To Sooth and Quiet Nerves
Light altar candles (rear left, right) Light incense (rear center) Sit for a moment and try to clear your mind of all thoughts Light the petitioner’s candle (center) say:
“Here at peace, stand < name > his spirit as steadfast as the candle flame.”
Light the orange candle (center rear) say:
“Here is encouragement in his endeavors, Here is strength to thrust aside his cares.”
Light the light blue candles (left and right front of center) say:
“Around < name > are peace, tranquility, patience and love.” Sit for a moment in silence, then say softly: Soft is the rain, it gently falls upon the fields beneath. It lulls the heart, it stills the mind, It gives the solitude we seek. It patters down to gentle, Yet ne’er does bend a leaf, And yet the water that is there Will wash away all grief. For smoothness follows in the wake And quiet, and peace, and love, Are all around in freshness new, Come down from clouds above. We feel so calm, so warm, so still, ‘Tis never more than we, Feel upset, or nerve on edge, But keep tranquility. For love we now find all around So soft, so still, so sure, We can relax, we can lie back, With peace and quiet as cure.
Sit quietly for at least ten to fifteen minutes thinking of meadows, streams, woods, fields, and flowers. Keep your mind on pleasant things, objects rather than events. Then once again repeat the preceding. Extinguish the candles. Repeat the ritual whenever you feel the need.
The Green Mother’s Book of Shadows