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Mind Shifts

Okay, so I think you’ve probably noticed that, yet again, I haven’t posted in a while.

It’s not you.

It’s me.

My mind has been shifting around so much that I’m tiring myself out by simply thinking!

Decisive action is required to clear this somewhat cluttered head! As a result, my mind shifts have reflected badly on my work. As I mentioned a while ago, I put Wytch away for a time, to sleep, while I focused my thoughts. I’m quite happy with not working on the book. Yet, also consumed with the inner conflict of it’s direction, this conflict was bleeding into my writing and I couldn’t do the story justice.

My site is called The Way of Wytch, which suggests to me that it should be about Wytch, or at least witchcraft! And, while I usually have many things to say, I was trapped in radio silence (or blog silence), alongside a writers block. Actually, this is not true, I wasn’t blocked entirely, it is only this project that has obstacles, other words are still being written in other forms.

It was bought to my attention recently, that while I’m usually quite a creative individual, I wasn’t really creating anything. I then became annoyed at myself for meandering and generally pottering around, for not getting anything done! I’ve never been a finisher – I start many projects, becoming obsessive and quite crazy about them, but then they sit waiting, unfinished in a drawer, or on a shelf. Sometimes, they end up in the bin!

I know what my problem is. I’m currently looking for a job and this takes up a lot of my time; the endless applications, covering letters and re-writes of my CV is enough to drive me to sitting and staring at the wall for an hour! The amount of dross that gets posted in the vacancies sections online is rather disturbing, not to mention the fact that everyday I’m faced with the realisation of not actually being qualified in anything that doesn’t come under the sub-heading of “Hippy Chick”, or “flaky”. I nearly wish I was normal!

I said “nearly”.

I don’t actually mean it.

*End of Rant.

With much consideration, I have decided to spend a week reading Wytch, making changes, and getting down and dirty with this project. I will finish it.

More though, I have decided to have a shift around with my blog. Some of the wonderful blogs I follow seem to be more lifestyle focused with a good range of topics and articles. These, I noticed, were my favourite reads when online. I also like some of the challenges and themes that some of you have signed up for and would like to be involved in those too. I can’t remain Wytch specific. It’s good to have focus, but not to be blinkered.

There will be a name change and I will organise my posts. Some will be about my writing in general, others will still be very much Wytch focused. However, for the most part, it will be about other things that inspire and delight me. Hopefully, they will inspire and delight you too.

So if you notice that I’m missing here in cyber space, I won’t be missing for long, and I will have the new-look up and running very soon.

In the meantime, I’ll still be reading all of your posts. x

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Wednesdays Wisdom

 

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Wednesday’s Wisdom

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Witches Mirror

Not just used for applying make-up!

We are creatures ruled by vanity. We use a mirror several times throughout the day, to check our reflections, making sure that we are presentable for others. We use a mirror to communicate with us what other people may be seeing, and therefore, thinking about us. We use a mirror to help us mask ourselves, whether it’s make-up or hair styles, to help us shave or trim the beard, we hide behind a “look” – when I say we, I simply mean the we as human beings in general.

Not just used for scrying!

Witches will use many tools for their craft; athame, boline, wand, chalice, candles, incense etc. Usually a witch will also have an item used for scrying as well – to aid in seeing the future. This tool comes in many forms: tarot, runes, crystal ball, and more besides. Each witch will have her or his favourite, and will use it often. While the tools for divination and scrying are all very good in their own right. A mirror offers a bit more of an edge, magically speaking.

Yes, it can be used in spells – to send energies, either healing or banishing.

But the beauty of the magic mirror is in the exploring of your spirit. I have used a mirror on several occasions after going to a talk in the early 1990’s in my home town. It wasn’t a talk on witchcraft especially, although magic was mentioned, but more a talk on spiritual seeking and understanding the shadow self. My first real experience of mirroring was actually quite scary as we were invited to explore our shadow selves. This is something which scared the living daylights out of me.

