What a wonderful place the world could be if we would all just take ourselves a little less seriously. Many people are so rigid in their beliefs of what is right and wrong and how things should go that they don’t take the time to truly know and enjoy deity.
I know some witches, even solitaries, who are so uptight over spellcasting and ritual, than it doesn’t seem they even enjoy getting ready for the rituals.
Personally, I have found that most of the energies I work with appreciate a sense of humor; they seem to be okay with it if you are not constantly bowing and scraping every time you so much as think of them.
Some of my most effective rituals have had a lot of things go wrong: candles falling over, cats jumping onto the altar, the toilet starting to run even though no one was near it (yes, the element of water was making its presence known), forgetting the words, items that I remembered placing on the altar suddenly not being there.
After the first couple of times, I learned that stressing about these things accomplished nothing other than ruining ritual for me and leaving me feeling very unsettled and empty, instead of the joy that I usually found in ritual. Eventually I realized that these little mishaps were the deities’ way of telling me to lighten up.
The deities know that we are not perfect, and we never will be. They are okay with that, they made us that way!! As long as we do our best, and truly honor them in our hearts and minds, they don’t mind if we laugh at what goes wrong, or what just seems ridiculous.
Let’s not forget, there is a lot of energy in laughter, so why not use that energy in our workings?? Ritual should be serious, but never too serious. It really is funny when the cat jumps on the altar and offers the mouse he just caught to Deity by dropping it in the juice I was planning to drink!