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Day of L O V E; Romantic or not.

As I'm sat writing this, it's the morning of #ValentinesDay. For the second year running, I'm single but I can honestly say it doesn't matter

Valentines Day seems to split people 1 of 3 ways - they either absolutely love it and go all out, they hate it and take joy in bashing those who love it, or they just completely ignore it. I'd say I'm definitely in the first category. I love it and everything it represents.

5 Magickal Self-care Habits

I think everyone can agree that self care is important. Some days you need it more than others, some days curling up in your covers and mindlessly floating though a series on Netflix or spending hours drawing is just what you need to do to rest and reset. I myself know this all too well, with dips and spikes in my mental health being ever present (especially over the darker, colder months). It's vital to make sure that you're taking time for yourself.

This counts for witches, too. 

Sometimes we get lost amidst day-to-day routines and piles of work, we misplace our spiritual habits and it really can cause a shift in surrounding energies. Although witchcraft may not be something you practice 24/7, it can be helpful to remember to realign yourself every once in a while. Or perhaps you're not that into witchcraft as a whole, but you'd like a little more magick in your daily life?

These tips may clash with things you already do as part of your self-care and that's great, it makes it easier for you. But some of them may be passing habits that you've forgotten to pick up for a while. So here's my top-5 magick infusing practices for self-care:

This may seem really obvious, but a lot of us often get so tied down with work that we forget to take notice of the outside world and the simplest changes of the seasons. I know I have often (especially recently) locked myself up in my house or my university library and completely neglected the benefits of simply getting a breath of fresh air. If you can, try to take regular breaks to go outside - sit on the doorstep in the morning and have a cup of tea, or take that slightly longer route to walk through a park on your way home. I like to go for a walk through the local park with my camera, usually turning my phone off (or just the notifications) while I'm there. It's amazing, the things you can spot when you're giving your attention to the way the trees whisper to each other, or the animals that're scurrying around the bushes.

I have a couple of stones in particular that I cycle through when it comes to carrying them on my person - it can sometimes depend on what I'm doing during the day or perhaps just how I'm feeling at that moment in time, sometimes even just a crystal that calls to me in that instance. Carrying the gems with you will help them bond closer with your energies and help amplify certain qualities and feelings depending on their properties. Try wearing one as a piece of jewellery or keep it inside a little pouch in your bag.

Tarot can be interpreted differently for everyone; whether it's for predictive purposes or meditative readings to open your mind to current situations within your life. For whatever reason, if you're drawn to the tarot deck, make it a regular habit to connect with them. It can be a simple single card pick or a complex draw, letting yourself open up and truly think about what the cards are showing you can be really beneficial to your well-being.

Again, this might seem fairly obvious as we all get baths and showers at some point. But to make it a little magickal, try running yourself a ritual bath with a purpose. You can use it for almost anything; cleansing negative energies, aiding relaxation or even to help with sleep. The way I like to do it is to simply run the bath as usual, but add some salts and flower petals/herbs in as it's running, each depending on the type of spell/ritual I'm aiming for. I'll also place several crystals around the outside and a candle or two, too. You can also cast a circle, call on your preferred deities or work with a spoken spell if you'd wish.

This is definitely one I've struggled with recently, and it's to keep up with reading and learning, experimenting with new paths and interests. This helps you to not only understand new things, but switch off from the outside world for a while and submerse yourself in your Craft. I tend to get my witchcraft (and related) books as gifts for my birthday and Christmas as I know they can be quite expensive. But I've also found that The Works are stocking some amazing little books for between £2-£5 to get you started, including one on Sacred Crystals and one on Meditation. Of course, you don't have to spend a lot of money to learn (unless, like me, you like to keep the physical books for reference). All you need to do is pick a topic that interests you (eg, the star signs, herbs, crystals) and just google it! There are plenty of wonderful websites and resources online, as well as a bunch of amazing bloggers who talk about it, too. If you want to make notes or journal about the things you're learning, you could consider creating a Book of Shadows/Grimoire to relate back to when you need it.

I know for me it can be difficult to do to so many things around a busy schedule, so picking even just once and sticking with it until it's ingrained into the routine can be helpful for spiritual growth. The Craft doesn't have to be a terribly long-winded part of your life that exhausts energy. It should be something you look forward to and enjoy as part of your self-care routine.

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A Lesson, A Gratitude Log, A New Beginning; 2017 to 2018.

Twenty-seventeen was a strange year. The more I look back, the more I realise that.