As a child, and into my teens, I had suffered with night terrors. As an infant in my pushchair, my mum always had to walk in the shade as I was terrified of my own shadow – I tried to kick it off my feet whilst screaming. I also have a fairly dark imagination, so I panicked a little when presented with this exercise of exploring my inner demon.

It turned out to be one of my favourite rituals. I use the mirror for a lot of work where my own spiritual progression is required.I don’t use it very often for others. However, I have been asked to give a brief talk and demonstration tonight at the psychic group, in Long Eaton. I decided I would talk about the power of the mirror, and how it can help you with your psychic awareness, and especially with connecting with a guide.

It’s a simple technique, that anyone can do.

Some do find it quite scary at first: seeing your face change is weird right?

Some may find it too difficult: the eyes have to softly focus and can feel tired and heavy.

Some people can’t do it straight away and give up: it’s like those magic eye pictures that are made up of tiny dots and you have to stare at them just right to make the picture appear. If you can’t see those pictures, you will have to practice and persevere with the mirror. Unlike the magic eye pictures though, if you do persevere with it, eventually you will become better and achieve results.

I will mention here, that your intention is very important. Below are instructions to connect with your guide. I use the mirror for lots of things, and it is always wise to seek proper counsel and research any magical practice before going ahead.

If possible, do this at dusk, with just the one candle to offer light. Night time with all the lights off is no good, as then it will be too dark. So soft lighting is best.

Sit in front of your mirror with a candle in between you, placed slightly to the right.

Focus your gaze, softly, on your third eye – the place just above and in the middle of your eyebrows.

Ground yourself and imagine a bubble of protection around you. Only ever work in the light and with energies that are conducive to your own – the highest and the purest, in perfect love and perfect trust.

Make your intention clear, and breathe evenly and deeply, clearing your thoughts of all clutter and focusing only at the mirror and your intention. State, in your mind, that you are protected. Invite your guide to show themselves in the mirror, in your reflection.

You may have to repeat this several times. Watch as your face changes. Feel the differences in the energy around you – this will be their energy. Feel the difference in the energy within you – this is your energy when a clear connection is made with your guide.

After you have explored the energies and seen your guide, remember to say thank you and goodbye. Ground and centre yourself and blow out the candle.

It’s always wise to get a drink of water afterwards. Write your experience in a journal/notebook/bos, etc.

The more you do this, the more information will come through, and the more you’ll notice your guide’s energies in everyday life.

Enjoy! x


The Holy Grail of Magic Shops

Fifteen years ago, a fabulous magic shop opened on our high street.

Its shelves were packed with books, there were rows and rows of shiny crystals, they stocked candles and incense, all for the general public to purchase. They also stocked all the magical tools a witch could possibly ask for: wands, athames, bells, chalices, cauldrons, bolines, pentagrams/pentacles, statues, altar cloths. With so much more besides.

Sadly, in 2007, for reasons I won’t go into, the owners decided to close their doors. No shop since has ever come close to offering those wonderful magical supplies or books, not here in my area, or online.

I miss the energies. Of walking over the threshold and smelling the fragrant herbs and incense, of picking up crystals and feeling their energy. I miss perusing the shelves and flicking the crisp pages of new books yet to be read, with the knowledge they held yet to be learned. I yearn for the social connection the shop bought to all its customers, the welcoming smiles and the gentle humour. The people I met and friendships I made while working there bought people into my life who I will always treasure. It is because of this shop that I have such wonderful friends – my magical family.

As much as I love having information at my fingertips, through my laptop, while sitting at home; there really is no substitute for a magic shop around the corner. A magic shop that sells all the supplies you could ever wish for, that offers knowledge in the form of books, classes and courses, that brings like minded people together for solid friendships that last a lifetime!

