Every now and again, I enjoy experimenting with different ways of purification. I especially enjoy purification that doesn’t require a bunch of different tools or items.
Here is the script for a purification that I did recently. Please note that you find yourself enveloped in flames during this purification, so please be careful if that is likely to cause issues for you.
Children of Earth, take a deep breath. Let the air flow through you, in through your nose and mouth and out through your pores. As you exhale, imagine flames coming out of your pores. Warm, bright, and comforting, these flames flow over your skin. The flames grow as you breath until you are wreathed in flames. The flames flow over your skin and through your energetic bodies – burning away any negative energy, cleaning and purifying your subtle self.
(Pause for 2 breaths)
Take a deep breath and exhale on a count of four … 1 … 2 … 3 … 4. The flames on your skin flicker softly and start to shrink. With each breath, those flames get smaller and smaller, until they are gone.
(Pause for 2 breaths)
Children of the Earth, take one more breath, and breathe out the last of any distractions for this rite.
With Valentines Day coming up soon, let’s take a moment to remember how important it is to love ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a relationship or not, your life will be better if you take some time to relax and appreciate yourself.
Here is an altar that I created for self love.
The center candle was put into a votive holder that has lot of meaning for me and represents me. Surrounding that central candle are three tealights, and three stones. the stones are howlite, sugarlite, and rose quarts to help sweeten myself towards myself.
I lit this altar in the bathroom, and then took a long bubble bath. If you don’t have a bath, a nice warm shower with no time limit is great. If you are inspired, light some incense or use scented candles, and play some music that makes you feel good.
As you bathe or shower, think about the things that you’ve done that made you happy. Run your hands over your body – touch your arms, your chest, your belly, your back, your legs, and everywhere that you’re comfortable touching.
As you touch each part of your body, thank it for it’s function. Even if it doesn’t look as you’d like it too, or it doesn’t work as well as you’d like it to, it’s still there. It’s still part of you. If it’s a part of you that makes you upset or has negative connotations, try to forgive it for the hurt it’s doing. If you can’t forgive it, try to accept it for what it is.
Cry if you need to. One of the great things about crying in a shower or bath is that there is a lot of water to take those tears away.
Feel the water on your skin. Know that this water is connected to all the water in the world. The water cycles through the rain, rivers, lakes, pipes, and seas – but it all cycles. As you sit in the tub or stand in the shower, this water is touching you, blessing you, and flowing out into the rivers and seas – only to be evaporated and enter back into the cycle of life.
As with every relationship, the relationship to love yourself will take some work. It’s worth it.
This Valentine’s weekend. Take some time for yourself.
I put together this little GIF to show you what’s on my normal ADF altar. I will change it up depending on what I’m doing, but these three elements are usually present.
The candle represents Fire and and the Shining Ones. If I’m not home, this is often a little electric tealight or a red agate stone.
The bowl of water represents the Well of the Ancestors and the connection to the underworld.
The stone is my symbolism of the middle world (the place where we live) and the Axis Mundi that connects the upper world to the underworld. Sometimes this will be a leaf or plant depending on where I am.
I hope this helps to show how simple an altar can be.
On the last quarter of each moon, some ADF Druids perform a ritual to celebrate and honor their ancestors. Each person does their own ritual and there are no specific requirements to participate other than a focus on the ancestors.
Here is a ritual that I did and shared with other ADF members online. You can see a video of the ritual below.
For this ritual, you will need a candle, and something to write on. You could use your fingernail, a pen, pencil, or a pin. The candle can be anything that you’re comfortable using. I use a tea light candle in this video and it works well.
You will be inscribing the rune Othala on the candle. For me, Othala is about traditions and lessons that you have learned from your family (blood, adopted, or chosen), and your teachers, and the world around you.
Here is the ritual script. The video has subtitles if you’d like to follow along there.
We pray to the Ancestors. May you bless us as we do you honor.
Kindled from the great flame kept by prudent skill, join with our common hearth that our flames be as one.
Jord, Earth Mother, may you join our rite and lend your Blessings.
Allies of our Hearths may you join our rite and lend your Blessings.
We come before you to thank you for your Blessings and ask for your aide in our working tonight.
As once there was Fire and Ice, between them came the giant Ymir. From Ymir’s body the gods created our world. Between Fire and Ice, between Order and Chaos, We stand at the center of the Worlds
Heimdall, Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge, I call to you to aid our work and guard the ways between.
As the fire opens as a gate, as the well opens as a gate, and as the tree opens as a gate, so the gates are open.
I call to the Kindreds, the Ancestors, the Noble Ones, Shining Ones, may you join our rite and lend your Blessings.
Ancestors, you who have come before once more we call to you may you join our rite and lend your Blessings
Ancestors, we do you honor. May You accept this sacrifice as a token of our devotion.
May you accept this sacrifice as a token of our respect. To all the kindreds here to you we do honor.
May the kindreds share their wisdom with us.
[Draw your Omen]
Children of Earth please take a moment to remember your Mighty Dead, those Ancestors who have joined us here today, along with the other Shining Ones, along with the Noble Ones and the Nature Spirits.
Let us ask them to bless the waters.
Mighty Kindreds you have shared your wisdom with us. We ask that you share your Blessings. May you Bless this water as you have Blessed us.
Behold the Waters of Life.
If you accept the Blessings of the gods, of the Kindreds, please drink.
Now, take a moment to remember those ancestors who have had a big impact on you. Maybe they’re ancestors of blood, or spirit, or tradition. Whoever they are, invite them to join us here today.
[If you have a candle, write or inscribe the rune of Othala.]
Othala is a rune of tradition and ancestors. It connects us to that which has come before and reminds us to bring the blessings of the past to the future.
Othala is about culture and history and the things that we were raised with, things that our chosen family, our blood family, our family of society, families of nature have taught us as we go through lives.
[As you inscribe the rune, think of the things the ancestors have taught you. Sometimes it’s happy memories and positive lessons, and sometimes it’s lessons about what not to do, or how to react or not to react when things happen. All of these lessons feed into who you are.]
Today we honor the ancestors, and all the parts of them that are in us.
We light this candle to honor our ancestors: ancestors whose DNA we carry; ancestors whose teachings we carry; ancestors who have paved the way for us.
May we remember the lessons you have taught us. May we remember the paths you have cleared for us. May we remember that we are the ancestors of the future.
Ancestors we honor you.
[Take a moment to feel the strength, the backing, the lessons of your ancestors – good and bad – all of them helped make you who you are today. We can choose who we honor. And we can choose what impact they have had on us it is up to us to recognize those lessons.]
Our Ancestors remembered, our Work done, It is time for us to unwind what we have wrought.
Our thanks to you Ancestors for your aid in this rite.
Our thanks to you Ancestors, Noble Ones, Shining Ones, Nature Spirits, for your aid in this rite.
Gatekeeper, Hemidall, now we ask for your aid one more time.
As the Fire becomes flame, as the Well becomes water, as the Tree just a rock again, so the gates are closed
Our thanks to you Hemidall for guarding the ways and lending your aid.
Our thanks to the Allies of our Hearths for your aid in this rite.
Our thanks to Jord, the Earth Mother, who supports us always, for your aid in this rite.
This rite is ended. Go in peace.
May the Blessings of the Kindreds be with you this day and all days
I pray for all people in power. May they consider all within their influence. May they consider the people And the all the rest of our world. May they consider the balance of things.
I pray for all the people in power. May they find the strength To do what is best, not what is easy. May they find the wisdom To understand what is needed. May they find the allies To help them keep to the path.
I pray for all the people in power. May they be kind, and wise; May they be strong, and true; May they remember their communities, And all within their influence.