The Benefits of a Fluid Witchcraft Practice
I want to talk to you about inconsistency in terms of your witchcraft practice. This includes moodiness and spontaneity, but the kind of inconsistency I’m really talking about is the opposition to routine.
And what is routine at it’s core? A consistent set of patterns.
If your routine is influenced by what’s going on in your life’s at any given moment, you may have a hard time keeping up with your witchcraft practice.
Maybe it’s your level of stress, your social interactions, whether you’re getting enough sleep. Whatever it is, when something comes up, it disrupts your witchcraft practice and may leave you feeling helpless or out of control.
And if you’re an all or nothing type of person, you may find it frustrating when you get thrown off track with witchcraft. You may be going through periods of practicing all the time, and then not at all.
The outside world, may be telling you that you have to be consistent in all areas of your life to succeed. And in some cases this is probably true.
Your should probably show up for work consistently.
If you don’t brush your teeth consistently (twice a day, every day) you’ll have tooth issues.
Your relationships requires consistency, you can’t be with someone constantly for a week and then disappear the next without any contact and expect people to understand.
But I’m here to tell you that being an inconsistent with your practice does not make you a bad witch.
In fact, there is no such thing as a bad witch. I’m gonna say that one again…
There’s no such thing as a bad witch.
Online we see instawitches who seem to be doing magic constantly, we read blog posts about how to practice regularly and squeeze ritual into our hectic lives.
I know that it can be a struggle.
You probably have a picture perfect vision of what your witchcraft practice looks like collaged into your mind, and when you don’t see it in your reality, it can be disheartening.
But life is crazy sometimes. We have to balance health issues, jobs, kids and pets, a social life, partners, and more.
That’s a lot!
It’s not surprising that you would be overwhelmed, especially when you want to add your dream witchcraft aesthetic on the top of the pile you’re already carrying.
Give Yourself a Break.
That’s right, I am giving you permission to take a break when you need to.
You won’t forget what you know, you won’t be going backward, you won’t even be arrested by the witchcraft police. In fact, it’s probably a step forward.
When you force something that there just is not time to do, you won’t enjoy it, you probably won’t benefit from it, and you give your brain a chance to absorb and reflect on the information it has.
If you want to perform a spell but just can’t seem to fit it in between the end of work and the start of taking kids to their activities, it’s ok.
If you forgot the full moon and you are already snuggled in bed with your sweetheart, who cares! It’s still mostly full tomorrow and it happens every month.
Take the time you need, if you need a break.
Do rush magick if you have the energy and the time, but don’t force it.
Prioritize Yourself and What You Need
If right now, it’s not witchcraft, it’s okay to let that part of your life slide. Witchcraft is supposed to enhance your life.
Most people come to witchcraft in an effort to gain control over their circumstances, to claim their personal power, and to connect with themselves and the world around the. It’s supposed to give you an escape for your list of stressful obligations.
If practicing witchcraft is adding to your stress, it is still worth it?
If you find yourself mentally berating yourself because you missed a chance for a ritual, is it enhancing your life?
I don’t think so.
Besides, even if you did force yourself to tap into your personal power and cast that spell, do you think you’ll be happy with the outcome?
Your stressed out, exhausted self is not in the right head space to achieve the results you desire.
Witchcraft is not an obligation to tack onto your to-do list. It’s not something you grit your teeth and bare. It’s about connection, and being the master of your destiny.
Sometimes the best way to care for yourself is to take a nap instead of meditating. It’s to spend time playing with your kids instead of dressing and lighting a candle. It’s the ability to tune into yourself and listen to your body and mind.
Sometimes doing these things can be more powerful for your energetic and spiritual life than half-assing your ritual or spell.
This is why I always talk to you all about seeing the magic in the everyday moments. The wishing a good day to someone, the cooking a meal, the healing touch of a hug.
Witchcraft is Mutable
It ebbs and flows with the seasons of your life. It changes to meet your desires. Just like the natural world takes time to rest in the winter, your witchcraft must rest when circumstances are too rough for it to survive.
So, when it feels good and it enhances your wellbeing, practice. When it feels hard and you feel low vibe, rest.
If it feels right to practice every day for a week and then nothing the next, wonderful!
If you find you have a ton of time for witchcraft one month but the next you have a big work project, or you need to help your kids with the school play, or your pet gets sick and you need to take care of them, that’s ok!
Do what you need to do, in the time you have with what you are capable of.
There may be times in your life when you are all witch all the time, then several months go by when you don’t magick at all. When you are tending to those mundane things in your life, you are still a witch. You are just on sabbatical, giving yourself the space and freedom to build your life.
Let go of the need to push and work in all areas of your life, all the time. Make space for fluidity in you craft and in your life.
So long as you keep yourself aligned with the vision you hold for you life and make choices based on what best serves you, you will always be on the right path.
And, when you give your practice some space, you might be surprised by how it has changed in your time apart.
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Now it’s your turn!
What does your ideal witchcraft practice look like? How does this fit into your day to day life? Is there something in your practice you can let go of when your daily life gets hectic? Is there something in your daily life that is less important to you than your witchcraft practice?