A regular, daily practice has been a cornerstone rite for many practitioners across the ages; a touchpoint to reconnect the witch with zer path, tutelary spirits & gods, and most importantly zerself. Many extol the virtues of this type of work, yet initiating and maintaining such a practice is often daunting. To begin, the two key generative forces that should be employed when gestating one’s daily working are gnosis and aesthetics, tempered by efficient simplicity.
In the initial creation of a daily practice, many witches become deeply concerned with the appropriate amount of time that they should be devoting to the work. Often (typically due to unfounded fears) witches feel that unless generous time is allotted for a daily working, it will prove meaningless. In truth, especially for those new to a daily praxis, immense value can be gained from the creation of a simple working that runs five minutes or less (including setup).
While this may seem preposterously short for those with deep devotion to their path, it is notably better than not devoting any daily time at all. Further, attempting to begin a new daily praxis which requires larger amounts of time can result in scheduling complications for those with busy lives.
Additionally, a daily praxis should initially be founded in simplicity - requiring little more than the witch’s breath and devotion to the work. While it may evolve over time to incorporate all manner of regalia and splendor, it is best to have a core seed that the witch can practice at any time, in any conditions.
Gnosis & Aesthetics
The ideal daily practice is deeply personal and meaningful to the witch zerself - being built around gnosis generated in congress with one’s path, spirit, and gods while also having a deeply appealing aesthetic.
Determining which points of gnosis a daily practice should revolve around can initially be tricky. There may be many notable touchpoints which tie the witch to zer path: holy geometric shapes, the name of a deities / spirits, ritualistic acts, sacred gestures, tools & regalia, etc. Utilizing the aforementioned suggestion of efficient simplicity, the witch is encouraged to initially build a simple foundation for their daily praxis (e.g.: light a candle, perform a gesture, speak the name of one’s deities, then extinguish the flame).
Other witches may discover themselves at a loss for what to use as the foundation for their daily working. Adoption of a suggested daily praxis (such as the one listed below) can be useful here - so long as the witch doesn’t stagnate, allowing the adopted praxis to become personal and evolve over time. Alternatively, for those not wishing to adopt the work of another, the witch could build a daily praxis on a simple affirming statement of their witchcraft (e.g.: “I am a witch”) followed by an act which concretizes this statement into reality (e.g.: burning incense).
While simple acts like the ones above may seem frivolous, they are anything but. Establishing a regular connection to one’s path, no matter how modest the rite, can provide immense value to the practitioners who commit to the work. Additionally, no matter the elements involved, the witch should ensure the aesthetics of their daily ritual draw them further into the work. The witch who is compelled by love for their praxis will reap a bountiful harvest.
A healthy daily practice is never truly “finished,” but continually evolves over time to best suit the witch and zer cosmos. While there is value in rooting a praxis in repetition, cementing the daily work into a set liturgy can often lead to stagnation - which regularly causes witches to abandon their daily working altogether.
Instead, the witch is encouraged to allow their working to evolve over time - shifting to suit them, their path, and the spirits & gods. Utilizing gnosis the witch may add or remove elements over time, therein ensuring the rite stays fresh, potent, and relevant.
Additionally, the space provided by the daily working can be fertile ground to experiment and improvise within one’s path - allowing the witch to test out new ideas and methodologies as they rise up from inspiration and curiosity. As with all explorations the witch is encouraged to utilize repetition and divination to ascertain both short and long-term value gained or lost.
What follows is a simple devotional that can be adopted by members of the Wandering Coterie for use in their daily praxis. It is designed to be spoken or whispered aloud, with the words in [brackets] being whispered or uttered internally.
- Call to the Crossroads
As a keeper of the first flame, and witch of the Wandering Coterie, I _______ call to you, Ka'herin Ta'al [Ze of the Crossroads].
With Shay Ba’new [love for all] I have come to walk your crooked path.
Starlight inflamed, I ask Herin Tha’esh [Ze of the Skeleton Key] to open forth the way.
- Establishing the Axis and Space
May I find Oudeira [the Great Tree] and be encircled by Adraxen [the Great Dragon].
- Call to the Compass Round
May the spirits of this place, as guided by Herin Va’een, [additional spirits if appropriate] join me [may love radiate through all that is].
May Ka'vee Sha'et [the fox], Ka'et Ae'eh'ka [the hare], Ka'rray Moon'a [the toad], Ka'foon Da'narr [the raven], join me.
- Calls to the Deities of the Season
May Anin Casena [the Verdant Wilds] / Braeh Eruna [the Scarlet Beast] / Anin Vadera [the Verdant Wilds] / Braeh Kacara [the Scarlet Beast] join me.
May Anin Pextera / Braeh Azara [the Verdant Wilds / the Scarlet Beast] and the Ancestors / Stars join me [may love radiate through all that was / will be].
- Call to the Mirror
May the Stars / Ancestors as guided by Braeh Azara / Anin Pextera [the Scarlet Beast / the Verdant Wilds] join me [may love radiate through all that will be / was].
- Call to the Guardian
Under the loving gaze of Herin Za’at [Ze of the Blade],
May we thrive,
So we may help others!
- Manifesting the Intention
A’kah, Za’kah! Jez Ka’bar!
Additional Notes & Suggestions
- Energetically cleanse (e.g.: utilizing the Arte of Prime) prior to the working.
- While it’s intended to be spoken (or whispered) aloud, the devotional can be said as a part of mindful internal reflection if oral recitation is not possible or desired.
- Pair the devotional with ritual actions (e.g.: lighting a candle, burning incense, etc.), gestures (e.g.: Witch’s Heart, Arte of the Forged Threshold), tools / regalia, etc. as so called.
- Utilize visualizations (improvised or scripted) when speaking the entity names.
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