Full Moon Ritual (Full Moon in Aquarius)

This week I´ve spent studying aromatherapy and magickal journal prompts. I´ve also been busy preparing my Full Moon Ritual, so that I only had to set up my altars and take my ritual bath before the ritual. I prefer to plan on the day of the ritual, but knowing that I for a longer period have had a lot of minor anxiety attacks and currently am fighting the side effects of menopause, I´ve decided to plan a little bit every day up to the ritual instead.

I´ve also planned to write something about blogging, creativity and mastering anxiety. At a Full Moon it is typical to celebrate achieved intentions. I have conquered my writer´s block for this time, I´m getting in a better mood day by day now which makes me want to be creative again and make some homemade must-haves, and I´m able to more than partly control my anxiety attacks.

I celebrate it by writing about it. I write with a lit candle and the sound of the rain outside. To me celebrating the Full Moon is an appropriate time to journal about what has been going on lately. And I also believe I can accomplish that here on this blog.

Without the personal touch, the feeling of home, and the sense of harmony, this would not be my blog about daily witchcraft. So often there will be descriptions, visual support and personal ups and downs.

My releases in the ritual yesterday certainly concerned mundane matters. To shed what no longer serves you can be a tough process. I do most of it in my shadow work, but I try to include a releasing aspect in as many rituals as possible, because I want to life a happy life without too many worries unsolved.

Therefore I need to let go of negativity from low self-esteem during an anxiety attack and the physical and mental troubles getting older as a woman. Spiritually, however, I ´m growing and learning important lessons about the necessity of self-forgiveness and self-care. And for these purposes magickal rituals are ideal.

The Full Moon Ritual

A couple of hours into the FulI Moon of Aquarius yesterday I called upon the elements to watch over my ritual with the intention of a healing and cleansing ritual. I also wanted to sit and meditate quietly to music before my magickal workings.

My magickal workings in this ritual were limited to a consecration of my new athame, a Full Moon blessing and 2 Tarot spreads. My husband needed some help due to feelings of stress lately, so I prioritized his needs before anything else. Therefore, I helped him to make a mojo bag with fresh lavender and crystals to carry when feeling stress and a mantra to read until feeling calm again.

The Tarot spreads were strong reminders of the fact that I need to take time to heal from a tough life filled with both adventures and setbacks. And I need to let go of the past more than once, because some things just last longer. So I concluded that I need to continue working with this blog in my pace and that daily witchcraft is many different things, depending on the conditions of the day and the moment. It is definitely both witchy and mundane issues to take good care of.

The ritual ended with a silent and private meditation to some soothing and calming music, where I let the music carry away my releases from the time since my latest Full Moon ritual. This was also my way of working with my New Moon intention about releasing more negativity from especially my physical and mental ailments.

We had planned to light a bonfire in the garden, but just as the meditation music faded out we heard the sound of the rain thundering down in a big cloudburst. It was like the Universe answered our workings with a calming and soothing atmosphere that was much welcome.

We have both felt a lot better since the ritual, so I´m pretty convinced that magick is a real thing, to describe it, however, is quite another story.

My ritual altar for the Full Moon in Aquarius

Witchcraft studies during the week

  1. Aromatherapy
  2. Magickal journal prompts

I picked the subject aromatherapy, because to wear a blend as a perfume, sleeping with a few drops of essential oils on the pillow and massage is helpful with anxiety disorder and osteoarthritis. It is also fun and pleasant to work with my own blends of scents and carrier oils.

Aromatherapy has been used since ancient times, so it can be a comprehensive and longer study that needs to be divided up into smaller parts. At the moment I´m researching blends for my ailments that can be made from what I already have of essential oils. I never use undiluted essential oils or eat or drink them, and I´m always careful to test the oils on a small part of my skin before e.g. a massage.

