After joining the community here on Tumblr, I was a little overwhelmed at all the different types of craft available and all the ways people were experiencing them. I dove in headfirst, excited to try out as many different things as appealed to me.
Unfortunately, the jack-of-all-trades approach left me with a pretty shallow impression of each subject and frustration because nothing seemed to be connecting or really bearing fruit. I decided it was time to take a step back and examine why exactly I came here in the first place and what I wanted or needed from this.
What originally drew me to earth-based religions (which is where my interests truly lie) was the concept of the Wheel of the Year, seasonal celebrations and customs, and just being more in tune with natural cycles. I wasn’t necessarily here to work my will upon the world or tell the future or meet any kind of spirits or guides. I just wanted to appreciate the seasons and decorate my home appropriately.
Specifically, I loved the symbolism of the broom, and sweeping out the house at the end of the old year. I love the idea of keeping sprigs of certain plants in certain places to bring good luck or ward away evil, of celebrating the harvests and the return of spring.
So I’m turning my back (for now) on the rituals, the spells, the readings, and focusing on nature and the seasons and finding my roots, both literally and figuratively. In time, I’d love to come back to these things, but only once my confidence in my position is stronger.