One Sovereign Witch: My Top 5 List of Sh*t to Ponder

As I stand in the space of the void, honoring the in between and the dark, I found major themes emerging for myself. As I pondered more and spoke with other leaders in the magical community it became apparent that this is not just a me theme. It is a collective theme of the practitioners of magic. I recognize we are in a space where there is so much noise that the only thing to do is ponder the noise that is a distraction (and removing it) so we can step out of the void into collective alignment.

Hoag’s Object via NASA Hubble 2001, The Boundary is beautiful!

Boundaries

Boundaries are an important framework for how we connect, contribute, and live. When incorporated into our magic, those boundaries can help us define sacred space and our integrity. However, there are two things that came forward to me recently.

Boundaries, as a framework, have sometimes been translated as something geared toward others instead of ourselves.

For example, we state something is a boundary for us without necessarily discussing the consequence for boundary violations (or even enforcement for that matter). Which leads me to the next idea for pondering: are my boundaries for safety (for me and others) or I have I used them in the capacity that keeps me caged from effectual growth? I think in certain circumstances we will find they are both, and then revisit how we discern them from each other.

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Friendships

Sometimes we want to take everyone with us, especially those that we love and have time invested in. Through the good and the bad, we know we want them to stay in our inner circle and grow with us. We want to use our voices, our magic, our connections, and sheer will to pull people along with us. We want them to enjoy success as we define it without recognizing that our friends can love us and define success differently. The greatest theme coming forward is one of reevaluation. If I stop pushing, pulling, and trying to drag everyone where I am going, how are they going to show up in my life? The answer comes in ways that I never expected, including moments where I recognize it is possible to have friends that I care about deeply but can’t be pushed or coerced into growth with me.

That is not my journey, it is theirs, and I have no right to take them to places they are unwilling, unable, or uninspired to go for themselves.

A theme to ponder is how can I love them deeply and from a distance that allows me to continue in my magic?  How can I be a good friend and set appropriate limits to the amount of noise I am allowing myself to be invested in with regards to friends I have currently outgrown?

Get in the magic! All the way! Photo by Paz Shots via pexels

Magic

The practice of magic and the structures of magic we adhere to are unique to each of us, even those that have been initiated into different flavors of magic or whatever labels we take on in our study of magic. It is exactly this that I ponder, how are the structures and the practice of my magic bringing me what I want within the pillars of health, wealth, and my sacred self?

How am I connecting to magic and am I still curious about new things?

There is something to be said for recognizing that some of our magic is now habit and we don’t intentionally connect with that habit. Not all habits are amazing, including magical ones. A part of magic is combining the new with the sacred reverence for the old. In what ways should we move toward connecting and integrating those parts?

Sharing our knowledge is where it is! Photo via Pixabay.

Knowledge

This is going to be the one that gets my ass handed to me but hear me out. The magic that we hold in our practices, the research, the data, and the great lengths we go to in an effort to remember what was lost (to prevent it from happening again) deserves this conversation. From the tiktoks about closed practices and how certain practices are not meant for others to the gatekeeping of “this is the only way to practice”:

I sit with it, think about it, and then decide, as I always do, that my magic cannot be gatekept.

I don’t want magic, in any capacity, to be buried and forgotten again, like the Eleusinian mysteries or other ancient magics. Why create more divisiveness when the Goddesses are clearly calling us all collectively to use and share our magic with each other. From our unverified personal gnosis to deeper conversations that can change even one perspective, how are we gatekeeping magic and if we had to time-walk 200 years into the future to see our magic completely taken out of context because we gatekept the fuck out of it, how would we feel? Just something to ponder.

Photo via Unsplash – The Void is real, we need to sit in it a bit and ponder.

Funeral Rites & The Void

Sitting in the void can feel like an entire heavy world of stuckness. Where do we go from here? What have I let go of? What haven’t I let go of, but I definitely should?

There are so many things in the space of the void that deserve funeral rites so we can step over the threshold to weave the next phase of beginnings.

How can we honor (and bury) the things that have us one foot in the void and one foot over the threshold? Especially since I feel like the Goddess is screaming “in or out and close the door”.  Are they obstacles to our passion, purpose, and magic? Are they boundaries we put in place to keep us small and safe? Are they friends we don’t want to leave behind because the company we keep will find fault with our inability to do the work they should be doing themselves? Ponder away, give funeral rites where needed, and close the damn door.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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When Towers Crumble

The Lunar Eclipse has brought about a heaviness. While I’m hopeful it’s from a pending revelation or something to be revealed, this heaviness is one we’ve been experiencing in waves over the last few years. It feels a bit more intense and I believe it’s because the Saturn/Uranus square (although not exact) has come back into play.

