I’m always looking for ways in which to be creative in ritual. After you read numerous “how-to” books on witchcraft and Wicca, a lot of it starts to look same-old, same-old. Of course, nothing is wrong with sometimes following tried and true spells: planting a seed to grow an intention, lighting a candle that is anointed in the proper oil and burning it down, or writing your intention on a piece of paper and burning it. These methods are used over and over again in witchcraft, and it’s because most witches can attest to how well they work. After all, if you are drawn to a specific type of magic, be it herbs, candles, or gem magic, those types of rituals will work best for you because you feel them.

But even when using these common spells, you can still make your ritual special in different ways. I have my entire circle casting, grounding, callings, etc. all planned out, and I use the same ritual every time. It gives me a chance to build a relationship with what I’m doing, and to memorize the words so that I’m not constantly seeking my binder. Of course, in true witchy style, I’m always changing things.

Music and dance are incredibly linked to the goddess. The power one can feel while dancing, humming, or singing beneath a full moon, bare feet moving across the warm earth is heady. Pagan music is out there – we all know the “Isis, Astarte, Diana,etc” song. But, add a touch of your own creativity to ritual by rewording a song you enjoy.

I recently fell in love with a beautiful, a cappella Irish song called “here’s a health to the company”. And, I got an idea. What a great way to give thanks during cakes and ale! The original lyrics:

Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine
Let us drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
For we may and might never all meet here again

Here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let us drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
For we may and might never all meet here again

Here are the lyrics I changed:

Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine
Let us drink and be merry, beneath this night’s moon
Let us toast to the goddess and dance to her tune

Here’s a health to the universe, fond blessings to bring
Let us drink and be merry together we sing
Let us drink and be merry, this time to hold dear
Til the day comes when we shall meet once more here

Just a few tweaked words here and there, and it’s ritual ready. This can be done with any song that touches you. Alter one to sing as you raise power, and the very changes you made to it will add that special bit of oomph to your energy.