Hilaria Cleansing Ritual

In ancient Rome, on this day, the goddess Cybele’s likeness was washed in a brook after a dark and heavy series of rituals. Flowers were strewn about, and laughter chased away the gravity of the previous days.

Lift your spirits today, and transmute heaviness into joy by performing this ritual. Draw a bath. In it, dissolve half a cup of sea salt and a quarter cup of baking soda. Then strew fresh blossoms and/or petals across the water. (Be sure they are non-toxic and non-irritating). Stand above the bath and direct your palms toward the water as you say:

That which is dark now turn to bright,
That which is heavy, now feather light,
Like fog in the sun, all sorrow shall part,
And my spirits shall rise with the dawn of my heart.

Soak for at least forty minutes. Afterward, watch a funny movie, dance to happy music, or laugh with a friend.

—-Tess Whitehurst

Fourth Quarter Moon in Aquarius
Color: White
Incense: Carnation

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