etc. etc. Until you feel clear! If you still feel bad, keep going for a while!

When you've cried, griped etc as much as you can stand, put out the black candle. Light the pink candle. Put on your favorite music: something that makes you feel energized, happy and motivated! Now you need to focus on filling up the spaces left where the old pain was! Time to fill it in with the affirmations of your choice...

Always write affirmations in the present tense! Keep repeating them over and over until you feel great!

Breathe in your new truth. When you are finished, put out the pink candle, and save it and the black candle until the next time you do this exercise! For maximum effect or serious depression/apathy, do this spell 3 days in a row (finishing on New Moon day).

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