By Carmen Pouerie
Whether you're an experienced witch or looking for a way to keep yourself sane during these uncertain times, these tips helped me regain a sense of control.
Being the manager of Enchantments means I incorporate magickal practices into my everyday life. When the shop was forced to close during the COVID-19 quarantine, the disruption to my routine really threw me off balance. After self-isolating for three days (while my partner still had to go to work), my state of mind was dangerously dark. My moods would swing wildly from calm logic – knowing we can and will get through this – to a desperate panic that someone I love might bring the virus back with them.
After a long talk with my therapist, who suggested mimicking normalcy as much as possible, I decided to renew my magickal routine. I also realized that our customers might be going through the same thing, so I put together some tips on how to use our spiritual gifts to manifest peace.
Cleanse. Like water, the air around us can get stagnant with energy.
Cleaning your space, both physically and energetically, really helps clear away the negative energy – especially when you’re stuck indoors for an extended period of time. Say an incantation or sing a song while you’re disinfecting your home (make sure you wipe all door knobs, light switches, cabinet/drawer handles, phones, glasses, and anything else your hand would touch regularly).
Witch tip: Add a splash of Florida water or lemon essential oil to your disinfecting solution with the intention to remove harmful energy from the room or object. Chanting, smudging, and taking sea salt baths are helpful practices, as well.
Create a routine. Magick is all about routines.
Witches of all paths follow different natural cycles as part of their practice. We observe the cycles of the moon, we follow the wheel of the year, and celebrate the Witches’ Sabbaths (Happy Ostara!). It’s important to maintain a daily routine, which can be as simple or complicated as you are able to make it.
Try to mimic your normal day, if you can: Get up out of bed and shower. Open your curtains and make your bed. Try to eat and drink (and also feed your familiars) on a regular schedule. Set reminders on your phone to water your plants, especially when the days start to blend together.
Light a candle or incense daily.
At the shop, we light all the altars and smudge the space with our handmade incense before we open. If you have incense, light some with an intention for the day (lately I’ve been burning Peace, Healing, and Van Van). If you don’t have or can’t burn incense, a small candle can serve the same purpose.
Meditate or visualize for protection and healing.
Set a daily time to center and quiet your mind. We encourage all our staff and our customers to read Denning and Phillips’ Practical Guide to Psychic Self-Defense. The authors use a method of visualizing a “tower of light” surrounding your aura. This will help to strengthen you and establish a system of protection that you can always have with you. You can also meditate back on a time in which you felt really safe and calm to bring that energy around you and change the vibrations in the room.
Make crystal grids for healing.
A crystal grid is the use of crystals in a geometric configuration that can be placed on or around a person, place, or thing to achieve a desired intention. Gather your gemstones, charge them with intention (visualize filling them with your energy, almost like a battery), focus on your desired outcome and place the crystals with intuitive intention. Feel where the crystals want to go.
Once in place, visualize beams of light or energy connecting your crystals together in a web. In The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, and Stones, Margaret Ann Lembo recommends the following gemstones for healing and protection: amethyst, clear or rose quartz, black tourmaline, obsidian, hematite, green aventurine, garnet, selenite.
Listen to your body.
This down time is allowing us to be present with ourselves without the distraction of responsibilities outside of our homes. Sometimes I neglect to eat or drink water while I’m working. Make it a point to eat or drink when your body asks you to. Rest when you’re tired, both physically and emotionally. Take time to yourself when you are overwhelmed. Reach out to your support system when you are lonely. Meet your body’s basic needs.
Practice self-care. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary.
When our physical and mental health is at risk, doing little things to make yourself happy are very important. Now is a good time to care for your body by trying a new skin care item, take long bubble baths, style your hair, paint your nails, etc.
You can care for your mental health by journaling, expressing your thoughts to your family and loved ones (while maintaining social distance), cooking your favorite meal, spending time with your pets, or picking up a new hobby you never had time for. Take time for yourself.
Create incantations and sigils.
Incantations are simply singing your intentions over an object or during an action to achieve a specified intention. While we’re alone, there is no one around to hear our silly little poems or phrases, so speak your intentions aloud. It will help to strengthen it, as well as let you hear a voice that isn’t your TV.
Sigils are magical symbols and can be as simple as a happy face for happiness or as intricate as one of the Seals of Solomon. To create your own, write out your intention in a few words, then eliminate repeating letters. After that, you can attempt to combine all the remaining letters into a unique symbol that is specific to you.
Life is truly magickal and intention is all you need. You have the magick within you. We may not know what “normal” is anymore, but at least we can honor what is normal for us as witches. And I know one thing for certain: I can’t wait to get back to Enchantments and create magick for the public once again.
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