When to create rituals?
Rituals are appropriate for any occasion, from celebrating the birth of a new child to honoring the passing of a grandparent, from lining up a weekend getaway to preparing for a major geographic move, from celebrating a birthday to marking the passing of the seasons. When we come together in ritual with our friends and loved ones, we put aside our daily cares and offer the best of ourselves. This intent, to consciously connect with the best in ourselves and the best in others, enables us, the other participants, and those we focus on, to receive blessings, positive energy, and healing power. This eases transitions, creates wholesome changes, and celebrates life, as we choose to live life to its fullest.
What is needed to create rituals?
Here on this site, we give you a basic outline of the steps involved in creating sacred space and creating an altar. We give you access to specific rituals that we and others have used time and time again with success. You may at some point decide to create your own ceremonies. Whatever sacred ceremony you create, you will need to have a few sacred tools.
The tools you use during your ceremony may be as simple or elaborate as you want. You may use things around the house like glassware and photos. Often using things from nature like rocks and flowers are appropriate and convenient. If and when you are ready, you may buy or build your own special sacred tools. Some common items are: an abalone shell and large feather for smudging, colorful candles for an altar, and goblet or bowl for holding water for house blessings.
The sacred ritual tools are objects to focus the energy--it's the intent that transforms an object into a ceremonial tool. For example, a coffee mug from the kitchen works just as well for holding water as a crystal encrusted sterling silver goblet.
There is no right or wrong way to do rituals, but there are ethics involved.
The intent of your ritual is important. There is a universal law that however you speak, think, and act in sacred space will be magnified and intensified. Therefore, it is imperative that you try to keep the actions, words, thoughts, and interactions as positive, gentle, and loving as possible. Treat everyone during your ritual like you would like to be treated, with respect and honor. For example, since you want to respect peoples' and animals' free will to accept or decline whatever is being offered, you might want to say "according to the free will of all" at the end of your ceremony.
Keep the words positive. You will want to word things positively as well. Instead of saying what you don't want, say what you do want. For example, during a travel ritual for a business trip replace "I'm afraid of a delayed airplane flight on my trip and not getting my work done on time," with the more powerful and positive wording "I want to have a safe and productive trip." Keeping things positive and respectful will bring out more of the best things in you, and in others, during and after the sacred ceremony.