Ritual Candle

by admin on March 4, 2008

Ritual Candle

Ritual Candle

Family Rituals and Routines

Copyright (c) 2008 Mary Ann Copson

Family ties, connections, and time together are an anchor that grounds your life in the world and infuses it with meaning. The rituals, routines and traditions that define and safeguard your family time are essential for high-level health, happiness and personal meaning and success. Family rituals and routines make sure that healthy communication and support exists in the family structure and that the family members all hear the message of their importance.

Family rituals contribute to our individual and group integration and stability. They bind us together, hold, and preserve our essence. Family rituals and routines create family. When I was raising my five children, we created a lively mix of family rituals. We had traditions for all the holidays: we made candles for Easter, power wands at the New Year, and of course, Christmas cookies at Christmas and Jack-o-Lanterns at Halloween. Even now - when they are grown with their own families - we still engage in many of these rituals that were put in place during their childhood ? they have staying power.

Rituals are not just for holidays. One of my favorite family rituals was reading to my children after breakfast. My kids were homeschooled so we had the opportunity to indulge in what might seem like luxuries of time. Instead of going our own ways immediately after breakfast, we all looked forward to the next exciting chapter of the current book. We read many and varied adventures, and among our favorites was the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

I still carry on this family ritual by now reading to my grandchildren. The oldest are school-age and live in separate houses now so the logistics are a bit tricky ? but a good ritual can tolerate some flexibility.

Keeping family rituals provides a shared continuity that is so easy to lose in today?s fast paced, high technology society. When my children hear that I am reading to my grandchildren they inevitably wax into ?Oh, I remember when grandma did that with us?.? and tell the story of their own adventure with the tradition.

Here are some questions to help guide you in designing your family rituals.

How do you enjoy spending time with your family?

What things do you like to do with your family?

How do you let your family know that they mean a lot to you?

Do you have dinner as a family? How often? Is it a pleasant experience?

Do you go together on outings? Is it a pleasant experience?

What traditions make your holidays and ceremonies such as birthdays and anniversaries special?

Do you have family rituals or routines that protect and safeguard family time?

?Those bound in a fraternity of one mind stand stronger than a fortified city.? - Antisthenes

About the Author

Mary Ann Copson is the founder of the Evenstar Mood & Energy Wellness Center. With Master's Degrees in Human Development and Psychology and Counseling, Mary Ann is a Certified Licensed Nutritionist; Certified Holistic Health Practitioner; Brain Chemistry Profile Clinician; and a Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Coach. Reconnect to your physical, emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual natural rhythms at http://evenstaronline.com

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do you use scented candles or unscented candles when doing a ritual?

does it matter whether it is scented or not?

Hello Captain Morgan

We use unscented. Always.

We use incense every meeting - a lot - so scented candles are pointless, plus most of them are artificial in their scent (i.e. not made with essential oils) so smell "wrong".

If outdoors even less need for scented candles. We may have a fire, or incense, or just the scent of the pine woods, the sea - wherever we are!

It is of course a matter of personal preference, but every coven I have ever visited uses unscented candles.

Now if you ask about incense, I am sure we can all come up with our favourites - mine I think is Kyphi - home made for preference, but some bought is good too. The Ancient Egyptians used to burn it before retiring at night, it is a lovely smell.

Anyone else love the smell as the charcoal blocks "take", as the saltpetre catches - it's the smell of circle for me ;-p

Halcon :-))

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