Yes, a big chocolate chip one — Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Needed to see this today, glad it popped up on my feed.

Hugs.

 

Last week, today, and what is to come

Sorry I have been away for so long, I’ve been in the middle of packing and working crazy hours… not to mention the multiple vet visits these past few weeks. These pups are killing me financially.

On top of me being busy, I am feeling funky in general. Either allergies are hitting me later than all of my friends and family, or stress from packing has lead me to fall ill. I’ve been running fevers, sneezing, coughing, and feeling very lethargic. Yesterday I had cut out some time to write to all of you, but I fell asleep in front of computer instead. I had every intention of writing something worthwhile today, but my brain isn’t cooperating… I’m sorry guys.

That being said, I am planning on reading a good bit on my spirituality and reflecting on it for a while today. I am hoping that will serve as inspiration. Perhaps it is my feeling “icky” but I just cannot become inspired on my own at the moment.

Also, if any of you have any suggestions for future posts, or have any questions for me, I would love to hear it.

Back to reading, just wanted to pop buy and say hi to you all.

Blessings,
-D

 

A Gift

I’ve been pretty wrapped up in work lately. We are preparing for our move, so I am working as much as I possibly can to save up the money for it… forgive me if I start to be a bad friend and my updates drop down to biweekly… that is not the goal, but it is a possibility.

The universe works in weird ways… It brings people you need to you when you need them the most. Last year, I participated in an international Secret Santa. I was matched up with a man in his late 50s who was also a pagan. I bought him a “wreck this journal” book, a funny tea steeper, some knick knacks, and I made him many homemade soaps and candles. He seemed to like everything I sent because we have been moderately in touch ever sense. He is now an uncle-like figure, and I love him and his wife dearly even though we have never met.

Today, a package was delivered at my doorstep addressed to me.
My friend had sent me two fluorite wands, a piece of petrified wood, a chunk of stone that I cannot figure out what it is yet (gotta take it to my nearby crystal shop), and a book called Illusions by Richard Bach. He left a note that simply said “thought you need a pick me up… consider it an early wedding gift.”
I needed a pick me up… I am so stressed out that I burst into tears over the smallest of things.

The universe has lead me to a truly beautiful soul.

May blessings rain upon that man and his wonderful wife.

-D

PS- early in the week I might post a picture of my unidentifiable stone… if you guys have any thoughts, let me know!

 

 

Tips on Spiritual Burnout

88c3cf96f14ed5cfa9ed8074bab0e190I love my path that I am on- it is true what many people say… when the path finds you, it is as if you have finally “come home.” Your path becomes home when you allow your heart to guide you to your beliefs, not your mind. What is true to me is not always true to everyone else, and that isn’t necessarily wrong. For the most part, I adore our pagan community- where we are alike and where we are vastly different- it is all beautiful to me.

However, some days… some weeks or even months, things get hard. You feel exhausted or uninspired in regards to your practice. Your pagan community can make you feel a little bit nuts, or you start to feel like you are losing touch with nature… in turn, you are losing touch with yourself. I’m no stranger to that feeling. Being manic depressive, I have to fight tooth and nail to keep a healthy, well balanced relationship with nature, myself, and my deities, however, there is only so much you can do sometimes… Everyone will face a spiritual burnout at one point or another.

Once you are in this “burnout,” how do you get yourself out of this funk? If you are having a hard time feeling positive, connecting to nature, or feeling inspired, what is the best way to get back to feeling good?

Redecorate your altar or make a new, smaller one to be hidden somewhere:

4137a7924a7f1125681cb79729fca3f0The first thing I do when I am stuck in a funk is clean off my altar and rearrange everything. My altar is a wonderful source of positive energy to me, so working with it helps me to feel refreshed. Often times, when I am cleaning it off after a while of not using it, I find small tokens that serve as memories of when my thirst of knowledge was stronger.
If I already like the way my altar looks and I don’t wish to change it at all, I will make a small, temporary “hidden altar.” The image to your right isn’t mine, but I used it as an inspiration for my small altars. In the past, I have made a tiny sacred bowl with a small candle in the middle of it. Every time I would leave the house to run an errand, I would look for a small rock to put in the bowl- this forced me to get off the pavement and into the grass, forcing me to rummage around in nature.

