FairyTale Forests, Witchcraft,
and the Journey to Power
Shamanic Quests, Folk Tales, & Enchanted Forests
Trees love witches, druids, and other magical beings, blessing us with peace, joy, and strength. There’s a good reason fairy tales and folk tales depict journeys into the woods as enchanted events and quests for power.
When I think of forests, fairytales, and quests, what comes to mind is Hansel and Gretel’s saga, with its lost trail of breadcrumbs and their encounter with a witch. What comes to mind also is little Red Riding Hood’s story of venturing toward grandmother’s house, meeting the wolf en route, and the miraculous rescue from the wolf’s belly. These are stories about quests—overcoming tremendous problems and coming to power—in which magic inevitably figures.
Sometimes, in fairytales, not a forest but a single tree or small grove is pivotal to the quest. For example, a tree holds the spirit of the protagonist’s deceased mother who helps that heroic figure overcome dire challenges. We need not go into the woods to receive aid from trees.
Every single tree has power and a dryad. What is a dryad? Greek lore tells us a spirit lives in a tree. Such a spirit is called a dryad.
The Joy and Peace of a Visit with Trees
The idea of entering the woods elicits memories of my eager, expectant wanderings into shaded forests I’d never visited previously. I always know there’ll be new magic and wonder to explore. I also know my peace will be renewed.
Going into the woods also reminds me of laughing with friends as we ran free and joyously—literally ran—through a forest that was our beloved magical playground.
It’s no surprise that forests are dear to witches, druids, and other individuals who follow a Pagan path. There are many reasons for this, but one is: the joy and serenity we might find in the forest is par none.
Joy and calm might also be experienced if one can sense the energy or dryad of a solitary tree that blesses an urban street.
A Shamanic Journey into the Woods and the Self
Whether as a long arduous hike, a brief stroll through the woods for part of one’s weekly exercise, a fictitious narrative, or a piece of old lore, traveling into the woods often equates with a journey to self-realization, inner power, and confidence. As such, going into the woods is an easily accessible symbol for something subtle and hard to portray; often, the journey to self is unseen, has no visible trappings, and is much quieter than facing a wolf or avoiding being shoved into a candy-house oven.
A druid, witch, or other individual drawn to nature spirituality might journey to power in hidden, quietly blessed shadows of a forest. That trek can be more frightening than the wolf’s brutal teeth or the oven’s fierce fires. And just as dramatic.
One’s own self is definitely among the hidden places of enormous power, and traveling into self is the wildest—and sometimes most frightening—shamanic quest.
How to Ask Trees for Magical Help
All trees are enchanted, having powers with which they might help us move toward joy, power, freedom, prosperity, and self-fulfillment. When in a forest, or near any tree, simply request help. You can do so by using the following liturgy or whatever other way feels right to you.
Prayer to a Tree
Beloved tree(s), please
hold me safe in my journey,
uplift my spirit,
strengthen my resolve,
bless my goals,
and grant me the joy and beauty of your company.
So mote it be!
The Magic of the Alder Tree
Each tree also has its own special magics to help our journeys. For example, Alder tree told me it can center you into your essence—your true self. You can ask an alder tree to do that, if you come upon an alder in your wandering. Here’s a prayer I wrote for that:
Prayer to an Alder Tree
Sweet Fey Alder,
please help stay me in my power,
my chosen goals,
and my journey ever forward.
Alder magic can be subtle. If you don’t feel anything right after the prayer, the tree might nonetheless be already helping you a lot. It might take time to notice. Or, as is the case with any magic, it might take time to bear fruit.
You could also make that prayer when no trees are nearby if you happen to have a piece of Alder wood you can hold while you pray. Or if you feel a personal connection to Alder, make the prayer even if there’s no Alder wood or alder tree nearby.
Here’s a talisman Alder pendant I made, so you can see this gorgeous wood and, if you want, tune into Alder’s energy:
There are many trees on this planet ready and wanting to love you, support you, and smile with you.
Helping the Trees
If you’re devoted to nature spirituality, you’re probably also devoted to environmentalism. Magic honors the give-and-take of life: the trees help us, and we help them. When you ask a tree for help, consider giving it some water and fertilizer afterwards. And it’s always a good day to hug a tree, plant a tree, fertilize a tree, write to an elected official to support environmental action, or otherwise be a friend to trees. So mote it be!
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The blessing ceremonies are spiritual transmissions. Definitions of a spiritual transmission vary. I don’t know anyone who defines it the way I describe it here:
I’m a good-luck charm: I was born generating a beneficial fairy energy that adapts to your needs, e.g., personal growth, peace, financial well-being, safety, physical health, mystical openings, the removal of self-defeating beliefs that stop you from working toward your dreams enough, or the strength to get back up when life’s knocked you down. (These examples are types of abundance, peace, or fulfillment, so the upcoming ceremony can deliver them.)
The transmission adapts to help create changes you need inside and outside of you, smoothing the road toward a blessed life.
My spiritual transmissions (or call them direct spiritual transmissions) don’t focus on only one benefit, but bless you as a whole being and add luck to your life overall.
I don’t have to know what you need before sending your transmission because its energy automatically adapts to you.
From birth, I was raised to hone my gift.
From my earliest memory, my mother wrapped the ancient Faery Faith around me, not as an abstract idea but as a living, loving magic. For one thing, my Fey-touched mom’s extraordinary and all-encompassing maternal love was an amazing role model for doing transmissions.
Most recipients of my transmissions experience it as a truly personal energy from me, including a sense I really care about them as individuals. I often receive emails saying this. I think that sense of intimacy and caring reflects my feelings of love for my clients, even if I know nothing about an individual who’s requested a transmission.
My transmissions tend to provide both immediate and long-lasting results.
Forgive me if my explanation of transmissions doesn’t thoroughly, sufficiently describe how I perform the three-week ceremony. It’s near impossible to put into words, even if I write at length. But the important thing is: you receive immense benefits.
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Magic is not a substitute for psychiatric counseling, medical care by a physician, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation. This extraordinarily effective ceremony may not work for all individuals.
I designed, painted, and constructed the houses in these photos to make myself a Fairy village.
The pics are just quick photos, and this is not the final setup. I just put all the cottages together so you could see them. I haven’t finished making the fences and hedges or deciding how to set the village up nicely to display it in my home. I also designed more cottages I hadn’t assembled yet when I took the photos.
I’m writing assembly instructions now, so hope to be able to give the PDFs away soon.
Am also writing more for this post, to share the spiritual process I went through designing, painting, and constructing this collection of fairy houses. It helped me through a rough patch. My describing how so will hopefully be useful to someone.
The Simplest Guide to Healthy Eating You’ll Ever Read
And Food in Witch Spirituality
This post was requested by a friend who wants to eat healthily without learning to cook. He provided the post’s great title. I hope the following is useful to him and to anyone who wants to eat healthily but simply.
Though this site focuses on Earth Spirituality, this food guide is for you whatever your spiritual path. My Goddess wants to help someone, regardless of their spiritual leanings. I try to follow suit. The guide is a way I can support health in all individuals.
