Wednesday, August 15, 2007

craving some "divine mojo!"

"Autumn... asks that we prepare for the future - that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go - to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness." - B.W. Overstreet

I have an invitation for you. I would like you to join me in a spirit-lightening, mojo-boosting ritual!

For many people the year begins on January 1rst. At the beginning of a new year we write resolutions and make promises to ourselves. We look at the things we need to change and we hope that by the end of the year we will have everything we ever wanted. For me it has always made much more sense to have those sorts of thoughts in the autumn. With school starting and summer ending, it always seemed to me that the year started fresh in September. I've written about this before here.

But here I am, sitting in the middle of August, feeling a little cramped by parts of my life that don't quite fit anymore. I read other blogs and feel the same thing from all of you. We vow to do differently than we do now over and over again. It's exhausting. I am feeling ready to relax the reins a bit. I feel ready to take a breath.

Yesterday I was feeling in need of inspiration so I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and opened the first book I touched. This is what I read:

"...create your own rituals - whatever you like, and for any reason whatsoever, as long as they really mean something to you and have some divine weight, some honest tang. Your rituals can be shaped around almost anything at all - like a job promotion or a breakup - or just because you're really craving some divine mojo." - Sera Beak - The Red Book

That's me alright - craving some divine mojo! So I decided to create my own autumnal ritual. And inspired by Jamie's Dance Party, I decided to ask if you would do it with me!

So you are invited to participate in a mojo-boosting autumn new-year ritual!

When: September the 2nd at 6pm GMT. You'll have to do your own math to figure out what time this will be for you where you are! (it should really be September 1rst but I figured more people will be home on Sunday to do it!)

What: a new you ritual. You can be as big or as small as you like. It's about stopping and taking stock, taking a deep breath, releasing some old gunk, and stepping into the rest of the year revived. "Some rituals are enacted simply to mark a special time, to focus a desire, break a nasty habit, encourage a healthier you, or celebrate a traditional event. There is much to be explored in the betwixt. There is much fun to be had in the between." - Sera Beak.

How: you choose what you do that would be meaningful to you. You could have a bath, light some candles, write yourself some vows, burn something (carefully), sip some tea or some wine or some champagne, get a tattoo, write poetry, marry yourself, burn some sage or incense, bake bread, meditate, or anything else that will help you feel different when you are finished. Participate at the same time and offer a small wish at the end to the other people who are doing it with you. Then blog about it if you like.

Who: Everyone is invited (even non-bloggers!) I believe that the more people do it, the more powerful it will be.

Please join me - and we can all breathe deeply and move lightly into autumn together!



Sentient Marrow said...

I'm in! I'll have to come back to this post later, though, because I am late picking up my kids.

Perhaps this will be the year or season where we can all grow wings and fly.

I hope it's ok that I am coming out of lurkdom more often.

Frida said...

Hey! I just settled my flights and plans to pass through the UK that weekend on my way to RnR. I am going to be in Bournmouth with S that weekend - I was about to email you to see if we could see you as well... Perhaps we can start our new years together?

Amanda said...

i love this idea...i feel very much like fall is the time to listen to ourselves and start something fresh!

this is a great post,
thank you...

Lianne said...

WOW... there is nothing like a committed group of people to change their own lives and the whole world! I'm in!

11 a.m. in Utah, I will gather my girls for this ritual.

Thank you!

Lianne said...

I just sent this to 150 of my "woo" friends. I hope we get a lot of people participating.

Jessica said...

I am in!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea and its nice to know I'm not the only one feeling this way about the fall/shifts in life, etc. I very much relate to what you're saying. I'm in!

She Who Flies said...

Sounds like a great idea!! September has always felt like the start of the year to me too, maybe because I am September born. In terms of numerology, I'm also starting a year 1 this September 19th, so for sure, I'm in for a new ritual, reinforced by the collective energy of all participants here!

I love The Red Book.

Thanks for your visit to my blog. I remember yours, which I came across via Ink on my Fingers, last Spring. I remember you had a post on Bath, and I was excited to read that because I was at the time in the middle of packing... to move to Bath :-)

deirdre said...

I'm in. The last three Septembers have been very difficult, each has been full of worry and grief. I'm ready to begin this September with something better.

Anonymous said...

love this idea! count me in! also, megg, if you're interested, will you please drop me an email at i wanted to give you the password to my blog but i couldn't figure out a way to contact you. if you're interested, drop me note.

Maddie said...

I will join in as well on the 2nd -
and will ponder my ritual in my journal:)

Great idea!

Bug said...

Great idea--I too would like to join! I'm not sure what my ritual will be--a fun thing to ponder in the coming weeks!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi came across your blog through Chestofdrawers, the last few days have been amazing, I have been at my computer for days and have come across some brilliant blogs...will add you to mine. :-)

Tori said...

I am in! I am in need a push to do something purely because I want to and will enjoy it.
Thanks for prompting this Megg!

ceanandjen said...

Your timing could not be more fabulous...count me in!!!! xoxo

Amber said...

Yes, autumn always feels like the new year to me, as well. Maybe because of school, and my birthday in September. So really, it is a new year to me, I guess. Another year alive and kickin'.

Anyway, this is a good idea...I will try and think of something.


acumamakiki said...

i love autumn, maybe because my birthday is in september and close to the first day of autumn. i'd like to play, thank you for the idea.

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Marilyn said...

I'm in! :)

luzie said...

oh that is exactly what i feel i need right now.. i have a september birthday and i'll turn 25 soon, so starting a new year with some divine mojo would be fantastic. i'll be with acumamakiki on sep 2nd, and i'm sure she and i can fiure out the times and all to send the energy flowing. :-)

nikoline said...

This is my first time at your blog - and I'm definitely in! Exactly what I needed!

Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

I've been pondering the lack of tradition and ritual in my adult life these days. Autumn is my very favorite season, so this is a perfect time to initiate a new rite. I hope you'll post again about this after September 2 so everyone can share their own mojo-boosting event.

Dreamergirl said...

I'm in!!