The Book of Blessings and Rituals: Magical Invocations for Healing, Setting Energy, and Creating Sacred Space

The Book of Blessings and Rituals: Magical Invocations for Healing, Setting Energy, and Creating Sacred Space

by Athena Perrakis

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Overview

Honor life’s milestones and bring sacredness into everyday life. The Book of Blessings and Rituals shows you how to create ceremony and meaning around the most important events in you life.
 

Drawing from different world traditions, leading metaphysical teacher Athena Perrakis presents blessings to cover a wide array of occasions and intentions, including holidays and sacred days, love, healing, protection, prosperity and success, lunar blessings and rituals, and manifestation. Organized by month, you'll be able to celebrate the sacred all year long.
 
DIY projects and rituals will help you perform each blessing. You’ll learn how to construct medicine bundles and altars, which crystals to use to amplify the rituals or clear energy, and how to smudge for clearing and protection.
 
In addition, you’ll learn how to use the power of invocations and blessings to set the energy of your home or event and to assist in amplifying goals and intentions.
 
Deepen your experience of the sacred, find inspiration, and heal with this non-denominational guide to blessings and rituals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631596971
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 208,617
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Dr. Athena Perrakis (Torrance, California)  is the bestselling author of The Ultimate Guide to Chakras, Crystals Lore, Legends & Myths, and The Book of Blessings. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sage Goddess, the world’s largest source of sacred tools and metaphysical education. Each week, Sage Goddess reaches almost two million people across the globe, on every continent and in more than 60 countries. She holds a PhD from the University of Southern California in educational leadership, and has 15 years of experience as a professor, corporate trainer and consultant, and educator. Athena has traveled the globe and worked with CEOs and senior executives from the Fortune 50 companies. But her metaphysical experience, in which her current work is largely rooted, spans more than 30 years. During that time, she has become an expert in gemology, astrology, Tarot, aromatherapy, Reiki, and herbal medicine. Her Etsy shop was the first online metaphysical storefront to reach the Top 10 stores in the handmade category around the world. Today, there are more than 3000 products available through SageGoddess.com—everything from essential oils and ritual perfumes to candles, jewelry, gemstones in every form, home decor, clothing, body art and temporary tattoos, canvas art, and more.


 

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CHAPTER 1

January

THE MONTH OF NEW BEGINNINGS

The pressure has been building since Samhain, since the fall equinox even. You have wanted to envision, imagine, and create since harvest season, but you have also honored the call to rest, the invitation to slumber that is the winter season in the northern hemisphere. Now you are in the thick of your dormancy, yet the fire within you still burns. This is the time to indulge your creative senses and set a powerful course for the year ahead. You get few clear shots at your dreams each year. This is one of them. Aim well, spirit traveler. But let your arrow go, eventually. If you spend your whole life aiming, you might as well not even engage the bow.

Trust in yourself is what makes January a dual blessing and challenge. When you released the fruits from your vines last September, you were rich with inspiration and gratitude. But now as you gaze across the vista of life, it is a darker and more barren place you see. In winter, hope must come from within. Relying on others, expecting outside reward or motivation, is risky now. Everything you will build in the year ahead already resides within you today. Now is the time to create, but in a passive way — for example, visualizing and setting intentions. Intentions are best set at the new year and the new moon, so you have multiple opportunities this month.

Take a moment now to be with the beginning of this new calendar year, present to both its possibilities and its challenges. Imagine yourself celebrating twelve months from now the desires, successes, and experiences you most seek. What do you need to allow, surrender, or invite right now to achieve your goals for the rest of the year? Ask your spirit guides, higher self, and all light beings to surround you, support you, and sustain you. May you receive all that you long for, in perfect time and full alignment with your intended path.

Y a'ho


-Prayer-

Smudging

To clear and cleanse your sacred spaces, including temples, sanctuaries, homes,
and classrooms


Guardians of the Plant and Tree Kingdoms, sacred medicines of the jungle floor,
the outback, the desert, and the
  river's edge.
We call upon all of our plant teachers to share your wisdom,
blessings, and
  healing now.
As we burn your herbs, resins, leaves,
  and limbs,
we invite you to come into our space and release energies that are stuck or slow,
freeing us to move and grow in alignment with our path, purpose,
  and vision.
We thank you, plant teachers Maestros de la Selva Oscura for your wisdom and love.

