Have you wondered about the origins of giving gifts at this time of year?
(Nope, not the three wise men).
This week on the Witch Next Door Podcast my husband joins me to talk about gift giving at the holidays and the origins of this practice.
Happy December 1st!
Are you joining us in the magical countdown to the new calendar year?
Each year I offer a calendar with a suggested practice each day of December and invite you to join us in the Facebook Group
The moon is full today and for this moment she is shining her abundant light before beginning her descent into darkness.
She is a bringer of lessons. A reminder that we must often retreat within, tuck ourselves away, to rejuvenate before we can shine once more.
Winter teaches that same lesson. We can let the old fall away, we can sink deeper into our bodies and our homes, we can rest. Winter reminds us that we can tend to ourselves.
As the vestiges of Autumn begin to give way to frost here, and raking becomes a daily practice, I ask myself what I am releasing.
Like the squirrels and birds stashing their nuts for the cold months ahead, I am stashing what I need to prepare for the coming cold.
What are you doing to prepare for Winter?
What are you lettign go of?
Do you emrace the Winter? Or find yourself dreading the darkness? Longing instead for the heat of Summer or the quickening of Spring?
When we live in the flow of seasons we can absorb their lessons and gifts much easier.
After all, the Winter is coming with or without our permission.
One of the things that supports me through the darkness is a regular relationship with my Craft.
I am inviting you to join me in counting down to the end of the caelndar year by spending a little time each day in December intetnionally doing one small act of magic.
Each year I come back to this practice and share it with you all.
This year is not different.
Here is the downloadable calendar
If you want to share your journey, I’ll be posting reminders in the Facebook Group every day of the month with invitations for you to share photos or comments about your practices.
Want to go a little deeper?
Gift yourself a place in the Winter Circle.
2 Rituals and 6 Circles carry us through the Winter months in communtiy and magic.
This is a closed circle with a limited number of spots to help support connection and faciliate trust.
Using embodiment practices, expressive arts, spell work and the themes of Winter, Deep Rest and Self Love we will nourish ourselves through the darkness.
We begin Decmeber 17th
This weird holiday where we tell lies about the indigenous people of North America and the pilgrims. A day where we eat copious amounts of food in celebration and gather together with friends and family (often out of obligation instead of desire).
It’s a day for football and giant balloons paraded down the streets in New York.
Like I said, it's weird.
The thing is I love Thanksgiving.
I love how the day is quiet.
How things are closed.
I love the food I only eat once a year and the way this celebration is the doorway to what we call the holiday season.
But mostly I like the quiet.
You of course will be receiving this tomorrow. A note from my now past self.
A note from the last day of my 46th year.
As your eyes scan this email it is my birthday.
And I’m still me. But me in the new year of myself.
Another time to reflect (there are a lot of those aren’t there?)
Another moment where crossroads loom.
Who have I been?
Who am I becoming?
One thing is certain.
The landscape of my life is always shifting and changing.
My creations, my relationships, the ebb and flow of my work.
What’s true is the landscape of your life is too.
In the world of witchcraft, of living life in tune with the natural rhythms, there are always new beginnings. Always places we can start again.
New Moons, New Seasons, New Astrology.
The natural world is always inviting us to reflect, shed and renew.
As the seasons turn, the leaves fall and the darkness deepens, I invite you to the sacred space of circle.
Today registration opens for the Winter Circle.
This honoring of ourselves in the Winter, will begin at the Solstice with a Ritual to celebrate and mark the longest night, the start of the Winter and the return of the sun.
Then in the following weeks, we will meet via Zoom, 6 times (approx every other week), on Fridays at 4 pm PT for about an hour and a half.
We will work with the themes of not just Winter, but Deep Rest and Self Love.
Using the practices of expressive arts, embodiment, spell crafting and community we will nourish ourselves through the darkness.
We will end our time together with a ritual for the Spring Equinox, welcoming the renewal and quickening of the turning wheel.
