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#30DaysMagicalRoots Day 5: Energy Work

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Start out rubbing your hands together, and then once they are warm, hold your hands about six inches apart. Push them together and then pull them apart and feel the energy build between your palms. Practice making the space larger and feeling the energy filling the empty space. Do this every day after your breath-work. See how large you can make the energy form. What shapes does it take? How does it feel? Any colors? Sensations? Smells? Make it your own! After you are done, press your hands to your chest and let the energy sink into your heart chakra.

The above is my go-to energy work prep exercise, and has been for years. It’s a nifty little trick, and with enough practice you actually can make the “energetic ball” as large as you want and shape it into practically anything you like, but I usually keep mine as a sphere and change the color/temperature/scent depending as the situation calls for it. It’s also great for charging items such as prayer beads (now you know part of my secret), Tarot cards, and sundry other magical tools.

Today for the challenge, I decided to use the exercise to make a giant energetic sphere and then just let it expand into whatever it wanted to be. It turned into a giant pink bubble, and was actually bubble gum-scented to boot. Which I guess makes sense, since Glinda the Good Witch of the North (famous for her pink bubble mode of transportation) was my baby witchhood role model. (And here you thought I called my blog and Etsy shop The Wytch of the North because of the Norse deities. NOPE.)

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30 Day Magical Roots Challenge – Day 4

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Photo by Camille / Kmile on Unsplash

This challenge was designed by Plentiful Earth, and is intended to help you revisit your magical roots–or, if you are new to the Craft, set them down to begin with. You can do the challenge privately, or you can post about your progress on social media. Personally, I am posting about the challenge here on my blog, and also on my Instagram account. If you’d like to play along, you can find the prompts here.

Day 4: Intentions

Set your intention for this challenge. What do you hope to get out of it? Our intentions are so important when it comes to magic. You must have a clear vision in order to proceed with the action. (Make one or two concrete goals: for example, “I’d like to create a simple daily magical routine for myself” or “I’d like to try three new magical techniques before the end of the month.”)

In the wake of the sweeping changes to my spiritual path that have happened over the past year, I’m left feeling–at the age of 51–like I’m starting from scratch in many ways. In the sense of building a new foundation for my practice, that’s very true. And yet, I still come to this new path knowing many things and having mastered many skills that I picked up in my fifteen years on the path I’m now leaving behind, and even before that.

So, my intention for the challenge is simple: I want to remind myself of how far I’ve come, how much I know and how much I’ve learned over the years. And use that knowledge and those skills to lay the foundations of a new practice for myself. To ensure that the foundations are sound, they need to be laid on the solid ground of who I am, what I come knowing and what I bring with me to any path I am on. This means returning to my roots.

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30 Day Magical Roots Challenge – Day 3

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Image by William Randles on Unsplash

This challenge was designed by Plentiful Earth, and is intended to help you revisit your magical roots–or, if you are new to the Craft, set them down to begin with. You can do the challenge privately, or you can post about your progress on social media. Personally, I am posting about the challenge here on my blog, and also on my Instagram account. If you’d like to play along, you can find the prompts here.

Day 3: Centering/Breath-work

Spend 5 minutes today (and every day this challenge) focusing on your breath. Notice your breath as it enters and leaves your body. Try alternating between breathing in through the left nostril and out through the right. Use your fingers to close each nostril if you need the extra assistance. Try to increase this from 5 minutes to more as you do this every day this month.

Here the challenge and I run into our first mild difference of opinion, as I don’t consider centering and breath work to be quite the same thing, although I do employ breath work while centering. My favorite method of centering is the soul alignment practiced in the Feri tradition; I am not an initiate of this tradition, but they have good spiritual tech, and as I believe wholeheartedly in availing myself of good tech, I’ve taught myself some of it from books.

In other breath work situations (meditation, preparing for readings, etc.) my go-to is the classic “breathe in for four counts, hold for four, out for four, hold for four.” I’ve never successfully practiced pranayama (the alternate nostril  breathing described above) until today; this site helped, if you haven’t tried it yet and would like to.  I DID find the technique to be very calming and centering, and plan to add it to my practice.

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30 Day Magical Roots Challenge – Day 2

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Photo by Ethan Robertson on Unsplash

As I (ahem!) neglected to mention yesterday, this challenge was designed by Plentiful Earth, and is intended to help you revisit your magical roots–or, if you are new to the Craft, set them down to begin with. You can play along privately, or you can post about your progress on social media. Personally, I am posting about the challenge here on my blog, and also on my Instagram account. If you’d like to play along, you can find the prompts here.

Day 2: Grounding

Practice grounding today (and every day this challenge)! What is your favorite way to do this? If you have never done this before go to YouTube and do a search for grounding techniques.

My go-to grounding technique if I am doing readings or ritual, or in general have a little more time, is to sit cross-legged and focus on my root chakra, then as energy builds there I send down a red cord, from my root chakra into the earth. (If I am indoors, it goes through floor boards, foundations, etc, first but it eventually reaches the earth.) From there, it moves down through the soil, underground waters, layers of rock, and so forth until it reaches the earth’s crust. It breaks through the crust and roots itself in the molten core of the earth. From the core, I then draw this glowing red energy up through the red cord until it reaches my body and re-enters the root chakra. I allow this red energy to suffuse my entire body for a few breaths, and then it contracts into the root chakra again.

If I am pressed for time or have to ground instantly, I use a technique I picked up from Christopher Penczak’s book The Witch’s Shield: I envision myself standing on a beach, my feet in the warm sand, and slowly my feet, then my legs, sink into the sand.  I am rooted and empowered. (It helps that the coast has strong connections to my matron goddess, Asherah/Athiratu.)