Season 3 Episode 12

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Welcome back to the WAYIYJ Podcast!!!

Season 3, Episode 12 is live!

I’m coming to you today with a solo on the season finale!! I’m spilling the beans about my latest speaking event, negotiating a fair deal, and client resolution. Plus, I have a sneak peak into my rebrand!!

Listen up and stay witchy ( *)

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Season 3 Episode 10

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Welcome back to the WAYIYJ Podcast!!!

Season 3, Episode 10 is live!

I’m coming to you today with Holly Simple, illustrator behind Holly Simple Tarot, to talk about being creation! We discuss how it was to create an Oracle and Tarot deck, crowd funding, and stick and poke tattoos!

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Season 3 Episode 3

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Welcome back to the WAYIYJ Podcast!!!

Season 3, Episode 3 is live!

I’m coming to you today with Brigit Esselmont, Australia based Tarot Reader, to talk about starting up the world wide leader in Tarot meanings! We discuss what it’s like building an empire, lifting up beginner readers, and how to strategize what will sell best for your brand.

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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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Why so serious?

Aside from clinical depression and anxiety, running around life can cause a myriad of stresses, from money, work, family, love, health… shit, even which cat food brand to buy can be stressful!

Unfortunately, stress is a big manifestation killer. So, how do we minimize stress and maximize enjoyment?

Lately I’ve been wondering about this myself, because my schedule has consisted of working from home, working at my side hustle, sleep, and repeat. It’s starting to affect my mood, and when that happens, I’m pretty sharp at taking notice.

So, recently I’ve been trying to figure out what I can do to inject some happiness when I’m feeling stuck. Like, when I’m working away and feeling uninspired, I think, “How can I feel better right now?”

And usually it’s putting on some Ke$ha and taking a dance break.

If I’m stuck in my side hustle and can’t seem to shake the frustration and anger, I list the things that make me happy in my head. If it’s real bad, I run to the bathroom and tap or meditate for a few minutes until I can get back to baseline. Or, I even tell a joke to a coworker, even if I’m not feeling it, just to see their reaction.

These small practices bring The Sun into my life and help it to shine a little brighter. It helps me to have a little fun and not take life so seriously. Taking everything so damn seriously will drive you crazy! And there’s always a way to let brightness in through the clouds that you deem so important.

Use the Four of Wands to remind you to celebrate! You’ve got a beating heart and a brain in your head, so use them to make life the party that it is! You might feel beaten down, run over, and overwhelmed, but honey, it just DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.

So, what makes you happy? When do you feel your most fulfilled? And how can you lighten the mood? Get thinking and stay witchy ( *)

 

Shadow Work and Compassion Over Shame

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So, you’re trying to manifest  money and it just isn’t coming to fruition. You’re constantly annoyed by certain pet peeves that make work miserable. Or, you can’t seem to date without tossing every guy with a minor flaw aside.

What may need to be done is some Shadow Work.

What the hell is Shadow Work? (Thank you for asking, Sharon.)

Shadow Work is a practice derived from the work of Carl Jung, in which we uproot and investigate the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to look at. As a Scorpio, this dirty work is just the kind of fun I’m looking for, but for most people, it’s terrifying.

Our shadow is a collection of parts of ourselves that we deem unfitting or undesirable, so we cast it away (into the shadows.) However, it is still a piece of US, and as multi-faceted beings, we should be able to honor even our ugly parts. So, when something inside of us gets ignored, it shows up right in front of our faces in very confusing ways.

Do you find it annoying when people ask for things at work? Maybe that’s because you are too afraid for ask for things yourself.

Are you weirded out by guys who have a nurturing side that you deem too effeminate? Maybe it’s because you’re shaming your own femininity.

Are you not manifesting your desired amount of money? Maybe there’s a piece of you that wants you to fail.

The point of Shadow Work is to come to these realizations and connect with the piece of you that had desires other than what you’re outwardly projecting. Show compassion for the pieces of you that are your own black sheep. Give those pieces a hug instead of shaming them and casting them out.

Because living in this duality, this split personality, is only going to leave you lying awake at night, as the Nine of Swords. It brings anxiety and confusion. It brings pain and suffering, because you refuse to see the root of your missteps.

Instead, embrace the Devil reversed, and free yourself from the clutches of ignorance. Sit down with your dark parts and come to a mutual understanding. The more you shame, the more powerful your shadow becomes in the depths of your soul.

