Every year, family and friends light candles on a birthday cake and sing to you in celebration of another year lived. Your birthday is a day to celebrate your continued existence in this world, and a tribute to your health and safety.
For Pagans, birthdays are a great time to celebrate life while offering protection to the individual for the year ahead. There are some simple practices that you can incorporate into your birthday traditions to give a nod toward your Pagan beliefs. Read on to learn more about the history of Wiccan birthdays and how you can add some Wiccan traditions to your day.
The Pagan History of Birthdays
The tradition of celebrating one’s birthday is rooted so deeply in our society that most don’t bother questioning its origins. Interestingly enough, birthday celebrations were once considered to be a Pagan ritual.
Candles were lit to protect one from the evil spirits that were thought to visit people on the anniversary of their birth. The light from these candles would shield the person from evil spirits. It was also thought that friends and family should surround the individual for additional protection.
Both traditions have survived the test of time through birthday candles and birthday parties. They aren’t tied to the Pagan traditions anymore but are widely seen as a cultural norm.
Because of the history of Wiccan birthdays, a lot of the traditions seem quite normal to us. However, there are some ways you can incorporate more Pagan traditions into your birthday celebrations. Here are a few ideas for ways you can celebrate a Pagan birthday.
Your birthday is one of the best times to cast a spell to attract the things you want into your life. Your spell can have any purpose — to attract love, happiness, success, good health, and more. Use the Sacred as your partner to wield the element or elements of your choice. Make sure to leave space for the Divine to fulfill your desires as it sees best for you.
For example, if you want to attract a loving partner, don’t cast a spell for a specific person. Leave the who up to the Divine and place your trust that it knows best. If you have never cast a spell before, it is best that you first get some experience working with the Divine. You can also check out our Spellcasting 101 course!
Perform a Small Ritual
Blowing out candles on a birthday cake is a ritual in itself. However, you can add some of your own special touches to the ritual and make it a bit more centered around your Pagan beliefs. Here are a few ideas!
- Add specific items to the cake. Place a photo or item that represents what you want for the coming year.
- Have your friends and family sit in a circle and hold hands. This creates a more ritual-like atmosphere.
- Say a special pagan blessing before you blow the candles out.
- If you bake your own cake, work some kitchen magic by using ingredients with intention.
See also: Witch’s Self-Love Birthday Ritual
Speaking some happy birthday Pagan blessings is an effective method of speaking to the Divine and all the Gods you worship while focusing your mind on what you hope to accomplish this year. You can also speak about your gratitude for all the positive things that occurred in the prior year.
You can speak Pagan blessings at any time of the day — morning, night, or as you are celebrating your birthday with a ritual or spell.
Pagan blessings come from your heart and can therefore be written by you. However, if you need some help getting started, here are a couple of great examples. Use these as inspiration for your own special blessing.
- “Mother Goddess, help me to be courageous and strong and to act unyieldingly towards my dreams in this coming year.”
- “May this day be blessed with gifts, lessons, understanding, and friends. May my energy be a gift to all I meet. May I face the day with courage, kindness, insight, and compassion. May my spirit and body honor this day.”
- “Mother of all things, watch over me this year. Hold me in your arms. Protect me from ill will.”
Your birthday is a great time to set up an altar in your home. These look different for everyone depending on the tradition of Paganism they practice.
It is common to include items on your altar such as the four elements, incense, candles, crystals, an athame, your book of shadows, and other personal items. The altar can be focused on your hopes and visions for the coming year. You can also include offerings to your deities as gratitude for the good things that happened in the prior year.
Your birthday is the perfect time to thank your Gods for all they have done to bless you and protect you. It is always important to show your appreciation.
You can perform a gratitude ritual or speak some gratitude prayers. Tell your Gods that you appreciate their protection, and their blessings. You can also thank them for all the beautiful things in your life such as friends, family, a good job, financial stability, a home, nature, and happiness.
A great way to give anyone a Wiccan birthday wish is by not just wishing them a ‘happy birthday’ but by being specific to what you wish for them in the future. If you know that they have a dream to start a family, tell them that. Say, “I wish you all the luck in finding the right person to help you bring new life into this world.” This will mean a lot more to the person than all the ‘happy birthday’ messages they receive from everyone else. If you’re not sure of a specific wish, you can always wish for general blessings such as happiness, joy, and prosperity.
Common birthday practices are steeped in past Pagan traditions. Although Pagans celebrate birthdays similarly to most people, there are ways you can add some more depth to your celebration. Spells, rituals, altars, and blessings are all amazing ways to celebrate a Pagan birthday. It’s one of the best times in the year to express your gratitude for the past and your hopes for the future. Use this time to connect with Divinity and make your desires known. Now go forth and have an amazing Pagan birthday party!
Birthday Spell Ideas
If you’re looking for a spell or ritual to cast for your birthday, you might like one of these!
This Wiccan ritual works as a road opener love spell and is intended for those who have been through a bad breakup or a distressing relationship and have closed themselves to giving or receiving love.
This Prosperity Oil can be used to anoint candles, tools, talismans and yourself! Use it to write sigils or add it to bath water to attract money 💰 and good luck.🍀
From the Online Coven: Birthday Spells or Magick?