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This art ritual was created to help you explore where your past conditioning stands in the way of listening to and trusting your own intuition and/or your parenting instincts. When done in it’s entirety, it requires a full moon cycle to complete but it can also be effective completed in one sitting with the intentions of personal growth.  Scroll down for the printable step-by-step instructions.

This week I asked my friend and parenting expert, Eliane Sainte-Marie, if I could create an art ritual around one of the chapters in her book Clean Parenting: The Peaceful Parent’s Handbook. The chapter I chose was titled Trusting Your Parenting Instincts and Your Inner Guidance. This topic is near and dear to my heart. I’ve navigated not only my parenting but also my life by listening to and trusting my intuition. I’ve even become a professional intuitive.  Trusting my intuition and tuning in and listening to Spirit, my body, my emotional needs and my parenting instincts has gifted me with some of the most valuable experiences in my life. It has never been the easy way but it has definitely been the most graceful and magical way.

For simplicity’s sake, I want to break this big topic into three separate ideas:

  1. Listening to my Intuition
  2. Listening to Spirit and
  3. Listening to my Parenting Instincts

I believe all three of these areas are silenced in similar ways. I also believe when you start trusting yourself in one area, your ability to trust yourself in the other two areas becomes easier.

Listening to my Intuition

To me intuition feels like this calm steady voice inside. It is my inner compass. I like to imagine it is my personal soul or spirit speaking to me. It seems to me like my conscious mind can only grasp so much. It is a brilliant tool but it is limited in its capacity. My intuition, on the other hand, feels vast and limitless. It feels like it accesses a realm of knowledge and wisdom that is beyond my understanding. It’s not as loud or obvious as my conscious mind. I can hear my thoughts much more readily and clearly than I can hear my intuitive guidance. When my intuitive guidance does come in, it sounds like it’s coming from this distant space. It’s quieter, simpler and direct. It doesn’t argue or run around in circles like my thoughts. It simply makes a statement in my mind or gives me a sense of something in my body or uses my emotions to help me feel something.

Since my intuition is softer and not as obvious or as loud as everything else in my busy life, it is easier to miss but the more I trust what it has to say and the more I trust where it’s leading me, the more often I hear it.

Listening to Spirit

As I mentioned above, listening to my intuition is, to me, like listening to my soul or Spirit – that eternal part of me that existed before I was born into this life and will exist again after my body dies. Many people I meet desire to hear, see and feel Spirit but are uncertain how to do that. My angels explained to me that communicating with Spirit is not a gift some people have and others do not. They explained to me that we are all Spirit. As Wayne Dyer used to say, we are spiritual beings having a human experience not human beings having a spiritual experience. I am Spirit therefore I can see, hear and feel Spirit. Since our true nature is eternal Spirit of course we know how to feel, see and know Spirit and each and every one of us has always been and continues to always be communicating in the way of Spirit. We don’t have to learn how to do it. Instead our job is to pay attention and see how and when it is already happening.

I think the same thing I do to listen to my intuition is the same thing I do to listen to Spirit because in essence the wisdom is coming from the same place – the place of Spirit, mine or someone else’s.

Listening to my Parenting Instincts

When I became a mother, I became aware of this place inside me that just knew. In my case, my parenting instincts didn’t kick in right away. In the first year of my son’s life I was in constant crippling anxiety. It was one of the hardest years of my life. Once the anxiety settled down I could hear this voice inside that had a very strong sense of what my son needed and how I wanted to parent. I had strong emotional reactions when I followed advice that didn’t align with what my instincts were telling me to do. I was passionate about not repeating parenting methods that hurt me as a child and since I wasn’t knowledgeable about other ways and I didn’t like reading parenting books and it was back in a time when parenting coaches and help wasn’t as accessible, I chose to trust my instincts or that place inside that just knew how it wanted to parent my son. It was different than listening to my intuition and definitely different than listening to Spirit but it did feel like at times it was listening to a part of me that was trying to rewrite the past and at times listening to an ancient voice that carried wisdom from thousands of generations before me…a voice that came from times before there were homes with separate bedrooms or ten options of baby food.

In Eliane’s book, she gives a great description of what listening to your parenting instincts looks like. I’m attempting to compartmentalize these three different methods of listening to wisdom but the truth is sometimes it’s obvious what I’m listening to and sometimes it’s not. Either way I think the practice of continuing to pay attention and consider what voice is actually speaking to me is helpful. It helps me to know myself and it helps me to discern what is right for ME – not what is the right way but what is MY WAY to live life and parent. And as a parent, I believe the more I discover what my way is, the closer I come to parenting in a way that best aligns with and serves my child’s spirit. And that’s important to me. I can’t consciously be aware of what his spirit needs or wants. I can much more easily know what his emotional and physical needs and wants are but I know if I listen to my intuition and my parenting instincts I will naturally be listening to his Spirit’s needs also.

In Eliane’s chapter on parenting instincts she helps her reader distinguish between conditioning and instincts. I love her wisdom on this. She states, “Often times, I hear parents describe their feelings or reactions as instinctual when what they actually are are automatic (reactive) or stemming from conditioning. It’s important to understand this distinction so parents truly learn to parent from their instincts (or inner guidance) and don’t erroneously follow their conditioning’s guidance, mistaking it for their instincts.”

I designed this ritual to help you distinguish when conditioning, fear or the need to belong is making the decisions for you. The more aware you are of what interferes, the easier it will be to choose to ignore it and tune in instead to higher wisdom. If this is something that’s really important in your life at the moment, I would spend the time using a full moon cycle to complete this art ritual. Something beautiful happens when I complete one of my art rituals nice and slow and allow deeper and deeper layers of my subconscious mind to rise to the surface slowly over time but if completing it in one sitting is all you want right now, you will still gather a lot of insight from it.

