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Day One 2018 – Great Release Program – Silver RavenWolf

Day One of 2018 Great Release Program – 1 December – Saturday
By Silver RavenWolf

4th Quarter Moon in Libra
Saturday – Saturn Planetary Ruler

Welcome!  Welcome! to this year’s Great Release Program!  I am delighted to spend time with you this year!  The Great Release Program is one of my favorite community activities.  For 31 days I am privileged to share my voice with you (if you want to hear it) and in turn, I am gifted with your ideas, comments, and company as we power through releasing negativity or removing what no longer serves us well.  The program works through mental and physical challenges — incorporating change on many levels.  This is a process we do together with a collective goal of personal empowerment as we ring in the New Year on December 31.  This year I have some new energy practices that I would like to share with you – ideas that I have included in my spiritual cleansing seminars and personal work that work well for me.

The Rattle Bath

While practicing Yoga, I learned a Nidra that I incorporated into a rattle practice.  Basically, you pass the rattle over various points of the body to clear away negativity and heighten healing, spiritual vibrations.  The technique uses the standard seven chakras, as well as minor energy points. I have created a card for you to put on your altar if you like that may be helpful as you incorporate the rattle bath into your daily routine.  If you find intoning the sounds bothersome or irritating – you don’t need to do it. Just stick with the rattle, and you will be fine.  Let’s do a walk through with sound and rattle points.

Use this chart as a guideline.  You can also recite the written charm before or after the rattle bath.

Begin by shaking the rattle over your Crown Chakra and intoning the sound “Om” in your throat.  If you can, visualize purple light (if this is too much, no worries).  Incorporate one deep inhale, rest for a one-count, and exhale at each chakra point.  Next, shake the rattle at your Third Eye (in between your eyebrows), visualize indigo light, and repeat the sound “Om. “ Remember one deep inhale, rest, and exhale.  Shake the rattle at your Throat, imagine blue/turquoise and intone with the “Ham” sound.  Inhale, rest, exhale.  Move the rattle to the Heart Chakra.  Visualize green light and repeat the sound “Yam”while shaking the rattle.  Don’t forget the deep inhale, rest, and exhale before moving to the next segment.

We are now going to “light” up several energy points.  As you shake the rattle over each point, visualize white light literally popping and sparkling over the area.  Right shoulder, right elbow, right wrist, right palm, right fingers (one, two, three, four, five – one at a time).  Continue back to palm, right wrist, right elbow, right shoulder, and heart chakra.  Repeat the sound “Yam.”  Inhale, rest, and exhale deeply.

Let’s move to the left.  Shake the rattle over each point, again visualizing the light popping over each point mentioned.  Left shoulder, left elbow, left wrist, left palm, left fingers (one, two, three, four, five – one at a time). Continue back to palm, left wrist, left elbow, left shoulder, and heart chakra.  Repeat the sound “Yam”.  Inhale, rest, and exhale deeply

Move the rattle to the Solar Plexus Chakra, intoning the sound “Ram” and visualizing YellowLight.  Remember the deep inhale, rest, exhale breath.  Next, shake the rattle over the Sacral chakra, intoning the sound, “Vam.”  Visualize an orange glow.  Inhale, rest, and exhale deeply. Move the rattle to the Root Chakra, intoning the sound “Lam” and visualizing a red light. 

Again, we are going to “light” up several energy points. As you shake the rattle over each point, visualize while light popping and sparkling over the area.  Move the rattle to the right hip, the right knee, the right ankle, the center of the right foot, the right toes (one, two, three, four, five – one at a time).  Continue back to the middle of the foot, right ankle, right knee, right hip, and over the Root Chakra, intoning the sound“Lam”, inhaling, rest, and exhale deeply.

Move the rattle to the left hip, left knee, left ankle, left center foot, left toes (one, two, three, four, five – one at a time), back to the left-center foot, left ankle, left knee, left, hip, and pelvis (root chakra). Intone the sound “Lam”, inhaling, rest and exhale deeply.

Now it is time to “closeup” the cleansing work you have done. Work upwards with the rattle, centering on each chakra, remembering to breathe deeply at each energy point – Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown.  Hit the rattle on the ground or table 3 times to finish. This is the sealing “sound.”

In all honesty, this practice takes a lot longer to read than it does to do!  The rattle bath is perfect for any time or for any purpose, even when you are feeling just a bit sluggish.  I’ve incorporated this practice into the release program as a daily segment that can follow your Morning Ritual (see introduction post).  Tomorrow we will learn another method for cleansing and clearing the chakras that doesn’t make any noise, lol.  You can use your hand, or you can tie a string to a favorite crystal.

