Five Ways To Practice Spiritual Witchcraft as a New Mama
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The late afternoon sun gently illuminates the inside of my little greenhouse. The shadows of strawberry, cabbage, broccoli, bell pepper, celery, brussel sprouts reach long across the soil, stretching to touch the far wall. Dappled light dances across the windows, the pattern of elderberry leaves painting themselves on the glass. My fingers reach to pick chickweed gingerly from between the vegetables, and I breathe in the silence. A peace resounds from within this small structure, and pulsates into my core, where I revel in the joy and connection to these plants.
Finished with my weeding, I hold the small bundle of chickweed in my hand and make my way to the compost pile, where I sprinkle them on top with a whispered blessing of gratitude to Mama Earth. Breathing in, I lift my face to the sunlight and let it warm my gentle smile. On my way back to the house, I stop by the raspberry bush, and pick a few off the thorned branches. Raising them to the sky, I give thanks to the spirit of the raspberry and to the soul of the land before placing them on my tongue, reveling in the rich tang and flavor of nature's bounty.
Back on the deck of the house, my five-month-old screams for me in her father's arms. I shake my head, laughing gently, and go to her.
Since becoming a mother, I've had to redefine my idea of what regular spiritual practice should be. Where once I would have done a morning ritual and a daily tarot card reading at a set time, and celebrating the cycles of moon and sun with rituals, I've now had to find time between everything else to remain spiritually connected. It has been hard, in many ways, to let go of what I once viewed to be my spiritual practice as well as my witchcraft practice, but, after that horrifying first two months before she got into a routine of sorts, I finally figured out some ways to remain connected to my witchy self.
If you are a witchy hippie mama like myself, or simply a busy person looking to find ways to honor your practice in amidst everything else, I hope you find some ideas here, and please email me with your own ideas!
1] Keep A Small Garden
I've never kept a garden before, but once I started one, I didn't know why I hadn't done it sooner. I feel like growing organic plants, taking that time and effort to take care of something living, is something primal. When I spend time in my greenhouse, I feel like I'm living in a sort of eternal, spiraling myth, and every tender touch of fingers in soil is a sacred exchange of energy between myself and Spirit.
I know this sounds like a lot of work, but it honestly hasn't been! It was work initially (tilling up the soil in the greenhouse, planting everything, et cetera) , but after that first bit, it was very simple. My recommendations are to keep it SMALL - only try to grow a few plants at first, even just in window boxes, especially if you've never done this before. If you have a small greenhouse or can afford/have time to/have the space to build one or buy one, then even better.
Also, you don't actually have to start plants from seed if you don't have that sort of patience (you can buy one's that have already been started for you at commercial greenhouses) , although if you want to, even better! Start them a couple of months before growing season begins in your area. A great way to start seeds is to plant the seeds in egg shell halves. This makes it easier to transfer them to the soil, and the egg shell is very good for the plant. Before you plant the seeds or starts, you can bless each one with an intention.
After that initial work, all you really have to do is water them every day or two and weed maybe once every two weeks, or even once a month. I try to pick the weeds as soon as I see them, so I don't have to get them all in one go, which takes forever.
2] Keep an altar
Yes, even if you don't get to use it very often. Even if the rest of your house is a disaster, keep that one tiny little area free of clutter and filled with your most loved and sacred objects that make you feel connected to Spirit. It's a place to pause in amidst the activity and take a few deep, centered, focused breaths. It's a place to draw a tarot or oracle card briefly before rushing off. It's a place to say a quick prayer or affirmation. It's a place to write your intention on a piece of paper and burn it. Even if you don't use it for anything longer...it will give you a place to connect, even for just thirty seconds.
3] Learn to Cook
Everyone has to eat, and food has been an important center of all cultural, spiritual, and social gatherings. It's been part of us for hundreds of thousands to millions of years. There's something - yes, I'm going to use that word again - primal about baking bread, perhaps because you're working with something that's alive (active yeast) . Bake a loaf of bread, and you are connecting with every person who has ever baked a loaf of bread since the dawn of time. Baking, from scratch, with wholesome ingredients, connects you in a mythic way with all of your ancestors.
I'm sure you've heard of kitchen witchcraft...kitchen witchcraft is so effective because it works! As you cook, whether you are aware of it or not, you cook your intentions, your vibrations, your very attitude into your food.
Imagine if you cooked with love. Imagine if you cooked with intention. Imagine if you cooked with both of those, combined with a bit of magick, a bit of symbolism, a bit of chanting. It's as easy as focusing on your breathing and your intention while you cook. You could even draw sigils into your food. I'm also a fan of chants you can sing right into your food before you eat or drink it. My favorite is a chant to dispel anger that you sing into your steeping tea (I can't remember where I found it, it's been so long, but if you know where it's from, feel free to email me the source) : "Fiery anger, go away; calmness come, and with me stay; soothe my mind so I can think; steep peace of mind within this drink."
4] Say thank you...to everything.
I do this every day, with my daughter. When we go on a walk in the forest, or on the beach, or down the road, I sing my gratitude to the soul of the land.
Good morning Mother Earth, good morning Father Sky
Good morning Great Spirit
Good morning rocks and plants and trees
Good morning beings everywhere
We thank you for our food
And we thank you for our drink
We thank you for the joy you bring
We thank you for love and we thank you for...
(and on, thanking for various things and saying good morning to clouds, puddles, flowers, et cetera; all in a sing song voice. Luna loves it, and I'm confident that one of these days she'll start singing along!)
I express gratitude when I'm on my own, as well. I say thank you when I'm awestruck by the beauty around me. I say thank you when I pick wild edibles. I say thank you for my bare feet on the ground. I say thank you when I feel challenged. It takes one second to say sincerely, and it's the biggest contributer to my spirituality and my ability to be open to the magick and manifestation!
5] Honor the five elements in your daily life.
Once in a while - really, I try to every day, but it's more like once in a while - I ask myself, how am I embodying the five elements, right now, in this moment in time? And I do a checklist: okay, I spent some time in the garden this afternoon and I've eaten all plant-based food today, that's earth...I took a walk by the ocean earlier, that's water...I haven't done deep breathing yet today, that'll be air...fire, hmm, fire...I'm cooking up salmon tonight, cooking is fire... Spirit? Um...writing! I'll do some stream-of-consciousness journaling.
You could embody and/or honor the elements in any number of ways: your clothing; various jewelry; meditating on each element in turn; creating an altar for each; focus on one element at a time for five weeks (one week for air, one week for fire, etc) ; practicing good, balanced nutrition (think plant-based, think small portions, think rainbow colors) ; body awareness; visualization; journaling; affirmations; research; creative play and art; breaking destructive or old habits; singing and dancing and chanting.
All of these can be done easily while working, with your children, or in those few spare minutes.
All five of these practices have ensured I'm able to continue down my spiritual path while also being a new mom. If you have more ideas of how to practice spiritual witchcraft while also leading a busy life, please email me and share!
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