If you are planning to complete this ritual over a full moon cycle, I would begin on the waxing crescent moon and I would complete it on the New Moon. Here is the full moon cycle method outlined:

Waxing Crescent Moon:

  1. Download the accompanying PDF and answer the questions in your journal and create the paper roll self-portrait described below.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around your self-portrait and place on your altar (or somewhere you will regularly notice her over the course of the moon cycle like on your dresser or nightstand).
  3. Observe where and when in your life you silence your inner wisdom. Spend 5 minutes every evening looking at your bound self-portrait and jot down what you’ve observed about when you silence your inner voice.  Continue to do this until the Full Moon.

Full Moon:

  1. Set a sacred space and follow steps to prepare yourself for ritual.
  2. Unwrap the ribbon and place the ribbon inside the pouch of your paper roll self-portrait.
  3. Write a letter to whoever you pray to and ask for help healing the parts within yourself you noticed stop you from trusting your intuition or parenting instincts.
  4. Place the letter inside the pouch with your ribbon.
  5. Add any objects or plant material that align with your intentions such as crystals, herbs or essential oils etc.
  6. Place your paper roll self-portrait back on your altar.
  7. Observe where and when in your life you listen to your inner wisdom. Spend 5 minutes every evening looking at your unbound self-portrait and jot down your small wins, celebrations and grateful feelings in regards to your intuition and your parenting instincts. Notice when you listened and take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate that. Continue to do this until the New Moon.

New Moon:

  1. Set a sacred space and follow steps to prepare yourself for ritual.
  2. On a separate piece of paper, write a declaration to yourself of how you promise to treat your intuition and/or parenting instincts from now on.
  3. Roll up your vows and insert them into your paper roll self-portrait.
  4. Keep your paper roll self-portrait on your altar for as long as you desire.

Before sharing the instructions in more detail, I want to remind you that when engaging in one of my art rituals, there are a few steps I perform before I sit down to do the writing, painting or creating part of my ritual. They include gathering my materials, clearing my mind and my physical space, inviting or calling in my spiritual helpers and setting boundaries or placing a circle of protection and blessing my tools and material. I outline these steps in more detail in my “Beginner’s Guide to Preparing for Art Rituals” which I send, along with other helpful goodies, when you subscribe to my Moon Sisters Art and Ritual Magazine.  If you would like the guide delivered to your inbox, you can subscribe to the magazine on my home page.

To support my emotions while I performed this art ritual, I used 5 drops of doTerra’s Patchouli essential oil.  My doTerra oils are just as helpful to my Spirit and emotional well-being as they are to my physical health so I always include them in my art rituals.

I chose Patchouli for this art ritual because one of the essential requirements for tuning in and listening to those calm wise voices within is not feeling anxious, worried or having a busy mind. Patchouli calms the mind and stills the heart and prepares the body for connecting with Spirit and/or inner wisdom.

Once my oils were going and I could breathe them in, I moved onto the first step in this art ritual which was to gather the materials. This is a very flexible art ritual. You can make tons of adjustments and use whatever you have on hand but you will definitely need two paper towel rolls. This is what I gathered together and used:

  • 2 paper towel rolls
  • white glue and hot glue
  • decorative paper
  • pieces of scrap fabric
  • acrylic paints
  • ribbon of a color light enough you can write on
  • small positive and negative magnets (optional)

I saved one of my paper towel rolls to paint my self-portrait on. The second paper roll I used to create a small pouch. I cut about a quarter of the paper roll off and squished it down.

Next, I folded the sides of the paper roll down and glued the two sides together to create a bottom to the pouch.

I then cut another piece of cardboard off my paper roll. I cut this piece in a half circle shape to use as a decorative piece to add to the top of my other paper roll. I thought it could look like a crown or just be an extra piece to add visual interest to my paper roll self-portrait.

Next, I cut strips of decorative paper to create a skirt around my paper roll. I included strips of lace to glue to one side of each paper strip.

I then glued the strips of decorative paper to the base of my paper roll. The skirt also served to give the paper roll more stability so it was easier to stand up.

Next, I gave the top of the paper roll, the pouch and the half circle shape I cut out a couple coats of paint.

It was time to paint my self-portrait on my paper roll. Of course it doesn’t really look like me but that’s not important. What’s important is it represents to ME what it feels like when I listen to my inner wisdom. The end result doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be meaningful to YOU.

I finished my pouch by inserting a piece of decorative paper cut to create a flap that could close over the top of the pouch.

I added a magnet to the pouch so I could easily open and close it. These little magnets have been so much fun. I love the compartments, pockets and envelopes I can create in my art journal with these handy little things. I recommend adding them to your art and/or craft supplies.

I then took my journal and answered the questions in the accompanying PDF (scroll down to download). On the ribbon I wrote My voice is silenced when…. and completed that sentence and continued to write all the ways I notice I silence my intuition and my parenting instincts. Here are some of the sentences I wrote:

  • My voice is silenced when I listen to people who don’t share my values.
  • My voice is silenced when I care more about other people than I do my own heart.
  • My voice is silenced when I stay stuck in fear.
  • My voice is silenced when I care more about what other people think than I do to what I think.
  • My voice is silenced when I care more about fitting in or being accepted.
  • My voice is silenced when I place a higher value on a relationship with someone else than I do on my relationship with myself.