When Saturn and Uranus square off, we have a pattern emerge. COVID, collective uprisings, and resource/supply chain issues.

It feels like structures we’ve been holding up are crumbling ~ Photo via Pixabay

It Feels…Crumbly

While the energy is intense, there is a small comfort in understanding the natural order of things. My inclination towards restlessness becomes a little less and I’m reminded that everything must change. The Earth is cycling through changes, the structures and foundations the collective are built upon are cycling through changes, and I, too, am changing. I have found, sitting within that intense energy, a certain freedom. And maybe that is the great revelation or what is being revealed:

There is a type of freedom found when we accept impermanence and the crumbling away of all things that do not evolve our connectedness to this natural order of change.

Pluto ~ Photo via Pixabay

Impermanence and Pluto

This awareness of impermanence can cause distress, but we know not everything can stay the same. In fact, I would say nothing stays the same. Everything must change. I have been personally impacted by it and over the course of the COVID pandemic It has come into full view for most of us: the death, the grief, and the breaking down of supports we have heavily relied upon.

Pluto

Pluto is very much teaching us that there is growth to be had, but we must let go of our grasp on wanting things to remain the same, simply because we are uncomfortable. In fact, Jupiter and Neptune sextile Pluto in the sky to further reinforce this shift.

For those of us in the USA. This is also the Pluto return year for the country and it’s an election day. This too is heavy, intense, and crumbly.

Sometimes the natural order takes over for growth ~ Photo via Pixabay

Intensity and Growth

When the energy is intense, it has been easy to stay in a state of being concerned, confused, anxious, and fearful of what comes next. In the Season of the Bones, as things crumble and are shed away, we can intuitively get back on the ground and pick up the vibrations there. When we use our craft, and our knowing, in this way, we can get curious. Curiosity allows us to use the intensity for growth to dive into impermanence. However, it will not be through the lens of loss, but the building of fortified bones, structures, and ways of being to create and weave anew.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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Veneration of The Bones

Samhain is my time of the bones. Within us resides the signature of the bones before us and all of the ones to come after. If we look around our communities, we can see the bones of where we call home too. In my own community, the trees are losing their leaves quickly revealing the structures of trees and limbs, the fire of life dropping to the ground where the rest of the bones reside

The Flame and Ash

This year, the altar of remembering is growing larger. It’s not just the veneration of ancestors and the spirits of place, but those who shared my bones in this life. I am using my connection to Themis to be able to open the channels of the bones. This includes the bones of the trees. Bones of my bones. An amalgam of that which is Within and without. It signals to the energetic world my understanding of the importance of this connection of here and now. The connection to the signature of the DNA within my bones and the signature of the bones of the trees cannot be overstated. I bring the outside in. And I bring the inside out.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Here’s a peek at my own practice:

The Altar

In working with Themis, I created a strategic altar and a Black Sacred Candle. It includes a sigil to the planetary themes, intentions, and very specific offerings. I added the human and serpent bones (beads and vertebrae) and then added the ancestral keys and ties to spirits of the land.

The Besom

The Besom for me is used to clear out the energy of a space but also to pull in specific energy too. The intuitive selection of leaves, the colors, and the specific plants have a very personal meaning. The way it is placed is just as important as the way it is made. Notice the difference in placement below, see if you can feel the difference.

The Call

There are numerous ways to call to the bones, to invite them in as guests in a sacred place and time. I have seen extraordinary chants and invocations, dances and drumming, and a vast mixture of all of them. My call is simple, I light the candle and I move the besom.

The Love Letters of Remembrance

“For here, what is remembered lives” ~ The Gates, Let it Begin Album, Starhawk and Reclaiming & Friends (1992)

I write. Surprise (haha)! However, our remembrance doesn’t have to be love letters, it can be eulogies in story form, or even saying specific names out loud. It can be silent, holding an idea or picture in the mind. It can be an understanding of the powers present upon the altar that are honored here as a part of the reverence to the spirits of land and cosmos. I write, with the little papers painted with pomegranate blessings, to take with me from flame to ash at The Fire & Dance for The Dead.

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The Fire & Dance for The Dead

This is a special moment of the year. A moment of pause in the space of both the living and the dead. I start a fire and around the flames we go, speaking the messages from pomegranate painted papers and tossing into the flames. I have added music and let my body dance the spiral around the bonfire, in any way I choose. It is a sacred time, where the bones meet at the fire, all reduced to ash. It is a beautiful moment to come to back to life as the great weaving continues. Once I am done with the fire and the dance, it is time to gather the whispers and the messages to carry me across the threshold.

