Making Ceremony: Elements

Strengthen Purpose and Fill The Circle

We appreciate your eyes on this process, whether you’re simply reading along or actually participating in the process of Making Ceremony for you and the world around you.

We’re preparing for a custom-made Fall Equinox Ceremony, September 22, 2020 to benefit the world and a Personal Ceremony to Find a Job. We’re sharing how we’ll be doing the Fall Equinox Ceremony where we live, and how you might do it where you are.  And we’re working on a fantasy job-seeking ceremony so you can devise your own real ceremony.

We make ceremony with four components: Purpose, Circle, Elements and Roles. We’ve talked some about Purpose and Circle already and have something working with that. Now we add Elements to the mix.

Fall Equinox September 22, 2020

Fall Equinox Ceremony prepares us for Winter 2020, and there’s no need to dwell on the fact that we do indeed have a very uncertain winter coming our way. We’ll put our Circle at a local state park, using four stones and four feathers to map out the Four Winds, the first Elements we chose.

Inventory:

a.) Four (4) Grandfather/Grandmother Stones, East, West, North, South

b.) Feathers (4-8) – direct lines to Creator, to place in between the Winds

c.) The Sahumador, smoker, to hold the Fire which brings Truth and our connection to the invisible forces around us

d.) A Skull to emphasize how alert we are to the changes happening around us

e.) Flowers to say we want to enjoy it here before we have to go

f.) Paho Stick, a prayer feather tied to stick, to be thrown, to send our prayer

g.) Symbol of the Sexto Sol, the Sixth Sun, to illustrate we are praying for good change.

Job at Come On 2020!

We listed our Elements for the job ceremony in our last article, but let’s give them a little more meaning:

Inventory

Square – order, purpose

Rectangle – the ability to expand, evolve

Circle – harmony, protection

Triangle – firm foundation and dynamics

Ruler – a tool used to make the above shapes correctly

Pencil – a tool used to make the shapes visible

Pad of Graph Paper – a record of the work you do with shapes

Timecard – the value of your presence

“Come On 2020!” Sign

Focus: The Symbols Must Be Yours

You can replace each item above with your own symbol. Whatever your choices, they, in some way, mean something to you. This “meaning something to you” is big power in making ceremony.

You can do a little research if you like, ask somebody, reach into a trunk and pull out the first thing that hits your hand. How you do it here is less important than why!

Even if you don’t participate in these ceremonies, just going through this step will bring you gains.

Should you accept the challenge, develop the relationship you already have with the symbol and focus on what you want.

For instance, say you choose a Harvest Basket for the Fall Equinox Ceremony. Many of us grew up with those baskets around. Sometimes only the decorative basket had any food. Sometimes baskets were full all around.

Use the past only as a reference point to the future you want. I can’t say it enough, this ceremony is about what you want, less than about what you need.

If you choose a pencil for the job symbols, focus on what you could do at your best, even if you haven’t done it to your satisfaction yet.

Quick Story: For many years, in the daily ritual opening of the altar, I had the habit of talking to Spirit about the stuff we needed: car payment, more hours at work, etc. You know the song.

One day I went to this ritual and in very clear terms I was told that Spirit knew exactly what was lacking because that’s all I ever talk about. Spirit could repeat it back to me.

“So, what do I do then?” I asked.

“Tell us what you want and see in your imagination what that looks like, how it feels.”

Next time we’ll talk about Roles, but before we say goodbye, I imagine you’re beginning to see how the four parts of making ceremony come together. In talking about the purpose, Circle comes together, comes to our mind. In gathering the elements, roles become obvious. A very natural process, really.

Could Making Ceremony be an inherent human skill we don’t use enough?

On a strictly mental level, or using mind and body, symbol work makes things move!

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Published by Mike Callas

Named curandero, healer, by the people we serve, we're close to 40 years living around our humble altar. Our experience has created a legacy we are inclined to share, as well as inspired many a story and the making of myth. In true toltec fashion, we make art.

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