Before we get into the guide:
Food, Druids, Trees, Magic, and the Yearwheel
If you came to the site because you know I’m a witch, and you’re looking for magic, here’s how this article is relevant.
Before I started eating more healthily 40 years ago, finding my spiritual center or magic was near impossible, by and large. (In those days, some of my eating was quite healthy. My choices about food were in many ways healthier than the majority of Americans’. But a lot my eating habits were dreadful, with awful consequences despite all the good foods I ate.)
Pseudo-foods seemed to fill up every psychic pore in my body so my otherworldly perceptions were greatly diminished.
Pseudo-foods dulled my spirit, so I could barely feel my innate spiritual power and connection to my Gods. A shamanic journey would’ve almost been a waste of time.
I could not find my life goals to any significant degree, let alone follow through on them.
In contrast, now that I eat healthily almost entirely, my life is completely different. I experience harmony with nature. As the seasons turn throughout the year wheel, I’m empowered by each turn and season.
I feel the sacredness of trees and can be filled by their wisdom and love.
As the moon waxes and wanes, the tides within me respond in celebration. In monthly moon rites, lunar power surrounds me with love—a love that could not get through to me when pseudo foods stood in the way by dulling my mind, body, and spirit.
The Sabbats—eight Pagan holidays that mark the annual solar and vegetative cycles—echo in my heart.
And now I have spiritual fortitude to follow through on my goals, instead of being the limp wet noodle I was when eating poorly.
I also have the strength to follow through on my love of Mother Earth, by taking mundane and mystical actions to heal Gaia.
Food is a way we can closely interact with nature and gain its physical and etheric benefits. My Gods live in nature, so food is a sacrament, miraculous in its ability to create a healthy body and spirit.
The humble kitchen is the center of the universe, or at least is one of its centers. Many druids, witches, and other nature lovers—myself included—go to a forest to find themselves and Divinity. I find all that in the kitchen, too.
And with that, let’s talk simple food:
Why I Learned to Eat Simply and Still Often Do
In 1980, I completely overhauled my diet for medical reasons. Such a huge dietary change was near overwhelming, so I kept meals very simple at first. This allowed me to make the shifts needed.
I didn’t want to eat this simply forever. Establishing easy, healthy eating habits laid the groundwork for me to later prepare elaborate, wholesome meals.
I grew up in a family of chefs and excellent cooks, adore food, and was delighted once I was able to start cooking healthy fancyyyyy meals. I learned how to make healthy tortes, truffles, and many other delicious things. But I never would’ve gotten to this point without allowing myself to keep food extremely streamlined for a while.
Sustaining healthy habits is easier if you enjoy them a reasonable amount of the time. Even though I now do a lot of intricate cooking, I still relish all the simple foods I’m going to suggest below. I grab them not only when I have no or little time for food prep, but also because I enjoy them bunches.
The American idea that a meal has to include meat or a glut of unrefined carbs does not support health, though it does help many a doctor pay their mortgage. I’m not one to deprive myself. This post offers substantial, belly-filling meals.
To make eating healthily even easier for you, the guide has links to purchase most of the items I suggest. The two companies to which I link are ethical providers of quality food, and I purchase from them on a regular basis.
Thrive Market, to which many of the links in this post lead, is an ethical alternative to Amazon’s grocery section. Thrive offers membership, which reduces costs. If you’re low income, membership is free. Last I knew, free membership requires only a quick application, instead of jumping through the endless hoops that lower-income individuals usually have to struggle through to get help.
All foods to which I link are organic and items I’ve tried myself unless otherwise noted.
This post covers all the food groups, so you can combine various suggestions to make a full meal.
And with that:
Peanut Butter Is the Non-Chef’s Friend
My mom raised me right: I grew up loving celery sticks filled with peanut butter. Wash off your celery sticks, chop off both ends, spread peanut butter inside the cavity that goes the length of the celery, eat. Simple.
Feeling lazy? Sit down with celery sticks and a jar of peanut butter. Start dipping. Children do it, which proves it’s a nice eating experience. … If you want to be more civilized, plop some peanut butter on a plate before you start dipping. If you want to be posh, it take three minutes to prepare it the way it tastes best, spreading the peanut butter into the celery “trough.”
Here are two salt-free peanut butters you can purchase online. The first is creamy, the second crunchy. I haven’t tried these myself, so let me know what you think:
I prefer salted peanut butter, but I did not see an online link for it. Nothing wrong with salt if you don’t overdo it, and your doctor allows it.
Purchase peanut butter that does not have hydrogenated oil. It keeps the peanut oil from rising to the top of the butter but is not good for you physically. You will need to stir your peanut butter after purchase, so the oil is folded back into the body of the peanut butter. Also choose peanut butter that’s sugar-free. I promise you: sugar-free peanut butter without hydrogenated oil is extra yummy. Back to celery and peanut butter:
I’m not saying celery and peanut butter constitutes a full meal. To round out the meal, you might add some cheese on wholegrain bread, spread with organic butter. The cheese combines with the nuts to increase the protein value in both. Butter is a healthy food, despite opinions to the contrary. If the butter is organic, you’re good to go. I prefer unsalted butter, which tends to be much fresher.
Whole grain bread—or rice cakes—spread with butter can be paired with many food suggestions here, to create a full meal.
Want more vegetables in the meal along with the celery? Scroll down to the section Veggies are Gods.
Speaking of children and peanut butter, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the bomb, if ingredients are wholesome. Three yummy, organic sugar-free jams:
Adding a glass of milk to the P&B sandwich once again rounds out the protein, for a nice meal that reminds me of my youth, eating and daydreaming at the kitchen table after school, before Mom and Dad got home.
Oh, and dates! I grew up loving dates filled with peanut butter.
And a banana dipped in peanut butter? Heaven!
Organic wholegrain bread is easily available unless you’re in a food desert. Since I bake my own organic wholegrain bread, I do not know online sources for it. If you have one, please let me know so I can include it in this post.
Organic wholegrain crackers are available online. So are wholegrain rice cakes.
Styrofoam—that’s what most rice cakes taste like, and they seem 90% air. I found rice cakes that taste great and are substantive. Plus, instead of the junk some rice cakes have, they’re simple yet yummy. They’re in the photo to the right.
Nuts Are Nutritious
Nuts are a mainstay in my kitchen. Their quick protein helps keep me going when I’m in the middle of a deadline.
Raw organic shelled nuts prevail in my kitchen. I buy them at my local co-op. Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts.
Preparing this plate of tomatoes with mozzarella cheese, drizzled with olive oil is a tiny bit of work but not challenging.
* Slice a medium or large tomato into slices about 1/ third of an inch thick. Don’t worry too much about how thick they are. It’s all good.
* Spread the slices across a plate.
* Lay thin slices of mozzarella cheese over it, or grated mozzarella.
* Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt, if you want. Voila, fahncy salad, get a knife and fork, dig in. Years back, this was a trendy posh dish.
Procuring the large amount of vegetables I need to eat to maintain my health is difficult. But it is possible.
