Another Thursday (that I missed, again!). So, it’s after midnight, late Friday night/early Saturday morning, and here I am composing this post. Enjoy!
1. Does spell work have a place in your practice and if so, how?
I don’t do spells. I had an interest in spell work (and still do, I guess), but I ultimately find it too complicated to be practical for my life. Gathering supplies, casting a circle, calling down deities, etc — I just find that too much. And I don’t see the space or need to call things in to my life (or banish them! Though that could be useful…). I like what Ania said about not feeling the need to affect reality in this way. I feel like life is complicated, and I don’t know enough of what I want or need to ask for it specifically. I feel like spell work in the traditional sense is something that needs to be practiced regularly for it to be effective, and I just don’t have the desire, or need, to practice spell work regularly. However, I also like what Olivia wrote about her small spell and ritual work that she does, she made it seem very natural and intuitive. I do like to hold intentions and affirmations, which I kind of view as mini-spells anyway. And I do like doing ritual work, that is not quite spell work, but close. I do this usually around the new and full moons. I feel that this aspect of my practice is asking to be explored more, but I am not sure what that would mean in physical terms.
2. What is the element you most identify with and/or enjoy working with and why?
As a through-and-through Aquarian, I live in my head and in daydreams. I like to think through things, I create alternate timelines in my head (I maintain the idea that all possibilities exist in some realm), and I like putting word to paper. I regularly have dreams of flying, where I literally kick off from the ground and float in the air. Sometimes, the feeling is so strong that I recall it in my waking life, and I experience the desire to kick my feet into the air and float along in real life. So I guess Air is really my jam.
I haven’t worked that much, specifically and pointedly, with any element. I love to burn candles and incense, I love to collect bits of earth in stone/gem form, I love ritual baths… I have been told (by Benebell, no less!) that I should work to connect more with the earth element. She gave me a pretty good overview on this, but to be honest, I don’t really know why or how to do this. So, beyond placing a bunch of grounding rocks on my bedside (a big chunk of Mookaite!), I haven’t done much about that…
3. Besides the cards, what are you favourite tools for divination and/or ritual?
As I said above, I love to burn candles and incense, but I don’t use this in a divinatory sense, more to set the mood — uh, so I guess for ritual! However, I do this outside of ritual as well, and to be honest, I haven’t sat down and practiced any kind of ritual lately… I really love to use poetry collections (primarily Mary Oliver) for bibliomancy/stichomancy, and I’ve had some really great results with that. I love to write, and I’ve been really into writing poetry (thanks to Jodi and her poetry challenge!) and making art (thanks for Kristen and her create this oracle deck challenge!), so I’ll be trying to include more of making both poetry and art into my practice.
At the time of publishing, here are the other posts that I’ve seen (and referenced above :))…
Do you use spells in your practice? What is your favorite element to channel? What other stuff do you use in divination/ritual? Let me know in the comments below (or let me know if you’ve made a post yourself!).