These simple rituals are some suggestions for you to find inspiration from, rather than hard and fast ‘prescriptions’ or set in stone rituals. Combining the faith in Christ as the Way and Son of God with honouring the Goddess and observation of the Wheel of the Year is a journey along a Path that we must each pioneer since there is not much in the way of tradition out there. How exciting is this?! We get to do what the first Christians did, with much less risk of execution. (Blessed be the saints who died for their faith.)
My spiritual journey took me from being agnostic to ‘getting saved’ in an evangelical setting at age 17, while on a highschool exchange year in the US. I left the evangelical church in favour of Catholicism in my mid 20’s and left church all together in my late 20’s due to feeling judged and disenfranchised because of my life choices. Deep down I knew that faith in Christ had nothing to do with the sort of judgemental attitude I had to do battle with almost every day when I was in the church. This was confirmed in a dream vision I had where Christ came to me to let me know that he would not abandon me just because I had chosen to leave an environment where I felt judged and uninspired.
The first time I called myself a ‘Witch’ was the most magical moment of my life.
― Margot Adler
At age 33, after moving from muggle-infested Sweden to the infinitely more magickal UK, things clicked into place for me and I realised that I was (and always had been) a witch and seer… an empath with a strong connection with the unseen world… a servant of Goddess as well as God. I started studying, and just like Adelina St Clair says in Path of the Christian Witch, “My studies became my path.”
I also started teaching as soon as I could and ran an online course in Swedish about the Wheel of the Year and witchcraft. I was open about my love for Christ and completely accepting of anyone who felt a stronger connection with other deities. But the church was a closed chapter for me… until this year and the first Sunday of Lent when I found myself back in the pew and (surprise, surprise!) loving it. I had simply stopped caring about those who would judge me for my life choices and/or my spiritual path. I knew I belonged and that was enough.
I’m on the penultimate chapter of Path of a Christian Witch – a book I would recommend to anyone who is wanting to combine both Paths and in this chapter, she describes 10 simple rituals that combine the two paths for her. I am totally going to use her God/dess sign of the cross which she explains the book.
The list below is not a rip-off as I’m sharing my own rituals but I strongly recommend this book for anyone would like some inspiration as well as moral support along the journey. You are far from alone. There are Christian Witch Facebook groups you can join and there is a hidden mystical order which Jesus revealed to me about 10 years ago as the ‘Order of the White Dove.’ Anyone who is attuned to Sophia, as well as Christ’s teachings, is a member of this order. We may not have temples where we meet but we are one in Spirit.
My Father’s house has many rooms.
― Jesus Christ
11 Simple Christopagan Rituals
- Begin prayers to God with Holy Mother-Father God. This is self-explanatory as we as Christopagans all recognise the divine feminine in tandem with the divine masculine. Creation could simply not exist of God was all male.
- Cast your magickal circle by invoking the Archangels for each of the four quarters (I adhere to the Golden Dawn system of correspondences, so I am not in agreement with Ms St Clair): Archangel Uriel for Earth/North, Archangel Raphael for East/Air, Archangel Michael for South/Fire and Archangel Gabriel for West/Water.
- Light a candle before you do any divination work and call for the Holy Spirit to guide you for the Highest Good of all. You may also wish to dedicate one of your decks purely to communicating with Christ and shining His Light into the world. I did this with a copy of the deck I created…
- Create your own rosary or prayer beads in honour of one of the other faces of the Goddess if you are not a devotee of the Virgin Mary.
- On rising, honour Christ – Sun/Son salutations is one of my favourite ways to do this with my whole body.
- When going to bed, honour the Goddess/Sophia and ask her to keep you safe through the night. I believe this connection with the Night and Darkness is why Catholics feel the need to invoke Mary with the words ‘Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death’
- Use the 40 days of Lent to prepare for the arrival of both the Goddess of spring and the Resurrection of our Lord. This is a time of letting go of anything that separates us (aka ‘sin’) from Holy Mother-Father God.
- Put together a Spotify playlist with your favourite Goddess and Christian worship songs. Put them on random play order and dance to honour Holy Mother-Father God.
- Join an interfaith or multifaith prayer circle.
- ‘An it harm none, so mote it be’ combines both the teachings of the Way and the Pagan ethos so use it liberally when casting spells. A Christian Witch only heals and blesses because we are called to shine light into the hearts of those suffering.
- Keep an Orthodox Christ icon or crucifix on your altar, together with a representation of the Goddess and the Elements. I prefer the icon for most of the liturgical year but during lent a crucifix is appropriate.
Finally, don’t forget that Nature is always going to have the edge over any man-made temple when it comes to connecting with the true Christ, the Living Word… In the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas he says…
“Split wood, I am there. Lift up a rock, you will find me there.”
PS Check out Adelina St Clair’s article about the Wheel of the Year from a ChristoPagan perspective.