Ritual can be a magical tool or it can be a deadening activity which insulates us from truly being alive. When magic comes into our life by invitation we participate in the world more fully. Simple things can become richer and give us comfort and freedom from stress. Think about the difference between "dining" and "grabbing a bite". It could be the same food, but the experience will be vastly different. I believe that rituals can also be developed that comfort us and get us ready to face difficult tasks. One of my friends recently told me how she makes sure she has beautiful stamps with hearts or flowers on them when she is paying bills. Then she sends the payments out with gratitude for having enough money to pay the bills and for the products and services she enjoyed that caused the bills. She claims this ritual has drawn abundance to her.
Since I see a lot of abundance in her life I believe she may be right.
Ritual can be an aspect of planning and being in charge of our life. By being self-directed, by looking to the future and creatively making decisions that bring a better life to us we are working magic. The way we celebrate this, the rituals we develop to affirm that this is our mind set, support us in doing this magic. Choose colors, choose symbols, choose times for your activities that support you in celebrating and living a fuller life. These rituals can be simple. When I feel anxiety I thank my inner self by being open to the need for a better life. This helps me claim my power and affirms that I am not helpless before the feeling of anxiety. I suggest to all wise magicians that you add a ritual or two of celebration to your life. May the spark be with you.