The New Fire Ceremony - For New Year's Eve Party
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New Year's Eve New Fire Ceremony
Celebrating the end of a year and the beginning of a New Year is a common theme for New Year’s Eve parties. In the United States of North America, the parties are diverse and interesting. The Native Americans, including the north, central and South Americans have a charming and fun ceremony to bring in the new years. The ceremony involves getting rid of old customs, baggage and angst, then stating affirmations of new energy and goals for the New Year. Using fire to send these aspirations into the “spirit world” is a fun and relaxing way to celebrate a New Year ritual. Add it to your party this year and see what happens. Will it work? Will the goals come true? Is it a superstition or a fun ritual?
Get rid of old things, and resolve to accomplish new goals
To participate in this ritual, bring or furnish something to burn that you or your guests would like to be rid of from the past (to burn before midnight) and a spiritual request or desire of something new ( to burn after midnight). These things may be concepts written on paper that will burn, turn to smoke and release into the spirit world. This allows the past negative energy to move along to its highest spiritual progression path and the new spiritual request to move along to its highest spiritual progression path. It is acceptable to use pictures, drawings or intentions written on a piece of paper. Small effigies used should be made of something like flash paper.
The host builds a fire either outside in a fire ring, or inside in a fireplace. Form a circle around the fire and one by one, burn the old requests before midnight. This can be done at any time during the party. Sometime before midnight, extinguish the "old" fire and prepare for a "new" one at midnight.
At midnight, and after, burn the new requests to send the fresh aspirations into the spirit world. Accompany the ceremony with champagne, food, noisemakers and the usual fun things. Confetti and balloons are also nice!
Encourage the guests to speak aloud while participating in the ceremony, but no one is obligated to speak during a Fire Ceremony. Anyone can participate without stating what they are releasing or calling forth.
After you have called in your Spirit Guide, place into the fire your pictures, drawings and intended items of the past and get “rid” of them. Once these things have burned to smoke and ash, then place into the new fire what you have written on clean sheets of paper. This would be what you desire for replacing those old negative energies.Start fresh each New Year with a resolution that is meaningful for you.
The old fire should be extinguished and a new fire built for the New Year. The things you address from your past or call into your future can be shared with the group or kept secret as you participate in the Fire Ceremony.
During the Central American fire ritual all the fires in the community are put out and everyone is silent. Then they light a new fire to start the New Year and the ritual continues with feasting and celebration.
Other Traditions for New Years
In addition to the midnight fire ceremony, some Native American Tribes believe that whatever you leave outside your home to greet the New Year first will grow with the New Year. Money is a popular item to place outside at midnight to catch the energy of New Year growth and prosperity. Place items on the East side of your home to catch the first rays of the powering sun.
Kissing at midnight is guaranteed to keep the romance alive throughout the year.
Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's day is supposed to bring luck for the year.
New Year’s Eve parties are fun and festive. Including a fire ceremony is always optional. Please have a fire extinguisher handy, should things go horribly wrong. The designated fire tender should be a sober and responsible individual. Handle fireworks safely. Always Plan ahead to keep your guests safe. Do not let them drink and drive. Provide transportation or allow partiers to stay overnight. Have fun!
New Year's Eve Party Ideas
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