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I often perform rituals when I practice witchcraft. Sometimes I use them as a way to connect more deeply to love ones on the other side, or to the energy of the elements Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. Sometimes I perform these rituals for a specific intention, and other times I conduct them as a way to feel my connection to and place in the larger picture of things, both seen and unseen. To give thanks. To invite loving spirits for general guidance. When I perform rituals with specific intentions, I may, for example, create a ritual to call in healing or abundance or protection for myself or a loved one. I may petition a spirit to aid me and/or tap into my Higher Self which knows more than my conscious mind. Each time I perform one of these rituals, I move through four steps, as many witches do.
1. Grounding and Protection
I begin by transitioning into a relaxed, meditative, open state. I envision a circle of white light around me and the tools I am using, which may include herbs, crystals, a crystal ball for scrying, or a black bowl filled with water for hydromancy (a form of divination involving water gazing). Witches refer to this step as ‘casting a circle.’ I play a singing bowl, which helps me to easily enter the state. I burn incense/herbs to cleanse the space. I adorn the space with mugwort herb to encourage psychic awareness and crystals of amethyst (for protection and encouraging psyching awareness) and pink quartz to represent unconditional love. I make a cleansing oil which I use at this time to anoint myself and tools with. It contains patchouli, cedarwood, lavender and clary sage in a carrier base. Sometimes I add a dash of mugwort-infused oil.
2. Raising Energy
This step involves inviting only spirits who come in love and in light, with good intention. My gate keeper on the other side is who I connect with most often. This loving spirit protects and guides me lifetime after lifetime. Other loving spirits I have known, who are now crossed over and/or from a past life, also present themselves. Sometimes loved ones of my friends come through with messages. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)