Next came the finishing touches. I cut out a bird and flowers image and glued it to my semicircle and cut two small notches at the top of my paper roll to insert the semicircle onto. The I glued the end of my ribbon to the waist of my paper roll self-portrait. To finish the waist off I cut a strip of decorative paper and glued it to the waist to hid the end of the ribbon and the end of all the skirt pieces. It looked like a belt. Then I glued the pouch onto the front of the paper belt. Lastly, I glued a heart onto the front of the shirt and wrote “My answer is here” to remind me the importance of looking within for my answers.

This is what my paper roll self-portrait looks like with my ribbon bound around it. 

I love the visual statement my paper roll self-portrait makes when it’s all bound like this. It’s not a pleasing sight but it is highly effective in communicating to me just what it feels like when I silence my own wisdom.

Below are the step-by-step instructions of this ritual in a format you can print for your convenience and a link to the PDF document that accompanies this ritual. If you do perform this ritual publicly or share photos of the ritual or perform the ritual with a group, please respect the work of this artist and creator by mentioning the source and/or providing a link back to this original post. Also, if you end up performing this ritual, I’d love to see what you completed. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals

Shed Your Conditioning & Trust Your Intuition PDF

Enjoy my friends.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

Shed Your Conditioning and Trust Your Intuition
Author: 
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Suggested Month: Any
Prep time: 
Performance time: 
Total time: 
 
An art ritual to shed fears, judgments and past conditioning that prevents you from listening to and trusting your inner wisdom.
Supplies
  • 2 paper towel rolls
  • white glue and hot glue
  • decorative paper
  • pieces of scrap fabric
  • acrylic paints
  • ribbon of a color light enough you can write on
  • small positive and negative magnets (optional)
Directions
  1. Set a sacred space and prepare for ritual.
  2. Take one of the paper towel rolls and cut about a quarter of the paper roll off and squish one end of it down to create the bottom of a pouch.
  3. Cut another piece of cardboard off the paper roll. Cut this piece in a half circle shape to use as a decorative piece to add to the top of your paper roll self-portrait.
  4. If desired, cut strips of decorative paper to create a skirt around my paper roll.
  5. Glue the strips of decorative paper to the base of the uncut paper roll to create a skirt-like shape.
  6. Give the top of the paper roll, the pouch and the half circle shape you cut out a couple coats of paint.
  7. Paint your self-portrait (torso and head) onto the top half of the paper roll.
  8. Insert a piece of decorative paper cut to create a flap that can close over the top of the pouch.
  9. Add a magnet if to the pouch if you like so it easily opens and closes.
  10. In a journal, write out your answers to the questions in the accompanying PDF.
  11. On the ribbon, write all the ways you notice you silence your intuition and/or your parenting instincts.
  12. Decorate your semi circle then cut two small notches at the top of your paper roll self-portrait to insert the semicircle onto. Secure the semicircle into the notches.
  13. Glue the end of your ribbon to the waist of your paper roll self-portrait.
  14. Cut a strip of decorative paper and glue it to the waist to hid the end of the ribbon and the end of all the skirt pieces.
  15. Glue the pouch onto the front of the paper strip you glued around the waist.
  16. Add finishing details.
  17. End with a prayer of gratitude.
Notes
Thank you for honoring my work and creativity. The photos of this craft and/or ritual and content above are copyright protected. Please do not use the photos without prior written permission or without a link back to this blog post. If you wish to share this art based ritual, please provide a link back to this post on my blog. And if you like this art based ritual but want to make changes to it, please do so in your own words and link this post for credit. Thank you!

 

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The Love Quilt

This art ritual is perfect for the family to do together. I created it as a way to celebrate family love and make wishes for family harmony and happiness but it can also easily be adapted for a couple.  Scroll down for the printable step-by-step instructions.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner but this weekend my mind wasn’t on romantic love. In a week, my eighteen year old son is leaving the nest for the first time and traveling for three months. I’m excited and so very happy for him but my momma heart is grieving and worrying. Instead of letting my emotions become overwhelming this week, I knew I needed to spend a day in prayer and ritual so I created this Love Quilt.

The idea originated from an article I read in the Somerset Studio magazine by Lina Arango Jakusik. She showcased these beautiful patchwork collages that I just feel in love with. I imagined her collages to be these great big fluffy quilts I could snuggle under which then reminded me of when my son was young and jumped into bed with us. I thought it would be fun to create a paper quilt and draw myself, my husband and my son lying cozy under it. I knew if I divided my paper quilt up in squares I could create a prayer or wish on each square then arrange all the squares together to create one cohesive blanket. Even though the cartoon drawings I created look nothing like us, I really love the end result and it looks super cute on my altar. I know it will bring me comfort in the next few months when I miss my son or start to worry about him.

Before sharing the instructions, I want to remind you that when engaging in one of my art rituals, there are a few steps I perform before I sit down to do the writing, painting or creating part of my ritual. They include gathering my materials, clearing my mind and my physical space, inviting or calling in my spiritual helpers and setting boundaries or placing a circle of protection and blessing my tools and material. I outline these steps in more detail in my “Beginner’s Guide to Preparing for Art Rituals” which I send, along with other helpful goodies, when you subscribe to my Moon Sisters Art and Ritual Magazine.  If you would like the guide delivered to your inbox, you can subscribe to the magazine on my home page.

To support my emotions while I performed this art ritual, I used 5 drops of doTerra’s Arborvitae essential oil. I LOVE my doTerra oils and use them everyday to support my body in healing from anxiety and from my mystery illness (which lately I suspect is SIBO but I am still waiting to be diagnosed). My oils are just as helpful to my Spirit and emotional well-being as they are to my physical health so I always include them in my art rituals.