My area doesn’t always have the best produce. I suspect some distributors send us their lesser quality foods. Some of the veggies are downright rotten.
My area does have organic vegetables, shipped in from around the country. Again, it’s not always worth buying, but some of it is fine. During summer, local farmers offer produce.
Using my freezer, which is built into my refrigerator but larger than most refrigerator freezers, is part of how I manage to eat enough veggies.
Many chain grocery stores now offer frozen organic vegetables.
When Covid hit, it was winter here, when there are no local vegetables. I was concerned that vegetables might not be shipped in anymore. I went online and started exploring canned organic vegetables and stocked up on them. Not my ideal, but an option. There are canned veggies at Thrive.
I also stocked up on frozen organics more than usual.
Meat is a Sacrament
I’m not a vegetarian, though I support those who are. I believe some body types need meat. Two acupuncturists told me my particular body needs meat.
It’s not in my diet in the typical American way; I don’t consume huge quantities of it, eating it at every meal, but I do need some almost every week.
I consider meat a sacrament. An animal gave its life that I might thrive.
There was a time when, if a poor person was ill, one of their family members would go to someone wealthy and ask for beef. Beef was considered medicine.
It makes me sad that something holy and medicinal has been turned into a food addiction that’s destroying our planet. Meat consumption and production can be done in a balanced way.
Enter Grassland Beef, an ethical company with awesome products (and excellent customer service. Thrive too has excellent customer service.)
Their meat is not officially organic but is organic in fact. The high cost of certification keeps many farmers from being certified.
Including organ meats in your diet, instead of only muscle meats, is not only better for our health but better for the planet. Consuming more parts of an animal is common sense. And organ meats are incredibly good for you.
Purchase only organic organ meats. Otherwise, they can be especially toxic.
I’m including one recipe here that requires cooking: hard boiled eggs.
Boiling up a half a dozen eggs is easy, and then I have quick protein ready when I’m hungry:
* Put a half dozen eggs in a pot.
* Cover with water.
* Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
* Lower the heat to simmer, and let the water simmer for two minutes. What is simmer? Simmer is when the bubbles barely break the water’s surface. It’s not the furious bubbling of boiling water but much more gentle.
* Turn off the heat and let eggs stand in the hot water for 10 minutes, during which time they will continue to cook.
* Drain off the water, and you have hard-boiled eggs.
* Store them in the fridge in their shells.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
While I sometimes satisfy my sweet tooth with fresh or dried fruit, or jam, there is also the Larabar. Though not organic, LaraBars have helped sustain me through many a deadline. A couple of Larabars, a glass of milk, and then munching on some vegetables while I continue to plow ahead on a deadline is a pleasure.
You now have a good beginning. Try a few of these ideas, keep an eye out for similar options as you browse the grocery store, and soon you’ll have a substantial repertoire.
If you want more suggestions for easy to prepare healthy meals and snacks, let me know.
Also, I need cooked food for my overall diet to be healthy. If you want to try a bit of cooking, I can give you the simplest recipes for healthy cooking you’ll ever read. Let me know if you’d like that.
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To learn tree root magic, I followed my propensity to learn the magical properties of trees directly, instead of secondhand—I woodwork and sit with trees.
I became obsessed with tree roots. Here’s what I sensed about some tree roots I encountered. The post also includes photos of tree root pendants I made.
Tree Roots Make Miracles
The tree roots I worked with had palpable energy. It was almost visible to the eye.
Their energy bypasses time and anything else that could completely block or even delay one’s goals. In that vein, using tree roots magically (which could mean simply wearing a pendant made of a tree root), I experience the archetype of magic: miracles come to pass against all logic and reason. This occurs in a specific manner:
Obstacles Become Irrelevant
Obstacles to the fulfillment of my wishes become a non-issue; I reach goals regardless of obstacles, and without acknowledging them or otherwise dealing with them.
I’m not suggesting tree root magic, in ignoring an obstacle, blasts through it without even noticing. I’m saying I needn’t concern myself magically with an obstacle to my desired goal—needn’t remove barriers, circumvent barriers, or deal with them any other way. I needn’t limit myself by fixating on the route to my goals (in the sense of believing I must remove blocks in order for the route they are blocking to open for me); magic will get me there along the route that magic chooses.
To reiterate and expand on what I’ve said: Roadblocks are a non-issue because, even if all impediments remain in place, my wish is fulfilled because tree roots are truly magic, the essential archetype of it, fulfilling my wishes against all reason, helping me dwell in a realm where I’m not hemmed as I would be living in the logical world—and the road blocks it insists will hinder me—but can instead trust in an enchanted world.
Going About My Merry Way
My experience that tree root magic can bypass obstacles without necessarily even removing them affirms my belief about life overall: I find it vital, when at all possible, to leave the parts of life that aren’t “mine” as is; that includes neither removing blocks or otherwise dealing with them, but just going about my merry way; a focus on removing blocks or otherwise dealing with them distracts me from living my life and working toward my goals. Of course, there are many times we have to remove blocks, but I’m not addressing those times here.
Not Pulling the Foundation Out from Under Myself
When I told a student of mine (who prefers to remain anonymous) that I felt tree root magic bypasses obstacles without even removing them, he had an brilliant insight: roots, as they grow, move around stones and other impediments, which become part of the foundation of the tree, holding it firmly in place. I love that idea. It affirms my desire to leave what isn’t “mine” as is, and affirms my belief that everything has its place so if, in my magic or another part of life, I fuss with something that’s “not mine,” I might actually harm myself in the long run, e.g., pull a foundation out from under me. Instead, I want to refrain from either moving something to get it out of my way or making it part of my foundation. (There are, of course, many exceptions to this.)
Blackthorn tree root pendant:
Thoughts from a Root Worker and a Sister Wood Witch
My sense of tree root magic is congruent with what Kate, an amazing woodworker, wrote me: “I’ve been told by a root worker that roots have a kind of distilled version of the tree energy. … I’ve always found roots of all kinds to be tenacious, persevering, ancient and ageless at the same time. … They’re also in touch with the dark, hidden, secret magics and ancient truths.”
(I’ve never heard the term Wood Witch. I made it up— though I imagine someone else has used the term at some point, though perhaps not to mean the same thing I mean. Wood Witch—that makes me happy. To my knowledge, there aren’t many witches who dedicate themselves to crafting magical wood items, and coining a term for it feels like it affirms the important enchantment of such crafting and adds yet more magic to the items.)
I promised posts about the magical properties of trees and, after posting some blogs of that nature, I had to stop adding more for a bit. If you’re a writer, you know what that’s like; you work on one project full-tilt and then your writing energy needs to go elsewhere for a while.
So I’m happy to have gotten this post up today. I must’ve written it a few years ago!
… Except, I want to add this now:
Synchronicity: I’m realizing tree root magic is exactly what I need right now. I’m going to put on one of my tree root pendants and, some time soon, make a few more, which will be available for sale. I have a few pieces of tree root left I can woodwork. When I make a wood amulet, even one I’m going to sell, its magic surrounds me and fills my day. I love making talismans. It’s truly a spiritual discipline for me and part of my ongoing shamanic journey.