No matter how you celebrate Samhain, if it is one night or three, may your connection to your dead and the spirits of place be one that you feel in your bones.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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Get Your House in Order: A Witch’s Guide to Messiness with Valor

Put the tea on, come sit with me. The Goddess is awaiting us at the table for deeply sacred conversations. The veil is lifting, and before you can meet me at the cauldron to greet the spirits of land and our ancestors, these conversations are necessary.

Too Much or Not Enough?

Perhaps the title is misleading, this is not a guide on cleaning your home or your physical surroundings. Not that cleaning your home or physical surroundings is a bad thing. However, there is a metaphor that applies regardless:

When we declutter, cleanse, and purge our places and spaces we usually find that it gets messier before it gets better.

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In the world of the Witch, it is time to create the space for greater focus and clarity. This is a crucible for our own growth, magic, and discernment of what has become too much and those things which are no longer enough. It is going to require true valor on an individual and collective level.

Valor

With the Full Moon arriving in Aries, it is illuminating the valor we carry individually and collectively. Do not be fooled, it is a fiery energy that can ignite our greater intuition, or it can burn it down.

Why is this important?

It is perhaps important to understand that real courage and bravery, real valor, comes with a cost. We are working hard, in this time of towers, to come together in such a way that we bring about effective change. If we are not successful here, the cost is more of the same powerful vs. powerless. If we are successful, then we must know that it is going to get messier before it gets better.

We must be brave enough to see our magic for what it is and what it is not, without making excuses for it.

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You will have to admit authentically what is no longer serving you and then do the work to remove that. You will have to admit authentically what is too much for you and then do the work to step back and find your lane. We will also have to admit exactly where we are on our path, where we are strong, and where we need more help. None of us know everything about magic or all paths, and that is okay. It would be boring if we all knew it and it would be boring if our magic was all the same. We find true valor in the unique abilities of our individual magic fostered through discipline and strategy – we need these in our collective magic too.

Photo via Pixabay – Maybe your magic is in herbs versus astrology, it is okay to admit that! Maybe other witches need that expertise from you!

Discipline

The great thing about this Full Moon is that it is great for discipline and strategy. We can look at the clutter in our lives and where things feel scattered. We can take an inventory and recognize what we have control over and what has control over us. We can get disciplined surrounding our practices, what works, what does not, and choose to keep things that are resonant. We can own what is resonant and we can cull or release the rest. This is a strategy in perseverance, but also the natural order of life: She too releases what is not needed anymore to get ready for what is coming the next season. Another strategy is clearing the space to be guided by our dead, our ancestors, and the spirits of place.

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The Dead, The Ancestors, & Spirits of Place

The act of taking an inventory and releasing what does not resonate for us any longer is a great strategy for deeper attunement to our magic. It is also a great way to clear the lenses through which we honor, acknowledge, and connect with our dead, ancestors, and spirits of place. If you cannot feel them all urging you forward on your path, now more than ever, it is time to make the space for them to come through. Getting our houses in order allows this to happen, even when it gets messier first.

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Finding Clarity on the Full Moon

This Full Moon, my gift is “Questions for Clarity”. I hope they serve you well:

  • What in your practice are you still doing that does not feel authentic or are you doing because someone else told you that it must be done that way?
  • What are the places and spaces you inhabit that no longer provide you with what you need and what keeps you there?
  • If you were to change your practices or if you were to release your inhabitance of places and spaces that no longer provide you with what you need, what do you think would happen?
  • What are specific things that I can release that allow me to be open and authentic?
  • How do I define success in magic?
  • How do I define success in total?
  • How do I define discipline?
  • In what ways do I own the discipline of my practice?
  • What has proven challenging?
  • What do I know that I could do to create space for what is to come but requires me to release a certain amount of control?
  • In what ways can I clear the space to be open to new experiences and learning from others?
  • Can I accept that I am not an expert, and I don’t have all the answers?
  • How am I going to create the space to meet others at the cauldron to foster change?

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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Autumn Equinox: A Bridge to the Wisdom of the Dark

Before you meet me at the cauldron (and before the ancestors greet us with open arms), we must prepare to cross the bridge that the Autumn Equinox puts into place. All equinoxes and solstices are powerful because they highlight a change, a turning of the wheel that is the natural, cyclical order. However, I find this one to hold a particular potency.

Photo by Francesco Sgura via Pexels ~ Are you brave enough to cross the bridge?
When courage requires we act in unison, are you able to align with the deep, dark feminine that calls you forward with rest of us?

