Hey y’all, Howdy and Merry Meet!
Thank you for joining me again. Half of 2019 is almost gone. Read that again.. Half a year gone. How many spells have you cast, how many candles lit? If you’re like me, a daily witch, you have NO idea. Especially if you are a professional rootworker or you have people you care for that just need some spiritual help? As witches, we have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips and intuitively. As a rootworker, I believe in the balance of rootwork, meaning that I work with both hands. There is no blessing without the hex or curse. However, there are some types of spells or work that I am more inclined to do. It’s my comfort zone. That is mostly true of many witches I know. You might see them term themselves as a Chaos Witch, a Love Witch or a Healing Witch. Just as you find an ENT doctor or a Cardiologist.
Having a speciality is natural, it multiplies our strength; but when is it time to call in another professional? Witches are feeling beings, we want to help others and having this sensitivity and knowledge at our fingertips can lead many of us to try to do it all.
Yes, we have the knowledge and more than likely a whole botanica in our closet, but is doing the work going to get it done? Will it be successful? Are we too close to it?
Case in point, as many of my followers know, I had a very sick family member that I was using every bit of my energy to heal. Meanwhile I had a situation that was getting out of control that needed some left handed work thrown at it. I was at a crossroads, pun not intended. Do I seek help or try to do it all myself? I chose to call in another professional, Papa Bone13 on Instagram.
He is a rootworker that I have spoken to frequently. I knew his work and felt confident that he would be thorough. He could do what I needed to get done without me getting my hands dirty AND he wasn’t so close to the situation that the energy was scattered.
Years ago, I might have gone down that road of self-doubt but I know what a psychic drain feels like. It’s when you just don’t have the energy to do anything but sleep. It’s not a physical tired like you’ve been working out. I liken it to someone cutting off the tip of my index finger and all the energy pouring out on the floor.
The outcomes? My work was highly successful and what I “outsourced” is moving along faster than I had expected.
We, as Rootworkers or Witches, have the human and spiritual resources in each other to improve our lives and our craft. This is why communities like Silfren Circle are vital.
- OshunsLight of Silfen Circle
Hello, Hi, Merry Meet and What’s up!
Thank you and Welcome to my page. As I was mulling over what my first Siren Circle article should be I couldn’t help but notice how my IG DMs were filled with Witches who were, like me, living with depression. Although I have posted about it on IG, it struck me as a “this is the time” to speak a little more in depth about it.
Depression is defined as “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.” by the Mayo Clinic. I call it a real pain in my ass that’s been kicking around for more than a decade. Perhaps longer but it’s been that long since I have been successfully medicated. Despite my day job in mental health and wellness with a few letters after my name, I didn’t seek help immediately. Why? The stigma of it all. But now, that stigma is rapidly disappearing and there are many that are seeking medical assistance.
I think we all know that a little pill can only do so much, the rest of my journey to wellness is definitely being a proud Witch and Rootworker. While the rest of the world believes that Witches are only black cats and caldrons, we know that The Craft is a part of our everyday lives. Little rituals and connection to the Power within us and without drives us almost unknowingly. I BELIEVE that this holistic approach to life helps with depression and anxiety. What follows if how I have taken steps to improve my life through witchcraft and medication.
This information is not to take the place of the advice/treatment of a medical professional.
Witchcraft/Rootwork is FULL of rituals. Whether it’s infusing your morning coffee with the day’s intention or full blown evening meditation and yoga; we know that these practices bring calm into our sacred space. Hell, even psychologists know this. They say that rituals that are actions and behaviors create meaning and bring connection between people and the universe or higher beings. It gives meaning to our days, allows us a way to bring in or let go of things and to have a deeper meaning to events in our lives. DUH.. we’ve been doing that for EONs.. thanks for finally catching up!
But what rituals can you bring into your life, as a witch? I’m sure you already have things that are a part of your life and for those moments you have a calm place. Off the top of my head I:
I can’t say how important it is for us to watch what we put in our bodies. There are many herbs and teas that we can use to lighten the mood. Back to rituals, making a cup of tea, can bring needed stress relief and the heat of the beverage forces you to drink slowly. This would be a great time to browse through some Siren Circle articles, plan your next spell or flip through your grimoire with a cup of Lavender, Lemon Balm, Chamomile tea or even Green tea.
Raise your hand if you have a witchy wardrobe with enough crystals to blind the man in the moon. Yep, that’s most of us. I was never into crystals but gave it a try as my day job became over the top with stress. On a whim, I wandered into a shop specializing in crystals and viola! I will have to say, holding a crystal in my hands, or in my bra, does do the trick. Some of the ones that seem to really help me are:
A suggestion for assistance through rootwork would be to purchase a 13 Herb bath. It is said to be for removing hexes, jinxes, and washing away negativity. Most directions ask that you boil the herbs, strain them and pour them into your bath. Traditionally, you would light white candles on either side of the tup and step through their light into the tub.
Once you are done, take a bowl of the bath water and throw it into the direction of the sunset, releasing the negativity into the sunset. Turn and don’t look back at it. Make sure that you read the ingredients that are in the wash to make sure you’re not allergic but most include: hyssop, agrimony, angelica, patchouli, peppermint, verbena, and rosemary.
If you are more of a candle, element of fire, type of witch; consider lighting a candle to St. Dymphna. She is the patron saint of those with anxiety and various mental conditions.
I hope that my article gave you inspiration to research how you can heal yourself with the help of a therapist, counselor or physician.
Author: OshunsLight of Silfren Circle
I am a Grey/Electic Witch and Rootworker. A native Texan, my path has been a varied one with more than 25 years of study in psychology, counseling and religion. I have been a practicing Witch for more than a decade but am always seeking to learn from other traditions. In the mundane, I am an educational leader and former counselor; mom of one, only child and partner to a man who loves the witch in me.