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Folk Art, Magic, the Faery Faith, Herbs, and Chores
Folk art is magical, evoking the Faery Faith—an ancient spiritual path. Folk art often adorns everyday items, which can enchant them and bless mundane chores.
Fairies Hide in the Flowers
When I was a little girl and first saw a floral painting in a folk art style, I found it magical. I think fairies hide in folk art flowers. Above is a painting I just finished.
Though I was never taught this (except by my heart and my Gods), I think the folk art of various cultures is inextricably woven with the Faery Faith—the ancient spiritual path of many a witch—as it is expressed in those cultures. I love that folk art is not elitist but down-to-earth, often used to adorn everyday items and blessing those items with enchantments I find to be innate in folk art.
I got lost in the painting while I was making it. When I finished it, I realized that, while painting, I’d wandered into other realms.
The piece might be good as magical ornamentation on a Book of Shadows page to give my students as a handout in an upcoming witchcraft course.
I work hard on my palettes. I love color and putting together unusual color combinations. Doing this, too, brings me to other realms.
A friend of mine said the above painting is really happy. That made my day. I don’t want ivory-tower art. Art that might give someone even a little boost of happiness means the world to me.
I am thrilled: my new brush set made rosemaling brush strokes so much easier. (Rosemaling is a style of decorating objects.) The pictures in this post were done using the new brushes and perhaps some other brushes.
Actually, I should say I am “kind of” doing rosemaling brushstrokes. I can’t claim to do the brushwork the way it’s typically done. But I don’t want to because it’s not relevant to my goals as a creator of talismanic art.
Mind you, I have great admiration for people who do traditional rosemaling. And if someone’s magic and creativity are uplifted by adhering to a commonly accepted method, that’s wonderful.
However, too often, the measure of what constitutes folk art, whether in painting, dance, or another form, is biased, perhaps gleaned from just one example of an art form as it was done in a single household or village. While these examples might be extraordinary artistic expressions, the use of them as standardized measures can invalidate and squelch other expressions of that form.
Folk Art is the Art of the Folk
Many supposedly authentic folk measures would shame you for your creativity and might, if you adhere to those measures, squash your magic and originality.
I cannot imagine Faeries gathering to enjoy themselves and insisting that every single Fey must dance the same or sing the same.
I imagine some of them having a fun contest where each sprite creates a new flower, unlike anything seen before, and the other Fairies cheer them on.
There has to be room in folk art for both the traditional and the new. Without that, it’s no longer the art of the folk.
I love tradition and have, for example, trained vigorously in some magical traditions, but I want tradition to inform and empower me, not pummel me. For example, I took great care and time to research and then mix colors for a palette of colors often used in the middle ages to ornament sacred texts. I learned so much from the doing that, my artistic predecessors of the middle ages were astonishingly skilled and had much to teach me, and I am proud of the artwork I did as a result. However, as I said above, creating unusual color combinations brings me into Fey realms. Mindlessly following what’s traditional in, for example, rosemale or medieval texts, would keep me from my innovative color combinations and other fruitful explorations.
Making Beautiful Everyday Objects
I like to paint to ornament my newsletters and blogs. It’s an act of respect and love for my subscribers and website visitors. I just finished painting this banner to go at the top of my newsletter:
Long story short, I can’t use sharp, crisp representations of my art for the newsletter graphics. Ditto my art in my blogs. But I add the art to the blogs and newsletters anyway, not only out of respect but also because I want to bring as much beauty and magic as I can to everything I do.
I’m grateful I can provide crisp detailed clarity of my artwork in my digital books and witch class handouts. I want to give the best I can in everything I do. That includes bringing witchy art as much as possible to the daily life of the individuals with whom I interact and to my own life.
Herbs and Enchanted Herb Labels
I used my new brushes to paint some herb labels. I’m pretty much the cliche of a witch, with my shelf after shelf of herbs—herbs for magic, herbs for physical health, and herbs for culinary purposes. Usually any herb I use for one purpose, I am also using for one or both of the others.
I love pretty labels on my herbs. Seeing the ornamentation as I search my shelves to decide which herbs I want makes me happy. Again, that simple benefit is important to me. Life can be hard. I want to make sure it’s also beautiful.
The labels also add gravitas to my use of herbs in cooking, healing, and magic spells. This is what folk art often does: illuminate the importance of all our activities, including our many mundane chores.
I find the herb labels magical for three reasons.
1) As I said, I experience folk art as innately magical. Use it to adorn something, and you’ve added magic to that object.
2) I sense energy in my artwork and might’ve thought I was deluded but have been told repeatedly that tangible energy rises off my art as well as off the printed pages of the Pagan liturgies and lessons I write. I think such energy happens when I paint or write or teach or do a lot of other things. The many reasons for that are beyond the scope of this post, but one reason is that I’m magical and pour myself into everything I do.
3) When you take your life seriously enough to adorn your everyday objects or find beautiful ones, the Fey Folk celebrate and bless those objects. No wonder some people want to restrict folk art to strict, narrowly-defined parameters; they don’t want all that magical power in the hands of folks. Often, the restrictive measures are based in sexist or other oppressive agendas.
If you decide to make your own herbal labels, a suggestion: I don’t like to deal with glue when labeling herbs. It’s always a pain to wash it off later. I prefer to punch a hole in the corner of the tag, string a pretty cord through the hole, write on the back of the card the name of the herb I want identified, and tie the cord around a jar with that herb in it.
A PDF of the tags in these photos will be a giveaway in my next newsletter. Then newsletter subscribers can print the labels on card stock to make their own labels. When I share magic and beauty, it comes back to me threefold.
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Please note: sometimes, the limits of language make discussing neurodiversity feel impossible for me. E.g., the paragraph below stating that one’s witchcraft and art intertwine with where one is on the spectrum is kind of like saying that one’s self intertwines with one’s self. Since other folks might feel as challenged expressing themselves as I do, I use various terms—e.g., neurodiversity, autistic, on the spectrum—to honor everyone’s right to choose their own words. Without that right, self-expression becomes even more limited. And with that:
A Neurodiverse Celebration,
Eliminating Cliches about Autism
I invited witches and artists who identify as being on the spectrum to share their personal experiences of how their witchcraft and/or art intertwine with their particular neuro-diverse state.
My goal was to show artistic and mystical experiences because I suspect they could:
* be lovely fellowship for artists and witches on the spectrum, as well as for other individuals
* counteract blanket clichés, e.g., show how diverse people on the spectrum might be, as opposed to them getting lumped together as all the same
* reveal a depth of being that clichés about autism hide
* demonstrate wonderful magical, creative, and other traits that more theoretical statements might not as easily convey
Growing up as an undiagnosed autistic meant that I was always considered “weird.” I often spent time alone, choosing, for example, to walk the mile or so to school every day instead of taking the bus.
I spent time alone in the woods, talking to the plants. Every spring I would walk alone and sing to the violets as they woke up. And when they sang back to me, I wasn’t surprised.
