Sunday, November 5, 2017

3 Simple Spreads for Witchy Wellness

Our month long meditation on Witchy Wellness wouldn't be complete without dabbling in bit of divination. 

The beauty of using cards, stones or runes 
is they open us up to possibilities and 
access useful information that is already inside of us

These simple spreads can be used with tarot cards, oracle cards, stones, or runes and tailored to suit our individual Wellness experimentation and work, Moon Baby.

3 Card Booster

1) How do I feel right now?
2) What could be blocking my sense of wellness?
3) What can I do to enhance my wellness?

Pentacle of Wellness

Inspired by this awesome talk by Selena Fox, The Pentacle of Wellness uses the elements to give us a general overview of five dimensions of our life.

1) Earth: What's going on with my physical body?
2) Air: What is going on in the mental realm?
3) Fire: What's going on with my motivation and Will?
4) Water: What's going on for me emotionally?
5) Spirit: What is going on spiritually, with my higher self or in my soul?

Chakra Spread or Body Map

You can customize this spread to work with the chakra system or as a map of the body, depending on your practice and personal preference.

1) Root Chakra (Stability + Security) or Feet + Bones
2) Sacral Chakra (Creativity + Sexuality) or Legs + Pelvis
3) Solar Plexus Chakra (Personal Power + Choice) or Gut + Digestion 
4) Heart Chakra (Love + Emotional Well being) or Heart, Lungs + Circulatory System
5) Throat Chakra (Truth + Communication) or Throat + Mouth
6) Third Eye Chakra (Intuition + Knowing) or Eyes + Ears
7) Crown Chakra ( Spiritual Connection + Inspiration) Hair, Skin, Head

What kinds of spreads or check in tools do you use to appreciate and increase your wellness, Moon Babies?

Witch On, Witch Boldly--
and Be Well! 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

You are Gifted, Witch.

I used to believe I was a shit witch because I couldn't see ghosts. 

I couldn't hear voices.
I didn't get chills walking into a room.
Goddesses didn't text me.
I couldn't fix all of my problems with the right configuration of roots and feet.
My dreams did not accurately predict the future or unveil mysterious truths.
I didn't have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Occult.
I didn't start studying ceremonial magicks at age three.
I had no aptitude for scrying.
Unlike the other healers I knew, I never had the right comforting words for the right time.
Hell, even dead people wouldn't talk to me.

They still don't.
Sometimes I wish they would.

I have no talent for this.
An utterly useless witch. 

I draw comics, color in books and wear my underwear on the outside while I sing songs about pizza parties.

I'm not gifted.

And then,
Then I started looking at the wide variety of healing the world really requires...
All of the ways it needs us.

Maybe you're like me.
Maybe you're not a famous medium or a high renaissance magician.

Maybe you're an excellent organizer of people.
Maybe you have a talent for reading aloud to kids
Maybe you are a donate-er of blood.
Maybe you are a maker and sharer of food.
Maybe you are an excellent listener.
Maybe you are an expert space holder.
Maybe you are observant and honest.
Maybe you are a caregiver of animals.
Maybe you are a rogue scholar.
Maybe you are a Connector and web maker.
Maybe you are skilled nest builder.
Maybe you beautify spaces.
Maybe you are a crackerjack crisis manager
Maybe you are generous and rare.
Maybe you have skills in the garden and the longevity of house plants.
Maybe you are emotionally intelligent.
Maybe you are a peer mediator.
Maybe you are a champion bedazzler.
Maybe you are an uplifting presence.
Maybe you are an inventor of culture.
Maybe you are savvy on the phone and in email.
Maybe you are persuasive and informed.
Maybe you have a flair for paying it forward.
Maybe you have the ability to alleviate alienation.
Maybe you are at ease with the ill and the elderly.
Maybe you are really good at showing people you love them.
Maybe you can speak more than one language.
Maybe you can make people happy cry with your words.
Maybe you have a bond with the land.
Maybe you are an upcycling genius.
Maybe  you are a finger painter.
Maybe you are a singer of ridiculous songs.
Maybe you have an uncommon imagination.
Maybe you are a bestower of opportunities.
Maybe you are a wise wielder of money.
Maybe you are detail oriented.
Maybe you are a person others can relax with.
Maybe you are a slinger of Joy.
Maybe you have the patience to work with children.
Maybe you are a taker of pictures.
Maybe you are a luminary of pleasure.
Maybe you help people see and experience what they can't see in themselves.
Maybe you are a keeper of bees.
Maybe you are a teller of Truths.
Maybe you Show Up when others can't or won't.

Maybe you are gifted, Witch. 

Witch on, Witch Boldly.

Write your gift in the comments, Moon Babies.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Despair is The Undoing of The Witch: The Priest/ess Archetype + Social Justice

I am a white, 30 year-old, cishet female pagan living in the Midwest of the USA.

I took to my altar to contemplate the news-- horrifying news-- and the news of the last two years tumbled in all at once.