Amen, A'ho, So it is



- Invocation -

Four Directional


The original Sage Goddess invocation to the Guardians of the Four Directions

Between day and night, we gather
  and seek the wisdom of the elders, the ancients,
  the guides,
the ancestors, and humbly in their
  presence, we seek the knowledge we
  are ready to integrate.
For this is the hour of magic,
and now is the moment of possibility.
Gatekeepers of the Four Directions,
  thank you for turning your gaze
  toward us this evening.
We honor your sacred presence and thank you for your guidance. For you are welcome here.
I call first to the guardians and
  gatekeepers of the East,
and to you, Libra, Aquarius, Gemini. I call to Air,
to the white clouds wandering across a
  pale blue-violet sky and to the air that lifts them.
To the breeze that blows across
  my face,
to warm summer currents that bring
  scents of sea and sand.
To the whispers of dawn,
ancient voices speaking in familiar
  tongues.
To the chilly blast of winter's breath, to the hurricanes that destroy so we
  can re-create,
and to the currents that support the
  wings of the seagull.
To the winds of my dreams, carrying my
  hopes for tomorrow,
and to the storms of my heart, violent
  and tempestuous.
To desert gusts, where lightning strikes
  and thunder rumbles.
Be here with us tonight, element
  of air, and let the power of your
  gentle force fill our lungs, open
  our minds,
and lift our spirits.
I call to the guardians and gatekeepers
  of the South,
and to you, Aries, Leo,
Sagittarius. I call to Fire,
to the dry heat of the desert that burns under a flaming orange sun.
To the courage of the lion whose red
  mane dances in golden majesty about
  his face,
and to the energy that burns within me
  and within you.
To the sparkles of fairy magic and the golden glow of citrine stones.
To the flickering of the candle as it burns,
and to the lava flowing from wild and
  untamed volcanoes,
native and free.
To the bonfire around which we all gather and vision quest together.
To the warmth of unconditional love we
  offer in this space, and to the sage we
  burn to clear, clean, and consecrate.
Be here with us tonight, element
  of fire, and let the power of your
  mighty force warm our hearts, release
  our fears,
and destroy our resistance to growth.
I call to the guardians and gatekeepers
  of the West,
and to you, Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio.
I call to Water,
to the deep blue-green waves that rush
  the shore.
To the dolphin who weaves in and out
  of the purple sea,
daring to explore the deepest waters,
and to the mermaid who is bound to
  the depths,
personifying flow and grace.
To the awesome power of currents that
  carry me forward, spiraling and
  gasping, into a future I dare to meet.
To the raging river running wild like
  my heart,
and to the azure lake where my children
  run at the water's edge.
To the rain in which we dance, together,
  fearless, letting go,
and to destiny as we gaze out over
  endless seas that divide and connect us.
Be here with us tonight, element
  of water, and let the power of your
  graceful force wash us clean and
  teach us to swim with the tide rather than resist its pull.
Last, but never least,
I call to the guardians and gatekeepers
  of the North,
and to you, Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus.
I call to Earth,
to the fields of winter grasses and the
  deep woods,
blanketed in moss.
To the dry leaves of summers past that signal autumn and colder nights.
To the many mysteries and secrets
  held aloft by the jeweled tapestry of black tree
  limbs in the night sky.
To the silent trail of the stag as it weaves
  its way through the dark of the forest,
and to Gaia, our great Mother,
who holds us all in her bountiful
  embrace.
To the fruit on your trees, Gaia,
the nourishment of your plants,
the blessing of your sacred herbs.
To sand, soil, salt, and spice.
To rock and mountain where
  we climb to remind ourselves of our own potential,
and to vistas far and wide, landscapes
  green and brown,
arid and tropic beauty.
Be here with us tonight, element
  of earth, and let the power of
  your grounding force call us into
  present time,
reminding us of the gift of silence and our connection to land,
  to each other,
to all forms of life.
May the delicate and precious
  balance of these four elements
  make itself known to you, now
  and always.