I believe I come from a long line of autistic women. I know I come from a long line of women who practiced fey touched magic. I learned from them how to “be” in this world and it was consistent with what I also needed to manage my neurodiversity in a world that considered my gifts and differences to be odd at best, and frightening at times.
My mother taught me to listen quietly and hear her thoughts. She taught me how to wrap an imaginary cloak around me to make me invisible. None of this seemed strange to me because everything was strange in some way in my life. Being autistic and raised by women who were likely also autistic taught me to have an open mind about everything.
Critiquing! I have always spotted the mistake(s) in everything and today at the Winter Solstice I asked, “How can this be of service?” Being the one who always spots the mistakes is not easy, and does not make one likable, but as a messenger between worlds I really want to get the message right. As a trickster (Hermes) I need to inject the Quirk, the humour, the twist in the message too and that is how my brain works ~ wyrd!
I asked artists if they’d like to contribute visual art related to one or more of their creative experiences of being on the spectrum. This is what Kathy sent:
Catherine Mills, film buff and mother of two wizards:
I was born with epilepsy as a result of being sick and a super premature baby at 1lb 6oz. I have had seizures since I was a baby and have not stopped. I just manage them now naturally after trying years of unsuccessful pills.
Even as a little girl I knew my brain was unique and different than my sisters’ and other kids.’ I was dark, feminine and feminist, sarcastic, and always made respect for nature and natural law—my bottom line.
I swear I was born a witch; as a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be a witch, to live in my female power and commune with nature, to live my life the way I wanted, but did not have an outlet and could not do my witchcraft studies until I moved from home at age 19.
Then I found myself in tarot decks, crystals, honoring the moon phases, the wheel of the year, the goddess, shadow work, and my intuition, and I live in that space till this day. … I’m now 32.
I love my brain. It’s a jungle gym, a playground, and everything else in existence—the whole universe between my ears. I’m pretty happy living there. Live there all day long.
Montaigne said, “I study myself more than any other subject.” If I want to understand something on the opposite end of the world, I might do it by studying my cells. The universe is in them (I mean that literally). Or I study the skin on my hand because I, in Blake’s words, “hold infinity in the palm.”
Is it true of everyone’s palm, so I am not unusual?
Oppressors hate that I live in a mental amusement park, let alone that it has jungle gyms on which I strengthen myself and wild rides that illuminate my mind and heart. Oppressors want me to think dully, slowly, and divorced from my heart and body, so they make up reasons to shame me for my speed, accuracy of thought, and heart-mind-body union.
Here’s one reason for the hate. The thrills and insights that occur when I race through the starlit sky, joyous as Santa Claus in his sleigh, jumping from thought to thought to thought—from star to star to star—connecting all the points in the connect-the-dots painting that is the cosmos, won’t allow me to be menial, pulling at my forelocks and knuckling under.
Connecting all the dots unites all my aspects. This wholeness, too, keeps me from abject obedience. Ha!
I’m grateful Mom was a witch. Most of the family and neighborhood ridiculed and battered me as a child. Except Mom was golden as an eagle, fighting to protect me and elevating me to the stars. I was her fledgling learning flight.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but my mysticism and place on the spectrum seem synonymous. … No, no, there is more involved than that. … Except, everything is everything, so …
… Magna Mater—Great Mother Goddess, Creator of All—is also the Queen of Fairies, which is far from what most people think of as the Creator of All. However, She is both Creator and creation.
Is She on the spectrum? Yes, and She is the spectrum. I suspect you are, too.
But then, so is a banana?
One of my students told me she can’t explain to her friends what I do as a shamanic guide because it has everything in it, and the Goddess has everything in Her. Given what I’ve said above, I obviously see my shamanic work the same way my student does. Therefore, I have the same problem describing it. “Everything is there” or “I address everything” sounds grandiose or like tacky promotion.
Also: everything in each of my courses connects to everything in all my other courses, not only intellectually but as an actual connection and integration on the physical and esoteric planes. In that process, each class participant is integrated with and connected to all the dots of reality, and each participant’s aspects are integrated with all their other aspects. This paragraph sounds arrogant to some people. But it’s the reality I live in.
I’m not saying we accomplish it perfectly—it’s an ideal we strive for. … But it’s not an abstract ideal alone; it’s something we embody.
Though we might do it far from perfectly, we accomplish it to a degree many people would think impossible.
Stardrenched witches like us are scattered throughout the globe.
I love my feet.
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for the 60-Day Self-Love Challenge.
Its simple format has two parts:
1) Twice a week, tell the other participants what you’re up to: start your week with a post to the group stating your self-care goal(s) for the week. At the end of the week, tell us how you did with those goals. That’s it.
I’ll set up a Google Group for our posts because it’s a private forum easy to use.
If you’re not into further details about the posts, skip down to the other part of the format. I’ll give details about posting again to participants when the group kicks off.
Self-love doesn’t have to be perfect. No beating yourself up if you don’t meet all your goals or fall far short of them. Simply doing your twice a week check-in puts you on the winning team. (Winning team is the first of the football terms in this post. I’ll explain what inspired me to use them in a bit.) In fact, our first week, if you need to start slow and not post, or you pick a small goal for the entire 60 days, cool.
This’ll be a streamlined process, a straight shot to the goal line: the only posts will be telling each other what we’re up to twice-a-week, plus an occasional addition. You’ll get to spend time on you, not focus on others or get swamped by gobs of posts.
Many successful individuals get things done by keeping it simple. My work attracts go-getters so I wanted to offer a streamlined process. No need to respond to anyone’s check-ins. No need usually to read responses to your check-ins because there won’t be any unless needed. It’s not the sort of process that needs much dialogue. If you’d require lots of responses for support, this wouldn’t be the event for you.
That doesn’t mean participants go without support. If you want, post a request to the group for support once or twice. Great. (I might be the person who responds since I’m in the group. … I’m jazzed about taking the challenge!) However, you’re not obliged to respond to requests; I want to keep responses at one or two so we don’t get glutted with posts.
The streamlined process provides a chance to just touch down, then go hit touchdown! (Football analogies are energizing me about this event.)
Here’s more of the power I’ve experienced writing two weekly checks-ins:
* It motivates me to follow through on my goals. Not in the sense of worrying whether someone will judge me for what I do or don’t do. Instead, I become focused.
* Writing my goals out for a group to see somehow makes me clearer about what goals I want.
* The writing inspires me to organize my upcoming week so I can fit in working on my goals. I become more effective at it and less stressed about how I’m going to manage to do it.
* A process that’s mostly stating goals and how we’re doing with them means we give the important support of witnessing each others’ journey and don’t have to push ourselves ridiculously hard for each other.
You also get big support through the other part of our format:
2) Receive spiritual transmissions three days a week.
A definition of my particular transmissions: They are an ancient Faery Faith method that increases the power, serenity, and safety of your journey, fosters personal growth, and adds good luck to your life overall. My transmissions adapt to your needs, e.g., the ability to be proactive about reaching your goals.
You don’t have to meditate or do anything else to receive the transmissions. Go about your day, while I do the work for you.