I chose Arborvitae for this art ritual because when I’m scared or worried I sometimes think the answer is to try and control things. That never works. Arborvitae reminds me to surrender and trust Divine Love is flowing all around me. It reminds me to hand my worries over to God and Divine Mother and trust that Love is always working in my best interest and no matter what happens, I will be supported.

Once my oils were going and I could breathe them in, I moved onto the first step in this art ritual which was to gather the materials. This is a very flexible art ritual. You can make tons of adjustments and use whatever you have on hand. This is what I gathered together and used:

  • canvas
  • glue
  • decorative paper
  • pieces of scrap fabric
  • watercolor pencils
  • white cardstock paper
  • old greeting cards
  • small items I collected that remind me of my family
  • images and words cut out from books and magazines

The next step was to choose a piece of decorative paper to use as a sheet on my pretend paper bed and cut out three pillows – one for each member of my family and glue all of it to my canvas.

Next, on white card stock paper, I drew three cartoon looking images of each member of my family. I drew these in pencil then colored them with my watercolor pencil crayons.

Instead of painting on clothes, I chose some decorative paper to cut and paste onto my card stock drawings. I chose patterns that reminded me of pajamas.

When I was done creating a cartoon image of each of us, I glued them to the canvas ensuring that the arms weren’t glued down yet.

I then glued down a piece of decorative paper to act as the base of my quilt.

Next, I cut out 9 squares of decorative paper. I measured to make sure the squares would fit on the purple base of my quilt.

Taking one square piece of paper at a time, I created a collage that represented a prayer for my family. In the photo below, the prayer I was making was for my son to be safe during his travels and to come home as happy as he has always been.

I repeated this process until every square had a prayer on it. The square with the long numbered pieces of paper sticking out of is a paper pocket I made to hold nine wishes in it. I asked my husband and son to write three wishes each and I wrote three wishes then tucked them into the pocket.

Before gluing the squares onto my paper quilt, I added a couple more strips of decorative paper to give my quilt more patterns and interest.

Then I arranged my squares onto my the canvas in a way that was pleasing to me.

Once all the squares were glued down, I added more details to tie it all together. Only after all the details were added did I finally glue down the arms.

Here’s the step-by-step instructions of this ritual in a format you can print for your convenience. If you do perform this ritual publicly or share photos of the ritual or perform the ritual with a group, please respect the work of this artist and creator by mentioning the source and/or providing a link back to this original post. Also, if you end up performing this ritual, I’d love to see what you completed. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals

Enjoy my friends.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

The Love Quilt Art Ritual
Author: 
Moon Phase: Any phase
Suggested Month: February
Prep time: 
Performance time: 
Total time: 
 
An art ritual to celebrate and pray for family. Also a great ritual to perform all together as a family.
Supplies
  • canvas
  • glue
  • decorative paper
  • pieces of scrap fabric
  • watercolor pencils
  • white cardstock paper
  • old greeting cards
  • small items I collected that remind me of my family
  • images and words cut out from books and magazines
Directions
  1. Perform the opening steps to ritual - (ie. opening prayer, clearing, calling in, blessing, protection)
  2. Gather materials and collect any meaningful items you'd like to collage into your creation.
  3. Choose a piece of decorative paper to use as a sheet on your pretend paper bed and cut out one pillow for each member of your family and glue all of this to the canvas.
  4. On white card stock paper, draw a cartoon looking image for each member of the family. Color your image in.
  5. Choose decorative paper to use as shirts and cut and paste onto the drawings.
  6. Each each image's head to the pillows on the canvas and glue the rest of the body down ensuring that the arms are NOT glued down yet.
  7. Glue down a piece of decorative paper to act as the base of the paper quilt.
  8. Cut out squares of decorative paper. Measure to make sure the squares will fit on the paper quilt base you glued down.
  9. Taking one square piece of paper at a time, create a collage that represents a prayer/intention/wish for your family.
  10. Repeat this process until every square has a prayer/intention/wish on it.
  11. Arrange the prayer squares onto the canvas in a way that is pleasing to you.
  12. Once all the squares are glued down, add more details to the paper quilt to tie it all together.
  13. After all the details are added, glue down the arms.
  14. End with a prayer of gratitude.
Notes
Thank you for honoring my work and creativity. The photos of this craft and/or ritual and content above are copyright protected. Please do not use the photos without prior written permission or without a link back to this blog post. If you wish to share this art based ritual, please provide a link back to this post on my blog. And if you like this art based ritual but want to make changes to it, please do so in your own words and link this post for credit. Thank you!

 

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A Bundle of Love

This ritual is for the lover and the romantic. It was created as a way to celebrate and express love and to make a wish for your love life but it could also be used to call a relationship into your life.  Scroll down for the printable step-by-step instructions.

My husband and I are facing a stressful situation. Stress can do to relationships what plaque can do to teeth but instead of stress wreaking havoc on our relationship, I want us to face our problems as a team – which we’re actually pretty good at. I also want us to trust that we’re not moving through this alone and there are unseen forces of Love conspiring in our favor. And I want us to remember to still have fun and play and laugh – which we’re not always good at in times of stress.

To help focus my thoughts and energy in the right direction, I created this art ritual for celebrating, expressing and calling in Love. I think this ritual is perfect if, like me, you’re in a relationship and would like to contemplate how you want your relationship to look like in the future. It’s also a great ritual if you want to take a quiet moment to reflect on the areas in your relationship that could use a little TLC or you simply want to express gratitude for the wonderful relationship you have. And finally, I think this ritual could easily be adapted for anyone who isn’t in a relationship but would love to call one into their lives.

