So, I know that I said I was not sure if I would have time to get a blog post out this week. I have 3 big tests tomorrow, and then as soon as I am done with them, my roommates and I are packing up the vehicles and road-tripping down to my property. We are camping for the first weekend of our spring break. Since I have been studying nearly nonstop for over a week, I am feeling quite prepared for my tests and more than a little burnt out. I also had a break this morning/afternoon and I am pretty much all packed up. So since I have some time before I have to go see my furry friends at the Humane Society, I decided to turn out a quick post so that I can go camping without any guilt of forsaking my loyal readers (all one or two of you!).
This week, I am going to talk about witchery every day. In this modern world, it is easy to get caught up in life and leave spirituality behind. I know very well. With my class schedule being a minimum of 18 credit hours, plus my Pre-Vet Club responsibilities and studying and theatre, it was very easy to get lost in it. I just recently found a workable balance (it also had something to do with moving off campus and not having a true roommate.) So for this post, I decided to ramble a bit about how I keep witchcraft in my day-to-day life. Hopefully, I can give some other people inspiration and get some good advice from those much wiser than me.
Altars. I love having an altar that I can work with. On top of my old dresser in the corner is where I keep it. When I moved in here, I decided that this would be a place for magic and magic only. Altars are ever changing and evolving, and I love it. It is a great representation of myself, and I keep it updated for seasons, holidays and all of that. I think that altars should be ever changing, and that they are extremely personal. I always have a place on the altar for Cernunnos and I keep an offering bowl as well as candles, a few crystals and all that. I always dedicate the space to the ancestors and spirits who have helped me get to where I am. Altars are one of my favorite craftings, and, one day, when I have my own house, I really want to have an altar for every room.
Prayer. This is something that I just recently started doing. I have two prayers that I say on a daily basis, usually at night, right before going to bed. I say them out loud before my altar after lighting a candle and burning a little bit of my rosemary smudge. I am still deciding whether or not I like them as they are. They are common prayers that I modified to fit my purposes and myself. One for the spirits, ancestors and Mother Earth and the second is for myself. I find that these are an excellent way to put everything for a few minutes every day and just focus on my spirituality. I find that words tend to lose meaning when just spoken without any emotion or intent behind them. So this is a way to work with intent as well. I eventually want to write my own prayers, but I am nowhere near as creative with words as I am with a pencil.
Meditation. I have always been a lover of meditation, especially since I am a worrier and an over-thinker. Meditation has been a way for me to put the world aside and just try to relax, and it is often very difficult for me. There are some days when I couldn’t meditate if my life depended on it. I still try, however, and I feel that meditation on a daily basis has made me a better witch and a better person. Since the weather has been nice lately, and the ground has been decently dry, I have started meditating under the big blue spruce in the backyard. I sit with my bare feet in the dirt and my back against the trunk of the old spruce. I have yet to have trouble meditating under his branches, and I am hoping that with the discipline of meditating daily and doing it outside whenever possible (when not muddy or under a foot of snow) that I will leave my trouble behind.
New things. I have also started trying new things in order to keep myself from slipping into a state of impractice. Journeying is the latest task that I have started working towards. I have been mostly unsuccessful as of yet, but I will keep trying.
So that is how I keep witchcraft in my life on a daily basis. How about you?