"Think. Goddess, this is fucked. Everything is fucked. You need to think. Get focused. Fuck, we are a garbage species. It's too late. It's too big. Shut up brain, Think--"  And then:

"Despair is the Undoing of the Witch."

"You're right."

But, what can do I as one witch? I shuffled my cards.

I pulled the High Priest/ess from the deck. 

Priest/ess. I've been stirring and kneading this idea for several years now. Priest/ess. What does that mean? What does it mean now?  How could I embody that? Can I embody that? 

 In the tarot, we know the Priest/ess as Introspection, Remembering, Intuition, Solitude, Inner Wisdom, Diving within, Wider Vision, Initiation and Seeking Truth.

In the mundane world, the Priest/ess archetype appears in a myriad of ways, but the definition that rings most brightly for me is "A priest/ess is dedicated to their god/dess and their community." 

The Priest/ess is a leader.

"I'm listening." 

The following ideas came to me at my altar about utilizing the Priest/ess archetype for social justice work, my own personal growth and moving forward. 

Due to the influx of mail I've received about how witches and magically minded people could possibly make any difference or positively contribute in a chaotic world, I've decided to share them with you here on the blog. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is my hope that it will encourage further discussion, meditation and Inspired Action as a community.

Thoughts from The High Priestess

 Refuse Spiritual Bypassing as a coping mechanism. If your partner or your best friend were diagnosed with a serious illness, would you advise them to ignore it and refuse to seek treatment to make it disappear? Or deny their illness all together and abandon them because it's distressing? Probably not.

When we bypass, we diminish the seriousness of an issue and we diminish the humanity of those in pain. Feel feelings, process them and be here Now.

Anger is not "unspiritual". Willful ignorance, ambivalence and relinquishing your power is. 

 Our friends and family are not exempt from Truth. If hateful speech (both explicit and covert) crosses our path, we have to destroy it. It's much easier to denounce behavior in anonymity or in cyberspace than in our personal spheres-- which is where the real work is and where the most impact is made. 

 Accept that we will likely lose people because of it. Sometimes we will feel alone.

 Listen. Really Listen. Allow people to speak without the need to interrupt, interject, correct, smooth over, comfort or make comparisons. As people who desire to help and feel deeply it can be difficult, but it's imperative that we hold space by actually holding space.

 Make friends with Discomfort. Much of our spiritual practices revolve around maintaining comfort. And why not? It's fucking brutal out there, of course we need a touchstone for healing and sanity. While this is an important tool in the healers utility belt, spiritual growth and development as humans stems from our ability to face challenges and that means discomfort. We will survive it.

 Remember that we cultivate practices not as empty theater or escapism but to carry us through and process our world. 

Throw out garbage myths about money. Reevaluate our relationship with money. Money is energy. When applied properly, money can change lives and uplift communities.

 Learn about the important differences between being an ally and an Accomplice. 
Unplugging is not uncaring.  This is a marathon, not a sprint. This is the long haul and our mental health and stamina requires breaks for silence and restorative solitude. Taking time to unplug from social media one-ups-manship, meme wars and youtube comments is not equivalent to abandoning your cause or community.

We minister to our minds and bodies to stay strong, recharge and get back in the game.

Know Thyself. Dive headfirst into our own Shadows and uncover how we may contribute to harm or injustice. By understanding this, we can do a little better every day.

"I did then what I knew how to do. 
Now that I know better, I do better." 
--Maya Angelou 

We're all in this together.
Witch On. Witch Boldly.


Monday, July 10, 2017

'Honor Me with Beauty'

Honor me with Beauty.
Honor me with good deeds done in secret,
     with knowing that you don't know

Honor me with obsession,
Honor me with passionate perseverance,
     with kindness when kindness feels like a paper cut

Honor me with Indulgence
Honor me at the altar of curiosity,
     with your keen appreciation

Honor me with Shamelessness.
Honor me with the lapping of your blood,
     with passing paper airplanes to your animal imagination

Honor me with Absurdity.
Honor me with awkward balance,
      with your paramour, the Void

Honor me with Uncertainty.
Honor me with ferocious possibility,
      with your pulpy perishable skin and favorite singer.

Honor me with invocation.
Honor me with the sound of your story,
     with your smoking tongue and most prized collection.

Honor me with Generosity.
Honor me with petals and sticks,
     arranged like a skeleton behind your old house.

Honor me with the relentless pursuit of Beauty
     for the sake of Beauty,
          with the map of the night we dreamt.

M. Roberts 2017

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Beauty Revelations Spread

In honor of 28 Days of Beauty, I wanted to start by sharing a simple card spread to help us gain insight into our Beauty mission. This spread works with tarot and oracle cards alike! If you don't have cards, the queries can be easily translated into journal prompts.

[Card 1] 
How am I experiencing beauty in my life right now?
What is my current relationship with Beauty?

