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Finding magic in the everyday

I’d like to preface this blog post by saying that whatever religion you practice is fine by me. Honestly, whatever floats your spiritual boat is your decision alone and I have no problem with it. If you read this post and then feel I need to be burned at the stake, then kindly get stuffed. You have no place here but I wish you well in all your future endeavours.

Am I a witch?

So, I’ve been asked with increasing frequency in recent years – are you a witch?

The answer is … yes … and also, no.

I have what I would say are “witchy tendencies” so let’s look at what they are.

  1. I love crystals and candles. If you turn up to my house, most days I’ll have a candle burning somewhere. I have a bowl of crystals on my desk and I keep an amethyst chunk on my bedside table. I’ve passed this love of crystals on to my children, and each full moon we leave our collection outside to “charge up”.
  2. Gardening – obviously not all gardeners are witches or vice versa, but you’ll find a lot of people who are into “the craft” are also into gardening. I follow the principles of “moon gardening” for my plants, which means things like leafy greens are planted when it’s a new moon, and things that grow under the ground, like carrots, are planted during the full moon. Weeding and pruning are generally done when the moon is waning. Moon gardening can get complicated if you really get into it, taking in astrology etc, but I just follow the basics and it works for me. I also grow a few “witchy” plants in my garden – elderflower and mugwort spring to mind – and I enjoy using the herbs I grow in my kitchen.
  3. Which brings me to “kitchen witchery”. I love to bake, and while I don’t always have time for it these days, I feel like baking and cooking for the people you love has it’s own kind of magic.
  4. I’m big into astrology – I love, love, love astrology. I’m a Taurus and proud of it. If you’d like to have a three-hour long discussion about my star sign, my family’s star signs and how that influences our personalities, then pull up a chair! Don’t be surprised if, upon meeting you, one of my first questions is “what’s your star sign?”
  5. I love witchy fiction. Harry Potter, Practical Magic, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, pretty much anything written by Sarah J Maas – you name it, if it’s about witches and magic, I will read it or watch it.
  6. I like to mark the solstices and the equinox’s each year. Nothing too elaborate, just a scented candle and maybe some flowers on my desk, but marking the turn of the wheel of the year is important to me. It keeps me grounded and forces me to remember that “this too shall pass”.
  7. I’ve owned a tarot deck since I was a teenager and I’ve recently also purchased a deck of oracle cards. No, I will not read for you.
  8. We have a black cat named Salem. I mean, come on, you can’t get much more witchy than that!

Ok, so that’s all my witchy ways out in the open. How am I also NOT a witch?

Firstly, I have never, nor will I ever, join a coven. Sorry ladies, I just don’t like rules and overall, I’m not a “joiner”. If joining a coven is your thing, please carry on. I hope you love it. Blessed be and all that.

I don’t “cast spells”. Well … that’s not technically correct, as I have performed spells before, but I don’t cast for other people and if I choose to go the effort of casting a spell for myself, that’s my own business. As Taureans are fond of saying, “it’s not a secret, it’s just none of your business”.

I also don’t own a cauldron, fly, summon demons or worship the devil. In fact, if I worshipped anything at all, it would be nature. Or “the universe” if you want to get all existential about it.

You’ll notice the heading of this post is “finding magic in the everyday”. There a number of ways in which I bring a little magic into my day and they’re pretty easy to do.

Stirring your morning coffee or tea clockwise, while thinking about something you’d like to bring into your life, is super easy. If you’re looking to get rid of something from your life, think about it while stirring your tea or coffee anti-clockwise. I believe these days this is called “manifesting”.

Next time you make the effort to light that scented candle, make a little wish. Yep, that’s magic too!

I also quite like to regularly “cleanse” my home, by wafting through some white sage smudge sticks or palo santo. Just make sure you do it with all the doors and windows open, otherwise your negative vibes stay inside.

Bath time – witches love baths! Throw in some Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender essential oil and you are on the path to relaxation. Self-care is very important.

Keep a journal – and no, I don’t mean a spell book or grimoire, but by all means have one of those if you like. I like to keep notebooks for writing down recipes, gardening tips or keeping a record of tarot readings I’ve done for myself.

So there you have it. Maybe I am a witch, maybe not. In any case, if you have any – respectful – questions about bringing some magic into your life, please feel free to message me.

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