As we move into Libra, we know it isn’t just about the air of change being swept in. Nor is it just about looking at the balance of our lives as we stand at the center.

No. There is more.

It isn’t just about what we need. It feels deeply rooted in relationship, in our way of being, and how we must find our places of impact together. This time, it is more than the scales and winds of change that is the Equinox. The Dark Moon, Mercury Cazimi, and an opposition to Jupiter make it the crossroads we’ve been waiting for. It is an alignment for unified action: initiating us into ownership of our journey, realigning with purpose and intent, and the courage to pivot in relationship to humanity – not just ourselves.

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Are you brave enough to cross the bridge?

Are you brave enough to be the bridge?

Review, Reset, & Rebalance

There was an image that kept popping into my dreams for a few weeks, it was our Goddess of Justice, but in pillar form as the Goddess looking three ways. Wielding the scales, a sword, and in one hand the blindfold that has been removed from her eyes is wrapped around a torch. This image revealed to me that rituals and rhythms are important, so is our ability to change them based on intuition. Below, you will find a practice and prompts that will allow us to look three ways during our liminal time of reviewing, resetting, and rebalancing in preparation for the season of the witch.

Conjuring Our Images

Review

As a part of reviewing, we look to where we have been this year. Pull out your journal and review the last year. For each month, write down one word themes that seem to be present and speak to you. Create an image for each month that captures these one word themes perfectly to you, it could be a sigil, or you could create a small board for each month with images you find.

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Reset

Once you have your review complete, we can reset. Like my own image of the triple Goddess, we are going to look both ways while standing at center and owning it. Here are some questions or prompts that may be helpful:

  • If I had to combine all of the images and themes for each month, what would the major theme be for this year for myself?
  • Are there any patterns that I did not notice that are now clear?
  • How many themes were present that involved others and justice?
  • Are there any themes that feel like side journeys or loose ends?
  • Is there anything that feels like clutter or themes that are present but do not fit (what stole my focus from important things?)?
  • Were there any themes that moved me to action, especially those that were not just about me?
  • At what points did I feel the most abundant and what were the major themes present during those times?
  • What feels unfinished?
  • What feels imbalanced?
  • What feels like loss and is it personal or does it involve humanity at a larger level too?
  • What ways have I contributed to or been responsible for some of these things that feel like losses?
  • After taking this inventory and reviewing the last year, in what ways am I prepared to navigate the bridge into the dark?
  • What am I willing to sacrifice as a bridge to personal growth?
  • What am I willing to sacrifice as a bridge to the growth of humanity?
  • In what ways have I been the bridge?
Photo by EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA via Pexels ~ Could the name of the photo taker be coincidence?

Rebalance

Rebalancing during this time is the pivot to the present and the future.

  • What can I harvest or cull that will clear up the clutter and allow greater focus on both personal growth and my own collaboration/connection with others?
  • Where am I needing to revision or repurpose my journey?
  • What is not in alignment for an initiation into the wisdom waiting in the darkness?
  • What am I wanting to learn?
  • What is my intention for the next year?
  • In what ways am I seeking more clarity and about what specifically?
  • What actions can I take to reset, repurpose, or revision my current path to one that I feel fully aligned with?
  • In what ways am I prepared to meet moments that require action for the good of all even when that may be challenging?
  • In what ways do I see the world pivoting and how am I pivoting to meet it?
  • Do I feel the need to pivot hard and if so, where?

This Autumn Equinox of the northern hemisphere is going to be an initiation, the beautiful Dark Moon as a torchbearer leading us to the bridge that we will need cross ourselves but with each other in lock step. The wisdom that we find there is sure to call us together more than it ever has, and we can plant the seeds of the next season in unison.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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Retrogrades and the Turning of the Wheel

Astrology has intrigued me for many years and there is a fundamental knowing that the planets impact the Earth. To think that they would not also impact humans seems like a fallacy. Currently, we have many planets in retrograde (when it appears to be moving backward). What is a witch to do when that happens as the wheel of the year is turning?

Reflect, discern, and pivot where necessary!

Scorpio
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Reflect

The turning of the wheel towards Autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere) or Spring (Southern Hemisphere) reminds me that it is a great time to reflect over the last season as we prepare to enter a new one. With retrogrades, it is a great time to reflect upon when that planet was last in the zodiac sign it is currently in (or the last time it was in retrograde). It is entirely possible that those same things personally experienced may be making an appearance again. It comes at a perfect time, because we are turning the wheel already where we may need to discern a deeper truth and pivot where necessary.

As a side note, it is in these moments where journaling and keeping our own personal records become important.

