Ask a Good Witch: How Do Witches Say Thank You?

by Rebecca A. Watson on August 18, 2015

in Ask A Good Witch, beliefs, gratitude, holidays, magic, religion, Thanksgiving

A few weeks ago I celebrated Lammas, which is a Pagan holiday honoring the beginning of the harvest. You can think of it kind of like a witch’s Thanksgiving.

Except in addition to looking over the year and saying what you’re thankful for, you also consider what sacrifices you want to make to honor the Universe (or whomever you think helped you out).

behr thanksgiving

There’s also a LOT less baking, since it’s celebrated in the heat of summer.

A lot of people aren’t really keen on the whole idea of sacrifice and witchcraft. I know for a fact that if I used those two words together around any of the folks I grew up with, I’d get a lecture about how I’m flirting with the devil, witches kill babies and virgins, and yada yada yada.

Sacrifice in Modern-Day Life

Now, there are plenty of misconceptions about witchcraft. And about sacrifice, really. After much thought, the only thing I could think of in our modern-day culture that encourages sacrifice are religious celebrations of other faiths (Lent, Ramadan). The last secular sacrifices that were popular (I think) were World War effort sacrifices, like victory gardens.


After some bad press, I thought it was a good idea to write a bit about how witches say thank you and a bit about how we sacrifice.

What Do Witches Do?

Thankfully I got the perfect way to do that, by way of a friend asking me exactly how via message last week. With the help of some good witches, she got far more than what she had even hoped for. So she thought she’d ask another good witch …

Dear Rebecca,

Do you know the proper way to say “thank you” to whomever it is I should say thank you to? I don’t want to be ungrateful. They didn’t give me guidance on what to do after and I’m feeling I need to do something. Does that make sense?


Grateful Seeking Guidance


Dear GSG,

Ahhhhh yes, I kind of had a feeling. And yes, what you’re asking makes sense. First off, yay for you seeing the witches! [Cool-ass city] has some awesome history and great magic energy.

Secondly, I’m happy you are feeling grateful and wanting to say thanks. Also, I’m thrilled you got what you asked for and more. Witchcraft, if done responsibly, isn’t any more than directing energy, karmic or otherwise, and it sounds like those witches took care. That is super awesome and I’m happy you found some good peeps.

There are a lot of different things you can do. The short answer is to find some way to “sacrifice” and do it to honor whatever you’re comfortable honoring. I don’t know how spiritual you are, but some people honor the God and Goddess, others call them the Lord & Lady, I often say the Universe.

The idea is to use words/ideas you’re comfortable with. I grew up in a pretty Christian house, so sometimes I still pray like I grew up praying, with words like Amen and all that. It works for me.

By sacrifice, I mean something like your time or money. Maybe it’s donating cash to a drug rehab program in the God/Goddesses honor. Maybe it’s volunteering for a day at your local animal shelter with the intention of honoring the Universe. Maybe it’s baking a cake or taking someone out for dinner who really needs it.

That part is up to you, but it should require a little of your energy. (Not too much. It’s the action that’s important. You doing it with a grateful heart.)

The other thing I would suggest, if you haven’t already, is a quick email/phone call to the witches letting them know what happened and that you’re feeling so blessed having met them and getting their help.

If you don’t have any way to contact them or you’re not comfortable doing that, you can always write a letter to them and send them the message by setting it on fire (in a fireproof container like a grill) and willing it to them. This is best done on the full moon as your energy (and theirs) is strongest. The next full moon is August 29.

I hope that all makes sense. If you have any other questions, just let me know. I’m super happy to talk about witchcraft.

That last part? That, my friends, is an open call to your questions about the craft as I practice it. I can’t promise I have all the answers, but like any journalist, I will find an answer from someone reputable if I don’t have one 🙂

Proof: Me dressed as a Good Witch journalist at my last newspaper gig.

Proof: Me dressed as a Good Witch at my last newspaper gig.

I look forward to hearing from you. Ask a Good Witch:

Photo Credits: U.S. Archives

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