6 Ways to Develop a Pagan Daily Devotional

Oftentimes, when someone either converts from Christianity to a pagan lifestyle or simply has a more established religious tradition in their background, it can be difficult to connect with the daily rhythms of paganism. Even lifelong witches and pagans can struggle with this, as most of us do not have a weekly religious service to attend. You might attend a quarterly solstice and equinox gathering or at most a monthly full moon group ritual, or practice a weekly or bi-monthly ritual if you are a solitary. Regardless, staying connected to your practice on a daily basis can be a huge challenge.

This is where devotionals can come in so handy! Daily devotionals are a common practice in Christianity, in particular, but practicing some kind of a daily ritual in order to express your devotion is common in many religions. Although some people might shy away from the overtly religious context of the word “devotional”, I personally like the idea of reclaiming it for all spiritual paths, but if the word bothers you, feel free to choose any word for your daily ritual that captures the essence of your practice.

A devotional is simply a daily ritual or worship practice that helps you stay connected. Whether or not you are a religious witch, being a spiritual person means having some kind of devotion to something. Perhaps this is a devotion to nature, to a god or goddess, to being healthy or eco-friendly, to the moon or the seasons, to the tarot or even to self-care. You might consider spending some time meditating on what it is you are devoted to: what is it that calls to your soul?

Once you know what devotion you feel, here are 6 ways to develop a daily pagan devotional to help you stay connected and on track in your practice:

Journal every day. For me, this means writing down what energies and themes the moon has in the particular sign it is passing through for the day, as well as the moon mansion and phase. You might record a short poem about your matron goddess, write down the healthy foods you ate that day or free write about your emotional state. Whether you journal in the morning or at night, try to do it at approximately the same time every day in order to develop a consistent habit.

Learn something new. Try to learn something new as part of your devotional practice at least once a week. Whether it’s completing a short lesson in an online course, reading an article or reading a chapter in a book on your topic of choice, continuing to learn about the object/subject of your devotion will keep you engaged and enticed.

Provide some atmosphere. Perhaps this is more specific to ritual, but I find that setting the scene for my daily devotional (which I do in the morning), helps me feel more in tune with my spirituality. I simply light a couple of candles on my vanity before reading about the astrological energies of the day, but something as simple and quiet as that helps me feel connected and focused.

Focus on a particular book. If there is a particular spiritual text that calls to you, such as the Bhagavad Gita, the works of Rumi or Doreen Valiente, the Vedas or a modern classic like The Alchemist, make a commitment to read a passage from the text of your choice each day. 

Get a copy of the book to highlight and make notes in or simply write out passages that are meaningful to you in your own journal.

Schedule time. If you’re like me, if it’s not on the calendar, it’s not happening. It takes a lot for me to consistently create habits, so I developed the Daily Ritual & Habit Tracker, which you can download in the Super Secret Moonglow Grimoire (sign up below to receive access!) The Ritual Tracker has space to write in your morning and evening spiritual routines and a box for each day of the month to check it off.

Don’t obsess over perfectionism. Did you miss a day? Forget about your devotional entirely for a week while you were on vacation or dealing with an emergency? Don’t beat yourself up – ever. Honestly, my devotional practice is intermittent at best. I’m really good for a month or two and then I get out of the habit and forget to do anything for three weeks or three months (or in one notable instance, almost three years). If you are truly devoted, you’ll find your way back to your practice and if not, then it was time to explore other options anyway. There is no need to strive for perfection when we’re talking about spirituality – perfection is whatever makes you feel solid and connected!

I also highly recommend checking out The Lunar Apothecary with Alexis Cunningfolk – she first exposed me to the idea of a pagan devotional in the form of a weekly moon ritual and I fell in love with the idea! (Not sponsored – just love her work!)

Do you have or want to develop a daily devotional? What does or does not appeal to you about devotional work as part of a pagan lifestyle?

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