Be a Grateful Witch: The Importance of Giving Thanks and Suggestions for Practice

Be a Grateful Witch: The Importance of Giving Thanks and Suggestions for Practice July 2, 2018

Giving thanks for all that we already have is an excellent addition to the cauldron of our witchery. A simple daily practice creates the energy of abundance and prosperity, things that I think every witch wants.

Gratitude is an important ingredient in the spell of effective witchery.  Background image: Three Witches from Macbeth by Daniel Gardner (public domain).

Being a Grateful Witch

I put a lot of thought and effort into my rituals and spells. But witchery doesn’t end when a working is finished. Creating an energetic field within me and around me that attracts “all good things” is an integral part of my daily practice. If there is one thing I know for sure (there’s only a few) is being grateful for what I already have is a sure-fire way to manifest abundance. Becoming aware of the many blessings present in my life helps to attune my personal energy to attract that which I seek. Expressing gratitude, in my opinion, should be part of our daily practices that I call the Witches’ Hour of Power. I think we should all be very thankful for identifying as witches and other sorts of magical people.

Mighty Hekate, Queen of the Witches,
Blessed am I,
To call myself one of Your chosen.

from: A Witches’ Prayer to Hekate

A daily gratitude practice creates an energetic field of plenty because it sharpens our appreciation of the great things we already have. I know all too well that life can be incredibly miserable. In difficult times, it’s even more important to do daily gratitude work. No matter how bad things are, like the saying goes, there is good in every day. Struggles made me strong, scarcity gave me resourcefulness, and knowing pain gave me both compassion and appreciation for pleasure. By sharing our gratitude with others, through writing a note or telling someone in person, we send them beneficial energy while creating it in ourselves.

The thing with a daily gratitude practice is that you’ll start to notice how much you already have. I love the quote below because it reminds me that I already have all that I need to not only get by, but to thrive. All the skills, talents and knowledge are already inside of me waiting to be applied.

Practice: Daily Gratitude Ritual

There’s countless ways that I could write about the impact of a daily gratitude practice on our lives and witchery. My personal understanding of the selves is inspired partly from shamanism and other traditions. This model of The Three Selves gives me a framework for understanding the three main energies that we have: feelings, thoughts and actions. Gratitude work is of the Lower Self since it is primarily emotional. For example, “I am grateful for the considerate way the cashier treated me,” is an emotional statement while “I am grateful that traffic was easy on the way home” is much more Middle Self because it refers to an action. Expressing gratitude for helpful advice or learning from a book are examples of Upper World energy. Play around with your gratitude statements. Explore how each one evokes a different feeling inside of you.

The daily gratitude practice that I’m suggesting is a simple ritual done in the evening, usually before bedtime. Use three candles of your choosing and write three gratitude statements in your journal. Then recite each statement as you light a candle. After the candles are lit, focus on the feeling of gratitude inside you. Envision it spreading out to the candles, infusing them with the feeling of being completely blessed. Somedays you’ll feel like there is an abundance of this energy. When this happens send it to those you are grateful for…and especially those you aren’t. I’m most grateful for the people that I now completely avoid because they were my greatest teachers. Difficult people, like tough times, are fertile gratitude ground.

Going Deeper: The Power of Offerings and Service

“When we make offerings to the energies, guides, deities or ancestors that we work with and honor, we are expressing something beyond gratitude. To me, these actions are a combination of affirmations and gratitude since these things exist within and without. Some people honor deities as a way of keeping away “bad” energy. This is not my personal practice. I stay away from that mindset entirely. I am grateful always for the blessings I have received.”

from The Sacred Seven: A Course in Applied Modern Witchcraft

 

 

 

A good way to get started with a thankful daily practice is by doing a gratitude wheel, like this one:

 

PS – I am even grateful for the the typo…it reminds me that perfection is not a requirement.

If you like this template, join The Witches’ Realm, my amazing group for which I am very grateful. This is included in the Summer Solstice Edition of Open Circle Magazine that’s available exclusively to Realm members. There’s no cost to join or to access the magazine or the rest of our great exclusive content. We have a Gratitude Circle every weekend.

Visit the main Keeping Her Keys page for more on gratitude and Applied Modern Witchcraft. And Hekate, to whom I am most grateful.

About Cyndi
Cyndi Brannen is a witch and spiritual teacher living the coastal life in rural Nova Scotia. She is a trained energetic healer, psychic and herbalist. Merging together her training in shamanism, Tarot, past life work, meditation and psychology, she teaches and writes about better living through witchcraft. She founded Open Circle Wellness about a decade ago which now offers online courses, including, The Sacred Seven: A Course in Applied Modern Witchcraft (currently available at keepingherkeys.com). She has written the forthcoming Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft. She is currently writing two books, one on The Sacred Seven and the second in her Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft series, this one about Under World energy, which includes Medea. Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft: The First Key is a year-and-a-day course that will start November 1. You can read more about the author here.
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