Nightly Review

Another new technique for this year’s program is the Nightly Review. You sit down, breath deeply several times, and then review the day as if you are watching a super-fast-forward movie. You don’t dawdle over any event because that defeats the purpose.  For example: I got up, took the dog out, took a shower, ate breakfast, emptied the dishwasher, ran errands, met a lovely lady, dropped off food at the food bank, ate lunch, got gas, packed candle orders, wrote the release program intro, made dinner, stacked the dishwasher, threw out my one release item, and played MarioKart 8 video game.  The purpose is to move the daily clutter out of your mind so that you can fall asleep easier, and rest better.  Tomorrow, I will give you a Sleep Sachet Formula for you to put under your pillow to help you rest well.

Your Challenge for Today:  Learn how to do the Rattle Bath.  Throw out one thing (no give away this week – trash, trash, trash!) Write down your main program goal and place it on your altar, in a sacred area, or even tack it to the refrigerator!  Chose and write down one weekly goal.  Mine will be to rearrange my clothing cabinet (which I have been ignoring).

Mercury is indeed retrograde (lucky us).  This means that for the past two weeks or so we’ve been revisiting stuff, wondering about our purpose in life, and possibly making insane postures to fix something that decided to break itself (the dastardly nerve!)– like a washing machine, a car,a computer, or whatever (so annoying). The interesting thing about a Mercury retro is that you knew the “whatever”was on its last, teetering mechanical breath – but, you ignored it.  Lucky for us, Mercury will turn direct on 6December, and after a few days (the storm or shadow period) we will be motoring right along as normal.  However, let’s take advantage of this Mercury retro and stop to consider what we need to fix, rearrange, or reorganize before the planet stations and turns direct.  Make a list. Check it twice.

The Three-Minute Dash! – I love this one!  Simple – set a stop-watch (your phone, whatever) for 3 minutes.  Run around like a mad person picking up anything on the floor, on tables, stuck in corners, etc.  The goal:  Remove clutter.  Clutter is de devil.  Clutter eats positive energy.  It sucks you dry.  It defeats you.  It paralyzes you.  Clutter is bad, bad, bad.  No clutter? No trip (except over your own feet or tongue).  The 3-Minute Dash gets you moving and adds a bit of excitement to your life (no kidding). Kids love this practice – 3 minutes and yer done!  Everybody happy.  Give yourself an extra gold star.

The Five-Minute Dust Buster –Like the 3-Minute Dash except you set the clock for 5 minutes and dust, spray, or wash every surface you can get to in five minutes.  No streaks.  Give yourself an extra gold star.

Gold Stars – Speaking of….I forgot to mention them!  Here is how the system works:

First, you will need a calendar page to hang somewhere for the month of December.  Normally, I provide you with one, but my computer program is being difficult.  So, find a pleasing calendar page for December and go with that.  Let’s mark some important days:

December 6th– New Moon and Mercury turns direct
December 21st (when Sun enters Capricorn – Winter Solstice)
December 22nd – Full Moon
December 31st – Whoot!  You completed the Great Release Challenge!!!!
Add any other religious holidays your family celebrates

Here is the Star system to use on your calendar:

Throw one thing out (or give away) every day and you earn one gold star.
Do a 3-Minute Dash – earn one additional gold star.
Do a 5-Minute Dust Buster – earn one additional gold star.
Now and then other tasks will earn you gold stars.
Earn ten (10) stars and you do something super cool for yourself.  Gotta. Must.  Absolute.  Reward is necessary for your well-being.

For the record, if there are words running together in this post, I apologize.  I pulled from Word and put in WordPress and some of the spaces aren’t recognized — argh.  Mercury retro at its best.

Summary for Today

  1.  Do the Morning Ritual – earn one gold star.
  2. Incorporate the Rattle Bath – earn one gold star.
  3. Set up your Great Release Calendar
  4. Do one 3-Minute Dash – earn one gold star.
  5. Do one 5-Minute Dust Buster – earn one gold star.
  6. Write down and post where you can see it your one main goal for the program.
  7. Write down and post where you can see it this week’s goal (to be done by next Saturday).
  8. Find a picture of your Special Symbol and put it where you can see it.

Tonight, remember to practice your Nightly Review

That’s it for today!  I know you can do this!  Be sure to add your comments below.  We love to hear from you.  A community builds healing for all.

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within.



Llewellyn Author of over 23 magickally enchanting books. Braucherei practitioner. Artist, photographer, quilter, chandler, doll maker and lover of genealogy. Visit her WhisperMagick online shoppe at

32 thoughts on “Day One 2018 – Great Release Program – Silver RavenWolf

  1. Oooh! It is starting! I’m so excited about your release program! I do it every year to bring myself peace. Thank you!

  2. Brilliant! I love the rattle bath. I’ve never used a rattle with energy centres before. It’s awesome; I can feel the energy tingling through me.