There are a limited number of spots open in the Winter Circle to facilitate trust and connection. ‘
Is one of them yours?
Learn more and register here
It’s been raining and they are stuck to car windows and lawns and sidewalks and porches and even my boots.
Reds, and golds and oranges and yellows, migrating from branch to earth.
November is my favorite month of the year.
Aside from it being my birthday month, it also feels like a gateway into the darkness.
This is the month when I get to really be in the night.
I go to bed early. And because of that I am not out and about in the night very often.
My relationship with the darkness is primarily an early morning affair.
Yet now as the days become shorter and shorter and the blanket of night casts itself across the bed of my corner of earth much earlier, I get to tuck myself in under its edges.
And I dream.
This year November has a little less charm, with loss looming and the weight of grief lurking about the edges.
But still the rhythm of the shortening days and falling leaves bring s with it the comfort and familiarity of this time.
As darkness deepens I feel rest and vision calling.
In this space I speak to the darkness and listen for the messages it echoes back.
What do you hear in the darkness?
What visions are coming to light for you?
We are just over a month away from the longest night and the beginning of Winter.
This year I am inviting you to join me in tending to our sacred selves in a Winter Circle.
We will come together for the Winter Solstice in ritual with the Diving Deeper community as a way to kick off the season, celebrate the longest night and mark the turning of the Wheel.
Following this ritual, we gather for 6 sessions, held on Fridays at 4pm PT for an hour and half, through the Winter months.
Each session will offer a magical activity and exploration, with opportunity to connect and share with your Circle mates,
There will be two themes cradling us through this time and these sessions.
The first three will focus on deep rest and the second three will focus on self love.
We will bookend our time together with a Spring Equinox ritual.
Registration for this gathering will open on Friday November 24th.
Keep your eye on your inbox for the link.
If you want access to early registration reply to this email (if you have already told me you are interested in joining you are already on the early registration list)
The benefit of registering early is to reserve your space as there are a limited number of spots available to facilitate deeper trust and connection.
Did you take advantage of the 40% off sale happening over in the Cauldron school?
This sale is happening through November 30th at 11:55 pm.
Register for any of the courses and use code NOV40 at checkout.
(this code is not valid for memberships or subscriptions)
Moon Magic and December Advent
If you’ve been in the community for awhile then you know by now that for the last few years I have crafted up a downloadable moon phase calendar for you all.
This year is no different.
It will be coming to your inbox very soon, so keep an eye out for it.
I have also created an advent calendar for the month of December to help us stay connected to our magic and ourselves during this often busy time.
I’ll be sending this to all of you as well. Then if you want to follow along in the community, be sure to join us in the Facebook group for daily reminders.
2024 is coming soon! Be sure to grab your planner if you haven’t already and make everyday a little more magical.
It includes monthly astrological insights and suggestions for witchery, a lunar calendar and monthly lunar cycle manifestation template plus correspondences for the planets and the days of the week.
Each page holds two days so you have plenty of room for tracking your schedule and making notes and you will find a two page monthly calendar for each month to help you see the overview of your plans.
These make great gifts too!
Order yours today
Back in August I booked a trip with my mom. Wanting to take her to see the breathtaking vastness of that landscape and take a little break before the holidays kicked in.
I’m not going to lie, we both needed that break.
But life throws curveballs and unexpected things happen.
So instead I’m typing this to you from my living room. In my pjs, with my hound girl next to me and a mediocre cup of coffee steaming nearby.
My eyes are tired.
My brain is functioning in slow motion and time is doing the thing time does when you linger too long in the in between.
My Mother in Law is dying.
Transitioning from this world to the next is such a process. One that has no clear timeline.
Like birth, death happens in its own time and its own way.
So we wait.
And the waiting is hard.
What does one do while they hold vigil?
And what does that vigil look like?
Out of respect and privacy for my husband and his family I won’t give details here.
But I will say that dying, like birthing is messy and full of lots of feelings and unknowns.
