April 27, 2020 3 Comments
We are in the midst of an historic event. Essentially, we are all, as a global society, experiencing the same traumatic event. Of course, there are different levels to which we experience this trauma, depending on our location, our wealth status, our access to facilities and treatment and so on, but for absolutely everyone who is feeling anxious, depressed and stressed during this global pandemic, I want you to hear this: you are not alone.
A study conducted in late March found that 22% of all UK adults were feeling anxiety surround the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us, worldwide, are in some form of lockdown, shelter-in-place or isolation, and we know that this can negatively impact mental health, even for those who do not usually suffer from anxiety or depression. On top of this, we have financial and economical strain, we are separated from our family and friends, and lack certainty about what is yet to come. So, as spiritual and witchy folk, how can we combat this mental strain and take the best possible care of ourselves? Well, we have a leg-up: we have magic.
The first form of magic that I always reference is meditation. To me, meditation is the purest form of magical work, and the most readily accessible. No matter where you are, take a few minutes to center and ground yourself. If you are feeling anxious or depressed, try to bring your awareness back into your body. Live in the present: I am safe. I am home. I have a home. I don’t want you to make yourself feel guilty, though – just try to bring yourself back into this exact moment, despite all the scary things that might be happening around us. Breathe and re-focus. Bringing that oxygen deep into your body will relax your racing heart and allow you to think more clearly.
Something that I firmly believe has kept me sane during lockdown is ritual baths. I know that not everyone has access to a bathtub, and it’s important to know that that doesn’t matter. You can make a ritual out of a shower, a sponge-bath or even washing your hands. In fact, washing your hands (since we are supposed to wash for at least twenty seconds!) gives you a great moment to check in with yourself, see how you are feeling within your body and mind, and visualize yourself cleansing away worry.
If you do have a bath, put some love into preparing it. Choose your scents and herbs mindfully, but remember that it doesn’t matter if you don’t have everything you’d like. If you just have some bubble bath, an old bath bomb, some fresh lemons, or a jar of ground cinnamon you found at the back of the cupboard, that’s okay! It’s all about the intention. Run the water, add your magical elements, cast off your clothing (and with it, the stress of the day) and sink in. Again, be present; make the most of this moment. Wash yourself and picture the concern and worry leaving your body. When you finish, watch the water swirl down the drain, taking your anxiety with it into the great unknown.
I love spell-work, and one wonderful thing about being at home for me is that I have access to my magical tools and space every day. When we are specifically worrying about the future, financial and economic impacts and our health, casting spells can be an excellent way to work through and take control of your anxieties.
In the current world climate, I’ve been working a lot of protection magic. For example, a simple protection spell to cast out negative energies and place protection over your home and family is a beautiful way to re-focus your own energy into taking care of yourself and your loved ones. How about infusing your magic into your evening meal? As you stir, murmur incantations to maintain the health of all who eat with you. I recently made some hand salves for NHS (National Health Service) workers in our local hospital, and as I stirred them, I whispered, “Turn, turn, turn the key; protect these workers, three times three. As they place it upon their hands, protect their health, all on that land.” It doesn’t have to be fancy – it doesn’t even have to rhyme. Just direct your magic into whatever you are making or doing.
Herbal Tea & Aromatherapy
Finally, consider treating yourself as much as you can with calming herbs and aromatherapy. I have a water diffuser, and I make a large batch of Thieves’ Oil each week, placing 10-20 drops into the diffuser each and every morning. It fills my home with a beautiful scent which I find extremely calming; it also keeps my head and sinuses clear (bonus!). Whether you believe in the power of herbalism or not, we can all agree that a pleasant aroma in the home makes quarantine a lot more enjoyable.
If you can, consider gifting your body with herbal drinks to help you to relax. I love chamomile or rose tea for relaxation, and my favourite way to start the morning is hot water, the juice of half a lemon, a spoon of honey and a knuckle-sized knob of freshly grated ginger. I like to treat the whole process of preparation and consumption as ritualistic. Again, I whisper incantations as I prepare the tea, and I try not to look at my phone or computer while I drink it. A sleepy tea before bed is also a great way to signal the end of the active day and the beginning of your time of rest.
How do you treat yourself with kindness during lockdown?
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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.