We’ve all been the new person to the ritual or drum circle but that should never stop us from participating. We learn by jumping in and trying.
Whether you’ve ever worn a cross or carried a lucky rabbit’s foot, you probably have some experience with charms, amulets or talismans. While we tend to consider them the same thing they are actually different.
Charms are like rabbits’ feet or four-leaf clovers. They are small items that we usually carry in our pocket or wallet for luck. These items are usually found but some can be made.
Talismans are objects, that made or found, that are usually worn for protection or blessing. Examples would be a St. Christopher medallion, cross, or Star of David. These are symbols of faith that give the wearer a sense of peace, protection, and blessing.
Amulets are objects that give the wearer strength or power. It magnifies the energy a person has for magic workings or just to make them stronger or wiser.
Do you carry a lucky charm or talisman?
- It’s called a “Dumb Supper” because it’s silent. Consider young children and babies. Choose a time when the house will be most quiet.
- Enter, eat, and exit in silence.
- Be mindful and respectful.
- If you are the hostess, anticipate any needs before the meal begins so that everything is easily available once the dinner starts.
- You may wish to feed children earlier and not include them in the festivities.
- Think about whether you wish to include meal preparation as part of the process.
- Choose foods that are quiet to eat so that the silence isn’t disrupted.
- Be sure to include foods that your ancestors liked or traditionally ate. This will make it a treat for them.
- Use noise dampeners like cloth place mats and coasters.
- You may wish to include a ritual before, after, or make the entire event a ritual.
- If you set up an altar, you can set up pictures of the deceased on the altar.
- The supper tends to be lengthy so you may not want to have foods that are best eaten while very hot or very cold.
- Seasonal foods work really great for a Dumb Supper.
- You can put the ancestors’ food on one plate or set it out in little containers buffet style. The latter option might be better if you have guests as their ancestors might prefer different food.
- You can designate the ancestors’ chair by covering it in cloth so that everyone knows not to sit there. This goes at the head of the table, a place of honor.
- If you like, you and your guests can write out their messages to the dead to bring to the dinner. Keep your notes private. The ancestors will still receive them.
- You might choose to use tea lights to represent the dead. If so, you can burn your messages to the dead using the candle that represents the recipient of that message. Alternatively, you can use one candle to represent everyone.
We consecrate our tools and ritual objects to dedicate them for spiritual and ritual work.
These are basic instructions to help guide you through your consecration ritual, but feel free to change it up and make it your own.
You Will Need:
- item you want to consecrate
- a bowl of water
- a bowl of soil
- a candle (white)
- incense (if desired)
Figure out where the cardinal directions are in your ritual space. Place the bowl of soil on the north side of your space, the candle on the south side, the bowl of water on the west. You’ll notice that we have nothing to place on the east side but that’s because you will use your breath. Place the item you are consecrating in the center of your ritual space. Step outside the space
Light the candle and the incense, if you are using it. Take a few moments to get into the right headspace, especially if this is your first ritual.
Feel free to cast a circle and call quarters if that is part of your path. If it’s not or you are still on your journey, feel free to go to the next step.
Travel to the center of your ritual space and pick up the object for consecration.
Take your item to the bowl of soil on the north side of the ritual space. Take some soil form the bowl and rub it over your object while picturing earth energies flowing into your item. Say, ” With this soil, find my (item name) deeply rooted in my practice. Let the energy of the earth nurture growth.” Feel free to add any words you like.
Take your item to the east. Picture wind energy surrounding your item. Say, “Let the winds blow cool breezes of creativity and ingenuity over this (item name).” Blow over your item. Feel free to add or change the words.
Head to the candle in the south of your ritual space. Pass your item over the candle and imagine fire energy around and in your item. Say, “Let the purifying energies of fire spark great energy into my ( name item). ” Feel free to change or add to make the words your own.
Take your object to the west and the bowl of water. If the bowl is big enough dip your item in the bowl. If not, dip your hand and scoop some water out. Sprinkle the water over your item and picture the water cleansing your item. Say, ” Let the water cleanse and purifying my (name object).” Feel free to change and add words to make them your own.
Return the item to the center of your ritual space. It is consecrated. Open your circle if you cast one.
The summer solstice is right around the corner, and food is an important part of celebration, so why not share some delicious ways to celebrate? Corn, squashes, watermelon, cantaloupe and stone fruits are perfect for this holy day. Check out these juicy summer solstice recipes that use these fresh, in-season foods.