‘Self-care’ is a buzzword in the conscious living circle. It’s a reminder that after we leave the nest our health and happiness is all on us. But, what does self-care look like? How do you know when you’re doing it? How do you know you’re doing it right? Let me tell you a little secret: Self-care seems like it’s HARD work, yet it doesn’t have to be. It’s your own attitude can turn this from a laborious chore to a labor of love.
For many of us, self-care is a journey fraught with obstacles. Those obstacles could have been born from the emotional trauma of trying to “fit in”, being betrayed, fighting, and all the resulting anxiety and depression. The list could be long, but you can chose to not allow those obstacles to stop you from growing. Self-care = recognising you need to love yourself. Start your adventures around love in your own backyard with self love, before you invite anyone to the party.
The 10 hardest yet most rewarding aspects of Self-care:
Okay, okay this list seems daunting. Self-care goes way beyond a visit to the spa once a week, or picking up a sweet treat at the local fruit market. Sure it’s a part of it, yet a very small part. Don’t get me wrong, I love a huge slice of Tiramisu as much as the next girl, and I will treat myself from time to time. Yet, a piece of Tiramisu will only make me happy in the moment. It’s temporary joy, it fades after the cake is gone and then maybe a little sadness kicks in. Self-care is long-term and continuous self-care becomes self-love. Love of self increases the ability to give and receive love. It is all reciprocal: what you put out you get back.
Lock down your love with magic
Did you read number 5 above and cringe? Let me tell you another secret: Love and magic both come from within. In order to attract love, you first must love yourself. Most people get into magic to find their soul mate. That is usually based on believing they need someone to make them feel loved and whole. Have you ever thought about using magic in supporting your journey of self-care, so you can feel loved and whole as a person first.
Start your self-care practice by placing Blessed Herbal Love’s Enchantment, Inner Balance, and Happiness candles in candle holders from left to right. As you light the Love’s Enchantment say, “I AM love. I am the loved and the lover. My love endures beginning within me.” Stand or sit in quiet feeling love radiate from your heart and surround you.
Next, light the Inner Balance candle saying, “Love is my inner pendulum. It keeps me centered and balanced.” Stand or sit in quiet and imagine a pendulum swinging to and fro and coming to the center and being still.
Finally, light the Happiness candle saying, “As a love-bearing and centered person, I create happiness and joy in my life.” Stand or sit in quiet imagining a scene from nature that makes you smile, whether it is watching the sunrise, or gazing at a full moon. Now play some music that makes you want to dance and sing along. Dancing and singing raises our vibrations and makes us smile! Burn the candles every day at the same time until they burn out.
Now get working on that list and know that you are magically supported.
Remember, if you keep your magic close with a daily practice, it will keep you close in its effectiveness and speed. Keep living the magic, Jacki.
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We hear the terms: witch’s familiar, magical familiar, spiritual familiar, which all relate to an animal who you are esoterically connected to, but what we need to understand is that your magical familiar, or whatever term you identify with, is an actual living animal. Most of us were introduced to “magical animals” through movies, television programs, or even books. A Witch’s Familiar or animal guide was believed to be a supernatural entity that would assist witches in their practice of magic. This makes complete sense as there are many magical deities that are depicted with specific animals along with the stories that are told about them: Athena is shown with an owl, Anubis with a jackal, Ma’at with an ostrich, Bast with a cat...the list is long. Yet, the witch is always shown with a black cat which is perpetuated in various media. So how do you find YOUR familiar?
Is there a certain type of animal always around you? Is there a certain pet that you bond with? It could be a cat, a dog, a frog, or the owl that hoots outside your window. Do you find that there are certain animals that bring you a semblance of peace? Here is how you find your magical familiar:
-Place the Goddess Affirmation candle in a candle holder
-Arrange the Pet Blessings Blessed Herbal Blessing Kit in votive holders on the left, right and in front of the Goddess Affirmation candle.
-Set your intentions by saying “may my familiar make itself known to me”
-Repeat this intention as you light the Goddess candle and each of the Pet Blessing kit starting on the right and moving clockwise.
-Allow the candles to burn as you settle into yourself. Pay attention to your senses and your thoughts. Once you have a clear picture of your familiar extinguish the candles.
If your magical familiar is your pet, wonderful! If your familiar is not your pet that’s okay, too!! Either way, you are now in a great position to attune and connect with the energy of your familiar. You can do this by burning the Soul Mate Affirmations candle in a candle holder. Set your intention of gratitude saying, “I am excited about working with you. I am grateful for our connection and I look forward to deepening our love and friendship.”
Burn the Soul Mate candle daily for two hours until the candle burns out.
Your spiritual familiar is closer than you think
If your spiritual familiar is your pet you can do this to create a closer bond with your spiritual familiar. Using our Witches Union Magical Adept Witch’s Familiar patch and sitting with your pet, hold the patch to its heart and say the following:
“By fur feather and scale I honor my magical partner and pet.”
Hold the patch to your heart and repeat this same blessing. Spend time communicating, petting and loving your familiar, strengthening your connections and magic.
