In the case of conducting a ritual in the forest without prepared firewood, only dead trees and fallen branches can be used. A ritual fire is never ignited with paper or an igniting mixture. The fire should be ignited either from a juniper branch, dry grass, birch bark, small twigs, or from a beeswax candle. This method is convenient when the firewood is damp, as the natural base of the beeswax candle permeates the damp wood and helps ignite the fire.
The location for the bonfire is chosen purposefully. The best places for rituals are where the river, rock, and forest come together. If such a place is not available, it is good to use the confluence of rivers or find places on the riverbank or near gnarled trees. Knots on trees and shamanic trees only exist in places of power, the very places where a shaman can perform a ritual. Finding or growing a shamanic tree is a great blessing for any shaman, as it allows one to connect with the place, draw strength and knowledge from it. Two or more different trees growing from the same root are called a shamanic tree.
The place where you will conduct the ritual must be cleared of any kind of rubbish; a sacred fire is not lit on a garbage heap. After gathering firewood, it should be smudged with juniper or other sacred herbs counterclockwise at least 3 times. It is crucial to know that the spirits from the previous bonfire will come to your ritual through the coals, and one can only imagine what was done on that bonfire. Therefore, before any ritual, it is mandatory to remove the ashes and coals from previous bonfires.
If the location is new and the first bonfire will belong to you, it is essential to sprinkle the place for the bonfire generously with tobacco and powdered incense. This will create a stronger connection with the fire and the location.