This ritual has two purposes: to give thanks for the
blessings that you already have and to draw additional
blessings into your life. As with all rituals, the more often
that it is performed, the stronger, more effective, and more
meaningful it becomes.
This is not a fixed, immutable ritual; it is one that you can
create anew each time that you perform it, by incorporating
whatever blessings are present or needed at the time. You
can enact the Blessings Ritual whenever you like, but it is
best performed on sunny days. You will need:
one bay leaf (laurel) for each blessing (You can find
bay leaves where spices are sold. Offerings should
be as perfect as possible, so try to use only whole
leaves that do not have blemishes or broken edges.
If you cannot obtain bay leaves, other kinds of
leaves may be substituted.)
a container, something flat that can easily be
transported to the offering site, such as a tray or a
shallow basket or box
a river, stream, or other watercourse (Adapt the ritual
to your location. If you live in a desert, you could
instead bury your offerings in the sand; if you live in
a frozen place, you could give your offerings to the
wind; if you live at the seaside, you could instead
offer themto the ocean, and so on.)
a bridge or other location from which you can safely
Optional: additional offerings (See below.)
Count your blessings. What are you grateful for? Good
health, prosperity, freedom, family . . . a list of our blessings
will be different for each of us, according to the
circumstances of our lives.
Next, identify two or three blessings that you would like
to ask the gods for. Be reasonable about this. Most of us
would love to win a major lottery jackpot, but it is more
realistic to request abundance, prosperity, or a good job.
Once you know how many blessings will be incorporated
into your ritual, assemble that number of leaves and the
honey. Get into a magickal mood, and create sacred space
around the area where you will be working. Honey is messy,
so it’s best to use the kitchen for this part of the ritual.
Lay out the bay leaves on the container. Spoon or drip
some honey into the center of each leaf. As you dress a leaf
with honey, name aloud the blessing for which that leaf will
Optional: Of erings
You can increase the magickal power of your ritual by
incorporating offerings—herbs, seeds, flower petals, or
other natural charms—for each blessing sought. To do this,
stick an appropriate charm into the honey on the leaf that
represents that blessing.
You are going to offer the leaves by tossing them into
moving water (or otherwise leaving themoutdoors). It would
defeat the purpose of the ritual to do something that might
damage the environment or cause harm to creatures, so the
charms should be nontoxic and biodegradable as well as
small enough to fit on the leaves.
Rosemary and cinnamon are herbs that have many
magickal associations, so you could simply sprinkle either or
both of them on each leaf before offering it. Alternately, you
could add pink, yellow, or orange flower petals for attraction
to the leaves that represent those blessings you hope to
draw with the ritual.
If you would like to be more precise with your offerings,
the following are examples of natural charms that have
magickal correspondence to some typical blessings. There
are a great many other herbal charms, but this list
concentrates on commonplace ones. Several choices are
given for each blessing whenever possible, but one type of
charmper offering is sufficient.
Abundance: orange peel, raw popcorn kernels
Advancement: red leaf, red flower petals
Beauty: jasmine, lavender, lily, orchid, or rose petals
Comfort: cloves, fir tips, marjoram, sage
Courage: garlic, black pepper, black tea
Fertility: banana chips, dark blue flower petals, peach pit,
pine nuts or pineneedles, rice, wheat flour
Fidelity: cumin seeds or powdered cumin, chili pepper, a
drop of hot sauce
Freedom: bird of paradise or lily petals
Friendship: drop of aloe juice, pink carnation petals,
geraniumleaf or petals, ivy leaf, lemon zest
Good Fortune: dill seeds, mint, pomegranate seeds, poppy
seeds, a drop of pure vanilla extract
GoodHealth: acorn, apple peel, ginseng, marjoram, nutmeg
GoodLuck: allspice, basil, catnip, clover, cornmeal
Happiness: apple peel, baby’s breath, lemon zest, marigold
petals, savory, sunflower seeds
Healing: pearl barley, cedar shavings, eucalyptus leaf, lime
zest, rose thorn, saffron thread, thyme
Inspiration: hazelnut, purple or violet flower petals
Justice: cedar chips or shavings, pinecones or pineneedles
Longevity: fennel seeds, piece of date or fig, maple syrup,
pollynose (maple tree seed), sage
Love: chamomile, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, lavender, red
rose petals, willow leaf or bark
Loyalty: blue flower petals, lime zest, rosemary
Patience: azalea leaf or flower, chamomile, iris petals
Peace: chamomile flowers, lavender, lemongrass, drop of
olive oil, white rose petals
Popularity: angelica, grape, drop of passionflower juice
Prosperity: allspice, cloves, nutmeg, sage, tangerine peel
Protection: birch bark, garlic, pepper, kosher salt, nettles,
thistles, thorns, drop of witch hazel
Strength: red or orange carnation petals, garlic
Success: allspice berry, cinnamon, orange or purple flower
petals, ginger, lemon balm
Truth: chrysanthemumpetals, white flower petals
Victory: fennelseeds, piece of palmfrond
Warmth: cactus needles, coriander seeds, Japanese maple
leaf, marigold petals, mesquite chip
Wealth: acorn, almond, basil, moss, saffron threads
Take the prepared leaves to the offering site that you have
selected. Raise power and reverently cast them, one by one,
into the moving water. As you offer each leaf, say:
To (name of deity), for (blessing).
