#WitchyWednesday: Week 9

Happy Wednesday!

I’ll be doing four prompts a week, on Wednesdays, tagged #WitchyWednesday on Twitter. I’m happy to clarify anything and respond to any questions or comments. Feel free to contact me as well! As for the prompts, they’re originally from a Tumblr post by user Baduhennasraven.

Here’s this week’s prompts:

  1. What in nature am I drawn to; the ocean, animals, the trees, etc?
  2. Do I want to follow a path that has to do with a little nature, or a lot of nature?
  3. Which (witchy) holidays, if any, would I like to celebrate and how?
  4. Which texts/quotes best describe my current path?

What in nature am I drawn to; the ocean, animals, the trees, etc?

This is a tough one for me. I’m drawn to most water sources. Oceans, storms, lakes. I can quite easily slip into a meditative state when floating in water.

Ironically, I am not good at holding my breath underwater. Nor that good at swimming beyond a basic doggie paddle and breast stroke. I’m bad at the coordination it takes to kick and flail my arms with purpose at the same time.

Do I want to follow a path that has to do with a little nature, or a lot of nature?

In all honesty, I’m terrified of killing plants because I don’t water them enough or water them too much or something. I’m not garden proficient, at the moment, and don’t know if I’ll ever be so. I want to follow a path that follows the rhythm of the seasons. This means eating more seasonally, going to farmer’s markets and shopping local a lot.

Which (witchy) holidays, if any, would I like to celebrate and how?

I’d like to get into the habit of celebrating all of them, honestly. I did Beltane by myself at work, since we’re all COVID-impacted and it’s just me in the physical office. I had pizza and sang along to some witch songs.

I keep Yule pretty regularly, Samhain and Ostara, too. And, since it’s when I first dedicated myself when I was eleven, I’m usually pretty cognizant of when the Summer Solstice/Litha is.

As to how, I’d love to be able to break bread and have a night of fun and laughter with friends. I don’t know if that will happen in real life, but I could at least video chat with a few people or something. Social media has been a lifesaver during this COVID-19 mess.

Which texts/quotes best describe my current path?

Buckle up, buttercup, ’cause this is where I can wax eternally. I love poetry and philosophy. My current path is one seeking self-improvement and experiences in life, magic, and the hope that I can leave the world a better place.

That being said, of course Desiderata is going to feature on this. It’s one of my favorite poems and I quote it endlessly. One particular part, though, stands out to me as relevant:

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, 1927

I found a poem called “Don’t Just” by Roy T. Bennett that I really jive with as well:

“Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

I feel like Bennett makes a few good points with this. We should work to better ourselves and the world around us. Not for any sense of gain or power, but for the simple reason that we should want better, want more for ourselves.

And as for recent reads that I found interesting, I’ve highlighted this quote from a book by Anthon St. Maarten whilst reading:

“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.

Anthon St Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

It strikes me as something to remember. Since we are all part of the All, we are no less divine that that which we pray to, when it comes down to it.

Pablo Neruda, he of many facets, has many writings that are good, but his poem “Die Slowly” is one of my favorites and really kind of comments on how much I can tend to overthink things:

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes pace,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak and does not experience,
dies slowly.

He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
dotting ones “it’s” rather than a bundle of emotions, the kind that make your eyes glimmer,
that turn a yawn into a smile,
that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings,
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel, who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself,
she who does not find grace in herself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck, about the rain that never stops,
dies slowly.

He or she who abandon a project before starting it, who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn’t know, he or she who don’t reply when they are asked something they do know,
die slowly.

Let’s try and avoid death in small doses,
reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead
to the attainment of a splendid happiness.”

However, the above poem may not be Neruda at all, as I was trying to find a good source for it and stumbled across what may be the original text by Martha Medeiros:

You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice.

Quote from Martha Medeiros

Last one, I promise. And it’s a short one, from Socrates.

“Be as you wish to seem.”

From BrainyQuote.com

So. There’s always going to be more poems that I could throw up here, but I’ll leave it at that. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

That’s all for this week. What are your answers? Message me, Tweet me, anything! I’d love to know yours.

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