Category Archives: Life in General

YouTube – Zita Interviews Photographer Carrie (Draghi) Patterson

Engaged couples, magazines, corporations, professionals seeking headshots, and parents of newborns all rave about Connecticut photographer Carrie Patterson of Carrie Draghi Photography.  I interviewed Carrie on a recent episode of Weddings with Zita. You can watch it on Youtube.com/ZitaTVNetwork. It’s … Continue reading

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Episode 7 – Prayer Flags for Wedding Rituals and Children’s Projects

  Movies about climbing Mount Everest always show prayer flags – five pieces of solid colored fabric strung together, blowing in the wind.  The meaning behind them is ancient and honors the individual, the family, the community, and the earth. 

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Episode 6 – Gifts from the Trees Ritual for Weddings and More

Did you know that unicorns like ash trees?  That the locust tree represents strength and the will to live? That planting a juniper by the front door is said to protect the home from thieves?  What magical gifts do the … Continue reading

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Want love in your life? Be like an apple tree!

Have you listened to Episode 6 of Ritual Recipes – a podcast full of practical magic to nourish your inner life?  This little video enhances the message and offers a simple ritual to attract love, deepen love, or celebrate self-love. … Continue reading

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Episode 5 – Spirit Spoons and Garden Gifts Rituals

Do you need protection? Eat basil. Do you seek abundance? Have some mint. Do you want to help your family find peace? Serve coriander. Herbs and spices are full of magical properties and lend themselves to rituals.  Spirit Spoons I … Continue reading

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Episode 4 – Oathing Stones and Ritual Rocks for Personal Goals and Wedding Vows

Layered, piled, buried, jutting up from the ground, stones weave the tapestry of the earth. They symbolize the old, the everlasting…the ancestors. What does it mean to make a oath on a stone connected to the realm of the departed? … Continue reading

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Episode 3 – Baby Blessings Intergenerational Ceremony for the Unchurched

Have you seen Walt Disney’s The Lion King?  One of my favorite scenes is when the witch, Rafiki, presents the newborn cub, Simba, to the gods while Simba’s parents beam with pride. That scene is what inspired a baby blessing … Continue reading

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Episode 2 – Imbolc Rituals with the Celtic Goddess Brigid and Root Vegetables

What do root vegetables, horseshoes, the groundhog and the Celtic Goddess Brigid have in common? They’re the ingredients of two mid-winter rituals I want to share with you. I live in Connecticut. Winters are long and cold. In early February, … Continue reading

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Episode 1 – Drink Your Words Ritual to Begin the Year or Launch a Project

“Words are but pictures of our thoughts.” So said England’s first poet laureate, John Dryden, back in the 1600s. His words inspired a simple ritual I created called “Drink Your Words.”  I’ve done this ritual in various forms for several … Continue reading

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A Holiday Dinner Ritual – Give These 4 Gifts from Your Heart

The holiday season is known for both generosity and commercialism. As you gather around a dinner table with friends and family, here’s a simple ritual you can use to share gifts from the heart with those you love.

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