Gather an array of colored ribbons you are drawn to.
Symbolically each ribbon is approximately as long as you are tall, representing your physical self. Be sure that your altar set up includes each of the four elements.
Each ribbon represents one aspect of your life that you'd like to draw closer to you (while realizing the constraints that doing so might imply).
During your Beltane celebration you will braid your ribbon when you are ready to focus on those aspects you would like to draw closer to you. Take your time while you braid concentrating on these properties and noticing how it sometimes becomes difficult to braid one part more than the next, this represents your obstacles to overcome….take note in your stream of consciousness. What it is you'd like to draw to you or bring to the fullness of life within your life? What benefits will accrue to you in so doing? What is the down side in each case, and how will you handle it?
Now gather all ribbons together and tie a knot at the top to hold them together…. Meditate on bringing all these things forth in your life and on how they will interact with each other to turn your life into a beautiful braid of happiness and well-being. Remember to envision yourself enmeshed in this braiding as it progresses. When you near the end, tie it off in similar fashion to your beginning knot.
You'll now need to bless each ribbon by the four elements. Take your time in doing this. Pass each one through the incense smoke (Air), over a candle flame (Fire), sprinkle each with water (Water), and pass each through a bowl of sea salt (Earth).
You will end this by blessing the finished braid with your body. After all, your body symbolically lies at the heart of the braid. Breathe on it (Air). Gather it to your heart (Fire). Spit on it or lick it (Water). Coil it up and stand with it under your foot for a few moments (Earth).
You will wear your braid now, or carry it on your person for the rest of the day and/or night, much like you will your mojo bag. You may carry it with you for as long as you wish or you can keep it on your altar for the coming seasons of growth and harvest….a reminder of what you have sown.
You will keep this braid for the following Beltane celebration, at this time you can revisit your colors and their meanings and see what you have been successful at drawing near and what you still need to work on. You will then burn this braid in the fire as an offering of thanks and create a new one for the New Year to come.
As always give thanks to the powers that be.
**I like to pick colors according to instinct before I know their meaning. Once you choose your color on instinct you can go back to the color properties and see if they match what you are seeking, most of the time they do and sometimes a color slips in that you NEED without knowing it**
You can learn more about color properties here: http://www.witchipedia.com/table:color-correspondences
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