It featured the loss and gain of all kinds of relationships, the struggles followed by upward climb in my own mental health, dips in my university progress, grief, a whole heap of inspiration and motivation along with some incredibly strong realisations of how valuable self-love and self-appreciation really is.

Amongst all of the madness, it has taught me a few lessons and given me a lot of positive points to reflect on, too.

Over our lifespan, we meet an amazing an amount of people. Some people you'll click with so easily, they'll make your anxiety go away and you'll feel almost at home when you're with them. Others might push you out of your comfort zone and make you reach for your wildest dreams. Then there's the kind of friends that, although you don't see them all the time - they could be a million miles away - when you're together it's like you've never been apart. In all walks of life, friendships are important - find the ones that fill your soul and keep hold of them as best you can.

With the up and downs of my university degree last year, I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to restart my final year, but I was also able to take those few months to pursue other passions, too. I managed to travel to a fair few new parts of the UK, staying with friends and exploring new sights. I was able to pick up my self employment as a pet sitter and build up some amazing client relationships. I started planning ahead for 2018, Luminoire and the other projects I want to be apart of and I became ever so overwhelmed in the prospect and realisation that you can do literally anything you want to in this life, if you just take the time and put in a little effort to move towards your goals.

Mental health is becoming ever more the topic of discussion and we see the taboo fading slowly, but there is still this pressure to be happy and hide behind closed doors. But this year taught me that I honestly don't care for hiding anymore. While I may not spout my messy mind all over the internet each and every day, I'm not opposed to showing my feelings, either.

Whether that's knowing it's okay to have down time and it's okay to feel low. Or whether it's not being afraid to show people how I feel in ways other than MH. Life is too short to hold back. It's better to reach out, tell people that you miss them or that you love them. It's okay to cry at the concert or laugh and dance in the pub. Embracing the sensitivity and letting your emotions show should never be a restriction.

And along the lines of life being short, last year taught me that it's important to live in each moment and do the things that make you happy and fulfil you.

Several times throughout the year, I was left thinking why I'm doing the things I'm doing and why I'm on the path I'm following. Speaking with my good friend Luke about his project on Purpose started me off on the motivation to chase my passions and the projects I want to be doing.

You don't need to be surrounded by the same mundane schedules if that isn't how you work best. You don't have to waste your time in unnecessary dramas and lifestyles that don't satisfy how you want to be.

This year allowed me to remember how important it is to follow your own path, regardless of what the people around you think or feel about it. 

I leave 2017 behind with a spring in my step and the motivation for the year ahead. The past 18 or so months have been filled with emotion, raw self-growth and gratitude for the world around me. While I might not have a clear plan for my future, I know that the year ahead is my year. Our year

It's the year to surround yourself with the best people, radiate in positivity and continue to explore your own truth. It is the year to rekindle creativity, fall headfirst back into spirituality and embrace the moments that come at you. 

2018: the year of experiences, memories and passion.

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Mindful Musings | A Catch-up, Christmas Is Coming

Hey there, wild souls. It's been a little while since I've written on here - how have we all been?

For me, the last few months have been a rather chaotic mix of amazing, terrifying and completely inspiring, all at once. I've been through a lot of rather personal life moments - from a change in friendships, to a roller-coaster in terms of my own body and mind (more to come on that later this month). I've almost finished my first semester at university and I'm so proud of the projects I'm working on for that and elsewhere, too.

But in amongst all of the madness, Halloween came in and slipped away from me - something I was insanely upset about (I was only briefly able to celebrate Samhain, I intended to write a blog post but it was all too late by the time I had a moment to sit and gather my thoughts) - and now Christmas is coming, too. 

Oh where the Craft would take me (UK)

Finding myself more immersed in my Wiccan studies as of late, I've been fascinated in learning about influential places, sites and grounds that hold a connection for Witches alike. Keeping it to the UK, this list is just a couple of the places I've noticed and become somewhat drawn to - A bucket list for my spiritual travels.

Photo of the Stonehenge circle, found from this lovely Pinterest post

1. Stonehenge.

Getting the really obvious one out of the way first: Stonehenge is a famous heritage site and with wiccans, druids, travellers and the like gathering at almost every Sabbat, it's fairly common knowledge as one of the most iconic spiritual grounds in the UK. Built up of towering stones, origins entirely unknown (though many have speculated), the monument is one of the most visit places in the UK for witches to enjoy the solstice celebrations and moon phases.