The purpose of ritual is transformation. This could be as profound as the transformation from dead to alive, from acorn to oak tree, from caterpillar to butterfly, from fish to amphibian to land animal. Or it could be as simple and humble as the transformation of dough into bread, or paper into a book, or cold water into hot infused tea – steam rising from the mug in front of you. From unhappy to fulfilled. The best kinds of rituals leave us very different than when we began.
When are you transformed? When do you wish for transformation? What transforms you?
Art journal spread Fish Out of Water, January 2006. Wax crayon and collage on paper.