Self Care 101

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I talk a lot about self care both in casual conversation and across my different social media platforms. I encourage friends and family members to work on their self care practice, and I even hosted an e-course last year, detailing how to begin the process of self care. But I don’t think I’ve ever really gone into much detail on the blog about self care. So let’s rectify that right now.

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Freebies Galore!

Can you say ‘galore’ when the freebies number two? I’m not sure. But whatever–free shit! Things you don’t have to pay for! Hell yeah!

Why?

Because it’s nearly Halloween, and Halloween gets me hella pumped about life and witchcraft and all that good shit. It makes me feel especially generous, and so you reap the benefits of that. Cool? Cool.

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This one does exactly as it says on the tin. Er…graphic. My most popular blog posts are, by far, the ones dealing with using astrology to help with shadow work. Y’all have spoken, and I have heard: MORE! So enjoy this free PDF download to help you get jump started.

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(Psst! Want more freebies like the one above? Sign up to my newsletter to join a growing community of Shadownauts and get your hands on the upcoming sequel to this PDF all about the Houses. Coming soon!)

(Notice: #SC4SW has ended, but will be back in 2017)

And what goes hand-in-hand with shadow work? Self care! Learn about my new, free, 3 week e-course, #SelfCare4SpiritWorkers by clicking on the graphic below!

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Happy almost-Halloween, y’all!

Got a suggestion for a blog post or freebie you’d like me to write? Drop it in a comment below–I love to share with you, but I need to know what it is you want to hear. Don’t be shy!

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Deprogramming: Affirmations

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So, if you’re like me, you’ve spent most of your life thinking affirmations are stupid and pointless.

Blunt, I know, but I also know that I can’t be alone in that. I really did not see the point of them. I saw people who were affirmation-happy as not really doing or accomplishing anything. I viewed them basically as a new-age-y placebos.

And then 2016 happened.

I don’t know what it is about this year. 2016 for me has been the year of The Hanged Man. I’ve been going back on so many of my “I will never!”s. Not things centered in morality, just things I either never connected with or found value in.

I decided to give gems/crystals a shot. I’m writing my own affirmations. The world is upside down.

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SoSL: Empowerment Ritual

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Happy Friday, y’all! How have you been this week? I hope you’re well. I’m doing alright. Most I can really complain about is the fact I lost my one fucking piece of amethyst and I’m kinda pissed about it. I know that’s the only thing I can really complain about because it just keeps returning to my mind when not dealing with actual problems or things that really matter.

Hopefully I find it soon. I really can’t figure out where it could have gone.

Anyway…On to the first post of this year’s admittedly truncated Summer of Self-Love!

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On Urban Witchcraft & Hot Pockets

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I tell ya, I am just the best at titling blog posts.

“Urban Witchcraft & Hot Pockets” is the boiled down version of the topics covered here. Because I thought “Human Hubris & Spiritual Diets” sounded too boring.

This is gonna be a short one, so let’s hop right into it:

On Urban Witchcraft

Travel back in time with me for a moment, would you? The year is year is 2004 and I’m a baby pagan/witch living in Eastern Kentucky. My spiritual and craft practices consist of me taking walks through the woods surrounding my house, sometimes up to the very old cemetery on the hill behind my house (seriously, where I lived in high school was prime witching location, in the most stereotypical sense). I would burn cinnamon from the pantry as my only incense (that smell still screams witchcraft to me), and sneak out of my room at night to commune with nature and summon things while surrounded by it.

Add that to the fact that most of the books I was working with where standard issue Llewellyn books, and it’s no surprise that much of what I was exposed to and absorbed in regards to what witchcraft and paganism is and how it’s done was very, very nature based.

So it’s no wonder the concept of urban witchcraft threw me for a loop when I first heard of it. How can you witch without nature?! I didn’t give it much thought because I didn’t live in a big city. Even after my family and I moved back to Florida from Kentucky, I opted not to research it or even really think about it because while we were no longer living in the woods, we weren’t in a big city. So fuck it, right?

Cut to now, when I’ll be moving (at some point) to a city. I’ve had to think about how to pagan and how to witch in the middle of a concrete jungle a lot more lately.

And it’s not that I’m unwilling to do the whole pagan-witch thing sans nature. It’s just that it can be really hard to reframe something when you’ve always viewed it (for whatever reason) in a certain way.

But then I figured it out.

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