This week, under the New Moon in Cancer, I felt compelled to do a ritual bath. Eclipse season (which lasted through June and July) is over, though we may feel emotionally hungover from the effects, or perhaps from some of the radical changes the eclipses initiated.
I was feeling a little tender and emotional, and decided to take my bath time up a notch, and do something special for myself. When the world doesn’t ever stop spinning, it’s so crucial to learn to give yourself what you need, and inject a little magic and tenderness into your life. This is why self care is so important.
If you wait for others to give you the comfort and nurturing you’re seeking, you’re going to be waiting a long time, and you may never receive what you’re looking for. This doesn’t mean you have to go without! It just means you need to learn to self soothe, to treat yourself, to hug yourself, to love yourself, to practice self care.
One way I do this is by lavishing myself in the bath. I do use elements of witchcraft (which is really nature-based spirituality and not as scary as it sounds) and often work with the cycles of the moon, but you can take this bathing ritual and use it any time you want to step up your self care game and get a little magical.
What You’ll Need
Epsom Salts (I used Chamomile and Ginger personally, for calming and detoxifying)
Fresh Flowers (I used Lavender and Fuchsia because they’re both edible and were blooming in my garden, but you can use Roses, Calendula, Coneflower, Pansies, Nasturtiums, Sunflowers, or whatever you have on hand, being mindful about any harsh chemicals that may have been used)
Tea Tree Oil (A natural cleansing agent)
Lemon Juice (Also a natural cleaning agent)
Apple Cider Vinegar (Yes, you guessed it, natural cleaning agent)
Rose quartz, clear quartz, and Citrine (or your favorite crystals, I also used Apatite and Bloodstone)
A purple candle for intuition, healing, wealth, and tapping into spiritual power
A rolled up towel or bath pillow for your head
A big glass of water
A small glass of wine
Pre Shower Cleaning
Scrub Your Bath with four cups of hot water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar. Even if your bath and shower appear clean, it always feels good to refresh your tub before a ritual bath.
I also like to take a quick shower myself and scrub myself with soap and an exfoliating glove before any bath to ensure the water I bathe in is extra clean.
Rinse yourself and the walls of your shower/tub with water after scrubbing with the lemon and ACV solution.
Draw Your Bath
Run the water and test the temperature. I like to throw in the Epsom salts, tea tree oil (just a few drops) and sometimes a couple of drops of lemon juice immediately so it has time to mix well. As the water fills, put your arms in to test the temperature. I like a bath that is hot without burning, though you can adjust to your preferences.
Float the Flowers
Take your fresh flowers and float them as the water is running. As you place them in the bath, say to yourself, “I deserve good things, I deserve luxury, I am worthy of love.”
Stage Your Crystals and Beverages
I always have a glass of cold water with me in the bath, often with fresh lemon juice. Sometimes, I also choose to have a glass of wine.
I chose 8 crystals for this ritual because I decided to place them over my chakras in the bath. There are seven chakras, but I chose an extra heart-shaped clear quartz crystal to absorb negative energy and because it is a “master healer” crystal, and helps amplify the others.
I chose two Rose Quartz crystals to inspire self love, open my heart, and promote healing and unconditional love.
I chose Citrine to attract abundance, and release depression and and fears.
I chose Apatite to amplify personal power and growth.
I chose Bloodstone because it is centering, calming, and brings abundance and strength.
I included two clear quartz crystals (raw and tumbled) because clear quartz is a “master healer” and can amplify the energy of the other stones.
Carve some intentions into your candle before lighting it. I carved “love,” “healing,” and “wealth” into mine. You can use a safety pin or toothpick to do this. Light your candle (s) and turn off the lights.
Climb into your bath and relax into the hot water. Picture the negative energy floating away from your body and into the water. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Notice the smell of the bath salts, the tea tree oil, the fresh flowers. Listen to the sound of the water moving around you in the tub. Feel the wet, silky petals of the flowers between your fingers and grazing your legs. Feel your spine curl and your muscles relax in the heat. Notice the flame of your candle flickering, and the wax beginning to melt into a pool. Pay attention to how you feel in your body. Notice any thoughts about your body that may come up, and just let them float by like the flowers in the tub. Take a few more deep breaths.
Place the crystals on your body, letting your intuition guide you. You can place one crystal over each chakra if you like, or wherever resonates with you. Truly, use your intuition here, and do what feels right.
After you’ve put the stones on your body, look at your body covered in crystals and refrain from self-criticism. Notice how beautiful the stones look on your skin, and how beautiful you look.
Close your eyes and wrap your arms around yourself in a hug. Say to yourself, “I love you. I am perfect exactly as I am. I deserve good things. I deserve to be happy” There are so many good things coming your way. You have no idea the adventures you’ll go on, the love you’ll experience, the friends you’ve yet to even meet, or the creativity just waiting to pour out of you. You have no idea how good it’s going to get. Think about this and dwell on it for as long as you like. Say the mantras as many times as you like.
I love you. I am perfect exactly as I am. I deserve to be happy. I deserve good things.
Picture any residual negativity floating melting away from you, and let it go. Picture your heart glowing like a pink salt lamp, emanating warm and healing light.
If you want to cry, cry. If you want to laugh, laugh. Let yourself feel whatever comes up. Take the crystals off your body and put them back on the edge of the bath.
Relax in the water as long as you’d like. Have a bit of wine, and chug some cold water.
When you’re ready, get out of the bath and imagine all the negativity dripping off your body and being left behind in the bath water. Pull the plug and picture all the bullshit and negative energy swirling down the drain.