So What Do You Actually Do?
Landcrafty in practice looks a lot like most other Paganisms out there. We work with the spirits, to serve and celebrate them, and work alongside them.
Relationships with the gods and spirits have four components:
- Worship - we hold celebrations of their power, where we revere them, make sacrifices or dance in their honour, recite tales and poems, and invite Them to be present. At major days, when the Powers are present, this can include acts of joint magic, or of teaching. Usually, major acts of worship include inviting the Power to participate in your circle, times when we summon/invite them, possibly channel them or perform mumming, possibly experincing them and their retinue, possibly travelling to their court. Minor acts of worship, analogous to "going to church on a Sunday", are more low-key: we might light a candle, share food and a few words with our Power.
- Doing Homage - we complete acts and deeds in their name. This could be private acts - such as keeping a garden or learning local history - or public ones, such as charity, hospitality, or sharing what we have learned with others. We can infer acts a spirit may like from their stories, and we can ask them directly for tasks. Our spirits are not "evangelist" - they rarely want you to convert others to the faith - but you can often do outreach work by teaching others about local history, nature, or skills the spirit values.
- Magic - magical acts can be large rituals, small spells, divinations and so on. It can be done as part of worship or a form of homage, or separately - but wise witches always ensure that they balance favours spirits do for them, with favours to the spirits.
- Prayer - tiny daily practices which keep us in tune. Hailing the gods each morning; greeting trees you have relationships with; or murmuring words for guidance to a patron are all forms of prayer. Our deities are not typically omnipotent, and a greater act of ritual is required to draw them physically into presence with you, but prayer helps you remain mindful of them, and can sometimes be a form of true communication.
We should plan a calendar ahead incorporating all these things. A good schedule for an active witch would be: 6-10 major high days each year; and one minor act of worship each week, possibly a weekly walk if you are nature-focused, or an act of homage if it is "big" enough to take that kind of time out of your week.