One of the simplest rituals I have created and completed is a self-initiation and dedication to a deity. Here is a ritual I wrote many moons ago for Hekate which you might find useful and which you can use as a guideline when writing your own ritual:
Hekate Self Initiation
Performed on Sunset/Sunrise in a liminal place.
- 1 black candle
- 2 white candles
- 1 lighter/matches
- 2 coins
- 2 keys
- 1 glass of wine or grape juice
- Moon cakes
- 1 glass of water
- Hekate incense or similar
- Incense burner
- Hekate oil or similar
- Pad and pen
Clean the working space and neutralize energies. This can be done by completing the LBRP, sweeping the space with a broom, clearing the temple with incense and khernips etc.
Ensure alter is set up with items needed.
Anoint the black candle with the Hekate oil.
Anoint self with Hekate oil between the brow.
Create Sacred Space
In any manner you are accustomed to.
As a sign of devotion offer Hekate a coin, a white candle and a key.
(The coin can be given to a charity or left at a crossroads after the ritual, the white candle can be used when invoking Hekate and the key can be used when working with Hekate to unlock mysteries or connect to her).
Light the black candle and Invoke Hekate by reciting a prayer written in her name.
Make an offering to Hekate consisting of wine and moon cakes.
Speak to Hekate in your own words. Tell Hekate that you are dedicating yourself to her service and let her know what you can offer her as her devotee. Share with her where you are at in your life and what you feel is holding you back and what you want to achieve. Ask Hekate for her blessings, guidance and help. Remember to be clear and concise with your words.
After you have done this visualise Hekate unlocking a door and opening it before you, she hands you a key as you pass through the door and there you find a crossroad before you. Hekate holds her arms up before her in witch pose and lights the appropriate path before you with her blazing torches. Hekate hands you a torch and beckons you to walk along beside her as she guides you down the illuminated path. Follow the illuminated path until you find the answer you seek. After you have found the answer you seek thank Hekate for her assistance and farewell her. Record any insights or advice given.
Close Sacred Space
In any manner you are accustomed to similar to creating sacred space.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2010