Solar Eclipse: Self Care

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This information was originally posted to the Philautia private group, in response to two students who wanted to know what could be done in terms of self care for this quickly approaching solar eclipse.

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The energies of this time are (obviously) very BIG and heavy. There is a lot going on and a lot being asked of us at this time. We are being asked to rise up and meet these responsibilities.

  • Practical things to do at this time if you are an activist or sensitive person (or both) would be to examine your self care routine at this time.
  • Are your sleeping enough? Eating enough? Drinking enough water? Do you allow yourself to get easily overwhelmed by what’s going on? Remember to take breaks and take care of yourself–you can’t be truly helpful if you’re running on an empty tank!

Spiritual things to do at this time would be:

  • GROUNDING. Make sure you’re grounding yourself.
  • Cleansing yourself and your space is also great. I’ve been really into sage recently, for cleansing spaces.
  • A good self cleansing would be to get in the shower, stand under the spray, and with your eyes closed, envision all the impurities sliding off your spiritual body and flowing down the drain. I would suggest air drying after this cleansing, but depending upon your living situation/comfort with nudity, that may be difficult. Air dry if you can, or wrap yourself in a towel or robe and dry that way.
  • Cleanse those energy centers! There are tons of chakra cleansing guided meditations up on YouTube–take your pick. They range from 5 minutes to an hour, do whichever feels right for you.

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America is pretty much going through a time of shadow work right now. A lot of the ugly shit this country was built upon (and continues to benefit from) is coming to the surface. Shadow work and self care/love go hand in hand. Self care is needed after a bout of shadow work, and shadow work itself is basically a form of “tough” love–being honest about the hidden aspects of ourselves so we can either fully integrate them with love, or work to keep them under control.

  • Right now is a great time (for all us white people reading this) to be honest with ourselves about our complacency within this oppressive system and work on that, and also to think upon how we specifically can work on dismantling white supremacy and its effects.
  • Ask your guides/higher self/deities/divination method of choice (or really dig down and journal your thoughts out) about all this shit: How you’ve been complacent, but also how you specifically can be a help at this point.

The Hoodwitch has a great blog post further detailing the energies of this time that you can use to come up with your own ideas about what to do: http://www.thehoodwitch.com/…/the-hoodwitch-witch-tips

In summation: Keep yourself clean & grounded, be a help to yourself and others, and don’t lose hope!

((Also, I know the eclipse is big and exciting and all, but let’s not forget that we’re also going through Mercury retrograde. The Mercury Rx is in Virgo, so planning is a big, big thing you can do for yourself right now. Grab your planner [or start a bullet journal] and start getting things in order. Your future self will thank you for it!))

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SoSL: Down & Dirty Self Care Tips

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As the self proclaimed Realistic Mystic, I feel obligated to keep things 100% honest with y’all.

So I feel very comfortable saying that the popular self care tips that seem to circulate online aren’t for all of us. And they’re not for most of us all of the time. I know there’s a lot of you who follow this blog who have depression (like me). I know there’s at least one of you who has Lyme disease. I’m sure there’s many more of y’all who have mental/physical issues that zap your energy.

These tips are for y’all. Not all of these tips are going to work for all of you. That’s okay. Take what works for you, use the rest as a springboard to come up with ideas that will work for your situation.

This is my love letter to my fellow Spoonies out there. You deserve access to self love, too. You deserve the peace of mind knowing that you need to be able to survive before you can thrive, and that’s okay. I love you, and I believe in you. You’ve got this.

Now, onto the tips!

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SoSL: The Power of the Personal Myth

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The Summer of Self Love continues! Real quick, allow me to say Happy Leo Season! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that this is one of my favorite times of the year. I hope you all are well.

 

Stories Are Important

As a hillbilly, I know this to be truth. We’re a group of people with a long and rich history of participating in the oral tradition. Stories are how we teach the youngsters, it’s how we let others know our perspective–how we relate to and interact with the world around us.

Thankfully, academia also knows the power and importance of story telling to humanity as a whole.

 

Humans are inclined to see narratives where there are none because it can afford meaning to our lives, a form of existential problem-solving.  [x]

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SoSL: Links Round Up!

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And so it begins again, dear reader! The Summer of Self Love is back! To get things started, I thought I’d gather a list of links to articles I wrote this time last year, articles from other authors I’ve found useful, and a few products you may find helpful in your self care journey.

Let’s go!

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The 5 Elements of Self Care

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So we’ve covered the very basics of self care–what it is, why it’s important, how to know when we need it. I’ve even given you brief tips about how to start a self care practice by putting morning and night routines in place. But I understand even with those starting points, putting a self care routine in place can still be daunting.  What do you do to care for the self? Where do you even begin?

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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.

Freebies

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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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