Most importantly, to me as a witch, I find it so difficult to buy things online that are required for my magical work. I look on the screen at the beautifully photographed items, but I can’t feel them. I can’t connect to them through smell, or touch, let alone through energy. I’m currently looking for a new chalice (mine broke) and it is proving to be the Holy Grail that I may as well be seeking!

I realised today that I’m going to have to take a trip to Glastonbury. Don’t get me wrong, Glastonbury is gorgeous, its a great place to visit. A little further than I’d like to go for one item though. Plus, let’s face it, if I go to Glastonbury I’m likely to buy more than just a chalice, and I will of course have to visit the Well, and the Abbey, and Tor. Not to mention a thousand other things to do whilst there. I’m planning a holiday around the need to buy one item!

I miss my local magic shop. I would love to open my own. I have been working on a plan to open one, but is now the right time to be investing money, time and energy into starting a new business?

The shops in Glastonbury survive, I believe, because of the community in which the shops are nestled. A magical place, most residents, I’m sure, are Witches, Druids and Fay ­čÖé┬áIt is, after all, famous for King Arthur, the Chalice Well, with its healing waters, bring in plenty of tourists and trade, which generates most of the shops footfall and sales.

Everywhere, the High Streets seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate. How could a small and independent magic shop survive when even the big name stores are having to close because of the competition available to consumers online?

Do we, as shoppers, care about being able to pick up and “feel” the items we want to buy? Is it only important for those items which have magical, spiritual, or religious significance, if at all?

 

 

 


Cool Yule

Wishing you all a merry and bright Christmas, and brightest blessings for the Yuletide.

Yule is one of the two solstices in the turning of the years wheel, where the daylight hours stop decreasing and begin to lengthen. Yay!

The days will be getting longer, and this is reason enough for celebrating!

The true date and time for Yule, this year, is on Sunday 21st  December at just after 11 (23:03) The solstice marks the point of the year when the sun is at its highest point (in the north or south) and the hours between sunrise and set are the longest. We celebrate these days as the shortest day (Yule) and the longest day (Litha).

As witches, we make merry to celebrate the rebirth of the sun. It is a day steeped in tradition, and with many connotations with healing. As the shortest day, Yule can also be seen as the darkest night of the soul. It reminds us that there is always light to follow, and that no matter how bad a situation you find yourself in, you can always make it to the other side.

Easy words, for me to type as I sit in my warm and comfortable home, surrounded by wonderful friends and family, and with a well stocked cupboard of food. Not so easy to accept when faced with uncertainty, ill health, financial worries or more.

I know that this is time of year in which we are reminded of the homeless, the poor, the starving, and the elderly. The media coverage and charity organisations go all out at Christmas – to guilt us into giving, to helping, to sparing a thought. It angers me, that we are not reminded more throughout the rest of the year. But. This is what Yuletide represents, the light returning. The end of the darkest night of the soul. The end of suffering. So actually yes, spare a thought, give a little time, get active in the community, make offerings to the wildlife in your back yard.

It is not my intention to try to put a downer on your Christmas, but the Yuletide custom is to think beyond the self, to the family and to the community. Chandlers would gift candles to their customers; to honour the returning light and also the returning customer!

Throughout the year, as the wheel turns, we are reminded to think beyond the limitations of self. More so, I feel, at Yule. Be a Lord or a Lady of Misrule, to ensure everyone can enjoy the festivities, or at least a small token of kindness.

Greet the sunrise to honour the traditions of old, and the ancestors. Bid hail to the Goddess and the God, be thankful for the light returning. Enjoy the day with feasting and spending time with friends and relatives. Bring in the Yule log and burn it brightly until its end (if you don’t have an open fire, a candle is just as good!) and watch the flames flicker and dance.

Eat, drink and be merry, for the hours of sunlight begin to lengthen and the wheel continues to turn. Light will always follow darkness, and when you offer a tiny flicker of light to someone, the way out of the darkness is easier to find.


I am a Witch

I am a witch.


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