A common understanding of planets in retrograde is Mercury (because it happens often). Here are a few questions to ask ourselves:

  • When was Mercury last retrograde?
  • What was going on our practice and in our life at that time?
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Discern

Discernment is an important tool of the witch. It means to have “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure” or hidden (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Etymology from dictionary.com reveals “Its base word, the verb discern, derives from the Latin term discernere, meaning “to separate” or “to divide,” from dis-, meaning “apart,” and cernere, “toseparate”.” From etymonline.com, “krei” is the “Proto-Indo-European root meaning “to sieve,” thus “discriminate, distinguish”.”

In searching for deeper wisdom and truth, we must know that it’s made up of logic and intuition. The embodiment of both, paired with lived experiences, guide us in our ability to translate the world around us and impact our decisions. Our discernment and intuitive foresight may have driven us to act in ways we may not have completely understood (certain decisions or purchases made or even sacred conversations had), but now, in retrograde season, make perfect sense. We also may look back on our journals and recognize a theme that we are in fact revisiting now.

It may come up that we need to pivot just like the planets that are in retrograde.

While it may feel like we’re going backwards, it is with an understanding that it is the only way forward too.

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The Pivot

We see it in the world: the death of the Queen, Ukraine retaking land in their battle torn country and Russia forced to retreat, the great return of unionization in the US (believe it is Chipotle unionizing), and even in the personal lives of many of my closest friends and witches.

If we stand in the space of reflection and discernment as the wheel turns, we recognize that our toes are in that liminal space ready to pivot. For those working with Spider, it is her time of pause before she tears down her web, unweaves one portion, or reweaves in a different direction. Sometimes spider will disappear altogether. She looks for a new place and space to call her own where she will weave differently. I’ve been watching her, noticing the shift in her patterns as well. They match our own.

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Bring it Together

The moments of reflection, discernment, and pivot points give way to clarity. This is information that we can use to determine our future path of growth, and a deep sense of gratitude for where we’ve been. As eclipse season and the equinox approaches, it’s the time of harvesting what we can – of being abundant, and the space between this season and the next. What will we need to release and what will we continue to cultivate? Do we need to pivot hard? Is there a balance to be found? Whatever keys are to be yours, I hope they make their way to you now.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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The Importance of Sacred Conversations

Revelations of a Witch has long been my personal creative venture surrounding my craft. It’s about what I have learned, what I observe, how I experiment, and document my pursuit of purpose, magic, and passion. It can be especially helpful for other people who are deepening their practice, just curious, or looking for new perspectives.

I don’t do it for money or fame.

It’s a time capsule of the sacred that I am. My words are powerful and so are yours. Written or spoken, our words have the ability to transform each other, uplift, or tear down. In our words lives a sacredness that manifests as connection. However, far too few of us are connecting through that lens.

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Sacred Spaces

In the Witch world, there is so much wisdom and also a lot of comparison: Who is better at being a Witch, who is actually reclaiming the word and living it, who is a Professional Witch (and then the looking down upon them because they make their living that way and live a comfortable life). These are all human tendencies, and for Witches it helps us and it harms us. When looking for where we fit, who can we connect to with like-mindedness, and who has magic similar to ours, it may feel a lot like acceptance and belonging. It feels safe.

To be honest, I don’t blame, shame, or want to guilt anyone for searching for safe.

Look around, look at the last 3 years, we all need our safe spaces. However, it can harm us when we are unable to be curious, unable to have a differing opinion or perspective, and unable to speak up because what makes that space safe sometimes becomes a place lacking growth. In those spaces, it lacks a certain sovereignty and personal accountability in a time when the divine feminine is no longer asking that we reclaim it – she is requiring it. It’s going to require sacred spaces and sacred conversations.

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Sacred Conversations

Aside from the sacredness of connecting deeply with others (which should be enough), there are other important considerations for sacred conversations: differing perspectives, learning experiences, new ideas, and growth with grace and gratitude.

Differing Perspectives

People are diverse. We go through life perceiving the world as it is for us:

  • the interactions we’ve had with others
  • the spaces and places we live, work, and play
  • our education, our parents, and our ability to survive/thrive

If we take into consideration that another person may see the exact same scenario and process or perceive it differently than we do (and let’s be real, we’ve all had those moments!), then communicating from a place of truth is sacred. Even if the perspective is different than our own, neither are invalid. When we take time in sacred conversation to listen, instead of trying to prove we are correct or our way of thought/perception is the only way, we create a connection of wisdom and belongingness that is powerful. Sacred conversations aren’t about winning. It’s about learning.

