Make like a modern shaman this month and practise these elemental rituals with five chosen experts
With summer in bloom it’s time to align with the elements and nature, with treats and fun activities from our favourite gurus. From crystal gridding in the wild to worshipping the sun gods, connect with Gaia this July and really feel yourself opening up to a bigger cosmic view. Go deep into the elemental world and feel your soul awakening!
Return to nature
Jessica May, psychic medium, holistic therapist and Reiki healer (jessicamaypsychicmedium.co.uk), says:
“As a witchy woman, summer for me is about everything smelling fresh and looking bright. I especially love being out in nature until late at night, enjoying sunsets and food around a fire pit with uplifting music, my dog and my loved ones!
“I welcome a good cleanse at various times throughout the year. For me this includes detoxing for
“During summer I like to create an altar and carry out a ritual where I burn resin incense mixed with flowers such as roses, jasmine, lavender and sunflowers. For me it’s about attracting abundance and wellness. Once everything has burnt down, I scatter the ash to the wind and thank the Universe for my blessings past, present and future. Afterwards I drink tea mixed with shilajit and lemons around a firepit. It is here that I may choose to sit with carnelian crystals and burn intentions under summer moons. The ritual finishes with burning sage and palo santo.
“I often visit my favourite tree through summer and take offerings of love for her, which may be in the form of silver or a crystal. The summer months for me are about getting the most from nature. Be it around trees, or visiting the beach to gather shells, and I just adore feeling connected to Gaia and meditating to attune my energies higher.”
Worship the sun
Freya Fulbrook Cook, owner of Freya’s Cauldron (freyascauldron.co.uk), says:
“With the long-awaited summer on our doorstep at last, it’s the ideal time to honour the sun god and thank him for his warmth. Here is a simple ritual for you to do. An ideal time would be the summer solstice on 21st June, but you can of course do it at any time that feels right to you. If the weather is good then you can perform this ritual outside.
“Place an orange or yellow candle in a suitable holder and place it in your chosen space. Place an image of the sun in front of the candle and then add some warm-coloured flowers – reds, orange, yellows and browns. Calm your mind and begin to think about the warmth of the sun and the heat we have yet to receive from him. Light the candle and say these words:
Sun God, we celebrate your power,
You bless us with warmth and light,
Bringing nature into bloom and crops ready to harvest,
This candle I light to honour you,
The flowers I offer with thanks and gratitude,
Sun God, we honour you on this day forth.
Then sit and allow the candle to burn out.”
Read signs from the cosmos
Caitlin Matthews, author of The Art of Celtic Seership (£12.99, Watkins Publishing) amazon.co.uk
“In the ancient realm of the Celts, the seer was a person who opened a window to reveal a complete view of the cosmos, in which the otherworld and the everyday world interconnect. This was the essence of true perception and wisdom, known as gléfiosa, or ‘bright knowledge’. For the seer, the babbling of the stream, the swaying of treetops in the wind, the hunting and foraging of animals are all brimful of deeper meaning.
“The Art of Celtic Seership shows how to connect with this visionary wisdom, nurture it in ourselves and harness it to live in harmony with each other and with the earth, and to bring profound insight and understanding to our day-to-day existence. It describes the tools and techniques of the druids, bards and seers of old, and explains how we too can draw inspiration from the natural world and open ourselves to developing our prophetic and visionary powers. Practical exercises include calling upon your ancestors, working with your dreams, cultivating a connection with the faery folk, experimenting with trance states and entering into the consciousness of the stones, trees and other natural features around you. It invites you to ask a question of the Universe and listen to the reply, encouraging you to read omens and signs in the symbols you encounter through each day.”
Charge your crystals and heart
Sara Denny from Thyme Keepers (thymekeepers.co.uk), says:
“Community connection is the message of the Celtic festival Litha, this summer solstice day. Connect yourself with awareness to our place within family, community and in the community of planet Earth. Today we absorb the sun’s warm rays; inhale joy and exhale the gloom. If you’re lucky enough to find a parade or festival, get involved and take part. Be sure to say hello to as many people as you can, especially people you don’t know, and especially if you are a shy one! If you are lucky enough to live near a stone circle, natural stones or a beach, then enjoy a walk, breathe it all in and let your hair down. It’s also a good day for a bonfire and BBQ, or even for a fancy garden party, and it’s a great day to enjoy our lives with our loved ones!
“Today I’ll be charging up all my crystals, which you can buy from my website above, and I will also be charging up my heart. Spending some time barefoot to connect myself to earth and sun, I’ll be doing a meditative stretch, firmly planting my feet to Earth and head and hands to the sun to thank the good cosmos that I’m alive, decompressing any modern age worries. In my house we talk to our crystals and plants anyway, but this summer I’ll be sure to sing to them all – a song from my heart in joy about the day I let
go of the darkness of it all.”
Manifest with natural grids
Annie Wilkinson-Gill, owner of The Crystal Buddha (thecrystalbuddha.com), says:
“For me, summer is about renewing my energy. I love to feel the sun’s healing power shining around me with abundance, and with its warmth, imagine its golden rays beaming through me from above and down into the earth. I like to embrace the nurturing forces that Gaia has to offer and do so by enjoying forest walks, sometimes walking barefoot in the grass and soil. I find myself absorbing all the smells the trees have to offer; touching the bark feels like a meditation in itself. I ensure I take a moment out to take note of what I am grateful for. I often bring crystals along with me and with my children, I create flower mandalas gridding with the crystals, leaves, seeds and twigs, creating little mindful offerings in that moment. We often grid our own selves and enjoy drawing symbols and words in the dry mud with twigs that we have found. By embracing the creative energy within, we are able to release the old and bring in new visions which helps with our manifesting. Go outside and try it!”
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