(Or better yet ~ Out with the Old, in with the New!)
On this last day of 2023, and anticipating the greatest Sunrise this planet has ever seen…it popped into my head that we need to do a ritual.
What kind of ritual?
One in which we release everything we’ve been holding that makes us clinch up in any way. Worry about money is a biggie for most, I would say…and there’s every indication that the good financial reset is upon us at last. I’m a believer!
And those of us whose faith is unwavering…we’ve been successful at holding that Sacred Space for any and all in our human collective who falter. Just as, no doubt, that space has been held for us during our own low spots and challenges.
Goodness knows that we have, as a collective, experienced the gamut of negative emotions over this past year. We carry the hurts of every year before that as well, and it’s time to be free of all of it. Sometimes it seems that the crappy memory and residual trauma left behind are all we have of a particular time or relationship, and letting it go can make us feel kind of unsafe and maybe alone.
We don’t need any of that at this point. We don’t need to keep grieving what’s past…not unless the process isn’t finished. It’s important to feel what comes up to be felt, and the key is to do that freely for as long as it takes…and then be done with it.
Anyway, we all have a fairly good idea by now of what we carry that isn’t serving us. Yesterday morning’s vision of how to release the bizarre year we’ve just had came in with a corresponding way to invite and welcome in what we want for the coming year, and truly, for the rest of our existence.
So here’s my plan, and the assignment that my daughter and I have agreed to. By New Year’s Eve ~
Using only materials that will burn, we’ll assemble a Death Arrow that represents all that we’re ready to let go of, want to be free of, etc. It can be as simple as a twig we find on the ground that has all of our intentions blown into it with our sacred breath. It can also be an object, or a bundle of things tied together with cotton string or embroidery thread.
When creating the Death Arrow, be clear about what each element represents if there’s more than one. It also works if you just want to “let it all go,” but you can imagine how much more powerful the work becomes when we’re specific about things…and most sincere about what we’re engaging in.
On the verge of this most wondrous shift for All Creation, it makes sense as well, since we’re already in ritual mode, to also craft a Prayer Arrow. Our intentions for our lives moving forward is what we’ll infuse into that sacred object. What shall we create, draw in and manifest in our lives?
Loving community? A clean, healthy world at peace? Planetary Ascension? Some really good chocolate? You get the idea.
These arrows can be crafted from stuff you have in your house or find outside in nature, but it all needs to be burnable and non-toxic. I’ll be using a feather or two and some embroidery thread for my Prayer Arrow, along with some other things I might collect outside.
There are protocols for creating a sacred fire, and if you have some in mind, certainly carry them out as you wish. At the same time, with pure and sincere intention to engage Universal Energy, the fire you create will be perfect. Open the directions, and invite your team, the Ancestors and whoever else that you’re guided to involve in your unique ritual.
If you can’t have a fire somewhere, the arrows can be buried as well. If neither of those options is available to you, releasing them to a body of water (preferably running) is also effective.
Intention is key. When you have your arrows all ready, and the fire is ready to receive and transmute, it’s time.
First to go is the Death Arrow, carrying with it all that you wish to leave behind. State your intentions for these things to be released and transmuted. When the fire has consumed it entirely, then it’s time to offer your Prayer Arrow, carrying with it all that you’re calling into your experience for the New Year and Beyond…
It just seems that our modern culture and society really doesn’t have space for the kind of self-made portals of transition that a human life requires for balance. Perhaps it’s time for an empowered leap into creating our experience with sacred intention once again.
Many blessings for All who embark on this journey of sacred intention with us, and a most Happy New Year to All!