Circle One: Consigne and the 21 Bathes of Dissolution
The Consignee is to help the candidate begin to focus inwardly, without distractions, without the noise of the mundane world. The bathes of Dissolution further this feeling of disconnecting from the world. Cold, clear water is infused with fresh herbs, oils and perfumes. Each bath removing a layer of yourself, peeling away all the grit and grime of your mundane life, rinsing off another part of you away, until the very essence of who you are is all that remains. You are mort - dead - when all is completed.
Circle Two: Bat Guerre - Making War to Strengthen you
The night journey has begun, the Lwa begin to descend and there are many Spirits that you will meet along the way. Each one will challenge you in ways you can not imagine. To help keep you strong, your own spirits must be engaged in the journey, coaxed into accompanying you along the way. The Bat Guerre is the sacred dance with the Lwa, so that They will accept your invitation to come along, as passengers on the Boat of the Dawn. The work is rigorous, and the people engage the spirits in battle far into the night.
Circle Three: Chire Ayizan - Purification of the Work
Having metaphorically died to this life, you begin the night journey to your new one. Kanzo is a huge undertaking of resurrection. But in order to come back, first you must go. So the question becomes ~ Where do you go? To the underworld, to experience the Boat of Ra as it makes its journey through the night time of your soul, until resurrection at dawn creates you anew. To take this journey, you are prepared, blessed and consecrated. The Chire Ayizan is performed, to cleanse you so that you may step upon the deck of Ra’s boat. To guide you, so that you do not become lost and to help you with the challenges you will meet along the way.
Circle Four: Brule Zin - Alchemy of the Ancestors
As you travel through the Night, the challenges and questions that you encounter are all designed to create a strong and brave resiliency in your soul. To resurrect is a true rebirth into a new life. But having spent the greater part of the journey in darkness, you must seek the blessings of the Ancestors to rise to your new life. To do so you must become one with the Ancestors, for you will be their vessel of communication in your new life. This is not for the faint of heart! The actions of the Brule Zin (literally fire in the zins) are meant as a final test of your Will and your Heart. Your bravery will be rewarded with resurrection in the morning.
Circle Five: Leve Kanzo - Resurrection and Resolve
You have completed the Night journey. You were challenged and answered correctly, the questions put to you. You now face into the rising sun, taking your vows and the oath of your office before stepping out into the light of a new day. The coolness is refreshing, the sunlight blazing and the voices sing your praise. You are risen, renewed and set forth into the world to begin the work you have chosen. Congratulations! You are Kanzo!