I don´t make essential oils myself, because the process is too complicated and expensive for me. So instead I´ve bought a box with common essential oils, and occasionally I buy one as a supplement, but only if I know I´m going to actually use it for aromatherapy or ritual purposes.

Magickal oils will be my next study project in witchcraft. I like fragrances, and I often use either incense or oil burners to create a comfortable atmosphere when working with any kind of witchcraft.

Magickal journal prompts for a writing day during the Full Moon period could be :

  1. What is the most challenging part of working with witchcraft, where I am as a witch today ?
  2. How can I work more with witchcraft on a daily basis ?
  3. What does witchcraft mean to me ?

The most challenging part of working with witchcraft is to make more out of less. It is necessary when living on budget not to buy as much as I sometimes want to do. It takes a little longer to plan e.g a spell or a ritual, because I often have to check for substitutes to essential oils and crystals.

But at the same time it is also a wonderful way of being able to be truly creative. I get to use what I already have, and I can work with one of my favourite issues, to use my knowledge of where to get exactly that, knowledge for a specific purpose. This is the most magickal part of witchcraft to me. To work with energies, to push and pull, following the Moon´s phases New Moon, Waxing Quarter Moon, Full Moon and Waning Quarter Moon.

I can try to meditate 20 minutes daily in my witch´s den. It is only to actually go in there and bring a pot of chai tea. I will make a daily tea ritual with aromatherapy, reading in my favourite books and relaxing myself to soothing and inspiring music. This will be my creative twist next week to show in writing and with photos what I can make physically out of that challenge, including writing.

To me, witchcraft is a way of life, a path to ancient knowledge and a mental sanctuary distinct from the modern world. I need some sacred space around me to manage the also modern term stress in daily life.

Witchcraft makes me relax and express gratitude to the Universe for the much I already have and the inner peace that is the result of my work with witchcraft on a daily basis. So yes, witchcraft makes me happy.

Aromatherapy in the kitchen

Blogging, creativity and mastering anxiety

It has been of great value to me to only post once a week. It gives me more time to consider the quality of the content, and it has also been a rewarding challenge to write about 500 words a day. I´ll use more journal prompts in the future to help me avoid long periods of writer´s block, because just by sitting down and write to a prompt makes me want to write more. And then suddenly, like had the Universe tweaked life a tiny bit, I discover that I´ve written a couple of pages.

Pages to edit that is. But there is something stimulating in writing without editing the first draft, before it is written in its full length. It forces me to think twice and thrice, and I believe it makes me a better writer. To write is both skills and passion. Although passion is a great drive to me, I also think that achieving new skills is something that is necessary throughout life.

I plan to read something about writing next week. And to read something new daily. Reading is just as important in writing as the writing part itself. Everybody needs some kind of inspiration. And I like to read and learn from other people. There is always new knowledge to attain, if you only dare to will it. By willing I refer to the fact that reading today needs to be critical, because there are so much nonsense and gossiping about in the world today.

And it is boring. I´d rather write longer posts than just headlines and the latest scandal somewhere. Fair enough, for those who are into that, I´m definitely not. Therefore when I study something, witchcraft or mundane issues, I always read with a critical outlook, looking for quality, not quantity. And I use several sources, not just the one and only.

Creativity has been writing for quite a long period lately. Due to osteoarthritis, due to a creative block and due to not having the inspiration in the moment, I´ve resorted to writing instead. It has helped me getting through some of the worse days, and it forced me to try to be creative about my writer´s block.

But today I´m going to colour some pages in my to-do notebook, and next week I´ll finish painting a picture that has been neglected long enough and cleanup my creative den, where I keep all the DIY stuff.

Mastering anxiety is as always of great concern to me. Recently, I´ve discovered that I have the ability to shut minor anxiety attacks down by reserving the anxiety moment for later that day, my 15 minutes of worry recycled. I either forget completely about it or I cry and laugh at myself for being extra sensitive during this strange, yet familiar transition to the Crone stage in life.

