Within spiritual communities around the world, awareness of the cycle of life and death is not taboo, but rather important and vital to living a healthy and balanced life. In the Western world, death is mostly a subject of avoidance and discomfort. Of course death can be uncomfortable, tragic, painful and melancholic, but it doesn’t always need to be. If we can understand that death is both a natural and inevitable part of life as well as the impetus for new life, it may be easier to come to terms with and has the potential to become an energetic tool that we come to know and utilize effectively.
The seasons of the year beautifully exemplify this sacred cycle of life, death and rebirth. During Autumn the plants begin to die and wither as they ready themselves for a time of rest and inactivity during the Winter months. After the cold seasons, we know and trust that the Earth begins blooming again in Spring and Summer. All things have their own life cycle. We can look at most facets of our personal lives as many tiny, individual cycles of life. People, relationships, ideas, creativity, emotions, personal growth, etc. all live in a cycle of life, death and rebirth. This way of thinking and perspective can be extremely beneficial and helpful in the evolution of our own lives.
Seeing everything in a perspective of this transformation helps us to heal, grow, let go and move on and can be applied to virtually any situation or circumstance. You could look at a current or past relationship in chapters of life, death and rebirth to help you understand the events that occurred or to help you move forward in whatever way is needed. In many instances, death, dissolution and endings are absolutely necessary in order to move on to the next phase or stage of life. These endings can be painful and agonizing, but oftentimes this pain is a catalyst for something better. Sometimes, it’s easier to understand these difficult chapters once you’re out of them and on to the next. However, what if we were able to keep this perspective even when we are going through these challenging transitions and transformations? The medicine and lessons of that specific chapter could be that much deeper and richer.
One helpful method to keep this mindset in any situation is to create and observe meaningful rebirth and transformation practices. There are many ways for you to ceremonialize your own personal cycle of transformation with intention and ritual. Creating your own unique rituals and ceremonies to help you through the many cycles of life, death and rebirth is a rewarding and balanced way to work through life’s struggles and obstacles.
Remember, rebirth and transformation rituals can be applied and used for almost any purpose or intention. Going through a breakup? Struggling to conjure up creative ideas? Breaking bad habits and patterns? Experiencing a total life transformation? Ritualize it with a ritual that is both personal and meaningful to you which can help you move beyond the death stage and take you to a new and beautiful chapter of rebirth and transformation.
Utilizing aroma and scent during ceremonies and rituals can help turn these moments into a ritualized practice which you may find is helpful and needed every day, week, month or year. New Moons are excellent times to perform rebirth rituals as New Moon energy encourages us to begin anew in the darkness of possibility and hope. Reference our blog on Moon Magik on how to work with the phases of the Moon. Autumn and Winter are favorable times to dive deep into death and rebirth medicine, but you can experience healing and potent transformation at any time of the year.
Below you’ll find a list of rebirth and transformation rituals which can be tailored to your needs and unique situation.
Cleanse and clear your energy, space or a specific situation by taking a moment each day, or whenever needed to energetically cleanse and get rid of negativity and bad vibes. Use Kate’s Magik White Sage Sacred Mist or Purification & Protection Aura Mist anywhere and anytime to instantly shift stagnant or unwanted energy. You can also use Sage, Palo Santo, Yerba Santa, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Myrrh for purification and cleansing purposes. As you cleanse, clear and purify, you can say a prayer or repeat a resonating mantra. Our Physical and Spiritual Protection blog expands more on this subject!
Draw yourself a ceremonial bath with oils, herbs and salts. Water is considered to be purifying and sanctifying by most religions and spiritualities all over the world as water is considered sacred, holy and pure. Immerse yourself in a transformative bath with the intention of coming out as a new and purified person.
Flowers + Herbs for Transformation: Rosemary, Lavender, Rose, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, etc. *A simple internet search will connect you with corresponding herbs and intentions!
Check out the Uncrossing blog for directions on a ritual Uncrossing bath to remove negative and stagnant energy from your life!
Kate's Magik Ritual Bath
A fun and symbolic way to commemorate your cycle of rebirth is to plant a seed and watch it grow. Create a meaningful ongoing spirit of ceremony by ritualizing each step of the planting and growing process.
Write and Burn rituals are really healthy ways to get all of your feelings out on paper and watch them symbolically burn away into ash. This step of the transformation process can be really cathartic and healing as it allows you to articulate exactly how you feel in a completely honest and authentic way. No one ever needs to know what you’ve written, if that’s the way you wish it to be.
Create and set a specific altar or sacred space dedicated to your rebirth and transformation. Having a dedicated space means that each day you can return to this place and focus on your intentions for transformation. Here you can say your prayers, meditate, light candles, leave offerings and set your intentions with Anointing Oils and intentional perfumes. Check out our blog on Altars + Offerings!