You can invoke your matron goddess, your patron god, or
any other deities that you like. You can also make the
invocations more general, such as:
To Mother Earth, for rain.
To the Lord and the Lady, for love.
To the Goddess, for prosperity.
To the Corn Mother, for abundance.
To all the gods, for peace.
Concentrate on your intent as you make each offering.
When giving thanks for a blessing, focus on the gratitude
that you feel for its presence in your life. When working to
attract a blessing, focus on your need or desire for that
The numinous power of your ritual can be increased by
invoking specifically appropriate deities for the blessings, as
in the following examples. Don’t worry about
mispronouncing their names. They will know whom you
mean and that you mean well by calling upon them.
Celtic: To Sulis, for good health. To Brigid, for healing. To
Angus, for love. To Epona, for abundance. To Rhiannon, for
truth. To Cliodna (pronounced “kleena”), for beauty. To
Aine (pronounced “aw ne”), for prosperity. To the Dagda,
for protection. To Maeve, for strength. To Cernunnos, for
good fortune. To the Morrigan, for justice. To Danu, for all
Egyptian: To Isis, for peace. To Hathor, for love. To Bast, for
abundance. To Khonsu, for fertility. To Renenutet, for good
fortune. To Neith, for protection. To Ma’at, for justice. To
Sesheta, for patience. To Sekhmet, for healing. To Ra, for
strength. To Thoth, for success. To Selket, for a good
marriage. To Bes, for a happy home. To Nephthys, for
protecting the household. To Osiris, for all blessings.
Greek: To Atalanta, for courage. To Aphrodite, for love. To
Hygeia, for good health. To Zeus, for protection. To Apollo,
for healing. To Nike, for victory. To Dike, for justice. To
Hades, for wealth. To Helios, for warmth. To Rhea, for
abundance. To Aega, for beauty. To Philotes, for friendship.
To the Muses, for inspiration. To Hermes, for lucky breaks.
To Demeter, for prosperity. To Eirene, for peace. To Gaia, for
a happy marriage. To Hestia, for a peaceful home life. To the
Graces, for gracious living. To Pandora, for all blessings.
Mesopotamian: To Inanna, for abundance. To Gula, for good
health. To Geshtinanna, for love. To Dazimus, for healing. To
Marduk, for victory. To Shamash, for truth. To Kadi, for
justice. To Aya, for all blessings.
Native American (including Aztec, Incan, and Mayan): To
Catheña, for love. To Chie, for happiness. To Glispa, for
healing. To Fura-Chogue, for peace. To Xochiquetzal, for
beauty. To Maximón, for success. To Deohako, for
abundance. To Tlaloc, for fertility. To Tonantzin, for good
health. To Ukat, for good luck. To Pachamama, for good
fortune. To Hanwi, for comfort. To Salmon Woman, for
protection. To Copper Woman, for wealth. To Otter Woman,
for fun. To Chantico, for protecting the home. To Changing
Woman, for all blessings.
Norse: To Thor, for strength. To Odin, for victory. To Freya,
for longevity. To Sjofna, for love. To Fulla, for abundance.
To Njord, for wealth. To Heimdall, for protection. To Forseti,
for justice. To Baldur, for popularity. To Eir, for healing. To
Gonlod, for inspiration. To Tyr, for courage. To Gerd, for
fertility. To Hlin, for comfort. To Sigyn, for loyalty. To Vara,
for fidelity. To Gefion, for good fortune.
Roman: To Amor, for love. To Diana, for strength. To Venus,
for beauty. To Minerva, for peace. To Pluto, for prosperity.
To Liber, for fertility. To Mercury, for healing. To Jupiter, for
justice. To Jupiter Victor, for victory. To Neptune, for
protection. To Mars Ollodius, for abundance. To Juno, for a
prosperous marriage. To Vesta, for a happy home and a
stable marriage. To Acca Larentia, for material blessings. To
the Lares, for protecting the household. To the Penates, for
safeguarding the family.
When you finish making your offerings, stand quietly for a
few moments. You are in the presence of the gods you have
invoked, so this is a good time to commune with them in any
way that feels natural to you. You can ask for answers or
guidance as well as blessings, if you like.
Focus on the blessings. Feel them around you, or
approaching you. Give thanks to the gods for your
blessings and for accepting your offerings. Ground the
power that you raised, and take whatever you used to carry
the blessings away with you.
This ritual has two purposes: to give thanks for the