For 60 days, you get three transmissions a week. Mega-support for every member of my team!
Feedback: Julie wrote,
“Thank you so much for your spiritual transmissions! They’ve been incredibly helpful, supportive and effective in my life! I’ve been able to:
1. Sell a condo under very challenging conditions for a fair price. …
2. Reawaken my inner writer, resume work on a novel, and win an award in a national poetry competition.
3. Open my heart more fully to my loved ones and to the Supreme All-That-Is.
4. Continue to heal past wounds and live effectively in the present.
5. Stop dyeing my hair!!!!
Bless you for your invaluable assistance!”
Give yourself the care you choose:
* Nap. * Go for broke marketing your business. * Sketch for five minutes. * Hole up for hours to write poetry. * Visit loved ones on Zoom. * Keep an eye out for your self-defeating beliefs,
* or do whatever else you deem self-love, * while spiritual transmissions hold you in love and power.
There are no wrong choices, and the attempt is what counts. It’s a self-care touchdown! You hit the goal line!
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Just for fun, here’s a poem I wrote that led to football images in this post. The poem energized me to give myself and my community a self-love challenge.
Plus, its lines are in the spirit of the team I want with me for that challenge, as long as you don’t take them all literally. The poem is tongue-in-cheek.
Affirmation for a Modern Woman March 1999
The affirmation for today is:
“Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.”
The best way to do this affirmation
is at the top of your lungs. Try it
with me, now:
“Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.”
Affirmations work best if repeated. Again. Louder:
“Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.”
I will not get fat eating their sins,
I will not curl up like a dead spider,
my misery wrapped around me like desiccated spider legs,
I will not climb into bed, my sheets a shroud as I weep and mourn and moan
that their mean little ways are killing me.
Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.
Say it with me, loud as you can:
“Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.”
I am shaking with anger, good.
I am not crying, I am not bingeing my brains out
on corn chips and orange juice,
I am shaking with anger, pumping myself up to kick ass,
get my way, make my way, get my boys to tackle competition
as I run for the goal line, yes, it will be a touchdown,
—the losing team gets killed as human sacrifice—
because I am pissed off enough to keep fighting,
I will get the prize—a home, self-respect,
the chance to be in the game, to live fully—
I’m not dropping out of the game due to overweight lethargy,
weepy depression, or any of the other things
that are so goddamn hard
for me not to fall prey to and be defeated by,
instead I am going to be a very aggressive girl.
Would you like to
be on my team?
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Francesca De Grandis is the bestselling author of “Be a Goddess!” Her work couples Goddess mysticism with practical magic and a down-to-earth philosophy. Raised in a traditional Strega family tradition that has Celtic shamanism in its heritage—the family is originally from France—she practices an ancient European witchcraft that is a form of Fairy shamanism.
A mystical event is not a substitute for medical care by a trained physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation.
Last year, I collected driftwood at the beach to make driftwood amulets. Loving wood of all sorts, I was excited for the opportunity to craft with driftwood and explore its magic.
Photographs of one of amulets I made—a talisman necklace—are throughout this post.
I sliced some of the driftwood into three pendant-sized pieces, shaped each one a bit, then sanded them to bring out their beauty, and so their surfaces would feel nicely smooth and not snag clothing. Here they are before sanding:
I tend to discover the magic of something by listening to it, meditating on it, and interacting with it.
During the period I learn that magic experientially, I pay attention to internal and external happenings whether they seem related to the magic at hand or not because “coincidences” are often divine synchronicity offering guidance.
Here’s what I learned about driftwood magic, and how I learned it.
When first sanding the pieces, the results puzzled me. I’d sand and sand, but the bumps wouldn’t go away.
Shortly afterwards, my chronic arm injuries worsened. I had to stop sanding for a year. Sanding did not damage my arms; I mention them because the need to halt woodworking is a synchronicity that helped reveal driftwood’s magic to me, as you shall see.
After the year, I returned to my woodshop and realized the bumps wouldn’t go away yet because they weren’t on the surface alone. The ocean not only eats away the surface of wood but also leaks into the wood and reshapes its insides.
Nevertheless, a bit more sanding, and the surface bumps went away. I simply had to go a bit deeper. Next, I moved to finer and finer sandpaper, and the sanding went quickly, at the speed I’d initially expected.
Isn’t that often the way with transformation? At first, the bumps don’t leave. Then there might be a long pause during which progress remains halted. When that plateau ends, transformation is easier, and the bumps leave quickly.
And then more detailed efforts can get down into the guts, where reshapings need healing.
Despite sanding, there’s going to be a bit of roughness to driftwood. That’s part of its charm. Let’s celebrate both our elegance and our rough edges.
This photo shows the three sanded pieces after I cleaned the sawdust off and applied lots of beeswax natural wood treatment. I let them rest in the treatment for a while; driftwood is so dry I gave them extra time to absorb the treatment.
I applied wood treatment three times, though nothing will keep driftwood from being driftwood. It’s dry. It will probably dry out quickly despite the treatment. But I felt it was worth trying, to make the best possible pendant. Even though I don’t know why, I think giving them the treatment helps.
If they dry right out, that’s okay, and the dryness of the wood is another lesson about driftwood’s magic: personal growth is wonderful, and we are who we are. I won’t expect driftwood to be other than what it is and try to force it into a jewelry design that, ultimately, won’t work. Instead, If I honor driftwood’s nature, I can find its beauty and thus know how it wants to be worked into a design.
No matter how hard I try to change, nothing will keep me from being me. That’s how it should be. If I honor my own nature, I find it is a jewel. I celebrate who I am. This gives me the power to change in me what does need changing.
The Magic of Driftwood
Here’s a summary of everything I learned about driftwood magic through the above experiences, as well as by meditating on driftwood and talking with it.
Driftwood offers the magic of transformation.
Driftwood is an amulet to help you through all phases of inner and outer change. Examples:
1) When trying to change, things might go slowly at first. But driftwood helps you remember change might take time, remain patient with both the process and yourself, and remember that “bumps” you’re trying to remove might be deep down and take time to reach.
2) Driftwood sustains you when you go deeper, or when a plateau ends. In other words, driftwood helps you keep going to create your desired metamorphosis of yourself and your life.
Driftwood also gives hope to sustains us when change is lagging. There’s a specific way this happens. Drift wood instills the wisdom that an about-face can quickly, easily occur at any point.
3) Driftwood empowers you when you go into deeper layers of change and might help that work go quickly.
Driftwood helps you honor who you are so, in your quest for transformation, you don’t tear yourself down, but instead recognize the gem you are and celebrate your beauty and power.
Driftwood becomes driftwood by being immersed for a long time in the ocean’s mysteries—the great womb of the Goddess. Her loving nature and immense power change us over time. Yes, we need to do whatever we can to change, but pushing too hard, hating ourselves for who we are, or otherwise beating ourselves up is counterproductive. Driftwood helps us surrender to Her loving power.
Driftwood becomes driftwood by being immersed in the Goddess. So we become fully ourselves by being immersed in Her love.
