I grew up fascinated by ancient myths and legends. I started studying paganism seriously in 2013 and was initiated into a coven in 2016.
Formal pagan rituals take time—they need to be researched, written, prepared and finally performed. Modern life is busy, and people have so many commitments. Finding the time and energy for a formal ritual is often difficult. Due to time and energy restraints, many pagans forgo formal rituals all together. But this doesn't mean you can't be a practicing pagan experiencing the energy of the Earth and relationships with the gods. Here is a list of easy informal pagan rituals you can perform on a daily basis to ground, center, connect and show gratitude.
1. Nature Walk
This is my personal favorite and so the first on the list. Taking a walk through nature is a great way to center your mind, connect with deity and put life into perspective. A key part of this ritual is to remove your shoes at some point so you can connect to the Earth. It doesn't really matter how long of a walk you take. If you can only spare 15 minutes once a week that's better than nothing. It's also great for your physical and mental health!
This is undoubtedly the easiest and quickest ritual to perform; it's similar to meditation but even easier. All it requires you to do is stop whatever you are doing, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Listen to the sounds around you, smell the air, feel the ground underneath you, appreciate the warmth of the sun. This is a great way to ground by allowing excess energy (which often manifests as stress, excitement or anger) to drain out of you. Stopping is a great ritual to combine with a nature walk by walking into a natural space and then stopping to ground in a quiet, comfortable space.
3. Make an Offering
The most 'religious' ritual on this list, this can be performed without even leaving your kitchen. Offerings are usually a small amount of food or drink kept aside from a meal to show gratitude to your particular deities or the universe in general for the abundance you are blessed with. Daily offerings are placed around a symbolic representation (often a statue) of your patron deity and refreshed at the beginning of every day.
I haven't approached the subject of magic or spells in any of my articles yet and trust me, it is definitely a subject that needs an article of it's own. But as an aside this ritual is a great example of sympathetic magic, or in simpler language 'like attracts like'. The offerings of abundance that you give to the gods attract abundance to you.
4. Plant a Tree
This ritual is rather self explanatory and a great way to connect with the energy of the Earth while giving back to the universe. Make sure you choose a tree species that suits your local climate and plant it in a location where it can grow up in peace. A simple blessing at the time of planting would also by advisable:
May Gaia accept this child
May her Earth support you
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May her Water nourish you
May Ouranos accept this child
May his Air help you breathe
May his Fire keep you warm
May your Spirit grow into magnificence
Depending on its location, as the tree grows it may create a nice ritual or meditation space. One that you created yourself!
Self-care is probably the hardest ritual on this list because we have been conditioned since childhood to put other people before ourselves. However, we help other people better when we are happy and healthy. As pagans, we believe that we carry deity within us, rather than fully externalizing it like most main stream religions. So by caring for ourselves we are also honoring the deity within us.
Self-care comes in numerous forms depending on what makes you happy and healthy. For me this includes reading books, watching movies, going for a swim, doing yoga and even just sleeping.
These are just five informal pagan rituals that can be performed any day of the week. Of course, there are many easy rituals beyond this list—these are simply my five favorites to get you thinking outside the box, or circle, as it may be.
These informal rituals are, however, not a full replacement for the education and experience that comes from creating—or even just attending—formal rituals. They should be used only as supplements whenever possible, with formal rituals still being performed and attended whenever time and resources allow.
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