What You Will Need to Work Through the Program:
A Main Goal — something you wish to work on this year — it can be anything you desire Weekly Goals – you will have four total – something you want to complete each week
Other Stuff: Courage Willpower An Open Mind Cleaning Supplies Different colored candles. White is okay. We’ll use them on various occasions. However, candles are not necessary. A place to donate things you no longer need A ritual cup (something you can put water in) A rattle (for the daily rattle bath) A Calendar Page of January 2020– you’ll want to decorate it with the stars you earn, make notes, and set goals — a calendar page is a good way to do this (New for 2020) A representation of your House Spirit – This is an energy of harmony, good fortune, love, and protection that reflects what you desire in your living area. You can choose any image or item you wish.
The next few paragraphs are a repeat for those who have been involved in the program before. These are guidelines for the basic morning ritual and the basic planetary powers chant. If you already use these, you can skip to the New This Year section. Or, you may like to do a bit of refresher and scan through the info. Your choice. And that is the point of the entire program — you choose.
The Basic Morning Ritual –
The Great Release Program process hinges on a short, daily Braucherei ritual designed to bring blessings and enchantment into your life every day. By practicing this Five Minute Braucherei ritual each morning upon rising (whether you are first, second, or third shift — when you wake up is fine), you will have a better grip on the day. The practice takes about seven (7) days to set in (you might see small changes in your life right away), and about 30 days to bring about more significant change. If you are ready to take charge of your life, let go of the crap, and accept the abundance of the world around you, then this is the ritual for you!
Tools: You will only need yourself and a cup of fresh water. You can also use colored candles or incense — that’s fine, too. Whatever spiritual practice that facilitates calm and relaxation within yourself can be used here. What type of water? Springwater is excellent, tap water is fine. I have added a Rattle Bath to cleanse and balance the chakras at the end of the Basic Ritual. You can do this bath immediately following your ritual, or you can use it mid-morning or other time convenient to you. The Rattle Bath takes only 3 minutes or less and focuses on the chakras (energy vortexes) of the body. On Day One, I will introduce you to the Rattle Bath.
Preparation for the Morning Ritual: Find a place where you will not be disturbed. As the ritual only takes about five minutes, you won’t need to lock yourself in the attic. I know, though, what it is like to be a busy person with family members assuming its okay to interrupt you just-any-old-time. So! If the only place you can find peace is in the bathroom while taking your morning shower — that’s okay! Just lock the door. The beauty of Braucherei is that you whisper instead of speaking in a normal voice. With the water running? No one will hear you. The running water adds terrific energy to the chant — try it!
Let’s go through the ritual, so you understand what you are doing. The first chant is a general blessing charm that is quite old (see Storms) and recited while facing east. You can use hand motions (or not) while intoning the charm. Speak slowly, with feeling and with a sense of grace. You are doing a spiritual thing — it is okay to open up and accept those energies.
Step One: Fill your clean ritual goblet with water. Set aside. Face East. Take three deep, cleansing breaths. Draw energy up from the ground to the top of your head, and expel that energy with your breath into your hands. Take a second breath, drawing power from the sky, and expel that energy with your breath into your hands. Take a third breath, drawing energy into your heart chakra, and then expel that energy into your hands.
Step Two: Intone the following chant nine times — if you are super pressed for time — three repetitions will do.
Eastwards I stand For favors, I pray From Goddess Divine And Lord of the Day Earth lends Her power And breath sends the spell Days end will reveal That all will be well.
Let’s quickly cover what this chant means and exactly what you are calling. Eastwards I stand (the place of beginnings and the power of the sun) for favors I pray (you are asking for all the good stuff of this world and all others). From Goddess Divine (feminine deity, crone/mother energy, moon energy) and the Lord of the Day (male divine, sage/father energy, the sun AND the planet that rules the day). Together the two deities make One — the Balance. Earth lends Her power (the spirits of nature, the elements, that which is physical) and breath sends the spell (holy breath, Spirit, and your effort). Days end will reveal that all will be well. (You agree that by the end of the day, no matter what, you will accept the favors given and be thankful for them.) This chant is to be said nine (9) times, slowly, with feeling, and experiencing what you are saying deep within yourself.
