These past few weeks have been fuelled by fear, it’s been really difficult to be led by anything else. But it’s time to let go of that fear and to choose love. To trust in the universe once again.
I’ve racked my brains all day for something uplifting and inspiring to say to you all. I have nothing. I’m struggling emotionally and I’m finding lockdown is triggering me.
From me and Storm I hope you all have a wonderful week and give yourself the time and space you need to just be.
Like many people I’m struggling with Lockdown. I don’t usually go out much, but now that I can’t I feel really trapped. I know there are a lot of people feeling exactly the same way.
I’m blessed to have such beautiful surroundings in my neighbourhood and it’s certainly helped to soothe my jangled nerves.
Finding beauty in the places we have around us can help alleviate some of the stress that we feel. Mother Nature always soothes my soul.
If, like me, you’re really struggling mentally and emotionally during this pandemic and especially if you’re in lockdown, chances are you could benefit from some self care.
When the Covid19 virus started making headlines back at the beginning of the year it felt scary for me. I read as much as I could about it, and with each passing week it got closer to home.
Around ten days ago my brain/thoughts had just had enough. I already socially distance myself anyway so that wasn’t a real hardship for me. But then the UK went into lockdown.
As a person who spends a lot of time at home I really thought this would be a breeze for me. A couple of days in and I started to struggle. I don’t know what it was about the enforced staying at home, it just suddenly started making me feel so very claustrophobic.
This is when I had suddenly decided I’d had enough of the endless news cycles churning out everything and anything Coronavirus related. Social media channels were just as bad too. Everyone had something to say and everyone was an expert, it was driving me nuts.
Enough was enough for me. Now I limit my time on social media (I was doing this mostly anyway) and the browsing of news is very limited too. Instead, I have been focusing on self care and trying to be as kind and gentle to myself as possible.
When I was writing this post I felt called to draw an Oracle Card. The card is from The Sacred Self-Care Oracle deck by Jill Pyle. The Card I drew is Music.
In the current world climate I think it is important to know that love is actually inside of us all. We can help ease this suffering if we radiate our love light instead of pouring out hatred.
This doesn’t mean that love will cure the virus, it means that love can help us overcome our need to panic buy when we already have enough. It means we can show compassion to people instead of fearing them.
Love is the currency and the emotion that we need right now. Love can and will lead the way.
We are living through the scariest, darkest times since World War II and our world is changing. In just a few short days we’ve gone from observing countries on lockdown to being on the verge of lockdown ourselves.
And it’s terrifying.
Washing our hands, avoiding crowded places, self isolating, feeling frustrated and angry when the panic buyers have left us without our basic essentials, this has become the new norm for us.
And it’s terrifying.
I was asked a day or two ago how I’m coping. Like everyone else I’m bewildered by the world we are now living in. I feel lost at times, definitely scared, but I have no choice but to keep moving forward.
Taking each day as it comes. Sometimes hour by hour, minute by minute, that’s how I’m coping. Moving forward as slowly as I need to. It’s all we can do in these uncertain times.
Amid all of the coronavirus mayhem we all need to take a moment to just breathe. This isn’t me dismissing the severity of what’s happening, I just want to remind you all to take a breath. Take a moment out of the chaos and confusion. Take a moment out of the fear and the anger and just breathe.
When it comes to my practice I am far removed from the idea people have of a witch. I wear black, but only because of a need to stay invisible after being attacked many moons ago. I have cats, I even had a black cat familiar, but he died last year.
I started on this magical path at the age of fourteen, really getting into it around the age of nineteen or twenty. Where I live has never been big on the magical scene, so buying anything was ridiculously difficult. I learnt early on that the greatest tool I possessed was my own mind.
I have dabbled a fair amount with different practices and have taken what I find useful from some. I’m very eclectic. Some people label me as a traditional witch, I admit, I used to identify as one too. But over the years I just felt I’m more of a “me” kind of practitioner.
I like to acknowledge the moon, mainly because she’s so freakin’ gorgeous and majestic. I’m also very fond of the divine feminine – I don’t worship deity, however, I do acknowledge the Mother, Mother Earth. Plenty of trads get their panties in a knot over people like me, calling us fake, fluffy, whatever, saying it’s not the done thing to celebrate the moon phases, or be down with the divine feminine.
I just do what I feel comes naturally to me. I’m not against anyone doing what they want in terms of their own practice. Quite frankly it’s none of my business.
The full moon comes around every 29.5 days and I do something most of the time. I admit, what I do isn’t to everyone’s taste, but it’s my thing and that’s what’s important. Don’t worry, I’m not running around the garden naked, nobody needs to see that!
What I generally do is look at what no longer serves me and release it. It could be a habit, an idea, a person, anything. I’ll usually have a good idea of what I am releasing because I will have been journalling a lot, especially in the run up to a full moon.
The format is something similar to the above, although I tend to skip step number two entirely. What I tend to do is read over what I’ve written and then read it again as each thing I’m releasing is burnt.
Most importantly at the full moon, in my opinion, is that people do whatever they want (as long as it’s legal and they aren’t hurting anyone else). This sort of practice is very personal. Books and videos are a fantastic resource for giving us ideas, but something that comes from within you, from your heart is always that much more potent, so coming up with your own ideas of what you wish to do is a fantastic way to connect with each full moon.