Creating Ceremony Lesson Three: Say it Loud
Welcome to the third lesson of the Creating Ceremony series! I call this one “Say it Loud” because that is what we are going to do.
At this point you have banished and then done what is probably the trickiest part of creating effective ceremonies – you have waited and communed with the Otherworld.
You are now ready to say your prayer, make your petition, state your intention, and/or declare your goal.
Magical ceremonies follow the same laws of physical matter in many ways. For instance, the law of Mass-Conservation tells us that matter is neither created nor destroyed – it only changes forms. This is true of magic too. When we create ceremonies we should think less about creating something out of nothing or annihilating something else – rather, we should think of our work as arranging and re-arranging things for the best possible result.
Keep this in mind as you create those petitions, prayers, and intentions.
Take some time to come up with the ‘just right’ statement. You will most likely need to journal and reformulate your words a few times until they have the flow you want.
That flow, by the way, is very subjective. For some people their petitions need to be as brief and simple as possible, for others they want long, flowery prose, some folks prefer to weave in words from other languages, while others like to write their petition in verse.
I often chant my petitions over and over again and/or sing them so personally that I prefer shorter petitions with rhythm and rhyme.
If you get stuck in this process, these prompts might help you:
What is the current situation I want to transform?
How do I want to transform it?
Who is going to help me do that? (This prompt is really asking you to consider what Holy Helpers will be allies for you in this endeavor but it might also bring up allies present right here and right now).
What is the final outcome and/or the possibility that I am yearning for?
Once you have created your petition, prayer, or intention I encourage you to say it and say it loud. There is deep magic in working with our voices and letting them be heard. Some schools of magic call this the “power of utterance.” So write it down, carve it on a candle, inscribe it in clay, but say it out loud too – once or many times.