Summer has gone by in a blur and whirl of activity, mostly of the mundane work variety. It’s a good time to begin getting back on track with the ritual calendar (or at least post the current month!). I’ve quite happily located my brainstorming notes on these, so I have some clue now where I was going with them.
September Ritual – A Reaping
- Any time during the month. For me, this is a good one to coincide with the equinox, when I usually make a harvest celebration meal.
- Recognize the work that has been done
- Continue positive change
- Express thanks for any assistance that might have been given
- Honor the elements
- Gather supplies as needed.
- Before beginning, look back at March’s ritual and recall what it was that you wanted to manifest at that time.
- Collect whatever fruits, leaves, flowers, seeds, etc. that you can from the plant that you put into the ground in March. Prepare them for storage over the coming months (press the flowers, dry the herbs, etc) as you contemplate the changes that you set out to make in March. Reaffirm your commitment to make those changes.
- Delineate ritual space as preferred around the plant that you sowed in spring.
- Enter the ritual space and call upon any deities or other helpers that have assisted you in manifesting this change. Express your gratitude as desired through offerings, prayers, etc.
- As you collect the parts of the plant that you wish to use, honor each of the elements:
- Hold the plant in your hand and say “With air, I have breathed life into you.” Blow gently on the plant.
- Touch the earth at the base of the plant, saying “With earth, I have rooted you.”
- Hold the plant up toward the sun and say “With fire, I have guided you upward.”
- Pour water over the plant while saying “With water, I have nourished you.”
- When all has been done, state over the harvested pieces “With spirit, I have changed you.”
- Spend some time contemplating the ways in which your desired change has manifested itself. If there is still work to be done, take a moment to petition for further assistance.
- Offer thanks as appropriate. As per your particular practice, break the ritual space and exit the area.
- Dry, freeze, press, or otherwise store the harvested plant for future use. If possible, find a way to utilize the harvested pieces during each of the next six months.
Modifications and Notes
- As common sense is not always common practice, I think I should probably say that you’ve chosen to plant a potentially poisonous plant in spring (e.g., foxglove), harvesting and storing the plant is not recommended. This ritual can be done without removing the plant or its parts.
- Using edible herbs or plants allows you to incorporate the harvest into dishes throughout the coming autumn and winter. Rosemary is my go-to plant for this ritual, as it is a). a symbol of remembrance (important to my personal path), b). easily dried and stored, and c). one of my favorite culinary herbs.
- In the even that you did not do the March ritual or that your plant never came up or died (it happens, don’t read too much into it!), you can substitute another plant you’ve sowed or, in a pinch, use a purchased plant.