If you’re not making magic, can you really call yourself a witch?

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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 Stuff and 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.

Bottling herbs.

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.

Reading tarot.

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.

Meditate.

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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17 Comments on “If you’re not making magic, can you really call yourself a witch?

  1. I like working on my book of shadows – it’s basically a big art project and the time I spend adding things to it feels like a low-stress way to still be “witchy”.

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    • That’s such an awesome tip! I haven’t found a book to actually put my Book of Shadows in. I just have a bunch of files on my computer lol! I’d really like to print them all out and bind them one day, if I can find something I like to put them in.

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  2. Adie,
    I know you’ve had a lot on your plate, lately–writing/editing a book, new revamped blog, jewelry, etc., so I can understand how you might need a spiritual pick-me-up! It sounds like you know what to do to get out of your slump, though, so I’m just gonna send you positive vibes and bunches of hugs as encouragement! BTW, if you get the chance, you might consider stopping by wayward sparkles (Voila! It’s Magic) only cuz I dedicated a song to you!
    Your friend,
    Mona
    😁🐞🌻

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    • Aw, thank you so much, Mona!! You’re so sweet! I have had a lot on my plate–I’m very not used to it lol! You’re such a doll for dedicating a song to me! My heart’s all aflutter. ❤

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  3. The Husband Dude and I were both raised Catholic but I think we both consider ourselves more “spiritual” now. One of my best friends is Pagan and I’ve really enjoyed learning about some of her rituals and traditions. When first met The Husband, I was very much into cleansing with sage, Tarot reading, and was learning a bit about stones. He liked the cleansing and stones part of it, but somehow we got away from it as life got busy. We’ve both commented that we miss it. He often talks about how sage always calmed him down and made him feel more grounded when he would come home from a crazy day at work. I guess we could all use a bit more of that, couldn’t we? I may have to go find my cards again!

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    • Burning sage is a great way to calm down! I used to burn incense a lot when I was younger, but my ex was very sensitive to smells and the habit fell by the wayside. I really should start again. I could definitely use some calming vibes!

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  4. So burning sage is grounding and calming? I’m all in. Where exactly does one get sage to burn? Local grocers or do I need to go somewhere else? Also, does it come with instructions on how to burn it? This is very important because if not, then I’m sure I’d end up burning more than just the sage, which wouldn’t be calming at all and might also give “ground” and “burning” a whole different context.
    Mona

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    • Oh, of course, and as for how to burn loose herbs, you can buy charcoal disks (like for hookah, not the kind for your bbq) from specialty shops or order them online from Amazon or other retailers. There are tons of tutorials for how to do it, but basically you light the charcoal disk (carefully, I encourage people to use tongs to hold it when lighting) and set it in a fireproof dish (they make special holders for this, but any heat-proof dish will work if you fill it with a layer of sand to insulate it). Once it’s lit and burning, you just sprinkle a little bit of loose herbs/incense onto it (not too much otherwise there won’t be enough oxygen to keep the fire going).

      Smudge sticks (which are just dried herb leaves tied up with string) is a bit easier. Just light it on fire, give it a second, then blow it out and set it in any heat proof dish. You can use a regular ashtray for that if you want. Like with anything on fire, don’t blow it too hard (ha) to avoid blowing bits of burning embers everywhere and accidentally catching things on fire.

      Like I said in the other comment, I prefer sticks or cones, which you just light, blow out, and set in a burner. Since they’re more compacted than smudge sticks, you’re less likely to send embers flying when you blow on them.

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    • I wouldn’t recommend burning grocery store ground sage, just because it’s so fine. You can order smudge kits online or just look for regular sage incense cones/sticks (which is what I use because it’s easier than burning loose herbs—I’m a bit of a lazy witch lol).

      I’m sure you could probably find a sage scented candle somewhere, though I’m not quite sure where to look. Now I want to see if I can find one!

      On that note, though, if fire and burning aren’t your thing, you could always try an oil diffuser. No fire required! I’m almost certain I’ve seen sage oil on Amazon.

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