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

 

 

Card For The Weekend ~ Smile

Smile

As simplistic as it may seem, reminding ourselves to smile makes such a big difference. Not only does the act of smiling, even if we have to sort of fake it at first, quickly start to make a difference in the way that we feel, it definitely has a positive impact on the people we come into contact with. It’s easy to start to feel weighed down by problems and responsibilities, but carrying that weight around does not help it to get any lighter. The simple act of placing a smile on our faces is a good first step to helping us to move toward acceptance of what is, so that we can go about our lives with more joy and ease while waiting for things to resolve. It’s much easier to find solutions when we’ve reduced our stress levels. Have a wonderful weekend, and show the world that beautiful smile! 🙂

Card For Today ~ You Are Lovable

You are Lovable

Remember today to feel and treat yourself with as much kindness as you would the person you love the most. Oftentimes, we get so wrapped up in the needs of others that we begin to feel as though we are less worthy of love as anyone else. It’s good to remind ourselves of this on a regular basis. Treat yourself with some TLC today!

 

Card For Today ~ Time To Decide

Time To Decide

Life can certainly feel overwhelming at times, leaving us feeling as though we’ve got nowhere to go. There are so many ways in which to apply this card, from making an actual decision about a course of action or choice that needs to be made, to as broadly based as deciding how we’re going to conduct ourselves, or our way of thinking about life in general. If you find yourself feeling uncertain, the best thing to do is listen to your intuition about what would be best for you and start moving in that direction. Even if things don’t go as expected, the experience will be invaluable.

Card For Today ~ Release All Anger

Release All Anger

Sometimes we find ourselves in a place of anger. Even when someone has treated us unkindly or has done something which hurts us, the way that we choose to react to it impacts us, either positively or negatively. While “giving them a piece of our mind” might be the initial impulse, it’s wise to collect ourselves so that we speak with dignity. Allowing ourselves to get overcome with anger brings us even more of the energy that we’d like to have avoided in the first place. This doesn’t mean that we allow people to treat us unkindly or abusively. It’s just a reminder that reacting in anger does nothing to diffuse situations, and it is damaging to our physical and emotional well-being. Best bet is to walk away and wait for the dust to settle. There’s nothing wrong with choosing to disconnect from people who are an unhealthy influence in our lives. To practice the best self-care possible, we should endeavor to let anger wash through us, rather than give it a home or allow it to pour from our mouths excessively or inappropriately.

Card for Today ~ New Beginnings

New Beginnings

After we’ve gone through difficult times, it can be all too easy to stay stuck. When we lose our footing, sometimes we find ourselves losing some of our confidence, feeling afraid to try again. This is a perfectly normal reaction, and not one to beat ourselves up over. Begin taking small steps to rise up again, incorporating the lessons learned from those difficulties, wiser and stronger than ever.

Card For Today ~ Emotional Healing

Emotional Healing

When we release emotional wounds from our past, this is when we are able to start moving forward. While it is okay to need time to heal, if we hang onto things for too long our hearts become closed off to new possibilities for joy and love. Give yourself permission to open back up and begin to allow the world back in.