Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Daily Magic Ritual for the Times

Monday morning blues. Lack of motivation. Confusion. Depression. Anger. The "Why me?" syndrome. Fear.

These are all topics that people are emailing us about. People are experiencing these states because they have lost their jobs, are affected by health issues, or are simply "waiting for the other shoe to drop." They all want to know what kind of magical rituals and spells can help them get back to feeling happy, positive, radiant, balanced, and peaceful.

In magic, there is no "cure-all" that will fix all problems for all people, but one the simplest magical rituals that anyone can do to feel more balanced during these turbulent times is the Beauty Way.

The Beauty Way Magic Ritual
This ritual is a non-denominational set of exercises from very ancient times, which has many magical purposes, including:
  • Restore personal power
  • Develop a practical working relationship with higher powers and beings or natural forces and laws
  • Be safe and protected without the need to build walls or hide behind masks.
  • Maintain spiritual integrity for individuals or groups during times of high external change and stress.
How to Do the Beauty Way Magic Exit Ritual
One of the most common forms of the Beauty Way is called the Exit Ritual. You do the Exit Ritual every time you leave an enclosed space, like your car or your house. Here's how you do the ritual.

1. Put your focus up into the sky and say aloud, "Sky Above" or "Sky Father." (Note: the reason we extend our focus first is that the exit ritual is a form of asking favor from powers and beings, so it is appropriate that we go to them rather than asking them to come to us. In ritual, when we have carefully prepared sacred space, we can then invite them in and then bid them farewell).

2. Keeping the awareness up above, extend your focus into the earth and say aloud, "And Earth Below" or "And Earth Mother."

3. Then, keeping awareness of both above and below, say aloud, "I Greet You."

4. Wait a moment and see what happens. Be alert for acknowledgement or response in one of these three ways:
  • From within you, such as a realization, a change of attitude or belief, a new awareness.
  • Changes in your environment, such as a sudden breeze, a change in the color of the sky, a bird or animal suddenly appearing, or a tree or shrub suddenly becoming vividly visible.
  • A response from Sky and/or Earth: a special message for you, an answer to a question, or guidance and new directions.
5. What happens may happen in just that moment, or it may happen throughout the day. It may change the quality of our day, our awareness … whatever we notice.

6. You may also want to use hand gestures. Arms raised in a upward facing V for "Sky Father" and arms down in a downward facing V for "Earth Mother."

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