On your Rebirth & Transformation altar you might have photos, figures or statues of deities associated with death and rebirth like Isis, Kali, Hekate and Anubis. Skulls, bones, stones and crystals can represent death, while flowers and plants represent life. Snakes are also beautiful symbols of rebirth, transformation and healing as they shed their old skin a few times a year. Add personal objects or trinkets which may represent you or that which is dying and what is coming to life. There is no wrong way to create a Rebirth & Transformation altar, so long as it is unique and specific to you and your situation. Although Spring and Autumn would be great times energetically to create this kind of altar, you can channel these seasons at any time when their energy is helpful and beneficial.
The Tantric Hindu Goddess Kali is cloaked in mystery. She is known as the fierce cosmic mother who transcends all forms. She helps liberate us from mental turmoil, cut karmic ties and transcend all ego. Kali provides the courage needed to go beyond our limitations, free ourselves from Earthly attachments and cast away illusions. As we find ourselves in a time of revolution, disease and regeneration, Kali provides the crucial force necessary for change and awakening. Though her forceful and untamed nature can be formidable, her raw powers are there for potent healing and to uncover our full divine potential. Kali is typically depicted as blue-black as midnight and luminous as the moon. Patchouli and Violet Leaf provide a powerful foundation for this dramatic, wild, transgressive goddess. Jasmine centers her in the divine feminine, while a touch of Allspice gives her audacious fierceness.
Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god, is a protector of the dead and an overseer of embalming and funerals. He has been called “Lord of the Sacred Land,'' as well as “God of Deserts and Darkness.” He embodies a protective shaman or priest who guides mortals from one realm to another. Anubis also watches over and guides the souls of the dead on their journey from the physical realm to the afterlife. I created Anubis Perfume to help support us in understanding the temporary nature of our current life and to connect with those who have passed over. This magik potion will also help us travel beyond linear time. Ancient Myrrh and holy Frankincense will help instill trust in what comes after life as we know it. Together with divine Rose we will be guided to the deeper realms beyond this world.
Hekate is an ancient Greek goddess that serves as a guide for safe passage through the underworld. The formulation downloaded in an instant of time, with no necessary alterations. Hekate perfume was born out of an acquired fascination for this Greek goddess, sacred warrior, guide of the underworld and master of perfumes. Her torch shines dim moonlight to help us find our way through the darkness. She holds the key to enter and exit the underworld from the earthly realm and serves as protector and guide along the journey. The blend for Hekate was created around the highly spiritual Indian Spikenard oil, which was commonly used as an ointment in ancient times by priests, priestesses, queens and kings, as well as Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene, for its anchoring, calming and supernatural qualities. Joy-inducing Clementine and spicy Pimento Berry bring trust and courage to this enigmatic perfume.
Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god, is the great remover of obstacles who walks a path of trust and effortless mastery. He welcomes new beginnings without expectations or attachments and helps us move forward in life. He is a protector and keeper of wisdom. Ganesh reminds us to be present, that life’s sacred journey is the destination and that the obstacles on our path are our teachings. Ganesh Perfume can help us transform our inner and outer world and usher in a new era of possibilities. Herbaceous Rosemary and zesty Lime are at the forefront of this aromatic creation - metaphorically representing the function of the elephant’s trunk as a remover of obstacles from our path. Encouraging Neroli brings heart energy to our missions, while Turmeric conjures the healing wisdom of the far East.
Priestess of the Moon and sacred Magik, reflector of light, bearer of water and divine knowledge. The Priestess resides at the portal betwixt the visible and the invisible world and serves as a conduit between spirit and matter, Heaven and Earth and the Gods and the Soul. She helps us heal from suffering and understands the spiritual basis of our Earthly existence. The archetype of the Priestess provides us with ancient wisdom and the ability to move beyond the density of this physical world. She enhances deep listening, luminous vision and understanding of the natural world. Priestess Perfume is composed around the alchemical trifecta of heavenly Carnation, divine Rose and mystical Myrrh - a touch of Clary Sage strengthens third eye vision. The aroma of Priestess is trance inducing, otherworldly and magically sensual. Allow her to guide you in your spiritual practice and conjure divine wisdom.
Blue Morpho Body Perfume Oil was created for transformation and change. The Blue Morpho Butterfly is an iridescent, blue tropical butterfly that represents transformation and metamorphosis - the ability to change. Blue Morpho Body Perfume Oil will help you grow into your next life stage with strength and an open heart. Let yourself be guided to the enchanted place that awaits you. Embrace change and visualize your life full of beautiful things. Here you are! Gentle Vanilla and mystic Sandalwood create a warm and sacred note, while savory Nutmeg and Pink Grapefruit add spice and zest. The result is a smooth, velvety aroma with a powerful undertow for people who crave change. Lavish yourself and apply from head to toe to perfume your whole body in the fashion of the Ancient Egyptians. It’s a great way to start the day after a bath or shower and can also be mixed with your favorite unscented lotion.
Quan Yin is the Goddess of mercy, compassion and loving kindness. Heavenly Rose evokes the vibration of the divine feminine and re-instills faith, while Sandalwood and Vanilla encourage forgiveness and help you live in the present. Packaged in a violet glass bottle with roller. Call in the divine presence of Quan Yin to help with wisdom, unconditional love, forgiveness, healing, encouragement and clearing unnecessary energies or old patterns. Quan Yin brings forth her beautiful, healing energy when we pray to her.
