Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
LLEWELLYN JOURNAL
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

September/October Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

How to Ground and Center

This article was written by Deborah Blake
posted under Pagan

If you look at almost every ritual, you will at some point find an instruction that tells you to “ground and center.” For instance, you may be told to drum and raise energy, send that energy into your spell, then ground and center. No problem, right?

Except for one thing: hardly anybody actually tells you how to do it. Maybe Witches are supposed to be born knowing how to ground and center? But just in case you don’t, here are some simple suggestions.

There are really two different kinds of grounding and centering, and we do them for two completely different reasons. (Yeah, I know, many of the books don’t mention that either. So pay attention.)

The first is when we start a ritual, and need to focus on what we will be doing. In this case, grounding and centering serves to give us the strength for the task ahead and helps us to shut out distractions so that we can give all our attention to the magickal work.

The second is toward the end of a ritual when we have built up all sorts of magickal energy and sent it into our magick. In this case, grounding and centering serves to channel any remaining, excess energy out of us and into the ground. If you don’t do this step you will probably be up all night, buzzing and humming and bouncing off the walls. (Which, while amusing for those around you, can be kind of unpleasant.)

You can use the same techniques for both types of G&C. The simplest method is to close your eyes, take three slow, deep breaths and feel your body connect to the Earth below you. If you are doing G&C at the end of a ritual, sometimes it helps to put both your hands flat on the ground (or floor, if you’re inside—the ground is still under there somewhere) and visualize the energy moving down into the Earth.

If you need something more powerful, say to ground yourself before a ritual if you are frazzled or upset (who, us?), then try this exercise:

Start with three slow, deep breaths, and then visualize yourself as a tree. What? Oh, any kind of tree, it doesn’t matter. See your roots coming out of your feet and growing slowly downward, getting larger and stronger as they go. Take however long you need to do this, then see your branches spreading up toward the sky. If it helps, you can lift your arms up. Feel the energy of the sun coming down to meet the energy of the Earth as it moves up, and visualize them meeting in your center as a ball of glowing light. Take another few deep breaths and then channel that light and power into your magick.

And that, my friends, is how you ground and center.


From Everyday Witch A to Z, by Deborah Blake

Deborah BlakeDeborah Blake
Deborah Blake is the author of Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice (Llewellyn 2007), Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft (Llewellyn 2008), The Goddess is in the...  Read more

RELATED PRODUCTS

Everyday Witch A to Z
Everyday Witch A to Z
An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft
Deborah Blake
$17.95 US,  $20.95 CAN | Add to Cart
Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook
Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook
Wonderfully Witchy Blessings, Charms & Spells
Deborah Blake
$17.95 US,  $20.95 CAN | Add to Cart
The Goddess Is in the Details
The Goddess Is in the Details
Wisdom for the Everyday Witch
Deborah Blake
$16.95 US,  $19.50 CAN | Add to Cart

Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

I am often asked how I catch some of the most incredible evidence ever captured on a battlefield. It is relatively simple, but many people are not willing to do what is necessary to capture a paranormal event. If, however, you are one of those rare individuals who not only want to experience the paranormal, but capture it—read on! As a means of... read this article
Gettysburg: Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt
Celtic Tree Magic: 6 Ways to Work with Sacred Trees
Ritual: Thelemic Refuge
The Dark Side of Your Moon
3 Ways (Yoga Included!) To Shift Your Body Image

Most recent posts:
Lost Souls
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Patrick Burke, co-author of the new Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg. As an expert on battlefield and...

Samhain Thoughts...
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sonja Sadovsky, author of the new Priestess and the Pen. The wheel turns, and another Samhain is...

Empowering Readings, part 1
When someone asks “what if” they are usually worried about the outcome of something they are considering doing. They may be looking for assurances...





Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar
82nd Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2015 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2015 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $10.99 US,  $12.50 CAN
Llewellyn's 2015 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2015 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $15.95 CAN
Llewellyn's 2015 Daily Planetary Guide Llewellyn's 2015 Daily Planetary Guide
Complete Astrology At-A-Glance

By: Llewellyn
Price: $12.99 US,  $14.95 CAN
Llewellyn's 2015 Moon Sign Book Llewellyn's 2015 Moon Sign Book
Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon

By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $13.95 CAN