Prescription medicine can do many little chemical miracles today, but there will always be a small residue to handle myself. Again witchcraft is helping me with this real life aspect. I have fewer attacks during and after rituals, so I believe there is a healing effect of working with witchcraft. It is not the witchcraft itself alone, it is also the feeling of an inner calm that is difficult to describe in words.

As a result, I´m getting closer to mastering my anxiety. And as a creative project for next week I´ll make my own aromatherapy blends for anxiety and menopause.

So it is going to be a busy week, but I like to plan in the moment and why not in the moment of writing as well ? Writing is also many little rituals. Magick is what you make of it, sometimes it involves other people, sometimes it does not.

As a solitary witch I primarily work alone. However, in rituals I often have either my husband and my neighbours as guests as well as many visits from my philosophical cats Ozzy, Dizzy and Milo and my wise little dog Kvik.

But next week I´m going to work alone, except for the ideas for photography, where my husband is a great aid. It is also a new way of working with a blog, that there is some visual creativity as well as writing, and I need some time to learn how to make interesting pictures that supports the written material.

Conclusions

Concluding this week´s post, it has also been a productive writing week, and since I´ve worked actively with my New Moon intentions, I´ve been able to write both longer and better. There is still much to do, before this blog shows its full potential.

The time aspect is not as important to me at present moment. My ambitions are to write something worth reading, to learn slowly, but surely, and to enjoy the process as well. There is nothing in just doing what everybody else seems to be doing without at least giving it a try and create something unique and original.

I want to write quite some time, before I invest any kind of money in a blog. And 6-7 weeks are hardly enough to justify the money needed for optimizing this blog. I need to create quality content and feel that this is something for me to do in the long-term future.

With witchcraft it is not quite the same. It is a special way of living that means a lot more to me than I have words to describe. But I know that the magick is working, because it calms, soothes and nurtures the body, the mind and the soul. It can at times be a long and tiring journey, an uneasy path to follow because of this big unknown, does it actually work or not ?

It depends upon what you believe, it works if it was meant to work, it does not it if was not. I put my trust in Karma and rebirth, I love by the Moon and live by the Sun, and I´m proud not only naming me a witch, but also working as a witch on a daily basis.

Next week the Moon is in its waning and darkening phase. There will be some shadow work, if I feel fit for that, a lot of releasing and something extra that I´ll write about in my next blog post right after the ritual.

But for now, my writing for this week is over. I like the challenge 500 words a day, but I would also like to expand it a bit by adding the challenge of writing 500 words at a time. Then there could be much more ideas for content that has the interest of others than myself.

Especially on good days like today, where I listen to thundering drums and crying riffs of a bass guitar while my fingers dance across the keyboard. No anxiety attack, no irritating osteoarthritis symptoms ? No, but today it doesn´t feel like hurting all over the body for no apparent reason but hard work in too young an age for that. And then I easily reach 1,000-1,500 words.

Let me wish you a nice weekend and a happy week dear reader, by saying thank you so very much for the likes. I´ll try to live up to it by continuingly try to learn more about writing on a blog about daily witchcraft and to try writing better each time.

Waxing Quarter Moon Ritual (to manifest and strengthen New Moon intentions)

I decided not to have a ritual the day before yesterday, because I needed time and space to relax and recover from some minor anxiety attacks during the week. I also needed to send my 81 years old father home after a great week with him in my home. It is always hard to say so long. There is a physical distance between my father and me, and it is emotionally demanding to see him getting older every time we meet. Time is so short, so I grab every opportunity to enjoy his company.

With these words I also indicate that I´m not only writing about daily witchcraft on this blog. The mundane world is just as important to me, and living daily with a bipolar disorder and osteoarthritis in the body do make it necessary to be able to adapt quickly to changes and degrees of pain. Therefore, I do not make any magickal workings as rituals and spells when having one of the tough days as the day before yesterday.

