Many modern witches struggle with practicing their craft while they maintain their everyday responsibilities. Magic and faith fall behind keeping food on the table.
There is no shame in putting your practices on hold to focus on work and family, but when you are ready to pick it back up how do you get back in the groove?
After a move to another state I have struggled with picking up my craft again. Magic and witchcraft demand a place in my life. I can feel when not following my path starts to affect me and i'm definitely not the only one.
There are a few way great ways to reconnect to your craft!
Things like a (re)dedication ceremony, where you interact with your deities in your own space and let them know you are serious about your path and serious about your spiritual growth, and your renew your commitment to them. This type of ritual is becoming more popular with witches as they look for a way to deepen their connection with universe/Goddess etc..
Here is a link to a wonderful Dedication ceremony from Fellow witch Moonwater: https://goddesshasyourback.com/2014/11/28/simple-wiccan-dedication-ritual/
Setting up an alter space is also a great way to connect to your magical self. Many witches find meditation a very helpful to connect to their higher self.
This path will alway encourage you to grow and change. Your higher self will always welcome change, but the universe will always force change and bouncing back from that to a place where your magic can flourish can be a struggle but with an open heart and a calling for something bigger then yourself you can find your way back to your magical path!
- Neena Patrick of Silfren Circle
Like many urban witches living in large metropolitan areas, I have had the opportunity to practice my craft with many different kinds of people and groups.
Finding others who have the same expectations for what a group should be and how it should operate can be tough and many times I walked away from these groups feeling more alone then I had when I got there.
Many witches and other magic makers are already practicing their religion and/or craft in secret because of long held prejudices, so searching for other people to connect with is a big deal to many of us. Even solarity practitioners occasionally seek the knowledge and advice of their fellow witches. Places like Facebook and Instagram have made it easier to connect with witches all over the world, but even these places are sometimes filled with judgement.
There was so much left to be desired for me, that in late 2018 I decided to start a group of my own.
After so much networking and so much searching I finally had a small group of women whose ages, ideas and priorities aligned with mine. Many of us are in late 20s to early 30s, most of us are 420 friendly ( Also please remember that I live in a state where Cannabis is legal) and many of us are on a path of spiritual growth.
When it came to decide to name my little group I racked by brain on what I should call it!
Calling it a Coven seemed to formal and like I don't care for the rigid rules that come along with being in most covens. I wanted a place where women could come and be themselves and practice their path in a safe space. The term coven to me is a formal group of people who come together for the expressed purpose of practicing magic, who follow a list of rules set forth by their coven founders (or elders) . This isn't what we do. We do not practice magic or witchcraft as a group. We bring witches together to learn, confide and enjoy the chance to be themselves around people who understand them.
I struggled with what to call this little group that I had poured my heart into! I finally decided on just calling it a meet up. It gave me the change to play fast and loose with how I wanted the group to be structured. Really, what I came to understand is that groups like this are so important to other women that it didn't matter what it was called as long as I was realising my goal of bringing women together!
The Universe has sparked a need in me to educate those who are interested in nature and magic and this in-person and accompanying online presence allows me to help fulfill my soul's purpose.
So while the term coven may be a little much for me, I know that by bringing different kinds of women together we are creating magic just by being together and supporting one another!
Author: Neena Patrick of Silfren Circle