This year I had a very low key Summer Solstice, doing an impromptu prosperity ritual rather than a more elaborate full Sabbat. I’d had grand plans for going out to a big public ritual, but in the end plans fell through. Things have been rather busy lately and my brain really wanted to just listen to some Debussy and read a nice frivolous novel rather than stress out about driving the hour out to the ritual site and celebrating with a group I’m not all that familiar with. I went with my instincts and stayed home.
So there I was home alone on the Summer Solstice with no responsibilities other than doing whatever working my heart felt compelled to do. Not so bad eh? The day before I’d picked up some chocolate coins at the store with the thought that they’d be great to use in a prosperity ritual. The coins were sitting on my kitchen counter in front of a half-empty jar of homemade almond granola and an almost dead jar of honey. As I stood there I realized that I had all the makings of a prosperity spell sitting right in front of me. I looked outside at the gloriously blue and warm morning and decided to go with it.
Still in my PJs, I scooped up the honey, granola, and chocolate coins and headed into the yard – followed by my fuzzy familiar, Cleo. I sat down in the grass by our enormous rhododendrons and took a few minutes to listen to the birds (and my neighbor’s weed whacker) and enjoy the sunshine. Cleo took the opportunity to hop into my lap and get fur on absolutely everything – gotta love kitties.
After a few minutes of meditation I kicked Cleo out of my lap and cast my circle. I felt that all of the elements and deities of the day were already present, so I didn’t bother doing any formal calling or invoking. I said a few words on the nature of the solstice and asked that the energies of the day allow my prosperity working. I poured the granola in a half circle in front of me and offered it to nature, particularly to the birds and insects that call my backyard home. I poured the honey on the ground just beyond the granola and offered it to the earth, in gratitude for the sweetness of the summer season. Then I held the bag of chocolate coins in my hands and raised them towards the sun. I asked that the power of the Summer Solstice enter and infuse the chocolate, so that as I consumed them in the days to come I would be consuming the potent positive summer energy. I asked that they be infused with the energies of prosperity, healthy, wealth, happiness, and comfort. When I felt that the coins were sufficiently energized (and before they could start melting) and placed them in the shade behind me and gave thanks to the energies that attended and aided me. I dispelled my circle and then headed back inside.
Now I’ve got a bag of magickally charged organic chocolate coins sitting on my earth altar. I’ve been eating one a day and am absolutely enjoying it. There’s something luxurious and rich about good dark chocolate that make it particularly apropos for prosperity work. That it’s delicious doesn’t hurt either ;)
I do love simple, heartfelt ritual. There’s something about doing what you feel just when you feel it’s right that it’s hard for more rigidly planned rituals to replicate. As much as I love a good formal ritual, for my personal work I think I’ll stick to going with the flow.
|Cleo says Hi|