Amen, A'ho, So it is



- Blessing ?

New Year Intention-Setting


To summon in new energy streams for the year ahead

As you meditate on the year ahead, speak these words at the first new moon of the new year.

As you inhale, visualize your dreams and goals for the upcoming year, and on your exhale, let go of the past year as you repeat the following blessing:

I seek to align myself ever more deeply in
  the year ahead with my Creator's plan for my life,
accessing my deepest wisdom and most authentic power.
Great Spirit, I ask for your blessing upon
  my intentions.
Please offer me the strength, courage, and
  resolve to pursue my dreams, even when
  I am afraid or unsure of my steps.
May my efforts support the Highest Good
  of all and may I be in divine service to all
  my kind.
I come to you, Great Spirit, for wisdom
  about my path.
I seek information, insight, and vision
  as I move in the world,
helping to align my efforts and actions with my soul's purpose for incarnating in
  this lifetime.
Help me correctly interpret the signs
  you reveal,
and guide my hand as I aim my arrows
  of hope and beauty.
I ask for the strength to move
  gracefully and purposefully toward my becoming.
May the year ahead be blessed in every way.
And may I effortlessly attract the
  resources I need to do your will.

Amen, A'ho, So it is



- Invocation -

Universal Support


A calling for support from the four directions to guide your journey in the year ahead

As you read these words aloud, imagine energy gathering from all directions,
bringing with it resources you need to support you on your path this year. Know that you are always guided, seen, held,
and nurtured by forces near and far.

I set my vision for this new year,
focusing my will and intention on the
  dreams within my heart.
I open my mind and spirit to receive and allow energies to flow that will co-create my intention in full
  alignment with my Highest Good and
  the Highest Good of all beings.
I receive support from the North,
and the elder spirits who bring me wisdom.
I receive flow from the West,
and the grandmothers who encourage
  my trust.
I receive strength from the South,
and elements of courage to empower me. I receive inspiration from the East,
and fuel for the long journeys ahead. I receive wisdom from my Creator,
the essence of all life, and I allow that
  knowing to flow and move freely through me.
I root deeply into Pachamama,
trusting that she can hold me steady
  during the storms of life.
And I connect powerfully with Source,
attuning to universal frequencies of love.
As above, so below.
As within, so without.
I welcome universal support from
  all directions,
and give thanks for spirit guidance.

Amen, Aho, So it is



- Affirmation -
and Activation


Chakra


To open, balance, and align the human energy centers for a year of vibrant health

Speak these affirmations aloud while you touch the space of each chakra with your dominant (or writing) hand.

Begin 12 inches (30.5 cm) above your head, at the Soul Star or Angelic Gateway.

At the Soul Star chakra, I activate my
  connection to the Star Systems, Star Beings, and
  angelic frequencies.
"I am vast, I am expansive, and I am timeless."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Soul Star chakra for healing, peace, and bliss.
At the Crown chakra, I activate my
  connection to my spirit guides and to
  Source frequencies.
"I am guided, I am loved, and I am held."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Crown chakra for soulful connection and union with God.
At the Third Eye, I activate wisdom across
  time and am initiated as a seer of all things.
"I scry and seek the knowledge of my
  ancestors, channeling this wisdom to
  heal others and myself."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Third Eye chakra for inner knowing, Source guidance,
  and precognition.
At the Throat, I activate my truth with
  conviction and clarity and I speak my truth with conviction.
"I hear and honor my voice as I speak
  my words but I also wield the power of conscious
  silence."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Throat chakra and my authentic truth, embodied fully
  and freely.
At the Heart, I love and accept myself as
  I am today and extend that gracious acceptance
  to others.
"I grow and expand every day, a model of love for others,
radiating compassion for all beings."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Heart chakra for compassion, abiding love, and soulful
  connection.
At the Solar Plexus, I am a person of
  power,
stronger and more energized every day.
"I am the author of my life, writing the
  words of the sacred texts of my
  existence in flowing inks of love and
  gratitude."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Solar Plexus chakra,
and I forgive the past, for my power is in
  this moment only.
At the Sacral, I am a fountain of
  creative potential,
and desire flows to and from me in all
  directions.
"I create life, I deliver life, I am
  life itself.
I glow from within, a reflection of the
  Divine."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Sacral chakra for passion, creativity, and physical
  connection.
At the Root, I am safe and secure,
and I have learned that wherever I am
  is home.
"I take up my space with pride and
  unapologetic wisdom.
I have enough. I am enough. I know
  enough."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Root chakra for stability, protection, and safety.
At the Earth Star, I am anchored in Gaia's
  crystalline matrix, and I gather my
  strength from the stone people.
"I receive wisdom and energy from the
  crystals around me,
and through them, I attune to the cosmic
  frequency of truth."
As I repeat this mantra, I activate the
  Earth Star chakra,
and in doing so I align my energy to the
  energy of all life.