Step Three: While you are still facing East — intone the Planetary Powers chant nine times. Three if you feel pressed for time.
The Planetary Powers practice is straightforward. First, you intone the name of the day you are experiencing, for example, Tuesday, and then follow through with the rest of the chant. Here is the chant:
Tuesday, Lord of the Day Bring me Good Fortune in Every Way!
Here are those daily planets (the Lords of the Day) in case you are new or have forgotten:
Monday — Moon Tuesday — Mars Wednesday — Mercury Thursday — Jupiter Friday — Venus Saturday — Saturn Sunday — Sun
Although very easy, this is a powerful chant. You are asking the planetary energies of the day to tune into your life, and you agree that you will accept the flow of what you have asked for — in this example — Good Fortune. You can change this chant to match what you need. Let’s say you are working on chronic illness, then you might say:
Tuesday, Lord of the Day Bring me Good Health in Every Way!
Or, let’s say you are just so stressed out lately:
Wednesday, Lord of the Day Bring me sweet peace in Every Way!
Like the first chant — take your time. Say it slowly and with confidence. Know in your heart that what you have asked for, you will receive. Remember that this second chant changes with the day. If today is Monday, then you intone —Monday, Lord of the Day! As you speak, reach out and connect with the ‘Lord’ of the day. Repeat this chant nine (9) times.
Super Busy! What if you are so insanely busy that you have to break up the above-listed procedure – something like this: Roll out of bed, take out the dog, stand facing the sun, intone the “Eastwards I stand” chant. Zip back inside. Take a shower and intone the Lord of the Day chant while the water is pounding. Jump out of the shower and take the rattle bath with one hand while toweling off with the other…
Yup. It is do-able!
Candle Burning Magick. I make candles. I love candles. I adore using them in magick. I am a candle fanatic! If you enjoy candle burning rituals, you can burn a small candle (chime or tea candle) that is the color of the Lord of the Day. Colors vary in ritual traditions. Here is a list, if you need an idea of color associations:
Monday — Light Blue, Silver Tuesday — Red, Yellow, or Gold Wednesday — Dark Blue, Silver Thursday — Purple, Blue or Red Friday — Green or Pink Saturday — Brown, Gray or Black Sunday — Gold, Yellow or Orange
White is a primary go-to color and can be used for any practice in this program, including lighting the way for the Lord of the Day. If you plan to use a candle each day, hold the candle in your hands as you say the chant, rubbing the candle back and forth between your palms. As you light the candle, call on the Planetary Power of the day. For example, if today is Monday, the Planetary Power of the Day is the Moon. So, you would say: “By the Power of the Moon, I charge the field within me and around me with success in every way.” Blow on the candle three times, envisioning that you are blowing success energy into the candle. Light the candle. If you wish to have specialized candles (formulas for specific needs) please see my new book The Witching Hour – – Spells, Powders, Formulas or visit my website http://www.whispermagick.com
Step Four: End your ritual with a sentence that focuses on your specific goal repeated three times. The most critical words in this statement? “I know.” You can say a general intent or one that is very specific. For example:
“I know that I will meet all my goals in this thirty-day period.” or…
“I know I will find a solution to…” (and fill in the blank).
Then, blow softly across the top of the water in the ritual cup. You are infusing the water with your wish. For clarity in your work, change the water every day before you do your ritual.
Complete your ritual with this statement from my HedgeWitch book(or one like it that you prefer)
Only the Good Remains Peace with the Gods Peace with Nature Peace Within. So Be It!
That’s all there is to it. After you finish simply draw an equal-armed cross over the water to seal the working. At the end of your day, try to take the time to give thanks to Spirit and the Lord of the Day for the favors you have received. Sometimes, we are so busy during waking hours; we don’t realize a gift we may have received. We might not stop and think about what happened to us, or what we spent our time on because we are motoring on automatic.
