Ritual: Out With the Old, In With the New.
This ritual is a beautiful way to clean out the old and make room for the new. It is rooted in European pagan tradition, in which it was thought that the veils between this and the other dimension between December 24th and January 6th are especially thin.
The Germanic pagans believed that on Christmas eve a portal to the spirit world opened and hence, guides and other entities of the other dimensions are better able to assist us as we clean out old energies and make wishes for the new year.
Of course, this portal does not only allow spirit of the highest order into our space (it’s all based on free will and personal choice) so it is very important that you cleanse and protect your space before you do this.
If you have sage and believe in angels, you can ask for Archangel Michael’s protection and use sage to cleanse. If this is all too “woo-hoo” and “new agey” for you, it suffices if you let fresh air into your house and simply ask to be protected, no need to address it to anyone.
What you’ll need for this ritual:
- Sage or fresh air (whichever you prefer)
- 3 clean sheets of paper
- 1 pen to write with
- 3 candles (tea lights are good)
- A quiet space and about 10-15 minutes’ time
Important: Perform this ritual before the old year ends.
Step 1: Clean and protect your space. You can use sage or simply let a good breeze of fresh air into your personal space. Both work equally as well. Ask to be protected. If you believe in angels, I suggest you call upon Archangel Michael. If that is a tad too “new age” for you just ask to be protected.
Step 2: Take the three clean sheets of paper. Call one paper “2016”, the second paper “2017” and the third paper “Wishes for 2017”. Start writing a letter to 2016, reflecting on all the experiences you were blessed to encounter. If it has been an especially challenging year, please work on shifting out of negativity and into gratitude. There’s a silver lining to every single thing that happens to us and many blessings result even out of the most traumatic events. Please look for the blessings and people and experiences to be grateful, instead of resting in resentment and bitterness. Do the best you can.
Step 3: Now it’s time to write a letter to the future: 2017. Write a letter to the new year and include all hopes, wishes and expectations. Welcome the new year with a heart full of joy and excitement!
Step 4: Do you have any special wishes or things (both materially and emotionally) you’d like to see manifested in the new year? Write these on the third piece of paper.
Step 5: When you are done writing all three letters. Place the letter for 2016 to the left, wishes in the middle and the letter to 2017 to the far right. Place a candle on top of each of these letters and sit still for a while. Feel into the peace and quietude of this old year. If you have a meditation practice, this would be an excellent time to start meditating. If not, no worries. Just sit for as long as it feels comfortable. Then proceed to step 6.
Step 6: Burn, baby, burn! But please leave burning down the kitchen to your New Year’s eve party guests. :D Take a fire proof container and burn all three letters. Preferably you have a cauldron in the backyard like me, but I understand that not everyone can have their priestess (or priest for that matter) going on, especially if you live in an urban environment. Nonetheless, it would be beneficial if you could go outside, or at least have your windows open. Your wishes want to have the opportunity to reach the universe so they can be fulfilled in the new year. J
Step 7: Have a fun, safe and peaceful transition into a beautiful new year and know that everything will be taken care of for you. The universe has got your back. Promise!
Happy New Year 2017!
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