Back to Basics
I have been thinking a lot about balance and simplifying and good habits for worship and other topics along those lines lately. I recently came across an article on Patheos called, Broke Ass Witchery, Part I, that discusses following a Pagan path and practicing your faith when you have financial constraints. She encourages Pagans on a budget not to let the perception that you ‘need’ fancy tools and supplies affect your faith or ability to practice.
I think we all know that; it’s been said often enough that the power is in the practitioner, and that the only thing you really ‘need’ to perform magic is intent. I’ve been meditating on this idea, and considering the thought that I may be too wrapped up in the trappings of my practice and not focused enough on the acts and practices themselves.
Obviously, yes, this is not something that anyone other than I can judge, and when I really give it thought, I know that’s not the case. I am not big on showy displays of magic – I keep my altar in my room, hidden from ‘public’ view, and though I use herbs and other tools during Ritual and for healing, I don’t use them on a day-to-day basis. In my previous post, I mentioned small things that I do on a daily basis that keep me grounded, so I don’t think that I am being materialistic in my practice. What I am talking about is more of an inward attachment. I am a ‘nest-er’. I like having a little bit of controlled chaos around me while I work. When I am creating art, it looks like a craft bomb exploded – paint, paper scraps, glue, glitter, brushes, scissors, staplers, stamps, inks – I have something on every surface and usually trailing onto the floor as well. But at the end of it, my creativity is fed, and I can put things back into their proper places and enjoy the serenity of cleanliness until the creative monster needs to be fed again.
In my practice, this manifests during Ritual, especially. Since my day to day habits are relatively low-key, I feel the need to really delve deep into the ‘showiness’ of Ritual. But over the past few months, with my Circle group on hiatus, we haven’t had that outlet. My Ritual Observances have been, by necessity, Solitary. I mentioned it before – this isn’t unfamiliar territory, and it’s been nice to get ‘back to basics’, but after getting used to more involved group Ritual, it feels like something is lacking.
Reading that article has made me start considering these feelings in a new light – namely, stripping back the ‘show’ (even if it’s for a private audience) and focusing on myself and the connection I feel to the Universe. This time between Samhain and Yule is a good time to focus inward. I’ve always felt that this time of year is a time of reflection and consideration on the past year and how I can make changes that better reflect the path I want to walk. Over the next few months, I’m going to work on that.