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Dreams

Could anyone give me some magical tips for dealing with bad dreams? I've been having a ton of them for the past few weeks and it's having a seriously detrimental effect on my mental health. Some of them have been this recurring dream I have that's related to some trauma, so anything to deal with those kinds of dreams specifically would be particularly helpful, but some of them have been painful for other reasons. I think I've heard people talk about lavender being useful for this in the past--is that right?
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I hope all of those who celebrate Ostara had a great Ostara, this was only my second time celebrating it. I identify as a lesbian eclectic witch. When I was younger I remember buying a spell book from the local library and that's when I performed my first spell not realizing what wicca or witchcraft even was. My parents raised us to believe in whatever we want to believe even though my mom is Christian she never pushed that on us. So I grew up mostly agnostic/atheistic, and it wasn't until over a year ago where I discovered witchcraft and pagan religions, I honestly don't remember what pushed me towards it and I don't know exactly what I believe in but I'm on a journey and I'm growing as a person.
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How do you stay in touch with your spirituality if you're dealing with mental illness?

Wondering if any of the mentally ill witches here can give me some insight into how to not let my illness make me lose touch with my spirituality. I'm bipolar, and I'm often severely depressed. I've had the idea of doing a ritual when I'm depressed just because I'm so happy and hopeful when I'm doing a ritual, but the truth is I don't feel connected to my spirituality at all when I'm depressed. I don't feel like I want to talk to my Higher Powers because I always feel like they've completely forsaken me, even though I know that isn't really true. Does anyone else struggle with this?

And while I'm asking, any ideas for magical ways to help make depression less severe that I could do when I'm feeling better? I did do a spell during the most recent esbat that helped me a little about the fact that I've recently been struggling with self-injury again, so that's one magical thing that I was able to get some help from. But it's still so hard.
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Bad dreams as omens

Hi y'all, I'm having a problem I'm hoping y'all might have some ideas on how to cope with.

I'm a big believer in messages from the Universe showing up in dreams, and the last couple of weeks I've been having really messed up dreams, very violent and disturbing stuff. I have bipolar disorder and that's been making a lot of this year really rough for me, but the last couple of weeks I've actually been feeling pretty stable. But still I'm having these dreams. And I'm worried that they're a bad omen that things will be getting bad that way again soon, or maybe that something else bad is going to happen in my life. It's making me really nervous.

So I guess I have three questions:

1. Are these dreams actually anything to worry about?
2. If they are a sign that something bad could be happening, is there anything I can do magically to help protect myself?
3. If they're not a bad omen, is there anything magically I can do to just make them stop happening and upsetting me?
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Magic.....

A couple weeks ago, waiting for the cable company(which btw STILL hasn't fixed the problem;>)I started to re-read old journals. I've been doing them since the late 70's but lost those before the mid 80's when I moved to DC back in the late 80's.
They've been very informative, though not always in a positive manner;>. I can at least say that there has been a movement toward Positive Growth continually over the decades. Not as great as I'd have wished or hoped but better now than in the beginning.
One thing that was really noticeable was that the older the entry, the more likely it to do with Magic in some form. Maybe it's good that the 1st few yrs of my Path logged got lost;>! Looking back, I wonder how I had time for Work and a Life with all Crafting being logged(and I know dern well that a LOT didn't...I'm not that diligent a journaller;>!).
I think a lot of us in the alt.rel community when we start off on our Paths we tend to go overboard with the Spellkraft. It's just sooooo kewel;>!!!! Later, as you Grow, you not only realize how to Work better, you also realize when NOT TO. Sometimes I think a lot of the krap that happens to us later on our Paths is simply the Weird/Orlog/Karma/etc form our Magical Actions early on.
Like a lot of folks, I didn't Understand back then why my Elders who were fairly Evolved(I lucked out) did very little Magic and did ONLY after much Introspection. If I knew where they were today I think I'd apologize for being such a royal Pain......
Cheers,
Pat
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Looking Back....

