It seems everyone’s talking about daily morning rituals. I don’t know about you, but as a mother, my mornings are pretty busy. So my quiet spiritual time is typically in the late evenings. Not to mention, some folks just aren’t morning people. Are you ready to add more spirituality and magick to your evenings? Here we detail our favorite daily evening rituals for busy witches and pagans.
Sure, the sun rises in the morning and provides it’s own special kind of magick. But the sun sets in the evening, it’s rays kissing the land with warmth and displaying a beautiful array of colors. As the sun sets, we say goodbye to the day and welcome the night. The evening time is liminal: it’s not quite day time nor is it quite night time yet. And when we work magick or perform ritual in a liminal time, it is that much easier to pierce the spiritual veil and see through to the Otherworld. Working magick in the evening is a great way to harness the sun’s energy, work with spirits like the fae, and prepare for night.
Why is it important to take time out daily for yourself and your spiritual practice? Well, you spend most of your time during the day working and helping others. Which definitely helps you grow as a person, but if you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Just by taking 15 minutes every evening to practice a simple pagan ritual, you’re clearing your mind and opening your spirit to growth.
Depending on your work schedule and who’s around in the evenings, adjust these rituals to meet your personal lifestyle and needs. Or create your own. If you’re a mom or caregiver and can’t “get away” from your family members or loved ones, include them. Most of these daily evening rituals are child and family friendly. What kid wouldn’t benefit from a nature walk, gardening time, mindful dinners or reading a book with their parents?
Don’t have time in the morning to get outside for a quick walk? Try taking a nature walk in the evening. After the dinner rush and everyone’s homework is done, get outside during the twilight hours and enjoy what nature has to offer. If you can catch the sunset, even better! It’ll relax you, provide exercise, and help you connect to your pagan path.
If you’re anything like me, I’m too busy in the mornings or during the day to spend a few minutes at my altar. So I typically add my altar time to my evenings. I light a candle or incense and refresh my offerings to my ancestors and gods. I might also say a quick prayer. Tailor this daily evening ritual to fit your needs and preferences.
If you have a garden, the evening is a wonderful time to water them. Again, it gets you outside and connects you with the plants in your garden. Plus, the water is more likely to soak into the ground rather than evaporate during the hot summer months. While you’re watering, check for new growth, new wildlife, etc.
One of my favorite daily evening rituals for witches and pagans involves a delicious cup of hot tea. Heating the kettle, selecting the herbs, and brewing the tea is a ritual in and of itself. Then hold the hot cup in your hands and curl up in your favorite chair for a relaxing moment. While drinking your evening tea…
Another great daily ritual is to do a one-card reading for yourself. This can be tarot, oracle or even runes. Whatever divination you prefer. Ask a question, pull a card, and meditate on the answer. Leave the card or rune on your altar until the following day and replace. Sometimes the message will even unfold in your dreams that night or throughout the next day. You’d be amazed.
Isn’t it nice when the kids are in bed, the pets are fed, and you can take a relaxing bath before bed? Yes, one of my favorite daily evening rituals is a long ritual bath. Add some herbs, salt, crystals and candles. Pop open a book OR set your intentions while bathing. Ritual baths can be used for: cleansing/banishing, healing, drawing love to yourself, self-love, drawing money/success, and of course rest. I also enjoy listening to relaxing music and having a glass of wine from time to time.
Before bed, it’s best to turn off the electronics. Electronics such as TV, smart phones or tablets often trick our brains into thinking it’s still day time. This means it’s harder to fall asleep at night. SO exchange the TV time for reading time. Choose a witchy or pagan book as part of your daily evening rituals to grow your spirituality. And you’ll sleep better!
We live in a world where everything is rushed. Many of us even rush through cooking dinner, eating it and then cleaning up after. Instead of rushing, when you have time, take your time. Put thought into the ingredients you use. Sit down and have a meal with your family, together, with the TV off. Have the whole family clean up after the meal is over. This is a great daily evening ritual to bring everyone together and bring more love into the household.
I keep an essential oil diffuser in my bedroom next to my bed. At night, before going to sleep, I diffuse lavender or eucalyptus oil for peaceful, relaxing vibes. It eases me into sleep and makes me feel extra witchy! It’s the perfect daily evening ritual to end my day. You should try it.
Before falling asleep at night, pray to your ancestors or gods. Thank them for everything you have in life. Even if you just lay in bed and think of all the things you’re grateful for, you’ll be a happier person the next morning! This is a free, simple daily evening ritual anyone can do.
Since the evening is a liminal time, it’s also considered a twilight period. The faeries are particularly active during the twilight hours, including in the evening. Sit outside and just be open to receiving. You may feel or even see a faery dancing in the setting sun’s rays. In addition, providing offerings in your garden for the fae or on a faery altar is appropriate as an evening ritual.
This seems like a mundane task. And it is. But it’s also extremely magical. In the evening, sweep your front porch from right to left to remove any negative energy that may have entered the household during the day. Sweeping the front porch is like re-setting the energy to allow positive energy to flow overnight and the next day. Place your broom by the front door with the bristles up. Keeping the broom bristles up brings good luck and health.
It might sound cliché or silly, but journaling is so important for one’s mental health. And it’s empowering in one’s spiritual life. Journal about your day, any magical experiences or results manifesting from spells, omens and signs. I also keep a dream journal that I enjoy reviewing in the evening just before bed. This sometimes leads to even more prophetic dreams that night. This is such a relaxing and enlightening evening ritual every pagan should try. If anything just for the little bit of quiet time with no electronics.
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