What You Will Need to Work Through the Program:
Courage Willpower An Open Mind Cleaning Supplies A Goal — something you wish to work on this year — it can be anything you desire Various colored candles. White is okay. We’ll use them on different occasions. A place to donate things you no longer need A ritual cup (something you can put water in)
The Basic Ritual
The Great Release Program is based on a short, daily Braucherei ritual designed to bring blessings and enchantment into your life each and 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 greater 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 don’t need any except your mind. However, if you would like to work with colored candles, or incense — that’s fine, too. Whatever spiritual practice that facilitates calm and relaxation within yourself can be used here. We use a cup of water that you will change and empower each day. Spring water is great, tap water is fine.
Preparation: 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 the bathroom while taking your morning shower — that’s okay! Just lock the door. The beauty about Braucherei is that you whisper instead of speaking in a normal voice. With the water running? No one will hear you.
Let’s go through the ritual so you understand exactly what you are doing. The first chant is a general blessing charm that is quite old, 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 energy 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 are agreeing that my 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 9 times. Three if you are pressed for time.
The Planetary Powers, is extremely simple. 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 are agreeing that you will accept the flow of what you have asked for — in this example — Good Fortune. You can change this chant in to match what you need. Let’s say you are working on a 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 thissecond 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. 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 basic 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.
Step Four: End your ritual with a sentence that focuses on your special goal that is repeated three times. The most important words in this statement? “I know”. You can say a general statement, 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. Each and every day you will change this water before you do your ritual.
Complete your ritual with this statement (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 the day, give thanks to Spirit and the Lord of the Day for the favors you have received. Sometimes, we are so busy during the day, we don’t realize that we’ve been given a gift if we don’t stop and think about what happened to us, or what we really spent our time on. By concluding the working by giving thanks, you allow yourself time to review your experiences. Be careful not to dwell on negative situations, even though they occurred to teach us something. Although that kind of review is good 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 have 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.
The 2015 Program
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 bad time — do what you can. As long as you do something? You’re golden!
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.
Are you ready? I know I am! I’m super excited about this year’s program! Please join me this year! My greatest desire is that your dreams come true! Please feel free to blog or tweet about the program — the more the merrier!
In service Silver