Ritual for every day life...
My daily ritual has becoming extremely important to me. One of the first downloads I ever consciously received was about how the key to me stepping into my souls path lay in daily ritual and witch work. When I miss a day (or a few days) I can feel the inner workings of my being unraveling. I can feel my higher self jumping up and down and waving her arms while trying to hold it all together and keep my human body in line. This unraveling shows up in different ways, but I’m not going to get into that today. Suffice to say. It does not feel good. It does not feel like ‘me’.
Obviously, in this modern world, there are a lot of things to balance. Jobs, schedules, family, kids, romantic partners… The list goes on. It can be challenging to make the time for self. Below is my evening routine. This changes daily. Some times it takes 20 minutes, sometimes 2 hours.
The first thing I do is tie up loose ends. Does the dog need to go out? Have I forgotten that one email that really needs to be sent? You get the idea. These are things that are going to pop in your head and nag at you later. Next I take a shower. For me, a shower is a good signifier to the end of the day. And, as an empath and a sponge for other people’s emotions and crap, it’s really important for me to literally wash the day off. While I’m in the shower, I’m visualizing all the aspects of the day that have globbed onto me washing away with the water and going straight down the drain. If visualizing doesn’t work for you, simply making the agreement when you step under the water that all of the day’s shit is going to be washed away is affective too. This is all about intention.
Next, I lotion up and change into something I feel comfortable in. I don’t ever wear clothing at night that I’ve worn out in the world. Again, (for me) it’s that empath thing. I want to be physically and energetically clean.
From there, I’ll start creating my space. This changes daily, but is always an intuitive practice. Maybe that starts with making a pot of tea, or hydrating with straight water. Lighting an incense (I like frankincense for ritual) or some candles. Whatever.
Then I gather whichever tools I plan to use. Tarot cards (a must have for me), an oracle deck, gem stones, a pendulum, my journal, etc. Again, this is an intuitive thing. I try to not think too much about what I’m choosing. If you only feel called to grab your journal, great. Your higher-self is going to let you know what you need. So pick a few things and be done with it. **disclaimer, you don’t ‘need’ any of these things.
Next I lay all of my things out around me, creating my ‘circle’. Usually this means clearing a space for myself on the floor. Next I light some sage and allow the smoke to get all around me. Armpits, elbows, heart chakra, crown chakra. That seems to be my go to.
Now is the time for meditation. Usually I’m focusing on grounding myself into the earth and clearing out my chakras and aura (I ask my guides to help with this). This is also the time to bring up any questions you may have, or any thing you would like to focus on.
From there I dive into whatever divination tools I’ve brought into my circle. I read cards intuitively, so, sometimes that means pulling one, sometimes ten. Again, find your flow and go with it. There is no wrong or right way to do this. You can always pull more if you need clarity or more questions come up. You may want to jump straight into journaling. Again. Whatever!
When I’m feeling ready, I’ll get back into meditation. Sitting in gratitude for all that has just transpired. Filling my proverbial cup up with all that I will need for the next phase of my day/week/month; joy, calm, rest, love, abundance, etc. This is my indication that the ritual has concluded. Then I’ll stretch, and slowly re-enter the world. I try to stay off my phone for as long as possible, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. If I’m going to snap a photo to share, I’ll do it now after I’ve closed everything out.
If you’ve gotten this far, thank you for your commitment! If any part of this resonates with you, yay! Take what works and leave the rest. If not, thank you for taking the time to read. Please share your thoughts with me! I would love to hear them. Also, please know that this is just my interpretation of ritual in this moment. These practices have come from many different cultures, and I have the utmost gratitude for the wisdom of those that have come before me and allowed me the privilege to sit here and write this. I am always learning and changing, and I am so thankful for all of it. Happy witching!