Thursday, April 4, 2013

Using Ritual to Create Magic

“Every morning following my meditation time, I brew a small pot of chamomile tea to enhance my sense of peace and relaxation. While I wait for it to steep, I set out my special cup and saucer, my journal opened to a new page, and my pen. The stillness of the morning, the memory of my meditative insights, and the familiar flavor and aroma of the tea encourage me to connect with myself through writing.” –Barbara Biziou, The Joy of Ritual

Simplicity and Meaning

What Barbara Biziou describes here is an everyday ritual made special precisely because it has become one she does everyday. But also because it has order, steps that are the same, that hold promise and meaning for her.

Ritual can be simple and ordinary, and still be special, have meaning, and the power to enliven your intention.

Designing Your Ritual

Your ritual can be as simple as lighting a candle, stating your intention out loud while gazing at the moon, writing it down and placing the paper on your windowsill and then, blowing out the candle. But, of course, ritual can be more elaborate as well.

Every good ritual tells a story about who you are and what you intend. And whether you are using it for moon wishes or any other spiritual purpose, a powerful ritual will have the following elements…

(1) A clear beginning, middle and end
(2) A purpose related to the intention you have already clarified
(3) Tools and resources that are meaningful to you and related to the ritual’s purpose

“Rituals of transition can help us segue from one circumstance to another, one year to the next, and one life stage to another. They provide perspective, clarity and a sense of purpose, while at the same time they calm the physical and emotional upheavals that accompany change.” –Barbara Biziou, The Joy of Ritual

Moon rituals are rituals of transition. We move from one phase of the moon cycle, and one phase of creating our intention, to the next. Ritual not only makes that transition more powerful, it makes it easier. It helps to smooth the way.

So tomorrow's post will help you design your moon ritual from start to finish based on those three elements.

See you tomorrow!

Have a wonderful day!


  1. Loved the quote at the start of your post. Dropping by from UBC.

    1. Thanks, Suzy!! And thanks for coming to say hello. :)

  2. Oh, I think I will have to stop by tomorrow and see how to design my moon ritual. Great topic, thank you! Be back tomorrow!

    1. That's great, Melissa! Thanks!! See you tomorrow. :)

  3. So simple and perfect! Thanks for sharing, Jeanine!

    1. Oh, thanks!! I appreciate your coming to visit me. You're welcome.

  4. So many people think rituals have to be complicated. Thanks for adding another voice saying they don't :)

    1. You're welcome, Linda! I used to think that, too, so it meant a lot to me to realize that they can be simple, and quick, and still be powerful. Or longer when that is needed. The letting go ritual I did the other night took me well over an hour, but it was time well spent!!


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