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Death rituals

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I’ve been watching this channel on YouTube entitled Ask a Mortician. She gives some very interesting insight in the whole process of death and funerals. She spoke at a TEDtalk on the topic of Burial Practice That Nourishes the Planet.

This led to my interest in various modern funeral practices you can do with the body.

Become a diamond or death bead. I teased my husband that I’d turn him into a diamond and tell people it’s the only jewelry he bought me. <evil laugh>.

Become a beautiful glass creation. This isn’t an urn because your ashes get swirled into glass. Although you can find some remarkable urns. Just look up ‘unusual urns’ to find the beautiful to the creepy.

Send your remains to space. It’s a romantic idea, to have your remains in space, among the stars.

Turn your remains into a tree. If you want to go organic, you can have your remains added to a tree to plant anywhere. Another options is having biodegradable coffin. This also requires your body to not be embalmed, so check local laws to see if that is allowed.

Tibetan Sky burial. It might sound gross, to have a body left to vultures to be eaten, but this practice is part of the Tibetan culture.

Viking burials (the truth). I’ve heard of people make a model ship and set that afire in a river or stream.

Donating your body to science. This options requires to you not only fill out formal paperwork, but you need to also be sure your family understand your wishes.

How would you like to be buried or cremated? I’ve informed my husband that cremation is fine, but I want organs donated if they are needed. Post in comments.

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Cleaning and cleansing the Home

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I am not a clean freak by any definition of the phrase, but I clean regularly, at least once a week. I was asked a while back if I cleanse my house- spiritually.

I do, while I clean at the same time.

This tip is simple to do;

You will need a mop, bucket, water, cleaner, sea salt, and ribbons that represent your wishes. You can use white ribbon and write your intentions on them if you wish.

Tie the ribbons on the mop, infusing the knot as you bind it with your intention. I want my house filled with friendship, caring, family, and good fortune. I will visualize and speak my needs as I tied the ribbon to the mop.

Next, fill your bucket. Before you put the cleaner, take a small amount of sea salt and cup in the palm of your hand. Now focus and imagine purifying, cleansing, and clearing energy into the salt, much like you would do for casting circle.

Creature of earth, I call upon your powers of cleansing and purification to clean my house of bad intention (you can also name other things you want to banish).

So mote it be.

Drop into the water, and add the cleaner. I like adding a lemon or other scented cleaner.

Now, when cleaning, visualize clearing the area. You can sing or chant while you do so.

You can also add ribbons and infuse a broom with cleansing powers. Sweep and visualize removing all negative energy from your house. Sweep these energies out the door, or scoop in a dustpan and throw outside.

When dusting or cleaning down surfaces, you can bring a spray bottle of rainwater with a Citrine crystal in it, with a pinch of sea salt. While cleaning, spritz the room in a clockwise direction. Visualize the area cleared and filled with your good intentions.

Note-

  • Having Mist Bottles of water in the house also helps to cut down on static electricity. I simply add crystals for whatever I need it.
  • I collect rainwater for the spritz bottles, but general mop water, I use water from the tap. You can also collect water from streams, springs, rivers, and oceans. Do not drink unless you know its treated water.

Belated Beltane

IMG_0453 Beltane this year was a small, quiet affair but nevertheless enjoyable. I had four members of my Wiccan meetup join me. These members  bothered to show up at the previous meeting to help plan and organize, so I felt it fitting that they be the ones who gather for the ritual.

I’m not a huge fan of open circles, and I will tell you why; Open circles also opens the group to the whims of members who may not be on the same wavelength as others. Trying to plan a group of people for a celebration and ritual compares to a juggling act. I’ve been to ritual where people brought unexpected guests as well as members who just didn’t show up- even ones who meant to bring integral parts of the ritual such as the Mead or specific candles or ritual items.

Close circles allows for trust for the members who do show up.

Here in Maryland, the weather proves unreliable. As much as I’d love to do circle in my backyard (my husband got me a firepit last Christmas), it decided to rain. We had dinner first due to time constraints, and cast circle indoors afterwards around the dining room table instead. One member is new to this, so I explained the symbolism used to create sacred space. (if interested, I will post at a later date).

IMG_0325 For our focus to celebrate Beltane, we assembled windcatchers made from embroidery hoops and ribbon. Just sitting and chatting while putting these together was fun for me. It gave me a chance to talk to my fellow pagans, and just enjoy their company. Once we finished, we infused them with some scented oils, and what we wished to bring into our lives. We then would take them home to blow our wishes in the wind.

With this sort of craft, you can select any number of colors to represent the things you want in your life. I choose green for prosperity and growth, white for protection, and a pretty blue for empowerment. I also used Sandalwood, which often releases stress for me just by the light whiff of scent.

We then talked about our hopes and wishes, how magick works, what sort of things empowers us, and what we’ll be doing for the full moon ritual. Circle closed, and the new member admitted he really enjoyed the atmosphere and symbolism the religion offers.

Before everyone left, i challenged them to find a rock that will represent the thing they said holds them back; fear, jealousy, worry, etc, and carry it on their person until the next full moon. We’ll do ritual and release that trait as well as replacing it with something that will help overcome that trait. I challenge you, dear reader, to try it as well.

By carrying the rock on your person will illustrate how this fear, worry, anger, etc can impede your growth. Its a burden. It stands in the way of evolving and free movement (physically and spiritually). At the full moon, name this rock and throw it off a cliff or in a river (I’m conveniently located near a river).

I’ll post the ritual once we’ve done it.