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Learning Experiences

Another important feature of sacred conversations is the ample opportunity to learn and grow, even if that means letting go! So often I see or have been impacted this inability to let go of a person, place, idea, or vision because we don’t want to get real. Not getting real, not having that conversation, not being uncomfortable for a moment, not pivoting, or waiting for the “right time” is the biggest roadblock to our own growth and our purpose. Maybe the learning experience is that not everyone is meant to go with you on your path. Maybe our passion and purpose that we envisioned has changed. The learning experiences are vast, and if we keep allowing things, people, and places not meant for us to take up that space then there isn’t space for what is meant for us.

Photo via Pixabay ~ Sometimes we will have to traverse the path alone.

New Ideas

When we pivot towards the sacred and sacred conversations, the muse will sometimes appear with new ideas, new ways of processing our world, and really big magic. I’ve watched as someone listened to another person speak about her flavor of magic and instead of the space for criticism (or the dreaded “you do magic wrong”), the sacred space provided an openness for curiosity to take up residence instead. I watched the excitement build during the exchange, the connections taking place, and it was absolutely glorious to watch both people learning from each other.

Photo by RF._.studio via Pexels ~ Sometimes those sacred conversations don’t go as planned.

Grace & Gratitude

Not every Sacred Conversation is going to go well.

SURPRISE!

Even those of us with a great deal of clarity or tact are not immune to miscommunication or misperceptions. This is especially true with the written word because it lacks tone, facial expressions, and other non-written/verbal cues. It can lead to defensiveness. When we become defensive, we need to understand what triggers it and why it feels like a personal attack because it hinders our ability to continue with a sacred conversation.

If it feels like a personal attack, we need to meet that moment with a mutual understanding that it is a reflection of everyone involved.

When we can understand that, we are also open to giving a bit of grace to ourselves and to others. Many times what feels like a personal attack is one person wants to be seen or heard, or they’re telling us what they need from us. And here’s the deal: sometimes it’s something we’re are unable to provide. If it requires that we step away, that’s ok. If it requires a change that is difficult, that’s an opportunity to show up and take personal responsibility (that’s growth!). Learning to have a little grace with each other goes a long way and allows gratitude for the learning experience or different perspectives to make an appearance.

Photo via Pixabay ~ This is an initiation into alignment to change the landscape of the societies in which we live.

Not a Request

The divine feminine has made it clear (in so many ways) that she’s no longer asking for us to align in sacred spaces and have sacred conversations. Building alignment through discourse and connecting with others (even when there is no agreement to be had) is a requirement of the change we want to see in ourselves, each other, and in society. We are more powerful together and we become more sovereign and strategic too. So clear the space, have the conversations, connect with each other authentically, and watch the landscape of lives change.

A candle & a key,

Kaycee

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Being ‘In’ the Journey

I recently attended Mystic South with some other amazing pagans and witches. It was eye opening, how many people are ‘on’ their journeys instead of ‘in’ it. While there may not seem to be a clear delineation between ‘in’ and ‘on’ in this instance, grab some tea ~ the universe was definitely there to highlight it for us all.

When I finally arrived at Mystic South ~ Kaycee

Exhilaration of Fear, Failure, and Fallibility

While I was there, I also presented a workshop, the Spider and the Spiral. Spider has been my ally this year, looking deeply at how our webs are woven and utilizing certain concepts. Being my first workshop in person, I was wholly unprepared despite my best guesses and the hours of working with clients to showcase and explain the impact of spider. For she is all around us and I have no doubt that she led me to this point in my journey to learn.

From the Webb Telescope ~ Is it ironic that the name is Webb or that there is an image like a spider?

The Presentation

Knowing what people really want and whether I can provide them with forward movement (even if it requires the magic of walking through time first) is important. Once the presentation was over, even with a kinesthetic prop and some explanation, I recognized that it was not enough. It forced me to recognize that my own way of weaving for myself (and others), and what I do in the audience when others weave for me, is not how everyone looks at the journey.

Yes, yes I did bring an original and used fishing line to recreate the webs we weave.

Some of them are ‘in’ their journey, accepting full responsibility for the way they are weaving now and are doing so consciously. There are just as many that are ‘on’ their journey, they are searching and going through the journey, but they are still somewhere between owning it and full on denial that the magic of being in the journey requires a deconstruction and awareness of the web woven thus far. It was exhilarating because I felt failure in a different way, fallibility in a different way, and I was fearful in a different way.