Remember: A witch’s familiar is grounding, energizing, protecting and comforting. This shows us that all pets are magical in their own way. A magical adept knows that a familiar is their magical partner and brings a unique essence and depth to their magic. Wear this patch proudly if you pet brings a unique magic and love to your life.
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October, how I love thee! It’s not just the boots I get to wear, or the Halloween decorations I get to put or and wear. It’s that my job, my passion gets so much easier. The witches say that in this season the veil between the worlds gets thinner, meaning psychic energies are stronger and spirit communication is easier. This is the perfect time to explore your psychic talents on a deeper level.
Dive in right now, open up your psychic centers and tune in to what universal channel you are picking up on. Generally, you are picking up on the vibes of your own life and the people that are immediately around you. Trying to get a read on the whole universe is too mush data and becomes white noise you cannot interpret. Take a moment, right now and tune into one specific thing and start interpreting those vibes. Then ask to see if they are true.
Tuning in psychically is not an exact science, nor is interpreting the messages you get. For many psychics it's like getting impressions of a moment – colors, shapes and general “knowings.” As they practice and talk about what they are seeing, they get better and better at interpreting the messages that come in. Even the top psychics that are natural born talents had to learn how to work with the information they are getting. They have their exercises to open up, be a clear channel and tune in to the right information. There are so many personal ways to do that, yet there is one thing that everyone agrees on:
“I shut up so I can listen”
Slow down your mind to tune up the psychic engine. For many that is easier said than done but for every person there is a method of meditation that will work for them. It may be a quiet moment where you limit your sensory input. It may be a mantra that you can sink into, for some it may be a walk that slows the brain down. The point is, slowing your thinking to quiet your mind. When you quiet your mind, you can hear the divine, you can hear the psychic input. Try it now.
Breathe… just breathe. Count your breath in and out – in-1- 2 …. Out-1-2. Let it become in-1-2-3… out-1-2-3. See how slow you can get it while remaining relaxed. Now let your thoughts just float in and out without hanging onto them. When you realize you are circling a though, let it go. You know it will come back when you need it. When you brain feels like it is settled – tune into your environment and let the vibration tell you a tale.
It comes in mental impressions like memories. Vague, gentle, thoughts that if you tug on them become more substantial. Try it now, see what you get. Now see if it’s real, ask around. If it doesn’t pan out, tell them your impression and see if it means something else. You are learning your prompts this way and building you skill.
You, my witch, just earned your Psychic Witches Union patch! Just in attempting this little exercise you go it, you are psychic!
You can amp it up at home with your favorite divination tool and the Chakra Magic Answers candle to work on your 3rd eye. This is magic and you are doing it! Now keep it up all month and your skills will increase 100fold.
I’m writing this article inside out this time, products first, then the problem and the spell. Here’s why. We don’t have time these days to wait to get to the point. It’s not feeling so safe out there and we need answers today.
Here is your answer:
Witches Union Evil Eye patch, High John Hoo Doo candle, Red Stilettos Wicked Witch Mojo candle and the Flying Monkeys Wicked Witch Mojo oil. This combination gives you back your personal power and protects you while you anchor it down into your daily life. When you are filled with your own power the world takes notice and things start to go your way and when they don’t, you can recover quicker.
Now that you have the answer, let’s talk about the problem so many of us are experiencing. I’ll say it for us, “I don’t feel safe.” Physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental; I don’t feel safe. It’s been hard to stay engaged in a positive way – everything seems draining and unsafe. It’s not just how people treat me, it’s how I take everything and how I communicate. It’s the messages on the news and social media, it’s the level of high alert we are all on! From our most sensitive community members to the hard asses that power though everything, we are all feeling it. Blame it on the moon, the stars or the politics, stress is building.
Here is the spell:
Bad Ass, Mama-jamma, World Changing Powerhouse – Power Up Spell
Evil Eye Witches Union patch
High John Hoo Doo candle
Red Stilettos Wicked Witch Mojo candle
Flying Monkeys Wicked Witch Mojo oil
First- grab that patch and power it up by following the instructions on the card. You need it to deflect any negativity while you are powering up.
Second - Anoint your and the candles with the Flying Monkey oil to create a boundary of protection and set your guardians to work.
Third - Light the candles. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, we have both within us in varying degrees. Connect with your inner god and goddess and start filling them with the energy from the candles. Listen for their messages, support and warnings. Let them guide you and refill every cell in your body with vitality. From heaven and earth, you are filled, and your personal power is charged and awakened.
Finally – Spend time with yourself in this moment and write out what you are grateful for ABOUT YOURSELF. Think about the small and large things you are proud of. It may take time to get rolling, but don’t give up until you have listed at least 10 things (20 is better). IF you are having trouble getting started, think about what your favorite people would tell you about yourself. Positive only. Give yourself at least an hour to do this, you deserve this time.
Repeat – Do this every day for at least 6 days. You can do it, you deserve it. As you fill yourself over and over again with this energy you will see yourself shift and change. You will find yourself spreading this love, telling others how amazing they are and changing their world. This kind of love is contagious, and you will see how it ripples out into your world. Spending the time to power up means the world starts to power up – you are the change!!
Keep it Magic!