Meditating on what I’ve written above, I channeled the following liturgy. You can recite it to open yourself to blessings from driftwood—whether it’s on a beach, an amulet pendant, a large piece you put on your altar or elsewhere in your home, or a small piece you tuck into your pocket or backpack.
Driftwood’s magic works whether you say this or not. However, opening yourself to blessings that occur when driftwood’s magic and mysteries act in your life can make a big difference. (Opening yourself to any kind of magic and mystery can make a big difference.) Say this once or as often as you want.
I surrender to the magic of transformation.
I surrender to transformation’s beauty.
I surrender to transformation’s power.
I surrender to transformation’s sustenance of me.
I surrender to transformation’s depths.
I surrender to transformation’s loving nature.
I surrender to being immersed
in the Great Mother’s love,
and thus surrender to becoming fully myself.
I surrender to my beauty and power.
I surrender to the Goddess’ love,
in all its beauty and power.
So mote it be!
Driftwood carries the wisdom and magic of the ocean. These powers are part of our heritage from our ancestors.
One of ocean’s magics and mysteries is the power of transformation. I spoke of the ocean turning wood into driftwood. I spoke of how we too are transformed by immersion in the Great Mother’s love. The above liturgy can be spoken to open to that power.
As the birthplace of life, the ocean often symbolizes the Great Mother Goddess, Creator of All Things. The ocean depths are Her womb. The mermaid and siren harken back to ancient Goddess images, such as the dragon Tiamat. Tiamat is one way the Great Mother, when associated with the ocean, is seen.
A Driftwood Amulet Necklace
The talisman necklace in the pictures is one-of-a-kind and part of a talisman set. At the time of this posting, the set is available for purchase. You are welcome to query by email or in the comment field below. Here’s more about the necklace:
Weaving the necklace, I used waxed linen cord, while meditating on what magic to add. Tiamat told me to imbue this jewelry with the power to give all blessings from the Great Mother.
She also instructed me to weave in the magic of deep places—the deeps of the sea, the deeps of Faerie realms, the deeps of your imagination, the deeps of your creativity.
She told me to add magic that will draw to the person wearing the jewelry treasures from the deep—e.g., successful creative projects, prosperity, renewal.
Finally, She instructed me to weave in blessings to increase the piece of drift wood’s magical potency.
Immediately above its driftwood, the necklace has a large handmade glass lampwork bead with some heft to it. That is a nice counterpoint to the driftwood’s light weight.
I selected the bead after going through all the listings of an artist until I selected three, knowing they’d be gorgeous in something.
The longer bead up the side of the necklace is likely bone, to symbolize the everlasting spirit. If not bone, it’s okay because I wove that bone energy into the talisman’s magic. I experience everlasting spirit and ocean magic to be related.
The art beads that look like beach glass blew me away. They were worth the price because I knew they’d be perfect for something.
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I believe luck is real and truly magical—not a metaphor or stupid superstition. I also believe the otherworldly and mundane planes weave together. Because the dimensions intertwine, I attract luck when I accept responsibility for my life and don’t blame the world for my problems. This post explains these ideas and details my recent attempt to amp up my money luck. I hope my theories and successes help you attract abundance.
I Believe Luck Is Real
After doing my chart, an astrologer told me I have great money luck.
He was right. The only explanation for my good finances, other than the fact that I work my behind off, is ridiculously good money luck. For one thing, my financial well-being has far surpassed what our society would’ve dictated based on my background, etc. Lady Luck must’ve intervened on my behalf. For another, plenty of folks work hard to no avail.
I’m not saying I’m wealthy. I don’t care about wealth. I’m saying I’m lucky with money.
Anyway, recently I decided to bump my money luck up a notch and wasn’t able to do it. So I brainstormed a lot because I wanted funds for a few truly important things, not trivial luxuries.
I finally thought of something: one way I create luck is by taking responsibility for my life.
I Learned to Tell Myself, “Don’t Blame the World.”
When I was much younger, I often would blame others for my problems or failures. I learned to take responsibility for my life and any problems I cause myself.
However, I realized recently that some part of me still thinks the world owes me a living. I thought I’d gotten past that, but the sentiment remained— maybe not in great measure but enough to, perhaps, interfere with increased money luck.
To be clear, I don’t loll about, expecting the world to take care of me. I’m a responsible person who runs my own business, etc., etc. However, to whatever degree I cling to the idea that the world owes me is the degree to which my money luck is hindered.
It was hard to notice an infantile sensibility was lurking, given my responsible, abundant life. I want to tell you how I nonetheless spotted it.
Someone’s Faults Can Be a Mirror to See My Own
In a society filled with addiction, whether to drugs, alcohol, gambling, overeating, or other things, over the years I’ve met my fair share of folks suffering from addiction. I noticed many of them have absurdly bad luck. One might say their addictions are the result of bad luck ruining their lives, and there is great merit in that theory, but I came to also believe addiction fosters bad luck. Here how that idea came to me:
Our society relentlessly fosters certain poor habits. Most addicts, alcoholics, etc., I’ve met share those habits: they hold on to resentments, sulk, feel like the world owes them, and blame the world for their problems instead of being accountable for their acts that contributed to those problems. I could sense those proclivities created a specific energy—a flow of bad luck. Also, I saw stuff going wrong in their lives that was light years beyond their problems caused by classism (classes delineated by race, gender, finances, or any other excuse to oppress) or sheer accident. It was also far beyond problems that result from one’s misdeeds, such as a car accident from driving when high or a divorce due to emotional abandonment by an addict gone down the rabbit hole of addiction. No, the problems I’m talking about are so bizarrely synchronistic that they must come from an otherworldly source—bad luck.
(Addicts and other individuals with the mindset I’ve described are in my heart. They suffer anguish yet may not know another way to view life yet. They are in no way “lesser” individuals; humans are all greatly flawed.)
If I dwell on a shortcoming in someone, good chance it’s one of my own faults. When my mind repeatedly returned to addicts having one of those prevalent traits I mentioned—thinking the world owes you—even though I didn’t even have any specific addicts in mind, I figured I share the trait, though to a lesser degree.
To whatever degree I think the world owes me is the degree to which I won’t step up to the plate. Since good luck goes hand-in-hand with being responsible, I want to step up to the plate as much as I can. Before saying more about that, here are a few disclaimers.
1) Don’t Beat Yourself Up When Problems Come Your Way
A string of bad luck doesn’t indicate you are lazy and unwilling to do what’s needed in life. Bad luck happens to everyone. Life happens to everyone. A farmer may tend his crops well, but a drought can occur. I try to maximize good luck and minimize bad luck.
Also, I do not blame myself for problems other people cause me.
There’s no need to go overboard when taking responsibility for your problems.
2) You Deserve Support Even During Your Good Times
There’s also no need to go overboard when taking responsibility for your life.
Though I don’t expect the world to take care of me in one sense, I do think society is obligated to take care of someone when they’re down and out.
