I’m a bit behind on this one, so for the next few minutes, let’s just pretend that it’s still February, shall we? I did an abbreviated variation on the minimalist version in the midst of having several people unexpectedly show up at my door, wanting solace from the grief of losing a friend. It ended up being an improptu raising of our glasses in celebration of life as we sat on a sunlight patio. Perrier isn’t my normal choice of water for this one, but it worked well on the fly. Hopefully, next year, I can do the complete ritual.
February Ritual – Drinking in the Light
- To be performed on a sunny day any time during the month.
- Banishing the winter doldrums
- Re-energizing in preparation for coming of spring
- Shifting the balance away from the shadow/dark work of late fall and winter
- Gather supplies as needed. At minimum, water and a drinking glass/bowl are needed.
- If doing full ritual, prep offerings.
- Fill glass/bowl with clean water. Allow glass to sit in direct sunlight for as long as possible. While the sun is still out, drink the water while envisioning that it carries the sunlight into you. Imagine that the liquid light is filling you, banishing away the darkness that is no longer useful and illuminating you with radiant energy. Give thanks as appropriate.
- Dress for ritual by layering white clothing under black (black coat over white clothes is fine). Alternatively, you can dress in black and go skyclad as the ritual progresses, but this may be a challenge in cold parts of the world.
- Delineate ritual space as preferred. Within the space, place a bottle of clean fresh water, a drinking glass or bowl, one or more small candles to represent fire, offerings for patrons and/or sun deities (if desired), and an ignition source for candles.
- Enter the ritual space and call upon any deities or other helpers that are appropriate to your path. Petition for blessings as you fill the glass with water and hold it up to the sun. Set it down and allow the sunlight to reflect up on the water.
- If making offerings, do so before proceeding.
- Light candle(s) and focus your intent on burning away of that which no longer serves you. As the candles burn down, feel yourself being emptied of any negativity, any unnecessary darkness, and anything that does not serve you well. As you do, shed the layer of black clothing. Feel the emptiness within yourself as you proceed. Do not try to fill this space as the candles continue to burn.
- When the candles have completely burned out, pick up the water vessel and as appropriate, state your intent in doing this ritual. Drink the water and visualize the light filling the emptiness. Feel yourself being energized as you do so.
- Offer thanks as appropriate. As per your particular practice, break the ritual space and exit the area.
Modifications and Notes
- Colors and number of candles may be altered as appropriate for individual symbolism. My choice is usually three candles – one each red, yellow, and orange.
- Appropriate images may be included as candle carvings or drawn within the ritual space.
- Your intent may vary as needed. For me, it’s something to the effect of “I drink in the light that I may find my way through the darkness in which I must walk.”
- In reference to the phrase “unnecessary darkness”: For those of us who do shadow work, keeping touch with the darkness within is important. Be selective in how much you let go of based on your own workings and knowledge of self.