For many of us, Ritual Fire Circling is our Spiritual path. It’s how we pray, connect, and communicate with Spirit the best – and the Fire plays a major role in all that. Unlike most of the established Spiritual traditions, Fire Circling doesn’t have a set of established practices or rituals to take home for yourself after a three night event.
Speaking from experience, having some sort of personal spiritual practice in place for the process that follows the event can be a Soul saver. However, maintaining a personal relationship with Fire has it’s complications. Especially if you’re a purest and only burn wood and think it has to be outside, or some other dogma we might add.
As part of my personal practice I keep jar candles burning just to have at least a small Sacred Flame illuminating our home. I have also used candles for daily rituals in the past but having to extinguish a flame simply freaks me out. I can’t do it. That’s why I’m not a fire-fighter but a Ritual Fire Tender.
I need a fire that will start and end within an allotted frame of time. Something I can do everyday like a 20 minute meditation. Or shorter.
Remember, this is coming from nothing. There are no books with procedures that tells us what we need to do to have a daily Fire Circling Ritual experience. We’re making it up as we go along here. So I found the simplest way to safely “burn” every day just to get the ritual started and to stop telling myself it couldn’t be done.
My first desired outcome was to achieve a daily ritual, so every morning I burn one tablespoon of alcohol. It’s not a very long burn, only about 3 minutes in my container. But the desired goal is to perform a daily fire ritual, not about creating a 20 minute or more ceremonies. Right now, from start to finish, my daily ritual lasts all of about 5 minutes.
Here’s how I do it…
What you will need to burn:
- Fuel source: 91% Isopropyl Alcohol – found in first aid supplies. It’s what I have in the house.
- Measuring device: 1 tbsp measuring spoon. You could even use the cap from the alcohol bottle. The goal here is to be consistent and intentional.
- Fire vessel: Small, shallow tin – I recommend 3″ across half inch deep. NOTE: The shape and depth of your fire vessel will determine the shape of the flame.
- Fire starters: Matches or other fire source. Often times I will use a palo santo stick to light the alcohol with.
- Fire safety equipment: Keep in mind, we are playing with fire here and safety comes first. Our homes should already have a fire extinguisher in them. responsible fire play!!
Setting up the Fire Vessel:
Place the fire vessel on a heat resistant and fire proof surface. Carefully measure out 1 tablespoon of alcohol and pour it into the tin.
A fire vessel can be anything you want it to be as long as it doesn’t burn, of course, and won’t absorb the alcohol. I’ve considered using a cauldron but I like the shape of the flame I get from a flatter and shallower container like a tin lid.
Once the alcohol has been poured into the vessel, close it up and set it aside. Our next step is to light it. You can use a lighter, a match, or like I like to use – a palo santo stick. The alcohol will burn till it’s all gone. (NOTE:If you have any issues at this point, it is best to smother out your fire and reassess.)
The Sacred Fire Shrine:
Assuming that everything went well during your inaugural burn, it’s time to create a Shrine around the fire vessel. Keep objects a safe distance from the heat; you might be surprised how much heat this little fire puts out.
What you choose as your Sacred Fire Shrine is strictly up to you. I hope to one day create a scaled replica of an actual fire circle, the ultimate in Fire Circle Shrines for the true devote.
This is just the first step in creating a personal spiritual practice that reflects the Fire Circle Ritual. It all starts at the center with the Fire Circle Shrine and honoring the Sacred Fire that is at the center of us all. If you have any personal practices that have been inspired by the Fire Circle Ritual and are willing to share them with Tribe, please contact me. I would love to facilitate making that happen.