In the midst of this process one of my dearest friends has shared her decision to begin hospice.
My heart is broken.
And also full.
Because there is something really beautiful about making that choice for yourself.
Needless to say this week of “vacation” is a lot.
And in that “a lotness” I have these moments where I have felt completely devoid of magic.
I feel empty.
I know it is grief.
And sometimes in the grief, the motivation to do the things that help me connect disappears.
So instead of hikes, I’ve been dancing in my living room or walking though my neighborhood in little spurts.
Instead of sitting in nature, I’ve been laying on the floor with my animals and staring out the window at the trees dropping their leaves.
And sometimes it helps.
And sometimes it doesn’t.
This time is a not so gentle reminder that grief is the other side of love.
And as with all things and feelings I know this moment will change.
But for now, I’m just hanging here.
In this liminal space.
Gaze soft, looking for some twinkle of magic in the mundane.
The Witch Next Door is off this week.
However if you are looking for something to listen to, I was a guest on Your Average Witch Podcast, and the episode was released this week.
You can find it here or tune in on your favorite streaming platform.
I have more to share in the coming weeks, but for now, I’ve got some staring out the window and cuddling dogs and cats to do.
The veils are thin.
The calendar date of Samhain on the 31st of October/ 1st of November hold a collective energy, as so many people use these dates as the marker for this celebration.
However, astronomically Samhain is actually on November 7th. This is the true cross quarter day.
Maybe you are feeling a deepening into the in between.
Maybe you are noticing that the energy as we move deeper into this month has brought you deeper into connection with other worlds.
Here in my corner of the world we are navigating an anticipatory loss of a loved one and I have been talking to our beloved dead often. Asking for guidance, and support. For assistance and care for our loved one and for those with breaking hearts.
It can be difficult, here in the in between. There are many truths and realities that coexist that seem paradoxical.
We can grieve and laugh, feel sad and angry, find beauty and horror all at once.
In truth this is what it means to be human.
Yet in this in between all of it is amplified. Time speeds up and slows down all at once.
It’s a strange liminal space.
If you have been here or are here now, I see you.
Whatever experience you are having right now you might take this time, this moment between the Equinox and Solstice to explore what is dying away with the lengthening nights of Autumn.
You might even pull a few cards or journal with the following prompts.
What is true my friends is that even here in the in between there are pockets of joy to be found…
November is my personal birthday month and one I spend a great deal of time practicing gratitude during.
I am so grateful for all of you. For this community that allows me to share witchery and wisdom and from whom I in turn learn so much from.
As a thank you, I have put up several past classes that had been archived (these are recordings of live classes with all the written curriculum as applicable) and I am offering you 40% off on them.
In fact all the classes in The Cauldron can be accessed for 40% off (membership circle and upcoming Winter Circle excluded).
These classes include, The Restory your Life series, Honoring Our Sacred Grief, Witch Crafting , The Gift of the Labyrinth, Playing with Pendulums, and my ebook, Ground Yo’Self
Use code NOV40 at checkout to take advantage of this offer until November 30th.
Some of you may recall that I mentioned an upcoming seasonal circle.
Starting at Winter Solstice and ending at Spring Equinox, I am hosting a 6 session and two ritual circle to hold and nourish participants through the Winter season.
We begin with your invitation to the Diving Deeper Winter Solstice ceremony and then meet 6 times for an hour and a half through the Winter months, ending with a Spring Equinox ceremony.
We will be using ritual, creative arts, embodiment practices, spell work and connection in this group working with the themes of Deep Rest for our first three sessions and Self Love for the last three.
If you think you might be interested in joining us please reply to this email and let me know and you will be the first to be notified when registration opens.
This is a closed group with limited spots to help facilitate a deeper connection and trust.
How is the season settling in your bones?
What did you learn under the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Saturday?
What stories are being woven through your life in this season of release and letting go?
At this time when the veils are thin, do you feel the whispers of those that have come before?
