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I mean, short answer: Yes, as long as you identify as a witch. Obviously. I just needed a catchy title.
I’ve hit a bit of a spiritual slump, lately. This is something that commonly happens with me (depression, anxiety, and the crippling inability to function that comes with them). When I feel overwhelmed, anything that is not absolutely essential to my survival gets left by the way side.
This is trying for me, because my spirituality is a very important part of my life.
It feels a bit worse lately, because I’m also in a strange spiritual shift. I’ve mentioned in the past that I just don’t connect with many of the common Pagan pantheons of gods and goddesses. I’ve also mentioned that I’ve been attending church. And, I’ve found that I’ve really been connecting with Jesus (my grandmother is probably watching over me writing this right now and dancing). But, I feel very, very disconnected from the term “Christian” and am not comfortable using it to describe myself. I also still very much identify myself as a witch.
But, that’s all for another blog post (which I’m working on). I’m just throwing it up here real quick so you can see that I’m Going Through Some Stuffand it’s had me a little distracted from the actual practice of witchcraft.
So, what’s a witch to do when they feel disconnected from their path?
Here are a few of the little things that help me right myself.
Playing with stones.
I have a vast and absurd collection of semiprecious stones. I’ve always been drawn to stones and the majority of my witchcraft involves stones (in mojo bags/bottles, or creating grids). So, it makes sense that just sitting for a moment and handling my collection, even if I’m not “working” with them, can help reconnect me to my craft.
I live in an area where things do not grow well. It’s just too hot and dry to grow many of the herbs I use and I don’t have the space for an indoor growing system quite yet (it’s something I’m working on, though). As a result, I have to buy a lot of prepackaged, dried herbs/flowers/etc. Sometimes these come in their own bottles, but most of the time they come to me in plastic bags. I prefer to store them in bottles, because I can have them out and they look nice.
There’s an almost meditative quality to transferring herbs from a plastic bag into a bottle. Writing up labels, carefully funneling them into jars, the smell like I’m sitting in an apothecary. I highly recommend using wide-mouth glass bottles or even mason jars for herb storage; trying to get them out of tiny openings can be an exercise in frustration.
I don’t have a lot of time to practice divination in any sort of in-depth form (which is why I, unlike many other witches online, do not sell tarot readings), but I do still enjoy it. One of the best ways to reconnect myself to my craft is with a daily card pull. You have, perhaps, heard of this very simple technique:
Each morning, sit with your deck for a few moments (I still use the Llewellyn Tarot deck, which is the first deck I ever bought, and also recently bought some Mary, Queen of Angels oracle cards that are nice but shed the silver edge-lining like a glitter bomb), reflecting on the upcoming day. What do you want to happen? How do you want it to go? What should you expect? Then, pull a single card from the deck and read accordingly. Now you know what to expect for the day!
Collecting spell components.*
Like I said, I live in an area where I can’t really grow a lot of my own components, either due to the hot, dry climate, or just the lack of space. So, occasionally, I’ll go out collecting. There are places only a short drive from me where sage and other herbs grow wild. Because I’m from the California coast, I tend to incorporate a lot of sea/ocean iconography into my craft, so it’s not uncommon to find me searching for shells along the beach or collecting a jar of sea water under the full moon.
*Some areas may have laws against the harvesting of wild flora, so be sure to check with your city before going out collecting. Only collect things you can safely identify. Be mindful of insects and other fauna in the area. Never ingest anything you’ve collected wild (you don’t know what’s been on it). Collect at your own risk.
Meditation just seems to help everything, doesn’t it? Sitting quietly and just existing has a way of calming down a wary, weary mind. There are plenty of guided meditation videos on YouTube, or apps for your phone, but I personally prefer to just sit and focus on my breathing–in for a four-count, out for an eight-count–until I feel better.
What are some of the things you do to get out of a rut, spiritual or otherwise? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to try some!
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