Before sharing it with you, I want to remind you that when engaging in one of my art rituals, there are a few steps I perform before I sit down to do the writing, painting or creating part of my ritual. They include gathering my materials, clearing my mind and my physical space, inviting or calling in my spiritual helpers and setting boundaries or placing a circle of protection and blessing my tools and material. I outline these steps in more detail in my “Beginner’s Guide to Preparing for Art Rituals” which I send, along with other helpful goodies, when you subscribe to my Moon Sisters Art and Ritual Magazine.  If you would like the guide delivered to your inbox, you can subscribe to the magazine on my home page.

The first step in this art ritual is to gather the materials. This is a very flexible art ritual. You can make tons of adjustments and use whatever you have on hand. This is what I used:

  • red candle
  • sticks (I used 6)
  • red string
  • embroidery thread
  • small fabric bag
  • small piece of fabric (if you want to sew heart to your fabric bag)
  • paper or decorative paper (for writing on then scrolling up)
  • sealing wax (you can use string or ribbon if you don’t have sealing wax)
  • wax stamp
  • ribbon for hanging bundle (I used burlap ribbon)
  • pen or marker
  • wood rounds
  • rafia or other decorative string
  • cinnamon sticks
  • feather
  • essential oils that suit your needs (I used Myrrh, Frankincense, Cinnamon and Clove)
  • herbs and dried flowers that suit your needs (I used mint, roses and lavender)

As I performed the opening steps of my ritual, I lit a red candle. Red feels powerful and passionate to me and represents romantic love.

To help set the mood, I also played love songs. Here’s a list of songs to get you started. It’s a list that my husband, Luis, shared with me. He said these songs make him think of me. (God, how I love that man.)

  • “Only You” by The Platters
  • “Something in the Way She Moves” by James Taylor
  • “You’re My Best Friend” by Don Williams
  • “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  • “I’ll Be Your Lover Too” by Van Morrison
  • “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “Never Ending Song of Love” by Delaney and Bonnie and Friends

I cut small strips of paper to write my wishes on. I had six sticks so I cut out six small strips.

After writing a wish on each strip of paper, I used red string to bind each wish to a stick. I then used brown string to bind all the sticks together.

Next, I thought about our love story and what kind of changes I wanted to see in our relationship. On decorative paper, I wrote down, in as much detail as possible, my thoughts, prayer and vision. This step had me crying big wet salty tears. I felt grateful for our love story and everything we have survived and enjoyed together. I let my tears of gratitude roll off my cheeks and bless my words.

If you are doing this ritual as a way to call a relationship into your life, imagine the love story the two of you will create together and write that love story down in as much detail as possible.

When I was done writing and crying, I rolled the paper up in a scroll and sealed it with sealing wax. I chose to seal my private thoughts and vision with sealing wax because my words weren’t intended for anyone but God and Divine Mother. If you don’t have sealing wax, you can easily use ribbon or string to tie your scroll closed.

To add a little charm, I used a piece of rafia to wrap a couple cinnamon sticks and a feather to my scroll. For this step, you can use whatever objects you feel suit what you wrote about in your letter. When I was performing this ritual, I felt pulled to include lots of cinnamon. I used the cinnamon sticks here but also used Cinnamon essential oil later in my prayer bag. I was just going with my intuition so I didn’t really know why Cinnamon was drawing me so much until I read about one of the emotional properties of Cinnamon having to do with safety and security.

The stress my husband and I are facing has to do with our financial safety and security which might explain why I can’t seem to get enough of the Cinnamon scent lately. What I want is to feel safe. I think I need our situation to be different but safety is a feeling – not just a physical reality. I can feel safe in precarious situations because how I feel doesn’t need to be fully determined by my external environment. When I breathe in Cinnamon, I feel like a tree with roots digging deep into warm dirt and this helps my heart feel relaxed and safe so my art ritual was working even before I had completed it.

Next, I created a prayer bag. I took an old fabric bag and cut a small heart out of scrap fabric and sewed the heart onto my fabric bag with embroidery thread.

As I spoke my prayers to God and Divine Mother, I filled the prayer bag with plant medicine and holy water. I included mint, Myrrh, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Lavender and Roses.

My final addition to the Love Bundle was to include three wood rounds. I wanted to play with the idea of carving our names in a tree so I came up with “d” <3 “l” or in other words, Dana loves Luis. Yes, I’m a cheesy romantic.

The final step was to hang the scroll, wood rounds and prayer bag to the sticks I bundled together. I used rafia string for this. Then I needed something to hang my bundle. I tied a slip knot with burlap ribbon and wrapped the ends of the slip knot around the bundle of sticks. The burlap ribbon covered up all the string and rafia pieces and finished everything off in a lovely way.

