Ritual: Ignite the Portal of Potential

On Sunday, January 20th (or early January 21st depending on where in the world you’re located), the earth’s shadow will block the sun’s light, casting the full moon an eerie shade of blood red for a total lunar eclipse in the fixed fire sign of Leo. To ancient cultures, eclipses were viewed as ominous events. Related myths speak of sun-eating dragons, squabbling siblings, and headless demons, who ancient dwellers would bang drums or scream at to drive away.

Today we have a greater understanding of the celestial mechanics behind eclipses, but they continue to represent powerful and potentially disruptive portals that we can harness for self-awareness and growth. Today’s lunar eclipse is especially significant as it is the last one that will occur in the sign of Leo for several years. To understand what this eclipse is asking from you, think back to February 2017, which was when this set of eclipses first began.

For information on when and where you can watch the total lunar eclipse, click here.

This ritual can be done anytime you are at a turning point in your life or seeking to integrate lessons over a period of time.

Time commitment: 20 minutes

Items needed:

Two candles

Lighter or match

Journal

Pen

Two pocket-sized crystals of your choosing

Set up your space so that you are sitting eye level (but not too close) to the two candles with about one foot of distance between them. Place a crystal in front of each candle. Choose candle colors and crystals based on the energies you are seeking. Place your pen and journal within arm’s reach.

Cleanse your space and settle into a comfortable seat with a straight back. Take a few deep breaths until you feel fully present and ready to begin the ritual.

Light both candles and then allow yourself to focus on the candle to your right. Begin to think back to February 2017 and what was taking shape for you. Stare into the flickering flame and see if you can conjure an image of yourself at that time. What was coming into your awareness and what significant shifts were occurring in your life? Let your vision blur as you travel back in time and observe the portals that were opening. See if you can identify any emotions that were particularly strong at that time. What did you most need and were you able to receive it? Do this exercise from a place of curiosity and without judgment.

See if you can summon a word or phrase that describes the door you stepped through in February 2017. Perhaps you had just ended a relationship and were beginning a journey to independence and self-love. Maybe you underwent a career shift that led you to follow your soul’s path. Write this word or phrase down in your journal.

Let your gaze shift to the space in between the candles and start to think about what occurred after you stepped through this eclipse portal in 2017. What happened in the following months or year? What beliefs governed this time in your life? What kind of growth took place? Let a word or phrase come forward that summarizes this period in your life. Write it down in your journal.

Begin to let your focus drift to the second candle on your left. This candle represents the end of this eclipse cycle and the new portal you will step through as you integrate the lessons from the last two years.

Eclipses mark sacred beginnings and endings. As you close the door of one experience, a new opportunity will emerge. Consider what you have healed in the past two years and what you are ready to let go of. As you stare into the fire, ask what you need to release in order to step more fully into your purpose. What will this release prepare you for?

Write down a word or phrase that describes the door that is closing and what you are releasing with this lunar eclipse.

Look once more at the second candle and begin to envision the future. Let your gaze relax and see if any images come forth through the flame. What do you feel ready for? What would you name this door that you are entering? Write it down.

You should now have four words or phrases written down in your journal. One describes the journey you began two years ago, the second reflects the experience of that journey and the growth that took place, while the third marks the closing of a chapter, and the final word or phrase represents an intention to carry into the future. Spend some time journaling about these different phases you have undergone and the new portal you are entering. Once you are finished, give gratitude to the universe, your guides, and yourself and blow out or snuff both candles.

Next, you will charge the crystals overnight in two different places in your home. The crystal that is next to the first candle represents what you are leaving behind and the door that you are closing. The crystal that is by the second candle represents what you are opening up to and your next life phase.

If possible, charge these crystals outside or in a window where they can bath in the moonlight.

Let these crystals serve as a reminder of what you have left behind and what you are stepping into. You might carry one or both with you for support. Once you feel that you have truly integrated and moved on from the lesson of this eclipse, you might bury or cleanse the crystal associated with the past. You can use the other crystal – representing your intention for the future – in ritual and spell work. Tell it your hopes and wishes, ask it for support, or sleep with it under your pillow.

Cover Image by Lior Allay

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