Once you get to really know certain magic daily rituals inside and out, you can start to personalize them. Magically, we call that cut and fit. Suppose the Navajo Beauty Way becomes a long term ritual for you. Once you have done it for a while, you can start to experiment with different greetings. This is one ritual that we start students off doing right away in Basic Magic and continue throughout. In that course you can see the progression of greetings as they have extra lines added to them. Here’s an example of cut and fit using the Navajo Beauty Way ritual of Day Greetings and Day Endings.
Day Greetings and Day Endings
This magical ritual is done each morning and each evening. It creates a connection with higher beings to establish a relationship with them that will give you access to their guidance and help. The basic form of this ritual is as follows.
1. Go outside and face East holding your arms out in front of you with your palms facing towards each other.
2. Say out loud, “Winds of Knowledge (or Winds of the East), I bid you good morning (or good night).”
3. Lower your arms, turn clockwise to face the South, holding your arms out in front of you with palms facing downwards
3. Say out loud, “Winds of Power (or Winds of the South), I bid you good morning (or good night).”
4. Lower your arms, turn clockwise to face the West, holding your arms out in front of you with palms facing upwards.
5. Say out loud, “Winds of Feeling” (or Winds of the West), I bid you good morning (or good night)”.
6. Lower your arms, turn clockwise to face the North, holding your arms out in front of you with palms facing forward (as in a “stop” motion).
7. Say out loud, “Winds of Strength” (or Winds of the North), I bid you good morning (or good night).”
8. Lower your arms, turn clockwise to face the East, holding your arms up in a V towards the sky.
9. Say out loud, “Sky Father, I bid you good morning (or good night).”
10. Still facing the East lower your arms keeping them in the V shape so that they are pointing downwards toward the ground.
11. Say out loud, “And Earth Mother, I bid you good morning (or good night).”
Cut and Fit
Now that you know how to do the basic form of the ritual, let’s look at some examples of the type of additions you can make to enhance the greeting. Each enhanced form attracts or brings various insights and magic to your life. In our classes, students do a different form of the ritual for a week at a time and record their experiences and observations from each. Some additions that we have used in the greetings (after the higher beings name and before “I bid you…”) include:
Starting My Path
Walking in Beauty
Walking in Strength
Walking in Balance
Walking in Harmony
Walking In Joy
Walking in Acceptance
Walking In Grace
Give it a try. This form of the Beauty Way can bring magic to your life in all sorts of amazing ways. After you do the basic form long enough to be comfortable doing it, start cutting and fitting using some of the additional lines and record your results. More than likely you will find that the form you choose to practice will bring you awareness of just what you are needing or looking for. It works out that way because it is truly well… magic. And if you are looking for more about the Beauty Way, its forms, and other daily contact rituals a great place to start is with our Kindle Books.