The Role of Gratitude In Witchcraft

[Visual Description: A folded brown paper bag tied with a red bow and a red heart with the words ‘Thank You!’ inside of it.]
Lots of witches fail to realize that gratitude plays a pivotal role in witchcraft, especially for those of us that work with deity or magickal beings on a regular basis. We often commune with forces and beings that are bigger than us, their power very much coming into play as a tool to create the reality that brings our intent to fruition. Having reverence for these beings is a must, and you mustn’t regard this exchange as a demand—but as a request.

Many never realize they may very well be familiar with gratitude without having realized it. You have probably closed a ritual space by thanking the elements you invoked during ceremony (and if not, now is a great time to start) or by inviting magickal denizens into your sacred space, but this isn’t exactly what I mean.

Have you ever invoked ancestors during ritual? How about your guardian angels or spirits for protection? Though it may not be obvious, this is a way gratitude is subtly ingrained into our daily practice.

By calling on powers or seeking wisdom from those greater than ourselves, we are paying our respect to the catalysts of such power. It is a way we pay reverence to the beings we work in collaboration with.

For me, magick has always been a collaborative effort. Solitary or not, something I learned early on was that I am never alone during a casting. Whether I invoke the elements while calling the Quarters, or ask for the guidance of Ascended Masters, I am always communing with a power that has been on this Earth longer than I.

This power goes beyond my time and I am always working to pay respect to it and honor its assistance.

The Benefits of Gratitude

Now, while the first thing you think when considering incorporating gratitude into your witchcraft probably shouldn’t be, “What can I get out of this?”—it doesn’t hurt to wonder how this could benefit your magick.

The first thing we learn is that everything around us responds to our energy. When our energy is focused on paying love and respect to others, beautiful things tend to happen. Magickal denizens can be ego beings just like us, so make your magick a partnership with them and they are sure to be receptive just as any human would.

Gratitude Journal Prompts

If it is hard to imagine what I mean, jot a few of these prompts into your Grimoire:

  1. Write a ‘Thank You’ Letter to an Elemental.
  2. Choose 3 people—fictional or real—that you would choose to be in a coven with you. Assign them roles based on their best character traits and explain why you made those assignments.
  3. Prepare 3 offerings to a magickal denizen—one edible offering, one service-based offering, and one creative offering. Note the reception of each offering.
  4.  Create a ‘Gratitude Tarot Spread’.
  5. Devote a magickal journal entry to a spiritual ancestor (a chosen ancestor or role model—not related to you by blood).
  6. Create a devotional ritual for a particular spirit, deity, or denizen.
  7. Write a blessing for an important person in your life. Cast it and note the effects.
  8. Recall a spell that wasn’t successful; write 5 lessons you learned from it.
  9. Research Ancestral Magick as it pertains to your culture(s) and incorporate your findings into your ritual workings.
  10. Describe 3 ways you can show gratitude while closing a ritual.

Gratitude doesn’t just have to be a part of our mundane lives, it can enhance our minds, bodies, and spirits. Spread the gratitude.






Author: NoahMilan

Noah is a jack of art trades based in Gardena, California. He is an illustrator, a storyteller, an intersectional feminist, and one of the most queer people you will ever meet. He is also a creative writer with a passion for mental health advocacy and gender and racial justice.

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