The Sacred Conversations

This exhilaration popped up when I was able to have some very sacred conversations during the workshop. Many people react to direct challenges as something to be angry about (I believe there are times that I have in the past and probably will in the future, because it is a part of being human). I felt failure because some of the questions I thought I had directly answered through verbiage in my workshop were not answered in a way that was digestible to my audience, were not answered at all (brought up later by my best witches who always give fair, sound, and constructive feedback), or they did not like the answer I gave.

It showed me that I am fallible and fear began to creep in during these Sacred Conversations.

I recognized immediately that being a witch in the journey is far different from a witch on the journey, because the value of safe over sacred is strong for those on a journey. It also forced me to look at the framework of the private network I am building and the course structure of Spider & The Spiral. I want to help people to own their magic, to be in their journeys, and I have no doubt I can get them there. What I cannot do is the work that is required for them to be ready for it or make them accept that they are not always going to like the answers they find while they are still ‘on’ it versus ‘in’ it.

Photo via Pixabay

Spider Teachings

There is nothing wrong with being ‘on’ a journey and there is nothing wrong with valuing safe over sacred, in fact I believe that is where all of the 101 containers start with witchcraft. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to rise to appreciate sacred over safe.

It also means that this exhilaration, in part at least, comes from the understanding that Spider also doesn’t care if I like her answers either – I can be in or on my journey too.

The Spider brought me to Mystic South to learn and to teach, to weave and to unweave, and to come back with her medicine in a form that is palatable for those ‘on’ and ‘in’ their journeys. This impact is required to weave change forward, especially in a time when we are going to be forced to align in weaving destruction to create something better for all of us.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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Sovereign & Strategic

We are entering the unknown after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. You might be angry. Furious. Exasperated. Frightened. Ready to set fire to the whole thing. I am too. I see you. We are going to show them the strength of our Goddesses, Ancestors, and power with each other. Over the last few days, we’ve gone zero to 100 and it’s important to keep that momentum going. However, it’s also important, powerful, sovereign, and strategic to add a few things to your list today.

Petition to Impeach Alito, Jr., already underway, go sign and share here.

Stay Sovereign Within

I am passionate about my fury and outrage. I am intensely aware of the current pain in my body because I’ve allowed myself to feel it. The heaviness and tightness in my shoulders and my neck. This is how it goes in my body when I’m unable to release or channel the energy efficiently and it’s the warning that I need to get grounded.

Perhaps you’re feeling this same pain, same tightness, and same overwhelming urge to just scream into the abyss as a way to channel it.

A part of staying sovereign and strategic is recognizing when it is time to put our feet in the grass, walk through our garden, and breathe deeply. Have a cup of tea, journal for ten minutes, or take a bath. Recharge and reset those batteries because we can’t change our world if we’re all burned out.

Photo by elena mozhvilo

Get Connected

I cannot state this enough. Getting connected allows us to align and act quickly. It ensures that we can take a multi-pronged approach that moves us all in the same direction. This is a powerful strategy just by sheer numbers! Here’s an example of how this might look:

Sign up to be notified of events or how to help with one, some, or all of these organizations:

Do an internet search of local organizations and sign up for their notifications as well.

Amazing posters from fellow activists (consent for photos given) in Greenville, SC, on 06/25/2022- Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Go ahead and have a Poster Go kit ready if not multiple.

I made myself a quick kit: poster already made and some extra markers (for other folks just in case!). I have a car, but if you don’t, keep it nearby so you can grab and go if this is your preferred methodology of action. If you’re not keeping it in your car, consider adding water and snacks to your kit.

Sign up to send postcards to voters and send postcards to Government Officials – federal and local:

Postcards to Voters

Supreme Court:

Supreme Court of the United States

1 First Street, NE

Washington, D.C. 20543

Do an internet search for your local officials!

Sign up to vote or check your registration to vote!

Then go VOTE on Election Day!

Get involved with volunteering for other political campaigns that are not local!

Getting enough people in the right positions in Congress is a strategic way to align common goals!

Photo by Kaycee Reeves ~ And yes, it is my vehicle and no I don’t know how I am getting it off and no I don’t care. 🙂

MONEY

It’s a tough time for everyone, but if you’ve got it, even $5 spread out across Planned Parenthood, Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign in Texas, National Network of Abortion Funds, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Joe Cunningham in SC, and all your local legislative campaigns makes a difference. Especially if many of us are DOING IT!

Take a Personal Inventory

There are personal things we can do that impact resources of those in power or realign our use of resources with our values and our agenda. Here are some other small changes to think about from an article I wrote in 2020, Sparked: The Energy of Outrage:

  1. Where are you spending your money? Do some research.
    • The companies you spend with, where do they spend their money?
    • Are they lobbying for things you believe in?
    • Who are they financing? This is public information: Who donates, how much, and who those funds are sent to.
    • Who are their suppliers and where are they located?
    • This includes your 501c donations, it is public record where the money goes.

