Yesterday, I did a small ritual celebrating summer solstice. I know, I know – I’m way past due. The day that I wanted to celebrate this day I was sick with irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) and it took me a while to recover.
Anyway, I made a very quick ritual asking for a productive year as the days wane.
For the ritual, I honored Hecate and Hestia and used a tea light as a sacred flame. I wanted to keep the sacred flame burning, but for fire safety I put it out and decided to use the candle cozy I made for Hestia’s candle and turn it into a representation of a sacred flame. Also Her candle flame was eating away at the wax so much that I worried that too would cause a fire.
(While fire is pretty important to my spirituality, I lost a home in a house fire. Fortunately, it wasn’t caused by candles.)
I gave Hecate some hot cider and Hestia lavender tea. The downside to this is that I’m using Hestia’s libation bowl as a sacred flame holder, but I figured that I could use a couple of my glass herb containers as offering containers for both Hecate and Hestia.