Plan something for an upcoming holiday:

332cb4e1731bfb31e686a61683dd3767The wheel of the year is ever turning, so we are fortunate enough to always have a holiday coming up on us at any given time. For some people, planning a big celebration for every turn of the wheel is exhausting- some of us have to work! However, simply taking the time to observe what the sabbat/esbat ands for can help to reawaken your stagnant spirituality.

For example, if you are currently feeling out of touch with your spiritual life, you may look forward to Beltane and make an effort to participate in at least a small ritual honoring it. Rather than holding a large bonfire and making a feast for all of your friends and family, you can simply light many candles around your house, drink your favorite dessert wine and indulge in your favorite sweet treat. What you have left over can be used as simple offering to the fae and the green man. When you are ready for bed that evening, take a moment to reflect on what Beltane means to you- chances are, you will be glad you took the time to celebrate it, even if you didn’t initially feel like it.

Create a mandala from nature:

ea075bcba2b9135eedd2170c16bf9f13This makes me get outside and find things that I find beautiful, then I am forced to invoke my creative mind in order to make this type of artwork. Though my nature mandalas are hardly ever as beautiful as the one shown here, It makes me feel wonderful to work with the plants, herbs, and crystals I have in my possession.
When making these mandalas, my creative mind is stimulated and my stressed mind is relaxed. In this state, I can find my connection to my spirituality much easier.

Light a prayer candle every. single. day.

7c143f1108a3e25e94b22c208b5b8537This is my number one way to get out of my spiritual burnout… it just works for me. I will find an unlit candle with a scent that makes me feel happy- usually either cinnamon during the colder months and fresh apple during the warmer months- and pray over it every morning when I wake up, or every afternoon when I come home from work. I pray for guidance, for positive energy, for a better attitude, and for health. Right before I light the candle, I name at least three things that I am grateful for. After the candle is lit, I go about business as usual- cleaning the house, writing, doing homework, painting… every time I smell the candle while I am doing these things, I am reminded not only of the things I prayed for, but also the things I am grateful of, helping me to be positive and to reestablish my faith.

579ca7154439e1a77276b06fd1af7ef3Most days, my spiritual life and mundane life have no lines between them. However, not all days are full of beautiful sunsets and twinkling stars. We are human- we are constantly battling the good and the bad. Burnout happens to all of us, but working to overcome it is what makes us even stronger in our faith.

Blessings to you and yours,
-D

Magical uses of Bay

images2X7AS2S3Another herb that I always seem to have on hand at any given time I dried bay leaves. I began using it when teaching myself how to cook, and now I use it more often for magical purposes.

When cooking,  I love to use Bay for its strong, aromatic uses. It can transform nearly any dish just by added one small leaf to the mix. While bay isn’t suitable for everyone’s taste buds (my mother, for example, hates it), it is certainly worth a shit for many people. I love making robust, Italian sauces with it. I should warn, that much much like sage, I do see many people warning against using this herb while pregnant. If you wish to use it while nursing or pregnant, meet with your doctor before hand to get all the information you need.

1c2b61bf2e2b3bf3a3ab9974444d8dedFrom a magical standpoint, Bay has a way with calming the mind, helping to develop psychic abilities, protecting against unfavorable situations, and granting wishes.

Ways I like to add Bay into my magical practices:

  • I’m sure by now you have seen people writing their wished on bay leafs before burning them… not to be a copy cat, but I love this simple ritual.
  • Add bay to your bath teas before bed OR put a bay leaf under your pillow at night, both will help you to have prophetic dreams.
  • Burn bay with your incense before practicing divination.
  • Add the crumbled leaves to any wish sachet you are planning on making.
  • Carry the leaves in your wallet of purse to help protect against theft or poverty.
  • Incorporate bay into your household décor to promote home protection.\
  • If you are feeling uneasy and need to quiet your mind, add bay to a stovetop potpourri (if you haven’t noticed by now, I am slightly obsessed to stove top potpourris…) I feel that it works very well with rosemary and lemon peels.

Gotta love them herbs. Having a small stock on hand makes it so easy to incorporate a little bit of magic into your daily life.

Blessings,
-D