Happy Samhain, My Witches!

Another Samhain is upon us. In Celtic pagan tradition, Samhain, known to many today as Halloween, marks the new year. When I discovered this many years ago, it made a lot of sense to me, because with many things in life, there is darkness before there is light again. It certainly stands true when it comes to the growing of crops, as harvested¬† seeds need time in darkness before they are ready to produce new life in the Spring. In ancient traditions, everyday life was very steeped in the turning of the natural wheel which I’ve always found to be beautiful in its simplicity.

This year, the concept of darkness before light is especially poignant for me. Much of the past twelve months have held a great deal of darkness, and I’ve even felt that it’s highly likely I’ve been going through what many would call a dark night of the soul. There have been huge changes in my health, relationships, and at times my convictions. There have been great losses, which have led to big gains when it comes to strength of both my character and in my abilities. This has been a major period of growth and transformation. There’s something about the absolute inertia which comes with autoimmune diseases which shook me to the core of my being. This, coupled with all of the other major changes had me wondering for a while if I had it in me to be able to bend enough so as not to break.

Here I am though, on this all hallows eve, finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. After being on a new medication for a little over a month, I was able to get out this past weekend and enjoy the company of a visiting family member. We hit several of the local watering holes, and even made our way up onto the Blue Ridge Parkway, where I not only made it up to the top of one of the mountains there, I even put my hiking boots on a trail and made it all the way to the end of it. Yes, I was hurting like hell and began to question my sanity for suggesting it about halfway through, but I pushed through and enjoyed every step of the way. I still have a long way to go, but to have hope again is a beautiful thing.

With all that has transpired this year, I am finding myself in a place of greater clarity about not only my direction, but my very identity. I’ve had a lot of down time to think about things, and come up with plans for new endeavors and twists in old ones. In the coming months, I’m going to be a lot more present online and there are exciting things in the works. While I’m not ready quite yet, as I’m still getting the medication into my system and working, I’m super excited to be rolling some things out in the not too distant future.

There is going to be a lot happening, and I’ll be bringing a lot of what I’ve learned over my years on my path to all of you. This time around, I’ll not only be writing about spirituality and witchy things, I’ll be putting together some products which will run the gamut from helpful and powerful, to just plain fun. Not to worry, I’ll be sharing a lot of knowledge which will be entirely free, and most of the items I’ll be offering will be very reasonable because I’ve always been of the belief that things of this nature should be easily accessible. There are other fun surprises in store, but I am going to keep them under wraps until I’m closer to rolling them out.

If any of you are struggling as I have been to get your feet back on your path, I’d like to suggest that you spend some time in stillness. Examine not only where you’d like to go, but where you’ve already been. Mercury went into retrograde today, where it will stay until November 20th, making this a good time to do a thorough review before proceeding. This particular retrograde is taking place in the sign of Scorpio which means that it will be important to carefully consider how to go forward. Even though it might be harsh at times, this planning process will be helped by the fact that this will be a time in which many truths will come to light. This will help all of us to have a clearer picture about ourselves, those around us, and what is behind the scenes in any endeavors we may be considering undertaking.

The retrograde period itself is a time to tie up any loose ends, read the fine print, expect some elements of the past to resurface, reminisce, think before speaking when it matters, fulfill current obligations, and wrap up unresolved issues. Once the retrograde ends, we will all be ready to move on to new things if that’s what we desire. At the very least, if we take all of the steps above, we will be ready to proceed on a smoother course with so many things clarified and cleared up. Last but not least, as with any mercury retrograde, be sure to keep electronic media backed up just in case.

For those of you who enjoy working with tarot or oracle cards, it’s always nice to take the time to do a reading for yourself for the upcoming year to help gain clarity and create a little road map for the months ahead. If you do not personally use cards or other forms of divination, it might be a good time to connect with a good practitioner to give you a reading and a bit of coaching.

It has been nice to come back to this space to write about spiritual matters, as it feels like it’s been forever. Be on the lookout for some shorter, more specific posts soon. If there’s anything spiritual or witchy you’d like me to write articles about, drop a comment and I’ll do my best. Wishing all of you the brightest of blessings!

Tracy

 

 

Celtic New Year ~ Word of the Year

Samhain has arrived again, which for me among other things, means that it is time to choose my word for the upcoming year. I’ve been doing this now for several years and it is something that I have grown to look forward to. I not only look forward to choosing a word for the year ahead, I also enjoy reflecting on the year just past to see how the word for that year influenced my life.

My word for this past year was listen, and let me tell you, it was a perfect year for listening. I spent all of 2016 learning to and giving myself permission to tune in and listen to the subtle whispers of my soul…listening for the hints, subtle and not so subtle which we all have pouring in that point us in the direction that’s in our best interest. The secret is tuning into the signal, much like tuning in to the right station on a radio or TV in order to listen to our favorite music or watch a good show or movie.

As I move through any given year, I consciously stop to remind myself of what my word is and ask myself how I can best align with it as I go through my days. In this past year, the act of listening has opened up so much for me. So many of the barriers and limiting beliefs have been dissolved or are at least well on their way to being dissolved. This has allowed me to release what needed to be released, move more comfortably into my own skin…my true callings…and contented, peaceful, enthusiasm at a more rapid rate and more comfortably than ever before. No, it wasn’t all easy, but somehow it was just different from in the past.

The act of listening has become such an ingrained part of me over this last year, that I’ll be happily carrying it forward from here on. Now, to move on to the year ahead. The act of listening to and acting on all of the whispers and hints which poured in has put in me very positive situations and set the stage for the real magic to continue. So my word for this year is…

Live!

For many years now, I’ve been doing much inner work, reflection, and what I like to think of as rewiring. Now, I’m ready to go much more external and live fully. This isn’t to say that I feel as though I’m fully hatched because really, none of us ever are. There are always more things to learn, it’s always a good idea to keep checking the gauges of our lives to see where we stand from time to time, and it’s definitely a good idea to maintain practices in our daily lives which keep us spiritually nourished.

With all of that being said, the time is right for me to take all of the knowledge and changes which I’ve worked on over the past several years and run with them. I feel an enthusiasm for life which hasn’t existed in me for a very long time. It isn’t that I’ve been going around in a total fog, it’s just that this enthusiam which I feel now was not nearly as intense in the past and admittedly at times it was at such a low level as to be practically indiscernable.

Going forth into this year, I’ll be giving myself permission to move beyond the old fears and mental limitations which were largely released last year and really step it up and live all of the things that I’ve been working on and dreaming of. Doors have been opening up and I’m finally ready to walk through them. This feels like a time of action…of movement, and I’m excited to see where the road leads.

Do you have a theme or word which you’ll be focusing on this year? If so, I’d love to hear about it!