The Burning Bowl Ritual

I was first introduced to a Burning Bowl ceremony by a Unity minister in Montana. Most likely Pagan in origin, it is a ritual that separates the old year from the new year. The ritual allows people to burn away all that they wish to let go of.

Several years ago I created a ritual of the Burning Bowl that didn’t stop with the letting go aspect. I added the aspects of a ritual hand washing, the self-anointing with oil to set one’s intentions and the lighting of candles to give flame to those intentions. Participants move through each step together then move on to the next step and the next. The ritual acts are separated by readings and silence.  There is an intentional order to the movement through the ritual acts.

I invite you all to attend the service of the Burning Bowl even if you just want to watch. For those who have mobility issues, someone will bring each aspect of the ritual to you.

Join us on Sunday, December 30 as we let go of the past year and welcome the new one.

“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma,so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving,then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising,fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.” 

― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love