Weekly Ritual, January 9th

Super-creative post title, I know.

Sat down and did my ritual a few minutes ago. I was in excruciating tooth pain for most of the afternoon and unable to function. The pain finally subsided enough for me to feel a bit more human again, so I set up my portable altar and did it.

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I brought my pillar candle, a few tealights and a holder for them, two bundles of sage and holders for them, several crystals, some shells, my wand, prayer beads for Brighid, the Morrigan, and Manannan, my mala, a Brighid’s cross I received in the Cill Imbolc exchange a few years ago, and a few other odds and ends.

I started by lighting the candles and some sage, breathing in the scent and letting it float up around me. (I personally find the scent of burning sage very pleasant and cleansing.)

I then grabbed my mala and did one round of om mani padme oms while meditating on Avalokiteśvara. This is the Chenrezig meditation, and one I’ve been intermittently working on off and on for years now. I’m nowhere near the goal of 100,000 rounds on the mala. I’d like to make more of an effort to do a few rounds on a regular basis, so I think it’ll become a core part of my weekly ritual.

(The Buddhist elements of my practice come from my mom, who’s a Tibetan Buddhist. She took refuge in the Mahayana tradition. I don’t claim to be an expert on any form of Buddhism, nor would I call myself a Buddhist. That last bit, as with the rest of my path, is fluid and may change.)

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After the Chenrezig meditation, I went through each of my set of prayer beads and said my prayers for Brighid, the Morrigan, and Manannan. This was good, but I don’t know if it’ll be suitable for a weekly, general ritual. I’d rather do more than 3 times a prayer, and have each set be part of a specific ritual for said deity. So perhaps I’ll try and work in a short thing each week for each deity.

Finally, I grabbed a piece of amethyst and asked it to help me with my pain levels. It agreed, and I put it against my face. The pain levels did go down.

After that, I blew out the candles and left the altar set up on the chair in my room.

Not sure what I’ll do next week exactly, but I’ll likely start with the sage and candles and Chenrezig. It was a good beginning.

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