    My weekly goal has to be my study; it’s definitely the worst room in the house. The energies are awful and I only go in there when I absolutely have to. I can’t get a computer to stay working in that room for longer than a week or so before they die again *facepalm* I didn’t realise how bad it had become until I thought about what needed doing and had a good look at it. It might be more than a week’s work, but I’ll have a go and see what I can manage! I’ve got the windows open and a candle and incense burning in there to start “unsticking” the energies before I break ground! LOL

  3. In a serendipitous way, I started The Great Release Program with a trailer load of trash for the landfill! We live in a rural area and take large items to the landfill. It’s quite different to fill up a trash bag and leave it for trash pick up and another to be at the landfill and see where it all goes. I was glad to move on the broken dishwasher and busted garden hoses and the the like. And I felt a very powerful call to include in my goal that I develop and maintain discernment about what I purchase with the knowledge of where it will end up. I felt like some kind of ritual was called for sending the highly changed pieces of the Earth back to the Earth. I haven’t come up with one yet but want to figure out something as I send items to the landfill this month. I just said “thank you” and “I am sorry” today.

    1. I hear ya. I lived in NYC for many years and they have a great recycling program there. Too easy! Now I’m in Las Vegas, New Mexico, (where Midnight Texas is filmed, and lots of movies and such you’ve seen) but despite our Hollywood connections it’s still a small town where’s it okay to keep horses in your backyard along with the chickens. I have to take paper out to the main garbage center where they have recycling bins set up. The rest of the stuff goes to the Highlands University drop off, where the students help me unload the car and I catch up on the news with the grizzly cool lady who is in charge of the students. It’s an eye opener.

    2. I know exactly what you mean Wren. We live rurally too! My husband carted the things we threw away to the landfill yesterday. Our landfill has a “recycling” center so the items that are in good shape will go there for someone who needs them. It’s amazing how letting go of these things lightens the energy and allows it to flow, both inside and outside your home.

      1. I do this every year and still, every year I am reminded how light (as you said) the living environment can be when you really get into the program.

  4. I washed all the dishes and reorganized 2 kitchen cabinets. I put all of the recycling outside instead of piling it up inside by the front door in the living room. (Eek!)I have to go to 2 recycling centers, we don’t have pick up here. It’s a bit of a chore to load up car and drop off, but neither one is very far, they’re actually very close, and I get to chat with the recycle crew. Found one extra sweater for the Big Brothers/Sisters drop off boxes. Big ;box of stuff waiting to go in. Goal is all this stuff out on Monday and to make Monday “release and reuse” day. Got dressed instead of living in my pajamas. Got up early. Didn’t do any of the good stuff,like rattle bath, etc, not because I didn’t want to, but because my space is not ready for it yet. Believe me, I want to, but the house spirits say not dressed like that( pajamas) and this house needs a total 360. Okay spirits we’re in this together.

  5. I am so happy that you are doing this again! 2018 has been one of the worst years of my life and I want to release, release, release because I absolutely do not want to carry the energy of this year into the next. You have helped me through some tough stuff with this program in previous years so I know this program will lead directly to a better 2019. So many of the prayers and rituals I do every day have been plucked from this program over the years so I also look forward to seeing what, if anything, will stick with me well into the next year. Thank you and blessed be!

  6. I’m so excited to do this. I ran around my bedroom and bathroom today clearing clutter like a madwoman and was surprised at how much clutter I had and hadn’t even realized it. And the three minutes went so quickly! I threw away something that inadvertently reminded me of an old love and again, I didn’t realize it until this evening when I felt compelled to toss the little stuffed toy. I’m really excited to see what other things open up because of this. Thank you, Silver, you have already helped me in so many ways in my life!

  7. I’m so happy to be doing this again this year! I have my main goal and the other 4 written down. Set up an altar next to my tree this year. Trees have always brought me peace. Thank you!

  8. I’m so excited to do this again! Living in Ireland with the darkness creeping in (day ends by 4) its so helpful to keep this positive vibe going all month. Thank you so much for ALL that you do ❤ . (Laurie Ross)

  9. Thank you for this opportunity I just found it through Facebook today so I will have to catch up in the next couple days

  10. Hello Silver & Great Release community, I am so glad that it started. Missed out the first 2 days, was not on the computer, but I decluttered. So happy & very thankful for your Gift Silver

  11. I have been plodding away on the program. On Saturday I had 6 inches cut off my hair. I wanted to let go in many ways. My symbol is the Phoenix. I am a Scorpio and I need to come up out of the ashes of the last 7 years. I am in the midst of redoing the Feng Shui to my front door porch and yard. I brought a bird bath out from a hidden corner of the yard to the front. This is the foot stool to the house but it is also a place for my Phoenix to land. I bought wreathes for the doors for protection and good luck. I put on in the SE corner, garage door and by the front door. I am waiting for someone to help me put my holiday one that is in storage on the front door and one on the side gate. The timing for this program was right on the money for me. You started me on my journey with your first book in the early 1990s. You help set the core of my spirituality at that time. I have enjoyed a variety of your books so THANK YOU! for this program. I will share on each week my progress. I am on catch up right now.

  12. I have many of your books. You have helped me on my journey. How can I see the rest of your Great Release program? I love day 1

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