Writing, however, makes me happy  and helps me articulate my feelings, when life feels overwhelming. So I´ve decided to write about my intentions from the New Moon ritual on August 2nd. The purpose of the Waxing Moon ritual was to manifest and strengthen those intentions. In my belief, it can be achieved through more than one channel of action.

The strengthening part I can as easily write as to make a ritual around it. Writing is also a kind of ritual, where the manifesting part comes from the physical work about realizing my goals.

So be it, and now it is time for some reflections on my intentions that are as follows :

  1. Grow blog slowly (why be in a hurry and make more mistakes than necessary)
  2. Master my anxiety (control it, so it does not control me)
  3. Celebrate my life experience (becoming a Crone also means to take life both seriously and humorously)
  4. Study witchcraft more (make a weekly study plan)
  5. Be more creative (take more time to draw on my Book of Shadows pages)
  6. Release more negativity (make releasing a greater part in my ritual workings)

Grow blog slowly

Concerning the first intention, this week I did look at numbers and money needed for getting a web host/be self-hosting to be able to some day to make some money on this blog. Everything has a price, and I need more time to save enough money to actualize this goal. So the adjective slowly means slowly. I´m in no hurry whatsoever.

To be honest, it will take me a couple of months to actually do something about this. My goal is slowly, but surely, so for the next month or two, I´ll be reading and learning about creating and hosting a website. I´ll probably also be making mistakes, but it is necessary in order for me to learn my lessons.

Living on a budget is what it is. To live good with, if you dare to be creative and know what you want. I want time to save money and to be creative with what I already have. I also want to know the necessary stuff about running a blog, but it is not the technical part that I like to work with. To me, the content and the quality rather than the quantity is more important. My heart lies in writing and working with witchcraft on a daily basis.

So to grow my blog slowly is a recurring goal that is actualized by me writing about it. It is also a process of self-development that is new and challenging to me. After all, I lay a lot of myself into my writing. It is like playing a fine tuned instrument in front of an audience without any other doubt than the human part of a symphony of pure sounds.

The recurring fear of not being good enough, of having yet another writer´s block without warning, of being a bad writer knowing that writing is a skill and most of all a passion.

That brings me to my second intention.

Master my anxiety

Methods to stop oncoming anxiety attacks in the moment has always my attention, because it despite medication is a big part of my mundane and witchy life. I use often my own method of wrapping up my worries in a mental bundle to release at the next appropriate ritual for that. It is to write down what I do not like about anxiety and replace the words with positive phrases as e.g. I´m able to truly “feel” my feelings and to control the negative aspects by adjusting my reaction to them.

If being positive despite hardship does the work, then I´ll do the work too. And it does help to look at difficult matters with a positive outlook. When writing about anxiety I felt it, but it did not stop me from doing something I love, to write. And it should not stop you either, dear reader.

Anxiety can be a physical experience, and I recognize also that being 50 years old and a becoming Crone is to take good care of yourself. It is necessary to rest and to be offline from time to time. The modern world can be stressful, but then it helps to have a third intention about using my life experience positively.

Celebrate my life experience

Why ? Because it has brought me to where I am today. The past is a constant. The future is unknown territory. Only the present moment contains meaning and purpose. I live one day at a time. I do not take anything for granted. And I try to use my intuition more and more.

A long time ago I promised myself to save my worries for the day to my 15 minutes of concern in the evening. I was attentive to it for a while, then I forgot about it. Today I take my worries seriously, but they do not control my life. I take a challenge at a time, and I learn and grow every time.

But it is not only a certain age that accounts for my ability to adjust to the twists and turns of life. It is also life experiences that are memorable for better or worse.

I celebrate my life experiences by trying to be as positive as possible towards life and its challenges. I try to do as much as possible with everyday issues, so that matters are solved on the spot instead of hiding behind bad excuses for not dealing with troubles and worries.

