This post is going to divide a lot of you and that’s ok! I created this blog to document my biggest passions in life, which are travel and mental health awareness. The two have crossed paths so much and I wanted to share another part of my life that also ties in.
I’ve been interested in the world of Wicca for YEARS, it’s not just something I’ve suddenly stumbled on over night. When I was young, my aunt was a practicing pagan and I was fascinated by that whole world. From tarot cards to crystals, there was so much to get immersed in, but I stopped myself for fear of further isolating myself from my school friends and seeming ‘weird‘.
I kept up with the crystal love however, as that was something that was more ‘mainstream‘ and something others could kind of get on board with, but I pretty much left the world of Wicca behind.
How meditation and crystals saved me (literally)
When I was at my lowest point of depression during my final year of university, I very nearly ended it all. I remember it so clearly, I was sat on my bed crying and thinking “this is it, I can’t do it anymore”. Out the corner of my eye I saw my Tiger’s Eye and a candle, I grabbed it and tried to meditate to stop the thoughts… and it worked.
At that point I had two choices, I could choose to surrender and give up, or use the tools at my disposal and fight back. I chose to fight back and I won.
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Moving on up
After this incident, I started to look into crystals more to help give me some sort of faith and something to hold on to. That was all I needed, something to grab on to, helping me keep my head above water. I’d always wished I could believe in religion for this reason, but there was never anything I could get on board with.
It’s only in the past few years and months that I’ve allowed myself to research more into the Wicca religion. After reading Wicca by Harmony Nice, I realised that it was something that made a lot of sense. There are beliefs that are based on science, biology and practices that I’d been taught by medical professionals in therapy sessions.
All of the Wicca books I’d read in the past had been a bit too heavy for me, I couldn’t get in with the idea of a god and a goddess, fairies and deities, but then I realised that those things were to be taken with a pinch of salt. You can either take them literally or figuratively and that’s when I became hooked.
How is Wicca helping with my mental health?
Wicca is such a peaceful religion, that not only asks you to treat others with love and kindness, but also yourself. Many of the ‘spells‘ or ‘rituals‘ are about self-progression, self-love and taking a step back and evaluating everything with a clear mind.
Meditation is a very strong presence throughout and the whole idea of slowing things down and taking the time to sort through problems and decisions has helped me massively. Too often we are panicking, rushing through life and trying to do too many things at once. This is where a lot of the problems lie, we don’t think things through anymore, we act now and ask questions later.
It has also helped me to spend more time outside and appreciating everything around me. I have more gratitude now than I ever have done and I’m learning so much about myself through meditation and rituals.
The crystals, herbs and tarot cards are all just tools to help you unlock what you already know. They are there to help you find your way through this chaotic world we have created. It’s not about supernatural magic, ghosts, turning people into frogs or thinking we have magical abilities, it’s about appreciation, respect, loving and accepting yourself and others.
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She’s my model. She also dresses perfectly for my favourite landscapes, don’t you just love sisters? ••••••••••••••••••••••••• I’ve been reading a lot lately, mostly self-help books, but you may have noticed I’ve also been getting a bit more on the spiritual side, particularly Wicca and paganism. Someone asked me if it was because I watched Sabrina on Netflix… it is not ? •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• When I was little, we would visit my aunt in Bristol, she was and still is one of the most amazing and interesting people I have ever met, at the the time, she was also Wiccan (she kind of still is but it’s complicated). She would buy me little books of candle magic and educated me on a religion I had only seen portrayed in TV and Films. Over the years, I’ve dabbled and researched, but it was only when I started to really struggle with my mental health that I found myself turning to it more and more. For a long time I didn’t tell anyone because people get a bit freaked out or basically just laugh in your face and make fun of you. However, I’m at a stage in my life where I’m old enough to not care what those people think, to be able to understand the true meaning of this very peaceful and nature loving religion and I’m excited to delve back into it and start calling myself a Wiccan (for real this time!) and there’s so much to learn that I’m looking forward to reading as much as possible!! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• It’s funny because the more I read about Wicca, the more I realise that it just teaches you what therapists tell you when you go for therapy. Only in Wicca, you get to be creative, burn things and eat lots of whole foods. The links between Wicca and just good mental health is astounding and I think people would be very surprised to learn the truth about it. I hope more people do, as even in modern times it is still very much scrutinised. Give it a little Google, read a few books and approach with an open mind, you’ll be surprised. ?❤️ p.s. no I don’t dance naked around bonfires, unless you’re inviting me? ?
What lies ahead for my Wicca journey and mental health?
There is so much to learn about Wicca, which I love! I’m currently understanding how to use tarot cards to help me navigate my thoughts and feelings, as well as learning all about crystals and the power that they possess.
One things is for certain, I am no longer concerned about what others think of me and my beliefs, I feel the happiest in my own skin than I ever have and I feel more comfortable and confident around others. Going forward and with my big travel plans on the horizon, I feel prepared to face anything that may come my way.