Sekhmet Bowl Ritual
For centuries, women have felt the need to repress their ferocity. Denied the freedom to fully express their ire, indignation, and rage, women have been taught to fear "unacceptable" emotions. This bowl ritual represents Sekhmet's journey from being filled with bloodlust, drunk on anger, to her transformation into a gracious goddess of love and healing. It is meant to facilitate the experience and expression of emotions entombed within so that we, too, can experience the transformative power of our anger and pain.
You'll need the following items from the Sekhmet Ritual Box. If you missed the pre-order, you can grab a single box here:
3 Fireproof Bowls, (not included in the Sekhmet Box) you may wish to use bowls with sanguine or solar colors, such as red, gold, orange, or copper.
Fire Goddess Tea
Fire Goddess, Sekhmet Petitioning Candle
Lioness Anointing Oil
Red Frankincense Resin & Charcoal Disk
Solace Liniment Mist
At the commencement of your dedication to Sekhmet's shadow path, begin with two bowls. One bowl is meant to be a vessel of light. Fill it with tokens of positivity, affirmation, comfort, and love. The second bowl is for shadows. Fill it with symbols of your anger, injustice, rejection, and repressed emotions.
Consecrate the bowls with Red Frankincense Resin or Lioness Oil. You may wish to say a prayer, dedicating the bowls to Sekhmet and reaffirming your commitment to understanding her medicine.
Throughout the Shadow Path Challenge, fill the bowls with items and omens such as handwritten notes, quotes, poems, oracle and tarot cards, pictures, offerings from nature spirits like bones, crystals, or broken items. This needn't be a neat and tidy bowl because our inner world rarely is. Let it overflow as the embodiment of your emotions!
Toward the end of the lunar cycle, under the Full or Waning Moon, gather the three bowls, one of light, one of shadow, and the empty one.
Brew a cup of Fire Goddess tea and petition goddess Sekhmet. You may wish to use the prayer from the initiation ritual or recite your own. Heat the frankincense resin over the charcoal disk or burn the cats' claws bark, adding a few drops of Lioness Oil.
Sitting with the two bowls in front of you, combine the contents of the bowls item by item. Hold each piece in your hand, reflecting and embracing the emotions and thoughts corresponding with each. Give yourself as long as you need with each item, allowing yourself to fully experience the soul integration.
When you are complete, make an offering to Sekhmet as gratitude for bearing witness to your emotional release and take note of your experience in your dedicated journal
From Dark Moon to Dark Moon, New Moon to New Moon, or menstrual cycle to menstrual cycle, depending on when your commitment to Sekhmet reaches completion, you can perform the final part of the Bowl Ritual.
Brew a cup of Fire Goddess Tea and petition Sekhmet as you did before. Heat the frankincense resin over the charcoal disk or burn the cats' claws bark, adding a few drops of Lioness Oil.
With the integrated bowl in front of you, begin by burning the combustible items. Once again, reflect on the emotions and the memories that correspond with each piece. Collect the ashes and set any non-combustible items aside to be returned to the earth.
When you are complete, make an offering to Sekhmet as gratitude for bearing witness to your emotional release. The ashes you collected can serve as a reverential gift to the goddess! Seal your work by cleansing any lingering emotions and grounding with the solace liniment mist.
Going forward, you may wish to keep your bowl on your altar, and every time it is filled, you can perform the final stage of the ritual under the waning, Dark Moon, or during your menstruation.