Bearable Monday to Everyone!
I’m very glad to be back at writing on TPL after needing some time to get adjusted to my Ph.D. program, and now that I’m back, TPL will finally have some structure to its posts. Mondays will contain posts about pagan living; Wednesdays will feature Magic 101; Fridays will be a wild card when I write about a surprise topic; and finally, Sundays will feature a new edition to my comic series Country Pagan/City Pagan. Thanks for reading y’all!
One of the things I often find myself regretting is not living enough of a magical life in my day to day existence. Some days, I wake up and think to myself that I really should be practicing some spell or incantation. If I let myself linger on that thought; I will begin to pick out all of the things that I dislike about being a witch in a largely mundane world. From my conversations with fellow pagan friends and family; I find that often my concerns about not living magically enough are shared.
Many practitioners of The Art today do so in solitude, including myself, however, not by my choosing. On occasion, though, my friends who choose a solitary path have told me that they crave a community setting not just to celebrate the high holidays, but also to keep themselves in the habit of practicing. In my path; I find that I am virtually guaranteed to not honor the moons nor the sabbats with more than a few passing minutes of reverence if I know that I will be celebrating alone. Unsurprisingly, I am also prone to falling out of habit with my daily spiritual practice.
I’ve been asking myself how to cope with this problem of not living magically enough for several months now, and I think I have come to some conclusions about how to handle this lack of mojo flow.
My high priest often says that religion is about relationship, and I agree with him. One has to have a relationship with The Divine to attain spiritual fulfillment. Many neo-pagan religions today are Earth-centered religions that extol tenets of being one with the forces of nature. In Wicca, we believe that it is our connection to the Earth that links us to The Divine and thus is the source of our power. So, I have come to believe that my problem of not living magically enough stems from a problem with my relationship with The Divine.
Having identified the source of the problem, I have set about trying to live more in a mindful presence of what it means to have a relationship with the Earth, and also what it means to be a witch. The Truth is that no one is ever really separated from the Earth. The same minerals in the soil are found in our bones, the same water molecules in the sea are also found in our blood, and all life on Mother Earth survives because of the warmth of the Sun. Cultivating a relationship with The Divine has to start with recognizing that The Divine is all around you.
The way that I remind myself of my inextricable connection to The Divine is in striving to feel its energy even in the day to day events of my mundane life. For instance, when I am at the gym, I allow myself to feel my body pulling on the energies of the elements to keep it going. I often chant, “Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath, and fire my spirit.” while I am doing something particularly difficult. I also mentally emphasize different elements depending on the movement. As it happens, yesterday I was doing planks at the gym (which I hate) but was able to keep my body rigid for a full minute longer than last week by allowing myself to focus on the mighty stillness of the Earth which in turn allowed me to hold my form. Usually, after I leave the gym, I can feel a thrum of power moving through me. I can think of countless other examples, but listing them all would not serve this article well.
Finding the magic in my daily life seems to help me have more energy to put behind my daily practice regime of meditation, performing the LBRP & Middle Pillar, as well as honoring the gods through prayer. In addition to this, I have started experimenting with celebrating my rituals with an outward purpose for inward gains. Creating sacred space is supposed to be about communing with deity and for me, that is hard without a spiritual community. So, during my rituals I have been aiming the celebrations at creating something I can share with my community in my everyday life. For example, my last ritual celebration involved baking apple tarts with the intent to share them with my friends and colleagues as an act of sharing bounty at Mabon. Unfortunately, I had never worked with puff pastry before, and thus the baking did not quite go according to plan. I still believe my idea to be a sound one, though.
In closing, I have found this article very hard to write because in many ways; I am still figuring out the answers on how to live a magical life myself. However, I feel that finding the magic among the mundane and working to serve your community in your private spiritual life are good ways to start. I hope this article has been helpful to you somehow. If you have any suggestions or thoughts about this subject, please leave them in the comments!
May the Blessing of Brighid be upon you,