Let me preface this by saying that I am by no means a perfect Pagan. I miss Sabbats, Esbats, I forget to do my daily practices, I get caught up in life just like the rest of us. However, in my time as a practicing Pagan I have discovered a few things that help me maintain regular contact with the divine. This month’s Spell Casting and Crafting column is going to be about ways to work magick and spellcraft into your every day life.
The first tip I have for you is to make the mundane magickal. In my opinion, when doing ritual you don’t always have to pull out all of the stops and include all of the bells and whistles. It is definitely a nice element and adds atmosphere to what you’re doing, but I don’t feel it is necessary one hundred percent of the time. So this means small every day things could be turned into acts of magick and spell craft. For example, when you’re showering in the morning you might do a visualization of negativity and bad vibes being cleaned from you, carried down the drain with the water and back to the earth. When getting a hair cut, it might be a good time to consider that an act of cutting ties with the past, of with what no longer serves you to make room for fresh growth. Dusting the house with the windows open might be an act of removing stale energy from your world and inviting in fresh spring renewal. If you’re a coffee drinker like me, you might consider stirring your morning cup in a clockwise motion and inviting productive energy into your day and life. Little, every day routines can be powerful intentions set into motion if you want it to be. If you have an interest in taking this a step further, I’d suggest looking into kitchen witchcraft or hedge witchcraft to learn about cooking and feeding yourself and your loved ones with positive intent and magick.
My next thought on this matter is using the “in between times” effectively. We all have bits of down time throughout the day and this can be used in a magickal way. How long is your commute to and from work? Might be a good time for speaking out loud to the divine (however you see it) and praying. How about those last twenty minutes on your lunch hour…do you have some prayer beads you could recite? At the end of the night when I am winding down I like to light the candles on my altar that I have dedicated to the God and Goddess. Regardless of what I am working on (magickal or not) this sets a nice mood and is a beautiful visual reminder of my connection to them. Maybe this might work for you too?
Now, if these tips are still not helping, you might want to consider actually scheduling in time for your spiritual self. Relationship experts suggest planning in “date nights” and time to be with your partner, so maybe doing the same for your spiritual life could help? A few nights of the week set aside fifteen minutes to meditate or make time to read a book about something “witchy” or magickal each night as you settle into bed. Put the Sabbats and Esbats on your calendar and observe them to the best of your ability.
The last tip I have for you is to set up small altars where you can, carry stones in your pocket (or if you’re like me, in your bra!), clear an area of your desk at work for a mini altar (that isn’t too obtrusive or screams for attention), carry tokens and symbols, etc. The more you surround yourself with visual reminders of your path, the easier it will be to keep it at the front of your thoughts. They say “out of sight, out of mind” and we know this to be true. So having small tokens and areas that display your path can be helpful in this regard. Plus, having a little desk space at work for some magickal items will make using those extra minutes on your lunch hour for your spirituality even easier.
Good luck, my readers and I hope these tips help you incorporate your spirituality into your mundane life. If you really want to do something, no one can stop you and I know you can do this.