New Year Ritual

Despite the fact that there are toys and various carpet stains around here I still like to try and clean around New Year’s.

My husband has to work every year but we will have to see when he gets home. We are making blue moon cookies for tonight and dancing and listening to music. Bedtime will probably be about 9 p.m.

One of my circle sisters shared this with us from when her kids were all young and at home.

She would do this with them before dinner. It came from a Pagan newspaper from years
ago.

To make it safer for the kids, place the votives into individual shallow
candle dishes with water and add some gold glitter!

Ritual to Welcome in the New Year

1 large white pillar-type candle
1 white taper candle
1 white votive candle for each participant

Invoke the Goddess, lighting the large white candle. Light the taper candle (but
not from the Goddess candle).

Sit quietly and recall all of the good things that have happened in the past
year. Taking turns, go around the circle and share aloud those gifts which you
have been blessed with during the old year. As each person speaks, she lights
her votive candle with the taper.

When everyone has spoken, sit quietly again, reflecting on all the things that
didn’t go so well in the past year, perhaps the loss of a job, of a loved one,
something which you attempted to do but did not succeed. As with the happy, good
things that have come to us, so too, we should honor those things which may
have caused disappointment or pain. They have a place in our lives, often
teaching us valuable lessons about ourselves and our world. While we take their
lessons forward, we must release and leave the hurt they have caused where it
belongs….in the past. Focus all the energy from these disappointments and
regrets into the lit candle.

Again, going around the circle, share what it is you want to release, and as you
finish, extinguish the candle. Those feelings are now forever in the past, not
to be spoken of again. If you do not wish to share your thoughts aloud, when it
is your turn, sit quietly, focusing the energy into the candle and then
extinguish it.

Extinguish the votive candle.

When everyone has extinguished their candles, the HP lights the taper candle
from the Goddess candle, acknowledging that this is the New Year, and with it
comes new possibilities for love, growth, and success. The taper is then passed
around to each participant to light her votive.

As you light your candle, consider what it is you would like to see happen in
this brand new year. Focus this energy into this candle whose flame shares the
light and fire of the Goddess candle. Do not share these thoughts, as to speak
aloud will only take away their energy.

Place the votives in a safe place where they may burn out.

Hope you have a Happy New Year! It has to be better than last year I figure. 🙂

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