It does not mean, however, that I´m a saint or a self-apologizing cry-baby. I see things as they are, no more, no less. The ability to say no is underestimated in my opinion. Does a positive outlook apply to a person who says no to some things ? Yes, it does, because saying no is also to take care of yourself. Nobody can manage everything all the time. Rest is necessary, so is a no appropriate when I feel that it is a bad day for commitments over one´s ability to respond to them positively.

I do say no when I´m not feeling okay mentally and physically. Spiritually, however, I try to recover by doing something healing for mind, body and soul. I make my work space movable so I can write as often as possible. Days without writing are few though.

My fourth intention was to study witchcraft more and to make a weekly study plan.

Study witchcraft more

However, witchcraft may be ancient knowledge mixed with modern practical stuff. But making a weekly study plan did not appeal to me this week with my father visiting. So instead I studied something about journal prompts that can be of use when having writer´s block. I will try to write prompts myself and in the future perhaps make a post or a series of posts about it.

The plan for my blog is also to be revised and renewed in the coming weeks. So to study witchcraft more at the moment is to look in the index of my Book of Shadows to see what is relevant for the Full Moon ritual next Friday.

I also like to use my intuition in witchcraft, because I do not follow any other path than my own, which in itself is not as easily described as the words eclectic cottage witch. I study witchcraft on a daily basis so a plan depends on my current interests. The intention should therefore be re-phrased to study with intuition rather than a plan as such.

I admit, my life experience tells me to do so. I´ve read  a lot about many different things during my life, and I would like to continue on that trail. And that is something to manifest up to the coming Full Moon on August 16 2019. So from Monday and until Friday I´ll study something new about witchcraft, and I´ll write about it after the Full Moon ritual.

Be more creative

This was my fifth intention. It still is my intention, but it depends on the condition of my hands on the day of being creative. My osteoarthritis does effect my hands occasionally, so that I have difficulty holding a pencil or a paint brush on painful days. There have been quite a few days of that lately, the weather is changing rapidly these days too. That effects me both physically and mentally. And then writing comes along as a soothing and calming remedy for any ailment.

Release more negativity

I will achieve this by keeping a notebook just for this. When I encounter any kind of negativity I´ll write it down and either burn or freeze the paper to get rid of any negative emotions and atmosphere that may arise. I will also try to release more by meditation and by rituals designed for that. Appropriate moments for that is e.g. Full and Dark Moons, but releasing can also be refreshing at New and Waxing Moon.

Now I have strengthened my intentions from the New Moon by writing about how I already manifest them on a daily basis and by planning my work during the writing process.

It is also a kind of ritual to write to me. I always have a clean and tidy workplace when writing. I need the peace and calm of freedom from mess. I need to sit quietly, while at the same time listening to the TV and the fridge in the background, looking at my husband and our philosophical cats and little wise dog, and musically typing what springs from my heart and mind. About this blog, witchcraft and life in general from my point of view.

So instead of a review of one of my many rituals I´ve written you through my thoughts about strengthening and manifesting my New Moon intentions. They would have been the major part of the ritual, had the day before yesterday not been so demanding mentally and physically.

It will be my way of working with my writer´s block and witchcraft on this blog, when the mundane world takes its toll on my personal resources. This is not meant to be a place of an impossible quest for perfection. But a place of learning and sharing.

I would like to give my thanks to those of you that have commented on some of my posts already. It is inspiring and instructive to read.

I write from the voice in my heart. I like to listen to the silent calming music of fingers touching the keyboard with the rain pouring down outside as the only sound in the background just before midnight. Or to the thundering hammer of a drum, a crying riff from a bass guitar. Then my fingers dance to another tune, then it is one of the pain free days.

The true manifesting part of all this, however, is to actually do what I´m writing about. To do that I need to go offline and write notes for my Book of Shadows, try out methods to reduce the number and effect of anxiety attacks and enjoy life for what it is. Fun and scary. Mostly fun.

