Monthly Archives: January 2017


Tending to Your Sacred Fire – Starting A Personal Daily Practice

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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: 

  1. Fuel source: 91% Isopropyl Alcohol – found in first aid supplies. It’s what I have in the house.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fire starters: Matches or other fire source. Often times I will use a palo santo stick to light the alcohol with.
  5. 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.


The Rise of Fire Tribe – A vision for a “brighter” tomorrow.

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Have you ever attended a Fire Circle Ritual event, danced around the Fire for three nights with people of like mind, celebrating Spirit and the diversity of life? Have you ever come to the end only to dream of a reality where you could do that all the time? And on your way back home all you could think about is going back next year?

I have! Every time. 

Fire and Community

In the Summer and Fall of 2016 I went on a walkabout with the only direction in mind was to follow or chase, as it was, after the Sacred Fire. What happened was I fell into one Fire Tribe community after the next. Little pockets with groups of people that have experienced the Fire Circle Ritual and want more. And, are in small ways, attempting to form a more cohesive Family of Fire – like the Spark Collective.

But it is the Fire that draws us all together and it is my belief that what we need are local Fire Temples that serve the needs of the Sacred Fire communities. 

Communities need a “Center.” A place to gather like minded people to refine their relationships. Our “Center” is the Sacred Fire and Fire Circle Ritual. We practice our spirituality a bit differently than others and we pray in the Fire Circle Shrine. It’s what we do. In the words of Jeff McBride, “Enter the center where All is One.”

The idea of a community center that supports some form of Fire Ritual for me to continue to process and refine my Spiritual work – well all I can say is… take me to church! I also believe that as we continue to draw more and more people to the Fire Circle Shrine we are simply going to “have to” create more cohesive community centers simply to serve the processing of the transformative experiences we all have around the Fire.

The dream of a Fire Temple Priest

I have a dream of community Fire Circle Shrines everywhere – in all major population centers. (Ha, that was a pun.) I have simply reached a point where I can not take not having one to serve through. It is driving me mad. My greatest joy in life is tending the Sacred Fire for Tribe. I’ll do it! I’ll keep the Fire going! I want to be a Fire Temple Priest more than anything. Full time! I can’t imagine anything else that could bring me more joy. I am a ritual fire tender, after all.

There are ways of bringing this Ritual out of the desert and down from the mountain tops. We simply cannot afford to let the only way of experiencing this experience be out on the fringes and out of reach for so many people. It is all I have been thinking about for the past 15 years.

The moment I have been waiting for is here. With the coming year of the Red Fire Rooster, I am devoting my life towards the manifestation of this dream. 2017 begins the quest of a Fire Temple Priest in search of a Fire Circle Shrine to serve the Sacred Fire Community, the Family of Fire, and Fire Tribe. Not necessarily under one roof, but centralized around one Fire.

The Fool’s Journey

I will be completely honest here, I have no idea how this is all going to manifest I simply know that it must. A person has to start where they are in life so I am starting here, with this blog and website. Not only will I be sharing what I know and learn I also intend to invite others to share their experiences and provide a sustainable resource for Tribe and community as well as an open dialog towards the evolution of community and the Sacred Work.

I don’t know where we’re going but I hope that if you find any of this interesting that you will come along for the ride. Join in on the conversation. As we share in the refinement of the Ritual we refine community.

Sacred Fire events are communing up fast. I am creating a list and calendar of Sacred Fire gathering, you can check it out by clicking “Right here. Right now.” If you know of one that I have missed or have dates please let me know.

Thank you for taking the time, Beloved.