Creativity ritual for Yule & my zine anniversary

It’s the time of Yule and Winter Solstice so I thought it might be a good moment to share a little ritual or spell that I did a few weeks ago. In the last few months I’ve been binge-watching YouTube videos and reading piles of books and zines about witchcraft. I’m not entirely new to all-things-witchy – I have been fascinated with it since I was a teenager and more recently was inspired by my band mates as well as witchy zinester penpals and online friends (thank you! ❤ ). At the moment I’m especially interested in witchcraft that’s related to self-care and creativity but I’m also taking in lots of other witchy information. I’m sure I will continue blogging about it (f.e. sharing some of my favourite videos on this subject, I’ve already shared witchy zines, music, etc) and I’m definitely going to be making several zines about witchery!

So… back to the ritual. Because I’m celebrating my 20th zine anniversary (“zineversary“) this year, I wanted to invent and perform a zine-centred ceremony or ritual. I haven’t been able to do much to celebrate because of the pandemic but a ritual at home seemed very accessible. What I’m presenting below is one of the first rituals or spells that I wrote myself, and despite being in the middle of an intense DIY crash course on witchcraft, I’m still a – what they call – “baby witch” 🙂 so any feedback (and encouragement 😀 ) is highly appreciated. Still, I’m quite pleased with it so I’d like to share it with you. The idea behind the spell was to reflect on my past creative work and be aware of how lucky I feel for what I’ve been able to do and make so far. It was a quiet moment to stand still, process, and look back in order to continue on my “artistic path”…

Echo’s Creativity Gratitude Spell:

  • Tidy/sweep/cleanse your room or spellworking space. I rang a “bell” that was gifted to me (see photo above) and opened the window for some fresh air to make the space feel “right” and “ready”. I also lit an electric tea light.
  • Place some creative tools that you regularly use on a table (or the floor) in front of you. I chose a pencil, a pen, a glue stick, scissors, an eraser, some yarn, a rubber stamp, washi tape, a sharpener, and an envelope. I placed them in a circle but this is not necessary.
  • Take some of your creative work and put it in front of you. I gathered a few of the zines I’ve made over the years. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a huge artistic oeuvre. That little doodle or sketch you made last week counts too! It can be any kind of creative project (writing, music, knitting, videos, baking, gardening, woodwork, pottery…). If your work is digital, not present where you are now, or otherwise not available you can visualise it in your head.
  • Design a sigil or magical symbol to encourage creativity and draw it on a piece of paper or in your (new) notebook or sketchbook. I drew mine in a notebook that I use for creative ideas. I’m a big fan of sigils and I recommend looking up how to make your own but if drawing is not your thing, you can skip this step.
  • Write/say/think a phrase of gratitude with space for ongoing creative inspiration such as: “I am grateful for the energy of my ongoing creativity”.

That’s it!

If you’d like to perform this ritual, I recommend adapting it to your own practice, needs, and wishes. ❤

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2 Responses to Creativity ritual for Yule & my zine anniversary

  1. this is brilliant–I love ways to self-nurture, especially with creativity. and to call upon earth energy and my ancestors for help with important parts of my life. and to express to myself what’s most important to me. rituals are great for that. I want to make a zine that includes rituals I’ve written! 🙂

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