March 10, 2021
You seemingly know these feelings very well - weariness, the urge to not get out of your PJs, the feeling of “no amount of makeup can conceal my tired face” and so on. We‘ve all been there - sleeping early only to wake up twice as tired as we were before we tuck ourselves to sleep. Have you asked yourselves why? Some of you may have stopped drinking caffeine drinks. A few may have been acting so busy to disregard these feelings or some of you may have not even noticed these patterns at all, and many may have sought medical advice.
Without further ado, the purpose of this article is to help you have a better sleep at night through a ritual.
Why a bedtime ritual? Most of us are okay with the typical routine in which we commonly tuck ourselves to bed, close our eyes, and allow our bodies to doze off. Like how we act today illustrates the possibilities of what’s forthcoming, what we do before bedtime determines a consequential influence on how effectively we will do when we get out of bed the next day.
In this ritual, your bedroom is your sanctuary. It is where each consciousness and half-consciousness meet and one must remember that cleanliness and comfortability connect us better to our inner divinity- our ever passionate, loving, peaceful, and higher true self. Here are key things you must consider:
As we’ve previously discussed, cleanliness and comfortability declutter our mind and better connect us to our inner divinity and this is true not only to our surroundings but to our very selves as well. Bathing is allotting time for yourself- a time you should generously give yourself after a tiring yet meaningful day-for many people it's also the only time during the day that they are not near a screen, which allow more calmness to the mind. In bathing, think of it as not only cleaning and washing the physical dirt off your body but as well as eliminating all the negative (disgust, sadness, fear, etc…) and preparing yourself for once again, a whole enthusiastic you the next day.
Your body is your temple and it is where every magic begins. And one must be mindful of the things we allow inside our body thus choosing your bath recipes in cleansing yourself matters. The use of bath oils vivify your skin more intensely but more importantly, it calms your soul virtuously due to their therapeutic nature. The use of Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil, and Frankincense Oil is highly recommended as it helps in relieving stress and allowing a better relaxation experience.
Massage therapy provides a deeper connection and balance between our body, mind, and spirit. Some of you may be in two minds adding this in your daily ritual thinking you needed a massage practitioner to rightly perform it on you. Worry not, self-massage is as significant and effective as any other massage. The use of body oil or body lotion would beautifully work especially those with ingredients of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Bergamot as this allows your joints and muscle pains in relief and calmness.
Stretching in physical health and fitness, allows us to improve the flexibility of our tissues and muscles. But this is not only true physically. Just as how it permits us for a stronger, healthier body, it also helps us build on our flexibility mentally and spiritually.
Take a moment and think of a stretching routine at your preference. When you are ready, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let fly of your mind and enjoy the freedom inside you. And, in every inhale and exhale you partake, try to stretch and reach as far as you can just us how you’d like to reach for your goals mentally and spiritually. Being flexible in mind and spirit allows us to greater heights and a better sleep at night.
Personally, this is my most-awaited ritual at bedtime. Reflecting or meditating allows us to speak with our higher self which should be our ultimate goal every day before we sleep as it is a class of its own in providing us peace and happiness. If you are not tired yet, it might help you reduce your brain activity to the desirable calm, Alfa waves, which will increase your relaxation, calmness, and deepen your sleep for lucid dreaming.
For some who may find it difficult to reflect, the use of oil and incense has been long-observed in almost all traditions known in the world. Lighting an incense will purify your environment and turn your bedroom into your meditation area. Choose incense that will help you clear out negative energy and fill yourself with positive vibrations.
Research shows that listening to music or reading amend your mood. So if you are being reflective, you have the power to go to extremes with your feelings by listening to your desired type of music which parallels to reading as well. Choose your book or music and play it before your good night's sleep.
Unwind and ponder about the things you need to do the next day. You may take notes or simply visualize. Planning for tomorrow keeps you ahead of time! Visualization helps you keep motivated and more focused on your goals. This will help you establish your daily plan which allows you to control your schedule and not let it control you instead, and as a result, this gives you a sense of recreation on a daily basis knowing that you are always prepared for what’s forthcoming. This allows your brain to relax in the middle of the night and pass by negative emotions such as dissatisfaction.
Last but never the least in our ritual is applying oils in your pulse or acupressure points! This requires a physical touch to these acupressure points which are connected to different aspects of our physical and mental health and allows us tranquility. The most recommended oils are Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil, Sweet Marjoram Oil, Bergamot Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Valerian Oil, Sandalwood Oil, and Ylang Ylang Oil.
Check out this video by @TheSpiritChick showcasing her Evening Witchy/Spiritual self-care/self-love routine.
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September 18, 2021
It’s yet again the transformative, emotional, and highly energetic time of the year, where we welcome in the notorious Mercury retrograde. Despite the fact that Mercury retrograde is an occurrence that happens multiple times each year, it never seems to fail to stir up the same old feelings of needing to bunker down and lie low for a few weeks. This is because, unlike planetary retrogrades, Mercury’s reversed influence can make our lives do a complete 180-degree turn, which can cause some difficulties in our communication, career development, and relationships.
However, while Mercury retrograde tends to get a bad rep for its ability to completely change our lives, it can also be an excellent time to complete tasks, work on creative projects, as well as do some inner workings. With that said, today, we’re going to talk all about Mercury retrograde, what it is, and what you should and should not do during it.
September 09, 2021
As we transition out of the warm nights of August, we steadily begin making our way through the abundant month of September, welcoming with it the many transitional properties of the autumn season. However, September isn’t just a welcoming period for the autumn itself, but for the second of the three harvest festivals of the Wheel of the Year, known as Mabon. Mabon, also known as the autumn equinox, is the sabbat that marks the time of which day and night are equal, when we gather our crops once more and enjoy the last bit of warmth before the cooler months take over. On a deeper level, Mabon also has many powerful energetic transitions taking place, which can push us to seek change, deeper spiritual connections, and inner wisdom as we approach one of the most symbolic days of the year.
With so much going on energetically, it can be hard to know the best ways to celebrate the energy of the season and fully welcome it into your space. So to help you out, in this article, we're going to go over everything having to do with the divine autumnal sabbat of Mabon. From its history to its correspondences, traditions, and a few ways you can celebrate it today, let’s dive into everything you need to know about this powerful sabbat.
August 31, 2021
As we welcome in the cooling harvest month of September, we make way for a transformative period of energetic change as we work to create better balance in our lives. We kick off this autumn month in the sign of the practical and goal-oriented Virgo, shifting our focus towards progression on our goals. This will provide the signs with some initial direction and clarity, which will help us to start the month feeling positive and rejuvenated. However, Mercury, the planet of communication and knowledge, will also be lurking in the background this month as it prepares to go retrograde for the third and final time this year, pushing us to do some inner reflection as we begin to work through stirred emotions. This could also bring about mental fog, miscommunication, and misunderstandings with partners, coworkers, and loved ones, so be prepared for some potential rough patches throughout the month.
Towards the end of September, on the 23rd, we will then shift into the partnership-focused Zodiac sign of the Libra, which will turn our attention towards family, friends, and community as we continue to grow and strengthen relationships as well as our own independence. We will also reach the Autumn Equinox the day before this, on September 22nd, which is considered to be a truly divine time of balance, inner reflection, growth, and gratitude as we prepare for yet another change of season into a calmer, more stagnant time of the year. This is also the time of which the veil between our world and the spirit world is growing increasingly thin, upping our intuitive abilities and connection to the other side. For this reason, be prepared for some deeper spiritual movements to occur this day, as it is an incredibly significant time of year for magical workings.