Currently, I am in a state of flux. It is time for a new beginning because many things are coming to a close. In a few months, my current source of income will cease and I will begin something new. The challenge is to find what that is . . .
So, a friend (who is trying to make some changes regarding her employment) and I decided to perform a little ritual. The catch . . . we live almost 600 miles apart. So, we decided to perform a ritual together online. It was our first together and at least my first, period -- not sure about her. So, we decided to keep it simple and manifest our intention by creating charms and incense intended to manifest jobs with incomes that would satisfy our individual financial and emotional needs.
Now, before I go much further, I should tell you that I am a Virgo . . . no, really I am a Virgo! Virgo sun, Virgo rising, and five planets (or is it seven? I forget) in Virgo. I am potentially the biggest Virgo you will ever meet. I jokingly say that the one thing that saves me is my Gemini Moon -- it keeps me from getting too . . . ehem . . . set in my ways.
These are some pictures of my setup for the ritual. (Gotta love the little doggie toy on the floor to the left! LOL) This particular part was the actual altar. I was the one making the incense and charms, so this was set up to provide a space and the tools needed to do that.
To my right was what served as my 'supply' table. I don't really like to work with a script in my rituals, but I don't like to completely fly by the seat of my pants, either. My prep usually consists of making sure I have all my supplies and some brief notes and/or bullet points ready and then I use those to guide me. So, what you see here are the different ingredients for the incense and charms and some key words for why I chose them in this particular instance. Yes, those ARE post-it notes!
Then to the left, was the computer so that we could communicate the ritual to each other. Once I really started looking at the set up and tweaking things before getting started, the tables were moved around a bit. The positions shown here were a bit awkward once I tested them, but the general layout is accurate.
The ritual went well, the charms and incense were made (I mailed my friend hers). Now, we get to see what results they bring. I seldom make charms or incense using a formal ritual, but then I do not usually make these things with others. There are certainly ritualistic aspects to my usual process but, it is also a very personal and 'domestic' activity. Much of my ritual activity falls into that category. It is usually when I am working with others that I feel the need for formality -- with a few exceptions.
I am wondering, have any of you performed rituals online? If so, how did you structure it and did you find it satisfying?
What about formal, structured ritual? Is it a must in your life, or do you embrace more casual forms of magic(k)?