The Magick Lessons I Offer (That Someday I Will Remember)

The Magick Lessons I Offer (That Someday I Will Remember) April 1, 2022

Sometimes lessons about magick and life come as offhanded remarks to myself.

Are you living what you’re leading?

Lyrical, yes. Ouchy, also yes.

This isn’t to say that I think everyone should be or will be able to follow their own advice — or anyone’s advice — all the time.

And I’ve had a lot of time lately spent feeling out of sorts. Out of alignment.

So I started to chat with folks and said things that I’ve said to others hundreds of times.

Only to have the delightful moment of…oh. I could do that.

No shame invited here. Just realizations.

Here are some things that might be helpful to you. Maybe to hear for the first or hundredth time.

 

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Taking My Own Damn Advice

Being a human is hard. We go back to the things that are familiar and comfortable Combine that with the innate desire to avoid pain and discomfort, and it’s a recipe for falling back into old patterns.

For myself, my patterns look like avoidance and worry. I will zone out with media or loop around my worries to make myself feel better about doing things. Or I will overschedule myself. Or I will drop myself right into someone else’s problems and make them my priority.

Witch, return to yourself and to your life.

  • Take time for yourself – I know I’ve said this so very many times in my blog, but I’ll say it again. If I don’t take time for myself, I become a grumpy bear and a less effective magick maker. I need to come back to myself again and again to know who I am, who I am becoming, and what I truly need or have the capacity to do.
  • Listen to your body – When I take time for myself, I remember that my body needs stuff too. It needs regular meals, water, less coffee (!), and sleep. It also needs time outside and stretching. And as I get older, it requires more attention and shifts in behavior, even if it was okay just a few days ago. I now sit with my body and ask it what it wants from me. And I try not to get sarcastic about it too much.
  • Follow your joy – I have learned I am a person who skews to sad and melancholy. It’s romantic and deep and intense. But it’s also where I can get stuck and forget that there is joy too. Find times to play and to do things without any attention to productivity or output. Lay in the grass. Swing.

It’s not all about improving my magick or being a ‘better’ (whatever that means) Witch. This is about paying attention. I have a lot of the answers already because I have done the work and I have been in these hard, strange places before.

And while I continue to have hope about the future, when I am in these spots of ugh, I can show myself the way through. I hope you can too.

(Or if you want help, let me know. I’m happy to support as I can.)

 

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About Irisanya Moon
I’m a Witch. I’m a writer. I’m a priestess, teacher, feminist, and initiate in the Reclaiming tradition, as well as death doula. I serve the godds, my community, and the Earth. I’ve called myself a Witch for more than 20 years, and my life has been infused with magick. I am interested in shifting stories – the ones we tell ourselves and the ones that are told about us. I’m continuously inspired to engage as the storyteller and the story, the words and the spaces between. I am a devotee of Aphrodite, Hecate, the Norns, and Iris. I seek to find love and to inspire love by reminding us we are not alone, while also meeting myself at the crossroads, holding the threads of life, and bringing down messages from the godds. (I've also written some books. You can get them at my website.) You can read more about the author here.

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