Self-guided Rituals

Ostara 2020

Beloved Reclaiming Los Angeles Community,

We present to you the following ritual to deepen in your craft and with the local spirits at these times of Great Change.

Our ritual intention for this joint working:

Weaving a web of power with local spirits, we sprout the seeds of change.

May you all be well and stay well.

Blessings,
The Ritual Planners

Simple Outline

Below is a simple outline for those who prefer to weave magic as they will. Following this outline is one with more details for those who seek them.

Before the work, establish who the caretakers of the land are. The site, Native Land, can be helpful.

  1. Acknowledge whose land you are on, honoring the peoples who have survived colonialism.
  2. Cleanse yourself for the work.
  3. Ground your roots into the Earth.
  4. Cast your circle to create the container.
  5. Acknowledge the elements and welcome their magic.
  6. Connect with the spirits of the land on which you live.
  7. Embark on the trance journey and magical working prepared for you.
  8. Feel into whether anything else is needed to make your ritual complete.
  9. Thank the spirits of the land and the elements and release them the work.
  10. Open your circle.

Blessed be!

Detailed Outline

Below is a more detailed ritual outline for those who are interested or those who seek to create the magic in synchrony with the other witches.

Before the work, establish who the caretakers of the land are. The site, Native Land, can be helpful.

  1. Acknowledge whose land you are on, honoring the peoples who have survived colonialism.
    • When we begin our working we acknowledge the first peoples of the land we are on. We acknowledge that they cared for the land long before the colonialists who committed genocide against the first peoples, and we acknowledge that the first people are still here and not gone. This is not the end of the colonialist journey; merely a first tiny step.
  2. Cleanse yourself for the work.
    • You may choose to cleanse with sound, salt, or saining. Whatever calls to you.
  3. Ground your roots into the Earth.
    • Breathe deeply into your body, feeling the whole of your body. Breathe deeply into your root and as you breathe let your root sink deeper and deeper into the earth. When your root has been sunk as deep as you need, begin to breathe up the rich earth energy. Breathe up the earth energy into your body filling your arms, legs, torso, head, and crown.
  4. Cast your circle to create the container.
    • You can cast your circle with a wand, athame, or even your hands. The key is to move the energy into a delineated space. We typically cast starting in the North and moving to the East, South, West, back to North to complete the circle, then above and below.
  5. Acknowledge the elements and welcome their magic.
    • We typically welcome the elements starting with Air in the East, then Fire in the South, Water in the West, Earth in the North, and Spirit at the Center. This acknowledgement can be a welcoming with words of poetry or song, or and a breathing into your circle with your breath. Or simple an honoring bow, acknowledging the elements are always there and always sacred.
  6. Connect with the spirits of the land on which you live.
    • Honor the local spirits of the land. This may require a deep listening and stillness to get to know them. Perhaps there are small spirits in your garden or on your balcony. Perhaps you hear the spirit of the mountain in the distance. Perhaps you already know the spirits of where you live through years of deep work with them. Honor the presence and thank them for letting you do the work.
  7. Embark on the trance journey and magical working prepared for you.
    • Make yourself comfortable for a trance journey in whatever way works best for your body, and when ready, you can play the audio file prepared.
  8. Feel into whether anything else is needed to make your ritual complete.
    • After emerging from the trance, you may sense the need to move your body or breathe energy up through your grounding cord. Feel into what is right for your ritual in this moment. You may feel your ritual is already complete.
  9. Thank the spirits of the land and the elements and release them the work.
    • Honor all the beings and mysterious ones you welcomed at the start of your ritual, including the elements. Typically we thank the energies in reverse order, though sometimes a ritual calls for a different order. Thank them and wish them farewell in the order that feels most right to you.
  10. Open your circle.
    • We can open our circle by sweeping it away to go be with our local spirits. You can start by sweeping that which is below, then going to that which is above, then start sweeping in a counterclockwise direction starting the West, then going to the South, East, and ending in the North.
    • Your circle is open, but unbroken! Blessed be!