And it is likely if she were still alive she’d be kind of mad about it.
She always said she did not want to live to 100. She said she felt tired and she didn’t want to hurt more.
She died at 95.
My grandmother was not a Witch, but she was most certainly an inspiration to my witchery. She was curious about the natural world, told me nature was her church and we marveled at the moon together.
Sometimes we would talk on the phone, her in Seattle and me is Santa Rosa and we would look at the moon at the same time, that glowing light in the sky making us feel a little closer even though 80 miles separated us.
Later when she was living here in the final years of her life we would seek out windows in the retirement community she lived in or pull over on the side of country roads to gaze at that moon in all her phases.
My grandma was a deeply influential person in my life, and she was also my dear friend. I could tell her almost anything and she was always up for an adventure.
Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her fiercely. And even still over five years since she died, her grandmaisms are spoken in our house and I talk to her and ask for guidance often.
This past month in last years Priestess Path cohort, we have been talking about and connecting with guides and allies.
These energies come to us in so many ways. Sometimes silently in a symbol or a knowing, and sometimes through words, or dreams, or even a song.
Our magical guides and allies, can be animals, people (dead or living), otherworldly beings or even a tree or stone.
Sometimes they are mentors or teachers, sometimes we seek them out specifically for guidance or wisdom.
But sometimes our magical guides and allies show up where we least expect them. In an exchange with the grocery store clerk, with a brief encounter with an animal, a quote you read or hear and even a literal sign that points you in the right direction.
We can think about guides and allies in a very broad sense, and when we do our worlds open up to even more possibility.
When we listen, watch and connect, we will discover inspiration, guidance and wisdom in places we might never have imagined.
We recognize that not all of these wise ones, are fixed. That they might come and go, or like people in our lives stay for a season, or an era before moving on. While others are stable and constant, offering a sense of true north.
Who are your magical guides and allies? And where might you discover even more guidance if you were just willing to look?
Emily Morrison MA, MFT