A Time for Action

Here we are, three days from Samhain, and nature is bearing down on us in the form of a hurricane.

While the destructive force of this hurricane is not good news for people, for the Earth it is a necessary process. (I do hope that those  people that will feel the worst of this storm come through on the other side of it with little injury, and damage to their homes is minimal.)

I was reminded yesterday that this, indeed, is the nature of this time of year. The hurricane as a destructive force is ultimately clearing the way for new growth.

My negativity of the past few weeks is the same. We are led into the darkness now, to reflect, to shed that which hinders us, so that we can move forward and better ourselves in the coming months.

I almost had to laugh when I thought about what my very good friend and priestess of the Craft would say to me should I ask her what to do with this depression I’ve been in. I can hear her saying, loud and clear; “You’re a witch. Do something about it.” It is advice that she has given me on multiple occasions, when I have forgotten that part of me and gotten lost in the turmoil of now.

Thanks, Kate. I needed that.

Every time I’ve written a post for this blog explaining one of the eight major holidays on the wheel of the year, I’ve promised myself I would begin to get serious in the coming year about dedicating myself to my spiritual side.

When life takes over, as you know it does, the spiritual is often the first to get the boot. I’ve been very guilty of forgoing all that is spiritual in me for much of my life as a wife and mother. I have been bogged down by life this way, forgetting to bring myself back to this place that gives me so much peace.

My magickal self is yearning for release, and release her I must, because my sanity depends on it.

Over the next year I hope to keep a magickal journal of sorts here, along with our every day life. I will try to do my magick at least once a week, particularly when the moon is full or new, or there is a sabbat to be observed. I may not write for every ritual I do, but I will try to write fairly often about those experiences, to let you in on what life as a witch truly looks like.

Today, I started by casting a spell to banish that negativity and stress from my life which has been plaguing me. It was a short and simple spell, and I’m afraid my words in casting weren’t exactly the most eloquent. The ritual space was truly makeshift. However, I’m quite certain that Spirit did not mind.

As we move forward this week, I will cast again for Samhain, honoring those that have gone before, and welcoming change into our home. In this time of year, it is indeed that – change – that we are a part of. Transformation happens in the darkness.

We will see what metamorphosis has occurred come spring, but for now, we must focus on the change itself.

Cauldron & Sage
The cauldron is a symbol of transformation.
Sage is used in ritual to cleanse.

5 Responses

  1. Sarah
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    I have to disagree with your statement that, “While the destructive force of this hurricane is not good news for people, for the Earth it is a necessary process.”

    This weather isn’t a necessary process for the Earth; it’s an extreme manipulation of a normal process, affected by human interference. The below quotes are from this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/29/hurricane-sandy-climate-change_n_2038859.html

    “[W]e can see that climate change is playing a role in setting the context for these storms,” said Michael Mann, a physicist and the director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, “in particular the record levels of North Atlantic Ocean warmth that is available to feed these storms with energy and moisture.”

    “Climate change is changing the weather,” said Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the USA National Center for Atmospheric Research and one of the world’s foremost experts on changes to global energy and water cycles. “The past few years have been marked by unusually severe extreme weather characteristic of climate change. The oceans are warmer and the atmosphere above the oceans is warmer and wetter. This new normal changes the environment for all storms and makes them more intense and with much more precipitation.”

    • Rowena
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      Yes, I do agree that the storm may be the result of climate change. But I still think that it is a necessary process.

      It is the Earths way of attempting to regulate itself. Our changes have forced the Earth to change its “normal” characteristic weather in order to counter-balance us.

      While we’ve pushed the button on climate change, the Earth is still attempting to take care of herself.

    • Rowena
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      Also from that article: “That’s really what’s happening here. The climate is now speaking to them — and to everyone else.”

      The climate here, for me, is synonymous with the Earth.

  2. Connie Mitan
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    It’s been a long time since I was in a place that spiritual practice was a regular thing. But since that time, I’ve come to realize I don’t really feel the need for ritual. I’ve come to a point where I focus on my thoughts, and the power of intention, more than anything. And that is how I create magic.
    Perhaps a ritual once in a while would be nice, but when my other half doesn’t think much of it, I get a little discouraged.
    Best of luck in your writing journey – I’ll be hear to read it, if nothing else.

    • Rowena
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      I hear you. I too try to focus on intention when not actively practicing in ritual. And I also understand the whole “other half” issue (a previous relationship was unsupportive, which is a small part of the reason why that is now a previous relationship).

      Thanks for following. I’ll be writing another Samhain post about my own interpretation of the holiday, and how we’ll be celebrating it as a family going forward.

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