Intention – to cut cords with someone from the past
Moon – Old Crescent
Day: 25th of August
2 beeswax candles – the people
Red thread – Passion, ties of life itself
Dead Tarot card – termination, ends
Black Salt - banishing
Nail or something to write on the candle
Mandrake oil – potent magic, human connections, passion and ties
Step by step:
Write down the names and date of birth in each candle – mine, his. Name the candles: “I name you ……., you are them, and they are you.”
Anoint the candles with mandrake oil and tie them together with the red thread
Place the dead card next to the plate
Place the statue of Gaia behind the plate
Call for the Goddess Gaia:
“Mother of seed and corn and fruit
Of the ox and the yoke
Who wields the scythe and the flower
Who waxes the increase of Summer
And fills Nature’s stores of wealth
Thresher of the Harvest, round-bellied Queen
Attend me now and hear my call"
Hold both candles between your hands and say: “I acknowledge the Goddess Gaia, who gives substance and form to our bodies and spirit, and ask her to give substance to these candles, as the candles are made of wax and wick, so our body is made of flesh and bones”. Imagine the person right in front of you, with as much detail as possible.
Spend some time thinking about the good but also the bad moments and experiences the person had shared with you. Think about the thread that still connects your souls; visualise it in red, coming from one heart to the other.
Meditate on the reasons and intentions of the ritual and why you need to cut
Place the candles on the plate and surround it with black salt. Light up the candles and burn the cord cut, saying: “I cherish what we had, but I give you freedom. Follow your path in peace, with harm to none, so shall it be”.
Visualise the person now turning their back and walking away.
Say thanks to the Goddess:
“Thank you, Goddess Gaia, for your presence; go if you will, stay if you must.”
Let the candles burn and bury the remains far away from you.
In this ritual, the energy came to me like a ring of fire, and I was unusually tired and
empty when I finished. Another unusual thing happened, the death card suddenly
flew on top of the flames and put down the candles when they were almost finished. I
feel like that means total termination and job done.
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