[Card 2] 
How am I blocked to experiencing and appreciating beauty?
In what ways am I or (what is causing me to be) constricted, bypassing or missing it?

[Card 3] 
How can I bring more beauty into my experience right now?
Which area of my life can be infused with all forms of beauty: aesthetic, spiritual, trans-personal?

[Card 4] 
Ways I can expand and bring beauty to the benefit of those around me: partners, home, family,friendships, school, work, community, online community or neighborhood? What could that look like?

[Card 5]
In reference to Card 4, by expanding this way-- how is my own essential beauty Revealed?

I would love to know what you discover!
Walk in Beauty, Moon Babies.

Witch On, Witch Boldly.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

'Create Beauty' Coloring Page

"Whenever you are creating Beauty around you, 
you are Restoring your own Soul."
--Alice Walker

And in my humble opinion, you restore the souls of others as well.

This month's coloring page was inspired by this gem of a video by Tylluan Penry on why witches should create Beauty...

Witch On, Witch Boldly--
and be with Beauty, Moon Babies.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Magical Swiss Army Knife: 6 Path Paving Ideas

While road opening doesn't get people as hot and bothered as sex magic and fail-safe prosperity workings, I can tell you this:

It's a magical Swiss army knife, has tons of practical applications and Takes Care of Business which is def sexy.
Oh, May I list the ways I adore thee...

So often our spell casting pursuits focus on reeling in our lines and bringing more and more into our lives which may actually complicate things. This witch is willing to bet a sparkly that seven times out of ten, what we want is so close we can taste it, but we can't see it. We can't quite reach it. We're stuck in the mud. 

We may not necessarily need to pile on more Attraction incense and MOAR STUFF.
But instead, bring in a cosmic leaf blower to blast away the debris that is clogging our vision and cut a clean path to our desire. I like to call this Path Paving.
What is Path Paving? 

Path Paving rituals are about creating a trajectory, removing distractions and laying down a path forward. In traditional Rootwork, this is called Road Opening. The goal of this working is to get unstuck, remove obstacles and get moving.

We like moving. 

How is it different from cleansing? It may not be, really. Personally, I find them to be subtly but significantly different. In my experience, cleansing tends to be about "cleaning" a situation, tidying energies, lifting up, bringing closure or levity, clearing physical spaces and the body and usually (though not always) has a healing aspect.

Path Paving rituals tend to be of an active, goal based, chariot-like nature. Most of the time, it's about getting out of our own way. You may find that these work similarly and are interchangeable for you. Witch on!

The Chariot from the Tarot Illuminati

When could we use a Path Paving ritual?

If you find yourself tangled in:
  • Creative constipation
  • Stagnation and or confusion
  • Fear of getting started
  • Financial obstacles
  • Overwhelm 
  • Muddy communications, mixed messages or lack of information
  • Feelings of being on the 'outside looking in' or treading water
  • Funks (not the good kind), malaise, and garden variety stucknesses
  • Picking up on menacing vibes from others
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Tunnel vision
  • Paranoia

A few Path Paving Suggestions:

Tried and True Candle Work
There are scads of Road Opening candle spells available. Though obvious, I suggest it here because I have personally had repeated success using this tactic. I prefer to use dressed taper candles because not only do they burn in one sitting (no camping required) but you can glean all sorts of interesting information about your situation by reading the wax.

Bust out your storm water
That bottle of storm water in your cupboard is a potent cleansing agent and ready to sHaKe tHings uP. Use it to dress candles, add to a bath and laundry, or wear as an energetic "perfume". If you don't have access to storm water, collected river water or any moving water source may be a suitable substitute.

'Open Up' Oil
Road opening oils go by many names, are widely available for purchase and are easy/fun to make.
This is my recipe for a versatile Open Up Oil (It is a traditional Road Opener oil with a twist):

Cinnamon stick, pine needles, rosemary, bay leaves, camphor essential oil, 
peppermint essential oil, black salt, and jazzed up with a selenite chip. 
Place ingredients in a jar that seals tightly and cover with your carrier oil of choice.

Place images of open doors, long roads, scenic paths and open gates on your altar, in your grimoire, in your pocket, in your shoes or on the dash board of your car.

Wear a Key
String a key onto your favorite necklace or keep it in your pocket to help you unlock situations, information or bust through blocks in polite company. (I have a pair of earrings made from car ignition keys that I wear for such occasions...)

Shungite Elixr
Boosting any working with an elixr helps build up intent, and add power to your working aaaaaaand it's REALLY FUN. Create a simple block busting elixr by adding a chunk of shungite to your water bottle. With every sip you take, you'll be reminded that you are a bullshit nullifying creature with places to go and a path to pave.

Now Go Get It.
May your path be clear, Moon Baby. <3

Witch On, Witch Boldly. XOXO

Want more clearing magic?
You can listen to my block busting Night Sky Cosmic Tonic meditation here.