I am not a morning person. Honestly, I've never been one.
But I do know that those days when I force myself to get up that one hour earlier, I get a lot done. Not specifically in that one hour, but I am then set to be productive for the rest of the day. And I can do things during that one hour that I would otherwise have to do in the evening after work. A time when other things needs to be done, like caring for the house, the family, dinner needs to be made. Mundane things. Oh, and to not mention the fatigue after a long day at work.
Not the perfect time to do your magic, eh?
And I don't know where I got it, I think it was a movie or something… but the message was that even if you miss an opportunity, you must learn how to recognize them so that when the next one comes you won't overlook it. And a part of that is to realize when those opportunities arise. Like, for instance, the time you have every morning before you get to work.
The daily morning practice
I do my daily meditation practice in the evening. It's a nice way to disconnect form everything and to center and re-align myself after a long day. But then during the course of a few weeks I had missed my daily magical practice a couple of days, for various reasons. Mostly because the time was chogged up by mundane things that simply needed to get done instead.
So, I decided to try something new. I decided to get up an hour earlier, and get the rituals done by morning instead. And what do you know, not only do I now have that drive to actually get up (no more snooze for me!) but then as I start my morning, the enchantments I want make is already done. It won't be something looming ahead of me that needs to be done, because I've already done it! It's done! This is great for two reasons; first it's not something that is ahead of me. For instance if I enchant for wealth - that wealth is no longer something that's "ahead of me" because I would otherwise continuously keep thinking ahead towards the evening rituals… Which puts it in the future in my mind, which means it will never happen!
Secondly; whenever I think of those enchantments during the course of the day, having done them in the morning, it's no longer something that I will have to do later (aka something that is not yet real). It's something that I have already done! And since I have already addressed the issue, the attraction of wealth is no longer something that lies in the future, but something that's in the past! That means that it is already set in motion and entangled with present events. The future is intangible, but the past is already made!
This simple modification in my practice shits my mind from "I need to do something about this" to "I've already done something about this!" I swear to God, those extra minutes in the morning will make your whole day. You will be calmer, knowing that you've already completed the most important task of the day! This frees up mental and cognitive resources to deal with whatever else comes during your day, and you will free up time in the evening for your family and your own needs.
Another benefit of Morning Magic is that most people in the house (and in the neighborhood) is still asleep, so you can work your magic undisturbed. No inquisitive eyes and no noise. Just you and your Craft. I also believes that this heightens your focus and intent during your magic practice as this time is solely dedicated for just that.
My personal practice
I like to spend this extra time with a few minutes (3-5) of light meditation just to still my mind after waking up. I would light a candle, and just exist for a while. Then I would do my daily prayers (to various deities and celestial bodies), and then continue on to my petitions. It's also an amazing time for sigil activation (I prefer Gordon White's tech for this, so no weird stuff!). I top it off with a cup of Yerba Maté and some silent contemplation (I get my covfefe fix later…) and then prep myself for work.
During this time I've not only centered myself before the day starts, but I am also done with my prayers and petitions before I do anything else. Like I said earlier: in the first hour of the morning I have already completed the most important task of the day. The enchantments I make is for making progress in my life, and my job is just a means to that end. That is why the enchantments are the most important work of the two. A job for most is just a means of survival.
It is important that you find out what works best for you - don't take my word for it. Try it yourself for a while and see how it works out. I know I'm not the only one with troubles getting started in the morning... but I figure it might have similar benefits to you, but it's up to you to try it! For one, I know that I've gotten more eager and more willing to get out of bed earlier because it has become so important to me to get that time for myself, and I've gotten more productive magic-wise as well because of it.
Let me know if it works for you, and what benefits you feel you are getting from practicing your Morning Magic!
(also, if you by any chance knows a spell to increase low blood pressure in the morning, please let me know!)