In a healthy community, people support each other even in good times. We can accomplish great things for ourselves and others, as well as keep our spirits up and whole, if we all take care of each other on a regular basis. That’s different than the expectation that people “owe me;” I strive to be a grown-up contributing to the well-being of my community.
Back to the topic of how to attract money:
Good luck and Being Responsible Go Hand-in-Hand
The idea that taking responsibility creates good luck might seem counterintuitive. For one thing, there is a prevailing notion that luck is a free-floating energy unattached to and uninfluenced by our mundane actions. I believe luck is real and truly magical, but I also believe the otherworldly and mundane planes intertwine.
It also might seem counterintuitive since many people seek luck in lieu of taking responsibility, for example, a person who is overly choosy when looking for a job, despite an obligation to support their household, and insisting there’s a streak of luck coming, then everything will turn out great. (It hurts my heart to see them and theirs suffer.)
Counterintuitive though it may seem, I believe that when I accept responsibility for my life and needs, doing what I can to attain my goals, I attract luck. Again and again, after I stepped up to the plate, doors opened and abundance came, in ways so outrageously synchronistic that they had to be magic.
Courting Lady Luck
This paragraph revisits and expands on some themes of this post to provide immediate context for what comes next: I tried to amp up my money magic and succeeded big time in that I’m earning a living in 2020. I’m immensely grateful for that when so many cannot even buy food, and I couldn’t reach the high financial bar I’d set. I realized the shortfall of luck was caused by thinking the world owes me.
As I meditated on how to shift my attitude, an idea popped into my head: paying off the last of the medical debt I’d been paying down over the years would please Lady Luck. … It seemed less an idea and more a fact. I knew in my gut that if I shifted my perception of myself—seeing myself as a person who could afford to write a check for the last of that debt—I would be that sort of person more. In other words, I would attract more money than ever. Money luck!
I thought seriously before sending the doctor that final amount because it was a lot of money. Though I had the money to send because I am doing okay financially, who knows if the pandemic and economy will allow me to work in a month or two. I thought that, maybe, instead of sending the physician money, I should keep it as part of my emergency fund. He would’ve waited longer. He’s been very patient.
I wrote a check and mailed it, based on the experience that, if I spend on something needed regardless of what I have in the bank, money comes in to cover what I spent. (Often, completely unexpected income manifests immediately.) If I wanted to be the sort of person who can consistently afford to spend the amount I owed the physician, I had to pay him that.
By the way, I doubt this cosmic reimbursement from the universe would work if I gave way to frivolous or compulsive spending. It works if I need something or, after having been frugal, allow myself some luxury.
Despite evidence of cosmic reimbursement, it was a leap of faith to send off that check since it might keep me from maintaining an ample emergency fund. I took the leap because paying off the debt was the only thing I could think to do to move my finances forward. I was already doing everything else I could imagine—developing useful classes and other services, marketing them, performing career success magic, etc. Taking the leap felt vital; as I’ve said, my goal was to cover the cost of some things I really need in my life right now.
Something else was also operating: I am committed to joy. I’m a Pagan. Stagnate energy diminishes my joy. That outstanding debt was stagnation. I trust my Gods will have my back, and They are Pagan to the core. I mentioned having concerns about paying the doctor. They were mostly considerations, not worries. The realization that paying the debt could create greater abundance and the decision to make that payment were exciting, happy, and celebratory. I was thrilled to be moving into a new level of living fully.
Money owed the doctor was my only debt, except for my monthly mortgage. I’m wondering if being debt-free is another way I need to view myself to create bigger money luck. I look forward to finding out.
I Don’t Need a Knight in Shining Armor. I Earn My Own Way.
So there I was, all proud of myself for taking care of the last of that debt. I congratulated myself with “I am my knight in shining armor. I’m an independent woman who does just fine on her own and doesn’t want a romantic relationship. I love my home, my finances are okay,” etc., etc.
Hahahahaha, I got to rest on my laurels for maybe two hours. After a major spiritual step, I sometimes discover there is yet another big step. Argh!
The self-love of pursuing greater prosperity by wrapping up a debt despite the real possibility of needing that money later to fall back on, since the U.S.’s economic situation is terrible, felt like such a major spiritual move. I don’t want to imply that patting myself on the back about making that move was a bad. Celebration is wonderful, we all deserve to celebrate our accomplishments, and congratulating yourself on your spiritual progress is important. Also, my realization that ending the debt would create greater money luck had me giddy with delight. Following through on the realization was fun. However, the celebratory nature of it all was amusing since wrapping up the debt was still insufficient followthrough on my commitment to being responsible for my life.
The money luck I was trying to attract is so big that it apparently demanded even more action. In other words, this degree of money luck demanded more inner shifts about responsibility than I’d anticipated.
For a while, a fabulously sweet, alpha male had been kind of, maybe, oh-so-mildly courting me. (At least, that’s how it seemed to me. I don’t recognize when someone’s pursuing me romantically unless they’re completely obvious.) Suddenly, as soon as I mailed the check, he started outright, indisputably wooing. At which point, I realized he can provide the few material resources I still lack—the very things that motivated me to amp up my money luck so that I might acquire those things.
It gave me the chance to see that some part of me still longs for a man to rescue me from my obligations to myself. Ahahahaha. That old trap is a way to not accept responsibility and, thereby, ward off increased money luck.
I am working on circumventing that trap. Dreaming of a knight in shining armor would syphon off energy from the new money luck. Nope. I’ve been given a chance to affirm my choice to see myself as a person able to earn what’s needed to acquire exactly what my courtier could provide.
Should he and I pursue a relationship further, I want it to be as equals, not alpha and a needy moi. An aside, but an important one, at least to me: the latter scenario would have my head bowed in miserable meekness, lest I offend and thereby am deemed unworthy of that which I desire. No, I want to earn the money to pay for those things myself. The alpha-supplicant scenario would also have my stomach roiling.
In contrast, the idea of equals delights me with visions of riveting conversations (the guy has one of the finest minds I’ve encountered. For decades I’ve said I’d pay good money to live in his brain for an hour), fun meals, warm companionship, and the sweet courtesies we’ve always given each other. I’m 70 years old and don’t want a man in my life unless it’s on my terms. End of aside.
Down at the Crossroads to Make a Deal with the Devil? Bah!
There’s a superstition about going to the crossroads to make a deal with the Devil.
The Devil isn’t at the crossroads. The Goddess Diana is, with Her unending goodness, kindness, and love for us. By Her stands Her Equal, my good, kind, and loving Father.
In my mind,
I go to the crossroads,
stand at this crossroads in my life,
where loving Gods stand with me.
I vow to Them,
“I will take full responsibility for my life”
because the more I do, the better my luck gets.
When I take full responsibility, my Divine Parents are more able to do Their part in sending bounty my way. Meeting your grown-up obligations doesn’t mean going it on your own. It means doing your part and letting the Gods—and your other friends—help. Note the word letting. Part of being responsible is letting other people and the Divine support you.
The Devil isn’t at the crossroads. Lady Luck stands there—Goddess Diana Herself.
So does a Father Who is pure love.
They are ready to grant us great money luck.
So mote it be!
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