- Religion and Philosophy
The importance of gratitude in magical workings
Why you should take time to thank the universe?
There are many reasons why you should take time in your magical workings to thank the universe and the deity. One important reason for me is so that I can count my blessings and realise that life is actually quite good, especially when I'm worrying about everything that I don't have or still haven't achieved. For all the things that are still left undone or lacking in my life, I have much to be grateful for. Performing the act of expressing gratitude for all that I have already received makes me recall and relive those wonderful blessings and memories. That in itself becomes then an added benefit of showing gratitude. Indeed, gratitude opens up your heart and allows more good things to enter your life.
I'm also realising that the time I spend thinking and worrying about the lack in my life only makes that come to me all the quicker. So be grateful!
Be grateful for what you have, and be grateful for what you are about to have. Don't think about how or when or through whom it is coming to you - just thank the universe. We are so lucky - we live in a world and universe that is abundant. Believe!
Another reason to say thank you or show appreciation is so that you make deity realise that you appreciate all that you have been given. It seems to me to be bad karma to just keep taking, even if it is from the ever abundant universe and the most generous Lord and Lady without sometimes stopping to tell them a simple thank you. In my mind, even the most generous spirit likes to feel that they are not just being used, but also thanked and appreciated.
According to Marcus Tullius Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.”
In magic, the best day of the week to perform a spell or working to express gratitude is Monday. The best time of day is first thing in the morning at 5 am, although noon, 7 pm or any time in the evening when the moon is waxing or full is also good. Do not do this during the time of the waning moon. However, if you need to be express your gratitude and the time is not right - don't worry. Just thank the universe then and repeat your gratitude when the moon shifts to the more appropriate time as well. Nothing bad can come of gratitude. Too much does not exist.
The corresponding colour for spell-work is white, the element is silver and the appropriate planet is the moon. The symbol most appropriate are circular objects or fruit. The appropriate crystal is a snow quartz while the herb is saffron.
For all the Wiccans and witches out there, here is a simple spell of gratitude. Feel free to make any changes you like to this basic spell.
Thank you divine Mother/blessed universe/as appropriate
You will need to first prepare and decorate your work surface or altar with some of your chosen ingredients. Based on the correspondents, some choices might include, any silver items like jewellery, one silver candle and one white candle, a small posy of white flowers, a bowl of fruits, a dish of coins or even a piece of snow quartz.
When you are ready, cast your circle. Imagine energy filling you in the form of a bright light. Breath out all the negativity and doubt, complaints and troubles that are on your mind. Allow yourself to relax.
Once that is done, invoke the four quarters as usual. However, to your usual opening calling, add,
May the element of air accept my gratitude for the many gifts I have received.
Similarly, when calling fire, water and earth, repeat this line as appropriate.
Once you have called the quarters call the Lord and the Lady or deity in your usual fashion. Then light the white candle and meditate on the divine. In your mind give thanks for all that you have, everything that makes your life wonderful be it friends, your lovers, your pet or even just the lovely summer days you enjoyed while on holiday this past year.
Next light your silver candle and standing in front of your altar, raise your arms high above your head and say,
I thank the Goddess for her Blessings
I thank the Goddess for her Gifts
Gentle Mother with your power
You have filled my life with my heart's desire
So today I give you thanks
In the hope that more shall come to pass.
And it harm none, so mote it be!
Once this is done, sit in your circle and continue to think about everything that is wonderful in your life. Remember all the good times, the happy events with friends from years ago. Allow yourself to be filled with joy and gladness at the sheer abundance of the universe.
When you have finished, allow your candle to burn out. Do not blow it out. If you must, snuff it or use your fingers to pinch out the flame.
Then as you begin to close your circle in your usual way, thank each of the elements, and add,
I thank the element of air for the blessings and gifts I have been given.
I do hope you practice some gratitude and that you feel the benefits of performing such a ritual. If you do, or have performed something similar, I would really be pleased to hear from you and learn from you. Brightest blessings and love.
Just an add on - recently I've begun making a list of everything I am grateful for each day. I try to write down ten things - and I must assure you that I'm starting to get excited each morning about my list. There's so much to think about, so much to appreciate.