Its been quite some time since I’ve actively practiced my craft, and getting back into the swing of things has been very bumpy; especially now that I live in a bustling urban centre. This Summer Solstice was a long time coming and holds a very special place in my heart as it was my first ritual in a few years.
I’m not going to tell you that I planned every detail, or that everything went perfect and I had everything ready to go for days beforehand. To be very honest with you all, I was flying by the seat of my pants basically the whole time, just trying to figure out what felt right. This can be extremely difficult when reading the blogs and forums because there is a very specific type of witchcraft in mind, and sometimes the community can be less than inviting. As someone who doesn’t worship any sort of deity, its almost impossible to find any sort of guidance; that’s what I want this blog to provide, for myself and others. As I navigate every new corner of my identity within witchcraft and my secular, non-theistic practice, I want to help others navigate their own journeys as well.
My ritual yesterday evening was rushed, and unplanned, and I had no idea if it would work out, I baked a box lemon cake, with a lemon cream cheese frosting, and a from concentrate fruit juice, slapped everything together and smudged with sage; it makes me sound like a terrible witch, but at the end of it all, it was one of the best rituals I’ve ever done. I followed my gut, and just did what felt right in the moment; for a first step, I think it’s commendable. Following your gut instinct is important, I think especially when it comes to ritual practice; if it doesn’t feel right, is the intent really in the right space? Even with something a simple as a celebration of the season, making sure that you are practicing for yourself, and only yourself, with no mind to what “real witches” think you need to achieve a “real ritual” is so important. At the end of the day, your path is your own.
There is no “right way” to practice, and there is definitely no “right way” to start. If you’ve never done a ritual before and you’ve stumbled across this post in a search for instruction, my best advice is to just make it up as you go; see how it feels and let the ritual be organic.
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