Our lives are shaped by our priorities. The things we put effort and energy into are what grow and flourish. We choose in every breath and in every moment where we put our time and resources. Where there is a lack, things wither and fade, like a plant void of sunlight and water.
Brigid is a Goddess of many faces and she is called by many names. In England, she was known as Brigantia, in Scotland she was the Maiden Bride, or Brede and in Ireland she was Brig or Brigid. Her name means "High One" or "Exalted One", a fitting name for one who was seen by so many as a Solar Goddess and the Goddess of the returning light.
Expectation is part of the human experience. To get excited or hopeful about something. To dream about how it will play out. To put faith in something yet un-manifested. Do these things always measure out 100% equal? No, of course not. However, expectation is not the enemy. Unrealistic expectation however is.
I've always been the type of person who puts energy and effort into what I want. If i desire it, you bet I'm going to go after it. If it's something that is worthwhile, I put my time, my energetic and financial resources into it. Makes sense right? That's what we've been taught; we get what we put in, go after what you want, early bird gets the worm.
The Winter Solstice beckons us deeper into the shadows. As the year draws to a close, we are called into the darkness, both in the external world as the days grow shorter, and within as we look towards all that was in the past year.
I've never been very good at arguments. My Aries heart flares passionately, my Virgo Moon screams "build up the walls", and my Libra rising coaxes me into talking it out, attempting to find a solution. Warrior, armed guard, and diplomat rolled into one. I get pulled in a million different directions all at once, my words falter and nothing makes any sense. It's usually a mess.
The Witch doesn't need acceptance in order to work her magic. In the wild solitude of nature and at the edges of the known she thrives. You cannot cast her out, for she is not completely of this world. She has one foot in the realm of the everlasting far beyond the realm of the living. With each ritual and spell she weaves her unfolding path.
Gaslighting at its center focus is emotional abuse that erodes the ability to make decisions, feel self esteem or self worth, feel confident or capable. It shifts the balance of power in a relationship to the one doing the gaslighting. This emotional manipulation can make you question your sanity.
Autumn is a time for celebrating abundance. Waves of amber grain flow freely in the fields awaiting harvest. Ripe fruit hangs heavy on tree branches. The hot Summer sunlight fades and the warm days turn cool as Fall creeps in. The days grow shorter and magic fills the air, spiced with the transformation that Autumn always brings.