December 8th, 2006


New Year's Ritual

Received this ritual in a couple of yahoo groups, and though I am not very ritualistic in nature, I am posting this here in the hopes that I will remember to do it !!

I've never burned lavendar, so am wondering what it will smell like :)

New Year's Ritual: Sweep, Smudge and Blessing Jar

Sweep your main living area, entryway, or porch, to sweep out the old
and allow the new to enter.

Smudge around the room using a sweetgrass or sage smudging bundle
(mine also includes lavender) and feather.

Smudge and say prayers of your own choosing, in each of the four
directions, east, west, north and south:

East represents "illuminocity", giving individuals the ability to see
all that
is around them from a spiritual perspective.

West represents the inner heart and soul.

North represents knowledge, wisdom and purification of the heart,
and soul.

South represents the physical self.

Say a prayer of thanksgiving, and ask your spirit guides for safety,
security and direction for the coming year.

Make a blessing jar...

Into a vase, jar, or bottle (which symbolizes protection), put;
a small bag of soil (for abundance)
a coin (for prosperity)
a fabric bag of salt (for purification)
a crystal (for vision)
an arrowhead (for guidance)
a tiny fabric bag of herbs (for grounding)
left over candle (for focus)
a cross (for balance)
a feather (for freedom)
a clipping of hair from each family member (for unity)
an old key (for opportunity)
a small mirror (for truth)
a piece of red paper (for memory)
a small fabric bag of raw rice (for fertility)
a ring (for love)
a runestone (for communication)
a shell (for choices)
a small fabric bag of loose tea (for awareness)
a small paper folded fan (for healing)
a rubber band (for flexibility)
a letter that contains this list and what you hope to accomplish this
sealed inside an envelope (for happiness)

You need not have everything on this list, select what is important
to you.

Seal the jar with the lid, or cover the bottle or vase with a piece
fabric and a rubberband or string. Place your blessing jar either
inside or outside your front door until next New Years Eve...

Feel free to share and report this, the more blessing jars, smudging
and rituals performed around the world the stronger the positive
energy is for all... 

I've never burned lavendar, so am wondering what it will smell like :)