General Ritual to Help with an Intent

Needed:

  • Written or drawing of intent
  • Candle that matches your intent
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Incense
  • Fire candle
  • White candle

Set the four representations of the elements. Place your statement/drawing in the center of the altar with the white candle beside the paper.

Take a ritual purifying bath, then devote the altar by cleansing, consecrating, and mixing the elemental energies together.

Light the incense, hold your hands over it, and say:
"I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the God and Goddess. May their blessings reside within thee."

Then put your hand over the small fire candle, hold it up, and say:
"Creature of Fire,
Work thy will by my desire."

Put the candle down, hold your hands over the flame (not close enough to burn yourself) and say:
"I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the God and Goddess. May their blessings reside within thee."

Next, hold your hands over the cup of water, and say:
"Creature of Water,
I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the God and Goddess. May their blessings reside within thee."

Finally, put your hands over the salt, and say:
" Creature of Earth,
I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the God and Goddess. May their blessings reside within thee."

Take three pinches of salt and put it in the water bowl. Hold the bowl up and imagine Spirit entering the water. When you feel that the water has reached empowerment, place it back on the altar.

With your dominant hand, draw four clockwise circles in the air over the altar, then tap the altar four times with the heel of your hand.

Stand in the middle of the room, take a deep breath and relax into a calm state. Look up, smile, take another deep breath, and begin to walk the circle clockwise with the index finger of your dominant hand pointing out and down. While walking the circle three times, say:
"I conjure thee, O great circle of power,
So that you will be for me a boundary
Between the world of men and realms of the mighty spirits—
A meeting place of perfect love, trust, peace, and joy,
Containing the power I will raise within thee.
I call upon the angels of the East, South, West, and North
To aid me in the consecration.
In the name of the Lord and the Lady
Thus do I conjure thee,
O great circle of power!"

Tap on the floor with your hand, and say:
"This circle is sealed."

Beginning in the North, call each quarter, moving in a clockwise direction. With head bowed, arms folded across your chest, and legs spread in a sturdy stance, begin in the North. As you speak, slowly raise your head and open your arms, saying:
"Angels of Earth, help me today in my ritual to help (state intent)."

Repeat at the other three quarters, always moving clockwise. Once you've finished, move to the center of the circle, hold your arms above your head, and say:
"Lord and Lady, precious Spirit, lend me your wisdom, confidence, and clarity of thought as I work this ritual to (state intent)."

Pick up the unlit candle that will represent your purpose. Hold it tightly between both hands, close your eyes and ask the Lord and Lady:
"Cleanse, regenerate, and bless this tool for this ritual for (intent)."

Imagine white light surrounding the unlit candle. Then, with your eyes still closed, think of the intent of your ritual. Conjure the picture of said intent and hold it in your mind as long as you can. Once the picture slips from your mind, put the candle in a fire-safe candle holder. Next, pick up your drawing/written intent, close your eyes, and ask the Lord and Lady:
"Cleanse, regenerate, and consecrate this drawing of (intent)."

Again, envision the picture surrounded by white light, just as you did the candle. When you loose the image in your mind, pick up the picture/writing and walk around the circle in a clockwise direction, chanting softly:
"She changes everything she touches;
Everything she touches changes."

As you continue the chant, move faster and pick up the beat. When you feel you are finished, put the paper under the candle holder, hold your hands over the candle and imagine your success. Then say:
"As I light this candle, my will be done!"

Light the candle and stand with your feet spread apart and your arms outstretched, palms up and imagine your goal whirling about you. Imagine the energy of the quarters blending over your candle. Then slowly raise your arms, envisioning the energy that you have created moving up into the air. When you feel ready, raise your arms and just let go of the energy you've collected. When you have let go, say:
"Holy Mother, take this, the energy I have raised into the Universe, and allow my petition to manifest.
Bless and protect me on my journey through life.
May this working not reverse, or place upon me any curse,
And may all astrological correspondences be correct for this working.
With harm to none.
So mote it be!"

Take a deep breath, lower your arms, and ground and center yourself. Move to the center of the circle and give thanks to the Lord and Lady for their participation. Then walk to the West, hold your arms out, and close that quarter by saying:
"Angels of the West, Element of Water, thank you for your participation in this ritual. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell."

As you speak, close your arms across and next to your chest and bow your head.

From the West quarter, move to the South and say:
"Angels of the South, Element of Fire, thank you for your participation in this ritual. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell."

Move to the East quarter and say:
"Angels of the East, Element of Air, thank you for your participation in this ritual. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell."

Move on to the North quarter and say:
"Angels of the North, Element of Earth, thank you for your participation in this ritual. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell."

Hold out your dominant hand and, beginning in the North, walk counterclockwise, envisioning the circle coming back into your fingers and hand. When you return to the North, tap the floor, and say:
"This circle is open, but never broken.
We are the people, we are the power,
We are the change!
So mote it be!"