There are no right or wrong ways to be a witch, but that doesn’t necessarily make things easier. Developing a practice takes time and space. This a personal list of the things I do (or try to do) that have made a difference in my spirituality and path as a witch.
Get Up Early
It’s hard to do, but I have found the time before anyone else is up, beneficial. I use this time to think, do a little yoga and perform a small ritual. All of this takes less time than you might think. Sometimes I just sit and look out of the window and watch the sky change or the moon set. This is a very sweet time and I have received some powerful messages simply looking into the dawn sky.
Yoga is a form of magic. Before it became a health craze it was part of a sacred set of beliefs and systems. I love yoga, it is a time of devotion and I cherish it. The focus on the body and mind in a holistic context has done wonders for my sense of sacredness. If you choose to do a yoga class, try to find one that has respect for the philosophies of yoga as well as the physical aspects.
Meet with other witches
So many of us are alone in our witchcraft, either by choice or circumstance. However I am full of gratitude for my fellow witch friends. They motivate and guide me, their nurturing has been vital. All witches can end up in a rut and meeting others can help with this as we learn from each other. And how can one pass up a chance to geek out with others who share your love of the esoteric?
It should come as no surprise that I journal, given the theme of this site. My journal is a mix of art and writing. This is where I am able to access my inner voice most efficiently.
I try and meditate everyday. It’s a sort of spiritual training. Clearing one’s head, sitting in the now. People like to talk about "holding space" these days. I prefer to call it pausing for yourself. Try it during a lunch break or for a few minutes in your car before you go into work. I like to use a meditation app such as Insight Timer, to help me.
Notice the Moon
Just look up as often as you can when she’s out. Give her a nod, journal how you feel at different phases of the moon. Keep her in your heart.
Have an Altar
These can be hidden or on plain view. However you arrange it, try to have it somewhere you will notice it a great deal throughout your day (even it is hidden). Can’t be open about your path? Even a potted plant with a meaningful picture can suffice. Pinterest is full of novel ways of creating an altar. In my own life I have one in my office at work, one in my bedroom, one in the space where I do my rituals and one in a small box in my bathroom. Each one has different items depending on the purpose.
If you can do nothing else, find time to be in nature. Feel its rhythms, pick a particular place in a park or garden and visit it regularly. Notice how it changes not just through the seasons but with the weather, the moon phases and YOUR moods. Over time, this will be a balm that soothes you.
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