What connections are you making with other realms? In what ways are you honoring your beloved dead?
I hope you enjoyed the emails I sent last week with suggestions for connecting with your ancestors.
In this time of powerful portals and you may find yourself immersed in communications and rememberings.
Or you might not.
And if not, this does not make you any less of a Witch. It does not mean you are not magical.
It simply refl;ects where you are at in your own journey this year at this time.
You may be beginning to notice that some years feel differently than others. That sometimes Samhain brings potent messages from other realms, and sometimes you just eat halloween candy and zone out watching a spooky movie (or a totally non spooky movie).
Part of Witchcraft is working with the natural rhythms of the world around you, But an even bigger part is following the rhythms inside of you.
And what’s true, is that sometimes these don’t sync up with the natural world. (And that’s ok).
Be with you.
Whatever this looks and feels like,
And honor yourself exactly where you are at.
If you are feeling the pull for celebrating Samhain here are a few more ideas,
Share stories of remembrance
Do you have a loved one who has passed? Share your favorite story about them with a friend or family member.
Write a letter to a loved one on the other side, then bury or burn it to transport the message to them.
Ask a question and let this time of thin veils and communication offer you a response from the other side.
You can use cards, automatic writing, a pendulum…or any other divination tool you feel drawn to.
Want to journey to the Isle of Apples? Summerland. The place where souls reside between lives?
I hosted a Samhain ceremony yesterday and although it was for Diving Deeper Members and those that attended the Season of the Witch Conference, I feel called to share the replay with you all.
You can watch it here
As I mentioned before, I am putting together a Winter Magazine. This is a publication focused on the magic and witchery of the season and should be available in December.
I had put a call out for article, craft and recipe submissions due on November 8th.
This is an opportunity to share some of your wisdom, and a little note about who you are and what you do.
The 8th is coming up quick so if you wanted to get something in to be considered for this edition you can email it to me before then.
I’ve been feeling into the edges of what lights me up lately. And as you likely recall, I love bringing people together in circle and making space for folks to be witnessed in their experience.
The Priestess Path is one way I offer this and I bring elements of this into the rituals and classes I host for Diving Deeper.
A new experience presented itself to me recently and I am bringing it to life through the Winter Season.
This circle will gather between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, beginning and ending with community rituals for these seasonal markers.
In between we will meet for 6 sessions. The first three will focus on Deep Rest as our theme and the last three will focus on Self Love and Care.
We will use a combination of embodiment, creative arts, trance, spell work, divination and the connection of this group to work with the energy of the Winter and support and nourish ourselves through it,
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, reply to this email and I’ll add you to the waitlist.
Did you get your planner yet?
The 2024 Make Everyday More Magical Daily Planner is available here.
In addition to supporting your own craft, these make great gifts!
If you are local to Sonoma County and want to purchase one, I have a few copies I would be happy to deliver to you so you can skip the shipping fee.
(I also have copies of the Celebrate the Seasons Workbook and the Inner Alchemy Journal).
You can reply to this email to order directly from me (local peeps only).
I intentionally set some things aside these past couple of weeks.
No new podcasts. (Don’t worry they will return super soon).
Minimal social media posts (I’ll get back to it I swear).
Taking longer to reply to emails.
Leaving my computer off for an entire day.
Burn out is real my friends.
And I have an on again off again relationship it.
Mostly we flirt with each other, but every so often we have a crazy love affair that leaves me broken and limping along ready to collapse.
And so that’s where I’ve been. Nursing my post break up wounds.
Trying to find spaces to enjoy my favorite season.
To remember who I am when I’m not working or doing all the “have to’s”
Writing down my “big ideas” instead of bringing them to life.
Wearing sequins and seeing the Taylor Swift movie. Lingering in Target a little too long to look at glittery clothes I have no need for but trying them on anyway. Watching spooky shows.
Drinking insane amounts of tea.
Dancing, running and crying too.