So, while waiting for tech #7 day before yesterday I was browsing my metaphysical library and looked through some of my old notebooks/journals. As anyone whose journalled for a significant amt of time knows, this is an Interesting Experience.....not necessarily a Pleasant one;>. And since I have mine from the late 80's on(the earlier ones were lost when I 1st moved to the Gulf Coast in the early 90's), that's a lot of self-indulgent whining, scattered with minute bits of wisdom. For some reason one from the late 80's when I was Working with Flower Essences caught my eye.
One bit was my self-diagnosis of Gentian/Hornbeam Personality. Re reading my notes and my Bach Flower books I was in a way pleased to note the diagnosis held up AND that I carried less of the Negative aspects of those personality types....though less than I would have liked since almost 25 yrs had passed since;>!
It also reminded me of my life studies. While they LOOK diverse, they tend to focus in 2 areas, Healing and Botany. Even my studies of Runestaves tended to focus on the use of them to deal with ailments.
Reading these entries reminded me of one of the greatest Weaknesses those of us in the alt.rel community have; the distraction of the new and shiny(which in the case of jewelry and cutlery literally;>!). It takes Discipline to NOT drop what you're Working on to a new Modality before you've Mastered it. I admit I DON'T. I also admit that I'm better than a lot of folks I know too, so I don't beat myself up too much;>.
Just being on this platform is a form of Journalling and rereading archived material if you've been on a while can be just as revealing...or disappointing. Still, I think it's a "Good Thing" to ever so often get out an old journal at random and read, if only to see how your earlier self dealt with life's lessons.
Cheers,
Pat
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Dreams

I'm hoping you can help me or have thoughts on reoccurring dreams I've been having. I've been looking online for the meaning behind dreams for some insight but coming up with nothing.

The reoccurring dreams I have been having are about ex-partners, specifically those I dubbed "the ones who got away". I am in a new relationship now for almost a year, was single for four years prior, and until recently I've been dreaming about said partners. I miss them and was hurt that it didn't work out. And if circumstances were different I'd still be with them. However, in the real world I know it's not meant to be and made necessary steps to move on and forget about them. These dreams I feel are a step back and confusing, so I'd rather not have them if I could control the subconscious. Any thoughts?

Much appreciated and blessed be. (Apologies if I have come to the wrong place entirely, but feel as this is more of a spiritual matter.) x
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Music List

I was, a while back, going through old files and ran into my old Pagan Music list. As I looked through it, I realized that with the exception of ‘Kiva’s’, they were all cassettes and Out of Production. Which, esp. in the case of Charlie Murphy’s album, ‘The Burning Times’ is a shame, if not for the recognition of his writing of the song, ‘The Burning Times’ of which the chorus has become a “traditional” Chant…the “Isis, Astarte, Innana”.
As I went through my present music collection I realized that there was hardly any Modern Pagan music, it was all Heathen or Nordic Spirit. So, here’s my current list:

#1 Group: ‘Fire + Ice’. The only “problem” is the lead singer’s use of traditional singing methods which, to folks whose ears are tuned to modern music, esp. Pop might be disturbing
#2 Group: ’Wardruna’. Spellbinding…LITERALLY
#3 Group: ‘Trobar De Morte’. Beautiful Modern Folk, some songs in English
#4 Group: ‘Moon and the Nightspirit’. Another Modern Heathen Folk band with predominantly female Singers
#5 Group: ‘Faun’. MHF group. More Energetic and Male
#6 Group: ‘Omnia’ MHF even more than ‘Faun’.
#7 Group: ‘Hagalaz Runedance’. MHF with Pagan/Wiccan influences. Great female lead singer!
Cheers,
Pat
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Searching for a simple Grounding Spell....

Hello all! I am sorry for the long absence but Life and my demanding job got in the way. A question though: I am searching for a simple Grounding Spell. So does anyone have one or any ideas for one? I have one or two ideas of my own but want to know others' ideas or Spells first. If you want to know what my ideas are, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you and Many Bright Blessings.