Let’s be honest, last year wasn’t great for many people for many reasons but we all know the impact Covid had on us and our lives, of which I won’t go into here. Instead, I wanted to share with you all some simple ways you can kick off the new year. I’m not one for new years resolutions but there is nothing wrong with having achievable goals to help you make the most of the year ahead and I think having goals is a good thing when it comes to your own witchcraft.
Before I get down into the nitty gritty, I’m just going to say that there’s been no one incident that has prompted this post, but rather a series of personal experiences and recent observances from the wider world that got me thinking. You see, quite recently I think there’s been a trend of people expecting that we should just take their shit.
The issue of gate keeping often arises in witchcraft circles – people telling other people what makes a true witch or rather what doesn’t . Sometimes the advice is well meaning though unsolicited and often patronising, whilst other times it is pure snobbishness. Sometimes it arises as a defence mechanism from those who have experienced some sort of trauma or negative treatment, either because of their own practice or at the hands of those who would appropriate and exploit it
Most people with even just a passing interest in occultism and magick will have heard the phrase ‘as above so below’ at some point. Sounds poetic doesn’t it? But there is a truth in this and the other hermetic principles, though as the Wheel of the year turns towards Samhain, it is this principle we will discuss in relation to ancestor worship, spirit work and the axis mundi.
I adore Samhain as well but for me the whole month of October is when I begin to feel more closely attuned to the spirit world. Perhaps this owes itself to the fact that in my small part of the world October is the month where the dying back of plant life begins in earnest, migratory animals have long gone or have arrived whilst native species prepare for the long winter ahead and and the nights are noticeably longer and colder.