Here’s the step-by-step instructions of this ritual in a format you can print for your convenience. If you do perform this ritual publicly or share photos of the ritual, please respect the work of this artist and creator by providing a link back to this original post. Also, if you end up performing this ritual, I’d love to see what you completed. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals

Enjoy my friends.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

A Bundle of Love Art Ritual
Author: 
Moon Phase: Any phase
Suggested Month: February
Prep time: 
Performance time: 
Total time: 
 
An art ritual to help you make a wish for your love life or call a love relationship into your life.
Supplies
  • red candle
  • sticks (I used 6)
  • red string
  • embroidery thread
  • small fabric bag
  • small piece of fabric (if you want to sew heart to your fabric bag)
  • paper or decorative paper (for writing on then scrolling up)
  • sealing wax (you can use string or ribbon if you don't have sealing wax)
  • wax stamp
  • ribbon for hanging bundle (I used burlap ribbon)
  • pen or marker
  • wood rounds
  • rafia or other decorative string
  • cinnamon sticks
  • feather
  • essential oils that suit your needs (I used Myrrh, Frankincense, Cinnamon and Clove)
  • herbs and dried flowers that suit your needs (I used mint, roses and lavender)
Directions
  1. Perform the opening steps to ritual - (ie. opening prayer, clearing, calling in, blessing, protection)
  2. Cut small strips of paper to write your wishes on. Cut enough for one strip of paper per stick.
  3. Use red string to bind each wish to a stick. When each stick has a wish bound to it, bind all the sticks together.
  4. On decorative paper, write down, in as much detail as possible, your thoughts, prayer and vision for your relationship. If you are doing this ritual as a way to call a relationship into your life, imagine the love story the two of you will create together and write that love story down in as much detail as possible.
  5. Roll the paper up in a scroll and seal it with sealing wax. If you don’t have sealing wax, you can easily use ribbon or string to tie your scroll closed.
  6. Wrap a couple cinnamon sticks, a feather or other meaningful objects to the scroll.
  7. Create a prayer bag and sew a heart or other meaningful symbol to it.
  8. Fill the prayer bag with plant medicine, essential oils and holy water or whatever else is meaningful to you.
  9. If including three wood rounds, write or draw on them now.
  10. With rafia or string hang the prayer bag, wood rounds and scroll to the sticks you bundled together.
  11. Tie a slip knot with burlap ribbon and wrap the ends of the slip knot around the bundle of sticks to create a hook to hang the bundle from.
  12. End with a prayer of gratitude.
Notes
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Full Moon in Leo Art Ritual

The full moon in Leo is a perfect time to release whatever is holding you back from feeling confident, singing your own praises and letting your light shine. You deserve to feel good about who you are and believe in your magnificence but if you’re like me and still struggle with your worthiness from time to time, you may appreciate this ritual.  It is best enjoyed with a group so gather your soul sisters or invite your family to join you in this fabulous evening of feline pride.   Scroll down for the printable step-by-step instructions.

I created this ritual specifically for the full moon coming up on January 31, 2018 but it would be a fun ritual to perform during any full moon that sits in Leo. It’s also great for anytime you want to play with your inner wildcat and use her power and prowess to help you release what you no longer need or want in your life and whatever you’ve been holding onto that you know would be best to just let go already.

I’ve never formally studied astrology and my interest in it pretty much starts and stops with the moon but this moon had me paying close attention to those psychic skies. The full moon on January 31 is a pretty spectacular occurrence astrologically speaking. Some may even call it a super blue blood moon that will kick your ass and smile while doing it – at least that’s what I’m calling it. It’s a super moon because it’s a full moon that occurs closest to the earth so it can appear bigger and brighter in that night sky. It also coincides with a lunar eclipse which can give the moon a reddish glow hence the blood moon name and it’s the second full moon in January which makes it a blue moon.

Full moons amplify the energy or characteristics of whatever sign the moon is in on that day and a super moon is like that sign on steroids and an eclipse just throws a wonky glitch into the astrological mishmash. Yikes! Eclipses tend to bring the areas in your life that need attention to the surface which really just means – all the shit I thought I had overcome came back to bite my ass this week. Issues like poor body image, financial mismanagement and health problems resurfaced and paid me an annoying visit. Thankfully, I practice enough ritual, prayer and meditation that this moon isn’t taking too big of a bite out of me. Especially since, to help me and my Moon Sisters take advantage of the power behind this full moon and release and heal the old stories and wounds that were surfacing, I created this lioness inspired fire ritual.

Before sharing it with you, I want to remind you that when engaging in a full moon ritual, there are a few steps I perform before I sit down to do the writing, painting or creating part of my ritual. They include gathering my materials, clearing my mind and my physical space, inviting or calling in my spiritual helpers and setting boundaries or placing a circle of protection. I outline these steps in more detail in my “Beginner’s Guide to Preparing for Art Rituals” which I send, along with other helpful goodies, when you subscribe to my Moon Sisters Art and Ritual Magazine.  If you would like the guide delivered to your inbox, you can subscribe to the magazine on my home page.

After completing the steps outlined in the”Beginner’s Guide to Preparing for Art Rituals”, I had my Moon Sisters sit down with pen and paper and contemplate what exactly they wanted to release during our ritual. I find when digging deep to inquire into the heart’s authentic needs, it helps to light a candle, play some gentle music and prompt myself by mentally scanning the different areas of my life, such as; health and body, relationships, family, home, career, love, sex and spirituality. I let my mind think about each of those areas and consider what I need to release or let go. What is no longer serving me? Where am I holding a grudge? Are there emotional wounds standing in my way? Am I choosing thoughts that are not kind to me? Do I have patterns or stories I keep repeating that I could use help healing or freeing? Do I need to forgive someone or myself? Is there baggage I’m holding onto that prevents me from feeling the Love I know is there waiting for me? I posed these questions to my Moon Sisters and invited them to write a list of things they would like to release. I asked them to separate each item on their list with a little space so we could cut the paper in strips. This way each strip contained one thing they wanted to release and later, when we were sitting by the fire, we could take turns and share what was written on each strip one by one.

