For many, New Year’s eve is symbolic for a time of new beginnings. Most of us have at some point made a “resolution” either to start exercising more, cutting off toxic relationships, or quitting bad habits like smoking cigarettes or consuming alcohol. However, come January’s end (I’m being generous here) and most of us have completely fallen off and are back to our usual routines. What happened? In order to truly break free of a habit we must be open and honest with ourselves that we’re fully committed to letting go. Much like the rituals of the New Moon, Creating a sacredNew Years ritual can be plenty of fun.
You may wish to gather with a group of close friends, to create an intimate atmosphere where you’ll all set your intentions for the New Year, or practice alone.
CREATING A NEW YEAR RITUAL:
Gather Sacred Supplies: Your altar is where you collect your sacred objects — pictures, found objects and the like. Using herbs with healing or symbolic properties adds to your ritual. Stones and crystals are another powerful ally. Candles are magical, and in its form contains all four of the elements. A small journal on hand allows you to keep a record of your intentions.
Preparing for the Ritual: This is the most important part of ritual, since your commitment is the key. Take a ritual bath with sea salt to clear your field of any negative energies. Using herbs like Rosemary, Rue, sage, palo santo, cedar, and also resins are very helpful in removing unwanted energies from your space.
Use it around your own body, and in the space of your ritual. Clear your mind with meditation, using music, or just quieting down in your cleared, sacred area.
Grounding: This is something that’s important anytime, for staying connected to earth energy. Signs that you’re not grounded are mania, nervousness, racing thoughts, and the like. Too often we forget to feel the earth under our feet. In a nutshell, it’s visualizing the roots going down into the Earth, through the layers, into the core, and then drawing that energy back up through your feet again. It moves through each chakra, coming out the top and down around you. Try this or another variation of grounding before you set your New Year intentions.
Your New Year Wishes: After you’ve cleared a sacred space and settled your energy, you’re ready to set your intentions. Make a list of what you’d like to draw into your life, and Dream Big! take a moment to conjure what seems out of reach, and creating the vision is the first step to making it a reality. But these are not just words on paper. As you write them down as intentions, you are committing to doing your part to make them real. Some call it co-creating, since you’re opening to universal energies to set dreams in motion.