Everyday Magick: How to Add Magick to Your Daily Life
Magick in the Mundane
Many people want to know how to bring magick into their lives on a daily basis. The image of a magical life in their heads is often of a robed priest or priestess, dancing around a bonfire in the woods under the full moon, chanting and performing an elaborate ritual of some kind. While this can be a very fulfilling and beautiful experience, and one that everyone should have at some point in their lives, it isn't reality when it comes to living a magickal life.
Let's face it. Life is busy af. We are all just trying to make our way in this world, and this includes daily routines like caring for our families, going to work, going to school, cleaning the house, running errands, and more. These daily routines can seem severely mundane and un-magickal; however, it takes a shift in perspective to see how the mundane can become magickal. You can incorporate magick into your daily life simply by being mindful and putting a little extra effort into your every day life. You don't have to perform an elaborate ritual every day to be connected with the Universe/Divine/the gods! There are simple ways, which I plan to show you.
Drink & Eat Magick!
What is one thing we all have to do that we can't avoid? Eat and drink to survive! Most of us really enjoy drinking and eating, but sometimes it can actually seem like a chore. We rush through our lunch breaks or we eat breakfast on-the-go, and the privilege of eating good food can sometimes be taken for granted.
The first suggestion into making magick a daily practice is to be mindful and grateful for your food! In being mindful of what you are eating and drinking, take a few minutes to thank the Universe/gods/Divine for giving us the ability to reap the earth's benefits. Next, think about the ingredients you are eating - do these ingredients have magical properties? Of course they do! Do you know their magical properties? If you don't, write down the food and make it a point to look it up later when you have time. Drink more herbal tea. Drink more water.
If you are the cook of the family, an easy and fun way to incorporate magick into your daily life is magickal cooking! Again, identify the ingredients going into the dish and identify their magical properties. You can also think about how they physically nourish the body. If you are stirring something, stir in a spiral going clockwise and put intentions of health, love, peace, etc. into the dish as you stir it. If you enjoy cooking with herbs and spices, add an herb or spice to the dish that has a specific intention you'd like to manifest. For example, using rosemary to flavor your chicken and bring vitality and health to the household!
Another suggestion, if you have the space and time is to grow your own herbs and spices to use in your meals. You don't have to have a whole garden to do this. All you need is a couple of pots, soil, herbs (or seeds to start the herbs), sunlight and water. You can snip some of the fresh herbs right off the plant and use them in your cooking. Talk about making the mundane, meal-cooking chore a magickal adventure! Cooking gets a whole lot more fun, trust me!
Simple Rituals: Candles, Incense, Prayer
Rituals don't have to be detailed and drawn out. They can be simple and can be incorporated into your daily routine.
Something as simple as lighting a red candle in your kitchen to honor the hearth goddesses while you are cooking dinner is a perfect way to add magick to your daily life. Light a white candle in the morning and say a small prayer or affirmation for the day.
Light an incense on your altar as an offering for your deities and/or ancestors.
Play some relaxing music at any time during the day to relax and re-connect: nature sounds, Tibetan singing bowls, Native American music, Celtic flutes, etc.
Instead of sitting inside during your lunch break, get outside and go for a walk or sit on a park bench under a tree. Simply observe nature all around you - the sky, the sun, the trees, birds, bugs, people walking by, etc. On a nice day, open the windows and let the fresh air in!
These are all small things you can do to bring more magick into your life on a daily basis...to shake up the monotony and help ground yourself.
Something as simple as lighting a red candle in your kitchen to honor the hearth goddesses while you are cooking dinner is a perfect way to add magick to your daily life!— Nicole Canfield
Responsibilities Made Magickal
Let's all admit that some of the things we have to do on a daily basis are not only boring but they get old. So why not make those things less boring by adding some magick? I've already discussed how to make cooking and eating/drinking more magickal, but what are some other responsibilities that could be spiced up a bit?
Cleaning the house? Ugh. I know. Not always the funnest. Why not practice visualization when you are vacuuming? Imagine the negative energy being sucked up into the vacuum and out of your house. Sweep the negative energy out the back door, visualizing as you do so. Use your own homemade floor washes and herbal floor sweeps to bring abundance of health and success to your household. Don't know how to make floor washes and sweeps? Google it! It's an easy way to make cleaning fun and magickal. When you clean the mirrors, counters, etc. wipe in a counter-clockwise motion to un-do any negative energy build-up. Wipe in a clockwise motion to bring something positive into your household. After you've finished cleaning the house, open the windows or door and give it a good smudging to cleanse the energy completely!
Does the drive to work leave you frustrated and tired? How about listening to relaxing music that helps you connect or maybe an audio-book that dives into your spiritual studies? Open the window on a nice day and let the fresh air into your car. When you're at a stop-light (only when you're stopped!) look around at the license plates and see if you can divine a message from the gods. You'd be surprised how the universe/gods will talk to you through the most mundane of things and places! Practice a chant on your drive to work and show up to work relaxed and/or energized.
Going grocery shopping? As you walk through the aisles, try to focus on the magickal properties of some of the foods you see. Make a spontaneous purchase of an offering that you feel your gods/ancestors would enjoy.
© 2018 Nicole Canfield