Ritual for the Kharites

Rebecca Buchanan

Supplies:

* An image of the Kharites
* A cloth to cover the image
* Incense
* One candle
* Wine
* Flower buds and petals
* A vessel with water from your local main water source (eg, for people in Chicago that would be Lake Michigan)

The ritual:

Take up the vessel filled with water and sprinkle it around the sacred space.

You are washed clean by the waters of the Nile and the ____ . You are pure.

Light the incense and walk it around the sacred space.

May this scent be pleasing to you, Oh Kharites. By your presence, the world is filled with laughter, beauty and companionship.

Light the candle.

The doors of heaven are thrown wide. Let this candle burn, reminding us of your warmth and light, of your gifts of joy.

Unveil the image of the Kharites. As you recite the invocation, offer the Goddesses wine and flowers.

Kindly Ones, you adorned Aphrodite at Her birth with gold and perfume and flowers;
Lovely Ones, you dance with Artemis and the Muses on mountain slopes;
Sweet Ones, you gather blooms in the garden of Flora to delight blessed Immortals;
Graceful Ones, bless us with your gifts of laughter, beauty and happy companionship.

Offer any individual prayers or petitions.

Spend a few moments in silent contemplation and communion.

Cover the image again.

Oh Kharites, your blessings are manifold. You fill our hearts with joy. You give comfort to all humankind.

Reverently extinguish the candle and exit the sacred space.

 

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