And therefore, dear reader, I´ll return with a post on the Full Moon ritual that I´m preparing for next Friday. Now I´ll withdraw to my bed listening to the sound of the rain. The Wheel of the Year is turning right now, and we are in the late summer season.

Soon it will be autumn. A new season to embrace, to work with, to reflect upon. That means shadow work, creative treats like making your own candles and indoor activity. Plenty of time to be creative. Including photos in my next post. Today I deliberately decided not to insert any photos, because creative writing should be enough making a post worth reading. Less is a lot more when used with common sense.

What to expect in July 2019

As promised yesterday, I want to get some structure in my written material in order for it to be as readable as possible.

So below this you´ll find my plan for this blog for the rest of July 2019. And on July 31 I´ll post my plans for the month of August.

  • July 11 : The Book of Shadows
  • July 12-14 : Birthday celebrations (I´m going to be 50 years old on Sunday July 14, so I´ll be offline for a couple of days, it´s gonna be like magick)
  • July 15 : Traditions And The Old Ways
  • July 16 : Mythology And Folklore
  • July 17 : Spirituality
  • July 18 : Divination
  • July 19 : Divination 2 The Tarot
  • July 20 : Divination 3 Lenormand
  • July 21 : The Northern Witch´s Den
  • July 22 : Correspondences
  • July 23 : Sabbats
  • July 24 : The Moon
  • July 25 : Spellcasting
  • July 26 : Rituals
  • July 27 : Witchy Tips
  • July 28 : Creative Magick
  • July 29 : The Grey
  • July 30 : Practical ideas for working with a Book of Shadows on a daily basis
  • July 31 : What to expect in August 2019

My future plans involve a deeper insight into how I practically use the material in my Book of Shadows. Most of all, it´s my source of chosen information and inspiration, since Ì´m an ecclectic witch. Which means that I only follow my own path, but I allow myself to be inspired from a broad variety of sources.

The more I work with witchcraft, the more I enjoy the magick in discovering new creative aspects on a daily basis. I like to re-purpose old stuff, and I only buy when it truly speaks to me as something that I ´ll use in reality and not in forgotten dreams hidden away in the farther corner of the closet.

So therefore my Book of Shadows has a life of its own as when you´re planning a small, simple ritual, just because it felt right or it was the time for celebration of e.g one of the 8 Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year. And all of a sudden, where the …. did you put your notes with drawings and a lot of work to make it both useful and beautiful at the same time…

I need some kind of organization and I have made an thorough index that I follow pretty strict in order to keep track of my world of witchcraft. But it depends on what you like to use for a Book of Shadows. Many people use note nooks or bullet journals. Others again use ring binders, like me. It depends on what you like to work with, and it can take some time to find what feels right.

This is also the more funny about working with a Book of Shadows on a daily basis. Creativity is magick in itself. And just a 5 minute look in it on a day with a lot of pain from arthritis makes me happy inside. There is always a page to colour, a set of notes to reconsider or simply just read for the joy of it, and some correspondences to check.

And today there´s a whole world of opportunities to create a Book of Shadows on the area of devices and apps. I´m not into more technical discussions about whether this or that works best. I work by the codex trial by error.

Which by the way has resulted in a strengthening in my demands in order to buy a new cellphone. Reliability, consistence and memory size are some of the must haves. Even though I´ll have to save quite a large sum of money to pay for it. I´ll rather wait until I have the money than will I loan money.

My Book of Shadows with ritual notebooks and modern technology

There are also some legal aspects to consider when being a blogger. That subject will be covered in a future post (Legal blogging). For now, it´s barbecue time in the garden with my beautiful family and best friends. There will be happy children playing around and a good atmosphere. There I´ll be in a few minutes from now.

However important a Book of Shadows and a blog about daily witchcraft are, you must never forget the breaks, the free time, the mundane world. It is just as important to remember to rest and regain strength.

So this is it for today. See you tomorrow with a closer look into my Book of Shadows on the daily basis.