I feel like there’s a maelstrom swirling around inside me lately. Along with relaxing to some of my favorite shows, I’ve been throwing myself into writing. Writing anything – my book, blog updates, tweets, even my first fanfic – just to keep that swirl of stressful worries from tearing me open. With that in mind, here’s the next bit of the Magical Roots Challenge.
- Day 12 – Deity
I’m a polytheist, usually leaning towards the hard side, but somewhat soft in regards to PanCeltic deities I suppose (for example, I see Brighid being the same as Brigantia). I primarily work with Brighid, and I consider myself her priestess. I’m always working to improve in this aspect. I’ve been trying to revitalize my flamekeeping practices to make them more reflective and spiritually oriented, but it’s difficult as a mother. I mean… you can’t meditate all day when the child wants to watch cartoons or would prefer to race you up and down the sidewalk instead of taking a walk along the hedge. But I try, and consider motherhood one of the challenges she has given me through which to learn and grow as an individual. I also work with her as my primary muse, the protector of our hearth and home, and unofficial grove patron*. I even work with her as my gatekeeper in most rituals simply because of the closeness I feel to her, and her connection to all three hallows. It just makes sense to me. It’s worked really well in my personal and grove rites. Rather than a poem, I’m including a photo of a simple doll I made to represent her. She sits on my altar, always a reminder and focal point during my flametending work. I should write a poem to her though… The thoughts are there, especially with what I’m going through and all the chaos in the world… I just need to organize them. I’ve also been thinking about a short story… Soon, my friends. Soon.
- Day 13 – Stone/Crystal
Photo by Grey Catsidhe
I don’t often work with crystals. In fact, I usually don’t buy them anymore. I’ve written in the past on the reasons and why I prefer to work with stones I find in the forest, in lakes, or rivers. I do some work with my quartz crystal ball, though. I brought him home years ago from one of my favorite and most trusted mineral stores – Sticks n Stones. I put him in the window during the full moon to charge, and he usually hangs out on my altar to energize things as I need. Fun fact – he has a bit of a crack. I got him on a discount, but I love him all the same. As a young Pagan just finding my way, I thought having a crystal ball would be très chic, and I was curious about scrying. I wouldn’t have been able to afford one of the flawless balls, so I adopted what most people would have overlooked as a flawed piece. Regardless, he still came from the Earth mother and is one of my treasures.
- Day 14 – Incense
Incense is one of my favorite offerings to give. As a Sagittarius, I’m drawn to flames. I love the way my prayers spiral upward and outward to the spirits on perfumed smoke. Brighid often requests it. UPG- she loves spicy scents like cinnamon. This prompted me to try making cones with ground cinnamon. So easy! I aspire to make more incense by hand. I attempted some simple kyphi, but it didn’t turn out well. My goal is to get makko powder and experiment with that, and I would really like to work with resin from local trees.
- Day 15 – Kitchen Witchery
I fancy myself a bit of a kitchen witch. Much of what I do revolves around the hearth, and it’s a natural extension of my work with Brighid. (I mean, really… weren’t most of our ancestral mothers doing folk magic in the kitchen at some point?) Along with candle magic, doing work with food or tea is one of my favorites. It’s easy and practical. Feeling ill? Make a tea to help you physically and spiritually. Stir some energy and say a prayer over that ginger, lemon, and honey. Cut some sigils into your dough. Stir the pot of soup a certain number of times as you add seasonings and pray for blessings and nourishment. Make special dishes to reflect the seasons, and be sure to give some as an offering! Most importantly, say prayers of gratitude before eating and, if possible, start to compost and garden so you can bring the magic of the plant world and its cycles into your kitchen. Connect to the land during the high days – literally and not just metaphorically. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.