The energy descends in Scorpio’s season, taking us into the mysteries of the underworld. Here Cerridwen stirs her cauldron and Persephone savors her pomegranates. Here Isis and Ishtar routinely go to renew themselves. The snake goddesses respect autumn’s magical powers and its gifts of wisdom. They understand that its transformations come with a price. You must be willing to enter the unknown no matter how fast your heart is beating. You must surrender into the patience that builds true passion and strength. You must be willing to lose what you thought you couldn’t give up. The gift is always new life.
My Scorpio planets love the idea of letting go–although when you look at my cluttered garage, you can see how far that impulse actually goes. But a few years ago, I discovered a wonderful way to engineer this fresh-start feeling that comes from release. 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 during a waning Moon in November, which is anytime between now and November 16. The beautiful priestess who introduced me to Green Fire does it four times a year, once each season.
When I first learned of Green Fire, I was desperate to change. I committed to performing this ritual on a waning Moon for three consecutive months. The result? Never has my life so dramatically transformed in such a short time. No longer stuck in the past–my feet were stepping confidently on the road to my future. I was newly clear and energized!
The ritual recipe
- 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 to be 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 rituals simple: just the fire, the pieces of paper, and all the energy that’s being released.
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