A microritual is a sacred action that takes ten minutes or less to do. They can be performed daily as part of a personal practice or just for the sabats and esbats. They’re intended to deepen one’s connection to deity, the elements, and the Wheel of the Year. Think of them as your annual devotional. There are so many different options, but here are a few examples:
- The Candle Ritual: Light a consecrated candle daily while saying an affirmation or prayer. Also can be done with a stick of incense. To quote Ina Garden, how easy is that?
- Meditation: Studies have shown that even a five minute daily session can have positive, long term effects on the mind, body, and spirit. If you’re new to the practice, starting with smaller sessions will help your cultivate the long term habit.
- Daily Offerings: To show your gratitude, offer a little food and drink to the God and Goddess every day.
- Morning, Evening, and Before Meal Blessings: Send up a short prayer for assistance or to show thanks.
- The Shower Cleanse: For the last minute or so of your bath or shower, use that time to visualize any negativity or bad vibes you’ve picked up rinsing off your body with the running water. You can even put a few drops of an appropriate essential oil at the bottom of the shower to add a little aromatherapy action.
For a sabat or esbat, you can adapt microrituals for the specific event. Here are just a few examples:
- Draw Down the Moon on the Full Moon: Just sit in the full moon and soak up its energies. You can do the same thing in the sun any day of the week.
- Sow Seeds of Intent on the New Moon: Plant some fast growing seeds (such as cat grass) in a small pot visualizing a goal.
- Read a Sabat Myth: On holidays when you have a million other commitments to juggle, here’s an easy idea. Just sit somewhere comfortable and read aloud a story related to the sabat. Some of them can be found in Starhawk et al.’s Circle Round. Others can be found on the Internet or mythology books.
© Ariadne Woods
Sources, Inspiration, and Further Reading:
To Walk the Pagan Path by Alaric Albertsson
Everyday Witchcraft by Deborah Blake