Have you recently gone through some type of transition that was rough?
I’ve noticed myself and friends going through transitions at this time. Often, it feels like one is a piece of cork buffeted on the ocean.
Then, I realized that, as witches, we can choose to make the meaning of our transition. Transitions happen to everyone. And as witches, we can make these situations more profound.
Sometimes, a transition can cause us to wonder: “What does this all mean?”
Here is a prayer for helping you squeeze the meaning out of a transition—as if it were a metaphorical orange.
A Prayer During a Time of Transition
Magnificent Lord and Gracious lady, Let the meaning of this [transition] be revealed. May this transition cause me to be healed. Breathe in the love and exhale the hate, Let in the message to invigorate. Stich by stitch I now make myself whole once more, Sewing myself together whole to the core. Growing through this transition through and through, Finding my true self through this journey, too. Thank You for all the blessings. So Mote It Be.
May the above process support you on your life path.
Have you heard about how Goddess Brigid is worshipped during Imbolc?
She is known for her hospitality, healing powers, and feeding a lot of people.
Recently, I have been studying details about her. I realize that many Witches might focus on Goddess Brigid more during the time of Imbolc.
I had a thought that we can celebrate Goddess Brigid by emphasizing these elements in our own daily life.
Brigid is known for her hospitality. The well-known Celtic tradition of hospitality includes how a householder was bound to offer food and drink to anyone who came to their home.
How can we bring this into our lives?
Hospitality can be demonstrated in how we talk on the phone and how we share ideas or resources (even links to helpful articles).
You can demonstrate kindness and generosity to family members and friends.
If you live with family members or a roommate, you can bring their favorite food to the dinner table.
In your own spiritual rituals, you can set a small plate at the head of the table for the God and Goddess.
You and your family may sit down and call on the God and the Goddess to be present. Serve the Gods first by placing food on the Their plate at the head of the table. While doing so, say thank you to the Gods for something that They have given your family.
Brigid has been called a master of healing. You can honor her by making sure you have the resources for healing. Getting appropriate sleep and eating nutritious foods will help you. Perhaps, you’ll take a daily walk to keep your body functioning well. Healing also arises from filling your thoughts with positive input. Minimize your interaction with negative media and social media. Consider adding meditation to your daily routine.
In a number of accounts, Brigit is known for her powers of providing large amounts of things like bacon, butter, and milk. She turned well water into beer.
You might consider donating food to a local food bank.
Perhaps, you might honor Brigid by focusing on hospitality, healing powers, and feeding people.
Have you been feeling under pressure? Are you only seeing scarcity? Recently, I had a conversation with a friend, and we noticed that so much of the Mundane World is about pushing a story about scarcity and lack.
So much of the media that push products on us is about the message: “There’s a reason you feel bad. You don’t have [product]. Only if you had [product], then you’d feel better about yourself and your life. … By the way, don’t you deserve to have [product]?”
I’ve noticed that the Mundane World messages of scarcity and lack come across as the opposite of Goddess’s vision.
Goddess Wants You to Call on Her
“Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the Moon be full, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all Witcheries.” – Doreen Valiente, writing in the voice of the Goddess in The Charge of the Goddess
The Mundane World says that you are not enough and that you need to get things in order to feel happy. On the other hand, Goddess has already given you what you really need: Your senses, this Earth, your body and your spirit. Goddess has placed divinity within you. Still, she says “whenever ye have need of anything … assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me.” So, the answer is not to buy more stuff, it is to support your relationship with the Goddess by gathering and doing ritual.
Goddess Wants You to Be Free
“And ye shall be free from slavery.” – Doreen Valiente, writing in the voice of the Goddess in The Charge of the Goddess
You can be a slave to a lot of things. One bad form of slavery is to be beholden to trying to please everyone. I have a big problem with this one. I want to make my loved ones happy. But on some level, it’s impossible to do this. Because this is impossible to do, I fail. With clinical depression symptoms, it is easy for me to spiral down into self-hate.
Instead, from this moment forward, I want to focus on this prayer.
Prayer for Real Freedom
Goddess, Cradle me in Your arms Like the Loving Mother You are Teach me to stay on the path of love and appreciation For myself and others. Let me remember that my mind is my own And my will is my own. Let me realize that the Mundane World’s messages of Scarcity, lack and “you are not enough” are illusions. Let me feel in my heart That You are the Gracious Goddess Fully supporting me. So Mote It Be.
Does the mundane world feel overwhelming at times?
Here is a prayer to help you reconnect with the spiritual reality that the Gods support you every day and every minute.
I am loved in this moment Prayer
Lord and Lady,
Give me the experience to know
That I am loved in this moment.
To know that I am cherished and
Held dear to You.
Let me know I am cradled in Your hearts,
And release me from fear.
Although the mundane world tears at my sense of worthiness,
Keep me close in Your love.
Guide me to always remember Your
Embracing love for me.
So Mote It Be
We, Wiccans, know about holding an Esbat ritual during the full moon each month.
We also have the Sabbats that occur at specific times. They follow the Wheel of the Year.
Here’s a real solution. Connect your moments of worship of the God and Goddess with something you do as a natural part of the day.
For example, I have a friend who does daily exercises. Just before he begins his back-stretching exercises, he says, “Thank you, God and Goddess.” It just takes a moment. He tells me that it blesses his life.
