Good news! It looks like my animal friend is going to make a complete recovery! Thank you all for your kind words and keeping him in your thoughts and magic.
I wanted to share the ritual I did for healing.
I used one of S. Connolly’s rituals to cast a circle, adapting it a bit. She writes to light a candle for each elemental daemon, moving in a circle. I like to put 5 black and red candles in an inverted pentagram, the 5th representing spirit.
Then I passed my athame through the flames and smoke of each candle, reciting the enns for each. (She suggests passing the athame through incense, though I can’t burn incense, so that’s an adaptation I made.)
Finally, for the ritual portion, I summoned Lilith with her sigil (in the center), and enn. I took my athame and, with him sitting next to me like he always does, I placed my athame on his head and asked the Goddess for healing for him. Then I pointed my athame and asked for health for everyone in my household. Then I closed the circle.
So yesterday I spoke with his vet, and she expects full recovery. He wishes you all a happy spring!
Lady of the Night
Screech owl in flight
She who came before all others
Protector of maidens, Queen of mothers
Thorn of the blood rose
Muse of the black prose
The veil of darkness unfurled
Show me the secrets of Your shadow world
Have you ever felt completely changed from a ritual? It’s not often that it happens, but I have felt it once or twice. And I am feeling it now, to a degree I’ve never felt it before.
Since the vernal equinox occurred in the early hours of this morning, I decided to do my ritual last night. I did the following:
– Took a ritual bath (serves to cleanse the self)
– Read a beautiful prayer to Lilith (I usually write my rituals personally, but I found this one online and loved it. I think you should choose one that speaks to you.)
– Meditated on my own personal vows to Her
– Practiced breath work (see more below)
Yesterday I made, and today I started working with, a rosary to Lilith.
I finally saw Lilith last night.
You have to keep in mind, I took Her name about 8 or 9 years ago. As a dancer studying kundalini, and a women’s rights activist, the snake goddess of female empowerment has always been significant to me.
Well, She finally appeared to me. It was brief, and She didn’t communicate — yet communicated volumes.
Lilith appeared to me with black and red butterfly wings.
I was meditating on Lilith (I should meditate every day, but I’m afraid I only do when I feel I need it). So I was meditating on Lilith and focusing with all my ability on my intention: for her to help me and my family with our work and meeting our needs. I don’t usually open my eyes while meditating, but I did, and saw a shadowy shape of a raven.
Now I know there are a few raven or raven-headed demons, I’ve read about them but I wasn’t sure who it was. So I focused my meditation on Lilith, and the Raven Demon.
Having an infant gives quite an interesting point of view on human psychology.
I was with my baby (like every day), and watching him play with toys, when I got to thinking about this. Toys, for infants, are really actually educational, how they learn and develop. He has a box with shapes in it, and loves to rip off the lid and dump out the plastic shapes, holding them and putting them in his mouth and banging them on the ground. (They never actually go back IN the box until I put them there, ha.) He is clumsy and easily confused, but persistent.
I thought about how we learn and develop. You can be told a million times, but do you even understand the words the adults are using? You can observe. That’s great for a while, but the average person (especially babies) gets restless. Sometimes, you have to rip the lid off the box and bang on things until they start to make sense. Just as we rip the lid off of our selves and get digging into all the hard plastic pieces inside.