I started Wise Woman Witchery because coming together to make magic in community is empowering AF. Because I believe the magic we have inside of each of us is a place of power.
Because I wanted to hold up a mirror for you and say “Look at that amazing Witch! Do you see your gifts?”
But the truth is, I am more of a Priestess than a sales person and sometimes the marketing and hustle of it all kicks my ass. After all I’m only one person, running two businesses, one of which is at the mercy of algorithms.
So in this in between I’m letting new ideas form and saving them, because there are some new ways of being that are starting to show themselves to me. There are echoes from my past and future selves offering up the Wheel of Fortune. Possibility.
Stay tuned for some changes and new offerings.
But for now.
Stay present my friends.
Enjoy the season.
Who you are.
Who you’ve been.
And who you are becoming.
As most of you know I have several books available to help you support your practice.
I am including links here to all three.
If you’re a local Witch (Sonoma County) and would like to purchase one of these, I have copies available and can meet up with you so you can avoid shipping costs.
Reply to this email to request one (or more).
These make great gifts!
I’m crafting up a mini magazine for this Winter and looking for a couple more articles to add to the mix. If you have something Witchy you’d like to write about (think Winter themed), reply to this email and tell me about it.
Submissions are due by November 8th.
Connecting with the Ancestors
Keep your eyes on your inbox for the three email series coming your way starting this Wednesday and offering you some invitations for activities and ritual to connect with your ancestors.
The 4th Annual Season of the Witch Conference is a wrap!
We had two full days of stellar classes that I think we will all be integrating for some time.
After so much computer time, I decided to take today to break from screens.
I woke up. Talk my husband into driving out to the ocean thinking this would be just the energy I needed.
But we took our dogs. One of whom (the puppy) does not walk well (we are learning and by this I mean ALL of us are learning).
So the trip to the ocean was exhausting in its own way and I left there more tense than I had arrived.
I got home and saw the messes that needed tending, and the chores that had to be done and felt even more overwhelmed.
Then I checked my email. And Social Media (because phone screens don’t count as screens right? Oh and I am a workaholic too)
Needless to say, my day of rest did not feel very restful all of a sudden.
But with the energy of the conference fueling me forward I knew the medicine I needed to find was connection.
To the earth. To the elements. To myself.
So I sat outside with my eyes closed and listened for a while. I heard the layers of sound; crows, squirrels, a woodpecker, traffic, a chainsaw, voices carried on the air. I heard windchimes and the scratching of my chicken’s feet in the freshly raked leaves.
And through the threads of the world around me. Through the rhythm of this place and time, I discovered my tiredness.
And I took a nap.
It wasn’t a long nap.
It wasn’t even a nap of deep sleep.
But it was a nap of deep rest. A nap of surrender.
A moment of honoring just where I was at.
And that, sometimes, is the exact magick one needs to carry them forward.
And it worked.
I got up.
I did some chores.
I cleaned up a few messes (and surrendered the rest).
I invite you to the discover the magick in you. Of you.
The magick and medicine of this very moment right now.
Ask yourself, how do I feel? what do I need? How can I reconnect?
Then do the thing. The listening. The surrendering. The action.
Do what you are called to and notice how much more in sync you feel to the world around you.
Living in tune with the rhythms of the natural world, means living in tune with the natural rhythms of you too!
My friends, I have been alerted that the 2024 daily planners folks have purchased have arrived with two Octobers in them. All the other months are there as well. My husband joked that this is because October is the witchiest month and the printers must have known there was a lot going on for all of us and we’d need extra space.
I am working on correction the issue for future purchases and should have a link up and running again tomorrow or Tuesday.
For those of you who have the double October version you might consider some cool ways to use it-journal for that month. Creating a collage amongst the pages. Using it to catalog extra notes and spells throughout the year. Use your imagination. And next October let me know what you decided to do!
I’ll send out a new link when it’s available.
Each October I send out a three day series of emails about ways to connect with an honor your ancestors. This will be headed your way at the end of the month. So keep your eyes peeled for it.
