Release and Let Go Ritual

Best performed during the third quarter moon
2022 – January 25 Febbruary 23 March 25 April 23 May 22 June 20 July 20 August 19 September 17 October 17 November 16 December 16

We all have baggage that we accumulate on our life’s journey. There comes a time when it is necessary to let this baggage go. Maybe you’re holding on to a toxic relationship or you have a habit that is stifling your forward progress. Perhaps it is your own negative self-talk that is weighing you down. Whatever your baggage now is the time to let it go! Take with you a lesson learned, some wisdom gained. You are ready to move forward!
Choose and prepare a quiet place. You will need scissors and a place to bury your rope. If an outdoor space is not available to you, you can bury your rope in a house plant or burn it and collect the ash to take outside later. Go ahead and dig a hole large enough for your rope and paper or have a fire and bowl ready to collect your ash.
Light your black candle. A black candle can represent death or an end to a situation or chapter of life. That is not a negative thing. For new growth to begin the old must come to an end. At some point, what is now your baggage served you in some way. Maybe it was something you thought you needed to live or cope. It is ok to feel sadness at the loss of something that has become familiar to you. Take comfort in knowing that the universe has something better in store for you.
Write down what it is you wish to let go of. It is up to you to be as detailed or simple as you like.
Tie a knot at each end of your rope, while speaking your intention aloud. One knot represents you, the other represents your baggage.
Hold your written intention in your left hand and your rope in your right. . Left is your intuitive hand and is closer to your heart, right in your hand for action. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Think about what you are letting go of. Take time to reflect on the impact it has had on your life. Why are you letting go? Visualize a rope with yourself on one side and your baggage on the other. In your mind, you can view your baggage with any imagery that feels right. It could be a person or object or even a cloud of color or smoke. Your baggage has you tethered to your past. As long as your rope is whole you can not escape and move forward. Visualize what you want for your future, imagine yourself reaching for it.
Open your eyes. Lay your written intention in the ground or in your fire. Take your rope in your left hand and cut it with your right. As you’re doing this say aloud “ I sever the ties that bind”. Add the rope to the ground or fire.
Cover your rope and written intention with soil or sprinkle your ashes outside. In doing this you are giving the severed piece of your life back to the Earth. She will dispense with it on your behalf, it is no longer for you.
Prepare your healing tea with about 2 cups of water or you can make it as strong or weak as you like. Use half of your tea to wash your hands. The remaining tea can be enjoyed with honey or added to a bath. If you have done this ritual during the third quarter moon, then the new moon is only one week away. Take time to gather your thoughts and create a plan for your future.

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