Archangel Michael is the great protector and guide of light and love. Notes of sacred Frankincense and courageous Ginger help shield you from the unwanted and instill the trust needed to follow your path. Anyone can connect with Archangel Michael in their times of need or despair. The best way to reach him is through prayer and meditation. Archangel Michael gives the petitioner strength, protection from harm and courage to help others in need. Archangels are not limited to time or space, so call out to Michael whenever you may need his powerful protection or encouraging guidance.
Use Isis & Rebirth Anointing Oil for transformation and new beginnings. This is a sacred blend inspired by the Egyptian goddess of love, rebirth and creation. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, let go of the old and embrace transformation into your next beautiful phase. Embrace living life in the present moment! Isis & Rebirth Anointing Oil is a heavenly blend of Organic Madagascan Vanilla and floral Moroccan Rose. Apply to your Heart Chakra for love, compassion and emotional balance, to your Sacral Chakra for creativity, sexuality and strength and to your Solar Plexus for added benefits related to your truth, self and center of will.
Use Letting Go Anointing Oil to release pain, guilt, blame and to remove obstacles. Letting Go Anointing Oil assists in freeing us from that which no longer serves us and removes unwanted obstacles from our path. Letting Go Anointing Oil is a blend of gentle, soothing Bulgarian Rose Otto with rich, grounding wood notes of Cedarwood. Apply to your Heart Chakra for love, compassion and emotional balance and to your Solar Plexus for added benefits related to your truth, self and center of will.
Use Healing Anointing Oil to create restorative vibrations and help fight illness. Healing Anointing Oil instills joy and faith to overcome physical weakness and restores good, vital health. This blend is great for headaches, nausea, anxiety, anger, panic, fear and irritability and is a powerful tool to aid in the healing of the body, mind and spirit. Healing Anointing Oil is a fresh blend of comforting, restorative Lavender and sunny Bergamot. Apply to your appropriate chakra(s) for desired healing and balance.
Use Fertility & Manifestation Anointing Oil to manifest new ideas and create miracles. The word fertility signifies the preparation of fertile ground for planting or creating something new - in art, relationships, health, business and money etc. - in other words, generate fertile energy to manifest a new creation. Fertility & Manifestation Anointing Oil is a tool to help bring forth your inner visionary and create something uniquely your own. Fertility & Manifestation Anointing Oil is a blend of musky Indonesian Patchouli with sunny sweet Orange and a touch of Indian spice. Apply to your Solar Plexus for added benefits related to your truth, self and center of will and to your Sacral Chakra for creativity, sexuality and strength.
Break Patterns & Addictions Anointing Oil assists in breaking bad habits and unhealthy patterns. This blend helps to overcome challenges rooted in patterns that no longer serve us and balances extremes while easing frustration. Break Patterns & Addictions Anointing Oil is a fresh and clean blend of fragrant Lavender, floral Geranium with a touch of bright Citrus. Apply to your Solar Plexus for added benefits related to your truth, self and center of will.
Purification & Protection Aura Mist is a cleansing aromatherapy mist created to remove negativity, relieve stress and restore balance. Purification & Protection Aura Mist features exotic Sandalwood and comforting Lavender. Use Purification & Protection Aura Mist as an instant aromatherapy treatment by spraying in a circular motion above the crown of your head. As the mist falls down all around you, breathe deeply and feel the purifying power of the essential oils as any anger, negativity or stagnation dissolves away. Take a moment for reflection and embrace your new lightness of being. This mist is also a great way to remove bad vibes and cleanse any space to create a balanced atmosphere. Make it a part of your yoga or meditation ritual to help clear the mind and set your intention for practice. Additionally, Purification & Protection Mist is a powerful alternative when you can't burn sage or other cleansing herbs.
White Sage is a powerful and sacred herb revered for its cleansing and purifying properties. White Sage clears negative, stagnant energy and acts as an aid to connect you with the spiritual realm. Use this sacred Sage blend when you are unable to burn herbs in your space or keep it with you throughout the day for those moments that need clearing, cleansing and purification. Our White Sage is grown at a small family farm in Southern California. The plant is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, found mainly in the coastal sage scrub habitat of Southern California and Baja California, on the western edges of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. Shake your White Sage Sacred Mist well and spray around the body and living spaces to banish negativity, cleanse, purify and protect.
Water Aromatherapy Body Lotion was created for purification and healing. Water is purifying, rejuvenating, and transformational. Visualize your emotional pallet being cleansed as calming Lavender tames your nerves and night-blooming Jasmine intoxicates your senses. Allow the energy of water to flow through you, leaving you cleansed, feeling safe and nurtured. Lavish this lotion generously from head to toe while setting your intention for the day or evening. Inhale the divine aromas and visualize your wishes coming true.
Courageous Spirit Diffuser Oil is an uplifting blend created to instill clarity and build confidence. This oil empowers you to conquer fears and inspires courage. Courageous Spirit Diffuser Oil is a blend of Ginger, Litsea Cubeba, Rosemary and Clary Sage.
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