I have also started a community altar post over in our Facebook Group where you can share a picture (or two or three…) of your beloved dead as a place to remember and acknowledge. What is remembered lives!
If the weather here wasn’t already cluing me in to the shift in the seasons, my psyche is.
The last two nights since the equinox I have been dreaming of the dead (and the living too). The blending of worlds has been vivid.
Are they just rememberings or messages?
But they left a mark and invited deeper rememberings and conversations. They spurred my hand to pen a letter to people I haven’t seen in years but who were an integral paper of my life in my twenties.
In a text to my mom this morning I shared that I’d dreamed of my grandparents vividly last night and she replied that it must have been a night for dreams as she too had vivid interactions in her sleeping hours.
What is it about the Autumn that brings us closer to the other world?
The shortening of days and the dying back of plants and trees are a death of summer and growth and can ignite the memories of those we have lost or bring us closer to reflection on our own mortality.
Throughout the world there are festivals that celebrate and honor the dead during the fall season. In North and South Korea the festival is called Chuseok and it is a time for tending to graves and honoring those that have come before.
In Hindu traditions the celebration is called Pitru Paksha and spans 16 days.
In Mexico and other parts of South America, El Dia De Los Muertos is a time of celebrating and leaving offerings for the beloved dead, it is a celebration of connection and some say an acknowledgement of our own mortality.
In Witchcraft we celebrate Samhain. This is actually an ancient Celtic festival that was added to the Wheel of the Year celebrations by Wiccan traditions (most cross quarter holidays have their roots in Celtic origins). This is a time when the veils are said to be thinnest between this world and that of the dead.
As Autumn begins so too does the thinning of this veil.
In our home we have an altar up year round for our beloved dead. This is also my working altar where spells and intentions live as they are being worked.
In the Autumn (usually around October 1st), I bring a little extra care to the space, dusting and reorganizing and adding flowers and decorations of the season.
My dreams suggest I might want to do this today instead of next week.
I think I might also pay a visit to my Dad’s grave and bring him a bouquet of some autumnal flowers.
What have you been dreaming?
Who is visiting you?
Simple Spell for Connecting with your Beloved Dead.
Drink a dream tea before bed.
Chamomile on it’s own can be good for this and very gentle too
Other herbs to consider are catnip, mugwort, lavender and valerian root.
If you are unsure of how your body might respond to these herbs (ex: mugwort tea often gives me a headache), you can sleep with the herbs beneath your pillow or stitch them into a pouch to hang above your bed.
Take a picture of your loved one and place it beneath your pillow or next to your bed.
Then think about what you might like to ask your loved one, or say to them and write this on a piece of paper or the back of the photo.
As you fall asleep think of your loved one and in the morning write down any dreams you may have had that you remember.
Not everyone remembers their dreams and most of us do not remember ALL of our dreams so also take time to note how you feel when you awaken and if you had a question how does that live in you today vs yesterday. Sometimes our visitations and dreams change us and our perspective without our conscious mind being aware.
Did you register for the Season of the Witch?
If not, you can still sign up and I promise you won;’;t be disappointed that you did.
We gather in just under two weeks.
I will kick things off with a little preconference Ritual/Workshop, Rewild Yourself on Thursday evening October 5th.
The conference will begin in earnest on Friday the 6th with two full days of classes, ritual, giveaways, community and a whole lot of magic.
If you are feeling the pull to deepen into your practice, this is a fabulous way to inspire yourself to try new things and gain new perspectives. If you are new to the Craft and curious about different topics this is a great place to explore and discover what might be calling most to you at this time.
I am looking forward to seeing you there!
(the full line up can be found at the bottom of this email.)
As I mentioned in an email I sent out on Friday, there was a bit of a miscommunication about the timing of the free Every Day Magci class I taught for the Parsippany library last week.
As a result many people missed the livestream.
