Emergency Ritual Kit
Week 10 (E): emergency ritual kit
Ever had to do an emergency ritual? Or been traveling and realized you really just needed to build a mini altar at the drop of a hat? Yeah, me too. (Ok, so maybe I’m the only weirdo around here.) But I do like to have this kind of thing on hand for just such an occasion.
Sometimes you just need a candle or three, and you’re somewhere other than your usual spot. I’m lucky enough to have an altar in my house, so most of my rituals and spellwork take place at home. I’m also blessed to live across the street from a big beautiful park, with plenty of hidden ponds and groves of trees to hide away in and light a stick of incense. But sometimes, you’re just not at home, with all your beloved tools and familiar items left behind and you’re really feeling the pull.
That’s where the emergency ritual kit comes in. This type of kit is also good for rituals on the go or perhaps contributing to group rituals. Here’s what’s in mine (listed deosil):
- Stick incense (I never bring a holder because I just stick them in the ground, but that might be another useful piece to have on hand)
- Candle in a jar with a lid (makes it easier to transport even if the wax is still warm)
- Matches or lighter (my trusty lighter folds down to keep the end from scorching anything else)
- Small knife (only included when I am not traveling by air because I don’t think the TSA would like that very much)
- Amethyst (I wrote here about how amethyst is my go-to crystal to work with, so it makes sense to have a piece in my portable altar kit)
- Tiny figurine or other totem (this is my tiny crystal goddess figurine, which hangs out on my altar when it’s not in the emergency kit)
- Small bowl (this particular one is hand carved from soapstone from a lovely little Etsy shop that unfortunately no longer exists)
I like to make more elemental-focused altars when I’m
out of my element traveling. Since I’m usually near a body of water, I fill the small bowl with water. The salt is to represent earth (particularly useful if the ground is frozen), the stick incense is for air, and the candle is for fire. On my home altar, my tools represent the elements, but there’s no literal representation of them as there is with my traveling altars.
As of now, I don’t have a regular carrying case for these items. They just hang out in my altar at home, but when I know I might want something like it with me, these are the items I gather together most often. I was thinking of getting a nice sturdy box to house these, almost like a tackle box but flatter, just so they’re always ready, but that hasn’t happened quite yet.
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