Wordwise: A Ritual for Crafting Your Year's Guiding Mantra

Written on 10/23/2023
Rebecca Anuwen

We navigate our lives through a sea of words—expressions of love, exclamations of frustration, whispered secrets, and public declarations.

Words are not just a means of communication; they hold power, shaping our experiences and steering our intentions.

As we approach the Witches New year, Wordwise is a ritual designed to help you discover a guiding word for the coming 12 months, a magickal talisman imbued with purpose, meaning, and intent.


What You'll Need

  • A comfortable and quiet space
  • A journal and a pen
  • Coloured markers or coloured pencils (optional)
  • A candle and matches
  • A small bowl of water

Optional: incense or essential oils to create a sacred atmosphere


Ritual Steps

Prelude: Crafting Sacred Space
Begin by finding a quiet, undisturbed space where you can sit comfortably.

Light a candle and, if you wish, some incense to create a serene atmosphere.

Take a few deep breaths, inhaling peace and exhaling tension.


Introspection: Inner Reflection
Take your journal and start writing freely about your past year—challenges you've faced, triumphs you've celebrated, moments that shifted your perspective.

Allow your pen to move without judgment, letting the words flow naturally.


Contemplation: Seeking Resonance
Look through what you've written and identify common themes or feelings that arise.

As you consider the past year, let one or two words resonate with your spirit—these words should evoke not just your past, but also your aspirations for the coming year.


Illumination: Candle Gazing
Hold your chosen word in your mind and focus on the flame of your candle.

As you do, visualise the word being illuminated, growing brighter and more powerful.

Imagine this word guiding you through the labyrinth of experiences awaiting you in the coming months.


Affirmation: Water Blessing
Write your chosen word on a new page in your journal.

Dip your fingers into the bowl of water and sprinkle a few drops onto the word, symbolising its deep-rooted presence in your life.

As you do, affirm out loud: "This is my guiding word, a beacon that lights my path and waters the garden of my aspirations."


Anointment: Sealing Intent
Close your eyes and gently touch your forehead, whispering your word three times.

Imagine the word being imprinted upon your mind, sealing your intent and guiding your actions for the months to come.


Eternal Flame: Closure
Blow out the candle, thanking the flame for its illuminating guidance.

If possible, keep the journal page with your word in a visible spot as a daily reminder or even create a piece of art featuring your word, using coloured markers or pencils if you wish.


Integration: Living Your Word
Commit to embodying your word each day, integrating its essence into your decisions, relationships, and perspective.

Take periodic moments throughout the year to reflect on how your word is resonating within your life's events.


Through Wordwise, your chosen word becomes more than mere letters on a page; it becomes a dynamic force, a guiding star.

It's not just about choosing a word; it's about entering a covenant with your deeper self, making a pact to live in harmony with your chosen theme.

So let your word light up the dark corners of uncertainty and guide you safely through the ever-changing tides of life's journey.