It’s the Summer Solstice tomorrow, which got me thinking about ritual. I’m a Virgo, so ritual in business always comes fairly easy to me – daily/weekly schedules, having a designated space to sit and work during those times… but what about rituals for life events?
We tend to mark birthdays, and things like Easter/Christmas/New Year time frames with some sort of celebration – however there are many times in life where significant events occur which we may want to celebrate or may not; but ritual is a useful way of acknowledging their impact upon our lives and helping us to navigate those periods if we are finding them difficult.
Some examples of Life Transitions:
- Traditional rites of passage such as birth, death, coming of age, marriage
- End of a relationship and/or divorce
- Moving home
- Becoming a parent whether through the birth of a child, adoption or other means
- Starting/ending a career/job
- Any life-altering event such as a spiritual awakening or a physical accident
There are many more transitions of varying size and impact upon our day-to-day lives, but these tend to be the ones that involve the most obvious change over a short period of time.
So whether your transition feels a ‘happy’ or a ‘sad’ one – using a simple ritual can be really effective in either celebrating the beginning of a new cycle, or acknowledging and letting go of the end of an old one. Here are a few ideas of rituals for life transitions:
- Decluttering – Some people definitely find this easier than others, and of course it depends on the transition; for example decluttering belongings before moving house or welcoming a new child into the home is likely to be easier emotionally than doing the same after the end or a marriage or a death of someone close. I personally found it positive and empowering in helping me let go of what no longer serves and making space when going through difficult transitions.
- Cleansing/purification ritual – whether part of a spell, simple ritual or for moving into a new home, cleansing the physical space can also be achieved with burning sage, incense or similar to purify the area.
- Meditation – simply taking 10 minutes or more a day out to quiet the mind and reflect can be a powerful daily ritual to use during a transition period.
- Set up a simple altar – this can be as straightforward as setting aside some space to burn a candle for a departed loved one; or can be something more elaborate including relevant mementoes, tokens, essential oils, flowers, gemstones coloured candles…whatever tools you feel called to use that hold significance to you. Altars (or sacred spaces or whatever you wanna call them) can be set up as a permanent area in your home, or as a temporary place to reflect and focus.