Amen, A'ho, So it is

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 January

The Month of New Beginnings 8

Smudging Prayer 10

Four Directional Invocation 11

New Year Intention-Setting Blessing 14

Universal Support Invocation 15

Chakra Affirmation and Activation 16

Project 1 Intention Altar 18

Project 2 Law of Attraction 3D Crystalline Vision Board 21

2 February

The Month of New and Universal Love 24

Valentine's Day Blessing 26

Love Draw Invocation 27

Imbolc Self-Love Invocation 28

Project 3 Love Draw Medicine Bag 29

3 March

The Month of Emerging Life 32

Spring Equinox (Ostara) Blessing and Invocation 34

Becoming the Mother Invocation 35

Project 4 Spring Equinox (Ostara) Ritual 36

Project 5 Balance Grid 39

4 April

The Month of Healing and Wellness 42

New Moon Healing and Balance Invocation 44

Recovery and Addiction Blessing 45

Physical Wellness Invocation 46

Project 6 Home Healing Altar 47

Project 7 Flower and Herb Mandala 50

5 May

The Month of Prosperity and Power 52

5/5 (May 5) Prosperity and Ease Invocation 54

Beltane Blessing 55

Sacred Box Dedication Prayer 56

Project 8 Prosperity Altar 57

Project 9 Money Draw Incense 60

6 June

The Month of Balance, Cycles, and Celebrations 62

Handfasting Ceremony 64

Honoring the Cycles Blessing 65

Sacred Tool Elemental Blessing 66

Litha (Summer Solstice) Blessing 67

Project 10 Summer Solstice Ritual 68

Project 11 Sacred Union Grid 71

7 Juxy

The Month of Eternal and Soul Mate Love 74

Recommitment Blessing 76

Soul Mate Attraction Invocation 77

Project 12 Bedroom Altar 78

Project 13 Inner Fire Perfume 81

8 August

The Month of the Shift Toward Darkness 84

Lammas Blessing 86

Project 14 Despacho Ritual to Pachamama 87

Project 15 Lammas Ritual 91

9 September

The Month of the Harvest 94

Rosh Hashanah New Year Prayer and Invocation 96

Fall Equinox (Mabon) Blessing and Invocation 97

Project 16 Fall Equinox (Mabon) Ritual 99

Project 17 Honey Blessing Jar 102

10 October

The Month of the Dead 106

Entity Removal Prayer 108

Diwali Blessing 109

Protection Blessing 110

Samhain Blessing and Invocation 111

Project 18 Ancestral Altar 112

Project 19 Protection Bundle 115

11 November

The Month of Gratitude 118

Thanksgiving Blessing 120

Universal Prayer Offering 121

Project 20:11/11 (November11) Wishing Scroll Ritual 122

Project 21 Gratitude Altar 124

Project 22 Karmic Release Offerings 126

Project 23 Mulling Herbs 129

12 December

The Month of Grace 132

Christmas Blessing and Invocation 134

Yule Blessing and Invocation 135

Project 24 Sacred Yule Votive 136

Project 25 Yule Ritual 138

Conclusion and Closing Prayer 141

Acknowledgments 142

About the Author 143

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