The next step was to create our crowns. The sign of Leo is represented by a lion so I thought a crown that looked like a lion would be fun but in the end, I felt a lioness was far more appropriate. I wanted to call in a fierce and strong energy to help us claim our inner beauty. I also wanted a ferocious symbol to help us banish what no longer serves us with power and passion.  I also like to tie my rituals to my own ancestral spirituality. My very distant ancestors hail from Belgium and France and I discovered that in Ariege, France there is a “Chapel of the Lioness” that dates back to possibly 14,000 years ago where a large engraving of a lioness on an altar with votive objects “carefully placed in crevices below it and around the walls” (britannica.com). This made me feel especially connected to the energy of the lioness I was feeling pulled to call into this ritual.

I also think the energy of the lioness is helpful for this ritual because female lions take care of the cubs and work together to hunt and provide food for the pride. There is usually one male lion per pride so the aunts, sisters, mothers and grandmothers all work together to nurture and sustain the community. The courage, power and sisterhood it would take to be a hunter and a mother in a pride inspires me. Although I used the symbolism of the lioness in this ritual, I also had in mind the wildcats native to Canada. I don’t have a lot of personal story around lions but I do relate to the cougar, bobcat and lynx.

The energy of all these wildcats is what I brought into creating our crowns. I drew a template of a wildcat everyone could paint, color and embellish to reflect their own fierce Spirits. You can download the template here if you like:

Wildcat Template

It looks like this.

 

The first step is to add decorative details to the wild cat’s face with black marker or pencil.

 

Then it’s time to paint or color the details. I chose warm colors to reflect the fact Leo is a fire sign.

After the paint dries, it’s time to embellish the creation. I used things like glitter, gems, beads and feathers.

The last step is constructing a band for the wild cat face to be showcased on. Obviously, the crown has to be a perfect fit for the head it sits on. For my head, I just placed the cardboard on my head to measure it perfectly and glued the cardboard band together at the ends. For my Moon Sisters, I created open bands with the cardboard that could be tied to fit each head perfectly without the need to measure. We glued our faces to our bands and reinforced the face in the back with popsicle sticks to keep the paper from bending or flopping over.

Here are the other crowns that were created during my Moon Sisters Art and Ceremony Circle.

 

When the crowns were completed, it was time to head to the fire.  At the fire, we donned our crowns, opened with a prayer, called in our angels and spiritual helpers and took turns sharing what we wanted to release and tossing our strips of paper into the fire. It was a powerful experience but also a fun and playful one. We cheered our fellow Moon Sisters on with purrs, meows, hisses, roars and catlike behavior. One Moon Sister in particular was particularly adept at emulating our feline sisters. She decided it must be because she herself is a Leo.

 

 

Here’s the step-by-step instructions of this ritual in a format you can print for your convenience. If you do perform this ritual publicly or share photos of the ritual, please respect the work of this artist and creator by providing a link back to this original post. Also, if you end up performing this ritual, I’d love to see what you completed. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals

Enjoy the full moon my friends.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

Full Moon in Leo Fire Ritual
Author: 
Moon Phase: Full Moon
Suggested Month: Any month the full moon is in Leo
Prep time: 
Performance time: 
Total time: 
 
An art ritual to help you release what holds you back from seeing your magnificence.
Supplies
  • template printed out on card stock paper
  • acrylic paints and/or markers and/or pencil crayons
  • brushes
  • magazine images cut out for collage
  • scissors
  • thin cardboard
  • glue
  • black marker
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • candle
  • pen
  • writing paper
Directions
  1. Print the wildcat template on card stock paper.
  2. Light a candle and call in your spiritual team. Inform them of your desire to release what no longer serves you.
  3. Cleanse your space and art supplies using your favorite method of spiritual or energetic cleanse such as Reiki, prayer, herbs, crystals, salt, etc.
  4. With pen and paper, list the things in your life you are ready to release, heal or let go. Mentally scan the different areas in your life, such as relationships, family, home, health and finances and write down whatever patterns, wounds or grievances you are ready to surrender.
  5. Leave space between each item on your list.
  6. Cut your writing paper into strips with each strip containing one item on your list.
  7. With your black marker, draw designs on the face of the wildcat template.
  8. Color your designs with paint and/or markers and/or pencil crayons.
  9. Embellish with glitter, gems, beads and/or feathers.
  10. Cut out the wildcat face.
  11. Construct a band out of thin cardboard that fits on your head.
  12. Glue the wildcat face to the band.
  13. Safely light a fire outdoors, put on your wildcat crown and gather around the fire.
  14. Share an opening prayer and quiet reflection time.
  15. Take turns sharing and releasing into the fire the things you wrote down when contemplating what you are now ready to energetically, emotionally and spiritually release.
  16. Close the ritual with a dance and a song and take turns sharing a random act of kindness you vow to do as an offering to the earth, moon and trees.
  17. End with a prayer of gratitude and a celebration of food and drink if appropriate.
Notes
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If you could wave a magic wand and make the next moon cycle unfold exactly as you want it to, what would you like to see happen in your life? The New Moon is a perfect time to think about your dreams and imagine what the perfect month ahead might look like.  In this post, I share a mixed media mandala painting you can create to help you explore your new moon intentions. Scroll down for the printable step-by-step instructions.

During the New Moon, I like to perform art rituals around manifesting, getting clear on what it is I really want, looking forward, planning and thinking about what I want the next Moon Cycle to look like. This particular art ritual includes a visual representation of the moon phases painted around a mandala collage. The collage is similar to a mini vision board but I add a couple steps I think are helpful and add visual interest to the piece. What I like about the moon phases circling the collage is the way the painted circles show the moon grow full then retreat back into darkness. This reminds me of the tides of creation – that ebb and flow movement of stillness, inspiration and action.

