The Awakening

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The time of awakening is upon us, fellow witches. The spring equinox, Ostara, has been and gone and the dark of night recedes a little more each day, and so we too must take our cues from nature. It is time for us awaken, to unfurl our roots and prepare for the busy times ahead.

The spring is one of my favourite times (I say that about all of the seasons, I know!). The dawn chorus is a daily delight, particularly the song of robin and blackbird. Everything seems to have awoken and there is the whisper of hope in the air. The spring is a time of new beginnings, of action and energy. We witches can utilise this energy in our crafts and practises, indeed we must, if we are to become all that we are. But we must also take note of the season, to enjoy it’s fleeting show before it disappears, swallowed up by the main event, the summer.

Walk barefoot. Feel the grass beneath your feet. Feel the earth underfoot, and feel it teeming with life. As you do, recognise the forces of life and death, recognise that from the death and decay of previous years new life springs forth. Think about that transformation, the processes that create this life. Think about it and feel it. Absorb that energy, feel it inside of you. Keep a hold of that feeling and use it to help you move forward, as you expand and grow, discarding those things that no longer serve you.

Sit beneath a tree. Just sit. Be quiet. Let your senses delight in the play of light and dark, let yourself feel the rough bark, the dark earth below you, the kiss of the air, still cool but with a freshness that is cleansing, awakening. Feel the strength of the tree, the stability of it. Recognise this being and all that if offers, not only us, but what it offers to the world. Oxygen, food, fuel, a home. Can you feel it, alive and awake? Learn of its secrets, for the trees know many.

Awake early for the sunrise and notice how much more earlier it arises day by day, steadily marking the time until the solstice. Wrap up warm in a blanket and take your morning tea outside. Watch the steam rise from your cup, notice the cool and fresh air. Close your eyes and breathe in deep. Smell the scent of earth and grass and ozone, a scent belonging  to the spring time alone (for all the seasons have their own signature fragrance, wouldn’t you agree?).

Feed the birds, the hedgehogs too as they will be awakening from their winter slumber. Tread lightly upon this earth, mindful of those we share it with.Take pleasure from the small things, the splash of early spring colour, of purples and yellows and pinks.

The spring is a liminal time, a time of transition as we begin to move from the dead of winter to the heat of summer. All too often, we overlook this season, our minds turning ever towards the heat and passion and contentment of summer. Before we know it the spring will be gone, the dawn chorus will be quiet and no doubt we’ll be looking towards winter and the celebrations of Yule, for the wheel is ever turning, each season a fleeting gift.

So make time, this spring, to fully embrace this season, to delight in the awakening world. Enjoy!

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My name is Emma Kathryn, my path a mixture of non-Wiccan Traditional British Witchcraft and Obeah, a blend that represents my heritage. A Devotee of Hekate, my witchcraft is what is needed when needed.

I live in the middle of England with my partner, two teenage sons and two crazy dogs.

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My name is Emma Kathryn, my path a mixture of non-Wiccan Traditional British Witchcraft and Obeah, a blend that represents my heritage. A Devotee of Hekate, my witchcraft is what is needed when needed.

I live in the middle of England with my partner, two teenage sons and two crazy dogs.

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