You can use a ritual of massaging your feet with oil while you say a prayer of thanks—before you go to sleep for the night.
Here is a prayer you can use just before you brush your teeth in the morning.
Prayer of “Thank You for This Day”
Bless me, Goddess, this day Guide me on my way May I stay on the path And grow in the Craft May I express my best ‘Til night when I rest. Thank you, Goddess. So Mote It Be.
“No, I don’t think I’m strong enough to move on from this hell I’m in,” my friend, Amy, said.
“If you realize that Goddess loves you, and you do the things so you can feel Her support—you can do the hard things in life,” I replied.
Here I’ll share three points.
You are not alone.
The God and Goddess are always with you. You can call on Them to help you through the tough times in your life.
“Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever toward it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.” – Doreen Valiente, speaking in the voice of the Goddess – in The Charge of the Goddess
Sometimes, it feels like everything in the world is trying to stop you from your desired goal. At those moments, look beyond the mundane world. Call on the Gods for Their support. Ask the Goddess, in Her nurturing aspect, to help you and guide you on your path.
Goddess is the Loving Form of Deity.
“Nor do I demand sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of All Living, and my love is poured out upon the earth.” – Doreen Valiente, speaking in the voice of the Goddess – in The Charge of the Goddess
The Goddess has explained that she doesn’t demand that you sacrifice your desires or dreams for Her. She wants you to be happy. The Gods don’t want us to suffer.
Sometimes, we get the answer of Light, having gone through a time of darkness.
“The dark and the light in succession,
The opposites each unto each,
Shown forth as a God and a Goddess,
Of this did our ancestors teach.” – Doreen Valiente – in The Witches Creed
If we don’t have the hard times or dark times in our lives, we can’t fully appreciate the light parts. In one discussion, one of my friends emphasized that an important part of happiness can be feeling relief after a dark time.
When we see the good times stand out from the dark, we truly appreciate the good times when they arrive.
The dark times can be a powerful form of teacher. Dark times teach us certain lessons we need to learn. When the Light finally arrives, the Light illuminates our progress through those lessons.
We need both times of Light and dark to grow into our full potential and full destiny.
“Why is it getting worse?” my friend, Stephanie, said.
“I know there’s a lot happening. Anything in particular?” I replied.
“More violence in this country!” Stephanie said. And, this began a significant conversation.
What if Goddess Serves as Your Source of Certainty?
Is it possible to be certain of anything, anymore? Some people complain, “Unbelievable. I could not even imagine that people in leadership positions would be so … disgusting.”
I’ve learned that there is value in seeing ourselves as “spiritual beings having a human experience.”
As many of you know, I believe in the Summerlands, a place of love and peace in between the times we incarnate. We return and incarnate into a new body, and the lessons begin. We use our bodies as a user-interface for our spiritual being to learn lessons on this physical plane.
I realize that it can be tough to see this spiritual level when we’re in the midst of suffering and confusion. It’s as if we’re wearing “human-tinted glasses.” I suggest that we pause and consider looking at our lives from Goddess’s perspective. Goddess knows.
A Source of Comfort
Sometimes, I return to The Charge of the Goddess for inspiration and comfort.
“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.” – Doreen Valiente (speaking in the voice of the Goddess—from The Charge of the Goddess)
A couple of meanings rise up for me with the above quote.
Notice the phrase “all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals,” and see that the Goddess gives us the answer. We can derive comfort in honoring Her with our compassion, reverence, humility and more. Acts of kindness and beauty honor the Goddess and make us feel good.
Dear Goddess Release me from my stale, limited beliefs And give me compassion and mirth in heaps. Acts of love and Acts of pleasure. I honor You in this way forever.
May the ideas expressed here comfort you and invite you to listen to your heart. May compassion for others flourish in your heart.
I opened the large box that contained my holiday gift. Inside, I found a brewing kit. “Perfect!”
When I was in my mid-20s, I brewed mead. However, I lost my equipment in the move from my childhood home.
It had been a long time since I brewed anything, so I needed a refresher. So, I purchased a book about mead-brewing.
I eagerly read the book—and that takes some doing since I’m dyslexic. Learning about Vikings and how they brewed mead had my attention.
Today, I am once again excited to try my hand at brewing mead. However, this time I am trying an open-air brewing technique I found in the book. It’s brewing done old school—like our ancestors did long ago. Along this line, Wiccans like brewing mead.
Instead of using commercial yeast, I will be harvesting wild yeast. This is something our ancestors did at the beginning of their brewing exploits.
So, I gathered up all the equipment and ingredients that I needed, including a rod to mix my brew. I would dedicate my mead-brewing efforts to the God and Goddess. I wanted to make the mixing rod a sacred tool. Therefore, I wrote a blessing to imbue my new mixing rod with the powers of the God and Goddess.
Mixing Rod Blessing
Blessed Be this Sacred Rod May it Bestow with Healing Energies of the Gods Let my Rod mix my brew With Health, Wealth, Peace, and Joy anew All who taste the brew mixed with this Rod May Find Everlasting Blessedness from the Gods As I will, So Mote It Be
In the next days, I’ll see how my renewed interest in mead-brewing goes.
Are you considering adding something new to your daily activities?