When performing a new moon ritual, there are a few steps I perform before I sit down to paint. They include gathering my materials, clearing my mind and my physical space, inviting or calling in my spiritual helpers and setting boundaries or placing a circle of protection. I outline these steps in more detail in my Moon Sisters Art and Ritual Magazine.  You can subscribe to the magazine on my home page if you like and you’ll receive a collection of magazine samples that includes my “Beginner’s Guide to Preparing for Art Rituals”.

After I completed my preparations for this new moon ritual, I chose three tones of a similar color. I put a dot of the lightest tone of paint in the middle of my canvas and swirled it around in a circle. In this particular piece, I used a light beige as my lightest tone then a tan color and finally a dark brown mixed with a bit of espresso metallic paint. I kept swirling my colors in circles blending the edges somewhat together until I liked the finished effect. Then I painted the sides of the canvas with my dark tone of brown because I like to finish the edges of my canvas instead of worrying about framing them. I was going for a galaxy looking background but instead of blues and purples I decided to paint a brown galaxy. I’m not sure why. I don’t particularly like brown but it was fun to try something different.

Once I was finished blending the background, I splattered different colors to give the appearance of stars floating in the galaxy.

Next, I found the center of my canvas and made a dot. With my compass I drew a big circle from the center of the canvas. Then I drew an even bigger circle and along the edges of the bigger circle I made dots where I wanted the smaller circles to appear. I imagined a clock and I knew I would need a small circle at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock position. I drew a cross from the center of the  canvas to help show me where the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions were. To find the position of the other four small circles, I made my best guesstimation of the distance between the other smaller circles. I obviously wasn’t right on target but perfection isn’t my strong suit. I prefer to just roll along even if there’s a jig and a jag where a zag and a zig should be.

Once I outlined all the circles, I painted them in. The smaller circles will represent the eight phases of the moon – new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, gibbous, full moon, disseminating, last quarter and balsamic moon will all be included. The larger light circle will be where I create my mixed media mandala to hold my new moon intentions.

 

I painted the moon phases with gold paint. Again, they aren’t perfect but I love painting the phases of the moon regardless how imperfect they turn out.

 

After the paint dried, I used a fine tipped waterproof marker to write a letter to Divine Mother and my team of angels. I enjoy using both words and imagery in my art rituals. I also like the meditative calm that washes over me when I light my candle and write letters to my spiritual team. Including those letters in my art makes me feel like I’m sending my message out into the universe over and over again like a song playing all day long on the radio.

Next, I wanted to include some symbols that represented power, abundance and communicating with Spirit. I mixed blue and green paint with glazing medium. This causes the paint to be transparent so the symbols I drew were visible but they didn’t block the words I had written.

 

Then it was time for the fun part of searching for just the right images in my magazines. I wanted images that would help me anchor my new moon intentions which, this month, are to claim my inner artist and commune more deeply with Divine Mother along with act as a vessel for her love and compassion.

 

The last step was to include embellishments with paint. I painted roses in green and blue, added dots of blue, green and purple paint in the mandala and drew rough rose shapes with my brown marker. I like how the final step of adding embellishments ties everything together.

Here’s the step-by-step instructions in a format you can print for your convenience. If you end up performing this ritual, I’d love to see what you completed. You can even post the finished piece on instagram with the hashtag #danasartrituals

Enjoy the new moon my friends.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

New Moon Mixed Media Mandala
Author: 
Moon Phase: New Moon
Suggested Month: Any new moon
Prep time: 
Performance time: 
Total time: 
 
An art ritual to explore and set out your intentions for the next moon cycle.
Supplies
  • canvas
  • acrylic paints (i used craft paints)
  • brushes
  • magazine images cut out for collage
  • scissors
  • glue
  • glazing medium
  • water for cleaning brushes
  • compass
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • candle
Directions
  1. Light a candle and call in your spiritual team. Inform them of your desire to explore your intentions for the next moon cycle. Request their help to be clear and to allow inspiration to come from your true heart's desires.
  2. Cleanse each space and art supplies using your favorite method of spiritual or energetic cleanse such as Reiki, prayer, herbs, crystals, salt, etc.
  3. Choose three tones of the same color and paint the background using a circular blending motion going from the lightest tone of the color in the center of the canvas to the darkest tone of the color along the out edges.
  4. Splatter paint all over the canvas to give the appearance of stars in the night sky.
  5. Using a compass, draw a big circle from center of the canvas leaving enough room for either smaller circles to orbit the bigger circle.
  6. Draw eight smaller circles around the bigger circle to represent the eight moon phases.
  7. Paint all the circles with a background color of your choosing.
  8. In the smaller circles, paint the eight moon cycles.
  9. In the bigger circle, write a letter to your spiritual team expressing what is in your heart and what you would like to see happen during the upcoming moon cycle.
  10. Mix a small dot of paint (color of your choice) with glazing medium to make a transparent color and paint magic symbols or designs that are meaningful to you over the words in your big circle.
  11. Find images in magazines that represent ideas, dreams or goals you'd like to achieve during the next moon cycle. Cut them out.
  12. Glue the images in your big circle.
  13. With your acrylic paints, paint designs, images or embellishments to finish your work of art.
  14. End with a prayer of gratitude.
Notes
Thank you for honoring my work and creativity. The photos of this craft and/or ritual and content above are copyright protected. Please do not use the photos without prior written permission or without a link back to this blog post. If you wish to share this art based ritual, please provide a link back to this post on my blog. And if you like this art based ritual but want to make changes to it, please do so in your own words and link this post for credit. Thank you!

 

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