Regular Religious Practices
Most Pagans incorporate regular religious practices into their lives. These practices may be held daily, weekly, or monthly—or whenever the mood strikes. When you are just starting on your new Pagan path, you may find that a daily practice helps you deepen your connection with your deities, the elements, and the earth.
Your practice doesn't need to be long or complicated. It can be as simple as putting fresh water in your offering bowl or greeting the elements. Over time, you may include new practices that allow you to strengthen your bonds with other energies. You might want to spend a month attuning to one element, and the next month to another, until you finally create a practice that honors all of the elements together.
Your regular practice can take place any time of day, but morning and evening are the most popular times. You could also opt to make an offering whenever you happen to walk by your altar or whatever other time is convenient for you. There are no rules governing your daily rites.
If you're a morning person, you could perform a small rite every day at dawn. Thelemites and Asatruar both have rituals to greet the sun, and the practice is also known among Druids. If you're not a morning person, it might be interesting to get up early and experience the sun at dawn to see how the energy is different from the energy of noon.
To perform a morning rite, it is best to go outdoors or face a window through which you can see the sun rise. At the first peek of the orange crescent, raise your arms and hail the sun, perform the hammer rite, or make another physical gesture. You could simply stand with arms spread and soak up the energy of the new light. Extend your greetings to the sun and thank it for bringing you its light once again. Draw in any energy you need, then ground what you don't need and continue with your usual morning routine.
An alternative morning rite can take place after your usual rising time. If your gods or guides have requested morning meetings, go to your altar and make an offering. You could pray or ask if they have any messages for you. Some people perform a morning divination to see what the lesson of the day is or check for warnings of possible challenges during the day.
Evening rites can be held to honor the sun, the moon, or it might simply be a good time to hold your daily rites. If you honor the sun, hold your rite at sunset. You could also honor the moon with an evening rite, but only during the two weeks that it rises at night. During the dark moon, the moon is actually up during the day, but you can't see it because the sun blocks its light.
Some Pagans don't establish regular practices, but instead consider everything they do an experience of faith. You might go through phases when you want to meditate at your altar daily, and phases when you don't meditate for months on end.
If you're an evening person, you might find that an evening meditation before going to bed is a good way to close the day. It can help you process the day's events and allows you more time for connecting with your gods or the elements. You can also make offerings in the evening, or use divination methods that require fire or candlelight.