So, bring your whole self into the light. Show compassion over shame. Hug your darkness and embrace yourself for every nook and cranny you have to offer the world. Respect your shadow, and stay witchy ( *)

 

ThursdayThinks: Words to Romanticize Instead of Tragic

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When I was in my teens I always thought “tragic” was such a glamorous word. There was something about pain that was so beautiful, so comfortable to me. But, reflecting on those years, I see now that it is only because it was the only world I knew. Tragic HAD to be beautiful, because otherwise my foundation would crumble. As a former drug addict, if my addiction couldn’t be seen as “cool,” or my pain as “pretty,” then I’d have to clean up and rebuild.

So, this week’s ThursdayThinks, featuring yet another Oracle Card from my Modern Goddess Oracle Deck (illustrated by @tamalgoth) I’ve decided to list some words that SHOULD be glamorized for those that need it. Feel free to post yours in the comments ❤

  • Strong
  • Tenacious
  • Patient
  • Nurturing
  • Logical
  • Loyal
  • Respectful
  • Encouraging
  • Supportive
  • Ambitious
  • Courageous
  • Motivated
  • Balanced
  • Positive
  • Empathetic

Some of these words might even be your core values, or may inspire you to live fully. Use this list when you feel down and begin to do things that aren’t aligned with your soul, but with tragedy. I implore you, if “tragic” is something you feel akin to, take this list and start looking up, because when the Tower crumbles, new beginnings emerge. Stay witchy, beautiful ones ( *)

 

Why I Always Romanticized the Word “Tragic”


I remember being 13 and wanting to be miserable. 

You know the saying, “misery loves company”? 

Misery loves familiarity. And romanticizing tragedy was so aligned with my state at that time. I needed tragic to be romantic so I could feel a sense of worth. 

There was something about the skinny, miserable, cigarette smoking girls I would see in movies that was glamorous to me. It was like validation. But I wasn’t looking at the big picture. I was looking to feel comfortable, instead of getting UNcomfortable and completely changing my state. 

My perspective was looking across the floorboards to find loose change under couches, instead of standing up and seeing the entire room. My view was low and targeted, instead of vast and abundant. 

This was very reminiscent of the 8 of Swords. Blindfolded and bound, unaware of the way out that was right in front of me at the time. Tragedy wasn’t the answer, opening my eyes was. 

I needed to see the World. I needed to view the fulfillment you can achieve by waking up. I couldn’t feel whole without getting out of my own head. And once I did, the magic happened. 

If this sounds like you, and you love tragedy, and negativity follows you, it’s time to step back. Every time you feel down, think of your mental state. You are your own prisoner; you can open the cell at any time. Get out of your head, and stay witchy ( *)

Rerouting Conversations

img_4630The theme in my life the past two months has been of negativity, paranoia, and betrayal. What fun is that?!

In fact, it’s come to my attention that a lot of my interactions with friends has been circling around complaints and assumptions. That, my dear sweets, is a recipe for disaster.

Here’s how it all starts: you get thrust into a new environment, it takes some time to adjust, and you’re absorbing absorbing absorbing. Unfortunately, the energy circling around is negative, and you become a dark sponge after a while. All of the verbiage that is bestowed on you becomes apart of your vernacular. You start becoming part of the problem.

And quite honestly, I’m not one to deal with negativity well. I don’t think many people are, but as an empath I find it excruciating. I act out because it feels like a physical weight.

But to take a step back and see things through the looking glass, as they actually are, you can put things in their proper box and step over it. You can triumph in the wake of something that isn’t serving you emotionally, but may be in other ways (i.e. financially.)

What the plan is, going forward, is to re-route and re-direct. Although I hate to admit that it’s taken me this long to figure out the solution, I arrived at the destination and that’s all that matters. This is why I suggest everyone get a life coach: then you don’t have to figure it all out yourself 😉

As the reversed position of the Seven of Swords suggests, it’s time to break through the mental challenges. At the end of the day, we are the only ones standing in our way, and it’s as simple as flipping a switch. No, it doesn’t seem simple in the beginning, but if you keep at it, and combat one negative thought with three positive ones, you’re already beating the system.