This is a very foundational, beginners class, looking at a brief history of Witchcraft, modern day Witchery and its ties to natural cycles, Intention and Intuition and several practices you might bring into your day to day to make Every Day more Magical.
I will be offering this one hour class LIVE one more time, this Friday, September 29th at 4 pm PT.
You can sign up for this free offering here.
With Love and Blessings,
Schedule for 4th annual Season of the Witch conference
8:30 Opening Ceremony
9-10:15-Alchemy in the Cave of the She-Wolf with Rachel S. Roberts
10:30-11:45-Dancing with the Divine Lover - Solo sexual magic for every witch with Halo Quin
12-1:15-Ancestral Death Doulaship: Ceremony, Rites & Rituals with Jess the Death Empath
2-3:15-Dancing with Deity: Relating to the Divine with Irisanya Moon
3:30-4:45-Voodoo and African Traditional Religion with Lilith Dorsey
5-6:15-An Alliance with Elemental Dragons with Angelina Caporale
8:30-Welcome to Day 2
9-10:15-Song of the Soul: Voice as a Divine Gateway- with Jessica Fein
10:30-11:45- Create Your Magical Herbal Apothecary with Erin Lafaive
12-1:15- Longing- Energy & Manifestation Workshop with Karena Osborne
2-3:15- Self Care for Your Sun Sign with My Tarot Lady Christine Michele
3:30-4:45-Working with Crystal Skulls with Celena Spolarich
5-6:15 pm - Creating Your Personal Relationship and Rhythm with the Moon and Lunar Cycles with Pati Diaz
Join us here
The smells and light of Autumn abound mingling with the scent of Summer and the heat of her sun.
I am finding myself tired.
As someone who is often described as “always in motion” and “too busy”, it is not surprising that as the light begins to wane, my body is whispering “rest, rest”.
Living in sync with the seasons is an integral part of my witchery.
As the days become shorter, I feel the longing in my bones to nest and craft, to harvest and bake.
Yesterday I surrendered to the pull of this in between time and watched Practical Magic and took a bath and read a book and napped. When I finally settled into bed I slept 9 hours (this is unheard of for me). And I awoke today feeling clearer, more grounded and less pushy with myself.
I let it be ok that there were dishes in the sink and that my clothes pile at the foot of my bed was not getting any smaller.
I made delicious salad and sat outside. I pruned a tree and tidied the garage pantry.
And I did it all slowly and intentionally.
I so often equate my productivity with my value. Yet this only makes me so busy that I miss out on the feeling of wanting to do something, of following my desire and drive instead of forcing it.
This is part of my journey as a Self employed person running two businesses. It is also part of my journey as me. I am full of fire and it creates big ideas and sometimes builds my life up bigger than I can live in it.
So I’m using this in between to reflect, to slow down and to find a sweet longing and follow it.
This lunar cycle we are in is a bridge between Summer and Fall. As it waxes toward Full we can ask ourselves about our own rhythms during this time of transition.
Journal using the following prompts
My Summer self is…
As the seasons shift I feel…
My Autumn self longs for…
You might also do a little work with your Tarot or Oracle deck.
The overarching question being Who am I at each lunar phase of this bridging moon?
You can draw a card for the new moon that has just passed
The first quarter
Spend some time journaling about what you see and equate the cards with energetically for you at these times (past and future)
Are you counting down with me?
The 4th Annual Season of the Witch Virtual Conference is just 3 weeks away!!!
The line up this fall is truly spectacular with everything from Voodoo to Sex Magic, Working with Deity to Crystal Skulls and so so much more!
(The full schedule and line up can be found here)
I will be hosting a pre-conference workshop/ritual on the evening of Thursday October 5th, and then we will delve into two full days of workshops, community, giveaways and of course so much magic.
This conference is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired and ready to step more fully into your power to embrace your magic!
Plus your registration includes an invitation to two live rituals. Autumn Equinox and Samhain.
Grab your seat in this magical circle and I’ll see you soon!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT