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AUTUMNAL EQUINOX MEDICINE SOAK
Wildform’s co-founder Caroline is a hard-working mother of three—and the person we go to when our spiritual lives feel stuck in neutral. Her Rolodex of light workers, guides, healers, and energy shifters is ever-growing and carefully curated.
in the transition from summer to fall after this weekend’s autumnal equinox, we asked her how she stays balanced after she puts the kids to bed.
BALANCING SALT BATH as told by Caroline de Sousa
This cleansing and balancing salt bath ritual was given to me by a shaman that I’ve worked with in the past. For me, the autumnal equinox is a time to reflect on what the year has brought in and embrace the change of the seasons. It’s a time to slow down, observe, absorb and rejoice in the transition out of what no longer serves us.
HOW TO DO IT
You will need:
• A bucket of Dead Sea salt or mineral rock salt (not Epsom salt)
• Four drops of cedar oil
• Four drops of sage oil
• Four pinches of organic loose leaf tobacco, like the kind you would use for rolling your own sacred smoke
• A white candle
Mix all of the ingredients together, praying over them as you do and asking them for help.
Fill your tub with hot water—as hot as you can stand it.
Pray over the water and ask its spirit to help you.
Take a handful of the salt mixture and pray to the Four Directions—the East, South, West, and North—and ask for the cleansing you need.
Place handfuls of the salt in the bath moving from the west to the north to the east and the south. Offer two final handfuls—up above and down below—and place each one in the middle of the tub.
Light your white candle and ask the fire to burn away any energies that are not serving you and your highest good. Repeat this prayer to the medicines in the bath as you sink into the water.
Stay in the bath until the water is lukewarm. Let all the water drain out, and get out once all the water is gone. Take a shower, being sure to soap up and scrub down to get all the salt off your skin.
When you get out of the shower, gently pat yourself dry.
Relax and rest.