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Welcome to your November installment of WitchCrafts! Because I believe so much in harnessing your creative energy to get you out of a rut, I’ve decided to run this segment monthly to get you to shake up your routine.

This segment comes to you with a free print out in the product page. I have spoken before about making lists and I feel that if you suffer from anxiety, like me, you can free up your headspace by just jotting down things to do throughout your week. Taking things one day at a time can seem overwhelming when your schedule has you bogged down, but using resources like a planner or a notebook can really help to release the tension once you’ve physically written down your tasks.

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I have created these printouts by month but only containing a week, so you can print out four at a time to complete the set. At the bottom I’ve listed what crystal energy the birthstone corresponding to the month harnesses, and a space to write down a personal mantra.

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I personally like to doodle all over my planners. It helps me to meditate a bit. If you have adult coloring books, you know what I mean by this.

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My example has a lot of detail, but feel free to make it your own. It is important that this reflects your comfort level. These were made to help ease the burden of the upcoming week.

So get out your colored pencils and get cracking! It is pretty amazing how easy it is to alleviate stress by just writing things down. Stay witchy, friends ( *)

 

What is Holding Me Back?

Hello witchy readers! Welcome to a three part series that is basically an open book worksheet in self- awareness. In this three-parter I’m going to sift through and discover some traits that I possess that are holding me back, traits that I admire, and how to move into my ultimate awesome self by employing some self help skills. I invite you all to do this along with me, cards or not.

Lately in my daily readings I have been having strong emotional reactions to cards that illustrate some of my shortcomings (no one is perfect,) and in the spirit of getting curious, I thought I would openly sift through the clutter in the hopes that it may help a few of you as well. Within this series, I’m going to be using cards to illustrate certain qualities. Not that these cards or qualities should be shamed in any way because of their context, but to help drive the point further.I want to make this clear: these cards do not definitively mean what I have associated them with. They are merely my interpretations to fit my life and my story. If they show up in a reading for you, they can mean something entirely different.

Now lets dive in.

So at first glance we see the suit of swords popping up frequently, one Major Arcana, and a reversed court card. The suit of swords deals with the mental level of consciousness; intellect, action, and change. Major Arcana cards represent large life lessons or obstacles. Kings represent a strong, powerful, male influence within the suit.

The Two of Swords represents how I block my feelings. After many bad experiences, I have created a wall around myself to protect me. Not in the way of healthy boundaries, but in order to not let anyone in. I see myself do this in the way of self sabotage.

The Ten of Swords represents how easy it is for me to fall into self pity. I have an easier time recognizing the triggers now, but when things are not going well, I tend to fall down the rabbit hole.

The Eight of Swords represents a lack of direction. This isn’t actually representative of myself, but it’s a trigger for anxiety. I feel as though if I don’t have a plan, everything will go to shit and the world will be set on fire. This fear is hindering at times.

The Moon represents being overcome by anxieties. This Major Arcana card also reinforces the previous in the theme of confusion. When my anxieties take a hold of me, I become completely derailed and focus only on the negative.

The King of Wands reversed is a big one for me. He represents impulsiveness. I have written before about acting with intention over impulse, and he is the inspiration. My anxiety drives me to act impulsively, and this is something I have been working on as of late.

 

At the end of the day, I do not want to be a closed off hermit who wraps herself in a blanket of anxieties and never experiences happiness because I am getting in my own way. While that is an extreme metaphor, if it weren’t for self help and doing the work, it’s not far from what could actually happen. Through tarot and self help, I am discovering (and can help you discover!) the biggest obstacles in the way of enlightenment and happiness. And the coolest part about this exercise is that these cards were all in my spread today when asking to show my shortcomings. The cards can be very honest when you listen properly.Stay tuned in two days for part 2 and stay witchy ( *)

Lets Make a List!

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The two of wands represents future planning, progress, decisions and discovery.

And if any of you are like me, that gives you anxiety.

When we have all of these projects, due dates, travel plans, and errands swirling around in our heads, we sit in this overwhelmed place and most of the time lose a lot of sleep.

But how do we organize this mess of thoughts? How do we make these seemingly unconquerable tasks a tangible reality? How do we do it???

Well, it might sound all too easy, but if you just write it down, its like it already happened.

I have always had a huge problem with income anxiety. No matter how much I made or how little, there was always a problem with my fear that I couldn’t make it. So one day, I decided to sit down and make a forecasting chart. With a very modest amount, I projected how much I would make in a week, how many pay days were in that month, deducted my expenses and got my profit margin. From that number I committed to a reasonable amount to set aside each week for saving, and I automatically felt a weight of relief.

I know your head is spinning from all that math, but bear with me.

When you make a plan, write it down, and stick to it, your pre-frontal cortex (the one that plans and overthinks) can rest and delegate all of these tasks to your lower brain that works on auto pilot. Every week a set amount goes into savings and all I have to do is look at the progress.

As a supporter of 12 step programs, I like to live by the mantra “One day at a time.”

Guys, this can be applied to ANYTHING.

And this is why I created three lists on my phone.

  1. To do right now
  2. To do this week
  3. To do eventually

Breaking down all of your “to do’s” in a simple, organized manner purges all of that anxiety and helps to clear some space out in your head for what is really important.Have a million things to do after work? Write them down in to do right now. Have some things you know should be done (laundry, etc.) but don’t have time today and its driving you crazy? Write them down in to do this week. Have things coming up in the future and these tasks are mocking you from their space in the calendar? Write them down in to do eventually. Then your anxiety surrounding time management or if you will forget or not disappears, and when you check those bitches off once they are complete its like a thousand Christmas mornings!

This kind of anxiety is manageable and unnecessary. You can have control over it by doing such a simple thing, so why not? Try making a list this week and take note of how you feel. Stay witchy my friends ( *)