Simple Passing Ceremony for a Pet
One purple candle, holy water, Oreo cookie, one favored pet toy, stalks of fresh mint. NOTE: Purple is the color associated with the dead. The Orea cookie, with its white and black coloring stands for the darkness before the Fire Mother and the Light of Spirit. (It also happened to be my pet’s favorite food). Mint is used to banish negative energy as well as provide protection for the spirit of the deceased during his or her journey to the Summerland.
Instructions: Band the stalks of the mint together with string or a rubber band. Lightly crush the mint, once, in your hand. Dip the leaves in the holy water and sprinkle over the altar, then sprinkle around the area in a clockwise direction. Return to the altar. Sprinkle the candle (avoiding the wick). Hold the candle in your hands and close your eyes. Think of your pet being happy in an environment that he is or she loved. In your mind, surround your pet with favorite toys and food. Know that your pet is safe and in the arms of the Goddess and God. Focus loving energy into the candle. Take a deep breath, relax and open your eyes. Place the candle back on the altar and light, saying:
“I love you and I release you to the happy,
loving place where Your Spirit belongs.”
Allow the candle to burn completely out. Bury mint, candle end, food, and toy on your property, or place on the grave.
The day after you pet has passed away, you may not feel so good physically, which is to be expected.
Excerpt from:“Rite of Passage” The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation Solitary Witch by Silver RavenWolf