Posted in Depression, Everyday Life, Hippie, Living Simply, Wicca

Hippie Wicca! Part II

75c8e6cc4b8e1108bfe2e86ab29a8b03Somebody left a comment on a past post the other day. The post was Hippie Wicca! from April. The comment led me to reread the post, which was basically the final post in a series of posts about losing my way spiritually, and what I went through to rediscover it.

I was thinking about that post this morning, early this morning about 2AM, which is just about the hour I usually wake up because of some nocturnal anxiety, and contemplate my lot in life. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I grabbed my iPad and read through Flipboard, which is my go-to news aggregator. As I read article after article about the sorry state of politics in the U.S., that post kept coming back into my mind.

It eventually dawned on me that I hadn’t taken Hippie Wicca far enough in my life. It’s true that I’ve settled into a hippie Wiccan mindset. I’ve been better at performing rituals, spells, and prayers. I’ve inched my way into some meditations, and I’ve resolved to learn tarot. I’ve become an earth husband at home, using homemade & green cleaning supplies. I make all my own body care products, I ditched liquid soap for bar soap, I have used only water to wash my face for the past year, and am in the horrid phase of water only hair washing.

I’m a happier person overall, but I’m still having anxiety & depression issues. That’s where I hope that more hippie will help. Politics has weighed heavily on me since Obama became President, with all the abuse he received. Now with Trump, that weight has grown dramatically on my mind. I read all the political articles, and I become incensed, and then I’m on to the next article. It’s a vicious cycle.

One of my grown children once imparted some advice to me. She doesn’t read much news, and it has helped lower her anxiety by leaps and bounds. It’s not that she isn’t aware of what’s happening in the world, she simply doesn’t seek it out, nor dwell on it.

So I started thinking about that this morning. She has a point. I’ve found myself reading articles and furiously writing comments, or ranting about them on Twitter or Facebook. I’m pretty sure more than 1/2 of my Facebook friends have stopped following me. And where has this gotten me? Waking up in 2AM panics, that’s where.

I made the decision that I’m going to unfollow most of my political accounts on Facebook & Twitter. I’m going to stay away from people who mostly rant about it constantly. My obsession with this, my hundreds of posts have done nothing but affect me negatively. You don’t change anyone’s mind, you simply shout out into the ether.

This will free up lots of time for me to increase my time meditating, learning tarot, reading all those books I’ve been meaning to get to, and just spending more time being a witch. It will also give me more time for family, and friends.

I’ve changed the world in small ways. I’ve driven less, used less, recycled, reused, and repurposed. I have enlightened others about this, and have some happy converts. Those hippie-like changes I’ve made, and continue to make, do 1000 times more good than all the ranting on social media and to anyone who will listen.

More hippie, more Wicca!

Thanks for reading, and Blessed Be!

Posted in Paganism, Spells, Wicca

Goodbye Politics, Hello Wicca

img_1490If you follow my Twitter account, you have a pretty good idea that I thought Donald Trump was totally unqualified to be President, preyed upon the fears, and unfortunately, the surprising hatred that still exists in this country. Since 2008, I’ve invested lots of hope, energy, and time, into following politics. There is no doubt that our country is in a much better place then it was when President Obama took office.

Secretary Clinton was not a perfect candidate. She made some mistakes, but she also devoted her entire adult life to public service. Donald Trump devoted his adult life to Donald Trump. He has absolutely no experience, and his contempt toward women, Muslims, Hispanics, the media, and virtually anybody who didn’t shout his praises is well documented.

I’m also disappointed that there is such a large segment of our country that looked past all that, and decided to throw the future of our country to the wind. There seems to be a racism and hatred in our country that runs far deeper than I ever imagined. So now, there are entire groups of people who fear what the future will bring them. Climate change will be left to worsen, as Trump is a denier. The chasm between the rich and the poor will continue to grow, and millions of people who were able to finally get health insurance, will again be at the mercy of the big insurance companies, who will again be lining the pockets of the GOP politicians. It just goes on and on.

So I’ve made a decision. While I will still have interests in the social causes, many of which I listed above, I will no longer devote my time and interest to politics. I may vote, maybe, but I’ll no longer have my emotions rise and fall with the bullshit of politicians. If millennials didn’t feel the need to vote to ensure their future, why should I?

The energy I devoted to politics will now be channeled into my Wiccan path. I plan on elevating my spirituality to an even greater importance in my life than it already has. I have fallen away from ritual and spells, and that will change. The energy and emotions I had toward politics will be funneled into magickal workings. The hours of reading about, writing about, and fretting about politics, will now be spent on bettering myself, and perhaps others through ritual and magick.

At times, politics caused me to doubt my spiritual path. My upset with the far right beliefs of GOP politicians, often to the detriment of most of society, often pushed me towards abandoning any religious belief, as a push-back towards their extremist beliefs. This wasn’t what I really wanted. It was simply a knee-jerk reaction. Now, with disregard for politics, I’m sure those days of doubt will be few and far between.

It’s not just the politicians, the media has played a role in this. Sensationalized articles, which apparently are necessary to draw readership, fueled my political fire. They also took a lot of my time away from those aforementioned rituals and magickal workings. Time spent away from all the rhetoric will no doubt be beneficial to my spiritual path.

I think I’ve grown towards cottage witchery because I didn’t have the time to devote to ceremony, ritual, and spells. I rationalized my move away from Wicca as an evolution to my path. In reality, it had just become inconvenient for me to pull myself away from my political outrage, and devote the time to my spirituality. So for me, the loss of interest in politics is my spiritual gain.

Thanks for reading, and Blessed Be!