Use the Chariot as a guide to control your thoughts. If you see that you are taking part in a conversation that is complain-y or negative, either consciously reroute the conversation, or simply leave. The fact that you INTENTIONALLY are steering clear of negativity is the biggest and most important part.

No this isn’t that easy. Yes it will take practice. But putting intentional positivity into the universe will yield insane results in your life. No one enjoys a spiral. No one wants to be a Negative Nancy. So notice, stop, redirect, and stay witchy ( *)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Intentionally vs. Floating Aimlessly

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This concept was pretty revolutionary to me, because after digging around I found that floating aimlessly was triggering my anxiety and depression. I was trying to control while spiraling out of it, and it wasn’t until I started to live intentionally that I found direction. When I started to put an intention towards my actions, first small, then big, I started to feel a major shift in my energy and people’s reactions to it.

So what do I mean by this? Well, first, it’s important to find out what your core values are. Once you have uncovered what it is that you truly believe in, you can live your life in alignment with your values.

Is one of your values loyalty but you have a cheating boyfriend? Get rid of him. He doesn’t suit you and will only veer you off course. Do you believe highly in creativity, but are stuck in a cubicle answering phones? Get out there and find a job that challenges you. Live with INTENTION.

Now, living intentionally is not a means of control, but rather, pouring meaning into your actions. It’s living WITH purpose, instead of for it. It’s molding a life around your highest beliefs, and honoring them with follow through.

This can be done on a really small scale day to day as well. Is one of your values respect? Give your seat to an elderly man or woman on the train next time it’s packed. Do you have money anxiety but value abundance? Clean out your wallet and make it a sad haven for cash. The possibilities are endless, and the reason why most things tend to spiral out of control is because we simply aren’t paying true attention to them.

This new journey will make you feel like the Fool, just starting out on a whole new view of your world. But I promise, that once you exercise this daily and get it down pat, you’ll feel the victory and control of the Chariot. The world is an abundant and beautiful place, and it is time to reap the benefits. And it starts by living life with intention. Stay witchy, friends ( *)

When You’re Stuck in a Negative Energy Vacuum

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I have been in a situation that I will allude to cryptically, but it is not one I can easily walk away from. There are a lot of personalities that I’ve come across lately that include entitlement and plain disrespect, and it’s kind of turned my entire world upside down.

When faced with a barrage of negativity as a generally positive and peaceful person, I get affected. And lately I have started to question my core beliefs because of this. Is the universe echoing to me what I’m putting out? Is manifestation even real? How is it possible that I can let this get to me so completely?

Which is why this situation is affecting my world around me. I’m absorbing and regurgitating these bad juju’s and I’m having encounters with people that I’ve never had before. Negative, awful, run ins. When I thought I had reached the light at the end of the tunnel, I was dropped into quicksand. Everything is cycling around me and it’s hard to see past the spiral.

Before I go on, let me be clear, as an empath, I understand what being sensitive actually is. It is not being dramatic, it is not flipping out or being easily offended. It is exactly what it is defined as:

adjective quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals, or influences; (of a person or a person’s behavior) having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others’ feelings.

Which is why, when I am disrespected, talked down to, and belittled, I get affected. No, it is not because I believe I am unworthy. I’ve been through that before and no one can tell me I am not good enough anymore. But it’s because I sense the place that the other person is coming from, and it is a point of pain and insecurity. It is a small and infantile energy that pokes and prods and I want nothing to do with it, yet I’m somehow confined to continue dealing with a toddler that keeps flipping the back of my neck.

So…

Which do you choose? The blue pill, or the red pill?

As a seeker of knowledge and truth, the red pill is not only attractive, it’s necessary for survival. I choose not to see a situation as an isolated interaction, but rather what it says about the entire environment. And because I choose to not live in ignorance, I have the power to step out of the matrix and redirect in a positive path.

I see the person who belittles as the small child that they are. Yes, it is annoying, but there is always a way out. It’s not my responsibility to parent the child, but it’s my responsibility to take care of myself. I ultimately can leave the playground if I choose to.

This involves Strength to see past the chaos of the Tower. Inevitably, the dissolution of this entire situation will bring more positivity than negativity, but it is up to me to dig myself out of the rubble. When something is not working, you either fix it, or accept that it is beyond repair.

So, witches, I have bad days too. I’ve had many in a row, actually. But I can get past them, and so can you, Stay strong, and stay witchy ( *)