Growing up in California taught me about the danger of wildfires driven by hot Santa Ana winds through canyons full of homes. I’ve watched many a reporter thrust his microphone in front of some poor soul whose worldly possessions had just been reduced to a few trash bins full of ashes. Mostly I reeled in horror or got angry at the journalist, but on entering my forties, I felt a surprising new twinge of envy.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the slate wiped clean? All the boxes, trinkets, old clothes, tools, and college textbooks that I could never seem to part with, suddenly vanished? Of course I don’t really mean this. It’s just the Scorpio in me talking. This sign of extremes loves a good dramatic gesture. The Sun is in Scorpio now, until November 21, and its business is elimination and transformation. Through Scorpio’s eyes, a sudden disaster is just an efficient way to start over. That’s the message of its Phoenix— the mythical bird of brilliant plumage who, when cremated on a funeral pyre, rose from its ashes into new life.
My Scorpio planets like the idea of clearing out what’s old and making space for what’s new, but it’s not something I regularly do. My garage has been cluttered for years. But a couple summers ago, I made a wonderful discovery. I stumbled on a fabulous way to get this fresh-start feeling, without drama or disaster. It’s called the Green Fire ritual. And while it won’t actually clear the clutter from your garage, it can definitely clear the clutter from your psyche. Once your psyche is clear, anything can happen. You might get a strong and sudden urge to clean the closet, end a relationship, or quit the job that’s making you miserable.
The Green Fire ritual is a powerful way to signal to your subconscious that you’re ready, willing, and eager to release the past and move on. You should perform it whenever you’re feeling stuck or burdened, but it’s especially powerful when done during a waning Moon, which is anytime between now and November 18. The beautiful priestess who introduced me to Green Fire does it four times a year, once each season. When I first learned of the ritual, I performed it on the waning Moon for three consecutive months (I wanted change!). The result? Never has my life so dramatically transformed in such a short time. I was newly clear and energized!
The ritual is simple to do. First grab some solitude and focus on what you’d like to release. This can be specific (“I’d like to release my anger at Jim”) or general (“I’d like to release whatever is holding me back.”). You can aim to let go of a lot or a little, whatever feels right for you. Just be sure to write down each thing you’re releasing. (I like to writing each item on a small piece of paper; this makes for excellent kindling to throw into the fire.) Then get a cast iron pot, line it with foil, add two cups of Epsom salts, and cover the salt with rubbing alcohol. When you’re ready, light it with a long match and stand back. One at a time, throw in the pieces of paper on which you’ve written what you’re letting go of.
Of course, do this safely! I place my pot in the center of an outdoor fire pit, with lid and water at the ready. If you like your rituals more theatrical, you can dress up, recite poetry, bang drums, or dance while the fire is burning. If you want additional power, call in the ancestors, protectors and archetypal powers before you begin and thank them when you’re done. I like my ritual simple: just the fire, the pieces of paper, and all the energy that’s being released.
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