I was lamenting to a friend a few days ago that I had had very little time over the last week for doing something “witchy” for myself due to having to spend most of the week working on paperwork for my disabled son’s transition from children’s into adult services. It’s a worrying time with budget cuts to vital services all over the place and he needs a lot of physical support to be able to live his life the way he wants to. It was important to me that it was right and so I spent hours of my time ensuring that the information they had included everything it possibly could and spelled out his wants and needs explicitly.
She immediately turned to me and said “what do you mean nothing witchy? Sounds to me like that’s all you’ve done all week!” Of course, my first reaction was to argue that I’d spent all week in front of my laptop and that clearly wasn’t witchy! After some contemplation, I realised that she was of course totally right.
My activities didn’t feel very witchy because they didn’t involve a ritual that I recognised in my head as such. I hadn’t set my space, lit any candles, used any tools that I associate with that kind of work or intentionally brought my focus in to work with the energy intended. Working on my laptop is what I do most days and I automatically associate it with getting jobs done, earning a wage and being productive in some way. What my brain didn’t do this week is associate it with magic or healing, yet really it absolutely should have.
What I had done was the other part of witchcraft that lots of people forget to acknowledge. The hard work part. The bit where you have set your intention, worked your spell and then followed it up with the necessary work to ensure that it has the desired effect. I had spent all week making sure that we had the best chance of my son’s needs being recognised, understood and met as he moves onto the next part of his life where I won’t be able to fight and advocate for him as much as I always have done. I had spent my week living and being my magic out in the world rather than tucked away in my healing room and I hadn’t been able to see it through the focus and energy that I had put into it.
I’m grateful for the reminder that not all magic is candles, incense and focused circle work. Most of the time, its about realising that we live it each and every day. We ARE magic and everything we do is magic at work whether that’s working in circle or putting our energy into logistics and physical activity to make our wishes come true.
I’ll no doubt need reminding again when I get insanely focused on something that’s important to me and the weight it brings but for now I’m glad to have remembered that no matter what my week consists of, I am a living witch being the best I can be and working my ass off at the hardest part of magical work.
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