when I decide to pray / have a ritual
I do a lot of meditation.
I sit down at my alter ( A small table with candles, herbs, incense, water, salt, knife, and paper .. generally..) and I close my eyes and just relax.
I picture a blue energy ( sort of like a smoke screen) surrounding me as I sit, encompassing me, my alter , and a few feet of space around me.
There is a little more preparation then that , that goes in to it but I am not putting all the details....
I envision this smoke screen until my skin is warm and prickling from a soft wind.
I use candles when I pray.
My intent usually written on the candle if possible. I also envision a smoke like energy filling the inside of the candle carrying my intent.
I use paper + hand made ink to write down any other parts of my prayer that may be necessary and I will burn the candle either on top of the paper, or sometimes I will wrap that paper around the candle and let the two burn together.
Depending on how strongly I feel about that particular prayer, I may rub an appropriate oil into the candle or onto the paper. Lose herb if that helps it along, and maybe two or more at a time.
I have a spirit guide who is a beautiful tall dark black woman who wears older, traditional gypsy style clothing that I often envision and 'pray to' or with when I need something.
I also use archangels. Micheal to be precise.
A lot of older, traditional Celtic god/desses , Egyptian.. African.. even some Japanese.
Though, it isnt as simple as I make it out with this paragraph...
I am truly just grazing over it all
In my religion, I can not just bow my head.. though I do sometimes wish I could