On my own magickal path, I prefer structure and order. Nothing is done randomly. Everything has a reason and a purpose. On the other hand, I’m not fond of doing things by rote, just because “that’s how it is done”. When you find yourself just saying words and going through the motions, it’s time for a change. Routine can be a double-edged sword. Structure and order are good, and I usually do plan ahead for my rituals and magickal workings, but one must allow some flexibility within the structure.
There are times when I feel led by my deities and guides to do something I had not previously planned, but when this occurs, it still falls perfectly into place. Sometimes there are unexpected things. I have had dreams about people in trouble, strangers, and then suddenly find myself wide awake in the wee hours of the morning, with a strong urgency to get up immediately and do magick for their protection and healing. I rarely know who the people are. There are some things you can’t plan for in advance. If you have a strong connection to your deities and spirit guides, and make yourself available to them, you may be called upon in the same way. The more you work with them and follow their guidance, the stronger the bond.
I have met some witches and pagans who don’t really have an established personal practice. They just sort of coast along and do things in a scattered, casual, random way, never really learning or growing. Everyone’s schedules are different, so not everyone can follow the same routine, the same plan. A good way to start learning is to develop a magickal schedule that works for you. You might have to make it work, but over time it will get easier. Stick to it as best you can, but allow room for unplanned things. Make sure you have something scheduled for every day of the week. It can be in the morning or in the evening, but it must be something you can devote 100% of your attention to for at least 1 hour every day. The idea is to bring many aspects of magick into your daily life until you reach a point when you are no longer just doing magick, you are living magick.
In other words, they are not things you should only be doing in the car on the way to work, or while you’re working, or while you’re watching TV or making dinner. If you are really serious about your magickal growth, you will make the time and not view them as a chore. Darn I’m strict, aren’t I?
It might mean you’ll need to get up an hour earlier, or re-arrange your day so you will have time to accomplish the magickal tasks you have set for yourself. Keep a magickal journal to track your progress.
Below is an example of a simple weekly magickal schedule. Eventually you can add more things to your practice each day.
MEDITATION MONDAY: Spend at least 30 minutes to 1 hour in meditation, doing breathing exercises, creative visualization, chakra healing or other meditative work. If you are new to meditation, purchase some guided meditations on CD to help you get started. Light a candle and some incense to help you achieve the proper mindset.
TAROT TUESDAY: Purchase a tarot deck and practice using it, doing readings for yourself and others. Study the cards and their meanings. For beginners, a daily 3-card spread is usually a good way to start. The more accustomed you become to the tarot, the more often you will use it.
WISDOM WEDNESDAY: Purchase some books about the magickal arts, and read at least one chapter. Find authors who write about the magickal things you are drawn to. Crystals? Wicca? Herbal Magick? Read all you can about what you’re interested in. Over time, you will find yourself reading several days a week. Don’t just read these books, put into practice what you learn from them.
THERAPY THURSDAY: Learn about the various forms of alternative healing, and consider which ones you might be good at yourself. Do some work with crystals or aromatherapy oils. Learn about Reiki and the Chakras. Make your own candles or herbal soaps.
FLOWER FRIDAY: Study the magickal and medicinal uses of herbs, flowers and plants. Plant your own magickal herb garden. Learn about the traditional plants and herbs used in Witchcraft. Visit a local nursery and pick out the plants you would like to use in your magick. Take them home and do some research on their magickal qualities.
SCRYING SATURDAY: Purchase a scrying mirror, a pendulum, or a crystal ball and spend an hour practicing your divination skills. Learn how others use these techniques.
SPIRITUAL SUNDAY: Study the various gods and goddesses of ancient mythology. Which pantheon interests you? Egyptian? Norse? Celtic? Learn about animal totems and spirit guides, and how to invite them into your life.
These are just some suggestions for planning a weekly magickal schedule. If there are other magickal topics you would rather focus on, use them instead. I personally do several different things on a daily basis, but I make it a point to do something every day. I use my home altar every day to connect with my deities and guides. I do daily tarot readings to get guidance and direction. I make it a point to do some kind of magickal study every night (I’m currently studying a wonderful book about the Celtic goddess Cerridwen), and I have herbal projects that I work on a few times a week. Once you establish a routine of your own, you can re-arrange it or make changes that work better for you.
Don’t allow yourself to take a passive attitude where your magickal growth is concerned. Be proactive, and do something magickal every day.