When we conclude our workings by giving thanks, we allow ourselves time to review our experiences. Such a review need not be time consuming or detrimental. I’ve found the best way to incorporate a review of the day is a speed review – one word for each experience so that your mind zooms through the day. For example — “Dog, Shower, Walk, Woods, Grocery, Lunch, Dog, Gym, Babysit, Quilt, Dinner, Walk Dog, Laundry, Dishes, Video Game, Walk Dog.” This helps you to release any negative thoughts because you aren’t dwelling on any single experience. Instead, you are doing the fast-forward technique as a cleanser. Be careful not to dwell on negative situations, even though they occurred to teach us something. Although that kind of review is useful and necessary, it isn’t a part of this particular working, which is designed to teach you and continue to aid you in drawing positive energies toward you. Release the negative — welcome the future! Leave bitter behind, so that you can be better!
What to do with the water? If you added nothing to it — you can drink it. You can give it to your plants, use it to bless objects in the home or work environment, or take it outdoor and pour it on the ground as a libation to the Gods — your choice.
What Happens If You Get Sick? – Over the years this question has come up many times — there are individuals that get sick during the Great Release Program — it is winter here in the States and too much activity/stress can take a toll. No worries. If it is a small sick (cold) just skip those days’ activities EXCEPT try your best to do the morning ritual, the rattle bath, and throw out one thing. That’s it. Leave the rest of the stuff for another time. If you get super sick — drop the program and work through it another time. I leave the entire program up throughout the year. Quite a few folks have done that with success. There is no failure; there is simply your time frame for completion.
Power Outage — I live in the woods – yep — Witch in the Woods, and on occasion, I have power outage problems. If for some reason a post for the day doesn’t manifest — make something up. Yes, you read that right. Use your intuition to release whatever you feel is right that day. Sound good? Cool!
The 2020 Program – New This Year – Celebrating The House Spirit
This year we are going to celebrate “the spirit of this place” – meaning where you live. Your first challenge is to find a representation of that Spirit – it can be an image or an object. You choose. Place your spirit selection on your altar or on a sacred shelf – in a corner, if possible, as the angles where two walls meet are historically sacred in the pagan world. Now, we all know there are many “spirits” in the magickal realms. For this course, we are focusing only on the energy that brings love, harmony, compassion, and protection into your living environment. This “spirit” is composed partly of the family energy (what you all, think, say, and do in your home) and the energies that comprise the pattern of the place (seen and unseen). In working with our Spirit (mine is a Cardinal bird), we are seeking to enhance both our spiritual and physical space.
Release Program Theme
The theme of the Release Program each year is to get rid of the negativity in our lives — to release what no longer supports our goals. This release includes physical, mental, and spiritual things, feelings, or choices that are no longer working for you. The program works incredibly well if your partner, husband, wife, and/or family members work right along with you. My family does the program, too! Every year I change the challenges slightly so that you can enjoy new material. Part of the fun of the program is that you don’t know what I’ll have you working on next! Each day is a surprise. If you can’t get everything done in a particular challenge? No worries. Do one thing — just one thing per day. If you can do it all? AWESOME! If not, don’t give yourself a difficult time — do what you can. As long as you do something? You’re golden!
What Can You Do Right Now?
Today — Set your Main Goal and consider what four (4) goals you would like to add to this year’s program. The four goals can change throughout the program. For example, you may start the program by thinking you want to clean all the upstairs closets, the garage, the basement, and the attic, and then realize after you got the closets done that due to time constraints, all those hefty goals aren’t do-able. No worries. Change your remaining goals. Just remember that on Wednesdays, when you set your new weekly goal, the goal you choose for that week (Wednesday to Wednesday) should stay in place until completion.
I’m looking forward to seeing old friends (those who have done the program before) and new friends! Please feel free to post your comments throughout the program. We are a magickal village and every post is important and unique.
1. Practice the Morning Braucherei Ritual 2. Choose One Main Goal 3. Think about Four Weekly Goals 4. Choose Your House Spirit Image or Icon 5. Let’s get started! Throw out one thing today!
In service Peace with the Gods Peace with Nature Peace within, Silver