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Being a Worrisome Witch
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It is an inevitable fact that we all get uneasy and anxious from time to time due to a lot of the obstacles that come along from being human. But for many, this anxiety is constant and meanders its way into your thoughts to the point where every waking moment is a struggle. Everyday activities can become more difficult, the spiritual path being one of those activities.
Anxiety comes in all sorts of forms and affects us differently but among the many traits of anxiety is ruminating thoughts and fears. People with ongoing anxiety form a lot of “what if” situations in their head. For a Pagan, these thoughts can serve as a hindrance to any spiritual progress or magick being manifested. I have composed a list of troublesome thoughts I have encountered numerous times while practicing the Craft and what I do to overcome them so that any magick I create is not impeded in any way. So for those of you who are “worrisome witches” or anxious beginners, this is for you.
What if this spell doesn’t work/I didn’t do something right?
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before that in order for a spell to manifest itself you must not dwell on it after you’ve casted it. Well, for us worry warts, that is quite a feat to overcome. You keep reminding yourself to not think about the spell but it’s like when someone tells you not to think about pink elephants. The more you tell yourself not to dwell on something, the more you actually will. Meditation is a good way to put you in an appropriate mindset for spell workings.
While meditating, imagine some type of “vacuum” and watch it suck away any worries you might have about casting the spell. Then imagine the vacuum carrying all of your doubts and worries crumble in flame and blow away. You can be creative with meditation and use other methods of course. Once your mind is clear of any junk then you can begin. It’s good to keep in mind that you should only do a spell when you feel confident and ready. Do plenty of research beforehand that you’re using the right tools, saying the right things, etc. Plan out exactly how the spell or ritual is to be performed so that you know how it should play out. Passion and confidence is important in spellcasting, which is why a good mindset is necessary. Listen to your intuition. If you made all the preparations and still felt “off” during the spell, then maybe it wasn’t the right circumstances for it and that’s totally okay. Thank the universe/gods/goddesses/nature anyway and try again later. If you still have doubts that cannot be helped after casting, realize it is just the anxiety and don’t view it as a threat and carry on.
What if this somehow backfires?
I have avoided doing one or two spells due to this possibility. You might be afraid to cast a spell because you wouldn’t be able to handle the opposite occurring. But throughout my path I have learned that basically never happens unless you are tampering around with someone else’s own freewill or are invoking harm to anything. Be responsible for your own actions. I’m a total believer in getting back what you give. From experience, the worse that can happen from casting a spell for your own good is it not happening at all. Then I am reminded that some things are better to be solved through mundane terms. If it does seem like a spell has done the complete opposite of what you intended or you have changed your mind and don’t want it to happen, then I’d suggest researching reversal spells.
I don’t do ______, am I true Wiccan/Witch/Pagan/etc?
Personally I have no idea how covens, High Priestess status and the like operate so I have questioned my witchy legitimacy before. If something doesn’t exactly interest you then that doesn’t make you any less of a Pagan or whatever you identify as. That’s what’s so great about Paganism; it’s a completely flexible belief system that fits whatever interests you. I’ve read debates about how true Wiccans shouldn’t eat meat or use animal products. I’ve seen people say they don’t believe in the Threefold Law. There is no such thing as a “cookie cutter” Pagan. Do what feels right to you on this path and don’t look down upon others for their morals/beliefs/etc.
I don’t have enough mental strength for any magickal workings
Oftentimes anxiety doesn’t work alone. Depression can make its way in as well and you have two things working to drain you of any motivation you have. As I’ve stated before, it is crucial that you perform any magick with a clear and energetic mind. If you have any Pagan friends who do practice magick, ask them to give you an energy boost. Soak yourself in an energy bath with relaxing herbs such as basil or rosemary. As you lay in the tub, imagine yourself absorbing all of the fiery energy from the water. I am a huge advocate for bath time.
Is it wrong that I don’t feel so connected to nature/my deities right now?
We all have our off days and our emotions can temporarily change the way we see the things we usually enjoy. The Earth Mother doesn’t take offense to you not feeling passionate about the outside world at the moment. But if I feel rather disconnected, I usually take a short walk or go stargazing. I’ll close my eyes and focus on how the grass feels beneath my feet, how the breeze gently sweeps through my hair or how the sun or moon shines down upon me. Sometimes I have to force myself to go outside but spending simple little moments outdoors serves as a little “pick me up”. As for deities, they sometimes go and tend to other things like teaching lessons. Making an offering or prayer would be ideal to show your devotion to your deities and would help fix up any troubles if you feel you have displeased them.
What if I’m not accepted/how do I deal with narrow-minded people?
Some people are lucky enough to have families and friends who are already loving and accepting of whatever path they choose in life. Some people aren’t so lucky in that department, however. Personally, I have chosen to not let certain people know about my beliefs and practices unless I feel comfortable with them. I believe that religion can be a private thing so if you feel it’s not something you’d like people know, then by all means keeps it to yourself. If you live with others and you’re trying to practice privately, traveling altars are a good idea and consist of keeping materials in a box when not in use. You could also make your altar appear as if it were only decoration. I prefer to do my spellcasting when no one’s home or when everybody else is asleep.
If someone ever tries to engage in a religious debate with me, I tend to agree to disagree as I think the Pagan path is all about following a peaceful set of morals. Don’t allow “toxic” people to drain you of your energy. Walk away and don’t waste a time or effort on them.
There are plenty of anti-anxiety spells out there at your convenience and if you are a believer in crystal healing then crystals such as ametrine (amethyst) or blue lace agate are plenty of help. Herbs such as lavender or chamomile are beneficial as well and can be put in tea or safely burned to let off an aroma. It’s amazing how much the earth provides for us.
If things get a little too much to bear, seeking professional help is always an option. You are a miraculous part of the universe and deserve all the health and happiness you can get.
Love and Light
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