2)  Can you make a personal change in where you spend your money? Buying local or buying from historically marginalized small businesses trickles down and ripples out this way:

  • You spend an additional $10 a week at a local black-owned store that will use that money to pay for her daughter’s piano lessons.
  • 15 years later this daughter is a highly known musical artist that has inspired millions.
  • 30 years later, we find out that one of those people she touched became a professor of music and psychology, a leading world expert on the use of music as a modality of healing.
  • 45 years later, humankind is learning healing has a holistic methodology and is not a pseudoscience.

You literally changed the entire world. THE WHOLE WORLD. You sparked the change. The energy of outrage turned into love. Do I have your attention?

  • Can you make a change in the home or the types of products that you use for more eco-friendly options? This can be so fulfilling, and it does not have to be big changes – baby steps lead to long journeys!
  •  Cast your spells, do your rituals, set your new moon intentions, and then make the plans to help your spells manifest into results surrounding activism. Need help with the plans once your spell is cast? Reach out!
Very powerful working with a whole network of Witches. There is another one coming up, and you can use A Sovereign Chant I created.

Above All Else

I want to make sure you know that this is not a lost cause or a fight we won’t win: We will. It’s up to us to get into action mode, even if it’s small in your opinion (it isn’t, we appreciate you!).

Stay Sovereign and Strategic!

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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RAW’s Modern Guide to Summer Solstice

Today, in the Northern Hemisphere we are celebrating Summer Solstice and no matter how we refer to the day that our Earth has her Northern Pole tilted toward the sun, it is a special day for many!

Meeting & Melding

There are so many references to historical practices for Summer Solstice and what it meant to our ancestors. This is important because that is a tether that connects us all and it is why many of us feel our witchcraft is home. While not all historical practices still fit for us today, there has been a great deal of joy brought forward by the meeting and melding of historical practices with my own flavor of witchcraft. At this crossroads, I can honor my connection to the past and remain true to my practice by incorporating rituals that are meaningful to me now.

Photo via Pixabay

Meeting ‘Now’

On this longest day of the year, I am choosing to meet the moment of ‘now’. As I type, I am aware of the smell of coffee in my cup. The two laptops in front of me. The dogs cuddled up on the couch. The sunshine coming in through the window in my kitchen. I can feel my toes. I have everything I need. Right now.

For me it’s about honoring the abundance that is already here. Now. In a society that continues to push the narrative of scarcity and lack being a character problem – I honor the day by using what I have already. This looks different for everyone, but there is a theme of gratitude and deep connection to the fire that gives life.

Photo via Pixabay

Connecting to Fire

Abundance and fertility have historically been our ritual themes of connecting with the pattern of life on Earth during this time of year. Many locations celebrate with bonfires, gatherings, food and cheer. While pandemic restrictions have eased in many places, I still hold a little caution for gatherings and have chosen for the third year to celebrate with my little people and partner at home. Here are the ways we are meeting abundance, fire, and gratitude this Summer Solstice:

Fire and Fruit

Today we are celebrating the fire of plants, represented by flowers in bloom. We celebrate the abundance and gratitude of local fruits and veggies by eating fresh foods – ones we harvest ourselves is really meaningful, but even getting something from someone local is still a meaningful connection to this energy. Going out with the kids to harvest strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries is an amazing way to connect with this fecundity and abundance.

Photo via Pixabay

Open the Door

Open the front door to be exact! Today is the day that I open my front door and do a little extra to draw in the full feeling of right now, of peace, and of calm. I will sit with it for a moment. Then grab a small bowl with rosemary and mint water to wash off the door. It allows me to have a balance with the water while cleansing away anything preventing abundance from entering my home. The kids love to do this with the doors to their rooms too.

Balance

Lastly, in my practice, finding balance is important. It is not just about the outward celebration of abundance and gratitude or drawing more of it into my home. What about my inner fire? How is my inner flame? What do I need?

Photo by Flora Westbrook via Pexels

I choose this day to take a ritual bath, balancing fire with water. I wrap rosemary and mint bundles from the backyard and hang over the shower bar, I crush a little to use as incense that I light as I get into the water to wrap up my Summer Solstice celebration. It is a time for personal gratitude and creating this space of balance for myself is directly tied to my ability to navigate with my own inner flame forward for the rest of the summer season.

Blessings to All

It is my hope that however you choose to celebrate the Fire of Summer Solstice, that it is blessed with abundance, gratitude, connection, and meaning. May the energy of the day serve you and others well!

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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